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The best receiver ever
Pros: Great sound, easy to setup
Cons: Nothing yet
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Crutchfield: Onkyo TX-NR737 and TX-NR838 home theater receivers
Crutchfield: Dolby Atmos Surround Sound
From Onkyo: What is Atmos
Item # 580TXN838 | MFR # TX-NR838
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Surround back speakers are so last year. Add height to your home theater's sound stage with the Onkyo TX-NR838. When you upgrade this receiver's firmware for Dolby Atmos® capability, you'll be ready to experience a new dimension in home theater immersion as sound is projected from above your listening positions. Dolby Atmos lets you swap out surround back channels for in-ceiling speakers or special Dolby enabled speakers that reflect sound off the ceiling. It's just the latest technology the TX-NR838 can add to your home theater. There's also 4K video processing, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for wireless music, and THX® certification for intense movie realism with traditional surround sound setups.
Dolby's latest surround sound technology was designed to bring a new level of immersion to your home theater. By employing in-ceiling speakers or special Atmos enabled upward-firing speakers that reflect sound off your ceiling, Dolby Atmos offers a greater sense of space for sound that's more three-dimensional. Already at work in film production studios and many movie theaters, Dolby Atmos represents a huge step in putting more "theater" into your home theater.
The TX-NR838 lets you add two overhead or up-firing speakers (sometimes called "height" or "top" speakers) to a conventional five-channel system — this is referred to as a 5.1.2 Dolby Atmos setup. You can use either one or two subwoofers with this setup.
Music is increasingly delivered from sources other than shiny discs. Smartphones, tablets, computers, Internet radio, and subscription services offer a wealth of listening options. You can take advantage of all of them with the TX-NR838. Stream music from smartphones and tablets over Bluetooth, to play audio from any app through your home theater speakers. If you have a digital music library stored on a networked PC or storage drive, Wi-Fi lets you play those tunes over your home network. There's also built-in support for Spotify®, Pandora® Internet radio, SiriusXM, and free Internet radio streams via TuneIn radio. With so many choices, you'll never have trouble finding something to listen to. Plus, Onkyo's Music Optimizer helps flesh out the sound of compressed files and Bluetooth streams.
Listen to music from online music services using Onkyo's free remote app for Apple and Android smartphones.
The 'NR838 is about more than just convenience and versatility. Onkyo has always put a premium on sound quality. This receiver features their Wide Range Amplifier Technology, which provides plenty of current to ensure smooth sound even during large swings in dynamics. This reduces distortion while ensuring music and movie soundtracks have plenty of punch. Phase-Matching Bass Enhancement keeps low-frequency tones from muddying the midrange, so you get plenty of deep bass while vocals and dialogue remain clear and detailed. If you've downloaded high-resolution music from sites like HDtracks, you'll appreciate this receiver's ability to decode high-res files like FLAC, WAV, Apple Lossless, and DSD. Or kick it old school by connecting your turntable and enabling Pure Direct Analog Path to turn off all digital circuitry for top-shelf analog playback.
If you'd like to add speakers to an adjoining bedroom, kitchen, or porch, you can plan ahead with the TX-NR838. Powered Zone 2 outputs let you use two of the receiver's amplifier channels to drive an additional set of speakers for use in another room. Two HDMI outputs operate independently, so you can even watch different video content on a second TV. While the kids enjoy a movie on Blu-ray in the home theater, you can catch the ballgame on cable in the bedroom. When feeding a second TV via Zone 2 HDMI, you can use the TV's speakers — or for better sound, consider hooking up your old receiver to some additional speakers in that second room. The 'NR838 also has line-level Zone 3 outputs for even more multi-room flexibility.
The tiny microphone that's included with the TX-NR838 is your key to properly calibrated home theater sound. Plug it into the front of the receiver, and let Onkyo's AccuEQ optimize your system for your room and speaker setup. This ensures you'll get the best possible sound in your room, even if its odd layout forces you to place speakers in less than ideal locations. Before you start exploring this receiver's features, be sure to download the Onkyo remote app to your Apple® or Android™ smartphone. It offers easy control of the receiver's most important functions, as well as giving you instant access to Internet radio and other online music choices.
The best receiver ever
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Average Customer Review(s):
The best receiver ever
Pros: Great sound, easy to setup
Cons: Nothing yet
No Atmos Sound I Bought It Oct 2015 I full set up 7.2channel with 2pront atmos speakers when set up speaker & calibrate i can hear testing sound but actural atmos dvd play no sound atall only atmos speaker & no disply on receiver so i retuned to manufacture serveice paid $75.00ups from LA-New York
Pros: good value sound
Cons: newest atmos sound not work continue
I haven't had a chance to use this receiver at it's full ability yet. But, so far I love it. I/ve never heard my speakers so loud and clear. Amazing power.
Pros: awesome power, great controls, love the app.
Cons: The only thing Im not the happiest about is the fact that I can't adjust the bass and treble on zone 3.
Robust array of features that are simple to use, sound is clean at low volume and component design logical. Controller buttons and labeling are small and difficult to read without perfect vision. That being said, very satisfied with overall performance.
Pros: Clean sound, easy to use, array of features
Cons: Remote labeling
Pretty easy set up but instruction manual needs a little work. This baby could definitely cause an avalanche up here in the mountains! I don't dare go past half volume. Atmos is incredible!!!
Pros: Wow!!! What a sound coming out of this system compared to the old Yamaha 2500. Makes every experience intense. Worth every penny for this receiver. With Crutchfield's lifetime support I believe I have covered all the bases! Whether it is movies or music - just incredible!
Cons: Manual needs more detail. but that is the only con I can offer.
This Reciever was a replacement for my ONKYO HT560 7.1 THE MY REASON FOR THIS WAS DUE TO MY LOVE FOR THEATER AND GAMING I DID THE RESEARCH AFTER MY 560 DIED IN A LIGHTING STORM DANG YOU THOR LOL SERIOUSLY NO CONS THE CONNECTIONS I LOVED THE BLU TOOTH CAPEABILITY SO I CAN CONNECT MY ASUS ROG760JM FOR WIRELESS BLUETOOTH SOUND AND SET MY LAPTOP UP NEXT TO MY ONKYO AND 52INCH TV AS A DESKTOP AND WITH A REMOTE TAP I CAN SWITCH TO ANY OF MY SYSTEMS XBOX ONE,XBOX360,PS3,PS4,CABLE TV,PC ALL REMOTELY!!!!
Pros: Everything is Awesome About This HARDCORE GAMER THEATER LOVER APPROVED. ABSOLUTELY POWERFUL AND GAMES LIKE ALIEN ISOLATION COME TO LIFE YOU ARE LITTERALY FEELING LIKE YOUR IN THE SAME ROOM AND THE ALIEN SNEAKING UP ON YOU IS JUMP OUT OF YOUR SEAT ENTHRALLING AND MAKES THE HAIR ON YOUR BACK AND BODY STICK UP AS YOU FEEL THE SUBWOOFER AND AMPLIFIER BRINGING THE ALIENS FOOTSTEPS TO LIFE OTHER GAMES ARE TOO AND MOVIES WHO NEEDS TO GO TO THE PUBLIC THEATER WHEN YOU HAVE THIS POWERFUL BEAST !!!!!!
