About the Onkyo TX-RZ50
Potent home theater performance from Onyko
Potent home theater performance from Onyko
Modern-day home theater gear has opened the door to all sorts of wonderful A/V experiences. A powerful receiver like Onkyo's TX-RZ50 is an excellent example of why. It's equally skilled at delivering memorable movie nights, laid-back listening sessions, and high-octane gaming — all while offering intuitive, app-based control.
Ideal for a Dolby Atmos system
The nine-channel TX-RZ50 is ideal for powering a 5.1.4 Dolby Atmos or DTS:X™ system — that's the traditional five speakers and subwoofer configuration, plus two pairs of upward-firing or in-ceiling speakers for overhead sound effects.
Advanced video processing for movies and more
Onkyo equipped the TX-RZ50 with the latest video technology. All six of its rear-panel HDMI inputs support crisp 4K/120 video content — perfect for high-quality sources like a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player, an Apple TV, or your next-gen gaming system. (The front-panel HDMI input supports 4K/60 video content.)
Play music from a slew of sources
The TX-RZ50 lets you stream tunes from your phone or tablet via Bluetooth, Apple AirPlay 2, or Chromecast built-in. You can also play your collection of digital music files over your Wi-Fi network, or use the built-in phono input for your turntable. You can even play high-resolution tracks from a USB drive.
Precise room calibration with Dirac Live®
This receiver uses Dirac Live audio calibration — one of the industry's best room correction platforms. It measures the acoustics of your room with the included microphone, and then fine-tunes the output of your system to best match the unique sonic characteristics of your space.
Power and processing:
- 9-channel amplifier
- 120 watts per channel into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.08% THD, with 2 channels driven
- Dynamic Audio Amplification (DAA) technology offers high-current output for lifelike dynamics and detail
- Dolby® and DTS® surround sound decoding
- Dolby Atmos and DTS:X™ processing for use with in-ceiling or "height" speakers for ultra-enveloping home theater sound
- Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization creates three-dimensional effects without height speakers
- IMAX® Enhanced reproduces the full dynamic range of specially encoded IMAX soundtracks from compatible sources
- THX® Certified Select™ theater reference sound
- ensures you get the same reference volume level of a commercial theater in rooms where the screen-to-seat distance is about 12 feet
- includes a variety of THX listening modes for movies, music, and gaming
- Dirac Live advanced speaker calibration system helps fine-tune your system to best match your room's acoustics (microphone included)
Digital and streaming music options:
- plays high-resolution digital music files via USB storage device or a networked computer (up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution)
- built-in Wi-Fi for listening to music from a networked PC, free internet radio, and music services
- includes support for Pandora®, SiriusXM, and Spotify® (subscription required for some services)
- compatible with Sonos Port — receiver turns on automatically and sets the right input when selected in the app
- Apple AirPlay 2 lets you easily stream from an iPhone® or iPad® and ask Siri to play Apple Music®
- built-in Bluetooth for wireless music listening with smartphones, tablets, and compatible computers
- supports Bluetooth transmission for sending audio from the receiver to Bluetooth-enabled headphones
- Chromecast built-in for streaming music from the cloud with compatible mobile apps
- works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice control assistants
- HDMI 2.1 audio/video switching: 7 in, 2 out (including 1 front-panel input)
- 6 rear-panel inputs and 2 outputs support 8K/60Hz and 4K/120Hz video
- 1 front-panel input supports 4K/60Hz video (HDMI 2.0)
- HDCP 2.3 technology ensures compatibility with Ultra HD sources and TVs
- HDR-compatible for extended picture contrast and brightness with compatible TVs and HDR-encoded content
- supports HDR10+, Dolby Vision™, and HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)
- supports ARC (Audio Return Channel) and eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)
- eARC receives uncompressed surround sound signals including Dolby Atmos and DTS:X via the HDMI connection with your compatible TV
- gaming-optimized video processing technologies for a smooth, lag-free gaming experience
- Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM), and Quick Frame Transport (QFT) reduce or eliminate lag and frame tearing
- three-room/three-source output
- Zone 2 and 3 stereo preamp outputs for use with optional external amplifiers
- amp assign function lets you use select speaker outputs in different configurations like bi-amping the front speakers, or for use in Zone 2 or 3
- using powered 2nd-room output allows 7.2-channel sound in main room
- digital audio inputs: 1 Toslink optical, 1 coaxial
- 6 analog stereo RCA line-level audio inputs
- 1 component video input
- 2 composite video inputs
- USB port for audio playback from USB flash drives (rear-panel)
- MM (moving magnet) phono input for connecting a turntable
- outputs for 11 speakers (Front L/R, Center, Surround L/R, Surround Back L/R, Height L/R, Zone 2)
- receiver can power a maximum of 9 channels at once
- 11.2-channel preamp outputs, including dual mono RCA subwoofer outputs
- full-sized front-panel headphone jack
- RS-232C, remote IR (infrared), and 12-volt trigger connections for use with optional third-party controllers
Dimensions and other info:
- handheld remote control included
- support for IP-based third-party remote control systems
- AM/FM tuner
- 17-1/8"W x 8"H x 17-1/16"D (without Wi-Fi and Bluetooth antennas extended)
- weight: 30.9 lbs.
- warranty: 3 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- MFR # TX-RZ50
What's in the box:
- 9.2h AV receiver
- Remote control (RC-972R)
- 2 "AAA" batteries
- Setup microphone
- AM loop antenna
- FM wire antenna
- Initial Setup Guide
- Chromecast Built-in Guide
- Voice Control Guide
- Safety Information
- Warranty/Registration Information
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Features & specs
RZ Series: Onkyo's premium RZ series AV receivers utilize an upgraded Dynamic Audio Amplification (DAA) system that stabilizes high power delivery from a custom-made High-Current Low-Noise Power Transformer and customised, high-current smoothing capacitor - resulting in accurate speaker control and truly spectacular dynamics. The RZ series also employs discrete non-phase-shift amps to capture a wide 5Hz-100kHz frequency response, while its black anodized extruded aluminium heat-sink controls the length and pitch of resonance frequencies to limit vibration and improves cooling efficiences to reduce thermal distortion. In addition, a new HDMI board features shorter signal-paths and larger, carefully refined ground paths for clean AV signals, while the receiver's Quad-core SoC (System on a Chip) is isolated to prevent any interference. The RZ Series AV receiver finishes off its refinements wtih an aluminum allong front-panel and fold-down door. These enhancements deliver a significant boost to the dynamics, detail, and accuracy of music and movie soundtracks for a listening experience that packs a stunning emotional impact. The RZ series is backed by a 3 year parts & labor warranty.
Dynamic Audio Amplification: The TX-RZ50 AV receiver features Onkyo's Dynamic Audio Amplification with a 9-channel amplifier rated at 120 watts (into 8-ohms, at 20Hz-20kHz, with 0.08%, driving 2 channels). Onkyo's Dynamic Audio Amplification technology incorporates a Hi-Current, non-phase shift amplifier design with discrete output stage circuitry and a H.C.P.S (High Current Power Supply) capable of driving 4 to 16-ohm speakers with dynamic control, while producing clear, detailed sound.
