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Onkyo TX-NR838

7.2-channel home theater receiver with Wi-Fi®, Bluetooth®, and Dolby Atmos®

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High-res audio

Heighten your senses with the latest surround sound development

Surround back speakers are so last year. Add height to your home theater's sound stage with the Onkyo TX-NR838. When you upgrade this receiver's firmware for Dolby Atmos® capability, you'll be ready to experience a new dimension in home theater immersion as sound is projected from above your listening positions. Dolby Atmos lets you swap out surround back channels for in-ceiling speakers or special Dolby enabled speakers that reflect sound off the ceiling. It's just the latest technology the TX-NR838 can add to your home theater. There's also 4K video processing, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for wireless music, and THX® certification for intense movie realism with traditional surround sound setups.

Dolby Atmos adds a new dimension to sound

Dolby's latest surround sound technology was designed to bring a new level of immersion to your home theater. By employing in-ceiling speakers or special Atmos enabled upward-firing speakers that reflect sound off your ceiling, Dolby Atmos offers a greater sense of space for sound that's more three-dimensional. Already at work in film production studios and many movie theaters, Dolby Atmos represents a huge step in putting more "theater" into your home theater.

The TX-NR838 lets you add two overhead or up-firing speakers (sometimes called "height" or "top" speakers) to a conventional five-channel system — this is referred to as a 5.1.2 Dolby Atmos setup. You can use either one or two subwoofers with this setup.

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth offer lots of music choices

Music is increasingly delivered from sources other than shiny discs. Smartphones, tablets, computers, Internet radio, and subscription services offer a wealth of listening options. You can take advantage of all of them with the TX-NR838. Stream music from smartphones and tablets over Bluetooth, to play audio from any app through your home theater speakers. If you have a digital music library stored on a networked PC or storage drive, Wi-Fi lets you play those tunes over your home network. There's also built-in support for Spotify®, Pandora® Internet radio, SiriusXM, and free Internet radio streams via TuneIn radio. With so many choices, you'll never have trouble finding something to listen to. Plus, Onkyo's Music Optimizer helps flesh out the sound of compressed files and Bluetooth streams.

Onkyo's free remote app for Apple and Android

Listen to music from online music services using Onkyo's free remote app for Apple and Android smartphones.

Emphasis on sound

The 'NR838 is about more than just convenience and versatility. Onkyo has always put a premium on sound quality. This receiver features their Wide Range Amplifier Technology, which provides plenty of current to ensure smooth sound even during large swings in dynamics. This reduces distortion while ensuring music and movie soundtracks have plenty of punch. Phase-Matching Bass Enhancement keeps low-frequency tones from muddying the midrange, so you get plenty of deep bass while vocals and dialogue remain clear and detailed. If you've downloaded high-resolution music from sites like HDtracks, you'll appreciate this receiver's ability to decode high-res files like FLAC, WAV, Apple Lossless, and DSD. Or kick it old school by connecting your turntable and enabling Pure Direct Analog Path to turn off all digital circuitry for top-shelf analog playback.

Multi-room audio and video

If you'd like to add speakers to an adjoining bedroom, kitchen, or porch, you can plan ahead with the TX-NR838. Powered Zone 2 outputs let you use two of the receiver's amplifier channels to drive an additional set of speakers for use in another room. Two HDMI outputs operate independently, so you can even watch different video content on a second TV. While the kids enjoy a movie on Blu-ray in the home theater, you can catch the ballgame on cable in the bedroom. When feeding a second TV via Zone 2 HDMI, you can use the TV's speakers — or for better sound, consider hooking up your old receiver to some additional speakers in that second room. The 'NR838 also has line-level Zone 3 outputs for even more multi-room flexibility.

Simple setup and control

The tiny microphone that's included with the TX-NR838 is your key to properly calibrated home theater sound. Plug it into the front of the receiver, and let Onkyo's AccuEQ optimize your system for your room and speaker setup. This ensures you'll get the best possible sound in your room, even if its odd layout forces you to place speakers in less than ideal locations. Before you start exploring this receiver's features, be sure to download the Onkyo remote app to your Apple® or Android™ smartphone. It offers easy control of the receiver's most important functions, as well as giving you instant access to Internet radio and other online music choices.