Cons: Ran out of pro space Cons None I am a computer tech who is handicapped and find this system to be very supportive for me ALL I have to do every now and then is get up to change a game disc but thats not a con, and I dont find anything to be problems. As for non technical individuals the CMOS OR STEREO MENU IS NOT COMPLICATED JUST TAKES TIME TO READ THE INPUTS AND Connect the stereo to the internet to upgrade its bios menu, beware advise using USB FLASH DRIVE TO SAVE SETTINGS TO CONNECT NETWORK
still learning all the fine points, but loving it I wanted to be able to control all my hdmi with one unit and this is exactly what I was hoping for set my 73" tv, optoma projector with 120" screen ps3 , cable box/dvr and everything is working through this unit without any problems love being able to go from tv to big screen without a major procedure the mic setup for surround sound worked great and unit really sounds nice I replaced an older onkyo with this one for the hdmi functionality as well as wifi and bluetooth and am not disappointed, would defiantly buy again
Pros: works as advertised no problems*** hdmi*** and wireless/bluetooth is big plus
Cons: none so far
I researched many receivers. I was torn between Marantz 5010 and Onkyo 838. Onkyo won due to more power, less in price, and the display is readable.
Pros: Great value. So many features.... I am even hooked up an old VCR. The sound was great while running a 7.1 Klipsch speakers.
My old Onkyo 6 series is probably 12 years old. It's been a good friend, and I didn't really want to upgrade, but HDMI, DLNA, and new surround sound formats conspired to force my hand. After researching this purchase for over a year (I waited to see what was going on with DTS-X) I landed on the 838. It has an analog mode for my vinyl collection, a good enough mic based soundspace tuning feature, 2x pre-amp outputs for other rooms, and was HDCP 2.2 compliant over at least 1 of the HDMI ports. All the boxes were checked except for one... D/A conversion to the pre-amp zones I pipe to the rest of the house. That means that the S/Pdif line from my computer wouldn't play through the house without my external D/A converter I was hoping to also retire. The fine folks at Crutchfield even gave me the same recommendation as what I had landed on, further cementing my purchase. What I didn't expect was the huge jump in sound quality. Where my 6 series had been good, this is far more even, clear, and powerful. Not loud (though it goes loud) it fills the room without feeling oppressive. It's spatially far more coherent than anything else I've heard. Everything from my vinyl collection to my Blu-Rays sounds amazing. The setup was convoluted. The menus are terrible. The manual is minimalistic (you can download a real manual). The remote isn't great. But you buy it for sound, right? That's where it's best.
Pros: sound quality, form factor (no knob for switching inputs!), powerful preset options
Cons: confusing menu system, ugly interface for network playback, no D/A conversion to secondary zones
This is a great product to date. We have had this receiver for only two weeks and couldn't be happier. It was easy to install and easy to connect the remote to all of our devices (Apple TV, PS4, etc.).
This is absolutely the best piece of audio equipment I have ever purchased. The power and clear accurate sound it produces helped me realize the potential of my Polk audio 265rt in wall speakers. The 4k up-conversion through the HD MI is awesome. Watching Led Zeppelin song remains the same and noticed many things I couldn't see before including sweat drops on Jimmy's guitar. With the sale, this is a bargain. At first I didn't think it had enough power but after setup with included microphone and adjusting the device input levels and speaker output levels I realized it is extremely powerful. Thanks to the Crutchfield advisors for helping me with the speaker and input level settings.
Pros: Power,clear accurate sound, 4k up-conversion, atmos, 2 sub pre-outs,wi-fi.
Easy set up for 5-1 surround but I am having difficulty with adding a second sub and high speakers. The unit will not recognize them so no sound from them.
Works great, easy setup. My only issue is that it defaults to TV/CD. I'm using CBL/SAT. I have found a work around but I wish there was a setting that can change the default. Maybe there is a setting that I can change I just haven't found it yet.
I purchased two of these units, one for my game room in a finished basement and one for my living room. One of the primary reasons for the purchase was for future 4K use as each unit works along with a traditional Samsung plasma TV. These two units are great with a lot of power and functionality and I've enjoyed using them to listen to downloaded FLAC music of my thumb drive. I did have one unit that quit recognizing Bluetooth and the thumb drive in the USB port but a hard reset fixed that.
Pros: Great features and power for the money.
Cons: Large unit if you're tight on space, which I'm not.
I purchased this new but as closeout model. Got a fantastic deal - thanks Crutchfield! I couldn't be happier with this unit! Set up was easy. Controls are logical , intuitive and easy to use - including the remote. Nice looking unit too! The sound is exceptionally clean, pure and powerful for an AV receiver. The one watch-out out is that this unit puts out a lot of heat when cranked so be sure to have plenty of air space around the receiver and/or a small fan to keep air circulating so it doesn't over heat. This is a small price to pay for a truly powerful receiver.
Pros: Clean sound, useful sound modes, effortless power - so plenty of head space to avoid speaker clipping and accommodate wide dynamic range material.
Cons: will generate a lot of heat when volume is up so make sure you have good air circulation
My experience with Crutchfield was smooth, professional and on time. I purchased an Onkyo TX-NR838 A/V receiver to serve a dual roll, both as a surround sound processor and a stereo amp. The Onkyo works fantastically in both rolls. The powerful amp pushes a pair of watt hungry Pioneer HPM 150s without even breathing hard and the surround sound capabilities are quite remarkable. Overall, I may be in love again!
Can't say enough great things about the TX-NR838. Just moved from a condo and bought a house so I can actually make some noise now. This receiver is powerful and sounds fantastic. All the latest audio and video bell and whistles including Atmos. This is state of the art and you can't go wrong. With it being 8" tall, make sure you have the room for it to breathe! Couldn't be happier and would definitely buy again!
Pros: Everything I was looking for!
This AV Heavyweight has everything you could ask for in a "Do-it-all" package, and without any compromise in sound, at least to my ears. In fact, I stopped using my Cambridge Audio amplifier like i was before on my two main speakers, it has plenty of power to drive them (4 ohms, 300 watt max), and sounds every bit as good. It's been the easiest way to play hi-res files that I've encountered without having to pay for a separate Network streaming device, just plug in a usb stick and go, and it can handle any file I've thrown at it so far. Vinyl sounds amazing on Pure Analog mode, and there are plenty of modes to customize each input for the best sound. Their room calibration is quick and seems to do an excellent job of setting speaker level, very balanced so far with just the right amount of bass for movies and music.
Pros: Great sound, Power to drive high end speakers, versatile, and all at a great price.
Picked up this receiver as an open item, saved a good amount of money vs new, and there was absolutely no blemishes or scuffs on the unit, just a box that you can tell went through the postal service. Very happy with purchase, good product so far. Looks nice in my entertainment center.
Pros: Dual zone, 2 HDMI outputs, plenty of power for my definitive technology speakers.
Cons: None to note
I've had the receiver up and running for 2 weeks now, and so far I am quite satisfied with its performance. It replaced a similar Onkyo that I had for 5 years before I lost the audio portion of the receiver. I stuck with Onkyo because it looks nice, has plenty of power, video looks great upscaled through it, and it is very reasonably priced. So far, 2 thumbs up!