- Hi-Current Amp Design w/ Discrete Output Stage: The unique elements of Onkyo's Dynamic Audio Amplification system comprise high-current, low-impedance architecture with discrete output stage circuitry & custom audio capacitors for instantaneous high-current power and precisely control of your loudspeakers for dynamic, accurate sound.
- Non-Phase-Shift Amplification Circuitry: 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): The receiver's High Current Power Supply (H.C.P.S.) transformer features an isolated power supply design and high-capacity filter capacitors to deliver large amounts of power necessary for reproducing the wide dynamics of movie soundtracks and the detail and clarity of your music.
Amplifier Assignment: The AV receiver's 9-channel amplifier can be configured in a variety of ways to match your type of speaker setup.
- For Dolby Atmos & DTS:X Applications:
- 5.1.2ch Bi-Amp: Assigns all nine amplifiers of the receiver to the Main Zone with the front speakers bi-amped. The 5.1.2ch speaker system consists of Front, Center, Surround, & Dolby Atmos speakers (Surround Back speakers not available in this mode). In this mode, Zone 2 and Zone 3 must be powered by a separate amplifier.
- 5.1.2ch + Zone 2 or Zone 3: The nine amplifier channels of the receiver are assigned to power a 5.1.2ch speaker system in the Main Zone and stereo speakers in either Zone 2 or Zone 3 (not both). The 5.1.2ch speaker system consists of Front, Center, Surround, & Dolby Atmos speakers (Surround Back speaker are not available in this mode).
- 5.1.4Ch: The nine amplifier channels of the receiver are assigned to power a 5.1.4ch speaker system in the Main Zone. The 5.1.2ch speaker system consists of Front, Center, Surround, & two sets of Dolby Atmos speakers. In this mode, Zone 2 and Zone 3 must be powered by a separate amplifier.
- 5.1.4Ch + Zone 2: The nine amplifier channels of the receiver are assigned to power a 5.1.4ch speaker system in the Main Zone and a pair of loudspeakers in Zone 2. The 5.1.4ch speaker system consists of Front, Center, Surround, & two sets of Dolby Atmos speakers. When Zone 2 speakers are active, the Main Zone's Height 1 speakers are inactive, limiting the Main Zone to 5.1.2ch. Zone 3 must be powered by a separate amplifier.
- 7.1.2Ch: Assigns all nine amplifiers of the receiver to the Main Zone for a 7.1.2ch configure which consists of Front, Center, Surround, Surround Back, and Dolby Atmos speakers. Zone 2 and Zone 3 speakers must be powered by separate amplifiers.
- 7.1.2Ch + Zone 2: In this configuration the receiver's nine channel amplifier powers the Front, Center, Surround, Surround Back, and a pair Dolby Atmos speakers in the Main Zone, while also powering a pair of Zone 2 speakers in another room. When Zone 2 speakers are active, the Main Zone's Height 1 speakers are inactive, limiting the Main Zone to 7.1ch. Zone 3 speakers must be powered by a separate amplifier.
- 7.1.4Ch (requires separate amp): In this configuration the receiver's nine channel amplifier powers the Front, Center, Surround, and two sets of Dolby Atmos speakers in the Main Zone, while the Surround Back speakers of the Main Zone are powered by a separate amplifier. Zone 2 and Zone 3 must be powered by separate amps.
- 7.1.4Ch + Zone 2 (requires separate amp): In this configuration the receiver's nine channel amplifier powers the Front, Center, Surround, and two sets of Dolby Atmos speakers in the Main Zone, while also powering a pair of Zone 2 speakers in another room. The Main Zone's Surround Back speakers are powered by a separate amplifier. When Zone 2 speakers are active, the Main Zone's Height 1 speakers are inactive, limiting the Main Zone to 7.1.2ch. Zone 3 speakers must be powered by a separate amplifier.
- For Dolby Digital & DTS Applications:
- 7.1Ch Bi-Amp: Assigns all nine amplifiers of the receiver to the Main Zone with the front speakers bi-amped. The 7ch speaker system consists of Front, Center, Surround, and Surround Back. In this mode, Zone 2 and Zone 3 must be powered by a separate amplifier.
- 7.1Ch + Zone 2 or Zone 3: The nine amplifier channels of the receiver are assigned to power a 7ch speaker system in the Main Zone and stereo speakers in either Zone 2 or Zone 3 (not both). The 7ch speaker system consists of Front, Center, Surround, and Surround Back.
- 5.1Ch Bi-Amp + Zone 2: Assigns seven amplifiers of the receiver to the Main Zone with the front speakers bi-amped and two amplifier channels assigned to Zone 2 to power a pair of speakers in another room. The 5ch speaker system consists of Front, Center, and Surround (Surround Back speaker channels are not available in this mode). This amplifier configuration is not compatible with Dolby Atmos or DTS:X.
- 5.1Ch + Zone 2/3: Assigns five amplifier channels to the main zone for 5ch playback and four amplifiers to Zone 2 and Zone 3 for stereo playback in each zone. The 5ch speaker system consists of Front, Center, and Surround (the receiver's Surround Back and Height amplifier channels are reassigned to power both Zone 2 and Zone 3).
Auto Room Correction & Speaker Calibration: The Onkyo TX-RZ50 offers auto room correction & speaker calibration using AccuEQ or DIRAC Live (cannot use both). Both measurement methods use the supplied speaker setup microphone (keep the liseing room as quet as possible durining measurement). Each speaker connected to the AV receiver will output a test tone at a high volume during measurement. If you have a powered sub connected, make sure it turned on and the volume set to more than half. Calibration takes about 20 minutes to be completed.
- AccuEQ: AccuEQ streamlines the initial setup of your home theater setup and ensures the Onkyo AV receiver and speakers are properly calibrated for the best performance in your listening space. AccuEQ calculates speaker distance from the listening position, adjusts speaker sound pressure level, and sets the speaker crossover. The latter selects the correct point to roll off low-frequency sound to the subwoofer. The result is clear and balanced full-spectrum surround sound.
- DIRAC Live: DIRAC Live is a state-of-the-art digital room correcting technology that improves overall audio performance for enhanced musical staging, clarity, dialog, and deeper bass. Dirac Live Room Correction automatically calibrates sound in your room using the free Onkyo Control App (for Apple iOS 12.0+ & Android OS 5.0+), plus the included microphone; or the Dirac Live desktop or laptop application and a 3rd party USB mic (not included). It analyzes your audio system and listening environment by examining acoustic data measured by the microphone and detecting deficiencies. It corrects both the timing and amplitude aspects of sound colorations using a mixed-phase correction filter throughout the listening area, not just a particular zone. Dirac Live will unlock your loudspeaker system's full potential in any listening space and delivers a uniquely pristine listening experience.
Notes: You can choose to bypass DIRAC Live and AccuEQ so you can manually set the distance, crossover, EQ, and level of each speaker.
