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Onkyo TX-NR656

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

Item # 580TXN656

With so much 4K Ultra HD video content available now, and so much more on the horizon, it's probably time to take...

With so much 4K Ultra HD video content available now, and so much more on the horizon, it's probably time to take...

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Item # 580TXN656

About the Onkyo TX-NR656

A new era in home theater

With so much 4K Ultra HD video content available now, and so much more on the horizon, it's probably time to take the plunge if you haven't already. If you have invested in a 4K TV and Blu-ray player, but your receiver is lagging behind the times, the Onkyo TX-NR656 lets you hurtle headlong into the future, upscaling all of your HD Blu-rays, DVDs, and TV shows to pristine 4K resolution. Want realistic, dynamic sound to match that lifelike picture? Not a problem. This receiver supports Dolby Atmos, for the most immersive surround effects you'll hear outside a theater. On top of that, you'll have loads of music at your fingertips — playing in multiple rooms if you like — and super-convenient control through your phone or tablet.

A new era in home theater

With so much 4K Ultra HD video content available now, and so much more on the horizon, it's probably time to take the plunge if you haven't already. If you have invested in a 4K TV and Blu-ray player, but your receiver is lagging behind the times, the Onkyo TX-NR656 lets you hurtle headlong into the future, upscaling all of your HD Blu-rays, DVDs, and TV shows to pristine 4K resolution. Want realistic, dynamic sound to match that lifelike picture? Not a problem. This receiver supports Dolby Atmos, for the most immersive surround effects you'll hear outside a theater. On top of that, you'll have loads of music at your fingertips — playing in multiple rooms if you like — and super-convenient control through your phone or tablet.

Easy wireless music streaming

Built-in Wi-Fi lets you access the music you have stored on your networked computer so you can easily play tracks from your personal library through the 'NR656. You can also take advantage of free internet radio and subscription-based music services like Spotify® and Pandora®. Use the Onkyo Remote app to control streaming from your phone or tablet. Bluetooth lets you stream music from a compatible device directly to the receiver, and Apple AirPlay lets you stream music from a compatible Apple device or from any computer with iTunes®.

Geared toward great sound

Outstanding audio performance is an integral part of the 'NR656's design. A premium 32-bit/384kHz digital-to-analog converter gives you crystal-clear reproduction of music, TV, and movie soundtracks. Dynamic Audio Amplification delivers massive power with low distortion for thrilling movie sound effects. Phase-matching Bass Enhancement lets you enjoy deep, satisfying low frequency effects while vocals and dialogue remain clear. This receiver also decodes high-resolution audio formats. And Onkyo's Music Optimizer improves the sound from compressed audio files and Bluetooth streams, so you get clear, detailed sound no matter how you listen.

Music in two rooms

The 'NR656 has outputs for nine speakers, allowing for flexible speaker configurations (receiver can power a maximum of seven channels at once). If you're happy with 5.2-channel surround sound in your living room, you can use the receiver's powered Zone 2 outputs to connect a pair of speakers for stereo sound in another room. Relax to your favorite tunes on the patio while the rest of the family takes in a movie with surround sound in the living room. You can also connect a stereo receiver or amplifier through line-level Zone 2 connections and use the 'NR656 as a preamp, for full 7.2-channel surround sound in your home theater and stereo sound in a second room.

A second HDMI output lets you watch the same video source in your main zone and a second room. Start a movie in your living room and finish it in your bedroom or kitchen. Or watch the same content on a TV and projector in the same room. Use the Onkyo Remote app to control playback in different zones from anywhere in the house.

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Highlights:

    Power and Processing:
    • 7-channel amplifier
    • 100 watts per channel into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at .08% THD, with 2 channels driven
    • Dolby® and DTS® surround sound decoding
      • Dolby Atmos® processing for use with in-ceiling or "height" speakers for more enveloping surround sound
      • supports a 5.1.2 Atmos setup
      • DTS:X™ for an immersive, 3-dimensional soundstage (available via Summer 2016 firmware update)
    • automatically upscales 1080p video signals to 4K resolution when connected to a compatible 4K TV
    • Advanced AccuEQ automatic speaker calibration optimizes your system's sound for your room (microphone included)
      • new AccuReflex technology aligns phase of upfiring "height" speakers with the sound coming directly from your other speakers
    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, and TuneIn (subscription required for some services)
      • TIDAL and Google Cast functionality available via future firmware update
    • built-in Bluetooth for wireless music streaming from a compatible phone, tablet, or computer
    • Apple AirPlay for streaming music from an iPhone®, iPad®, iPod touch®, or computer running iTunes
    • 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 5.6 MHz) from network and USB storage devices
    Multi-room Audio:
    • dual-room/dual-source output
      • powered stereo audio output for 2nd room
      • using powered 2nd-room output allows 5.2-channel home theater in main room
      • line-level 2nd-room output for use with a separate amplifier or powered speakers
    Audio Performance Features:
    • high-current amplifier design
    • 32-bit/384kHz Asahi Kasei AK4458 digital-to-analog converter for clear sound from digital sources
    • Music Optimizer function enhances the sound quality of compressed music files and Bluetooth streams
    • bi-amp capability with compatible front speakers by reassigning surround back channels
    Connections:
    • HDMI 2.0a audio/video switching: 8 in, 2 out (includes front-panel input)
      • HDCP 2.2 technology ensures compatibility with 4K Ultra HD sources and TVs (HDMI inputs 1, 2, 3, and monitor output only)
      • HDR-compatible for extended picture contrast and brightness with compatible 4K TVs and HDR-encoded content
    • 2 component video inputs
    • 2 composite video inputs
    • digital audio inputs: 2 optical and 1 coaxial
    • 6 analog stereo audio inputs
    • phono input for direct connection of a turntable
    • preamp outputs for 2 powered subwoofers
    • rear-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
    General Features:
    • free Onkyo Remote app lets you use your Apple or Android™ device as a Wi-Fi remote
    • 4K/60p and 3D video pass-through
    • 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 6-13/16"H x 15-9/16"D
    • weight: 22 lbs.
    • warranty: 2 years
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
    • MFR # TXNR656

    What's in the box:

    • 7.2ch AV receiver
    • Remote control (RC-911R)
    • 2 "AAA" batteries
    • Setup microphone
    • AM loop antenna
    • FM wire antenna
    • Basic Manual
    • Important Safety Instructions
    • "Internet Radio Support" sheet
    • "Google Cast Support" sheet
    • "Onkyo Music/Dolby Atmos" brochure
    • Warranty/Product Registration Card

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    Features & specs

    Amplification
    Number Of Channels 7
    Stereo RMS Power (watts) 100
    THD in Stereo 0.08 %
    Frequency Bandwidth (stereo) 20-20k Hz
    Minimum Impedance L/R 6 ohms
    Minimum Impedance Center 6 ohms
    Minimum Impedance Surround 6 ohms
    General Features
    Internet-ready Yes
    Bluetooth Built-in
    Apple AirPlay Built in
    Alexa-compatible No
    Google Assistant-compatible Yes
    Chromecast built-in Yes
    DTS Play-Fi No
    App Remote Control Yes
    HD Radio Tuner No
    On-Screen Display Thru HDMI
    Auto Speaker Calibration AccuEQ/AccuReflex
    Multi-room Audio/Video
    Powered Multi-room Audio Output Yes
    Preamp Multi-room Audio Output Yes
    Multi-room HDMI Output No
    Playback from Digital Audio Inputs Yes
    Playback from Streaming Sources Yes
    Surround Processing
    Dolby Digital DD, TrueHD, DD+
    Dolby Atmos Yes
    DTS DTS, HD, HDMA,, ES, 96/24
    DTS:X Firmware update
    Inputs & Outputs
    Phono Input 1
    Audio-Video Inputs 8
    Audio-only Inputs 1
    Component Video Inputs 2
    Component Video Monitor Outputs None
    Optical Digital Inputs 2
    Coaxial Digital Inputs 1
    Optical Digital Outputs None
    Coaxial Digital Outputs None
    HDMI Inputs 8
    HDMI Monitor Outputs 2
    Subwoofer Outputs 2
    Discrete Subwoofer Outputs No
    Multi-Channel Analog Input No
    Multi-channel Preamp Output No
    Main Speaker Output Pairs Posts
    Main Speaker Terminals Posts
    Ethernet Port 1
    USB Connections 1 Rear
    Removable Power Cord No
    HDMI Features
    Plays Copy-protected 4K Yes
    HDR-compatible HDR10
    Audio Return Channel ARC supported
    HDMI Standby Pass-through Yes
    4K Video Upscaling Yes
    HDMI to HDMI Upconversion Yes
    Other Specs
    FM Sensitivity Not Given
    Multibrand Remote Control No
    Learning Remote No
    LCD Remote
    Width (inches) 17.1875
    Height (inches) 6.8125
    Depth (inches) 15.5625
    Weight (pounds) 22
    Parts Warranty 2 Years
    Labor Warranty 2 Years

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

    Audio Section

    Dynamic Audio Amplification: The TX-NR656 AV receiver features Onkyo's Dynamic Audio Amplification with a 7-channel amplifier rated at 100 watts (into 8-ohms, at 20Hz-20kHz, with 0.08%, driving 2 channels). Onkyo's new Dynamic Audio Amplification technology incorporates a Hi-Current amplifier design, WRAT (Wide Range Amp Technology), H.C.P.S (High Current Power Supply), and Optimum Gain Volume Circuitry for dynamic, detailed, and clear sound.