Pros: Looks nice. Plenty of power. Clean sound. Terrific price. Very easy setup.
Cons: Only one component input. Only 1 USB port, and the USB port doesn't support video files, but that's only a minor annoyance to me, as other devices connected to the receiver have plenty of USB ports.
Purchased this Onkyo unit to replace a failed Denon AVR. Upgraded to latest FW (as of 10-10-2015), and have been using for approximately 3 weeks in a 5.1 channel system.
Pros: Sound quality is good and movie dialog seems clear/natural. Amp section feels powerful & robust.
Cons: Bypassing the video processing also eliminates all on-screen displays. 3.5mm IR input on rear panel does not work on my unit (had to use flasher cable instead). Straight Decode setting in Listening Mode Presets does not work for Dolby Digital/Digital Plus/TrueHD - Output format gets set to Dolby Surround which was confirmed as "design intent" by Onkyo support. LFE adjustment and crossover settings (above 100hz) are not very granular. Like other AVRs, it runs very hot.
I really wanted a system that had Dolby Atmos and for the price this is a great home theater with plenty of extras. I haven't purchase a receiver in about 20 years and did plenty of research to get as close as my wallet would allow and this Onkyo fit the specs. Firmware upgrade was easy and this system can grow with me as I get closer to my full 7.2 system. Apps for Sirius, Deezer and the direct Bluetooth is great for streaming music from Amazon Player, Songza, etc. from my tablet or phone.
Pros: Price, Dolby Atmos with firmware upgrade
Cons: None so far
When my last Onkyo died I demoed a Marantz, NAD, Denon and a Pioneer Elite. While the NAD sounded good, I just could not justify the cost. The Elite was too harsh for my B&Ws. This was a step up from my last NR but even the last one blew the other receivers away (Not the NAD). The bottom line is that I was willing to spend twice the price of this receiver for anything that was just a little better but came up empty.
Pros: Awesome sound quality, power to spare, looks nice, great auto calibration and simple setup.
Cons: Remote really has to be pointed straight at the receiver.
Absolutely Awesome Theater THX SUPERIOR SOUND HIGHLY RECOMMEND
Pros: Plenty of HDMI CONNECTIONS AND POWERFULL TO HANDLE MY 52 IN TV XBOX ONE,PS4,PS3,XBOX360,COMPUTER WITH BLU TOOTH RECIVER I CAN SET MY LAPTOP NEXT TO TV ON MY SHELF STREAM VIDEO TO TV AND SOUND TO BLUETOOTH PC AUDIO THROUGH THE RECIEVER
Cons: Havent discovered any issues yet. This isnt a con but rather a suggestion from a computer tech specialist "That you should always pay for the extended warranty plan if your buying technology between 500$ to $2000
Still learning how to use it. The basics are easy to learn. Manual is fairly user friendly. Outstanding performance for music fans & DVD concerts. I am hoping I can find away to customize and save an equalization type file. I am guessing it is capable of this, just have not figured this advanced characteristic out.
Pros: Basics, out of the box were extremely simple. Great sound quality and systems control. Easy for my better half to understand.
Cons: Remote buttons and labeling is way to small for my old eyes. I need to keep readers next to the remote.The remote app on my tablet works great, but very poor instructions. Maybe clear to a 10 year old these days, but has not been so easy for me. But, getting there.
I was in the market for a mid to high level receiver with plenty of power to push my Polk Audio TSI300's. My Yamaha RXV465 seems to always leave me feeling a little disappointed(tweaked out or default and mostly with music). I thought it was the speakers until I played them very loud. I needed good sound at comfortable volumes. I emailed a Crutchfield rep. He made some great suggestion and also recommended a beefier amp. I decided on the beefiest for my budget- The Onkyo TXNR838 .130 watts per channel into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at .08% THD, with 2 channels driven w high class Discrete power supply vs rxv465 105 watts x 5 into 8 ohms (1k Hz) at 0.9% THD WITHOUT a high class power supply or discrete, which is probably 65-70w ch if measured like the Onkyo. I compared the two using a CD's/dvd's. With movies, night listening w the adptv DRC was Way better on the Yamaha. I could hear Everything at low volumes. It didn't work well w Onkyo and the lip sink seemed off a little. The Onkyo sounds good, but not noticeably better than the Yamaha with music. After carefully testing side by side with all effects off, and the sub off, the Yamaha had better, and more punchier sound for a Way less powerful amp. The Onkyo, with all of that power did not serve the purpose. At that expensive price, it should have stomped my much less expensive yamaha. Maybe the difference is volume, but I don't need loud. sent it back. I will try a Yamaha Advantage next time.(the Onkyo puts out lots of heat too.)
Pros: Remote- controlled everything on all my components, sounds good( but not better), adjust sub woofer easily with remote, looks beefy, better bass sound with sound boost (yamaha bass sounds forced with boost on), every feature you would need.
Cons: looks beefy, very hot when on, Adaptive DRC did not make much difference (tough on night listening) way better on Yamaha,
I've only had this receiver for a couple of weeks, but so far it is awesome!! The sound quality is incredible and very clear, it is loud, and so far easy to use. Hooking it up was pretty simple and using the calibration mike was quick and easy. The only thing I haven't figured out is how to watch TV while using the blutetooth feature, I like to listen to music while having the TV on, sports etc.... It keeps going to my HDMI input. My wife and kids love it also. We had a Rotel RSX 1050 receiver. While it was a VERY good amp, it was not very user friendly, the remote alone had a 50 page manual for it. When I was looking at this receiver it was between this one and the Marantz. I chose this one because I had had several Onkyo receivers back in the day, I liked the power, the THX certification and the ability to upgrade to Atmos in the future. The amp makes my Boston M340 speakers sing like never before. I do wish I had a powered sub though. My next purchase will be the AudioQuest type 4 speaker cable for the fronts and the center channel. I am still trying to decide if that will make almost $500 difference in the sound of the speakers!!! Thanks for putting this receiver on sale, it was something I never would have been able to buy otherwise. Now if I could get you guys to put the Boston Acoustics Bravo 20's on sales I could replace my blown rear speakers!!
Pros: Power, Bluetooth, THX, and upgrade ability and it's very easy to use.
Cons: Not being able to watch TV while using the Bluetooth feature, but that could very well be because I haven't figured out how to do it yet.
Great bang for buck receiver! Very powerful and easy to use.
Pros: Versatile and powerful!
Cons: None at this time.
I love Crutchfield for all their help and support in picking out the best receiver for my needs, thank you.This purchase was to upgrade my 2010 Pioneer I had and I'm really glad that I did. When playing music there isn't a huge difference between the two, with the exception that the Onkyo has dual pre-outs for two subwoofers. That was one of the reasons I wanted to upgrade from my old Pioneer. I added a second sub (HSU STF-2) to go with my (HSU STF-1) and all I can say is wow. What a big difference in how nice my bass sounds now, no matter where you sit, stand or walk around too in my kitchen and living room area the bass sounds awesome. I love the built in Wifi, software updates are a breeze. The one thing I must say is the Onkyo trumps my older Pioneer in how much better movies and TV sound, no contest. Much more spacious, room filling, defining sounds that seem to be coming from everywhere. I also love that it has the Dolby D+, which my Pioneer didn't. Now when I watch netflix just about all the movies have that encoded for their soundtracks and it sounds awesome. I don't know if it is the 1080P upscaling of the Onkyo, but almost all the shows and movies on Netflix now are displayed in 1080P and look incredible. Some of the new shows on there look as good as when I play a Blu-ray disc on my Oppo player, very impressive. Then you add that it is pretty future proof, with 4K support, HDCP 2.2 compatibility. I can't wait to get some Dolby Atmos speakers to add to my system
Pros: Dual pre-outs for two subwoofers, Dolby Atmos, Wifi, sound quality, 4K with HDCP 2.2 support, 1080P & 4K upscaling, 3D compatible.
