Bluetooth + Remote Control
7 Channel Amplifier: The Onkyo TX-NR838 AV receiver
features a 7-channel amplifier rated at 130 watts (into 8-ohms, at
20Hz-20kHz, with 0.08%, driving 2 channels). The AV receiver's amplifier
employs WRAT, 3-Stage Inverted Darlington Circuitry, H.C.P.S, and
Optimum Gain Volume Circuitry for dynamic, detailed, clear sound.
- Separates Construction: Unlike many A/V receivers, the
audio and video processors, DAC section, networking, pre-amp, amplifiers,
and power supply are all separated inside the Onkyo receiver to minimize
electrical interference on audio signals.
- WRAT (Wide Range Amplifier Technology): WRAT is
based around a low negative-feedback circuit topology that works to
reduce signal noise and distortion across the frequency range. A
"closed ground-loop circuit" design is employed, in which each
circuit has a separate link to the power supply. This helps to
cancel individual circuit noise and keep the ground potential free
of distortion. High Instantaneous Current Capability (HICC) enables
WRAT amplifiers to immediately cancel the speakers' reflex energy
and instantaneously send out the next signal. The same high current
better manages speaker impedance fluctuations, which can negatively
- 3-Stage Inverted Darlington Circuitry: The AV
receiver incorporates 3-Stage Inverted Darlington Circuitry into the
front & center channels. This core Onkyo technology employs a low-NFB
(negative feedback) design that makes the sound more natural.
- H.C.P.S. (High Current Power Supply): Under the
anti-resonant cover of any Onkyo receiver, you'll instantly notice
the High Current Power Supply (H.C.P.S.) transformer. With its huge,
isolated power supply design and high-capacity filter capacitors, it
delivers the large amounts of power necessary for reproducing the
wide dynamics of movie soundtracks and the detail and clarity of
- Optimum Gain Volume Circuitry: Optimum Gain
Volume Circuitry adjusts the gain so that less than half the amount
of attenuation is needed, ensuring the signal never comes close to
the noise floor. This protects the signal against noise, resulting
in a dramatically clearer sound.
Amplifier Assignment: The 7-channel amplifier can be
configured in three ways to match your type of speaker setup.
- Normal (7.2ch): The Onkyo TX-NR838 provides 7.2ch
surround in your main listening area. You can choose either Surround Back or
Front Height speakers (but not both).
- Front Bi-Amp (5.2ch): The Surround-Back/Front-High
speaker terminals can be reassigned and used along with the Front terminals
to bi-amp the front speakers, providing improved bass & treble performance.
When bi-amping the front speakers the receiver is limited to a 5.2ch speaker
system in the main room (no Surround Back or Front Height speakers)
- Powered Zone 2 (7.2ch + Zone 2): In this configuration,
you can connect Front, Center, Surround, Surround Back (or Front Height),
and Zone 2 speakers to the AV receiver. When Zone 2 is off, all seven
channels will be used in the Main Zone. However, when Zone 2 is on, power to
the two surround back (or front height) channels will be directed to the two
speakers in Zone 2 and the Main Zone will receive only five channels of
192kHz/24-bit DACs + Dual 32-Bit DSP Processing: This
Onkyo TX-NR838 is equipped with 192kHz/24-bit Burr-Brown DACs to decode
and playback high-resolution recordings with less jitter and clearer
sound. The receiver also employs powerful and highly accurate Dual 32-bit
processing DSP's (Digital Signal Processor) for better surround sound
PLL (Phase Locked Loop): PLL jitter-cleaning circuit
technology reduces jitter by comparing the input and output phases of the
digital signal and creating an accurate clock waveform. This enhances the
precision of digital signal processing and noticeably improves audio quality.