    • Hi-Current Amp Design: The unique elements of Onkyo's Dynamic Audio Amplification system comprise high-current, low-impedance architecture to accurately and precisely control large speaker cones while enabling instantaneous response to dynamic changes for authentic audio reproduction.
    • Wide Range Amp Technology (WRAT): Onkyo's Wide Range Amp Technology (WRAT) circuit layout prevents phase shifting by pushing the roll-off point higher than the listening-level frequency. Amplifying sound without phase shift creates an uncommonly well-focused and realistic audio image.
    • 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.

    • Surround Back (7.1ch): The Onkyo TX-NR656 provides 7.1ch surround in your main listening area with dedicated Surround Back speakers.
    • Front Bi-Amp (5.1ch): The Surround-Back/Height 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 5.1ch speaker system in the main room (no Surround Back or Front Height speakers)
    • Powered Zone 2 (7.1ch + Zone 2): In this configuration, you can connect Front, Center, Surround, Surround Back, 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 (5.1.2ch): The Surround-Back/Front-High speaker terminals are assigned to power a pair of Front-Height, Rear-Height, Overhead Ceiling, or Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers to create 5.1.2ch 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.

    Dual 32-Bit DSP Engines: The Onkyo TX-NR656 AV receiver employs powerful and highly accurate 32-bit DSP (Digital Signal Processor) engines for better surround sound reproduction.

    384kHz/32-Bit Hi-Grade DAC: The Onkyo TX-NR656 utilizes one premium-quality AK4458 digital-to-analog converter from Asahi Kasei for all channels. This 384kHz/32-bit DAC implements unique low-distortion filtering technologies for clear sound, and unlocks the full potential of any audio format, including compressed, lossless, and hi-res audio (MP3, WMA, WMA Lossless, FLAC, WAV, OggVorbis, AAC, Apple Lossless, DSD 5.6 MHz, LPCM, and Dolby TrueHD). The TX-NR656 offers additional DAC signal processing to make sure your movie & music soundtracks sound their best.

    • Vector Linear Shaping Circuitry (Front Channels Only): Onkyo developed Vector Linear Shaping Circuitry (VLSC) to reassemble the signal in its original form following processing. Unlike conventional filters, VLSC removes pulse noise generated in D/A conversion, allowing the sound wave to be reproduced with extremely high fidelity for a smooth analog signal. The signal's data is converted between sampling points and joined with analog vectors in real time to produce a smooth output wave form. The result is a virtually noiseless, smooth, analog signal that brings out even the most subtle of nuances in music sources.
    • PLL Jitter-Cleaning Circuit Technology: PLL (Phase Locked Loop) 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 w/ AccuReflex: AccuEQ conducts two measurements: (1) it measures and sets the distance, sound pressure level and crossover of your speakers and subwoofer to ensure all channels are treated equally (2) it evaluates your room's sonic characteristics and adjusts your speaker's frequency response to prevent standing waves from forming. AccuEQ incorporates AccuReflex technology to align the phase of upfiring "height" speakers with the sound coming directly from your other speakers. Any delay is resolved so that everything arrives at your ears at the same time. The result is cohesive reproduction of object-based soundtracks. You can save up to 3 AccuEQ presets. The included microphone plugs into the front-panel of the receiver.

    Note: You can choose bypass the AccuEQ for your front speakers or all speakers, and manually set the distance, crossover, EQ, and level of each speaker.

    Compatible Digital Audio Formats: The AV receiver supports the following stereo & multichannel digital audio formats through its HDMI jacks and optical/coax digital inputs.

    Digital Audio Connector Audio Signal Type Audio Signal Format
    HDMI 2Ch Linear PCM 2ch, 32-192kHz, 16/20/24-bit
    Multichannel Linear PCM 8ch, 32-192kHz, 16/20/24-bit
    DSD 2ch, 2.8 MHz, 1-bit
    Bitstream Dolby Digital, DTS, DTS ES, DTS 96/24
    High Definition Audio Bitstream Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS:X (firmware update), DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-HD High Resolution, DTS Express
    Optical/Coaxial 2Ch Linear PCM 2ch, 32-96kHz, 16/20/24-bit
    Multichannel Linear PCM 6ch, 32-96Hz, 16/20/24-bit
    Bitstream Dolby Digital, DTS, DTS ES, DTS 96/24

    Immersive Surround Sound: The Onkyo TX-NR656 AV receiver goes beyond regular surround with the latest immersive surround sound formats, including Dolby Atmos, & DTS:X.

    • Dolby Atmos: With Dolby Atmos, sound comes alive from all directions, including overhead, to fill your home theater with astonishing clarity, power, detail, and depth. The TX-NR656 has the processing power to run a more enveloping 5.1.2ch Dolby Atmos layout utilizing ceiling mounted or Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers (sold separately). A 5.1.2ch speaker configuration is based upon a traditional 5.1 speaker layout complemented by 2 overhead or Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers.
    • DTS:X (via future firmware update): DTS:X will be enabled through an online firmware update coming later this year. DTS:X is the next generation object-based, multi-dimensional audio technology from DTS. Unbound from channels, DTS:X conveys the fluid movement of sound to create an incredibly rich, realistic and immersive soundscape - in front of, behind, beside and above the audience - more accurately than ever before. DTS:X offers the ability to automatically adapt the audio to the speaker layout that best fits your space.

    Post Decoding Formats: The Onkyo AV receiver supports Dolby Surround, DTS Neural:X, and DTS Neo:6 (Music/Cinema) to enhance 2-channel and multichannel decoding formats.

    • Dolby Surround: Dolby Surround offers an enhanced cinema experience to your 2ch or multichannel movie soundtracks using your existing 5.1ch, 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".
    • DTS Neural:X (via future firmware update): DTS Neural:X will be enabled through an online firmware update coming later this year. DTS:X incorporates Neural:X, the latest spatial remapping technology from DTS, which provides a fully immersive output for all types of source content; this includes DTS bitstreams and non-encoded (PCM) data. Neural:X delivers a thrilling sense of immersive sound to your speaker layout regardless of the original source format.
    • DTS Neo:6: DTS Neo:6 is an advanced matrix decoder that takes any two-channel source (including television broadcasts, CDs and DVDs) and expands it into five or six channels. It also provides separate, optimized modes for stereo music materials and matrix surround motion picture soundtracks. DTS Neo:6 brings you a more revealing sound from ordinary stereo and a more expansive home cinema experience.

    Onkyo Original DSP Modes: Onkyo's Original DSP Modes, combined with Dolby Digital & DTS 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.

    Direct Mode: 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.

    Audio Enhancements: The Onkyo TX-NR656 receiver provides various audio enhancements to deliver a high-quality listening experience every time.

    • CinemaFilter: The CinemaFilter softens 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, analog input signals, and Bluetooth audio.
    • 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, Phase Matching Bass technology, and a Double Bass feature to get the most bass impact out of your system.

    • Tone Controls: You can independently adjust the Bass (90Hz) and Treble (7.5kHz) of the receiver's Front L/R channels 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.
    • Mute Level: Set the volume lowered from the listening volume when "Mute" is selected. Choose from 0, -40dB, or -20 dB.
    • 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.

    Phono Input: The Onkyo AV receiver is fitted with a Phono (MM) input and ground terminal for connection of a turntable, so you can enjoy listening to your vinyl records.

    Front-Panel Aux Input: The TX-NR656 is fitted with a front-panel 3.5mm Aux input for connecting a portable audio player.

    Analog Audio Outputs: The Onkyo TX-NR656 is outfitted with the following analog audio outputs.

    • Binding-Post Speaker Terminals: There are binding-post terminals for all speaker connections - Front, Center, Surround, Surround Back/Height, and Zone 2. The binding post terminals will accept bare-wire, pin-connectors, and banana plugs (single only). Use 6- to 16-ohm speakers.
    • Dual Subwoofer Outputs: The receiver is fitted with two subwoofer outputs to connect dual powered subs for extra bass. The dual outputs are wired in parallel and share the same input signal (the 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

    HDMI 2.0a: The Onkyo TX-NR656 has eight HDMI 2.0a inputs (7 rear/1 front) and dual HDMI 2.0a outputs. The dual HDMI outputs can simultaneously output the same HDMI audio/video signal to two TVs (video is output at the resolution supported by both TVs). Thanks to the latest HDMI 2.0a specification, the receiver can support 4K/60 Hz Ultra-HD video, HDCP 2.2 compatibility, 4:4:4 color sub-sampling, High Dynamic Range (HDR), and BT.2020 Wide Color Gamut.