    Power and Processing:
    • 7-channel amplifier
    • 130 watts per channel into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at .08% THD, with 2 channels driven
    • Dolby® and DTS® surround sound decoding, including Dolby Pro Logic® IIz
    • Dolby Atmos processing for use with in-ceiling or "height" speakers for more enveloping home theater sound (firmware update required)
    • THX Select2 Plus certified for uncompromised home theater sound
    • analog-to-HDMI video upconversion (up to 1080p and 4K) with Marvell Qdeo video processing
    • AccuEQ automatic speaker calibration optimizes your system's sound for your room (microphone included)
    Digital and Streaming Music Options:
    • built-in Wi-Fi for listening to music from a networked PC, free Internet radio, and music services
      • includes support for Pandora, Spotify, SiriusXM, Slacker®, TuneIn, and Aupeo! (subscription required for some services)
    • built-in Bluetooth for wireless music streaming from a compatible smartphone, tablet, or computer
    • front-panel MHL-ready HDMI input for playing audio and HD video from select Android smartphones and tablets
    • DLNA-certified for streaming music with compatible devices and computers
    • plays high-resolution digital music files via USB storage device or a networked computer (up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution)
    • plays DSD files (up to 2.8 MHz .dsf files) from network and USB storage devices
    Multi-room Audio/Video:
    • three-room/three-source output
      • powered stereo audio outputs for 2nd room
      • Zone 2 HDMI output allows you to watch different video content simultaneously on two TVs
      • using powered 2nd-room output allows 5.2 home theater in main room
      • line-level 2nd- and 3rd-room outputs for use with a separate amplifier or powered speakers
      • output in 3rd room requires the use of separate amplifier or powered speakers
      • sources connected to the optical and coaxial digital inputs cannot be output to Zones 2 and 3; HDMI sources cannot be output to Zone 3
    Audio Performance Features:
    • high-current amplifier design with large power transformer
    • Pure Direct Analog Path disengages all digital circuitry for clean playback of analog sources
    • 24-bit/192kHz Burr-Brown digital-to-analog converter
    • Music Optimizer function enhances the sound quality of compressed music files
    • bi-amp capability with compatible front speakers by reassigning "surround back" channels
    • HDMI 2.0 audio/video switching: 7 in, 2 out (includes front-panel MHL-compatible input)
    • component video switching: 1 in, 1 out
    • composite video switching: 3 in, 1 out
    • digital audio inputs: 2 optical and 3 coaxial
    • 6 analog stereo audio inputs
    • phono input for direct connection of a turntable
    • 7.2-channel preamp outputs for connection to a separate power amplifier
    • front-panel USB port for audio playback from USB storage devices
    • Ethernet port for network connection
    • outputs for 9 speakers (Front L/R, Center, Surround L/R, Surround Back L/R, Zone 2 L/R)
    • receiver can power a maximum of seven channels at once
    • RS 232, IR, and 12-volt trigger connections for use with external controllers
    General Features:
    • free Onkyo remote app lets you use your Apple or Android device as a Wi-Fi remote
    • InstaPrevue offers live picture-in-picture preview of connected HDMI sources
    • 4K/60p and 3D video pass-through
      • HDCP 2.2 copy-protection compatibility for future 4K broadcast and streaming content (HDMI 3 input and main output only)
    • HDMI standby pass-through allows access to all HDMI connected devices without having to power on the receiver
    • Audio Return Channel function receives digital audio signals from a compatible TV's tuner via HDMI
    • Phase-Matching Bass optimizes low frequencies to preserve clarity with vocals and movie dialogue
    • 40 AM/FM presets
    • remote control
    • 17-1/8"W x 7-13/16"H x 16-5/8"D
    • weight: 34.2 lbs.
    • warranty: 2 years
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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    my $299.99 Yamaha won

    Written By Antoine, Louisiana on Friday, September 18, 2015

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    I was in the market for a mid to high level receiver with plenty of power to push my Polk Audio TSI300's. My Yamaha RXV465 seems to always leave me feeling a little disappointed(tweaked out or default and mostly with music). I thought it was the speakers until I played them very loud. I needed good sound at comfortable volumes. I emailed a Crutchfield rep. He made some great suggestion and also recommended a beefier amp. I decided on the beefiest for my budget- The Onkyo TXNR838 .130 watts per channel into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at .08% THD, with 2 channels driven w high class Discrete power supply vs rxv465 105 watts x 5 into 8 ohms (1k Hz) at 0.9% THD WITHOUT a high class power supply or discrete, which is probably 65-70w ch if measured like the Onkyo. I compared the two using a CD's/dvd's. With movies, night listening w the adptv DRC was Way better on the Yamaha. I could hear Everything at low volumes. It didn't work well w Onkyo and the lip sink seemed off a little. The Onkyo sounds good, but not noticeably better than the Yamaha with music. After carefully testing side by side with all effects off, and the sub off, the Yamaha had better, and more punchier sound for a Way less powerful amp. The Onkyo, with all of that power did not serve the purpose. At that expensive price, it should have stomped my much less expensive yamaha. Maybe the difference is volume, but I don't need loud. sent it back. I will try a Yamaha Advantage next time.(the Onkyo puts out lots of heat too.)

    Pros: Remote- controlled everything on all my components, sounds good( but not better), adjust sub woofer easily with remote, looks beefy, better bass sound with sound boost (yamaha bass sounds forced with boost on), every feature you would need.

