Onkyo TX-SR602

Home theater receiver with Auto Speaker Setup and powered dual-room/dual-source audio (Silver)

  • Onkyo TX-SR602


  • Onkyo TX-SR602


  • Onkyo TX-SR602


Item #: 580TXS602S

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by Barry Montgomery

Receivers: Your ticket to sensational sound

Your receiver powers your speakers and lets you connect and select your entertainment sources. But a great receiver does a lot more — it ignites your emotions. From the passion of a favorite musical artist, to the crossfire of a super-charged movie soundtrack, to the intensity and immersion of a fast-paced video game, your receiver is the key to experiencing and enjoying it in full.

Enjoy gloriously three-dimensional 7.1-channel surround sound for all your A/V entertainment — from movies and TV shows to music and video games! The TX-SR602 makes it happen with 85 full-bandwidth-rated watts x 7 and two ultra-precise 32-bit processors. Rock-solid Onkyo construction and Wide Range Amplifier Technology ensure that your home theater sound stays pure, powerful, and dynamic at all times.

Onkyo's Auto Speaker Setup feature provides incredibly easy speaker configuration. Just plug in the included microphone and the 'SR602 automatically balances levels and adjusts the delay setting for each of your main-room speakers. The result is home theater sound that's optimized for your specific room and speakers!

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Another great convenience is dual-room/dual-source output, which lets you enjoy full 7.1-channel surround sound in your main room while a housemate listens to a different stereo source in a 2nd room. (Shelf system, receiver, or powered speakers required in 2nd room). Or, step to 5.1 surround in your main room, and the 'SR602 can power your 2nd-room speakers!

The TX-SR602 offers plenty of inputs for all your digital and analog components, including component video switching for 3 sources, 6 digital inputs, an optical digital output, and 5 A/V inputs with S-video. Composite-to-S-video conversion simplifies hookup to your TV and video-source switching. The on-screen display and learning/multibrand remote make system control easy.


  • 90 watts x 7 into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.08% THD
  • Auto Speaker Setup (microphone included)
  • Dolby Digital EX, DTS-ES, Pro Logic IIx, and DTS Neo:6 decoding
  • dual 32-bit processors
  • dual-room/dual-source audio (powered and fixed line-level stereo audio output for 2nd room; using powered 2nd-room output allows 5.1 home theater in main room)
  • component video conversion
  • 192kHz/24-bit DACs
  • learning/multibrand remote
  • component video switching: 3 in, 1 out (100MHz bandwidth)
  • digital inputs: 4 optical (including 1 front-panel), 2 coaxial
  • optical digital output
  • 5.1-channel analog input
  • 2 audio, 5 A/V (including 5 S-video and 1 front-panel) inputs
  • no phono input
  • on-screen display (requires TV with direct video input)
  • 40 AM/FM presets
  • Wide Range Amplifier Technology
  • aluminum front panel
  • oversized power transformer, filter capacitors and heat sinks
  • 17-1/8"W x 6-7/8"H x 17-5/8"D
  • 1 pair of main speaker outputs
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
Number Of Channels N/A
Stereo RMS Power (watts) ---
THD in Stereo ---
Frequency Bandwidth (stereo) ---
FM Sensitivity 11.2 dBf
HD Radio Tuner No
On-Screen Display
Auto Speaker Calibration ---
HDMI Standby Pass-through ---
Composite Video Conversion ---
S-Video Conversion ---
Component Video Conversion ---
HDMI to HDMI Upconversion ---
Internet-ready ---
Apple AirPlay ---
App Remote Control No
Bluetooth-compatible ---
USB port for iPod/iPhone No
DLNA Certified ---
MHL-compatible ---
Multibrand Remote Control ---
Learning Remote Yes
LCD Remote No
Width (inches) 17-1/8
Height (inches) 6-7/8
Depth (inches) 17-5/8
Weight (pounds) ---
Parts Warranty 2 Years
Labor Warranty 2 Years
Multi-room Audio--Video
Powered Multi-room Audio Output No
Preamp Multi-room Audio Output No
Multi-room Video No
Multi-room HDMI Output No
Surround Processing
Dolby Digital Yes
Inputs & Outputs
Phono Input No
Audio-Video Inputs 5
Audio-only Inputs 2
S-Video Inputs ---
S-Video Outputs ---
S-Video Monitor Outputs ---
Component Video Inputs 3
Component Video Monitor Outputs 1
Optical Digital Inputs 4
Coaxial Digital Inputs 2
Optical Digital Outputs 1
Coaxial Digital Outputs None
HDMI Inputs ---
HDMI Monitor Outputs ---
Subwoofer Outputs 1
Multi-Channel Analog Input No
Multi-channel Preamp Output No
Main Speaker Output Pairs 1
Main Speaker Terminals Posts
Ethernet Port ---
USB Connections None
Removable Power Cord ---
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  • Silver AM/FM/Dolby Digital/DTS receiver
  • RC-590M wireless remote control
  • 3 "AA" batteries
  • AM loop antenna
  • FM wire antenna (with push-on "F" connector)
  • MIC-4000 Microphone with attached 20' cable (with gold plated 3.5mm mono mini plug)
  • Instruction Manual
  • Quick Guide
  • Product Registration/Warranty Card
  • Sheet of self-adhesive cable labels

