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Onkyo TX-8260

Stereo receiver with Wi-Fi®, Bluetooth®, and Chromecast built-in

Item # 580TX8260

The Onkyo TX-8260 combines a classic stereo receiver design with cutting-edge features for enjoying both digital...

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Old-school stereo sound with modern features

The Onkyo TX-8260 combines a classic stereo receiver design with cutting-edge features for enjoying both digital and analog music sources. Onkyo's low-distortion, high-current amplification gives you authentic, dynamic sound, while the receiver's 32-bit/384kHz DAC helps bring out the best in any digital audio format, from high-res audio files to streamed music.

Old-school stereo sound with modern features

The Onkyo TX-8260 combines a classic stereo receiver design with cutting-edge features for enjoying both digital and analog music sources. Onkyo's low-distortion, high-current amplification gives you authentic, dynamic sound, while the receiver's 32-bit/384kHz DAC helps bring out the best in any digital audio format, from high-res audio files to streamed music.

All the right connections

With seven analog inputs and four digital inputs, the TX-8260 has ample connections for your audio gear, from CD players to cassette decks. A dedicated phono input gives you a direct connection for a turntable, and there's even a set of analog stereo line outputs for audio dubbing. USB ports on the front and back give you convenient access to digital music files stored on a thumb drive.

Wireless capability expands your listening options

When it comes to music, there's no such thing as too many choices. The TX-8260's networking capability lets you play songs from your personal digital music library, but why stop there? Chromecast built-in lets you use your computer, phone, or tablet to stream music from over 100 audio apps to the receiver.

Use the Onkyo Controller app to control streaming from your mobile device. Apple® AirPlay® lets you stream from a compatible iOS® device or from any computer with iTunes®. And Bluetooth adds even more wireless music options.

Music in different rooms

Playback from such a capable music receiver shouldn't be confined to just one room, so the TX-8260 gives you the ability to spread your music through different parts of the house. A/B speaker connections mean you can add a second pair of speakers in another room or outdoor area. You can play the same source in both places simultaneously, or use the A/B switch to select the area you want to listen in.

Zone 2 preamp outputs also send audio to a different room with a power amp and speakers. (You can play the same source in both zones, or a different source in Zone 2.) A dedicated DAC for Zone 2 lets you enjoy digital sources and even streamed music outside of your main listening area.

Roon-compatible for serious music lovers

The TX-8260 is also compatible with Roon, a subscription digital music player you download to your smartphone, tablet, or computer. It gives you multi-room audio playback for all your Chromecast-compatible devices and more. Roon accesses your digital music collection from your iTunes library or NAS drive. It also works with your TIDAL subscription. Roon lets you do deep dives into your music, showing artist bios, photos, reviews, and lyrics. Roon can also suggest other artists and songs based on your selections, making it easy to discover new music you'll enjoy.


Product highlights:

  • 80 watts x 2 into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.08% THD
  • high-current amplifier design with large power transformer
  • built-in dual-band Wi-Fi for music streaming
    • includes support for Pandora®, TIDAL, Deezer, and free internet radio streams with TuneIn (subscription required for some services)
    • Chromecast built-in for streaming music from the cloud with compatible mobile apps
    • Spotify® Connect lets you play Spotify's streaming music library through the receiver via your smartphone or tablet (requires Spotify app and a premium subscription)
  • built-in Bluetooth for wireless music listening with smartphones, tablets, and compatible computers
  • Apple® AirPlay® for streaming music from an iPhone®, iPad®, iPod touch® or computer running iTunes®
  • DTS Play-Fi® wireless multi-room music available via firmware update
  • compatible with Sonos Port — receiver turns on automatically and sets the right input when selected in the app
  • plays high-resolution digital music files from a USB storage device or networked computer
    • PCM files up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution; DSD files up to 11.2 MHz
  • Onkyo's free Controller App lets you use your Apple or Android™ device as a Wi-Fi remote
  • 40 AM/FM presets
    • 4 front-panel preset buttons let you store your favorite AM/FM or Internet radio stations for easy access
  • 4 digital audio inputs (2 optical and 2 coaxial)
  • front- and rear-panel USB ports for audio playback from USB flash drives
  • 7 analog audio inputs (including MM phono for a turntable)
  • analog audio outputs include:
    • stereo RCA output for Zone 2 amp and speakers
    • 1 mono RCA output for powered subwoofer
  • binding post speaker connectors
  • 1/4" headphone jack
  • IR connections for use with external controllers
  • sleep timer
  • remote control
  • 17-1/8"W x 5-7/8"H x 13-9/16"D
  • weight: 18.3 lbs.
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # TX8260BMDC