    Cons: looks beefy, very hot when on, Adaptive DRC did not make much difference (tough on night listening) way better on Yamaha,

    Onkyo TX-NR838

    Written By Jim, Oklahoma on Monday, September 07, 2015

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    I've only had this receiver for a couple of weeks, but so far it is awesome!! The sound quality is incredible and very clear, it is loud, and so far easy to use. Hooking it up was pretty simple and using the calibration mike was quick and easy. The only thing I haven't figured out is how to watch TV while using the blutetooth feature, I like to listen to music while having the TV on, sports etc.... It keeps going to my HDMI input. My wife and kids love it also. We had a Rotel RSX 1050 receiver. While it was a VERY good amp, it was not very user friendly, the remote alone had a 50 page manual for it. When I was looking at this receiver it was between this one and the Marantz. I chose this one because I had had several Onkyo receivers back in the day, I liked the power, the THX certification and the ability to upgrade to Atmos in the future. The amp makes my Boston M340 speakers sing like never before. I do wish I had a powered sub though. My next purchase will be the AudioQuest type 4 speaker cable for the fronts and the center channel. I am still trying to decide if that will make almost $500 difference in the sound of the speakers!!! Thanks for putting this receiver on sale, it was something I never would have been able to buy otherwise. Now if I could get you guys to put the Boston Acoustics Bravo 20's on sales I could replace my blown rear speakers!!

    Pros: Power, Bluetooth, THX, and upgrade ability and it's very easy to use.

    Cons: Not being able to watch TV while using the Bluetooth feature, but that could very well be because I haven't figured out how to do it yet.

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    Written By Anonymous, Georgia on Saturday, September 05, 2015

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    Great bang for buck receiver! Very powerful and easy to use.

    Pros: Versatile and powerful!

    Cons: None at this time.

    Exceptional A/V Receiver!

    Written By Eric V., Utah on Wednesday, September 02, 2015

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    I love Crutchfield for all their help and support in picking out the best receiver for my needs, thank you.This purchase was to upgrade my 2010 Pioneer I had and I'm really glad that I did. When playing music there isn't a huge difference between the two, with the exception that the Onkyo has dual pre-outs for two subwoofers. That was one of the reasons I wanted to upgrade from my old Pioneer. I added a second sub (HSU STF-2) to go with my (HSU STF-1) and all I can say is wow. What a big difference in how nice my bass sounds now, no matter where you sit, stand or walk around too in my kitchen and living room area the bass sounds awesome. I love the built in Wifi, software updates are a breeze. The one thing I must say is the Onkyo trumps my older Pioneer in how much better movies and TV sound, no contest. Much more spacious, room filling, defining sounds that seem to be coming from everywhere. I also love that it has the Dolby D+, which my Pioneer didn't. Now when I watch netflix just about all the movies have that encoded for their soundtracks and it sounds awesome. I don't know if it is the 1080P upscaling of the Onkyo, but almost all the shows and movies on Netflix now are displayed in 1080P and look incredible. Some of the new shows on there look as good as when I play a Blu-ray disc on my Oppo player, very impressive. Then you add that it is pretty future proof, with 4K support, HDCP 2.2 compatibility. I can't wait to get some Dolby Atmos speakers to add to my system

    Pros: Dual pre-outs for two subwoofers, Dolby Atmos, Wifi, sound quality, 4K with HDCP 2.2 support, 1080P & 4K upscaling, 3D compatible.

    Cons: Only cons I would say is that when turned on, it takes about 20-30 seconds to start up, but that is a pretty minor thing compared to all the pros it has.

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    Written By William H, Florida on Tuesday, August 25, 2015

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    After the HDMI issues I had with my previous Onkyo receiver (TX NR818) issue I decided to give Onkyo another chance. So far I am very pleased with this model. The remote is a little different which I like. The zone 2 works great. (I only use it to power speakers on the lanai.) I would give Onkyo one bit of advice though. Go back to including Audyssey for speak calibration. Overall a good unit.

    Pros: Zone 2 & redesigned remote layout

    Cons: Speaker calibration

    Impressive system

    Written By dls, Virginia on Saturday, August 22, 2015

    First receiver upgrade in 18 years, so take that into consideration. Had 70 watt system, so stepping up to 130 watt system was quite an upgrade. Separation of surround sound is amazing. Pumps out the audio no matter what's being fed to it (Pandora, CDs, Netflix, etc.)

    Pros: Great deal (currently $400 off system). Once set up, easy to navigate between inputs.

    Cons: Doesn't come with actual manual - has very brief overview sheet, which wasn't helpful at all

    Onkyo makes the best

    Written By pimpedstratus, Washington on Sunday, August 16, 2015

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    Lots of power and super clean sound, powers my 4 yamaha ns-777's with ease.

    Pros: all the 4k features

    Cons: wish it had an eq setup

    Onkyo TX-NR838, it died!!