Precision 24-Bit/192kHz DAC: The Onkyo TX-RZ50 employs 24-bit/192kHz digital-to-analog conversion for playback of 2ch Hi-Res audio (such as FLAC & DSD), as well a multichannel 3D audio (such as Dolby Atmos & DTS:X).
- 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 for S/PDIF audio signals only.
- Digital Filter: You can switch the type of digital filter in the audio DAC. You can choose "Slow" (gives the sound a soft and fluid feel), "Sharp" (gives the sound more structure and firmer feel) or "Auto" (auto). The setting can be separately set for each source input. The Digital Filter only can be set when the sampling frequency is 44.1kHz or more.
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 (7 Inputs/2 Outputs)||Bitstream|| |
Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital
|PCM||2ch to 8ch (32-192kHz, 16/20/24-bit)|
|DSD||2ch (2.8/5.6MHz, 1-bit)|
|Optical (1 Input)/Coaxial (1 Input)||Bitstream||Dolby Digital, DTS, DTS ES, DTS 96/24|
|PCM||2ch to 6ch, (32-96kHz, 16/20/24-bit)|
Dolby Atmos & DTS:X: Dolby Atmos and DTS:X allow engineers to map sound anywhere in 3D space with effects moving from speaker to speaker all around the room and wrapping your audience in the latest films and games. You can also enjoy your 3D speaker layout with classic titles thanks to Dolby Surround and DTS Neural:X which find overhead cues in legacy soundtracks and upmix for awesome spatial realism. In addition, when playing any Dolby or DTS audio soundtrack, engaging Dolby Atmos Height Virtualizer or DTS Virtual:X enables a more immersive listening experience, creating a virtual surround and height effect from traditional speaker layouts without employing additional surround or height speakers. The Onkyo TX-RZ50 can support up to a 5.1.4, 7.1.2, or 7.1.4* channel Dolby Atmos/DTS:X home theater system. A 7.1.4 channel speaker system will require a separate power amp to drive the Surround Back speakers.
THX Certified Select: THX Certified Select guarantees the same high-volume sound you experience at a commercial theater in your home. To gain certification, amplifiers must pass the industry's most severe bench-tests covering every aspect of audio performance to satisfy THX requirements. THX spends 40-60 hours on 2,000 bench-tests in 75 categories covering 14,000 data points ensuring that the receiver is capable of meeting rigorous audio and video performance standards for reference level, distortion-free playback. THX delivers superior sound quality for movie, music, and gaming soundtracks through the use of the following advanced technologies and listening modes.
- ASA (Advanced Speaker Array): ASA is a technology patented by THX to provide a broad surround sound experience by adjusting the side and back surround speaker sounds respectively. When installing the surround back speakers, first select the distance between the two surround back speakers in the THX Audio settings. This setting optimizes the surround sound environment.
- Adaptive Decorrelation: In a movie theater, a large number of surround speakers help create an enveloping surround sound experience. If a home theater only has two sidewall surround speakers, the surround speakers may sound similar to headphones lacking spaciousness and envelopment. Surround sounds will also collapse toward the closet speaker as you move away from the middle seating position. Adaptive Decorrelation slightly changes one surround channel's time and phase relationship with respect to the other surround experience as in a movie theater using only two rear speakers.
- RE-EQ & Timbre Matching: Many movie soundtracks are mixed in studios for playback in large cinema auditoriums with an array of speakers. When played on home systems, they may appear abrasive and edgy. Re-EQ establishes a more accurate tonal balance when enjoying movies in your home. Your ears hear different tonal qualities in sounds coming from different directions. Timbre Matching restores the frequency balance between your front and surround speakers ensuring seamless and smooth panning between the front to back of the room.
- Boundary Gain Compensation (BGC) & THX Loudness Plus: Sitting near a wall may result in distorted bass response. BGC corrects the way low frequency sound is perceived when seated near a wall. This results in a more accurate bass response. THX Loudness Plus is a volume control technology that automatically adjusts the front-to-back speaker level relationship as you turn the volume down. With THX Loudness Plus home theater audiences can now experience surround sound at any volume level.
- Listening Modes: Choose between 4 THX Listening Modes - THX Cinema, THX Game, THX Music, and THX Surround EX. THX Cinema recreates the ambiance of the movie theater by positioning the 5.1, 7.1and immersive mixes to submerse you in the movie's soundtrack. THX Game distributes the sound effects and dialogue generated by the game engine by placing the audio from a 5.1, 7.1 or immersive mix to the appropriate "action" location - creating 360-degree gaming experience. THX Music emulates the original studio environment for the 5.1, 7.1 or immersive mix for an accurate and increased sense of spaciousness and localization - placing you directly in the recording session. THX Surround EX decodes the third surround channel from the traditional two surround channels to create a more immersive entertainment experience.
Note: THX Certified Select is suitable for medium sized rooms, up to 2,000 cubic feet in size, with a 10-12 foot viewing distance from the screen.
IMAX Enhanced Technology): Get the most premium at-home entertainment experience with IMAX Enhanced; the latest technology program from IMAX that sets a new standard for image, sound, scale and content quality. This new certification and licensing program combines IMAX digitally re-mastered 4K HDR content and DTS audio technologies to offer a new level of quality in immersive sight and sound experiences in the home. IMAX Enhanced lets you experience premium content digitally remastered by IMAX, so you can watch the highest-quality 4K movies with immersive audio delivered by DTS. Not only will IMAX Enhanced content look and sound amazing, but other audio/video content will also look and sound great too.
- Remastered 4K/HDR Video: It utilizes a sophisticated, advanced algorithm designed to produce the highest-quality, sharpest 4K HDR images. This advanced process accurately reduces noise and grain under the filmmaker's guidance to best optimize the content for a much higher quality, higher brightness 4K HDR display format. Select IMAX Enhanced titles that were shot with IMAX cameras or specially formatted for IMAX theatres will also include an expanded aspect ratio for the film's home release to show your more picture on your TV. IMAX Enhanced certified TVs must be at least 65" with support for HDR10 and dynamic, as well as specific calibration, resolution, color, brightness, contrast, and scale of image capabilities.
- Remastered DTS:X Audio: IMAX and DTS will also partner with award-winning Hollywood sound mixers to use a special variant of its DTS:X codec technology integrated in home audio equipment to deliver an IMAX signature sound experience that is dynamic, immersive, theatrical, and powerful. IMAX Enhanced supports both 5.1 and 11.1 formats, but the recommended speaker layout for an IMAX Enhanced system is 7.2.4 with seven horizontal speakers, two subwoofers and four height speakers; 5.1.4 is the minimum layout for IMAX Enhanced. However, due to various constraints you may opt to install only a 5.1ch speaker system. In such cases, DTS Virtual:X is required to properly render and remap audio to the available speakers.
- Available IMAX Content: IMAX is working with its global studio and other content partners to build a steady stream of IMAX Enhanced versions of movies and other programming using the newest, proprietary post-production process developed by IMAX. IMAX will be announcing and releasing IMAX Enhanced versions of a wide range of films both for 4K/HDR streaming and Ultra HD Blu-ray Discs.