What's in the box:

  • Network stereo receiver
  • 6' AC power cord
  • Remote control (RC-903S)
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • FM wire antenna
  • AM loop antenna
  • Instruction Manual
  • Product Registration/Warranty Information
  • Important Safety Instructions
  • "Play-Fi Support" note
  • "Chromecast built-in" instructions
  • Onkyo Multiroom brochure
  • Onkyo Music brochure

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Features & specs

Performance Specs
Stereo RMS Power (watts) 80
THD in Stereo 0.08 %
Frequency Bandwidth (stereo) 20-20k Hz
Minimum Impedance 4 ohms
FM Sensitivity Not Given
Signal To Noise Ratio 106dB
Phono Signal to Noise Ratio 80dB
DAC Bit Depth 32-bit
DAC Sample Rate 384 kHz
Streaming Compatibility
Bluetooth-compatible Built-in 4.1
Apple AirPlay Yes
Apple AirPlay 2 No
DTS Play-Fi Yes
Chromecast built-in Yes
Roon No
Total Number of Zones 2
Inputs & Outputs
Headphone Output 1/4"
USB Connections Y
Ethernet Wired Network Port Yes
Phono Input 1
HDMI Inputs 0
Total Audio Inputs 7
Digital Audio Inputs Y
Preamp Outputs Zone 2, Sub
Recording Output Yes
Speaker Output Pairs 2
Speaker Connectors Posts
Removable Power Cord IEC 2-prong
Other Info
Alexa-compatible No
Google Assistant-compatible Yes
Built-in Wi-Fi Yes
On-Screen Display No
Width (inches) 17-1/8
Height (inches) 5-7/8
Depth (inches) 13-9/16
Weight (pounds) 18.3
Parts Warranty 2 Years
Labor Warranty 2 Years
The Onkyo TX-8260 replaces these items:

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Audio Section
Network & Tuner Functions
Bluetooth & USB Integration
Multiroom Playback
Remote & App Control
Convenience Features

Audio Section

Dynamic Audio Amplification: Rated at 80 watts (8 Ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.08% THD, 2 Channels Driven, FTC), the TX-8260 is Onkyo's best stereo receiver for driving speakers. This amp system generates high current with a massive transformer and audio-grade capacitors. Circuitry features discrete output transistors for low distortion and effortless driving power. High current assures accurate control, restoring energy and vitality to your music. Non-phase-shift circuitry, meanwhile, focuses the audio image and reproduces a  wide frequency bandwidth to maximize Hi-Res Audio and vinyl playback.

  • Massive Hi-Current EI Transformer: The Massive Hi-Current EI Transformer delivers large amounts of power necessary for reproducing the wide dynamics of movie soundtracks and the detail and clarity of your music.
  • Non-Phase-Shift Amp Design: The receiver employs a Non-Phase-Shift amp design which prevents phase shift by pushing the roll-off point higher than the listening-level frequency. This creates a well-focused and realistic audio image.
  • 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.

384kHz/32-Bit DAC: A 384kHz/32-bit DAC (AK4452VN) from AKM features unique low-distortion filtering technologies ideally suited to the extended frequency response of Hi-Res Audio files. Excellent S/N and low-noise performance assures clear analog conversion of any digital source.

Tone Controls w/ Direct Mode: You can independently adjust the Bass (90Hz) and Treble (7.5kHz) of the receiver's Front L/R channels from -10 to +10 dB. In Direct mode, the receiver outputs pure sound as it was intended by bypassing the tone control circuits during playback.

Analog & Digital Audio Inputs: The Onkyo TX-8260 stereo receiver is outfitted with both analog & digital audio inputs.

  • Analog Inputs + Phono (MM): There are seven stereo RCA inputs, including a Phono (MM) input with ground terminal.
  • Digital Inputs: The Onkyo stereo receiver features four digital audio inputs. There are two optical (toslink) digital inputs and two coaxial (RCA) digital inputs. The receiver's digital inputs support 2ch PCM audio signals only. Supported sampling rates include 32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, and 192kHz; with a bit-depth of 16-bit, 20-bit, or 24-bit.

Analog Audio Outputs: The Onkyo TX-8260 is outfitted with the following analog audio outputs.