    Written By DeanH, Anadarko, OK on Monday, July 27, 2015

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    I bought this unit to replace my current Onkyo, I always loved Onkyos because of their power, sound, and dependability. When I finally got this one hooked up I couldn't believe at how clear and rich it sounded, I'm using my same Boston Acoustics speakers I've had for 10 yrs and they have never sounded like this, music I don't usually listen to was magnificent, I was totally blown away, this was the first night I had it. The next morning, I wanted to share with my wife how nice and clear this unit was so I turned it on and started to shuffle through the music when it died, I thought surely I must have hit a wrong button, I went through trouble shooting but didn't help, I finally called Crutchfield and we concluded that the amp had blown, there is literally no sound at all. This is the first time I've had this happen with an Onkyo and I'm kind of puzzled, of course Crutchfield already has another one on the way and I can only hope it doesn't happen again. I guess we will get a lemon every now and then and hope I don't get another. I rated this 3 stars just because of how good it sounded before it died, if not for that it would have received only 1 star.

    Pros: Awesome sound, clarity and power! Beautiful!

    Cons: The awesome sound only lasted 2 hours before it croaked!

    Great system. It replced my 727

    Written By Anonymous, Houston, Texas on Tuesday, July 21, 2015

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    I am a onkyo fan. This is my 3rd, and with all the ones I owned, I was satisfied.

    Pros: All is good.

    Cons: Hard time enabling back speakers

    TX-NR838 is a fantastic and capable receiver

    Written By Tim, La Crosse, WI on Sunday, July 19, 2015

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    The TX-NR838 receiver is a perfect blend of power, connectivity and sound quality. With the available Onkyo app, control and management is simple. The onscreen display is intuitive. The automatic speaker tuning was quick and accurate. Atmos dolby cannot be beat for a true theater 3D experience.

    Pros: Power, connectivity, design

    Cons: Heat output, slow startup

    Great Sound

    Written By Lee, Silicon Valley on Thursday, July 16, 2015

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    This receiver was everything I expected it would be. The sound is great and I have found no problem with the video transfer.

    We're using this receiver to listen to music (classical, early music, and jazz) and only have two speakers attached (Klipsch RP-150M). We use the same two speakers to watch vide, so one could say that we're not using its full potential. However, we do have multiple devices attached: BD player, DVD, Amazon FireTV, turntable, and a DAC for old MP3 players. I'm using the system for play music from my PC via Bluetooth instead of paying for a separate decent Bluetooth speaker.

    The front USB port is handy.

    The remote works well as a universal controller, with a few limitations (no FireTV support)

    Pros: 1) assignable ports for coax and optical digital audio, component and composite video 2) RCA jacks for older equipment 3) easy to set up and use 4) remote 5) rear panel is well laid out and color coded

    Cons: 1) It wouldn't hurt to have 1 or 2 USB ports on the back. 2) The manual isn't written very well, but the product is designed well enough that you can figure it out on your own with the manual as a starting point.

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    Written By jpicc, Florida on Saturday, July 11, 2015

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    Plays DLNA flawlessly. Compatible with Microsoft "play to" feature. Sound quality is excellent.

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    Written By Damon, Missouri on Wednesday, July 08, 2015

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    As of right now I'm disappointed. I had the Receiver hooked up for less than 5 days and it completely failed. Will not come on it just shut off and never came back on. Thankfully it failed while it was still under the 60 day guarantee with Crutchfield and I'm getting an exchange but now I got to worry if it is going to fail again after the 60 day period ends.

    Pros: The ease of setup.

    Cons: 1. Failed 4 days after taking it out the box and setting up. 2. The pass-through does not work properly. When you shut the receiver off and you were using the pass through feature(I'm using my satellite) for more than a couple of hours, you have to turn on the Onkyo Receiver first before you can get a signal to come on again. This really defeats the purpose of "PASS-THROUGH" because I shouldn't have to turn the unit, so I will run a second HMDI cable to my tv and not rely on the pass through.

    Great Buy Over Current Models (2015)

    Written By Kevin B, Texas on Wednesday, July 08, 2015

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    Before I give out my full brick wall of text review, I'll sum it up with what made me choose this receiver:

    Pre Outs HDCP 2.2 Compliant Phono Input Price Bluetooth

    I spent about a month doing heavy research on what I required for what I needed. During this month of research Onkyo's newest models were being released, and as tempting as it was to wait for the new updated receivers to have the latest and "greatest" I am glad I restrained myself. The 838 is HDCP 2.2 compliant on the main outpout and 1 input which makes this receiver futureproof for copyrighted 4k material down the line. I myself do not own a 4k tv yet but will eventually probably in about 3 years or so once content is actually out there to enjoy at the fullest. This receiver also has pre outs, which will let me apply amplifiers later on if needed to power up some bigger, badder speakers. The price you can find this receiver now is a way better deal than buying a current gen receiver that has extra HDCP 2.2 HDMI ports. To be honest, no technology is future proof, so why be an early adapter just to have your product be inferior the following year. Why not invest that money into other products like speakers that are guaranteed to outlast a receiver if taken well care of.

    I mainly use this receiver for cable tv, xbox one, turntable, sound on my computer, and occasionally I use the bluetooth feature. I've had only one issue, but that was more of the settings on xbox for blurays, I just had to turn off 24hz.

    Pros: HDCP 2.2 Compliant Pre Outs Bluetooth Phono Input Price In my opinion, best bang for your buck. I'd highly recommend this receiver .