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Remote Control
Inputs and Outputs Notes


On-Screen Display (OSD): An OSD can be displayed on your television for easy system setup. The OSD can be sent through the S-video or composite video monitor output, but is not sent through the component video output of the receiver. The joystick/enter button on the remote makes display navigation and setting adjustment simple and convenient.

Component Video Switching: In addition to composite and S-Video switching, this unit can switch between high resolution component video sources. There are 3 component video inputs and 1 component video output; each input and output has jacks labeled "Y", "Pb" and "Pr". The component video inputs and outputs have a bandwidth of 50MHz.

WRAT (Wide Range Amplifier Technology): This technology uses low-negative-feedback circuit topology for accurate signal reproduction, improved dynamic signal-to-noise ratio, and better delivery of power peaks.

Digital-to-Analog Converters (DACs): To decode and playback high-resolution recordings, this receiver is equipped with two 192kHz/24-bit DACs, plus two 96kHz/24-bit DACs.

Automatic Speaker Setup: With the supplied speaker setup microphone, the Automatic Speaker Setup function can measure the test tone output by each speaker and automatically determine the number of speakers connected, their sizes, and the distance from each speaker to the listening position. The supplied microphone is approximately 2" in diameter, 3/4" tall, and has a 20' cable that plugs into the front of the receiver. If you wish to setup the speakers manually, you can follow the procedure for Speaker Configuration.

Double Bass: You can enhance the bass output by activating the Double Bass function. This function allows you to feed bass frequencies to the front left and right channels and to the subwoofer. Double Bass can be set only when the subwoofer is set to "on", and the front speakers are set to "large."

Adjustable Crossover: This receiver has a built-in crossover for the speaker system. This setting is available when you tell the receiver that there is a subwoofer being used, or when you set your front speakers to "Small". The frequencies that you can choose from are: 40, 60, 80, 100, 120, and 150 Hz.

Assignable Digital Inputs: The TX-SR602 has 6 assignable digital inputs (4 optical/2 coaxial) allowing you to indicate to the unit which input source is connected to which digital input jack.

Multi-Channel Input: The receiver is equipped with a 5.1 multi-channel input for compatibility with external decoders or high resolution audio players such as DVD-Audio or SACD. The input consists of left front, right front, center, left surround, right surround, and subwoofer RCA inputs.

Direct Mode: This mode delivers pure sound with minimum sound quality adjustment and filtration. The sound recorded for the right and left front channels is output to the right and left front speakers only and not output to the subwoofer.

Listening Modes: This receiver incorporates a wide variety of listening modes to bring you maximum enjoyment from your audio and video software. The listening modes include:

  • Direct
  • Stereo
  • Mono
  • T-D (Theater-Dimensional)
  • Dolby Digital
  • Dolby Digital EX
  • Dolby Pro Logic IIx
    • Movie
    • Music
    • Game
  • Dolby Pro Logic II
    • Movie
    • Music
  • DTS
  • DTS-ES
    • Discrete
    • Matrix
  • DTS Neo:6
    • Cinema
    • Music
  • DTS 96/24
  • Onkyo Original DSP Modes
    • Orchestra
    • Unplugged
    • Studio-Mix
    • TV Logic
    • Enhance
    • Mono Movie
    • All Ch Stereo
    • Full Mono

Front Effect: Some live recordings contain acoustic reverberation. When you play these sources, more reverberation will be applied by the DSP, creating too much reverb effects and the sound loses frame or presence. In this case, set this setting to "Off" so that no reverberation from the DSP will be applied to the sound output from the three front channels. With this setting, the sound source is played as it is without any further reverberation.