Cons: Only cons I would say is that when turned on, it takes about 20-30 seconds to start up, but that is a pretty minor thing compared to all the pros it has.
After the HDMI issues I had with my previous Onkyo receiver (TX NR818) issue I decided to give Onkyo another chance. So far I am very pleased with this model. The remote is a little different which I like. The zone 2 works great. (I only use it to power speakers on the lanai.) I would give Onkyo one bit of advice though. Go back to including Audyssey for speak calibration. Overall a good unit.
Pros: Zone 2 & redesigned remote layout
Cons: Speaker calibration
First receiver upgrade in 18 years, so take that into consideration. Had 70 watt system, so stepping up to 130 watt system was quite an upgrade. Separation of surround sound is amazing. Pumps out the audio no matter what's being fed to it (Pandora, CDs, Netflix, etc.)
Pros: Great deal (currently $400 off system). Once set up, easy to navigate between inputs.
Cons: Doesn't come with actual manual - has very brief overview sheet, which wasn't helpful at all
Lots of power and super clean sound, powers my 4 yamaha ns-777's with ease.
Pros: all the 4k features
Cons: wish it had an eq setup
I bought this unit to replace my current Onkyo, I always loved Onkyos because of their power, sound, and dependability. When I finally got this one hooked up I couldn't believe at how clear and rich it sounded, I'm using my same Boston Acoustics speakers I've had for 10 yrs and they have never sounded like this, music I don't usually listen to was magnificent, I was totally blown away, this was the first night I had it. The next morning, I wanted to share with my wife how nice and clear this unit was so I turned it on and started to shuffle through the music when it died, I thought surely I must have hit a wrong button, I went through trouble shooting but didn't help, I finally called Crutchfield and we concluded that the amp had blown, there is literally no sound at all. This is the first time I've had this happen with an Onkyo and I'm kind of puzzled, of course Crutchfield already has another one on the way and I can only hope it doesn't happen again. I guess we will get a lemon every now and then and hope I don't get another. I rated this 3 stars just because of how good it sounded before it died, if not for that it would have received only 1 star.
Pros: Awesome sound, clarity and power! Beautiful!
Cons: The awesome sound only lasted 2 hours before it croaked!
I am a onkyo fan. This is my 3rd, and with all the ones I owned, I was satisfied.
Pros: All is good.
Cons: Hard time enabling back speakers
The TX-NR838 receiver is a perfect blend of power, connectivity and sound quality. With the available Onkyo app, control and management is simple. The onscreen display is intuitive. The automatic speaker tuning was quick and accurate. Atmos dolby cannot be beat for a true theater 3D experience.
Pros: Power, connectivity, design
Cons: Heat output, slow startup
This receiver was everything I expected it would be. The sound is great and I have found no problem with the video transfer. We're using this receiver to listen to music (classical, early music, and jazz) and only have two speakers attached (Klipsch RP-150M). We use the same two speakers to watch vide, so one could say that we're not using its full potential. However, we do have multiple devices attached: BD player, DVD, Amazon FireTV, turntable, and a DAC for old MP3 players. I'm using the system for play music from my PC via Bluetooth instead of paying for a separate decent Bluetooth speaker. The front USB port is handy. The remote works well as a universal controller, with a few limitations (no FireTV support)
Pros: 1) assignable ports for coax and optical digital audio, component and composite video 2) RCA jacks for older equipment 3) easy to set up and use 4) remote 5) rear panel is well laid out and color coded
Cons: 1) It wouldn't hurt to have 1 or 2 USB ports on the back. 2) The manual isn't written very well, but the product is designed well enough that you can figure it out on your own with the manual as a starting point.
Plays DLNA flawlessly. Compatible with Microsoft "play to" feature. Sound quality is excellent.
As of right now I'm disappointed. I had the Receiver hooked up for less than 5 days and it completely failed. Will not come on it just shut off and never came back on. Thankfully it failed while it was still under the 60 day guarantee with Crutchfield and I'm getting an exchange but now I got to worry if it is going to fail again after the 60 day period ends.
Pros: The ease of setup.
Cons: 1. Failed 4 days after taking it out the box and setting up. 2. The pass-through does not work properly. When you shut the receiver off and you were using the pass through feature(I'm using my satellite) for more than a couple of hours, you have to turn on the Onkyo Receiver first before you can get a signal to come on again. This really defeats the purpose of "PASS-THROUGH" because I shouldn't have to turn the unit, so I will run a second HMDI cable to my tv and not rely on the pass through.
Before I give out my full brick wall of text review, I'll sum it up with what made me choose this receiver: Pre Outs HDCP 2.2 Compliant Phono Input Price Bluetooth I spent about a month doing heavy research on what I required for what I needed. During this month of research Onkyo's newest models were being released, and as tempting as it was to wait for the new updated receivers to have the latest and "greatest" I am glad I restrained myself. The 838 is HDCP 2.2 compliant on the main outpout and 1 input which makes this receiver futureproof for copyrighted 4k material down the line. I myself do not own a 4k tv yet but will eventually probably in about 3 years or so once content is actually out there to enjoy at the fullest. This receiver also has pre outs, which will let me apply amplifiers later on if needed to power up some bigger, badder speakers. The price you can find this receiver now is a way better deal than buying a current gen receiver that has extra HDCP 2.2 HDMI ports. To be honest, no technology is future proof, so why be an early adapter just to have your product be inferior the following year. Why not invest that money into other products like speakers that are guaranteed to outlast a receiver if taken well care of. I mainly use this receiver for cable tv, xbox one, turntable, sound on my computer, and occasionally I use the bluetooth feature. I've had only one issue, but that was more of the settings on xbox for blurays, I just had to turn off 24hz.
Pros: HDCP 2.2 Compliant Pre Outs Bluetooth Phono Input Price In my opinion, best bang for your buck. I'd highly recommend this receiver .