    Cons: Heat. In a 78F room, the receiver was reaching temps up to 120F on the top exaust part of the casing. It wasn't crazy hot to wear it would burn you if you touched it, but just really warm. Looking into the cutouts I could see a fan that never seemed to come on. Doing research on this, an Onkyo representative explained that it only kicks in when needed and that the parts can withstand up to 150F which turns on the fan. I made a usb powered computer fan system for it so now top temps are 92-10


    Written By Bob C, California on Monday, July 06, 2015

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    It's probably a great unit for most, but I wasn't impressed by it. I have a TX-NR 809, that I have been using for at least 3 years now, and I still love it. When I saw the 838 on sale, I thought it would be a great upgrade to what I already have, so I ordered it before going online and really checking it out. In my mind, it should be what I already have with the 809, and then some. When I checked online, there were too many changes. The remote was lacking many features that my 809 has, and the back panel of the 838, does not have all the inputs and output connections that my 809 has, not to mention, the 809 has the same speaker setup as the 838. So what was I really getting? Atmos? It seemed like a lot of money for that alone considering I already have the height and width speaker connections. Onkyo was good enough to tell me about all the new updates that the 838 has over the 809, and they sound great that they improved things internally. But what good is it all without all the connections? To me, it was like buying a new car with more horsepower, but slacked off on the transmission (if you know what I mean). What good is having the power to do everything, if you can't put the power to where you need it? Don't get me wrong, the 809 has made me a believer in Onkyo's products, but I feel I would be losing more than I'm gaining with this receiver. So I returned it. I will wait for a sale on a 1030 instead.

    Pros: Atmos

    Cons: Lack of functions and connections

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    Written By R L, New Mexico on Thursday, July 02, 2015

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    The TX-NR838 is performing as I had expected with clear sound it is driving two Definitive BP 2000 full range speakers with 15" subwoofers, a Definitive BP 1000 center channel, two BPX surround speakers and I have added two Onkyo SKH -410 Dolby Atmos enabled speakers. I am hearing sounds that were not present before with good separation between speakers. The video is also up scaling for a better picture.

    Pros: Great sound and picture with 4k and 3D up scaling and pass-through

    Cons: No 120V rear outlet for switched gear

    Great sound

    Written By GeorgeA, Texas on Sunday, June 28, 2015

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    Much more punch and power than my 15 year old Yamaha RX-V995. Easy to set up, good instructions.

    Pros: Enough power to drive two sets of speakers in Zone 2 (Bose 201 outdoors) without a second amp and still drive the zone 1 6 speakers.

    Cons: Smallish buttons (and print) on remote, still getting used to them

    Onkyo TX-NR838 7.2-channel home theater receiver with Wi-Fi Bluetooth,

    Written By Rogelio, Port Saint Lucie FL on Sunday, June 28, 2015

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    Great power and having the ability to control the receiver with the app is nice.

    Pros: The auto adjustment mic works great if you need to know exact footage and crossover frequency.

    Cons: The only complaint that I have if any is that after auto adjustment it seems to put the center channel lower than I would like it to be. I adjust the center channel 2 or 3 db higher.

    Nice Receiver

    Written By Stubbrnmule, Bremerton, WA on Monday, June 15, 2015

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    I ordered this unit to replace a Marantz SR 8000 that was experiencing issues. Originally was looking at another Marantz because of past experience with awesome sound quality. The bang for the buck is what led me to the Onkyo. It's loaded with features that I didn't have on the old Marantz; so far I am satisfied. Haven't used it enough yet to thoroughly review, but so far I'm happy.

    As always, extremely happy with Crutchfields customer support, fast shipping, selections and price. Thank you to Buzz for your assistance in answering questions prior to purchasing!

    Pros: Features, price, good sound quality, flexibility with component connection options, easy to set up.

    Cons: None yet. Have had problems getting the wifi to connect and so far unable to use the Onkyo remote app.

    Outstanding A/V Receiver

    Written By JimG, Crossville, Tennessee on Wednesday, June 10, 2015

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    This is my 3d Onkyo Receiver since 2004. I bought it primarily for additional HDMI inputs and Standby Pass Through. I use the unit only as a preamp/switcher, in a 7.1 channel configuration, with external amplifiers, active crossovers, and 1/3 octave equalizers on all channels except the subwoofer. The receiver is very quiet, and the automatic room equalization feature is nothing short of spectacularly effective. My older Onkyo receivers (a TX-SR 703, bought in 2004, and a TX-SR 705 bought a couple of years later) are in my SunRoom and Master Bedroom, respectively, and are still going strong.

    Pros: Very low signal to noise ratio; excellent automatic room equalization system; 7 HDMI inputs; plenty of power even for most large rooms.

    Cons: No 110 volt output; no 12 volt trigger.