Jitter-cleaning technology works both for digital signals input via HDMI and for
digital signals converted from analog signals inside the receiver itself
AccuEQ Room Calibration: Calibrating the sound to
suit your room's acoustics is simple with Onkyo's AccuEQ auto-room
calibration. Once you've connected your speakers, plug-in the included
mic and wait a few moments as the TX-NR838 measures things such as
speaker distance, type, crossover, and output, taking into account any
reflections from your walls and floor. The system is designed
specifically to by-pass your front left and right speakers. The system
then optimizes the frequency response of the remaining speakers so you
can enjoy balanced surround sound regardless of room shape or furnishing
while retaining the characteristics of your front left and right
speakers for optimum enjoyment
Multi-Channel Decoding Formats: The Onkyo TX-NR838 AV
receiver supports the following multi-channel (Dolby Digital, DTS, Dolby Pro
Logic) decoding formats.
- Dolby Digital:
Dolby Digital EX,
Dolby Digital Plus,
DTS-HD Master Audio,
DTS-HD High Resolution,
DTS Neo: 6
- Dolby Atmos:
(with future firmware update)
- Dolby Pro Logic:
Dolby Pro Logic II,
Dolby Pro Logic IIx,
Dolby Pro Logic IIz
Note: Dolby Digital and DTS listening modes can
only be selected if your audio source is connected to the A/V
receiver via a digital audio connection (HDMI, optical, or coaxial).
To enjoy true 7.1ch Dolby Digital TrueHD and DTS-HD surround sound,
the receiver must be connected to your Blu-ray player via HDMI.
THX Select 2 Plus Certified: The TX-NR838 AV
THX Select 2 Plus certified. Founded by George Lucas, THX develops
stringent standards that ensure movies are reproduced in movie theaters
and home theaters just as the director intended. From early design
concepts to product rollout, THX works with its manufacturing partners
at each step of product development. Every detail is meticulously mapped
to the THX performance standards. And THX engineers spend countless
hours testing and analyzing each product for sound quality, usability
and interoperability. The result of this collaborative process is a THX
Certified receiver, amplifier or pre-amplifier designed from the
ground-up to present your favorite movies, music, and games in 5.1ch to
7.1ch surround sound loud and clear at studio reference volumes. THX
Select 2 Plus is specified for rooms where the screen-to-seat viewing
distance is 10-12' and the room volume is 3,000 cubic feet or
- THX Surround EX: The THX Surround EX mode further
expands 5.1ch sources for 6.1ch or 7.1ch playback.
- THX Loudness Plus: THX Loudness Plus compensates for
the tonal and spatial shifts that occur when the volume is reduced by
intelligently adjusting ambient surround channel levels and frequency
response. With THX Loudness Plus, home theater audiences can experience the
rich details in a surround mix at any volume level.
Onkyo Original DSP Modes: Onkyo's Original DSP
Modes, combined with Dolby Digital/DTS/Dolby Pro Logic processing,
produce more realistic, powerful sound effects for your movie and music
sound tracks based on the type of content and your home theater setup.
You can choose from the following:
- Orchestra: For classical or operatic music.
- Unplugged: For acoustic instruments, vocals,
- Studio-Mix: Suitable for rock or pop.
- TV Logic: Adds realistic acoustics to TV shows.
- Game: The receiver offers four different Gaming
modes - RPG, Action, Rock, and Sports.
- All Ch Stereo: Stereo sound from all speakers.
Ideal for background music.
- Full Mono: All speakers output the same sound
- Theater-Dimensional (T-D): Theater-Dimensional
circuitry takes the complexity out of conventional surround-sound
setups and lets you experience the excitement of surround sound from
as few as two ordinary speakers. Theater-Dimensional's unique
multi-speaker modes let you place up to five speakers conveniently
by the TV, for the most realistic virtual-surround sound possible.
Audiophile Listening Modes: The Onkyo TX-NR838
offers two audiophile listening modes which bypass the receiver's tone &
DSP processing for higher sound quality performance. In Direct mode,
audio from the input source is output without surround-sound processing.
This mode delivers pure sound with minimum sound quality adjustment and
filtration. In Pure Audio mode, the display and video circuitry are
turned off, minimizing possible noise sources for the ultimate in
high-fidelity audio reproduction.