  • Binding-Post A/B Speaker Terminals: There are binding-post terminals for the A/B speaker terminals. The binding post terminals will accept bare-wire, pin-connectors, and banana plugs (single only). Use 4- to 16-ohm speakers.
  • Subwoofer Output: The receiver is fitted with a mono-subwoofer output to connect a powered sub for extra bass.
  • Headphones: When headphones are plugged into the full-size 1/4" jack on the front panel, all the main speakers are automatically muted.
  • Line Output: There is a stereo RCA line output for connecting a recording device.

Impedance Switch: If you're using only one of the speaker sets (A or B), choose the 4Ω setting if each speaker's impedance is 4Ω to less than 6Ω, or choose the 6Ω setting if each speaker's impedance is 6Ω or more. If you're using both of the speaker sets (A & B), choose the 4Ω setting if each speaker's impedance is 8 to 16Ω.

Volume Setup: The Onkyo stereo 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 50-99 (max), or Off (default value).
  • 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 (0.5), Custom (0.5-99.5), or Max (99.5).
  • 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.

Network & Tuner Functions

Wired or Wireless Network Connection: The Onkyo TX-8260 stereo receiver supports a wired Ethernet (RJ-45) or wireless WiFi (802.11 a/b/g/n; 2.4/5GHz) network connection. Via the stereo receiver's network connection, you can enjoy music files stored on your computer and listen to internet radio through a variety of online music services.

  • Ethernet (LAN) Jack: The Onkyo stereo receiver is equipped with an Ethernet (RJ-45) jack for connecting the player to your home network and computer. Connecting the 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 stereo 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; 2.4/5GHz). Supports WPS, WEP, and WPA security.
Note: You can "Accept" or "Not Accept" for Onkyo to collect information about product usage when connected to the network and internet. However, if you do not accept the agreement you will get a "Onkyo Group Privacy Statement" each time the receiver is turned on.

DLNA Certified: Because the TX-8260 is DLNA (ver.15) certified, you can play back music files stored on your Windows  PC (w/ Windows Media Player 11 or 12) or a DLNA compliant media server through the stereo receiver. You can control basic playback functions of your music library from the included remote control; such as Folder/File Select, Play/Pause, Stop, Fast Forward/Rewind, Previous/Next Track, and Repeat/Random. Compatible music files include -

  • Hi-Res Music Files: AIFF (8/16/24-bit; 44.1-192kHz), FLAC (8/16/24-bit; 44.1-192kHz), WAV (8/16/24-bit; 44.1-192kHz), DSD (1-bit; 2.8/5.6/11.2MHz)
  • Lossless: ALAC (16/24-bit; 44.1-96kHz)
  • Low-Res Music Files: MP3 (8-320kbps; 44.1-48kHz), WMA (5-320kbps; 44.1-48kHz), AAC (8-320kbps; 44.1-96kHz)

Built-in Online Music Services: The Onkyo TX-8260 offers several built-in internet radio & online music services through its wired or wireless network connection.

  • TuneIn: With more than 100,000 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 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.
  • Tidal: Tidal is a global streaming service that offers over 30 million songs in high-fidelity CD sound quality. Tidal has two pricing tiers; either $9.99 or $19.99 a month. Both pricing levels allow you to access Tidal's entire music library. The $19.99 tier has the added benefit of high-fidelity sound at CD-level quality.
  • Deezer: Deezer is an online music service offering over 43 million tracks starting at $9.99 a month. Discover the perfect playlist or make your own, as well as browse curated collections by genre.

Spotify Connect: The integration of Spotify Connect will enable Spotify Premium users to instantly select and wirelessly stream music to the Onkyo stereo receiver from within the Spotify app (Apple iOS or Android). 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.

Chromecast Built-In: Chromecast built-in lets you instantly stream a variety of music apps from your Apple (iOS 7.0+) or Android (OS 2.3+) mobile device to the Onkyo stereo receiver. Chromecast built-in works over WiFi and allows you to connect more than one device at a time to the receiver, as well as control what's playing from anywhere in the house with your compatible mobile device.