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    Written By cmu3rd, New Jersey on Tuesday, June 09, 2015

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    I upgraded from my old TX-NR901. I would have given this a 5 star except for one annoying feature. The ACR feature allows the TV to change the HDMI input to TV/DVD when you turn on the Receiver and TV. You can stop this by turning ACR off but this does not allow you to use the ACR feature even when you choose TV/DVD. So every time I turn on the system I have to change the input to cable. The response from Onkyo is this is how ACR works. It would be nice if I could choose the input I want to start when the receiver is powered on. Besides this annoyance I am very happy with the receiver. The sound is amazing. I use 7.1 surround in the TV room and both zone 2 and 3 pre-outs for whole house sound. It would be nice if zone 3 passed HDMI input even though it doesn't pass video. I like to use the music channels from my cable provider and I can't use zone 3. The music streaming apps sort of replace the cable provider music and w-fi work great although I did hard wire the network because I easily could. I miss the switched outlets. Not sure why Onkyo dropped these. The setup is very easy. I haven't used the new Dolby surround feature as I don't have in ceiling speakers. I do plan on adding a 2nd TV in another room on zone 2.

    Pros: Multiple zones. Easy setup. Streaming apps and iPhone app.

    Cons: Input selection with ACR. No switched outlets.

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    Written By Winston A, Winter Haven, FL on Sunday, May 31, 2015

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    Lots of power

    As advertised

    Written By DougG, New York on Monday, May 25, 2015

    Just as advertised, excellent value for price. Comprehensive, easy to set up. Multiple options. Using zone 2 with speaker selector with 5 different sets of room speakers and enough to not need separate power amp. Love the downloadable app for iphone.

    Pros: Comprehensive for very affordable price. Comprehensive features, would have liked apple air support also.

    Cons: Nothing

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    Written By Anonymous, Minooka, IL on Monday, May 25, 2015

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    Setup and use are a breeze. Fantastic sound quality with plenty of power to spare. Didn't know my speakers could sound so good!

    Pros: Build quality, amp power, audio quality

    Cons: So large it is hard to find a place where it will fit.

    Excellent Receiver

    Written By Karl, Oklahoma on Monday, May 18, 2015

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    Replaced a 21 year old receiver with the Onkyo TXNR838 sound is awesome and it has all the power needed to run all of the speakers inside and outside of my house.

    Onkyo TX-NR838 Receiver

    Written By Tom B, Rochester, New York on Saturday, April 25, 2015

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    Great receiver, replaced a fairly new Yamaha receiver. I bought this one mainly for the 4K update.

    Excellent sound

    Written By Surround junkie, Kentucky on Sunday, April 12, 2015

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    This is the 4th receiver I've owned. First was an Onkyo I bought in 2008 but as time went on I was looking for more power and a crisp sound. I then went thru 2 Denons with no satisfaction but with this receiver.....this is the latest and greatest of the new line. Very satisfied


    Written By Mike L, California on Saturday, April 11, 2015

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    Nice receiver. I have it set up in a 7.2+1 ( we all need 500 watts of subs!) and it sounds great. Tweeking the speaker settings made a big difference, especially in music mode- Guys at Crutchfield helped with that! This unit is set to take you into the next generation of A/V. Just watched Daredevil, some blind super hero series on Netflix. The sound provided in 4K as it related to a blind man playing superhero was incredible. You could watch the Blind super hero (In 4K) and actually hear the sounds around him, like he did. Buy nice speaker to go with this! Only let down is no switched 120v outlett or 12v trip that turns on and off with the receiver. I have less than 1" clearance above the receiver, so I use cooling fans above it. These have to be manually turned on via Zone 2. But this is a minor problem! Sounds great and is relatively simple to use. It is like my Sony XBR900 series TV: If you can afford one of these, buy it- great value and superior performance!

    Pros: Sounds Great, relatively easy to adjust settings. Wireless and other features hooked up flawlessly (which is great, since I come form the generation before them!).

    Cons: No automaticaly switched 120v outlett or 12v trip


    Written By artto, Illinois on Friday, March 06, 2015

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    I love this receiver! Great sound, very musical, powerful. I wanted built-in WiFi AND HDCP 2.2 compliance for future 4K video compatibility. At the moment Onkyo is the only game in town that meets both those requirements and is also Atmos ready. I auditioned a variety of receivers from different manufacturers and models before decide I wanted deciding to keep this one. Excellent performance & features at this price point.

    Pros: Built-in WiFi with external rabbit ear antennas for better reception/connectivity, HDCP 2.2 compliant, Atmos ready.

    Cons: As others have mentioned, would be nice if the remote control were lighted. Make sure you check the dimensions to make sure it fits if you plan on installing this in some kind of entertainment cabinetry.