- To take full advantage of IMAX Enhanced, you need an IMAX Enhanced certified 4K/HDR TV (65"-up) or Projector and an IMAX Enhanced certified DTS:X enabled AV receiver or soundbar.
- IMAX and DTS developed the IMAX Enhanced program out of their decades of combined expertise in image and sound science to make it easier for consumers to select the products and content that will deliver the highest-quality, sharpest 4K HDR images and powerful, immersive sound at home.
- To qualify and carry the IMAX Enhanced logo, the highest-end TVs, AV receivers, projectors, and soundbars must meet stringent performance standards established by IMAX, DTS and Hollywood's leading colorists in order to create a consistent and higher bar for image and sound performance on premium devices.
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: Suitable for classical or operatic music. This mode emphasizes the surround channels in order to widen the sound image, and simulates the natural reverberation of a large hall.
- Studio-Mix: Suitable for rock or pop music. Listening to music in this mode creates a lively sound field with a powerful acoustic image, like being at a club or rock concert.
- TV Logic: Suitable for TV shows produced in a TV studio. This mode enhances the surround effects to the entire sound to give clarity to voices and create a realistic acoustic image.
- Unplugged: Suitable for acoustic instruments, vocals and jazz. This mode emphasizes the front stereo image, giving the impression of being right in front of the stage.
- Game: The receiver also offers four different Gaming modes - RPG, Action, Rock, and Sports.
- Stereo/All Channel Stereo (AllCh Stereo): In Stereo mode, sound is output from the front left and right speakers and subwoofer. In All Channel Stereo Mode, stereo sound is output from all speakers - ideal for background music.
- Mono/Mono Music: In Mono mode, when the input signal is analog or PCM, the center or the left and right front speakers output the sound in monaural. In Mono Music mode, all speakers output the same sound in mono, so the sound you hear is the same regardless of where you are within the listening room
- Theater-Dimensional (T-D): In this mode, you can enjoy a virtual playback of multichannel surround sound even with only two or three speakers. This works by controlling how sounds reach the listener's left and right ears
Direct & Pure Audio Mode: The Direct listening mode can be selected for all input signals. In this mode, processing that affects sound quality is shut down, and sound closer to the original is reproduced. The Pure Audio mode takes it one step further by also turning off the display to provide even purer sound. The sound is reproduced with the soundfield based on the number of channels in the input signal. For example, a 2ch signal is output only from the front speakers. Note that other sound adjustments are not available when this mode is selected.
Audio Enhancements: The Onkyo TX-RZ50 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.
- Stereo Assign Mode: Stereo Assign Mode switches playback from Front to Height 1, Height 2, Surround, or Surround Back speakers (depending on your layout). It's ideal for ambient background listening.
Dialog Improvements: The receiver offers a variety of dialog enhancements that make it easier to hear dialog and vocal when listening to movie and music soundtracks. The Vocal mode emphasizes movie dialog and music vocals, so you can hear them more easily amongst the movie effects and musical instruments. The Vocal mode can be set from 1 (low) to 5 (high). Dialog Control allows you to boost the dialog in a DTS:X soundtrack to make dialog more intelligible in noisy environments. Center Spread expands the center channel signal to left and right front speakers to create a wider frontal audio image for the listener, when in Dolby Surround mode.
Bass Management: The Onkyo AV receiver offers Double Bass and Tone Control to get the most bass impact out of your system. You can 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. In addition, you can independently adjust the Bass (20Hz) and Treble (20kHz) of the receiver's Front L/R channels from -10 to +10 dB.
Volume & Level Setup: The Onkyo AV receiver provides the following volume & level settings.
- Maximum Volume: Use this feature to set the receiver's maximum volume level for the Main Zone and Zone B. This feature is useful to avoid turning the volume too loud by mistake. You can set the Max Volume from 50 to 99, or Off (disabled).
- Power On Volume: Use this feature to set the volume level when the power is turned on in the Main Zone and Zone B. You can choose between Last (same as the volume when the unit was turned off), Min, or 0.5 to 99.5, or Max.
- My Input Volume: You can set specific source inputs to turn on at a specific volume level when you switch to that particular source. Choose from Last, Min, 0.5 to 81.5, or Max.
- 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 (-12 to +12dB) relative to the main volume. This is useful if there's a volume difference between your speakers and your headphones.
eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel): This feature of the AV receiver's main HDMI monitor output allows audio to be sent from your compatible TV to the receiver through the same HDMI cable already being used to send audio and video to your TV. This eliminates the need for extra cables connected to your television. eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel) will support uncomprerssed audio formats like Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, & DTS HD Master Audio - where as the previous ARC (Audio Return Channel) was limited to only Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS, DTS HD, and PCM.
Note: Supported content will be dependent on whether your TV features a HDMI eARC or ARC jack.
Analog Audio Outputs: The Onkyo TX-RZ50 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/Zone 3/Height 2, Height 1/Bi-Amp, and Zone 2. The binding post terminals will accept bare-wire (up to 10AWG), pin-connectors, and banana plugs (single only). Use 4- to 16-ohm speakers (there is an impedance setting in the receiver's menu).
- Dual Subwoofer Outputs: The AV receiver offers two subwoofer outputs to connect dual powered subs for extra bass. The dual outputs are wired in parallel and share the same input signal (they 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. The receiver supports headphones with impedances of 8 to 600-ohm.
Phono Input: The TX-RZ50 has a discrete low-noise phono pre-amp and is outfitted with Phono (MM) input for connection of a turntable with a moving magnet cartridge so you can enjoy listening to your vinyl records. There is also a ground screw terminal.
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.
HDMI 2.1: Featuring six rear-panel HDMI inputs and two HDMI outputs, the Onkyo TX-RZ50 incorporates an advanced video section that features some of the latest HDMI 2.1 specifications; including support for 4K/120 and 8K/60Hz video pass-through (up to 40Gbps), HDCP 2.3 compatibility, BT.2020 Wide Color Gamut, and 4:4:4 Pure Color sub-sampling. There is also a front-panel HDMI input that is HDMI 2.0 certified and supports up to 4K/60Hz.
- 4K/120 Hz + 8K/60Hz Pass-Through: All of the Integra receiver's rear-panel HDMI inputs and monitor outputs support up to 4K (3840x2160 pixels) video @ 120 frames per second, as well as 8K (7680 x 4320) video @ 60 frames per second. The HDMI 1-2-3 inputs and both outputs support up to 40Gbps bandwidth, while the HDMI 4-5-6 inputs support up to 24Gbps bandwidth. The front-panel HDMI input only supports up to 4K/60Hz (9Gbps). The receiver will also pass 1080p/i, 720p, and 480p/ video signals over HDMI.
- HDCP 2.3 Compliant: All of the AV receiver's rear-panel HDMI inputs and outputs support HDCP 2.3, which fully complies with the latest copyright protection standard for 4K/HDR video transmission. The front-panel HDMI input is HDCP 2.2 compliant.