Cons: Heat. In a 78F room, the receiver was reaching temps up to 120F on the top exaust part of the casing. It wasn't crazy hot to wear it would burn you if you touched it, but just really warm. Looking into the cutouts I could see a fan that never seemed to come on. Doing research on this, an Onkyo representative explained that it only kicks in when needed and that the parts can withstand up to 150F which turns on the fan. I made a usb powered computer fan system for it so now top temps are 92-10
It's probably a great unit for most, but I wasn't impressed by it. I have a TX-NR 809, that I have been using for at least 3 years now, and I still love it. When I saw the 838 on sale, I thought it would be a great upgrade to what I already have, so I ordered it before going online and really checking it out. In my mind, it should be what I already have with the 809, and then some. When I checked online, there were too many changes. The remote was lacking many features that my 809 has, and the back panel of the 838, does not have all the inputs and output connections that my 809 has, not to mention, the 809 has the same speaker setup as the 838. So what was I really getting? Atmos? It seemed like a lot of money for that alone considering I already have the height and width speaker connections. Onkyo was good enough to tell me about all the new updates that the 838 has over the 809, and they sound great that they improved things internally. But what good is it all without all the connections? To me, it was like buying a new car with more horsepower, but slacked off on the transmission (if you know what I mean). What good is having the power to do everything, if you can't put the power to where you need it? Don't get me wrong, the 809 has made me a believer in Onkyo's products, but I feel I would be losing more than I'm gaining with this receiver. So I returned it. I will wait for a sale on a 1030 instead.
Cons: Lack of functions and connections
The TX-NR838 is performing as I had expected with clear sound it is driving two Definitive BP 2000 full range speakers with 15" subwoofers, a Definitive BP 1000 center channel, two BPX surround speakers and I have added two Onkyo SKH -410 Dolby Atmos enabled speakers. I am hearing sounds that were not present before with good separation between speakers. The video is also up scaling for a better picture.
Pros: Great sound and picture with 4k and 3D up scaling and pass-through
Cons: No 120V rear outlet for switched gear
Much more punch and power than my 15 year old Yamaha RX-V995. Easy to set up, good instructions.
Pros: Enough power to drive two sets of speakers in Zone 2 (Bose 201 outdoors) without a second amp and still drive the zone 1 6 speakers.
Cons: Smallish buttons (and print) on remote, still getting used to them
Great power and having the ability to control the receiver with the app is nice.
Pros: The auto adjustment mic works great if you need to know exact footage and crossover frequency.
Cons: The only complaint that I have if any is that after auto adjustment it seems to put the center channel lower than I would like it to be. I adjust the center channel 2 or 3 db higher.
I ordered this unit to replace a Marantz SR 8000 that was experiencing issues. Originally was looking at another Marantz because of past experience with awesome sound quality. The bang for the buck is what led me to the Onkyo. It's loaded with features that I didn't have on the old Marantz; so far I am satisfied. Haven't used it enough yet to thoroughly review, but so far I'm happy. As always, extremely happy with Crutchfields customer support, fast shipping, selections and price. Thank you to Buzz for your assistance in answering questions prior to purchasing!
Pros: Features, price, good sound quality, flexibility with component connection options, easy to set up.
Cons: None yet. Have had problems getting the wifi to connect and so far unable to use the Onkyo remote app.
This is my 3d Onkyo Receiver since 2004. I bought it primarily for additional HDMI inputs and Standby Pass Through. I use the unit only as a preamp/switcher, in a 7.1 channel configuration, with external amplifiers, active crossovers, and 1/3 octave equalizers on all channels except the subwoofer. The receiver is very quiet, and the automatic room equalization feature is nothing short of spectacularly effective. My older Onkyo receivers (a TX-SR 703, bought in 2004, and a TX-SR 705 bought a couple of years later) are in my SunRoom and Master Bedroom, respectively, and are still going strong.
Pros: Very low signal to noise ratio; excellent automatic room equalization system; 7 HDMI inputs; plenty of power even for most large rooms.
Cons: No 110 volt output; no 12 volt trigger.
I upgraded from my old TX-NR901. I would have given this a 5 star except for one annoying feature. The ACR feature allows the TV to change the HDMI input to TV/DVD when you turn on the Receiver and TV. You can stop this by turning ACR off but this does not allow you to use the ACR feature even when you choose TV/DVD. So every time I turn on the system I have to change the input to cable. The response from Onkyo is this is how ACR works. It would be nice if I could choose the input I want to start when the receiver is powered on. Besides this annoyance I am very happy with the receiver. The sound is amazing. I use 7.1 surround in the TV room and both zone 2 and 3 pre-outs for whole house sound. It would be nice if zone 3 passed HDMI input even though it doesn't pass video. I like to use the music channels from my cable provider and I can't use zone 3. The music streaming apps sort of replace the cable provider music and w-fi work great although I did hard wire the network because I easily could. I miss the switched outlets. Not sure why Onkyo dropped these. The setup is very easy. I haven't used the new Dolby surround feature as I don't have in ceiling speakers. I do plan on adding a 2nd TV in another room on zone 2.
Pros: Multiple zones. Easy setup. Streaming apps and iPhone app.
Cons: Input selection with ACR. No switched outlets.
Lots of power
Just as advertised, excellent value for price. Comprehensive, easy to set up. Multiple options. Using zone 2 with speaker selector with 5 different sets of room speakers and enough to not need separate power amp. Love the downloadable app for iphone.
Pros: Comprehensive for very affordable price. Comprehensive features, would have liked apple air support also.
Setup and use are a breeze. Fantastic sound quality with plenty of power to spare. Didn't know my speakers could sound so good!
Pros: Build quality, amp power, audio quality
Cons: So large it is hard to find a place where it will fit.
Replaced a 21 year old receiver with the Onkyo TXNR838 sound is awesome and it has all the power needed to run all of the speakers inside and outside of my house.
Great receiver, replaced a fairly new Yamaha receiver. I bought this one mainly for the 4K update.
This is the 4th receiver I've owned. First was an Onkyo I bought in 2008 but as time went on I was looking for more power and a crisp sound. I then went thru 2 Denons with no satisfaction but with this receiver.....this is the latest and greatest of the new line. Very satisfied
Nice receiver. I have it set up in a 7.2+1 ( we all need 500 watts of subs!) and it sounds great. Tweeking the speaker settings made a big difference, especially in music mode- Guys at Crutchfield helped with that! This unit is set to take you into the next generation of A/V. Just watched Daredevil, some blind super hero series on Netflix. The sound provided in 4K as it related to a blind man playing superhero was incredible. You could watch the Blind super hero (In 4K) and actually hear the sounds around him, like he did. Buy nice speaker to go with this! Only let down is no switched 120v outlett or 12v trip that turns on and off with the receiver. I have less than 1" clearance above the receiver, so I use cooling fans above it. These have to be manually turned on via Zone 2. But this is a minor problem! Sounds great and is relatively simple to use. It is like my Sony XBR900 series TV: If you can afford one of these, buy it- great value and superior performance!
Pros: Sounds Great, relatively easy to adjust settings. Wireless and other features hooked up flawlessly (which is great, since I come form the generation before them!).
Cons: No automaticaly switched 120v outlett or 12v trip
I love this receiver! Great sound, very musical, powerful. I wanted built-in WiFi AND HDCP 2.2 compliance for future 4K video compatibility. At the moment Onkyo is the only game in town that meets both those requirements and is also Atmos ready. I auditioned a variety of receivers from different manufacturers and models before decide I wanted deciding to keep this one. Excellent performance & features at this price point.
Pros: Built-in WiFi with external rabbit ear antennas for better reception/connectivity, HDCP 2.2 compliant, Atmos ready.
Cons: As others have mentioned, would be nice if the remote control were lighted. Make sure you check the dimensions to make sure it fits if you plan on installing this in some kind of entertainment cabinetry.