    Onkyo TX-NR838

    Written By ZMan, Waterloo, IL on Friday, February 20, 2015

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    This unit replaced a 14 year old very high end and expensive Integra A/V receiver that finally gave up the ghost in very smoky way! Have been looking at going the Onkyo route instead of back to Integra. Unboxed unit and hooked up to system that has BluRay/Logitech music streamer/digital TV box feeding a Visio 55 in TV. I have a large Definitive Technology 7 channel speaker system and I was worried this thing would not have enough power. The family room installation is 25' X 25' with 14 foot ceilings, pretty big. This baby has more than enough power and I think the audio quality is much better than on the old Integra. (obvious technology updates has an impact here) The remote control is pretty good and was able to setup to control the other devices quickly. I am very satisfied with this unit; big bang for the buck (especially when compared to what I paid for the Integra unit 14 years ago which was Way more!)

    Pros: Easy setup, plenty of power, pretty good remote control (if my wife can use it then it must be good!)

    Cons: Remote control is not backlighted. Would of liked to see that the front USB port could handle photos as well as music.


    Written By Anonymous, Washington, DC on Monday, February 09, 2015

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    Nice unit... See pros=

    Pros: Setup was effortless to Xbox, DVD, CD, +amp, blue ray, speakers, power range is great, app works great, great features all function seamlessly. Very satisfied with purchase...delivered damage free??

    Cons: Heavy heavy heavy...

    Are you kidding me....

    Written By Gene W, Philly on Sunday, February 08, 2015

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    Will let everyone know in a year after I learn how to use it

    Works great

    Written By Jim, the Washington, DC Area on Sunday, January 18, 2015

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    I bought this because I needed an AVR that would do HDMI2 with HDCP 2.2. I have a Sony 4K set with the 4K media player X10 with needs both of those features to play properly. I was a bit surprised that it was able to play HDCP 2.2 material. Most people with other receivers were having a great deal of problems. So far I am very happy. I believe Onkyo is the only company that offers HDCP 2.2.

    Pros: Plays HDCP 2.2 material

    Cons: None yet

    Good for the Price

    Written By MJT, Staunton on Tuesday, November 11, 2014

    I was looking to upgrade to a 4K TV and needed to upgrade my receiver and was considering the Denon x3000, Onkyo TX-NR929.

    But after doing research these two receivers only did HDMI 1.4 which only allows 4K to be ran in 30Hz I wanted to do the full 60Hz and realize I needed a 2014 model.

    I purchased on 10/3/2014 the Onkyo TX-NR838. It does HDMI 2.0 on ports 1-4 and 3 is DHCP 2.2 And the MultiRoom HDMI switching is great to uses if you want to have input going to 2 different rooms.

    The on-screen display is simple and easy to navigate, setup was a breeze, it walks you through most of the settings on initial setup.

    As for the AccuEQ don't really know how it compares to the Audyssey MultEQ which is what my old one had. It measures distance very accurately and I always adjust the Db level to my preference.

    I have 6 Polk Audio Monitor30 Series II, CS1 Series II Center and DSWPRO 660wi. The receiver truly sounds awesome, the Phase Matching Bass adds depth to bass.

    New to 2014 is Dolby Atmos but this receiver only will do 5.1.2 and I had a 7.1 setup. The display seemed to be lacking info from previous models but all info can be seen on the TV.

    Overall if you want to spend about $1000 this receiver maybe for you it has great sound, 4K 60Hz ready. As for Atmos if you already have a 7.1 system you may not use it, but if you have a 5.1 system adding 2 ceiling speakers or Atoms enable speakers will give you an in-depth experience.

    Pros: 4K 60Hz on 4 inputs and DCHP 2.2 on 1 Switchable HDMI Zones 2 Sounds Great with Bass Depth

    Cons: Display lacking Info Only 5.1.2 Atmos

    Not Disappointed

    Written By damonj1990, Cordova, TN on Tuesday, July 15, 2014

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    I recently purchased the Onkyo TX NR 929. I had planned on keeping it until Onkyo announced they would upgrade the 2014 AV lineup with Dolby Atmos.

    I spoke with an Onkyo rep and was told that at this time Onkyo has no plans to upgrade the firmware on the 2013 lineup to accept Dolby Atmos. I then asked if i would lose anything sonically by going from the 929 to the 838. I was assured that the 838 would sound as good, if not better than the 929. So i went ahead and returned the 929.

    I've had the 838 for about a week now and, to me, it does sound better, with two channel and multichannel sources. I know some have reservations about Onkyo's in-house room correction, AccuEQ (2014 lineup no longer uses Audyssey). Although this was not a concern for me, I have to say that the AccuEQ appears to have made a difference in the sound quality. I like that it does not include the mains in the analysis, as i listen to CD's a lot on the Oppo 105.

    For those interested in setup / comparison information; the speakers used with this system is the Def Tech 8080 series, all around. When compared to the 929, I do prefer the layout of the speaker terminals on the 929 over the terminal layout on the 838. Depth wise the 838 is shorter

    Although I can do a 5.1.2 Dolby Atmos setup with the 838, I've read that a 5.1.4 or 7.1.4 setup is ideal. The upcoming TX NR 1030 and 3030 will do that. But it's not available now.

    Hope this helps anyone who may be considering the 838, 929 or 1030

    Hands-on research

    What's in the box?