- 4:4:4 Color Subsampling: The rear-panel HDMI inputs and monitor outputs support RGB, YCbCr 4:4:4, YCbCr 4:2:2, and YCbCr 4:2:0 color subsampling (pixel depth and frame rate will vary). 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. The front-panel HDMI input is limited to 4:2:0.
- Wide Color Gamut (BT.2020): The BT.2020 color standard 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 at least a premium High Speed 18Gbps HDMI cable for 4K/60Hz video. Use an Ultra High Speed 48Gbps HDMI cable for 4K/120Hz or 8K/60 video. Appropriate menu settings are required when 4K or 8K video is to be played back.
HDMI Video Upscaling (up to 4K/8K): The Onkyo AV receiver's video processor provides upscaling of 1080p HDMI video sources to 4K (3840x2160 pixels) when connected to a 4K compatible TV; as well as upscaling of 4K HDMI video sources to 8K/60Hz (7680 x 4320 pixels) when the receiver is connected to an 8K TV. HDMI Video upscaling is only supported by the AV receiver's main HDMI output (not the sub HDMI Zone 2 output).
Dual HDMI Outputs: The dual HDMI outputs can simultaneously output the same audio/video signal to two TVs, or you can assign the second HDMI output to Zone 2 to display a different HDMI source (1-2-3 inputs) in another room; video is output at the resolution supported by both TVs. When displaying the same video source from both HDMI outputs, the main HDMI output and second HDMI output both can support up to 8K/60Hz (40Gbps). If displaying a different video source from the main HDMI output and Zone 2 HDMI out, then the main HDMI output can support up to 8K/60Hz (40Gbps), while the Zone HDMI output is limited to 4K/60Hz (24Gbps).
Analog Video Inputs w/ HDMI Conversion: The receiver features two composite video inputs and one component video input which support 480i video signals only (the component video input is not capable of high-definition video). All analog video input signals are converted to digital and sent via HDMI to your TV at 480i (no upscaling). Only the receiver's main HDMI monitor output supports analog-to-HDMI video conversion (the receiver's sub HDMI monitor output does not support this feature).
HDR (High Dynamic Range): HDR (High Dynamic Range) video 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. This receiver supports two HDR formats - HDR10, HDR10+ Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG), & Dolby Vision.
- HDR10: HDR10 is an open standard and currently the most popular HDR format on the market. It uses static metadata at the start of a movie to tell the receiver and your TV that the video content is encoded using HDR.
- HDR10+: HDR10+ is a new open standard that leverages dynamic metadata to produce enhanced contrast and colors on an expanded range of televisions. HDR10+ incorporates dynamic metadata that allows the adjustment of brightness levels on a scene-by-scene or even frame-by-frame basis. By applying individualized tone mapping to each scene, HDR10+ delivers an incredible viewing experience. The picture quality offers an enhanced visual experience with more detailed expressions, brighter shadow areas and more accurate color renderings that stay true to the creator's original intent.
- Hybrid-Log Gamma: HLG (Hybrid-Log Gamma) is primarily designed for live video feed and over-the-air broadcasts. It uses no pre-encoded metadata and is backwards compatible with SDR. HLG's native compatibility allows much of today's existing SDR infrastructure to be re-used for HDR in the future.
- Dolby Vision: Unlike HDR 10 which contains static metadata and HLG which uses no metadata, Dolby Vision uses dynamic metadata technology which sets individual color and brightness levels for each and every scene. Dolby works directly with filmmakers at major Hollywood studios to create superior HDR video masters of blockbuster movies.
Enhanced Gaming: 4K/120Hz HDR pass-through enables ultra-fast motion UHD images to be crisp and razor-sharp; and sports, action movies, and high-performance gaming benefit significantly. Other HDMI 21. enhancements for gamers include ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode) to optimize latency from source to screenl; VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) which eliminates lag, stutter, and frame-tearing for fluid gameplay; QMS (Quick Media Switching) which eliminates blackout periods; plus QFT (Quick Frame Transport) which limits lag for a smoother video gaming experience.
- Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM): The receiver will enter ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode) when it detects a gaming signal from a compatible device (such as a Xbox One) and allows for a smooth, lag-free gaming experience.
- Variable Refresh Rate (VRR): Support for Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) allows the TV to adapt to certain Game console's frame rate. This helps to reduce or eliminate lag, stutter and frame tearing for more fluid and better detailed gameplay.
- Quick Media Switching (QMS): Quick Media Switching (QMS) eliminates the delay that can result in blank screens before content is displayed. QMS eliminate the blackout period when all devices in the HDMI connection chain change video modes. As long as the resolution remains the same and only the frame rate changes, QMS will smoothly switch between frame rates.
- Quick Frame Transport (QFT): Quick Frame Transport (QFT) transmits each frame at a higher rate to decrease "display latency", which is the amount of time between a frame being ready for transmission in the GPU and that frame being completely displayed. Enjoy reduced latency for smoother, tear-free entertainment experience.
Note: The front-panel HDMI input does not support 4K/120Hz or the other enhanced gaming features.
Other HDMI Features: The TX-RZ50 AV receiver's HDMI connectivity also offers 3D video pass-through, Deep Color & x.v. Color support, as well as an auto LipSync function.
- 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
- 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.
- AV Sync: The AV Sync feature 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 AV 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 using AV Sync.
HDMI Through: When enabling the HDMI Through function, regardless of whether the AV receiver is "On" 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.
Video Select: It is possible to play audio and video from different sources simultaneously. For example, you can play audio via Bluetooth and video from your Blu-ray player. This function is only effective when an input with audio only (Network, Bluetooth, or Tuner) has been selected initially.
Wired or Wireless Network Connection: The Onkyo TX-RZ50 AV receiver supports a wired Ethernet RJ-45 (LAN) or wireless dual-band (2.4/5GHZ) WiFi 802.11ac (2x2 MIMO) network connection. It features a powerful quad-core SoC (System on a Chip) to perform multiple processing tasks at once. 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 a/b/g/n/ac; 2.4/5GHz). Supports WPS, WEP, and WPA security.
- 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.
- You can "Accept" or "Not Accept" for Onkyo to collect information about product usage when connected to the network and internet. However, if you do not accept the agreement you will get a "Onkyo Group Privacy Statement" each time the receiver is turned on.
Built-in Online Music Services: The Onkyo TX-RZ50 offers several built-in internet radio & online music services through its wired or wireless network that can be accessed and controlled from the free Onkyo Controller app (for Apple iOS 12.0+ & Android OS 5.0+).
- Amazon: Amazon Music can now be accessed through the Onkyo receiver. Enjoy Amazon Prime or Amazon Unlimited. Amazon Prime gives you access to 2 million songs with an Amazon Prime prime membership, while Amazon Unlimited gives you access to 50 million songs with with a $9.99 per month subscription.
- Pandora: Pandora is a personalized Internet radio service that plays the music you know and helps you discover music you'll love. You can select Internet radio stations by Artist, Song, or Genre.