This unit replaced a 14 year old very high end and expensive Integra A/V receiver that finally gave up the ghost in very smoky way! Have been looking at going the Onkyo route instead of back to Integra. Unboxed unit and hooked up to system that has BluRay/Logitech music streamer/digital TV box feeding a Visio 55 in TV. I have a large Definitive Technology 7 channel speaker system and I was worried this thing would not have enough power. The family room installation is 25' X 25' with 14 foot ceilings, pretty big. This baby has more than enough power and I think the audio quality is much better than on the old Integra. (obvious technology updates has an impact here) The remote control is pretty good and was able to setup to control the other devices quickly. I am very satisfied with this unit; big bang for the buck (especially when compared to what I paid for the Integra unit 14 years ago which was Way more!)
Pros: Easy setup, plenty of power, pretty good remote control (if my wife can use it then it must be good!)
Cons: Remote control is not backlighted. Would of liked to see that the front USB port could handle photos as well as music.
Nice unit... See pros=
Pros: Setup was effortless to Xbox, DVD, CD, +amp, blue ray, speakers, power range is great, app works great, great features all function seamlessly. Very satisfied with purchase...delivered damage free??
Cons: Heavy heavy heavy...
Will let everyone know in a year after I learn how to use it
I bought this because I needed an AVR that would do HDMI2 with HDCP 2.2. I have a Sony 4K set with the 4K media player X10 with needs both of those features to play properly. I was a bit surprised that it was able to play HDCP 2.2 material. Most people with other receivers were having a great deal of problems. So far I am very happy. I believe Onkyo is the only company that offers HDCP 2.2.
Pros: Plays HDCP 2.2 material
Cons: None yet
I was looking to upgrade to a 4K TV and needed to upgrade my receiver and was considering the Denon x3000, Onkyo TX-NR929. But after doing research these two receivers only did HDMI 1.4 which only allows 4K to be ran in 30Hz I wanted to do the full 60Hz and realize I needed a 2014 model. I purchased on 10/3/2014 the Onkyo TX-NR838. It does HDMI 2.0 on ports 1-4 and 3 is DHCP 2.2 And the MultiRoom HDMI switching is great to uses if you want to have input going to 2 different rooms. The on-screen display is simple and easy to navigate, setup was a breeze, it walks you through most of the settings on initial setup. As for the AccuEQ don't really know how it compares to the Audyssey MultEQ which is what my old one had. It measures distance very accurately and I always adjust the Db level to my preference. I have 6 Polk Audio Monitor30 Series II, CS1 Series II Center and DSWPRO 660wi. The receiver truly sounds awesome, the Phase Matching Bass adds depth to bass. New to 2014 is Dolby Atmos but this receiver only will do 5.1.2 and I had a 7.1 setup. The display seemed to be lacking info from previous models but all info can be seen on the TV. Overall if you want to spend about $1000 this receiver maybe for you it has great sound, 4K 60Hz ready. As for Atmos if you already have a 7.1 system you may not use it, but if you have a 5.1 system adding 2 ceiling speakers or Atoms enable speakers will give you an in-depth experience.
Pros: 4K 60Hz on 4 inputs and DCHP 2.2 on 1 Switchable HDMI Zones 2 Sounds Great with Bass Depth
Cons: Display lacking Info Only 5.1.2 Atmos
I recently purchased the Onkyo TX NR 929. I had planned on keeping it until Onkyo announced they would upgrade the 2014 AV lineup with Dolby Atmos. I spoke with an Onkyo rep and was told that at this time Onkyo has no plans to upgrade the firmware on the 2013 lineup to accept Dolby Atmos. I then asked if i would lose anything sonically by going from the 929 to the 838. I was assured that the 838 would sound as good, if not better than the 929. So i went ahead and returned the 929. I've had the 838 for about a week now and, to me, it does sound better, with two channel and multichannel sources. I know some have reservations about Onkyo's in-house room correction, AccuEQ (2014 lineup no longer uses Audyssey). Although this was not a concern for me, I have to say that the AccuEQ appears to have made a difference in the sound quality. I like that it does not include the mains in the analysis, as i listen to CD's a lot on the Oppo 105. For those interested in setup / comparison information; the speakers used with this system is the Def Tech 8080 series, all around. When compared to the 929, I do prefer the layout of the speaker terminals on the 929 over the terminal layout on the 838. Depth wise the 838 is shorter Although I can do a 5.1.2 Dolby Atmos setup with the 838, I've read that a 5.1.4 or 7.1.4 setup is ideal. The upcoming TX NR 1030 and 3030 will do that. But it's not available now. Hope this helps anyone who may be considering the 838, 929 or 1030
|Number Of Channels||7|
|Stereo RMS Power (watts)||130|
|THD in Stereo||0.08 %|
|Frequency Bandwidth (stereo)||20-20k Hz|
|Minimum Impedance L/R||4 ohms|
|Minimum Impedance Center||4 ohms|
|Minimum Impedance Surround||4 ohms|
|App Remote Control||Yes|
|USB port for iPod/iPhone||No|
|FM Sensitivity||Not Given|
|HD Radio Tuner||No|
|On-Screen Display||Thru HDMI|
|Auto Speaker Calibration||AccuEQ|
|HDCP 2.2 for 4K Video||Yes|
|HDMI Standby Pass-through||Yes|
|Composite Video Conversion||From Composite to HDMI|
|Component Video Conversion||From Component Video to HDMI|
|HDMI to HDMI Upconversion||Yes|
|Multibrand Remote Control||Yes|
|Parts Warranty||2 Years|
|Labor Warranty||2 Years|
|Powered Multi-room Audio Output||Yes|
|Preamp Multi-room Audio Output||Yes|
|Multi-room HDMI Output||Yes|
|Dolby Digital||DD, EX, TrueHD, DD+|
|DTS||DTS, ES, DTS-HD, HDMA, Neo6, 96/24|
|Inputs & Outputs|
|Component Video Inputs||1|
|Component Video Monitor Outputs||1|
|Optical Digital Inputs||2|
|Coaxial Digital Inputs||3|
|Optical Digital Outputs||None|
|Coaxial Digital Outputs||None|
|HDMI Monitor Outputs||2|
|Multi-Channel Analog Input||No|
|Multi-channel Preamp Output||Yes|
|Main Speaker Output Pairs||1|
|Main Speaker Terminals||Posts|
|Removable Power Cord||IEC 2-prong|
7 Channel Amplifier: The Onkyo TX-NR838 AV receiver features a 7-channel amplifier rated at 130 watts (into 8-ohms, at 20Hz-20kHz, with 0.08%, driving 2 channels). The AV receiver's amplifier employs WRAT, 3-Stage Inverted Darlington Circuitry, H.C.P.S, and Optimum Gain Volume Circuitry for dynamic, detailed, clear sound.
Amplifier Assignment: The 7-channel amplifier can be configured in a variety of ways to match your type of speaker setup.
192kHz/24-bit DACs + Dual 32-Bit DSP Processing: This Onkyo TX-NR838 is equipped with 192kHz/24-bit Burr-Brown DACs to decode and playback high-resolution recordings with less jitter and clearer sound. The receiver also employs powerful and highly accurate Dual 32-bit processing DSP's (Digital Signal Processor) for better surround sound reproduction.