    • 4K/60Hz: The TX-NR656 supports up to 4K (3840x2160 pixels) video @ 60 frames per second on all of its HDMI inputs and outputs. It will also pass a 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, or 1080p video signals via HDMI
    • HDCP 2.2: The receivers HDMI 1-3 inputs and both HDMI monitor outputs support HDCP 2.2, which fully complies with the latest copyright protection standard for 4K video transmission.
    • 4:4:4 Color Subsampling: The receiver's HDMI 1-3 inputs and both HDMI monitor outputs support RGB, YCbCr 4:4:4, YCbCr 4:2:2, and YCbCr 4:2:0 color subsampling (@ 60Hz or 50Hz). With 4:4:4 color subsampling, luminance (brightness) and chroma (color) are sampled at the same rate; resulting in an RGB color palette as big as the video sampling rate for a video image with more colors, plus greater color accuracy and detail. HDMI inputs 4-8 only support 4K 60/50Hz @ YCbCr 4:2:0.
    • HDR10 (High Dynamic Range): The receivers HDMI 1-3 inputs and both HDMI monitor outputs support HDR10. HDR provides enhanced picture quality by simultaneously enabling greater detail for both the dark and bright parts of an image. HDR reproduces a greater dynamic range of luminosity or brightness levels, creating greater contrast. This increased contrast reveals the subtle nuances of the image, from detailed blacks and shadows to the brightest whites and colors, plus greater depth.
    • Wide Color Gamut (BT.2020): The receivers HDMI 1-3 inputs and both HDMI monitor outputs support the BT.2020 color standard which delivers a much wider color gamut and represents about 75% of the total visual color spectrum, while the current Rec. 709 color standard selected as the color space for HDTVs and early generation 4K Ultra HDTVs covers only 35% of the total visual color spectrum.
    Note: Use a premium high-speed 18Gbps HDMI cable for the best 4K/HDR performance.

    1080p-to-4K HDMI Upscaling: The Onkyo TX-NR656 AV receiver can effectively upscale 1080p HDMI video to stunning 4K Ultra-HD through its main HDMI monitor output.

    Analog Video-to-HDMI Conversion: Analog composite and component video signals (480i only) input to the receiver will be converted to HDMI signals and then output from the receiver via its main HDMI monitor output to your TV. The resolution remains the same and is not upscaled.

    Other HDMI Features: The TX-NR656 AV receiver's HDMI connectivity also offers 3D video pass-through, ARC (Audio Return Channel), Deep Color & x.v. Color support, as well as an auto LipSync function.

    • 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.
    • Deep Color & x.v.Color Support: The AV receiver supports Deep Color and x.v.Color content, which can display a larger color range than standard-definition schemes. The result is a more lifelike, vibrant picture
    • 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 400 milliseconds; in 10 millisecond steps.

    HDMI Through: When enabling the HDMI Through function, regardless of whether the AV receiver is "O" or in "Standby", both audio/video streams from an HDMI input will be output to your television, via the receiver HDMI monitor output. You can select between three HDMI Through modes.

    • Auto: Detects the signal and automatically selects the input sources.
    • Source: Selects the HDMI input source 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.

    Analog Video Inputs: The receiver features two composite video inputs and two component video inputs which support 480i video signals only. All analog video input signals are converted to digital and sent via HDMI to your TV at 480i (no upscaling). The component video input are not capable of high-definition video.

    Video Select: It is possible to play audio and video from different sources. For example, you can play audio via Bluetooth and video from your BD/DVD player. This function is only effective when an input with audio only (Network, Bluetooth, or Tuner) has been selected initially.

    Network & Tuner Functions

    Wired or Wireless Network Connection: The Onkyo TX-NR656 AV receiver supports a wired Ethernet (RJ-45) or wireless WiFi (802.11 a/b/g/n; 2.4/5GHz) 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 music 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; 2.4/5GHz). Supports WPS, WEP, and WPA security.
    Note: Network setup requires that the receiver be connected to your TV via HDMI for display of the on-screen menu. The receiver's network setup cannot be accessed through its front-panel display.

    DLNA Certified: Because the TX-NR656 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 AV receiver. 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. 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)

    Online Music Services: The Onkyo TX-NR656 lets you access Internet Radio and various online music service providers through its wired or wireless network connection. The TX-NR656 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 Connect If you subscribe to Spotify Premium and have the Spotify App on your Apple iOS or Android smartphone, you can stream Spotify to the Onkyo receiver. 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.
    Tidal (Via Future Firmware Update) 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.

    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 AV 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 AV receiver. From your Windows or Mac you can stream your stored iTunes music library on your computer to the AV 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 AV receiver. With AirPlay you also get to see song/artist information and album art via the receiver's on-screen menu (via HDMI).

    Chromecast Built-in (Via Future Firmware Update): Chromecast Built-in lets you cast many of your favorite music apps from your from your Android (OS 2.3+) smartphone tablet, Apple iOS (7.0+) device, Mac computer, Windows PC, or Chromebook to the Onkyo AV receiver and your connected speakers. Chromecast Built-in certified apps include Google Play Music, TuneIn, Pandora, iHeart Radio, and more (click here for a complete list of compatible apps). Chromecast Built-in streams your music directly from the cloud instead of from your phone, so you won't lose any sound quality. Additional Chromecast Built-in features include:

    • Chromecast Built-in allows you to 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.
    • Friends and family can even use their own Chromecast Built-in compatible phone or tablet to cast music to you system by connecting to your home's WiFi network.

    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-NR656 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.

    • SBC + AAC Codecs: In addition to support for the standard SBC Bluetooth audio codec, the TX-NR656 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-enable device.
    • Song/Artist Information: The receiver will display song/artist information on its front-panel LCD and through its on-screen on your HDMI-connected TV. 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.

    USB Mass Storage Class: This AV receiver is equipped with a 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 and receiver's on-screen menu; 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 (5V/1A); 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 function. The receiver features Zone 2 line-outputs, as well as Zone 2 speaker terminals. By using the line-level outputs on the TX-NR656 you can connect an external receiver or integrated amplifier in a second room, allowing you to listen to 7.1ch surround in the main room and play a different audio source in another room of your home. By using the speaker-level outputs on the TX-NR656, you can directly connect a secondary pair of speakers in another room of your home, allowing you to listen to 5.1ch surround sound in your main room and play a different audio source in the other room. The volume of Zone 2 is controlled from the receiver when using the speaker outputs and from your add-on integrated amp when using the line-level outputs.

    • Compatible Zone Sources: Tuner, Analog, Optical/Coax Digital (2ch PCM only), USB, Network (DLNA/Online Music Services/AirPlay/Chromecast), and Bluetooth audio sources can be sent to Zone 2.
    • Incompatible Zone Sources: HDMI audio/video and analog video sources cannot be output to Zone 2. DSD audio files cannot be played back in Zone2
    Notes:
    • 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.

    Dual HDMI Outputs: The AV receiver's dual HDMI outputs can simultaneously output the same HDMI audio/video signal to two TVs (video is output at the resolution supported by both TVs).

    FireConnect MultiRoom Audio: A future firmware update will enable any audio source connected to the receiver (from vinyl to streaming audio) to be sent wirelessly via FireConnect, Powered by Blackfire, over a WiFi connection to an optional Onkyo wireless speaker (scheduled for release in summer 2016) placed anywhere in your home. Stable, fast, and easy to control with a mobile app on your smartphone.

    Note: Onkyo cannot guarantee the compatibility of its AV receivers with other devices featuring FireConnect.

    Remote & App Control

    Onkyo Remote App (for Apple iOS & Android): The Onkyo Remote App (from Apple's App Store & 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 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 two Zones. The Onkyo AV receiver and your compatible Apple iOS or Android device must be connected to the same home network.

    IR Remote: The receiver comes with an IR remote control for wireless operation of this receiver and other HDMI-connected sources (via HDMI CEC).

    HDMI Control: This function allows HDMI-CEC compatible components or RIHD-compatible components connected via HDMI to be controlled with the TX-NR656 . 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.

    Convenience Features

    On-Screen Menu w/ Setup Assistance (HDMI only): 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.

    Note: Initial setup requires that the receiver be connected to your TV via HDMI for display of the on-screen menu. Many of the receiver's setup functions can only be found via the on-screen menu and not the front-panel display.

    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 AM/FM, Network, USB, and Bluetooth input selectors.

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

    Timers: The receiver features a programmable Auto Standby function & programmable Sleep Timer.

    • 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 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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    Customer Q&A