- Tidal: Tidal is a global streaming service that offers over 30 million songs in high-fidelity CD sound quality. Tidal has two pricing tiers; either $9.99 or $19.99 a month. Both pricing levels allow you to access Tidal's entire music library. The $19.99 tier has the added benefit of high-fidelity sound at CD-level quality.
- TuneIn: With more than 100,000 radio stations and 2 million on-demand programs registered, TuneIn is a service where you can enjoy music, sports and news from all over the world.
- Deezer: Deezer is an online music service offering over 43 million tracks starting at $9.99 a month. Discover the perfect playlist or make your own, as well as browse curated collections by genre.
Note: Available online services are not available in all regions. Online content can change without notice.
Spotify Connect: The integration of Spotify Connect will enable Spotify Premium users to instantly select and wirelessly stream music to the Onkyo AV receiver from within the Spotify app (Apple iOS or Android). Spotify is a digital music service that gives you on-demand access to one of the largest music libraries in the world. 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.
Amazon Alexa Compatible: With an Amazon Echo device or other Alexa-enabled devices (sold separately), you can ask to play compatible music apps (like Amazon Music, Pandora, Spotify, Tidal, and others; subscription fees may apply), hear the news, check the weather, control smart home devices, and more. You'll need to download the Alexa App (for Apple iOS 11.0+ and Android OS 6.0+) onto your compatible smartphone or tablet device. The Onkyo receiver and your Alexa-enable device must be connected to the same network.
Note: To use Amazon Alexa, you must agree to Amazon's Privacy Statement.
Chromecast Built-In: Chromecast built-in lets you cast many of your favorite music apps from your from your compatible Android or Apple iOS device, Mac computer, Windows PC, or Chromebook to the Onkyo AV receiver. Chromecast built-in works over WiFi and allows you to connect more than one device at a time to the receiver, as well as control what's playing from anywhere in the house with your compatible mobile device. Chromecast built-In streams audio directly from the cloud, so you get the highest sound quality (up to 24-bit/96kHz) and the ability to enjoy crystal clear sound exactly the way the artist intended. You'll need to download the Google Home app (for Apple iOS 12.0+ and Android OS 6.0+) in order to setup Chromecast built-in.
- Simple-to-Use: Simply tap the Cast button from a Chromecast Built-in compatible music app to start streaming to the AV receiver. You can search, browse, play, skip, and turn up the volume directly from the music apps you know and love on your compatible phone, tablet or laptop. While you cast your music, you can still use your phone to answer a phone call, play a game, send a text, and even leave the room, all without interrupting what's playing on the receiver's speaker system.
- Supported Content: Chromecast built-in offers Internet Radio apps like TuneIn & iHeart Radio; plus online music service apps like Pandora, Spotify (requires Premium subscription), Tidal, Google Play Music, and more. Click here for a complete list of compatible apps. You can even wirelessly stream exactly what's playing on your Android phone or tablet through the sound system. Or, if you're on your laptop or computer, you can also cast any music streaming website through the Chrome browser to the receiver. Chromecast built-in supports FLAC, WAV, AAC, and MP3 music files.
- Google Home Multiroom: Using the Google Home app (for Apple iOS 12.0+ and Android OS 6.0+), you can sync multiple speakers with Chromecast built-in in multiple rooms of your home to play the same song from a Chromecast built-in music app throughout your house at the same time. Friends and family can even use their own Chromecast compatible phone or tablet to cast music to your system by connecting to your home's WiFi network.
- Google Assistant: With a Google Assistant voice-activated speaker (sold separately - see Accessories Tab) and the Google Home App (for Apple iOS 12.0+ and Android OS 6.0+), you can use your voice to control Chromecast built-in apps. With a simple voice command, you can play music from Chromecast compatible music services by artist, song, genre, album, playlist, mood or activity. You can also turn up the volume, skip to the next track, or stop the music - all without lifting a finger.
Note: To use Chromecast built-in, you must agree to Google's Privacy Statement.
DLNA Certified: Because the TX-RZ50 is DLNA (ver.15) certified, you can play back music files stored on your Windows PC (w/ Windows Media Player 11 or 12) or a DLNA compliant media server through the stereo receiver. You can control basic playback functions of your music library from the included remote control 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: FLAC (8/16/24-bit; 44.1-192kHz), WAV (8/16/24-bit; 44.1-192kHz), LPCM (16-bit; 44.1-48kHz), AIFF (8/16/24-bit; 44.1-192kHz), ALAC (16/24-bit; 44.1-96kHz), DSD (1-bit; 2.8/5.6/11.2MHz)
- Low-Res Music Files: MP3 (8-320kbps; 44.1-48kHz), WMA (5-320kbps; 44.1-48kHz), AAC (8-320kbps; 44.1-96kHz)
Roon Tested: Being Roon Tested means that Onkyo and Roon have collaborated to ensure you have the best experience using Roon software and the TX-RZ50 together. Roon is a feature rich music library and playback application that compiles all the music files available to your network and makes them easily available to play on the Onkyo receiver and any other Roon enabled audio devices. Roon manages digital music files (including FLAC, WAV, AIFF, ALAC, and DSD) collected on hard drives and networked storage devices. It can also integrate your iTunes library, and optionally merge with the Tidal and Qobuz music streaming services. Roon software can be installed on your Windows or Mac computer, while a Roon Remote app is available for Apple iOS 11.0+ and Android OS 5.0+). When you access the Roon software or remote app, it will display your complete audio library together with its metadata and artwork along with the available Onkyo receiver and other Roon enabled devices. Simply select the music you wish to play and the Onkyo receiver or Roon device in which you want to hear it on.
- To use Roon you will need a Roon Core running on the same network as the Onkyo receiver. The Core is media server software that runs on your computer, NAS, or component (like Nucleus or ROCK - sold separately), located on the network within your home.
- Make sure your Onkyo product has the latest firmware/software update installed.
AirPlay 2: AirPlay 2 is an advanced and easy-to-use wireless multiroom audio platform for iTunes, Apple Music, and other compatible Apple iOS apps. With AirPlay 2 you can play any sound from your Apple iOS device (running iOS 11.4 or later) or Mac computer (running OS X 10.13.2) on the Onkyo receiver and other compatible AirPlay 2 speakers throughout your home. You can choose to play audio in one room, play the same audio in grouped rooms, or play the same audio in every room (you can control and group directly from Apple's Music App and Home app on your Apple iOS device). If you are an Apple Music subscriber, you can even play different music in different rooms (you can control and group directly from Apple's Music App and Home app on your Apple iOS device). You will also be able to ask Siri-enabled devices (like your Apple iPhone, iPad, or Watch) to control playback of your Apple Music on the Onkyo receiver. In addition, with AirPlay 2 you get to see song/artist information and album art via the receiver's on-screen menu (via HDMI). You can even watch videos and movies from YouTube and Netflix on your compatible Apple iOS device or Mac computer with perfectly synced audio on the Onkyo receiver.