PLL (Phase Locked Loop): PLL jitter-cleaning circuit technology reduces jitter by comparing the input and output phases of the digital signal and creating an accurate clock waveform. This enhances the precision of digital signal processing and noticeably improves audio quality. Jitter-cleaning technology works both for digital signals input via HDMI and for digital signals converted from analog signals inside the receiver itself
AccuEQ Room Calibration: Calibrating the sound to suit your room's acoustics is simple with Onkyo's AccuEQ auto-room calibration. Once you've connected your speakers, plug-in the included mic and wait a few moments as the TX-NR838 measures things such as speaker distance, type, crossover, and output, taking into account any reflections from your walls and floor. The system is designed specifically to by-pass your front left and right speakers. The system then optimizes the frequency response of the remaining speakers so you can enjoy balanced surround sound regardless of room shape or furnishing while retaining the characteristics of your front left and right speakers for optimum enjoyment
Multi-Channel Decoding Formats: The Onkyo TX-NR838 AV receiver supports the following multi-channel (Dolby Digital, DTS, Dolby Pro Logic) decoding formats.
Note: Dolby Digital and DTS listening modes can only be selected if your audio source is connected to the A/V receiver via a digital audio connection (HDMI, optical, or coaxial). To enjoy true 7.1ch Dolby Digital TrueHD and DTS-HD surround sound, the receiver must be connected to your Blu-ray player via HDMI.
Dolby Atmos: The TX-NR838 receiver is Dolby Atmos (5.2.2ch) compatible through a firmware update from Onkyo's website. Dolby Atmos combines traditional home theater speaker layouts with either ceiling-mounted speakers or new Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers to create a plane of sound above the listener. The impact of either in-ceiling or Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers is breathtaking. Your room fills with realistic, multidimensional sound that places you directly in the center of the entertainment experience.
Note: Globally, more than 100 cinema blockbusters have been released featuring Dolby Atmos soundtracks in the past two years, and many more are on the way. Major Hollywood studios are partnering with Dolby to create home video versions of both current box office releases and previously released favorites for release starting in 2014
Dolby Surround: Dolby Surround offers an enhanced cinema experience to your Dolby Digital (Plus/TrueHD) and DTS (ES/HD) movie soundtracks using your existing 7.1ch or Dolby Atmos speaker setup. Dolby Surround enhances audio definition by improving the spatial dimension and overall audio definition of movie soundtracks. It does this by using four distinct surround zones that provide greater control over the exact placement of each detail in a movie sound track, so audio can be matched more accurately to the video on screen; this means more depth and greater realism for your movies. As a result, individual sounds are clearer and more distinct. It also improves the surround sound experience across the entire theater by widening the listening "sweet spot".
THX Select 2 Plus Certified: The TX-NR838 AV receiver is THX Select 2 Plus certified. Founded by George Lucas, THX develops stringent standards that ensure movies are reproduced in movie theaters and home theaters just as the director intended. From early design concepts to product rollout, THX works with its manufacturing partners at each step of product development. Every detail is meticulously mapped to the THX performance standards. And THX engineers spend countless hours testing and analyzing each product for sound quality, usability and interoperability. The result of this collaborative process is a THX Certified receiver, amplifier or pre-amplifier designed from the ground-up to present your favorite movies, music, and games in 5.1ch to 7.1ch surround sound loud and clear at studio reference volumes. THX Select 2 Plus is specified for rooms where the screen-to-seat viewing distance is 10-12' and the room volume is 3,000 cubic feet or greater.
Onkyo Original DSP Modes: Onkyo's Original DSP Modes, combined with Dolby Digital/DTS/Dolby Pro Logic processing, produce more realistic, powerful sound effects for your movie and music sound tracks based on the type of content and your home theater setup. You can choose from the following:
Audiophile Listening Modes: The Onkyo TX-NR838 offers two audiophile listening modes which bypass the receiver's tone & DSP processing for higher sound quality performance. In Direct mode, audio from the input source is output without surround-sound processing. This mode delivers pure sound with minimum sound quality adjustment and filtration. In Pure Audio mode, the display and video circuitry are turned off, minimizing possible noise sources for the ultimate in high-fidelity audio reproduction.
Surround Parameters: The Onkyo TX-NR838 lets you tweak and fine tune specific surround sound modes to suit your preference.
Audio Enhancements: The Onkyo TX-NR838 receiver provides various audio enhancements to deliver a high-quality listening experience every time.
Bass Management: The Onkyo AV receiver offers Tone Control and Phase Matching Bass technology to get the most bass impact out of your system.
Volume Setup: The Onkyo AV receiver provides the following volume settings.
Audio Inputs/Outputs: The Onkyo AV receiver offers a variety of analog and digital audio inputs/outputs.
7 HDMI Inputs/2 HDMI Outputs: The TX-NR838 has seven HDMI inputs (6 rear/1 front) and two HDMI outputs for connecting Blu-ray/DVD players, Satellite/Cable boxes, Game Consoles, and other video components to your TV. The front HDMI input is fixed as the Aux input, while the six rear-panel HDMI inputs are assignable to any of the other inputs. The dual HDMI outputs can simultaneously output the same audio/video signal to two TVs or you can assign the second HDMI output to Zone 2 to display a different HDMI source in another room (video is output at the resolution supported by both TVs). The HDMI jacks can accept and switch 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p, or 4K video signals to a HDTV (depending on input/output). All HDMI jacks will also support uncompressed standard or high definition digital video along with the following audio signals; 2-channel linear PCM, Multichannel linear PCM (up to 7.1ch), and Bitstream (Dolby Digital/DTS, etc.). Additional HDMI features include -
Marvel Qdeo Video Chip for 4K Upscaling: The Onkyo TX-NR838 utilizes a Marvel Qdeo Video Chip for 4K upscaling and video processing. The Marvel Qdeo Video Chip produces quiet and natural video, free from noise and artifacts. Analog component/composite video signals are converted to HDMI, so you only need one cable to connect the receiver to your TV. 480i video from the receiver's component/composite video inputs and any HDMI video signal can be scaled to a higher resolution set in the menu. You can set the AV receiver to upscale analog and HDMI video to 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p, 4K, Auto (automatically scaled to the highest resolution supported by the display), or Through (no scaling). Upconversion and upscaling is only supported by the main HDMI video output.
MHL-Compatible HDMI Port: The front-panel HDMI input is MHL compatible. This MHL compatible HDMI port provides easy, direct connection of MHL compatible Android smartphones. Playback of up to 1080p video and multi-channel audio from the phone is supported. The receiver will also charge your connected phone. Play, Stop, and other basic operations can be controlled from the AV receiver's remote control. Check here for a list of compatible MHL-enabled Android phones.
Note: The front-panel HDMI input, along with the receiver's front-panel USB port can also be used to connect your Lightning or 30-pin connector Apple iOS device via Apple's Lightning Digital AV adapter or 30-pin digital AV adapter; you'll also need the USB cable that came with your Apple iOS device, and a HDMI cable (sold separately). This type of connection provides "screen mirroring", audio/video playback, and charging of your Apple iOS device through the Onkyo receiver and your HDMI-connected TV. All control of your Apple iOS device will be done through its own touchscreen (not the receiver). See AV adapter links for specific Apple iOS compatibility.