Surround Parameters: The Onkyo TX-NR838 lets you
tweak and fine tune specific surround sound modes to suit your
- Dolby Pro Logic II Music Settings: While
listening in the Dolby Pro Logic II Music format, there are three
further enhancements you can adjust; Panorama: (broadens the front
stereo image to the surround speakers to provide a wraparound
effect), Dimension (allows you to move the sound field forward or
backward), and Center Width (allows you to adjust the width of the
- Center Image: In the Neo:6 Music mode, the
Center Image feature adjusts the output of the left and right
channels relative to the center channel, allowing you to make the
center channel more or less dominant as needed. This improves the
image of the center channel, especially when the listener is
off-center. Adjustment varies from 5 (nothing subtracted from the
L/R channels) to 0 (L/R channel output is cut in half).
- Pro Logic IIz Height Gain: The Height Gain
Control in Dolby Pro Logic IIz enables the listener to select how
much gain is applied to the front high speakers. There are three
settings, "Low", "Mid" and "High", and the front high speakers are
accentuated in that order. While "Mid" is the default listening
setting, the listener may adjust the Height Gain Control to their
- Listening Angle: While listening in the Theater
Dimensional mode you can adjust the listening angle to either Wide
(if listening angle is 40°) or Narrow (if listening angle is 20°).
Audio Enhancements: The Onkyo TX-NR838 receiver
provides various audio enhancements to deliver a high-quality listening
experience every time.
- CinemaFilter: Using the CinemaFilter you soften overly
bright movie soundtracks. Movie soundtracks are typically mixed for a large
theater (relative to your home theater) with lots of soft seats and thick
curtains on the walls. Home theater settings often lack these high frequency
absorbing wall treatments, making the soundtrack sound too bright.
CinemaFilter accounts for this and for many movies sounds more natural at
- Music Optimizer: The Music Optimizer function enhances
the sound quality of compressed music files. The Music Optimizer function
only works with PCM digital audio input signals with a sampling rate below
48kHz and analog input signals.
- Late Night Feature: The Late Night feature limits the
dynamic range of Dolby Digital recordings. Limiting the dynamic range makes
it easier to find a volume that ensures the quiet sounds are not too quiet
and the loud sounds are not too loud for night time listening. This allows
you to comfortably listen to without the need to constantly adjust the
volume to keep from waking family/neighbors. The choices are: Off, Low, and
High. This feature only works with Dolby Digital Encoded software and the
depth of the feature will vary based on the individual software package.
Bass Management: The Onkyo AV receiver offers Tone Control
and Phase Matching Bass technology to get the most bass impact out of your
- Tone Controls: You can independently adjust the Bass
(50Hz) and Treble (20kHz) of the TX-NR838 from -10 to +10 dB.
- Phase Matching Bass: Onkyo's Phase-Matching Bass
optimizes low frequencies while preserving mid-range clarity. This means
that powerful bass plays back with clear vocals; it doesn't overpower them.
- Double Bass: You can also activate the Double Bass
function in order to boost bass output even more by feeding bass sounds to
the front left/right speakers, center-channel, and powered subwoofer.
Volume Setup: The Onkyo AV receiver provides the
following volume settings.
- IntelliVolume: With IntelliVolume, you can set the
input level for each input (+/-12dB) selector individually. This is useful
if one of your source components is louder or quieter than the others. This
function does not work in Zone 2.
- Maximum Volume: Use this feature to set the receiver's
maximum volume level. This feature is useful to avoid turning the volume too
loud by mistake. You can set the Max Volume from 30-79 (max), or Off
- Power On Volume: Use this feature to set the volume
level when the power is turned on. You can choose between Last (same as the
volume when the unit was turned off), Min (0), or 1-79.
- Headphone Level: With this setting, you can specify the
headphone volume (+/-12dB) relative to the main volume. This is useful if
there's a volume difference between your speakers and your headphones.
Audio Inputs/Outputs: The Onkyo AV receiver offers a
variety of analog and digital audio inputs/outputs.
- Assignable Digital Inputs: The Onkyo receiver
is equipped with two optical digital inputs and three coaxial
digital inputs. All digital inputs are assignable. You can choose auto
decoding , PCM, or DTS for the digital audio inputs. Auto will
decode the signal in its original form (Dolby Digital, DTS, PCM,
etc), PCM decodes the signal to 2-channel, while DTS decodes only
DTS formatted sources.