Reverb Level: This setting allows you to adjust the depth of acoustic reverberation to match the playback source material and the acoustics of your room. The reverb level may be set to Low, Mid, or High.

Reverb Time: You can adjust the reverb time to match the source being played back and the acoustics of the room. You can select a setting of Short, Mid, or Long.

Front Expander: This feature spreads out the sound from the front speakers for the feeling of a wide sound space. This can be turned on or off.

Virtual Surround Level: This setting adjusts the level of the virtual surround signal. This can be set from -3 to +3 decibels. Lowering this setting can improve the sound when the definition is unclear or when the sound feels unnatural.

Dialog Enhance: If the dialog from the center channel is difficult to hear in the Theater-Dimensional mode, you can use this setting to improve the clarity.

"Late Night" Feature: The "Late Night" feature limits the dynamic range of Dolby Digital recordings that have been encoded with dynamic range data. Limiting the dynamic range makes it easier to find a volume control setting 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 Dolby Digital recordings encoded with dynamic range data without the need to constantly adjust the volume to keep from waking family/neighbors. The choices are: "Off", "Low", and "High". 

Note: This feature only works with Dolby Digital Encoded software and the depth of the feature will vary based on the individual software package.

"IntelliVolume" Setup: The "IntelliVolume" setup function allows you set a volume correction value in the range of -12dB to +12dB, in 1dB increments, for each source to prevent large jumps in volume when switching from one source to another. This feature eliminates the inconvenience of manually readjusting the volume control each time you switch from a source with a weak signal to a source with a strong signal and vice versa.

Volume Setup: The receiver volume can be configured in the following ways:

  • Volume Display: You can set the receiver to display the volume level in one of two ways: Absolute or Relative. The Absolute Volume range is Min, 1-99, Max. The Relative Volume range is -(infinity) dB, -80dB, -80dB through +18dB. The absolute value 82 is equivalent to the relative value 0dB.
  • Maximum Volume: You can prevent the volume from being set too high by specifying a maximum level: 50-99 absolute, or -32dB to +17dB relative.
  • Power On Volume: You can specify the volume setting each time the receiver is turned on. You can select any setting within the absolute or relative range, or "last" to use the same level that was used when the receiver was turned off.
  • Headphones Level: You can set the headphone volume relative to the main volume. You can choose a level between -12dB and +12dB.

Sleep Function: 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.

Display Dimmer: The display illumination includes the green alphanumeric display and a blue ring around the volume knob. You can dim the display as follows: Normal + Volume light on, Normal + Volume light off, Dim + Volume light off, and Dimmer + Volume light off.

Zone 2 Output: This feature allows you to enjoy one source in your main listening room, while another source plays in a remote room. Depending on how you configure the receiver, using the dual zone feature will require an amplifier and speakers, a set of powered speakers, or simply a set of non-powered speakers located in a remote location. You can connect the dedicated Zone 2 stereo RCA line outputs to a receiver/amplifier or powered speakers in a remote room while powering a 7.1-channel speaker system in the main room; the output level of the RCA line outs is fixed, so they must be connected to an amplifier or powered speakers equipped with a volume control. You can also connect a pair of speakers to the receiver's dedicated Zone 2 speaker terminals, and still power a 5.1-channel speaker system in the main room. When the Zone 2 speaker terminals are turned on, the Surround Back speaker outputs do not work. When the Zone 2 speaker terminals are off, the Surround Back speakers outputs work as normal. The Zone 2 speaker output volume setting can be controlled with the remote.

Remote Control

Multibrand/Learning Remote with Joy Stick Button: The supplied wireless remote is a multibrand/learning remote. The remote is pre-programmed to operate Onkyo CD, DVD, MD, and cassette players. In addition, the remote is pre-programmed to operate other popular brands of equipment, including DVD players, satellite receivers, cable boxes, VCRs, and televisions. Also, the remote can learn up to a total of 150 commands from infrared remotes of other brands of equipment. A joystick button simplifies menu navigation and doubles as an "enter" button.

Macros: Three macros can be programmed to perform a sequence of actions with just one button press. Each macro can perform up to 8 actions.