  • Supported Content: Chromecast built-in offers Internet Radio apps like TuneIn & iHeart Radio; plus online music service apps like Pandora, Spotify (requires Premium subscription), Tidal, Google Play Music, and more.  Click here for a complete list of compatible apps. You can even wirelessly stream exactly what's playing on your Android phone or tablet through the Onkyo receiver. Or, if you're on your laptop or computer, you can also cast any music streaming website through the Chrome browser.
  • Simple-to-Use: Simply tap the Cast button from a Chromecast Built-in compatible music app to start streaming to the Onkyo receiver. You can search, browse, play, skip, and turn up the volume directly from the music apps you know and love on your compatible phone, tablet or laptop. While you cast your music, you can still use your phone to answer a phone call, play a game, send a text, and even leave the room, all without interrupting what's playing on the receiver's speaker system or draining your battery.
Note: Make sure the TX-8260 has the latest firmware/software update installed. To use Chromecast built-in, you must agree to Google's Privacy Statement.

AirPlay Compatible: AirPlay lets you stream your favorite songs directly from your Apple iOS (4.3.3+) device or from your iTunes (10.2.2+) library on your Windows PC or Mac computer to the stereo receiver, over your home's wireless network connection. From your Apple iOS device you are able to stream stored music on your device, downloaded music apps, and music on your iCloud to the stereo receiver. From your Windows or Mac you can stream your stored iTunes music library on your computer to the stereo receiver; you can even download Apple's free Remote App onto your compatible iOS device to browse and control playback functions of the music stored in your iTunes music library on your computer that is being streamed to the stereo receiver. With AirPlay you also get to see song/artist information on the front-panel display (no album art).

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.

Bluetooth & USB Integration

Built-in Bluetooth: The Onkyo TX-8260 features built-in Bluetooth (version 4.1+LE) with support for profiles A2DP 1.2 and AVRCP 1.3. You'll be able to wirelessly stream stored music and music apps from your Bluetooth-enabled Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Android smartphone/tablet, Windows Phone/PC, & Mac laptop/computer, as well as other Bluetooth compatible devices to the Onkyo receiver. The receiver has a 48' wireless Bluetooth range.

  • SBC + AAC Codecs: In addition to support for the standard SBC Bluetooth audio codec, the TX-8260 offers support of AAC.  By supporting AAC, the receiver offers better audio performance of the music streamed from your Apple iPod, iPhone, or iPad.
  • Playback Control: You can use the receiver's IR remote control to operate basic playback functions, like Play/Pause & Previous/Next Track. Advanced music browsing will still need to be handled from your Bluetooth-enabled device.
  • Song/Artist Information: The receiver will display song/artist information on its front-panel LCD. Album Art is not supported.
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.

Dual USB Ports: This stereo receiver is equipped with a front & rear 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 USB thumbdrive or portable digital audio player. The unit will recognize USB MSC devices formatted in FAT16 or FAT32 with up to 20,000 music files. You can control basic playback functions of your music library from the included remote control; such as Folder/File Select, Play/Pause, Stop, Fast Forward/Rewind, Previous/Next Track, and Repeat/Random. USB portable audio players that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the AV receiver's USB port (Front = 5V/1A, Rear = 5V/0.5A); even in standby mode. Compatible music files include -

  • Hi-Res Music Files: AIFF (8/16/24-bit; 44.1-192kHz), ALAC (16/24-bit; 44.1-192kHz), FLAC (8/16/24-bit; 44.1-192kHz), WAV (8/16/24-bit; 44.1-192kHz), DSD (1-bit; 2.8/5.6MHz)
  • Low-Res Music Files: MP3 (8-320kbps; 44.1-48kHz), WMA (5-320kbps; 44.1-48kHz), AAC (8-320kbps; 44.1-96kHz)
Notes: 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/iPad and  Android devices are not supported via USB.

Multiroom Playback

Zone 2: In addition to the main listening room, you can also enjoy audio playback from a different source in another room of your home using the receiver's Zone 2 line-level outputs. By using the Zone 2 line-level outputs on the TX-8260, you can connect an external receiver or integrated amplifier in a second room, allowing you to listen to 2ch stereo in the main room and play a different 2ch audio source in another room of your home. The volume of Zone 2 can be controlled from the Onkyo receiver or from your add-on integrated amplifier. Tuner, Analog, USB, Network (not DSD), and Bluetooth audio sources can be sent to Zone 2.