- Phono Input: The Onkyo AV receiver is fitted
with a Phono input and ground terminal for connection of a turntable
- Binding-Post Speaker Terminals: There are
color-coded binding-post terminals for all speaker connections -
Front, Center, Surround, Surround Back/Front Height, and Zone 2. The
binding post terminals will accept bare-wire, pin-connectors, and
banana plugs (single/dual). Use 4- to 16-ohm speakers.
- 7.2ch Pre Outs: The Onkyo TX-NR838 features
7.2ch pre-amp outputs (Front, Center, Surround, Surround Back/Front
Height/Front Wide, and Dual Subwoofer) for connection of an external
power amplifier. The dual sub outputs share the same input signal
and are not discrete.
- Headphones: When headphones are plugged into
the full-size 1/4" jack on the front panel, all the speakers are
automatically muted. When you connect an iPod or iPhone to the USB
port on this receiver, no sound will be output from the headphone
7 HDMI Inputs/2 HDMI Outputs: The TX-NR838 has seven
HDMI inputs (6 rear/1 front) and two HDMI outputs for connecting
Blu-ray/DVD players, Satellite/Cable boxes, Game Consoles, and other
video components to your TV. The front HDMI input is fixed as the Aux
input, while the six rear-panel HDMI inputs are assignable to any of the
other inputs. The dual HDMI outputs can simultaneously
output the same audio/video signal to two TVs or you can assign the
second HDMI output to Zone 2 to display a different HDMI source in
another room (video is output at the
resolution supported by both TVs). The HDMI jacks can accept and switch 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p,
or 4K video signals to a HDTV (depending on input/output). All HDMI jacks will also support
uncompressed standard or high definition digital video along with the
following audio signals; 2-channel linear PCM, Multichannel linear PCM
(up to 7.1ch), and Bitstream (Dolby Digital/DTS, etc.). Additional HDMI
features include -
- 4K/60Hz + HDCP 2.2 (HDMI 2.0): The TX-NR838's
HDMI 3 input and main HDMI output are version 2.0 compliant;
supporting 4K/60Hz video signal, 21:9 display format, and HDCP 2.2
DRM copy protection compatibility. By implementing these new HDMI
technologies, the TX-NR838 will be able to support future 4K
streaming content from internet service providers (like Netflix) and
UHD terrestrial/satellite broadcasts (not yet available). The AV
receiver's HDMI 2-4 inputs and sub HDMI output are also version 2.0 and support 4K/60Hz
video signal, but do not support HDCP 2.2 DRM copy protection. The
receiver's HDMI 5-7 inputs are only version 1.4 and
support up to 1080p video.
- 3D-Ready: All HDMI jacks will accept 3D video from your 3D-ready Blu-ray player
and output the video signal in 3D to your 3D-ready flat-panel
- ARC (Audio Return Channel): The receiver's main
HDMI output features ARC (Audio Return Channel). This feature allows
audio to be sent from your compatible HDTV to your receiver through
the same HDMI cable already being used to send audio and video to
your HDTV. This eliminates the need for extra cables connected to
your television. The sub HDMI monitor output does not support this
- Auto Lip-Sync: The Lip-Sync function can
automatically synchronize HDMI audio and video (for any HDMI jack) that has gotten out
of sync due to the complex digital video processing being performed
by your HDMI-compatible TV. With HDMI Lip-Sync, the audio delay
required to synchronize the audio and video is calculated and
applied automatically by the AV receiver.
You can also manually correct the audio delay from 0 (no delay) to
800 milliseconds; in 10 millisecond steps.
Marvel Qdeo Video Chip for 4K Upscaling: The Onkyo
TX-NR838 utilizes a Marvel Qdeo Video Chip for 4K upscaling and video
processing. The Marvel Qdeo Video Chip produces quiet and natural video,
free from noise and artifacts. Analog component/composite video signals
are converted to HDMI, so you only need one cable to connect the
receiver to your TV. 480i video from the receiver's component/composite
video inputs and any HDMI video signal can be scaled to a higher
resolution set in the menu. You can set the AV receiver to upscale
analog and HDMI video to 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p, 4K, Auto
(automatically scaled to the highest resolution supported by the
display), or Through (no scaling). Upconversion and upscaling is only
supported by the main HDMI video output.