Inputs and Outputs Notes

Headphone Output: This receiver has a standard 1/4" headphone output on the front panel. The speaker outputs, except for the Zone 2 speakers, are muted when headphones are plugged in.

Speaker Outputs: There are color-coded binding post connectors for the left front, right front, center, left surround, right surround, left surround back, right surround back, Zone 2 left and Zone 2 right speakers. The binding posts are not 5-way because a plastic collar prevents their use with spade lugs.

IR Input: The IR input jack allows you to control the Zone 2 output from the second room by purchasing an optional IR remote control system and locating the remote sensor in the Zone 2 room.

RI Remote Control Jack: The 1/8" RI remote control jack allows you to connect this receiver to compatible Onkyo components.

12 Volt Trigger: This 1/8" mini-jack output can be connected to the 12-volt trigger input on a power amplifier in Zone 2. When Zone 2 is turned on, a 12-volt trigger signal is output.

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3 out of 5

Onkyo TX-SR602

Written By Mark, Cape Coral, FL on Wednesday, August 31, 2005
I purchased this unit thinking 85W x 7 would be ok for a home theatre in my family room (16' x 24'), I was wrong. The quality is fine and the power would be ok in a small room with a small speaker setup. Don't be fooled by "I only listen at low volume", there is no substitute for reserve power, especially in a larger room feeding full size towers.
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5 out of 5

Want power

Written By onkyo buyer, NC on Tuesday, May 31, 2005
It's and ONKYO. Sound Quality is great. Plenty of inputs. ROCK SOLID!!! Yes, you may buy a higher end receiver,for more $$$, and it may sound a LITTLE bit nicer, but WHY? This receiver gives you the small and larger sounds at a great price. Crank it up on your favorite speakers and let ONKYO do the rest. Denon has comparible models, but for more of a price. Buy the dennon DVD player and get the Onkyo receiver. Don't get hung up on the name. The remote is a little tricky, but if you love audio, you get used to the navigation. Purchace this one and you will know what I am describing. 2 room powering capabilities. It's more than you'll need.
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5 out of 5

Best Bang for the Buck

Written By mikelikejordan, Houston, TX on Wednesday, May 11, 2005
I bought this receiver and it made my crappy speakers sound decent. Onkyo sure knows how to build a receiver. Any one looking for a receiver that can push just about anything you put up against it this is the receiver for you. And it is well worth the price. The receiver has quality and control I've seen in receiver 3-times it price.
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4 out of 5

Onkyo TX-SR602

Written By Jason, Grand Forks, ND on Saturday, March 26, 2005
For the price, this receiver is a great way to start a home theater. Sound quality, ease of setup, features, and inputs made me choose this model over models from Yamaha or Pioneer. It pairs extremely nice with my Klipsch setup (F3's, C3, S3's). It was also $100 cheaper than the Denon 1905, and has most of the features of the Denon. The speakers I have are so efficient, I didn't need over 100 watts/channel. Don't be fooled, this unit can still hit extremely loud volumes, and the clarity still seems to be there. The setup mic is nice to have, but I found I needed to tweak the EQ just a bit from the automatic settings. CD's sound great out of my Denon DCM-380 changer, but I would classify this as a better home theater receiver rather than one used for mostly tunes. Overall I'm extremely pleased and would buy this model again, or definetly look into a higher end or Onkyo Denon.
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5 out of 5

Good Value, Better Sound

Written By Ben, Charlottesville, VA on Friday, March 04, 2005
For the money you can't beat the sound quality. The WRAT technology runs a high current signal continuously which comes through in the audio performance. I paired this receiver with infinity towers, center and surround and sub. It's pretty awesome! My only complaint is the "Auto" settings weren't very good, lacked mids and lows. But it's an easy fix, switch to manual settings, and tweak the EQ and crossover settings to get a richer fuller sound.
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1 out of 5

Onkyo TX-SR602

Written By John, Torrance, CA. on Friday, February 11, 2005
I recently purchased the Onkyo TX-SR602 receiver along with a pair of Infinity 150's, 160's, C25 center channel, and the PS12 subwoofer. I have heard the Infinity system on a Denon 2895 and they sounded great! The only sound I have gotten out of my new sound system is from the front left and occasionally the subwoofer. I am currently waiting on my 3rd SR602 after being told the last two appear to have "bad inputs". I'm hanging in there hoping "third times the charm!"
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