Built-in Bluetooth: The Onkyo TX-RZ50 is equipped with built-in Bluetooth 4.1 for wireless communication between Bluetooth-enabled audio source devices and headphones. The TX-RZ50 can act as a Bluetooth receiver in order to wirelessly stream music from an audio device, or a Bluetooth transmitter in order to wirelessly stream music to a set of BT-enabled headphones. The receiver's Bluetooth wireless range is approximately 48'.
- Bluetooth Receiver Mode: In BT Receiver mode, you'll be able to wirelessly stream stored music, music apps, and other audio content from your Bluetooth-enabled source device (such as your smartphone, tablet, computer, or laptop) to the Onkyo receiver. The receiver supports Bluetooth's standard SBC codec, as well as Apple's AAC codec. 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. The receiver will also display song/artist information on its front-panel LCD and through its on-screen on your HDMI-connected TV (Album Art is not supported). Up to eight Bluetooth source devices can be remembered by the TX-RZ50, so family members as well as friends can enjoy their favorite tracks (only one device can be used at a time). The receiver can even be setup to automatically re-connect with previously paired devices, as well as turn on automatically when you start streaming audio from a Bluetooth source device.
- Bluetooth Transmitter Mode: The Onkyo TX-RZ50 can also act as a Bluetooth transmitter and stream its non-Bluetooth audio sources (HDMI, DLNA, USB, Analog, Optical/Coax Digital, & AM/FM tuner) out to most any Bluetooth-enabled headphone set via SBC, aptX, or aptX-HD (24-bit). You can even have the same source playing from the main speakers and a Bluetooth headphone simultaneously (with little noticeable delay). Volume control of your Bluetooth headphones will be controlled via the Bluetooth device and not the receiver. Up to eight headphones can be paired with the receiver, but only one set of headphones can be connected and used at a time.
- You cannot use the Bluetooth Transmitter and Receiver modes simultaneously. The Bluetooth Transmitter mode is not available when the receiver's current source input is set to Bluetooth and vice-versa; Bluetooth Receiver mode is not available when the Bluetooth setting "Transmitter" is set to ON.
- Chromecast built-in, Amazon Alexa, AirPlay 2, and DTS Play-Fi sources can be transmitted via Bluetooth.
- Selecting a Bluetooth input source in any Zone will terminate the connection between the Onkyo receiver and Bluetooth headphones.
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: FLAC (8/16/24-bit; 44.1-192kHz), WAV (8/16/24-bit; 44.1-192kHz), LPCM (16-bit; 44.1-48kHz), AIFF (8/16/24-bit; 44.1-192kHz), ALAC (16/24-bit; 44.1-192kHz), DSD (1-bit; 2.8/5.6/11.2MHz)
- Low-Res Music Files: MP3 (8-320kbps; 44.1-48kHz), WMA (5-320kbps; 44.1-48kHz), AAC (8-320kbps; 44.1-96kHz)
Notes: The receiver's USB port does not support Apple iOS and Android devices, USB hubs and card-readers, computers and laptops, or any MP3 player containing music files that are managed with special hardware.
Zone 2 HDMI Output: The Onkyo TX-RZ50 provides a Zone 2 HDMI output, so two different HDMI audio/video feeds can be sent to two different displays at the same time directly from the receiver (HDMI 1-2-3 connected input sources only). When displaying the same video source from both HDMI outputs, the main HDMI output and second HDMI output can both support up to 8K/60Hz (40Gbps)with 2ch PCM audio. If displaying a different video source from the main HDMI output and Zone 2 HDMI out, then the main HDMI output can support up to 8K/60Hz (40Gbps) with multichannel audio, while the Zone HDMI output is limited to 4K/60Hz (24Gbps) and 2ch PCM.
- Compatible Sources: HDMI 1-2-3 connected input sources only (up to 4K/8K, 2ch PCM).
- Incompatible Sources: Tuner, Analog, USB, Bluetooth, Network, and Optical/Coaxial Digital audio sources; plus HDMI 4-5-6-7 inputs.
Zone 2 Speaker-Level Outputs: By using the Zone 2 speaker-level outputs on the TX-RZ50, 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. You can play the same audio source in both Zones (Main & Zone 2) or play a different audio source in each zone. Zone 2 is compatible with analog and wireless audio sources - see below for details.
- Compatible Sources: Zone 2 compatible sources includes AM/FM tuner, Analog audio inputs, Optical/Coax digital inputs (2ch PCM only), HDMI 1-2-3 inputs (2ch PCM only), USB & Bluetooth Audio, Network (including DLNA, AirPlay, Chromecast, DTS Play-Fi, & built-in music apps).
- Incompatible Sources: Incompatible Zone 2 sources include HDMI video (all inputs), HDMI audio (4-5-6-7 inputs), and DSD audio files.
- 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 has been selected in the main room and then Bluetooth is selected as a playback source in Zone 2, the input in the main room will also change to the Bluetooth source.
- When listening to AM/FM or Internet radio, you cannot select different stations for the main room and Zone 2.
Zone 2/B Preamp Outputs: The receiver offers a stereo Zone preamp output that can be set to Zone 2 or Zone B, so you can listen to the same audio source in two rooms or a different audio source in two rooms. You'll need a separate amplifier and pair of speaker in either Zone 2 or Zone B. The volume of Zone 2 and Zone B is controlled from your external integrated amplifier.
- Zone 2: Zone 2 allows you to continue to enjoy up to 7.1ch or 5.1.2ch surround in the Main Zone, while listening to the same audio source or different audio source in a second room in 2ch stereo. Zone 2 supports playback of the receiver's AM/FM tuner, Analog audio inputs, Optical/Coax digital inputs (2ch PCM only), HDMI 1-2-3 inputs (2ch PCM only), USB & Bluetooth Audio, and Network (including DLNA, AirPlay, Chromecast, DTS Play-Fi, & built-in music apps). Incompatible Zone 2 sources include HDMI video (all inputs), HDMI audio (4-5-6-7 inputs), and DSD audio files.
- 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 has been selected in the main room and then Bluetooth is selected as a playback source in Zone 2, the input in the main room will also change to the Bluetooth source.
- When listening to AM/FM or Internet radio, you cannot select different stations for the main room and Zone 2.
- Zone B: The Zone B preamp output lets enjoy the same source (analog, digital, wireless, or built-in) of your Main Zone in another room, or turn the Main Zone off and only listen to an audio source in Zone B. When the Main Zone and Zone B are played at the same time, you are limited to 2ch Stereo or All-Channel Stereo in the Main Zone. Zone B does not allow you to play a different source than the main zone.
Zone 3: In addition to the main listening room and Zone 2, you can also enjoy audio playback of the same source or a different source in a third room of your home using the receiver's Zone 3 function. The receiver features Zone 3 line-outputs, as well as Zone 3 speaker terminals. You can play the same audio source in each Zone or play a different audio source in every zone. Zone 3 is compatible with analog, network, digital (USB only), and Bluetooth audio sources - see below for details.
- Zone 3 Outputs:
- Line-Level Outputs: By using the line-level outputs on the TX-RZ840 you can connect an external receiver or integrated amplifier in a second room, allowing you to listen to 9.1ch or 7.1.2ch surround in the main room and play a different audio source in another room of your home. The volume of Zone 3 can be controlled from the TX-RZ840 or your add-on integrated amplifier/receiver.