MHL-Compatible HDMI Port: The front-panel HDMI input is MHL compatible. This MHL compatible HDMI port provides easy, direct connection
of MHL compatible Android smartphones. Playback of up to 1080p video and
multi-channel audio from the phone is supported. The receiver will also charge
your connected phone. Play, Stop, and other basic operations can be controlled
from the AV receiver's remote control. Check
here for a list of compatible MHL-enabled Android phones.
Note: The front-panel HDMI input, along with the receiver's
front-panel USB port can also be used to connect your Lightning or 30-pin
connector Apple iOS device via Apple's
Lightning Digital AV adapter or
30-pin digital AV adapter; you'll also need the USB cable that came with
your Apple iOS device, and a HDMI cable (sold separately). This type of
connection provides "screen mirroring", audio/video playback, and charging
of your Apple iOS device through the Onkyo receiver and your HDMI-connected
TV. All control of your Apple iOS device will be done through its own
touchscreen (not the receiver). See AV adapter links for specific Apple iOS
HDMI Through: When enabling the HDMI Through
function, regardless of whether the AV receiver is "on" or in "standby"
both audio and video streams from an HDMI input will be output to your
television, via the receiver HDMI monitor output. You can select between
3 HDMI Through functions modes.
- Auto: Detects the signal and automatically
selects the input sources.
- Source: Selects the input source (BD/DVD,
VCR/DVR, CBL/SAT, Game, PC, Aux, TV/CD, Port) for which the HDMI
Through function in enabled.
- Last: The HDMI Through function is activated on
the input source selected at the time of setting the AV receiver to
the "standby" mode.
InstaPrevue: InstaPrevue technology provides a live
video thumbnail of the available content on your devices connected to
the receiver via HDMI. As a result, you can preview audio/video streams
coming from up to five HDMI inputs previously assigned to input selectors
on your HDMI connected TV. Even with multiple components connected to
receiver through HDMI, you can easily switch between inputs as their
previews are displayed on a single screen on your television. You can
even use the InstaPrevue feature for Picture-in-Picture. You can specify
the number of preview thumbnails, as well as their positioning
Note: If no video signal are present, the
thumbnails will be filled in black. With 3D video signals, the image
may not be properly rendered on the preview thumbnails of
Analog Video Inputs: The receiver features four
composite video inputs (3 rear/1 front) and one composite video monitor
output which support 480i video signals only. There is one component video input and one component video
output which support up to 1080i video signal. You must connect the
receiver to your TV via composite and/or component video to view
incoming video from the receiver's composite/component inputs.
Picture Adjust: Using the Picture Adjust feature, you can
adjust the picture quality and reduce any noise appearing on your TV screen.
- Wide Mode: Auto, Full, Zoom, Wide Zoom, or 4:3.
- Picture Mode: Custom
(Brightness/Contrast/Hue/Saturation/Color Temp), Cinema (for movies), Game
(for gaming), Through (changes resolution), Direct (no adjustment).
- Picture Settings: Film Mode (video or film), Edge
Enhancement (sharpens image), Noise Reduction (reduce noise).
Wired or Wireless Network Connection: The Onkyo TX-NR838 AV
receiver supports a wired or wireless network connection. Via the AV receiver's
network connection, you can enjoy music files stored on your computer and listen
to internet radio through a variety of online services.
- Ethernet (LAN) Jack: The Onkyo AV receiver is equipped
with an Ethernet (RJ-45) jack for connecting the player to your home network
and computer. Connecting the A/V receiver's Ethernet port to a 100Base-TX
switched Ethernet network is recommended for best results. Use a shielded
CAT-5 Ethernet cable to connect the receiver to your home network.
- Built-in Wireless LAN: The AV receiver also features
built-in WiFi that allows you to wirelessly connect to your home network, so
you can enjoy the benefits of a cable-free network environment. A wireless
connection requires a home network with a WiFi-enabled access point (IEEE
802.11 b/g/n). Supports WPS, WEP, and WPA security.