  • Compatible Sources: Tuner, Analog, USB, Network, and Bluetooth audio sources can be played back in Zone 2.
  • Incompatible Sources: Optical and Coaxial digital audio input sources cannot be played back in Zone 2. Chromecast built-in and DSD audio files cannot be played back in Zone 2.
  • As for Network, USB, and Bluetooth sources; you cannot select different inputs for the main room and Zone 2. For example, if a Network source been selected in the main room and then Bluetooth is selected as playback source in Zone 2, the input in the main room will also change to the Bluetooth source.
  • When listening to AM/FM radio, you cannot select different stations for the main room and Zone 2.

Google Home Multiroom: Using the Google Home app for Apple iOS 8.0+ and Android OS 4.0.3+, you can sync multiple speakers with Chromecast built-in in multiple rooms of your home to play the same song from a Chromecast built-in music app throughout your house at the same time. Friends and family can even use their own Chromecast compatible phone or tablet to cast music to your system by connecting to your home's WiFi network.

FireConnect MultiRoom Audio: FireConnect powered by Blackfire mirrors network audio sources and any external analog source playing through the receiver (from streaming audio to vinyl) on optional FireConnect/Blackfire wireless speakers (such as the Onkyo NCP-302, sold separately). Sampling rates up to 48 kHz are supported. FireConnect powered by Blackfire is stable, fast, and easy to control with Onkyo's Controller app for Apple iOS and Android.

Note: Make sure the Onkyo receiver has the latest firmware/software update installed. Onkyo cannot guarantee the compatibility with other devices featuring FireConnect or Blackfire.

DTS Play-Fi (Firmware Update Available): DTS Play-Fi combines DTS and WiFi to wirelessly stream high quality audio through out your home using the Play-Fi app for Apple iOS 8.0+, Android OS 4.0+, & Windows 7 PC or later. Supported music formats up to 24-bit/192kHz (including MP3, AAC, FLAC, WAV) are wirelessly streamed to the receiver or to multiple DTS Play-Fi players at up to 16-bit/48kHz (CD quality sound). You can connect multiple DTS Play-Fi products together from different brands and manufacturers on the same home network to create a whole-home streaming experience. Play the same source in every room or a different song in each room. Due to the bandwidth limitations of most wireless networks, no more than 16 wireless DTS Play-Fi products on a single WiFi network at one given time is recommended. DTS Play-Fi has a range of up to 100' from your wireless router. Compatible sources include -

  • Source Devices: DTS Play-Fi provides you with the ability to stream your music wirelessly in high-quality lossless audio from Apple iOS & Android devices, Windows laptops & desktop computers, as well as DLNA-servers on your existing home WiFi network to the Onkyo receiver. Up to eight separate wireless source devices, each with its own source, are supported simultaneously and any wireless source device can stream to eight DTS Play-Fi playback devices.
  • Online Music Services: DTS Play-Fi enables wireless audio streaming from the world's most popular music services, including - Pandora, SiriusXM, TIDAL, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, Napster, & more.
  • DTS Play-Fi Compatible Products: All DTS Play-Fi enabled products work seamlessly together, so there's no hassle adding more components, or choosing more than one audio brand (like Onkyo, Integra, Klipsch, MartinLogan, McIntosh, Paradigm, Phorus, Polk Audio, SVS, Wren, and more) in your home.
Note: This unit does not support the following DTS Play-Fi functions - Spotify Connect, Wireless Surround Sound, Line-In Rebroadcast, Interent Radio, Criticaly Listening Mode, and L/R Stero Speaker Pairing.

Works With Sonos: Instantly upgrade the music streaming capability of your Onkyo receiver with Sonos Port (sold separately) and a free over-the-network firmware update. With the Sonos Port connected to the Onkyo receiver via a set of stereo RCA cable, the audio system you've built around the receiver can now be part of a Sonos Wireless Multiroom Audio System (components sold separately). After a simple set up, the Onkyo receiver will seamlessly tie into Sonos, instantly turning on from network standby, changing inputs and playing at the volume you command through the Sonos controller app on your compatible Apple iOS or Android device.

  • Functionality: Once the Onkyo receiver is connected to the Sonos Port you will be able to send any music or source on the Sonos app to the receiver. You will also be able to group the receiver to other Sonos devices on the network or use it independently. Whenever you start playing music back from your Sonos app and the Onkyo receiver is selected, the receiver will automatically turn on and switch to the correct input.
  • Compatibility: The Onkyo receiver can be used with a single Sonos speaker or any combination of Sonos speakers (all sold separately). You can even use the Onkyo receiver with a Sonos soundbar speaker (sold separately) that is located in a different room. Just remember that you need to have a Sonos Port to connect the Onkyo receiver to the Sonos multiroom audio system.
Note: Click here to learn even more about Onkyo and Sonos working together to give you the ultimate home theater and multiroom audio experience.