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    Great price [ Ashley  Aug 09, 2017 ]
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    best value [ FERDINAND  Aug 08, 2017 ]
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    Already have an Onkyo that works great! Also, needed 2 HDMI Out Ports. [ James  Aug 08, 2017 ]
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    I told the crutchfield chat rep what I was looking for and this is what he recommended.....I read the reviews ....checked the price elsewhere and found this was the best price....and with their great customer service and lifetime tech support it made crutchfield a no brainer [ KENNETH  Aug 08, 2017 ]
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    Old one died! [ MICHAEL R  Aug 07, 2017 ]
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    It has airplay, I can plug tv signal directly into the amp, quality sound. And I can expand system if I want to in the future [ sarah  Aug 07, 2017 ]
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    I had a 10 year old onkyo receiver that had started having issues with the hdmi inputs. This one did everything and more the old one did for a great price so even though it looks to be soon retiring - I felt like it would do the trick without breaking the bank... [ J  Aug 06, 2017 ]
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    awesome price on a great product [ Christopher  Aug 06, 2017 ]
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    Onkyo Brand + Features + Power + Price = WINNER! [ Brad  Aug 05, 2017 ]
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    I looked at several units and found that the Onkyo TX-nr656 was the best bang for the buck and had great reviews. Crutchfield had the best price out there too. [ ROBERT  Aug 04, 2017 ]
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    I've been looking for 3 days at receivers and this stood out so I am trying it for the first time. I am replacing a 10 year old Denon. [ Jeff  Aug 03, 2017 ]
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    Thorough research and product reviews. [ Matthew  Aug 02, 2017 ]
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    Previous purchase Onkyo equipment very satisfied. [ James  Aug 02, 2017 ]
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    Brand and price. Seems to have all concurrently need. My old son y not doing to good. Remote to it died years ago and other remotes never worked properly. Plus they purchased Pioneer whom I've always liked as a brand. [ Bruce  Aug 01, 2017 ]
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    4k 60 fps 4:4:4 with HDMI-to-HDMI upconversion. And Dolby Atmos. [ Jeffrey  Aug 01, 2017 ]
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    Eddie was fantastic in helping me decide on my next receiver. The Onkyo appears to have everything I need for the next workhorse at the center of my home entertainment system. [ Jeffrey T.  Aug 01, 2017 ]
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    This has everything I need to make the ultimate home theater and music experiences! Love all the different HDMI ports for the many game systems our family has. [ Kevin  Aug 01, 2017 ]
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    I trust the brand and need a new stereo that supports 4k. [ Stuart  Jul 31, 2017 ]
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    Replacing a much older Onkyo receiver (before HDMI). Needed lots of inputs, and wanted to re-use my existing Onkyo 7.2 speakers. Wow, they pack a lot of features into these receivers. Looking forward to hooking everything up, using the Android remote, and wiring some speakers on the back porch. [ Jay from Polk City, FL  Jul 31, 2017 ]
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    Price. [ Loretta  Jul 31, 2017 ]
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    Onkyo has very good reviews, appears to be a good midsize system that has great value at the reduced cost. [ JOSEPH  Jul 30, 2017 ]
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    Great product! Great value! Tradition of quality and customer service! [ STEPHEN  Jul 30, 2017 ]
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    Closest to the Onkyo TXSR605 that blew up last night [ Eric  Jul 30, 2017 ]
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    Long time Onkyo customer [ Rafael  Jul 30, 2017 ]
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    My Yamaha died and I needed another. This has the best bang for the buck on features and power. [ Mark  Jul 28, 2017 ]
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    I love onkyo sound quality- and it's finally time to replace my onkyo receiver - from 1996! [ Jim  Jul 27, 2017 ]
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    Price was right and I am no home theater expert but I believe this unit will serve my family VERY well now and in the future! :) [ Cory  Jul 26, 2017 ]
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    price & options [ Michael  Jul 26, 2017 ]
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    My TX-NR609 Onkyo Died [ G  Jul 26, 2017 ]
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    The input/output connections. Particularly the large number of HDMI connections. [ John  Jul 24, 2017 ]
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    The features, power and Price point I needed. [ THOMAS E  Jul 23, 2017 ]
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    Good bang for the buck, previous experience with older Onkyo Receiver SR 573 [ M  Jul 23, 2017 ]
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    App ability to run two zones over wifi [ RICHARD  Jul 22, 2017 ]
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    It was on sale and had more bells and whistles than other brands for the same price! My first experience with Onkyo hope all goes well, [ J  Jul 21, 2017 ]
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    Because Onkyo, is like Pioneer in the insides and Crutchfield, is an excellence web store service. [ Jaime J  Jul 20, 2017 ]
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    Onkyo is a reputable brand and this model had all of the features I was looking for at a great price. [ Eric  Jul 20, 2017 ]
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    When I Googled "top rated AV receivers under $500". It was #1 with good reviews. Crutchfield had the best price. [ Oscar  Jul 20, 2017 ]
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    This is a great receiver for the money! [ Jeffrey  Jul 18, 2017 ]
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    Iv had an Onkyo Receiver in the past and had good luck with it. Also has jacks in back for turntable. :) [ Scott R.  Jul 15, 2017 ]
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    Price [ CLAUDE F  Jul 15, 2017 ]
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    Cause of the name [ Don  Jul 15, 2017 ]
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    Because it had the Phono input. [ Clarence  Jul 13, 2017 ]
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    To replace the DENON AVR-1907 which I got from Crutchfield about 10 years ago, which I think just died. [ H  Jul 13, 2017 ]
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    THIS ONE QUALIFIED FOR TRADE IN PURCHASE FROM ONKYO AND THE PRICE WAS PRETTY GOOD. [ ASEEM  Jul 12, 2017 ]
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    Upgrading my receiver from stereo to home theater and to compliment my MartinLogan speakers. [ ENEYDA  Jul 12, 2017 ]
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    liked price and reviews [ Gary  Jul 12, 2017 ]
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    Have had an Onkyo for over 20 years and it still works great it just dose not have all the new plug-in ports like the new ones have now, time to up grade. [ Stephen  Jul 11, 2017 ]
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    GREAT REVIEW AN IT WAS WHAT I WAS LOOKING FOR IN A RECEIVER. ITS GOING TO BE GREAT [ Douglas  Jul 10, 2017 ]
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    I bought a new 4k tv and this receiver compliments it with all the latest features. [ Richard  Jul 09, 2017 ]
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    Dual zone [ DANIEL  Jul 09, 2017 ]
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    Features plus price equals value. I have other Onkyo receivers. They are a good product. [ Jerrold  Jul 09, 2017 ]
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    Fair price, availability, review comparison details. [ Erik  Jul 06, 2017 ]
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    I already own an older Onkyo (purchased reconditioned) and it has performed flawlessly. I guess that I'm one of those guys that "stays with the girl that I brought to the dance"...have no reason to change brands. The NR656 is working flawlessly also, easy to set-up and use. [ Tim  Jul 05, 2017 ]
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    I looked at several receivers and choose this one simply because it seem to be the Best Buy for Me [ Gregory W.  Jul 05, 2017 ]
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    Selected this because we liked old Onkyo (from Crutchfield) and liked the info ( expanded manual) that was available on-line about this unit. [ Jerome  Jul 04, 2017 ]
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    Has all features I wanted and it was on sale, plus I have had Onkyo receivers in past and have always been satisfied. [ Dan  Jul 04, 2017 ]
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    Owned a previous Onkyo receiver and was very happy with it. Decided to move up to 4k capability. [ William  Jul 03, 2017 ]
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    Recommended and liked [ GARY H.  Jun 26, 2017 ]
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    All the whistles and bells and 33% off. [ Allen  Jun 21, 2017 ]
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    I have a previous model TX-NR616 which died recently. I really enjoyed the system, wanted to upgrade 7.2 and stay with Onkyo [ Todd  Jun 18, 2017 ]
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    I have a 20+ Onkyo product that I love but technology has moved passed what it can do so time to upgrade. [ Stephen  Jun 16, 2017 ]
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    Replaced failed Onkyo HT R570 that failed [ Frank  Jun 15, 2017 ]
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    I have owned Onkyo stereo products before, they are of high quality. [ Tom  Jun 14, 2017 ]
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    I had a similar unit to this one; however, I was not getting the sound quality that I wanted. I called Crutchfield and advised them of what I had and the problem I was experiencing and was referred to their "Tech Department". I spoke to Levi who I think is very knowledgeable about their products and he recommended this unit. I could not be happier. I am experiencing premium sounds out of all my units especially my 70" TV. Thank You Levi. [ Jay  Jun 12, 2017 ]
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    recommended from advisors [ Kerry  Jun 11, 2017 ]
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    Good reviews and price. It had pretty much all the options I was looking for. [ Joshua  Jun 11, 2017 ]
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    I like Onkyo products and my previous receiver stopped working. [ Jerome  Jun 10, 2017 ]
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    It has all the features I was looking for. [ Daniel  Jun 10, 2017 ]
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    This receiver has a great combination of new technology and old school technology. We wanted a receiver with a phono input. There are features on this receiver that we probably won't use for awhile, but it's nice to know that they are incorporated in the unit. For example, as of now we don't own a 4K tv but someday we probably will own one. [ Kevin  Jun 08, 2017 ]
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    Great Quality. Great opportunity to upgrade my system [ Kurt  Jun 07, 2017 ]
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    Replacing my 13 year old onkyo which has served me well. [ Kestutis  Jun 06, 2017 ]
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    Your website and catalogs [ Robert  Jun 02, 2017 ]
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    Time to upgrade the receiver (5 years). Plus, this has WiFi and IOS control app, yay! [ Darren  May 30, 2017 ]