Streaming Music Files:
You can stream a variety music files
from your Windows PC, DLNA-certified music server, or a USB mass storage
class device. Compatible music file formats include MP3
(8-320kbps; 16-48kHz), WMA (47-320kbps), WMA Lossless (16/24-bit;
44.1-96kHz), WAV (8/16/24-bit; 8-192kHz), AAC (8-320kbps; 8-96kHz), FLAC
(8/16/24-bit; 8-192kHz), Apple Lossless (16/24-bit; 8-96kHz), Ogg Vorbis (48-500kbps;
8-48kHz), DSD (2.8224MHz), and LPCM (16-bit; 44-48kHz). You can control
basic playback functions of your music library from the included remote
control and receiver's on-screen menu; such as Folder/File Select,
Play/Pause, Stop, Fast Forward/Rewind, Previous/Next Track, and
- DLNA Certified: Because the TX-NR838 is DLNA certified, you can
play back music files stored on your Windows PC (w/ Windows Media
Player 11 or 12) or a DLNA (ver.1.5) compatible media server through the AV
receiver. Playback control can be done from the receiver's remote control or
your DLNA-certified computer/server.
- USB Mass Storage Class: This AV receiver is equipped with a
front-panel USB (type-A) port that allows you to enjoy a variety of music
files from a USB mass storage class memory device; such as your Android
smartphone (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only), portable MP3 player, or USB
thumbdrive (all formatted in FAT 16/32). USB portable audio players that can
be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the AV receiver's USB
port (5V/1A); even in standby mode. USB hubs and USB devices with hub
functions are not supported. MP3 players containing music files that
are managed with special music software are not supported. Apple
iPod, iPhone, and iPad devices are not supported via USB.
Note: Total of 20,000 music files/folders is supported.
Gapless playback is also supported.
Internet Radio: The Onkyo TX-NR838 lets you access
various Internet Radio providers through its wired or wireless network
connection. The TX-NR838 will display station name and program-related
information; such as artist name, song/album title, and elapsed playing
time. You can preset up to 40 of your "favorite" Internet radio stations
for easy recall.
||With more than 70,000 radio
stations and 2 million on-demand programs registered, TuneIn
is a service where you can enjoy music, sports and news from
all over the world.
||Pandora is a free,
personalized Internet radio service that plays the music you
know and helps you discover music you'll love. You can
select Internet radio stations by Artist, Song, or Genre.
||Spotify is a digital music
service that gives you on-demand access to one of the
largest music libraries in the world (over 15 million tracks
and counting). Spotify makes it easier than ever to
discover, manage, and share music with your friends. You can
browse music by artist, album, track, or most popular; and
create your own music library with customized playlists. A
Spotify Premium subscription is required.
||SiriusXM Internet Radio
lets you listen to over 120 channels of
commercial-free music, talk radio, news, sports, and more.
||Slacker is a free,
personalized Internet radio service that lets you choose the
music you want to listen to. You can choose Internet radio
stations by genre, or create custom station by Artist name
or Song title.
||AUPEO! Personal Radio is a
music streaming service based in Berlin that is available
worldwide. With AUPEO! Personal Radio, you can listen to
free music on the web. AUPEO! lets you play lots of music
and choose the playlist based on your personal taste. The
basic concept is based on personal music DNA, which allows
you to 'love' or 'ban' songs. The highly advanced software
then remembers this and adjusts as necessary. As a result,
we offer over 100 compilation genre channels, as well as
thousands of artist channels. Listen to music online based
on your tastes and preferences or use our one-of-a-kind
'Mood Tuner' to fit how you're feeling.
Note: To receive Internet radio, your Ethernet
network must have Internet access. Internet URLs in the following
formats are supported: PLS, M3U, and podcast (RSS). However,
depending on the type of data or audio format used by the Internet
radio station, you may not be able to listen to some stations.
AM/FM Tuner: With the built-in tuner you can enjoy
AM and FM radio stations. You can store your favorite stations as
presets for quick selection. You can store a combination of up to 40 of
your favorite FM/AM radio stations as presets. You can also tune
directly to a specific station by using the numeric keypad on the
included remote control.