Remote & App Control

Onkyo Controller App: The Onkyo Controller app (for Apple iOS 8.0+ & Android OS 4.0.3) features an intuitive, user-friendly interface that allows you to conveniently operate the Onkyo receiver from your compatible Apple iOS or Android device. This app not only has the usual remote control functions, it also has a multiroom functionality for Zone 2 and wireless multiroom audio setups.

  • Remote Control: You can operate general control functions (play/stop, control the volume, select the input source, etc.) from your compatible smartphone or tablet.
  • Streaming Audio: Lets you play audio from built-in music streaming services (such as Pandora, Spotify, TIDAL), the music library on your Apple iOS or Android device, and your Windows PC or other DLNA-compatible server.  You can also access music from Bluetooth and USB source devices.
  • Multiroom Audio: Provides control over Zone 2 and wireless multiroom audio (such as FireConnect by Blackfire).

Google Home Voice Commands: With a Google Home voice-activated speaker (sold separately - see Accessories Tab) and the Google Home App (for Apple iOS 8.0+ or Android OS 4.2+), you can use your voice to control select functions of the Onkyo stereo receiver. With a simple voice command, you can play music from Chromecast compatible music services by artist, song, genre, album, playlist, mood or activity. You can also turn up the volume, skip to the next track, or stop the music - all without lifting a finger.

Remote Control: The receiver comes with an IR remote control for wireless operation of this receiver. The TX-8260 also contains RI Control & IR Remote connections. 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. The 3.5mm IR output jack allows you to send the control signals to an additional components. The 1/8" RI remote control jack allows you to connect this receiver to other compatible Onkyo components.

Web Control: When connected to your home's wired or wireless network, you can setup the Onkyo stereo receiver with the web control screen displayed in your PC's web browser. 

Convenience Features

Gapless Playback: Many live and classical albums have no gaps in the music. Gapless playback ensures that there are no pauses between audio files. This provides playback with no interruptions, the way it was meant to be heard. Compatible with WAV, FLAC, and ALAC music files via USB.

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 Network and Bluetooth input selectors.

Display Dimmer: The front-panel display brightness has three settings - Dim, Dimmer, and Normal.

Auto Standby & Sleep Timer: The stereo receiver will automatically go into Standby mode, if there is no operation for 20 minutes with no audio signal input. The Sleep Timer can be set to automatically turn off the receiver after 30, 60, or 90 minutes.

Firmware Updates: Future firmware updates are available from the Onkyo website through the receiver's Network or USB connection. Visit Onkyo's online Download Center for the latest firmware updates.