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    2nd Onkyo. Best combination of features and price. [ Blair  May 30, 2017 ]
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    Currently have an older Onkyo receiver and I liked the specs over other receivers. [ Karl  May 29, 2017 ]
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    Good value with good features [ J  May 28, 2017 ]
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    I am replacing an older (mid-90s) Onkyo receiver, and this has WiFi, Bluetooth, HDMI, 4k video input/output, and seems like an excellent value. [ Alex  May 27, 2017 ]
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    Good feature set. Onkyo had a really good reputation when I was younger, not sure about now, but I haven't heard bad things. Purchased to replace a refurb Denon AVR-1913 that has been nothing but trouble. [ Robert P.  May 27, 2017 ]
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    I wanted 7.1 surround sound with some extras... but for not a lot of money. Searched for higher reviews and did open box to drop the price more and because I trust Crutchfield. [ Gregory  May 26, 2017 ]
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    Previous Onkyo owner.Reviews and price. [ laurie  May 24, 2017 ]
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    best $ for my minimum needs [ Jim  May 23, 2017 ]
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    Prior experience with receivers, Value, Reviews, Onkyo name, Options I was looking for, Crutchfield reputation. [ Charles  May 23, 2017 ]
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    This Onkyo receiver will convert digital coaxial & optical audio inputs to analog signal & send it through the Zone 2 pre-amp outputs. Therefore, if you are playing a CD through your DVD player that goes to the Onkyo receiver via HDMI and toslink/digital coax, you can simultaneously send the audio signal to a separate amplifier via the Zone 2 RCA (pre-amp) outputs. Many other receivers will not play audio from digital sources (HDMI, optical, digital coax) through Zone 2 pre-amp outputs. [ flap  May 22, 2017 ]
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    I like the brand. I have one now that needed upgraded to use 4K so I chose this model. [ Andy  May 18, 2017 ]
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    I've been a Denon guy for years however after deliberating with Bryce and leaning on his knowledge I'm confident in the purchase and trying something new! [ CHRIS  May 16, 2017 ]
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    sales person's recommendation. Price and value were incomparable to other models. Replacing my Yamaha that died after 3 years in service [ howard  May 14, 2017 ]
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    Researching for several months. Have had Onkyo products before. Onkyo supports vinyl record player input. [ Brian  May 14, 2017 ]
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    Pricing was in a "sweet spot". [ Jeffrey L.  May 14, 2017 ]
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    Recommend by advisor CJ [ mike  May 13, 2017 ]
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    I've been using this brand for some time and have had nothing less than amazing results. Offers incredible sound options at an extremely affordable price. We love our music/movies equally and this brand has constantly delivered. [ Dalsten  May 13, 2017 ]
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    Onkyo brand, prior ownership of onkyo products, price point [ Donald  May 13, 2017 ]
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    Price and have had Onkyo receivers for years and never had an issue. One I have now is over 15 years old and just need an upgrade especially with the HDMI connections. Also practically the only one with a phono input. [ Roger  May 13, 2017 ]
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    The quality of the product and prices. [ JAMES W  May 13, 2017 ]
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    Price, good reviews and features and options. BTW 2 day free shipping. [ Jesus  May 12, 2017 ]
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    Past experience with purchases from Crutchfield. [ James  May 12, 2017 ]
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    Have had Ondkyo receiver for years and old one just got tired and some of function are not working, and saw the sale price and jumped to replace the older receiver. [ David  May 12, 2017 ]
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    connect options [ Juan  May 12, 2017 ]
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    100w at 8 Ohms to run PSB CS-1000 outdoor speakers [ CHRISTOPHER G  May 11, 2017 ]
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    Great price on a good product. I have a older one I bought from you and needed to update. [ Tedinohio  May 11, 2017 ]
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    Overall great reviews and the price was right! [ David  May 11, 2017 ]
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    Because all the features [ H  May 11, 2017 ]
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    Had very good past experience with Onkyo products, and the recent price drop was all that was needed to go ahead and buy it. [ Arnold  May 09, 2017 ]
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    Reviews were good. [ THOMAS C  May 08, 2017 ]
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    features and price [ frederick  May 07, 2017 ]
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    Value [ KEVIN  May 07, 2017 ]
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    I needed to replace my old Onkyo and this was the next step up. [ Eugene  May 07, 2017 ]
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    It looks like the best receiver for my money. Also I wanted to try out Crutchfield. [ Randall  May 05, 2017 ]
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    great reviews and good price point [ Leigh  May 04, 2017 ]
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    Experience with product quality, value and performance [ Daisy T.  May 03, 2017 ]
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    I owned an Onkyo home receive in the past and loved it. For some strange reason I bought a Yamaha home receiver for my current TV and hate it, so I wasn't going to make the same mistake with my new TV and went back to a Onkyo dual zone receiver. I wanted a dual zone receiver for entertainment throughout my home. [ James  May 03, 2017 ]
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    Onkyo owner [ G  May 02, 2017 ]
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    I choose it because of the features, the value and the reviews were also helpfull [ KEITH  Apr 23, 2017 ]
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    I've had an Onkyo receiver before and i needed a new one. [ Matt  Apr 22, 2017 ]
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    Reviews and recommendations. Also price break. [ STEVEN  Apr 21, 2017 ]
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    phono input [ Wifredo  Apr 19, 2017 ]
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    Decided on this model instead of Onkyo's NR757 or RZ610 based on getting the "biggest bang for my buck". It wasn't worth $100-$200 more for me to get a "THX certified" receiver or slightly more power. Dexter was very helpful in clarifying these differences to me and helping me make the best decision! [ Thomas  Apr 19, 2017 ]
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    Price [ Amy  Apr 16, 2017 ]
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    A mix of reviews and Crutchfield on-site information - both technical/staff review as well as customer reviews. This receiver looks like it can "scratch all the itches:" streaming music, as well as phono preamp info. [ One-Eyed John  Apr 16, 2017 ]
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    Replacement for an older unit that was damaged. [ James L.  Apr 13, 2017 ]
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    most features, best value. [ William T.  Apr 13, 2017 ]
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    I have used Onkyo products for years. Hard to beat the value. I wish their build quality was as good as it used to be many years ago, but that seems to hold true across most brands these days. I am the owner of a custom A/V company. I am also a Control4 dealer and these receivers integrate nicely with IP drivers and SDDP recognition. [ Neal W.  Apr 13, 2017 ]
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    Positive reviews and product features [ Garry  Apr 12, 2017 ]
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    I already have an Onkyo, so I know the quality. Looked like the biggest bang for your buck. [ STEPHEN  Apr 11, 2017 ]
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    Price; network ready [ Rufus  Apr 10, 2017 ]
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    I love onkyo [ Eri alan  Apr 09, 2017 ]
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    Best bang for the buck...highly rated. [ Charles  Apr 05, 2017 ]
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    Lots of features [ Nolan  Apr 04, 2017 ]
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    Jane in CS helped pick based on needs and happen to be on sale!! [ Matt  Apr 03, 2017 ]
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    already have onkyo before, easy use loved [ WILLIAM  Mar 31, 2017 ]
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    Had everything I needed, all modern features and for the right price. Thanks Crutchfield [ JoesTalon  Mar 31, 2017 ]
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    From lots of research and discussion with customer support I decided this was the best bang for the buck [ Jeffrey  Mar 29, 2017 ]
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    Easy set-up. HDMI upscaling improves picture quality even on my 1080i projector. [ Matthew  Mar 27, 2017 ]
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    Experience with Onkyo, price, specs [ CARLOS  Mar 25, 2017 ]
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    My Yamaha Was tired and this Onkyo will take me into the future [ Daniel  Mar 24, 2017 ]
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    to replace a pioneer 1021 [ scott  Mar 23, 2017 ]
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    Feature set coupled with price [ R  Mar 23, 2017 ]
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    Recommendation from professional consultant , Ziggy, and I was aware of the reputation regarding this brand. [ Bernice  Mar 22, 2017 ]
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    Good reviews plus all of the features and connectivity that I need [ Glenn  Mar 19, 2017 ]
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    Features 8 HDMI connectors (one in front) in addition to ARC (only 3 are HDCP 2.2 though), 4K, HDR, Bluetooth, wireless, AirPlay, provision for two bi-amp speakers, and ability to rename sources on the display. [ Terry  Mar 18, 2017 ]
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    Reviews are good and product has the specifications I require. Great price for item purchased. [ Donald  Mar 18, 2017 ]
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    Reviewed well and was on sale. [ Ken  Mar 18, 2017 ]
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    Technical features and specs [ RONALD  Mar 18, 2017 ]
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    Upgrading from Onkyo TXSR308 [ Daniel  Mar 17, 2017 ]
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    replacing older onkyo reciever needed 4k [ DAVID  Mar 17, 2017 ]
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    Recommendation by a friend who has this exact unit along with the Crutchfield advisor, along with the discount! [ John  Mar 17, 2017 ]
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    CNET review [ Jerry  Mar 17, 2017 ]
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    I was looking for an entry level AV receiver and after reading a ton of reviews online, I had decided on the Onkyo TX-NR626. Even though the technology was a little dated, it had the features I wanted, including an actual phono input, and a good price. In my searching, I stumbled across the TX-NR565 and it had even more than the NR626, even though the price was the same. Seemed like a no-brainer and lucky timing on my part (in regards to your price drop.) [ John  Mar 17, 2017 ]