    Download owner's manual

    • 7.2ch AV receiver
    • 6' AC power cord
    • Wireless remote control (RC-882M)
    • 2 "AA" batteries
    • Setup microphone
    • AM loop antenna
    • FM wire antenna (with push-on "F" connector)
    • Basic Manual
    • Product registration card/Warranty information
    • RIHD-compatibility note
    • Important Safety Instructions
    • Important Notice Regarding Software
    • Sheet of adhesive labels
    • Onkyo headphones brochure

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    Audio Features
    Video Features
    Network/USB/Tuner Functions
    Convenience Features
    Bluetooth + Remote Control

    Audio Features

    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 affect performance.
    • 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 your music.
    • 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 a variety of 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 power.
    • Dolby Atmos (w/ Firmware Update): The Surround-Back/Front-High speaker terminals are assigned to power a pair of overhead ceiling speakers or a pair of Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers to create 5.2.2ch Dolby Atmos surround sound. Zone 2 speaker can still be powered by the receiver in the configuration. When Zone 2 is off, all seven channels will be used in the Main Zone for Dolby Atmos. However, when Zone 2 is on, power to the Dolby Atmos channels will be directed to the two speakers in Zone 2 and the Main Zone will receive only five channels of power without Dolby Atmos.

    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 reproduction.

    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.

    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.

    Dolby Atmos: The TX-NR838 receiver is Dolby Atmos (5.2.2ch) compatible through a firmware update from Onkyo's website. Dolby Atmos combines traditional home theater speaker layouts with either ceiling-mounted speakers or new Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers to create a plane of sound above the listener. The impact of either in-ceiling or Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers is breathtaking. Your room fills with realistic, multidimensional sound that places you directly in the center of the entertainment experience.

    • Ceiling Mounted Speakers: Ceiling speakers are used for maximizing effects in Dolby Atmos listening mode. Install these speakers midway between the position just above the listening position and the position just above the front speakers, or simply install them just above the listening position.
    • Dolby Enabled Speakers: There are two types of Dolby Enabled Speakers; one is to be placed on the top board of other
      speakers such as front speakers and surround speakers; the other is integrated within the front or surround speakers. Dolby Enabled Speakers are designed with their output facing toward the ceiling to create an elevated audio effect in the Dolby Atmos mode by providing sounds echoing off the ceiling.
    Note: Globally, more than 100 cinema blockbusters have been released featuring Dolby Atmos soundtracks in the past two years, and many more are on the way. Major Hollywood studios are partnering with Dolby to create home video versions of both current box office releases and previously released favorites for release starting in 2014

    Dolby Surround: Dolby Surround offers an enhanced cinema experience to your Dolby Digital (Plus/TrueHD) and DTS (ES/HD) movie soundtracks using your existing 7.1ch or Dolby Atmos speaker setup. Dolby Surround enhances audio definition by improving the spatial dimension and overall audio definition of movie soundtracks. It does this by using four distinct surround zones that provide greater control over the exact placement of each detail in a movie sound track, so audio can be matched more accurately to the video on screen; this means more depth and greater realism for your movies. As a result, individual sounds are clearer and more distinct. It also improves the surround sound experience across the entire theater by widening the listening "sweet spot".

    THX Select 2 Plus Certified: The TX-NR838 AV receiver is 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 greater.

    • 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, and jazz.
    • 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 in mono.
    • 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 preference.

    • 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 channel).
    • 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 personal preference.
    • 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 home.
    • 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 system.

    • 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 (disabled).
    • 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 (MM).
    • 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.

    Video Features

    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 television.
    • 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 feature.
    • 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 compatibility.

    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 on-screen.

    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 InstaPrevue.

    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. .

    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).

    Network/USB/Tuner Functions

    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 Repeat/Random.

    • 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.

    Music Service Description
    TuneIn 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 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 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 SiriusXM Internet Radio lets you listen to over 120 channels of commercial-free music, talk radio, news, sports, and more.
    Slacker 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! 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.

    Convenience Features

    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 or video system in a second room (Zone 2), and another stereo audio only system in a third room (Zone 3).

    • Zone 2 Speaker- & Line-Level Output (Audio Only): Zone 2 features line-level and speaker audio outputs for playback of a different analog source in a second room. 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). 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.
      • Compatible Sources: Tuner, Analog, USB, Bluetooth, and Network audio sources.
      • Incompatible Sources: Optical/coaxial digital audio sources, HDMI sources, and any video source.
    • Zone 2 HDMI Output (Audio/Video): 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.
      • Compatible Sources: HDMI 1-4/Aux connected input sources only
      • Incompatible Sources: Tuner, Analog, USB, Bluetooth, Network, and Optical/Coaxial Digital audio sources; plus analog video sources.
    • 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: Tuner, Analog, USB, Bluetooth, and Network audio sources.
      • Incompatible Sources: Optical/coaxial digital audio sources, HDMI sources, and any video source.

    Notes: As for etwork, 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.

    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 level.

    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 App (from 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 receiver.
    • 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 Crestron.

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