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I would like to hook up 3 sets of speaker one inside and two outside. Would I be able to do so using this to stream from a single source?
[ shaun  Feb 27, 2023 ]
1 answer
It would not be ideal to use three sets of speakers at once with this stereo receiver as it would likely cause the overall impedance to drop below the acceptable level of 4-ohm. However, this could be remedied by using a speaker select switch with impedance correction capability.
[ ZACHARY  Feb 27, 2023 ]  Staff
Does this receiver get set up as a chromecast device within google home? And when I say "Google, play music on the Onkyo receiver", does it automatically switch inputs and play music via the receiver even if it was previously set to the wrong input?
[ Cliff  Jan 28, 2020 ]
2 answers
No idea, receiver sits idle because I don't know how to hook up input via Bluetooth. No idea where to go for help.
[ Marvin  Jan 29, 2020 ]
I have never used it in this manner so I cannot speak on that.
[ TERRY  Jan 28, 2020 ]
Will this play audio from my laptop if hooked up via USB (Spotify, Youtube, iTunes, etc.), and will it utilize built in DAC if so? If hooked up via Bluetooth, is internal DAC being utilized to process audio?
[ Neil  Aug 16, 2019 ]
1 answer
It will play Spotify, iTunes via Bluetooth. Not positive about any other questions you posed. Remember to set the output level from your devises to insure optimum sound quality.
[ JOHN DAVID  Aug 24, 2019 ]
Does this have a WiFi antenna you need to raise, thereby increasing the receiver's overall height?
[ Peter  Aug 02, 2019 ]
1 answer
Hi Peter, thank you for your question. The Onkyo TX-8260 does have to WiFi antennae on the back of the receiver. While this would not change the height of your receiver, it could hinder the ability to place it in some shelving systems if you have the antennae extended. Feel free to chat with us online or by phone at 1-800-324-9695 if you have any additional questions.
[ JESSICA  Aug 11, 2019 ]  Staff
will it work with an added wireless speaker outside?
[ Ronald  Apr 27, 2019 ]
1 answer
Yes that'll work I have wireless speakers inside and outside my house it's a very good receiver I would recommend it to anybody for the price
[ LARRY  Apr 27, 2019 ]
Can the receiver be hooked up to the TV so speakers will work with the TV also?
[ CHRIS  Jan 23, 2019 ]
2 answers
Yes. There is a coaxial connection as well as a digital (optical) connection for TV Audio.
[ Tony  Jan 25, 2019 ]
I have never hooked the receiver up to a TV, but is a great receiver.
[ Tim  Jan 25, 2019 ]
Can I use the USB to play MP3's with a flash drive?
[ John  Jan 02, 2019 ]
2 answers
most certainly
[ DAVID  Jan 03, 2019 ]
I will find out! I have not used the USB for that. I will look it up & re-send, if Crutchfield is set up for it.
[ DENNISE  Jan 02, 2019 ]
Can I operate this receiver using both channels (2 sets of 8 ohm speakers) while simultaneously using the pre out ports to power 2 additional sets of 8 ohm speakers with a power amp?
[ Andrew  Dec 13, 2018 ]
1 answer
Yes, I don't see why not. I have a different receiver, but that's how I have it set up. Line out of the receiver to line in on the power amp x 2 channels.
[ William  Dec 19, 2018 ]
Does this receiver support routing through an equalizer? On my (now dead/20 year old) Kenwood I used the tape in/out to do that, but the pictures of this back panel only show a tape input.
[ Ryan  Oct 16, 2018 ]
3 answers
there is a line out for left and right channels
[ DAVID  Oct 18, 2018 ]
Sorry I have not used an equalizer with mine.
[ Tony  Oct 17, 2018 ]
Don't Know the answer
[ Daniel K.  Oct 17, 2018 ]
Does this receiver support routing through an equalizer? On my (now dead/20 year old) Kenwood I used the tape in/out to do that, but the pictures of this back panel only show a tape input.
[ Ryan  Oct 16, 2018 ]
7 answers
has preamp out puts so it should
[ fuller  Nov 30, 2018 ]
[ JAMES  Oct 22, 2018 ]
I believe the unit has a built in equalizer
[ KEVIN  Oct 22, 2018 ]
Ryan, you're talking over my head on this question. Sorry I'm not qualified to answer that question.
[ JAMES  Oct 22, 2018 ]
I run mine (Onkyo TX8260) into a Yamaha M-4 Amp. Using only the M-4 as the power source so that at high volumes, the cleanest of sound with no clipping. So basically, I'm using the Onkyo as a per-amp. Crutchfield tech had to help me with zones. The Onkyo manual doesn't provide enough info to configure components. So, call Crutchfield to be certain, but you should be able to use it through your equalizer. Keep in mind, that the power source (amp) will amplify any distortion of any signal that other amplified components feed it.
[ JOHN DAVID  Oct 22, 2018 ]
Tape out was always just another line out. Use line out and any of several inputs, other than phono, which is preamplified.