Firmware Updates: Future firmware updates are
available from the Onkyo website through the receiver's Network or USB
connection. The tested TX-NR838 contained firmware version
1030-3110-0001-0300-0001 (as of 7/16/2014). Visit Onkyo's online
Download Center for the latest firmware updates.
On-Screen Menu w/ Setup Assistance: The Onkyo AV
receiver offers an on-screen (GUI) menu system through its HDMI output.
The simple on-screen display combines text and graphics that make setup
and other operations extremely easy. The initial setup assistant takes
you step-by-step through speaker configuration, source connection,
remote programming, and network connection. If your TV is connected to
the composite video or component video monitor output, you will need to
use the AV receiver's front-panel display when changing settings.
Multi-Source/Multi-Zone: The TX-NR838 offers three
Zones; a multi-channel audio/video system in your main listening room
(Main Zone), a stereo audio/video system in a second room (Zone 2), and
another stereo audio only system in a third room (Zone 3).
- Zone 2 (Audio/Video + HDMI): Zone 2 allows playback of a
separate audio/video source in 2-channel stereo in an additional room of
your home. Zone 2 features line-level and speaker audio outputs. This way,
Zone 2 can be powered by a separate amplifier (keeping 7.2ch playback in
your main room) or by the TX-NR838's built-in amplifier (limiting the main
room to 5.2ch). The Onkyo receiver also provides a Zone 2 HDMI output, so
two different HDMI audio/video feeds can be sent to two different displays
at the same time directly from the receiver (HDMI 1-4/Aux connected input sources
only). HDMI Zone 2 will output up to 4K video and 2-channel audio for the
HDMI input source selected. When powering Zone 2 with the receiver's
built-in amplifier, listening modes that require surround back or front
high/wide speakers are unavailable. You cannot power Zone 2 with the
receiver's built-in amplifier, if you are bi-amping your front speakers. The
volume of Zone 2 can be controlled from the receiver when using the speaker
outputs or line-level outputs, and from your add-on integrated amp when
using the line-level outputs.
- Zone 3 (Audio Only): Zone 3 allows playback of a
separate analog source in 2-channel stereo in a third room of your home.
Zone 3 features line-level outputs only. This way, Zone 3 can be powered by
a separate integrated amplifier (keeping 7.2ch playback in your main room).
The volume of Zone 3 can be controlled by the AV receiver or your separate
integrated amp's remote.
- Compatible Sources: Only Tuner, analog, USB, and Network
audio sources can be sent to Zone 2 and Zone 3. Zone 2 also supports HDMI
audio/video sources. As for Network, USB, and Bluetooth sources; you cannot
select different inputs for the main room and Zone 2/3. For example, if a
Network source been selected in the main room and then a USB is selected as
playback source in Zone 2/3, the input in the main room will also change to
the USB source. When listening to AM/FM radio, you cannot select different
stations for the main room and Zone 2/3.
- Incompatible Sources: Optical/coaxial digital audio
sources are not output to Zone 2 or 3. You cannot output analog video to
Zone 2 or Zone 3, and cannot output HDMI to Zone 3.
Whole House Mode: The Whole House Mode is useful when you
want to simply add extra background music to your home party. This mode allows
you to enjoy the same stereo music as the main room in separate rooms (Zone
2/3). The Whole House Mode selects the same input source for Zone 2/3 as the
main room. During the Whole House Mode, stereo playback is automatically
selected for all zones. The Main Zone & Zone 2/3 will play at the same volume
Name Edit: You can enter a custom name for each
individual input selector and radio preset for easy identification. When
entered, the custom name will appear on the display. This function
cannot be used for the AM/FM, Network, USB, and Bluetooth input selectors.
Display Dimmer + Screen Saver: The display
brightness has three settings; Dim, Dimmer, and Normal. If there is no
video signal on the current input source and no operation for a specific
time, a screen saver automatically comes on. You can set the time
(3min/5min/10min/off) until the screen saver activates itself. Once
active, the screen saver will go off and the screen will return to its
previous state if the AV receiver is operated in any way.