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    Great price, and reviews. [ Rick  Mar 15, 2017 ]
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    It was on sale, and I did a comparison with other receivers costing $200 more and the number of features offered was better on this item. I just couldn't pass it up. [ Curt  Mar 15, 2017 ]
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    Best service and best delivery [ john  Mar 15, 2017 ]
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    On sale and was loaded for the price. [ Joseph  Mar 14, 2017 ]
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    Recommended by Crutchfield consultant [ AARON  Mar 14, 2017 ]
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    Crutchfield Price & Crutchfield Service... top notch service and great prices. [ Betty  Mar 14, 2017 ]
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    Son's recommendation [ Dudley  Mar 14, 2017 ]
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    good price and good rating [ Tracy  Mar 14, 2017 ]
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    The Price [ Paul  Mar 13, 2017 ]
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    Because my brother really wanted one. [ JOHN D  Mar 13, 2017 ]
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    My other Onkyo has lasted me 20 years and it was time for an upgrade! [ Bryce  Mar 12, 2017 ]
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    Perceived value. Crutchfield reputation. [ William  Mar 12, 2017 ]
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    Finally caved in to a sale item. Price was too good to pass up! [ Marvin  Mar 12, 2017 ]
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    Very good features that I was looking for, like the Bluetooth feature. [ Damien  Mar 11, 2017 ]
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    Because it was a great value and I have had this brand in the past and was very satisfied. [ CLIFTON  Mar 10, 2017 ]
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    price and features were a good balance [ Mike  Mar 09, 2017 ]
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    High quality, feature filled receiver. [ Douglas  Mar 06, 2017 ]
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    Great reviews, great price with the features I want fro my theater system. [ MARTIN  Mar 05, 2017 ]
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    It looked like the best combination of features and price [ En  Mar 01, 2017 ]
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    Have had good experience with this brand in the past [ J  Mar 01, 2017 ]
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    It was cheaper and easy to order. [ maryela  Feb 28, 2017 ]
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    price, value & brand loyalty [ PIERRE F  Feb 27, 2017 ]
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    I already own an Oknyo Receiver that I bought years ago. I love it! The sound is impeccable! I needed another so I bought an Onkyo! Fran B. [ F  Feb 27, 2017 ]
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    Air play and Bluetooth technologies. [ CHARLES  Feb 26, 2017 ]
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    Dolby Atmos and best value. [ Brian M.  Feb 25, 2017 ]
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    100 watts per channel [ tony  Feb 24, 2017 ]
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    I have same model currently and love it. [ Patrice  Feb 24, 2017 ]
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    I currently have the Onkyo TX-8511 receiver, which I purchased almost 15 years ago. I have been very pleased with the durability and performance of the product, but decided it was time for an upgrade. [ Richard  Feb 23, 2017 ]
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    Had all I needed in a 4k, WI-FI connected AV receiver with dual zone and dual source capabilities. Will be perfect in my new house! And Chance - he provided great service in helping me find just the right product. [ James  Feb 23, 2017 ]
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    need to replace old Denon model [ LORI  Feb 21, 2017 ]
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    I compared it to a similar unit of another brand and the discounted price made this a no brainer. [ WALTER  Feb 21, 2017 ]
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    replace an older model [ Geoffrey  Feb 21, 2017 ]
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    Best selection, lots of tech info, best price, free shipping, great customer service. [ Lou  Feb 21, 2017 ]
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    Good buy even though was not the latest model. [ STERLING C  Feb 20, 2017 ]
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    Plenty of features at a good price. [ JIM M  Feb 19, 2017 ]
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    Price vs features make this a good buy. A bit larger than others in the range but I can modify my unit to accept it. Chance was also very helpful in choosing this item with non-biased advice. [ Charles  Feb 15, 2017 ]
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    Bluetooth [ Mark  Feb 15, 2017 ]
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    Good qualities for a mid range receiver and on sale [ Paul  Feb 15, 2017 ]
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    The price was right and I have had great results with previous orders from Crutchfield. [ Richard  Feb 14, 2017 ]
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    Good brand, great price [ Vainateya  Feb 10, 2017 ]
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    lots of connection options [ JOHN  Feb 08, 2017 ]
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    Great value for all the features that this ONKYO AV Receiver offers including 4K up conversion, multiple 4K UHD HDMI inputs, WIFI, Apple AirPlay, TuneIn, phono input, and many other legacy analog audio and video inputs. [ Marcell  Feb 08, 2017 ]
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    I had excellent luck with my last Onkyo receiver. It is still a great receiver but at 10 years old it doesn't have any HDMI connectivity. Based on my previous Onkyo experience together with good customer reviews, I think this will be a good receiver to replace my old one. The power output and features of this receiver are quite good for the price. [ Aaron  Feb 07, 2017 ]
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    Chat Help suggested this and it had good reviews. [ Lloyd  Feb 07, 2017 ]
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    good price for lots of features [ William  Feb 06, 2017 ]
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    Originally purchased the Yamaha RX-V481, which I have been happy with. However, this came on sale for the same price has higher power output (100W vs 80W) and more output channels (7.2 vs. 5.1). The Onkyo also has more inputs available and is Dolby Atmos capable. While I will not use all of these extra features now, it will give me more options down the line. I will likely return the Yamaha as it is within the awesome return window provided by Crutchfield. [ Eric  Feb 05, 2017 ]
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    I have other Onkyo and Marantz products and I love them all [ Scott  Feb 05, 2017 ]
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    affordability. [ Sean  Feb 05, 2017 ]
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    Fits my needs for a new receiver and a good price. [ Gary  Feb 05, 2017 ]
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    Going on my 4th Onkyo receiver because of sound and very good quality of product. [ Nestor A.  Feb 04, 2017 ]
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    Love the features and the price. So excited... [ C  Feb 04, 2017 ]
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    I have purchased a Onkyo receiver last year and am very pleased with the unit, it has all the necessary connections and great sound, pair this unit with a good set of speakers and you will not be disappointed. [ MIKE  Feb 03, 2017 ]
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    powered 2nd zone [ Philip  Feb 03, 2017 ]
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    Also on the path to upgrade to 4K [ Alfred  Feb 03, 2017 ]
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    Andy's suggestion ! [ ROBERT  Feb 02, 2017 ]
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    I own an Onkyo receiver that is several years old and replacing it with this one. [ Malama Web Desi  Feb 01, 2017 ]
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    good reviews [ Dan  Feb 01, 2017 ]
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    Replacing an older Yamaha unit, needed to update with the options on this model and the price was right. [ Phil   Feb 01, 2017 ]
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    Upgrading from 8 year old Denon unit that had developed intermittent problems; that unit replaced an Onkyo unit that worked great for 15 years. Time to take advantage of the newest technology and this unit was at a great price. [ Thomas  Feb 01, 2017 ]
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    I am replacing an onkyo txnr626. Time to upgrade to go with my net lg oled tv [ Brian  Feb 01, 2017 ]
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    Great price and had the features I was looking for. [ E  Jan 31, 2017 ]
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    Price and features [ Aaron  Jan 31, 2017 ]
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    Current Onkyo owner. Upgrading 10 year old Sony. Has the features I need at a great price.... [ Stanley  Jan 31, 2017 ]
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    Buddy helped me choose the Onkyo with awesome packed features. Would have paid more for the Denon, thanks to Buddy I'm getting more receiver for a better price. [ Kevin  Jan 31, 2017 ]
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    My research indicated this receiver was the best unit for the price. [ James  Jan 31, 2017 ]
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    It has everything I wanted in a receiver plus the price was right. [ Thomas  Jan 30, 2017 ]
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    Price [ O  Jan 29, 2017 ]
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    upgrading older Onkyo unit and this one has everything I need at a great price. [ Ken  Jan 28, 2017 ]
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    sound system for home [ Motaz MO  Jan 24, 2017 ]
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    value [ Douglas  Jan 20, 2017 ]
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    Amount of features and the value. [ William  Jan 19, 2017 ]
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    Currently am running an older model Onkyo. [ Lynn  Jan 17, 2017 ]
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    Brand loyalty and medium level performance for the living room. Plan on getting a higher end model for theater in the coming months. [ New User  Jan 16, 2017 ]
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    Artie was very helpful [ James  Jan 15, 2017 ]
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    Reviews look ggod on this item and you have a great price for it. [ Gary  Jan 15, 2017 ]
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    For the price, the features and power of this receiver are outstanding! Built in WI-FI and Pandora support for me was mandatory. [ Don  Jan 15, 2017 ]
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    Had the previous version. Lightning event fried the HDMI ports. Can't get the previous version 636 that I loved. [ Jeff  Jan 15, 2017 ]
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    I've been waiting for this model to come on sale.... [ Kendrick  Jan 15, 2017 ]
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    Replacing old Onkyo [ Sean  Jan 15, 2017 ]
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    Most features for the price [ Myron  Jan 15, 2017 ]
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    HDR compatibility [ MARK  Aug 08, 2016 ]
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    4k Upscale. WIFI, Spotify, 4k Support [ Bridget  Jul 25, 2016 ]
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    Onkyo is great quality [ STEPHEN  Jul 17, 2016 ]
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    25 questions already asked