[ Marty  Oct 22, 2018 ]
Sorry Ryan but I am not going through an eqalizer. I use it for airplay and the phono which I am very pleased with.
[ Jon  Oct 22, 2018 ]
Can I use Bose 321 speakers or system with this? Can I add a CD player?
[ Piglet  Jul 22, 2018 ]
2 answers
I have no experience with the Bose system. However, I did add a new CD player and it sounds great.
[ Tim  Jul 23, 2018 ]
As far as speakers go, I don't see why not? I do have CD player connected to mine - no problem.
[ DAVID  Jul 22, 2018 ]
Can I use my Roku with this?
[ Piglet  Jul 22, 2018 ]
2 answers
Not directly. Roko to TV, then TV audio to this. This is a stereo sound receiver, not a home theater surround sound. There are no HDMI inputs or outputs.
[ Marty  Jul 23, 2018 ]
Not sure, I only use it as a preamp for Yamaha amp. It has multiple internet compatibllities, and I would guess yes. Contact Crutchfield via phone, if they don't know they will find out for you
[ JOHN DAVID  Jul 23, 2018 ]
Can I use a set of 4ohm and a set of 8ohm speakers on this receiver (4 speakers, on A + B)?
[ Larry  Mar 26, 2018 ]
2 answers
you could do it using a separate speaker selector box. I'm using a SSVC-6
[ DAVID  Jan 03, 2019 ]
According to the receivers documentation AND the back panel labeling over the speaker terminals-A+B can only be 8-16 ohm speakers. A or B can be 4-16 ohm. 4 and 8 ohms used together drops the impedance level too low for the amplifier section and could damage it. Hope this helps
[ BARRY  Apr 01, 2018 ]
Does the Onkyo TX-8260 require a pre-amp to hook-up my MICRO SEIKI MB-12 magnetic turntable?
[ Gary  Feb 13, 2018 ]
2 answers
The 8260 includes a preamp.
[ JOHN J  Feb 14, 2018 ]
It should work just fine, as long as you have the RCA cables on your turntable. Only has RCA inputs. I have a Project MM turntable and no problem.
[ DENNIS J  Feb 14, 2018 ]
Does this unit support SiriusXM if I have an account?
[ SteveF  Jan 11, 2018 ]
2 answers
No, there is no XM/Sirius decoder, nor an input for one. It does a good job on Pandora, however, which can be picked up via WiFi.Enter
[ Marty  Oct 22, 2018 ]
Sorry; I cannot answer this question, but I am certain that the experts at Crutchfield can help. Give them a call.
[ Stephen K.  Jan 12, 2018 ]
Can I play Netflix audio through this when in the same room as my wi-fi TV?
[ Chuck  Jan 08, 2018 ]
5 answers
You can if you have digital plugin on receiver and tv box like TiVo.
[ kevin  Jan 08, 2018 ]
I do not have TV so unfortunately I can not answer this question. But I can say that I am very pleased with my purchase and the outstanding customer service from the Crutchfield team!Enter
[ Kenneth  Jan 08, 2018 ]
Bought this in December for my wife's January birthday. Haven't even set it up yet. Don't know the answer.
[ STEVE B  Jan 08, 2018 ]
I use this receiver just for Spotify, sorry I cannot help.
[ JERRY  Jan 08, 2018 ]
I cannot answer this question as I am only using this unit as a FM receiver and for a CD player. Tim
[ Tim  Jan 08, 2018 ]
Where is it made ?
[ GARRETT  Dec 24, 2017 ]
4 answers
Pretty sure USA. Saddle River NJ. Very sweet piece.
[ DAVID  Dec 27, 2017 ]
The box says MADE IN MALAYSIA.
[ ALVIN  Dec 27, 2017 ]
Don't know, never checked. Try the Onkyo website?
[ DAVID  Dec 27, 2017 ]
Product is manufactured in Malaysia
[ CHARLES S  Dec 27, 2017 ]
is this compatible with 4 ohm speakers? can you use two sets of 8 ohm speakers at the same time without destroying the power amp?
[ CHARLES RICHARD  Dec 15, 2017 ]
4 answers
Yes I am running 2 sets of 8 ohm speakers, it works great!
[ JERRY  Jan 08, 2018 ]
Short answer is I don't know. My Crutchfield advisor helped me build my system and I relied 100% on him, Levy!
[ PETER  Dec 19, 2017 ]
Sorry can't help you. I cancelled this order ONLY because I realized replacing the amp would not solve my problem.
[ PAT  Dec 19, 2017 ]
Hi Chuck, Two weeks ago I installed my Onkyo TX-8260 receiver. The unit works good. As for speakers, I am running four speakers that are spliced into channel "A" and two speakers in Channel "B". All my speakers are 8 ohms and are repetitively small speakers. I have a relatively small house, as a result I do not need to push the volume up, to fill the house. I do not have any input as to running 4ohm speakers. Have a good one, I hope this helps. Allan
[ Allan  Dec 15, 2017 ]
Does the app display the album folder names on a USB drive? Can play lists be set?
[ Scott  Nov 23, 2017 ]
2 answers
I'm sorry Scott I am not high tech enough to answer your question, I wish I was because I love my stereo and I really liked doing business with Crutchfield, mike t
[ MICHAEL F  Nov 29, 2017 ]
Yes. The Album name in USB drive is displayed on the receiver front panel display if USB playback option is chosen.
[ Mohan  Nov 29, 2017 ]

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