- Speaker Level Outputs: By using the speaker-level outputs on the TX-RZ840, you can directly connect a secondary pair of speakers in another room of your home, allowing you to listen surround sound in your main room and play a different audio source in the other room. If you are only powering Zone 3 from the receiver (and Zone 2 is using line-level and an external amplifier), the receiver is limited to 7.1ch or 5.1.2ch in the main room. If you are powering both Zone 2 and Zone 3 from the Onkyo TX-RZ840, the receiver will be limited to 5.1ch surround in the main room. The volume of Zone 3 is controlled from the receiver.
- Source Compatibility:
- Compatible Sources: AM/FM tuner, Analog audio inputs, USB & Bluetooth Audio, Network (including DLNA, AirPlay, Chromecast, DTS Play-Fi, & built-in music apps) can be played back in Zone 3.
- Incompatible Sources: HDMI audio/video and analog video sources cannot be output to Zone 3. Optical/Coax digital audio inputs, Chromecast built-in, and DSD audio files cannot be played back in Zone 3.
- As for Network, USB, and Bluetooth sources; you cannot select different inputs for the main room, Zone 2, and Zone 3. For example, if a Network source has been selected in the main room and then Bluetooth is selected as a playback source in Zone 2 or Zone 3, the input in the main room will also change to the Bluetooth source.
- When listening to AM/FM or Internet radio, you cannot select different stations in different Zones.
Whole House Mode: The Whole House Mode is useful when you want to simply add extra background music to your home party. This mode allows you to enjoy the same stereo music as the main room in separate rooms (Zone 2/3). The Whole House Mode selects the same input source for Zone 2/3 as the main room. During the Whole House Mode, All Stereo playback is selected for the Main Zone and Stereo playback for the other two Zones. The Main Zone, Zone 2, and Zone 3 will all have independent volume control.
Note: Whole House Mode cannot be used if headphones are connected or audio is output from the speakers of the TV.
DTS Play-Fi: DTS Play-Fi combines DTS and WiFi to wirelessly stream high quality audio through out your home using the Play-Fi app for Apple iOS 10.0+, Android OS 5.0+, & Windows 7 PC or later. Supported music formats up to 24-bit/192kHz (including MP3, AAC, FLAC, WAV) are wirelessly streamed to the receiver or to multiple DTS Play-Fi players at up to 16-bit/48kHz (CD quality sound). You can connect multiple DTS Play-Fi products together from different brands and manufacturers on the same home network to create a whole-home streaming experience. Play the same source in every room or a different song in each room. Due to the bandwidth limitations of most wireless networks, no more than 16 wireless DTS Play-Fi products on a single WiFi network at one given time is recommended. DTS Play-Fi has a range of up to 100' from your wireless router. Compatible sources include -
- Source Devices: DTS Play-Fi provides you with the ability to stream your music wirelessly in high-quality lossless audio from Apple iOS & Android devices, Windows laptops & desktop computers, as well as DLNA-servers on your existing home WiFi network to the Onkyo receiver. Up to eight separate wireless source devices, each with its own source, are supported simultaneously and any wireless source device can stream to eight DTS Play-Fi playback devices.
- Online Music Services: DTS Play-Fi enables wireless audio streaming from the world's most popular music services, including - Pandora, SiriusXM, TIDAL, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, Napster, & more.
- DTS Play-Fi Compatible Products: All DTS Play-Fi enabled products work seamlessly together, so there's no hassle adding more components, or choosing more than one audio brand (like Onkyo, Integra, Klipsch, MartinLogan, McIntosh, Paradigm, Phorus, Polk Audio, SVS, Wren, and more) in your home.
Note: This unit does not support the following DTS Play-Fi functions - Spotify Connect, Wireless Surround Sound, Line-In Rebroadcast, Internet Radio, Critical Listening Mode, and L/R Stereo Speaker Pairing.
Works With Sonos: With the Sonos Port (sold separately) connected to the Onkyo AV receiver via a set of stereo RCA cable, the audio system you've built around the receiver can now be part of a Sonos Wireless Multiroom Audio System (components sold separately). After a simple set up, the Onkyo receiver will seamlessly tie into Sonos, instantly turning on from network standby, changing inputs and playing at the volume you command through the Sonos controller app on your compatible Apple iOS or Android device.
- Functionality: Once the Onkyo receiver is connected to the Sonos Port you will be able to send any music or source on the Sonos app to the receiver. You will also be able to group the receiver to other Sonos devices on the network or use it independently. Whenever you start playing music back from your Sonos app and the Onkyo receiver is selected, the receiver will automatically turn on and switch to the correct input.
- Compatibility: The Onkyo receiver can be used with a single Sonos speaker or any combination of Sonos speakers (all sold separately). You can even use the Onkyo receiver with a Sonos soundbar speaker (sold separately) that is located in a different room. Just remember that you need to have a Sonos Port to connect the Onkyo receiver to the Sonos multiroom audio system.
Note: Click here to learn even more about Onkyo and Sonos working together to give you the ultimate home theater and multiroom audio experience.
IR Remote + HDMI-CEC: The Onkyo TX-RZ50 comes with an IR remote control for wireless operation of this receiver and supports HDMI-CEC (Consumer Electronic Control). HDMI-CEC provides linked control between HDMI-CEC connected devices. Supported HDMI-CEC functions include auto input switch when a Blu-ray player begins playback, switching of audio output between the TV and this receiver or adjusting the receiver's volume using the remote controller of your TV, as well as automatically switching the receiver to standby when the TV is turned off.
Onkyo Controller App: The Onkyo Controller app (for Apple iOS 12.0+ & Android OS 5.0+) features an intuitive, user-friendly interface that allows you to conveniently operate the Onkyo receiver from your compatible Apple iOS or Android device.
- Remote Control: You can operate general control functions (play/stop, control the volume, select the input source, etc.) from your compatible smartphone or tablet.
- Source Device Playback: Operation of connected products (like a Blu-ray player or TV) that are connected to the receiver via HDMI.
- Streaming Audio: Lets you play audio from select built-in streaming music apps (such as Spotify / Tidal / Deezer / TuneIn / Pandora), the music library on your Apple iOS or Android device, and your Windows PC or other DLNA-compatible server. You can also access music from Bluetooth and USB source devices.
- DIRAC Live: Use the Onkyo Controller app to access DIRAC Live Room Correction using your compatible mobile device and included microphone.
Custom Remote Integration: The TX-RZ50 features a 12-volt trigger output (3.5mm) to power on an external component with a 12-volt trigger input, and an IR input (3.5mm) for remote control range extension. It also supports IP (web) control and RS-232, enabling configuration via PC and integration into a home automation system.
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.
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.
Timers: The receiver features a programmable Auto Standby function & programmable Sleep Timer. The AV receiver will automatically go into Standby mode, if there is no operation for 20 minutes with no audio/video signal input. 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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