    Q
    Can Bluetooth be disabled? I am installing unit in an environment where the Bluetooth must be disabled
    [ C  Jul 26, 2017 ]
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    Yes, go to Setup, select Hardware, then Bluetooth. There you can toggle Bluetooth ON-OFF. Hope this help.
    [ Burl  Jul 28, 2017 ]
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    Will this model pass through audio from the HDMI inputs? I have an old receiver now, The 2 HDMI inputs will only transfer video. I have to run a separate audio cables or fiber to get audio from either the DVD player, PC or xbox.
    [ Michael Beck  Jul 24, 2017 ]
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    Yes, it passes audio along with the video. In my case it was 5.1 surround audio from cable box, DVD, and AppleTV.
    [ Damien  Jul 26, 2017 ]
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    Yes! This unit allows all components to be plugged in the back via HDMI. You will only run one HDMI from the receiver to the TV. HDMI carries both video and audio signals. I would highly recommend this unit. Would also recommend getting new HDMI cables for all your equipment. Cheers.
    [ Bryan  Jul 25, 2017 ]
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    With the right HDMI cables yes
    [ Jonathan  Jul 25, 2017 ]
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    Are firmware updates automatic or do do I need to update manually?
    [ Richard  Jul 20, 2017 ]
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    I have seen them download automatically it takes about 15 min.
    [ BRAD  Jul 23, 2017 ]
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    Every time I check to see if the firmware is current it is. It must be automatic, not positive though.
    [ Brian  Jul 22, 2017 ]
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    You can enable automatic firmware updates but I have found that it's not always reliable. I go into the settings every so often and manually check for updates.
    [ Janie  Jul 22, 2017 ]
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    The firmware Updates automatically as soon as the wonderful receiver connects with your home wi-Fi. The sound and extras are excellent.
    [ PAMELA L  Jul 22, 2017 ]
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    If the receiver is on your WiFi it will prompt you when an update is available.You can also do it manually.
    [ Guest  Jul 21, 2017 ]
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    I really don't know if I'm not making a mistake I did mine manually.
    [ DWAYNE  Jul 21, 2017 ]
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    Question: I am in Virginia on FiOS. I cannot program my FiOS remote to turn this amp on. I went thru all the codes. Can get unit to turn off, work the volume, but not turn back on. I have programmed MANY remotes successfully over time, but this has me stumped. Anyone?
    [ FG in RVA.  Jul 05, 2017 ]
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    Tech Support is included with your purchase from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website.
    [ Kenny  Jul 05, 2017 ]  Staff
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    I have an existing 6.1 surround set up. How do I set up this receiver for this system?
    [ dave  Jul 05, 2017 ]
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    If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the connections. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website.
    [ Kenny  Jul 05, 2017 ]  Staff
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    Is it possible to use wireless speakers for the surround L & R signal?
    [ Robert  Jul 05, 2017 ]
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    yes. I'm doing so. This is not a function of the receiver... need separate capability
    [ SAUL  Jul 06, 2017 ]
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    The receiver doesn't have multi-channel line level outputs. You would need to find a speaker level to RCA line level adapter and then you could use a wireless adapter kit with built in amps for your surround speakers.
    [ Harry  Jul 06, 2017 ]
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    I just purchased the Onkyo TXNR656 and I am using the PSW-505 Polk sub. Do I use the filtered or unfiltered plug into the sub?
    [ Zach  Jun 12, 2017 ]
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    Sir, Use as an LFE with the switch in the yes position on the back of the Polk sub. Single lead only from the subwoofer pre out of the TXNR656 to the input on the polk Subwoofer affected by the adjacent switch.
    [ William  Jun 13, 2017 ]
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    Can i use this to operate 8 speakers in 4 separate rooms? Looking to use for a whole home system... thanks!
    [ lee  May 30, 2017 ]
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    To be clear, this system enables you to have 7 speakers plus 1 sub in the first zone, then 2 more speakers and 1 sub in another zone. You could split these speakers up but it wouldn't be ideal and only 2 speakers would be on a separate zone.
    [ Chase  Jun 12, 2017 ]
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    yes
    [ EUSTACE O  May 31, 2017 ]
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    I was told you could use this for whole house system with an additional amp. However, I am having trouble setting this up and am looking for the time when I can call tech support myself.
    [ Robert  May 31, 2017 ]
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    Only offers 2 zones via wire hookup. You could possibly expand coverage with wireless speakers, but consult Crutchfield.
    [ Stanley  May 31, 2017 ]
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    Is this unit capable of receiving a ChromeCast from a tablet?
    [ VINCENT  May 28, 2017 ]
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    yes, but you may need to set up the chromecast and coonnect it to your network directly on the tv before moving it to the stream box input of the receiver
    [ RICHARD L  May 30, 2017 ]
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    There is a 'April 25, 2017 firmware upgrade available via the USB port that adds Chromecast support. You need to use the smart phone controller app on your smartphone.
    [ Harry  May 29, 2017 ]
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    I don't know for sure but if your table Chromecast can output via Bluetooth or HDMI it should work. Bluetooth or HDMI input should work.
    [ Jack  May 29, 2017 ]
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    The advanced manual has the #3 HDMI (HDCP 2.2) input labeled STRM BOX. I do not stream video so cannot attest to whether it will work though.
    [ PAUL W  May 29, 2017 ]
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    Hi Vincent. It will be capable of using Chromecast after a future firmware update. This comes from the manual: "Bluetooth / Wi-Fi® with Pandora, Spotify, and AirPlay The TX-NR656 has AirPlay, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technologies built in. Stream virtually any audio from a smartphone, tablet or PC to your home theater for powerful sound. With Spotify, Pandora, and TuneIn built-in, as well as Deezer and Tidal (via firmware update available now), you can search for music available on these services via the Onkyo Controller app on your phone. The free Onkyo Controller app puts a range of streaming options at your fingertips, from universal hi-res audio via network-attached devices to internet streaming services to music on your smartphone and tablet. Further, Chromecast built-in will allow users to use their mobile device to cast their favorite music, radio, or podcasts and will be operable with an upcoming firmware update." I absolutely love the features of this receiver and looking forward to the future update! Best, Bee
    [ MixtressB  May 29, 2017 ]
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    Yes
    [ MARK  May 29, 2017 ]
    Q
    Can I hook up two subwoofers to this receiver?
    [ Kyle  May 20, 2017 ]
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    Absolutely (same signal output to each subwoofer jack)! That would be an awesome set-up (I only have 1 subwoofer hooked up).
    [ New User  May 20, 2017 ]
    Q
    Is there something wrong with the volume on this receiver? I have to turn it up to 55-60 for normal listening and 70 + for movies. Just seems like you have to turn it way up to get decent volume.
    [ William T.  May 12, 2017 ]
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    Same for me. Because there is plenty of volume, I assume that's how it was designed. It doesn't bother me, although I miss the days of volume knobs just going to ten.
    [ Anthony  May 17, 2017 ]
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    I was thinking the same thing when I got mine. It seems to vary depending on what input your using. The Bluetooth sucks too.
    [ Paul  May 13, 2017 ]
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    I find the same thing. In addition if find while watching TV the audio occasionally cuts out and to regain it I have to switch the tuner input to some other mode like TUNER and then back to CBL/SAT to regain audio.. I am considering replacing my TX-NR656, with a different model.
    [ Charles  May 13, 2017 ]
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    The normal listening level for me is also in the 55-60 range. This does seem like a relatively large number, combaired to other devices, but I consider this a benefit, as it gives me better control at lower listening levels.
    [ Robert  May 13, 2017 ]
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    I don't know if it indicates an issue. But, mine behaves the same way. Maybe the volume numbers on the display are not calibrated to the volume wheel. It also has issues with the subwoofer calibration. Still works well but it is disappointing that I upgraded from a SONY that really had no issues.
    [ Kendrick  May 12, 2017 ]
    Q
    Can I hook up 7.1 in cinema room and also the zone 2 speaker pair in adjacent bar area and alternate between the two? So if watching a movie in cinema room I can get 7.1 then when movie is over turn main zone off and switch to zone 2 to listen to music on the speakers in bar area? (I realize I wouldn't be able to listen to both zones simultaneously if hooking up for a 7.1 setup in cinema room).
    [ Ian  Mar 19, 2017 ]
    1 answer
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    Here is what the manual has to say about multi-zone connection : It is possible to play 2 ch source in a separate room while 7.1 ch source is being played in the main room. Connect the zone 2 line out jacks of the unit and the line in jacks of the pre-main amplifier in a separate room with an analog audio cable. I'm no audio geek so I hope this info helps you .. sounds like yes to me !!!
    [ louis  Mar 21, 2017 ]
    Q
    Will this support 3D content?
    [ Michael  Mar 15, 2017 ]
    6 answers
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    I could not find the answer. I do not have it hook up with a 3D player, but now that you bring it up. I have to keep looking for myself. I got the Dr. Strange 3D Blu Ray!
    [ Alfred  Mar 24, 2017 ]