Timers: The receiver features a programmable Sleep Timer and
Auto Standby function.
- Auto Standby: The AV receiver will automatically go
into Standby mode, if there is no operation for 20 minutes with no
audio/video signal input.
- Sleep Timer: From the remote, you can set the unit to
automatically turn off after as much as 90 minutes or as little as 10
minutes; choices are presented in 10 minute increments.
Hybrid Standby: The Onkyo TX-NR838 features "Hybrid
Standby" mode to save energy and provide greater levels of convenience.
Hybrid Standby Mode provides "HDMI through" functionality and maintains
a local network connection while the receiver is essentially powered
down. This allows the user to watch TV without turning the whole
surround system on. Furthermore, when on Hybrid Standby, the home
theater may be powered up from "cold" using the Remote Apps for Apple
iOS and Android.
Bluetooth + Remote Control
Built-in Bluetooth: The Onkyo TX-NR838 features
built-in Bluetooth (version 2.1+EDR) with support for profiles A2DP 1.2
and AVRCP 1.3. You'll be able to wirelessly stream music from your
Bluetooth-enabled Apple device, Android smartphone/tablet, portable
audio player, laptop, or PC to the Onkyo receiver. You will also be able
to control basic playback functions (Play/Pause, FF/RW, Skip) using the
receiver's remote control. Advanced music operation will still need to
be handled from your Bluetooth-enable device. There is no song/artist
information display on the receiver or connected TV; continue to use
your Bluetooth device's screen to view song/artist info.
Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some
Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may
not support all features when used with the Onkyo receiver.
Onkyo Remote App (for Apple iOS & Android): The Onkyo Remote
iTunes Apps &
Google Play) allows you to operate the Onkyo AV receiver from your
Apple iOS (4.3+) or Android (2.1+) device, using your home's wireless
network. The Onkyo Remote App lets you you access Internet Radio
stations, AM/FM stations, DLNA content, and Input sources right from
your mobile device. Content information will be displayed on the
device's touchscreen. You also get to adjust tone controls, listening
modes, and speaker volume from your compatible Apple iOS or Android
device. The Onkyo Remote App even allows you to wirelessly
stream audio stored on your Apple iOS or Android device to the Onkyo AV receiver
and lets you control audio output for up to 3 Zones. The Onkyo AV
receiver and and your compatible Apple iOS or Android device must be
connected to the same home network.
Multibrand Remote w/ HDMI-Control: The receiver comes with an IR
remote control for wireless operation of this receiver and other
HDMI-connected sources (via HDMI CEC). In addition to the receiver, the
remote can be programmed using the receiver's on-screen menu to control popular brands of TVs, Blu-ray
players, DVD players/recorders, DVRs, VCRs, etc. HDMI Control allows HDMI-CEC compatible
components or RIHD-compatible
components connected via HDMI to be controlled with the TX-NR838. The
AV receiver offers the following HDMI-CEC controls.
- The AV receiver will enter Standby mode when the power of the TV
is turned to Standby.
- You can set on the menu screen of the TV to either output the
audio from the speakers connected to the AV receiver, or from the
speakers of the TV.
- It is possible to output the audio/video from the antenna or
from the input jack of the TV from the speakers connected to the AV
- Input to the AV receiver can be selected with the remote
controller of the TV.
- Operations such as volume adjustment or similar for the AV
receiver can be performed from the remote controller of the TV.
Remote Inputs/Outputs: The TX-NR838 contains RI
Control, IR Remote, 12V trigger, and RS-232C connections.
- RI Remote Control Jack: The 1/8" RI remote control jack
allows you to connect this receiver to other compatible Onkyo components.
- IR Input: The 3.5mm IR input jack allows you to control
the receiver without line-of-sight access using an optional IR remote
control system and locating the remote sensor in sight.
- 12 Volt Trigger: The 3.5mm minijack output can be
connected to the 12-volt trigger input on a power amplifier in Zone 2. When
the zone is turned on, a 12-volt trigger signal is output.
- RS-232C Port: The TX-NR838 has an RS-232C port for
connection to external control systems from companies such as AMX or