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    Product is rated to support this via HDMI 2.0. I have not tried that as I do not have a 3D player. As long as your cables, tv and player are all supporting 3D you will be in good shape with this receiver. Jay.
    [ Donald  Mar 16, 2017 ]
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    Yes. It passes 3D and 4K (and HDR) video signals.
    [ Kevin  Mar 16, 2017 ]
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    I don't know. Don't do any 3D but per internet search.....All Onkyo A/V receivers are capable of carrying high-resolution 3D video formats from source devices to your 3D-capable display via HDMI.
    [ Jack  Mar 16, 2017 ]
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    I do not have personal experience using 3-D but the background information for the HDMI ports indicates that it does support 3-D, along with 4K 60 Hz, CEC and HDR
    [ PAUL W  Mar 16, 2017 ]
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    yes it has HDMI Support for 3D and Audio Return Channel.
    [ Harry  Mar 15, 2017 ]
    Q
    How well will this receiver work with a Epson Power Lite Home Cinema 8100 projector? The projector is only hdmi version 1.3a
    [ 727driver  Mar 07, 2017 ]
    3 answers
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    The Onkyo TX-NR656's HDMI 2.0a outputs would work just fine with your Epson Power Lite 8100 projector--like some others have alluded to already, HDMI 2.0a (the newest version) is fully backwards-compatible with previous HDMI standards; including 1.3a. If you would like to discuss further, feel free to contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. Hope that helps!
    [ Larry  Mar 15, 2017 ]  Staff
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    I have not had any issues connecting hdmi supported devices from many different sources such as a cable dvr box, 3D blu Ray player, and Apple TV. I have had no loss in video quality or loss in audio that I can find. I am not sure if your concern but I have not had any issues concerning connecting any hdmi source. I hope this helps.
    [ Steve  Mar 11, 2017 ]
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    I have never had any problems with the Onkyo HDMI backwards compatibility. It should be seamless, but I don't have a 1.3a device to test against.
    [ Clint  Mar 09, 2017 ]
    Q
    Can this receiver function as a 5.1 setup? If so, what happens with the last two (rear?) 7 & 8 channels? Any way to combine/merge those channels into the 4 & 5 rear channels?
    [ John  Mar 05, 2017 ]
    5 answers
    A
    5.1 or 7.1, it's your choice. If only using 5.1 in your main room 6 & 7 can run separately (independently) in another room if you want. I don't understand why you would want to merge any of the channels even if you could,
    [ JOHN  Mar 07, 2017 ]
    A
    Yes, it can. During setup, you can choose between 5.1 and 7.1. Mine was set to 5.1 with my Bose Acoustimass 6. If you have two extra rear speakers connected to channels 7 and 8 they will not work. As an option you can use your two extra speakers to Zone 2. That is my setup. You can turn Zone 2 on or off in addition to your 5.1. In 7.1 you have two left rear and two rear right speakers. Refer to the back of the receiver's image. Crutchfield has a nice expandable image. Hope this helps.
    [ EDGAR  Mar 07, 2017 ]
    A
    When you do the setup it asks how many speakers do you have. If you select 5 it defaults to 5.1. The other channels are not used. This was the easiest and coolest setup I've done. Very clever and user-proof.
    [ ROBERT  Mar 06, 2017 ]
    A
    Yes, the receiver can easily be set up to function as a 5.1 setup. In fact it can also function as a 2 or a 2.1 aetup. In fact, I currently have mine setup as a 5 channel with the other 2 rear channels set as bi-amp mode where the low frequencies from the front left and right channels are being sent there to drive a passive woofer I stead of the typical powered subwoofer. Everything is easy to set up using by following the on screen setup feature. Connection to a hdmi tv is bettor the setup.
    [ Marcell  Mar 06, 2017 ]
    A
    Hi John. The NR656 is a great receiver for the price and extremely customizable unit which I absolutely love! The set-up menu allows for user defined outputs and speaker configurations. In the speaker configuration menu, when in 5.1, the 7&8 channels can be used for zone 2 (different room) powered output. The closest to "combine/merge" would be in a 5.1.2 config where 7&8 would be rear surround, 5&6 can be used as either front/middle/rear ceiling or rear high (mounted). You can also user assign the height of the speakers and probably get them to produce the same (or close) output as 7&8. Each speaker can also be adjusted by distance which adjusts volume output accordingly. Overall, I am extremely pleased with this receiver and how the inputs can be customized to personal preferences. I've had Onkyo receivers in the past and this one gets a 5 star rating. I'm extremely happy with my new receiver!
    [ MixtressB  Mar 06, 2017 ]
    Q
    Do I need to purchase both transmitter AND receiver for my Polk PSW10 subwoofer for wireless sound on the Onkyo TX-NR656? I will hard wire the other speakers. Thanks DB
    [ Dan  Mar 04, 2017 ]
    2 answers
    A
    Yes, if the subwoofer doesn't have build in Wireles then yes. You need to purchase both
    [ Kathleen  Mar 05, 2017 ]
    A
    Have not tried that, but I don't think there is any communication from a subwoofer back to the receiver, so transmitter should be enough. Keep in mind that it's not terribly important where the SW is placed, so maybe you could just wire it conveniently?
    [ SAUL  Mar 05, 2017 ]
    Q
    I see it has phono inputs but does it have a built-in preamp for them?
    [ RMichael  Feb 28, 2017 ]
    2 answers
    A
    Yes, it has a built-in preamp. There is a ground wire connection. I have an old-school Realistic LAB 400 turntable hooked up to it and it works great. PS - I love this receiver. Great value.
    [ Anthony  Mar 02, 2017 ]
    A
    It has a phono input and preamp that provides equalization for a MM-type cartridge only. Other type phono cartridges require and external preamp that will provide the proper equalization for the relevant cartridge, that will then be connected to the AUDIO IN jack.
    [ William  Mar 01, 2017 ]
    Q
    Can I play different content from the main zone to another zone?
    [ R.  Feb 27, 2017 ]
    1 answer
    A
    Yes, you can play an alternate Audio content to Zone2.
    [ Navneet  Feb 28, 2017 ]
    Q
    Does this receiver come with a RF remote, so I can house it in a media closet and still operate it without "line of sight"?
    [ Chris  Feb 16, 2017 ]
    7 answers
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    No. However the receiver is Wi-Fi or wired network capable. If the receiver can connect to your network, then there is an application available for controlling the receiver from your mobile device or laptop, which should enable the type of remote control capability you are looking for.
    [ Alfred  Feb 17, 2017 ]
    A
    Onkyo has a free app for smart phones. It isn't very user friendly, but it does work through Wi-Fi. Hope this helps.
    [ John D.  Feb 17, 2017 ]
    A
    Hi Chris, The answer to your question is NO, Remote won't go through a cabinet to control on / off function or volume. Hope this helps your decision, other than that, Receiver is awesome Bob
    [ Bob  Feb 17, 2017 ]
    A
    I don't believe the remote that this unit comes with will do what you are looking for but there's also another problem with what you want to do. Every reciever I have owned generated a good amount of heat, closing the unit in a closet with other heat generating devices without ventilation will definitely be a bad thing. Continued use of the reciever at a high level such as playing music at the appropriate level)
    [ Jonathan  Feb 17, 2017 ]
    A
    No it comes with an IR remote but can be controlled via an app if you have it on your home network. I have not used the app yet so I have no firsthand experience using it.
    [ CHRISTOPHER  Feb 17, 2017 ]
    A
    No, the remote is IR only and there is no 12 volt trigger. You can use the phone app with it though so it can be used when connected to wifi.
    [ Malama Web Desi  Feb 17, 2017 ]
    A
    No
    [ roger  Feb 17, 2017 ]
    Q
    What are the compatible phones and tablets?
    [ papajim  Feb 09, 2017 ]
    3 answers
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    Bluetooth is pretty generic, so should work with many phones. Works fine with my samsung Galaxy S4
    [ SAUL  Mar 05, 2017 ]
    A
    My iPhone sync'd right to it. But that's all we have.
    [ Phil  Feb 10, 2017 ]
    A
    NOTE 5 phones with Anthroid
    [ DWAYNE  Feb 10, 2017 ]
    Q
    Is this capable of playing different sources and the same source on zone 1 and zone 2 at the same time?
    [ Nick  Feb 07, 2017 ]
    6 answers
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    YES, this receiver can play the same source or a different source to zone 1 and zone 2.
    [ Kahlil  Feb 16, 2017 ]
    A
    I don't use the different zone but very satisfied with the reciever. Great sound and easy set up.
    [ KEITH  Feb 10, 2017 ]
    A
    Yes, i have zone 2 dedicated for the back porch deck and zone 1 dedicated for the theater room.
    [ Jim  Feb 08, 2017 ]
    A
    According to the owners manual it will, I just received this new unit and have not tried yet.
    [ Austin  Feb 07, 2017 ]
    A
    Yes but you need to have an analog input for zone 2 if the source is enteral to the receiver.
    [ Harry  Feb 07, 2017 ]
    A
    I have not personally tried this yet, but the manual states that it is capable of doing so.
    [ Joseph B.  Feb 07, 2017 ]
    Q
    Is there a switched outlet to hook a powered sub up to so that the sub doesn't stay on when the receiver is off? If not is there a work around?
    [ Dbs1025  Feb 03, 2017 ]
    5 answers
    A
    Any good subwoofer turns itself off if set to auto mode on setup.Will only turn on when sound is pushed thru the sub
    [ Guest  Feb 17, 2017 ]
    A
    I have a Polk PSW 111 that also automatically goes into standby mode when there is no signal present.
    [ Kahlil  Feb 16, 2017 ]
    A
    The short answer is no. However, Klipsch subwoofer models R-10SW and R-12SW automatically go into standby mode after 15-20 minutes without a signal.
    [ LEONIDUS  Feb 06, 2017 ]
    A
    There are no A/C electrical outlets on this receiver. Most newer powered subs have an auto off when there is no signal to the unit.
    [ MixtressB  Feb 03, 2017 ]
    A
    plllug both into an external surge protector and use that switch to tur n both on. THere might be a magnetic switch for this = check a local elecrician's supplly storel
    [ RICHARD L  Feb 03, 2017 ]
    Q
    Will this unit transmit audio to the Bluetooth Bose Quietcomfort 35 headphones?
    [ Donn  Jan 31, 2017 ]
    3 answers
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    No, it's a bluetooth receiver only--you can play music TO it from your phone or other bluetooth device.
    [ Scott  Feb 01, 2017 ]
    A
    I have not tried that, Donn. I have only used the Bluetooth to sync an iPhone to play music. Sam
    [ Samuel  Feb 01, 2017 ]
    A
    I understand that, at the moment I have been able to connect other equipment without any problem. Mario Vega
    [ Mario  Feb 01, 2017 ]
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