HDMI Through: When enabling the HDMI Through function, regardless of whether the AV receiver is "on" or in "standby" both audio and video streams from an HDMI input will be output to your television, via the receiver HDMI monitor output. You can select between 3 HDMI Through functions modes.
InstaPrevue: InstaPrevue technology provides a live video thumbnail of the available content on your devices connected to the receiver via HDMI. As a result, you can preview audio/video streams coming from up to five HDMI inputs previously assigned to input selectors on your HDMI connected TV. Even with multiple components connected to receiver through HDMI, you can easily switch between inputs as their previews are displayed on a single screen on your television. You can even use the InstaPrevue feature for Picture-in-Picture. You can specify the number of preview thumbnails, as well as their positioning on-screen.
Note: If no video signal are present, the thumbnails will be filled in black. With 3D video signals, the image may not be properly rendered on the preview thumbnails of InstaPrevue.
Analog Video Inputs: The receiver features four composite video inputs (3 rear/1 front) and one composite video monitor output which support 480i video signals only. There is one component video input and one component video output which support up to 1080i video signal. .
Picture Adjust: Using the Picture Adjust feature, you can adjust the picture quality and reduce any noise appearing on your TV screen.
Wired or Wireless Network Connection: The Onkyo TX-NR838 AV receiver supports a wired or wireless network connection. Via the AV receiver's network connection, you can enjoy music files stored on your computer and listen to internet radio through a variety of online services.
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.
Streaming Music Files: You can stream a variety music files from your Windows PC, DLNA-certified music server, or a USB mass storage class device. Compatible music file formats include MP3 (8-320kbps; 16-48kHz), WMA (47-320kbps), WMA Lossless (16/24-bit; 44.1-96kHz), WAV (8/16/24-bit; 8-192kHz), AAC (8-320kbps; 8-96kHz), FLAC (8/16/24-bit; 8-192kHz), Apple Lossless (16/24-bit; 8-96kHz), Ogg Vorbis (48-500kbps; 8-48kHz), DSD (2.8224MHz), and LPCM (16-bit; 44-48kHz). You can control basic playback functions of your music library from the included remote control and receiver's on-screen menu; such as Folder/File Select, Play/Pause, Stop, Fast Forward/Rewind, Previous/Next Track, and Repeat/Random.
Note: Total of 20,000 music files/folders is supported. Gapless playback is also supported.
Internet Radio: The Onkyo TX-NR838 lets you access various Internet Radio providers through its wired or wireless network connection. The TX-NR838 will display station name and program-related information; such as artist name, song/album title, and elapsed playing time. You can preset up to 40 of your "favorite" Internet radio stations for easy recall.
|TuneIn||With more than 70,000 radio stations and 2 million on-demand programs registered, TuneIn is a service where you can enjoy music, sports and news from all over the world.|
|Pandora||Pandora is a free, personalized Internet radio service that plays the music you know and helps you discover music you'll love. You can select Internet radio stations by Artist, Song, or Genre.|
|Spotify||Spotify is a digital music service that gives you on-demand access to one of the largest music libraries in the world (over 15 million tracks and counting). Spotify makes it easier than ever to discover, manage, and share music with your friends. You can browse music by artist, album, track, or most popular; and create your own music library with customized playlists. A Spotify Premium subscription is required.|
|SiriusXM||SiriusXM Internet Radio lets you listen to over 120 channels of commercial-free music, talk radio, news, sports, and more.|
|Slacker||Slacker is a free, personalized Internet radio service that lets you choose the music you want to listen to. You can choose Internet radio stations by genre, or create custom station by Artist name or Song title.|
|AUPEO!||AUPEO! Personal Radio is a music streaming service based in Berlin that is available worldwide. With AUPEO! Personal Radio, you can listen to free music on the web. AUPEO! lets you play lots of music and choose the playlist based on your personal taste. The basic concept is based on personal music DNA, which allows you to 'love' or 'ban' songs. The highly advanced software then remembers this and adjusts as necessary. As a result, we offer over 100 compilation genre channels, as well as thousands of artist channels. Listen to music online based on your tastes and preferences or use our one-of-a-kind 'Mood Tuner' to fit how you're feeling.|
Note: To receive Internet radio, your Ethernet network must have Internet access. Internet URLs in the following formats are supported: PLS, M3U, and podcast (RSS). However, depending on the type of data or audio format used by the Internet radio station, you may not be able to listen to some stations.
AM/FM Tuner: With the built-in tuner you can enjoy AM and FM radio stations. You can store your favorite stations as presets for quick selection. You can store a combination of up to 40 of your favorite FM/AM radio stations as presets. You can also tune directly to a specific station by using the numeric keypad on the included remote control.
Firmware Updates: Future firmware updates are available from the Onkyo website through the receiver's Network or USB connection. The tested TX-NR838 contained firmware version 1030-3110-0001-0300-0001 (as of 7/16/2014). Visit Onkyo's online Download Center for the latest firmware updates.
On-Screen Menu w/ Setup Assistance: The Onkyo AV receiver offers an on-screen (GUI) menu system through its HDMI output. The simple on-screen display combines text and graphics that make setup and other operations extremely easy. The initial setup assistant takes you step-by-step through speaker configuration, source connection, remote programming, and network connection. If your TV is connected to the composite video or component video monitor output, you will need to use the AV receiver's front-panel display when changing settings.
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.
Multi-Source/Multi-Zone: The TX-NR838 offers three Zones; a multi-channel audio/video system in your main listening room (Main Zone), a stereo audio or video system in a second room (Zone 2), and another stereo audio only system in a third room (Zone 3).
Notes: As for etwork, USB, and Bluetooth sources; you cannot select different inputs for the main room and Zone 2/3. For example, if a Network source been selected in the main room and then a USB is selected as playback source in Zone 2/3, the input in the main room will also change to the USB source. When listening to AM/FM radio, you cannot select different stations for the main room and Zone 2/3.
Whole House Mode: The Whole House Mode is useful when you want to simply add extra background music to your home party. This mode allows you to enjoy the same stereo music as the main room in separate rooms (Zone 2/3). The Whole House Mode selects the same input source for Zone 2/3 as the main room. During the Whole House Mode, stereo playback is automatically selected for all zones. The Main Zone & Zone 2/3 will play at the same volume level.
Name Edit: You can enter a custom name for each individual input selector and radio preset for easy identification. When entered, the custom name will appear on the display. This function cannot be used for the AM/FM, Network, USB, and Bluetooth input selectors.
Display Dimmer + Screen Saver: The display brightness has three settings; Dim, Dimmer, and Normal. If there is no video signal on the current input source and no operation for a specific time, a screen saver automatically comes on. You can set the time (3min/5min/10min/off) until the screen saver activates itself. Once active, the screen saver will go off and the screen will return to its previous state if the AV receiver is operated in any way.
Timers: The receiver features a programmable Sleep Timer and Auto Standby function.
Hybrid Standby: The Onkyo TX-NR838 features "Hybrid Standby" mode to save energy and provide greater levels of convenience. Hybrid Standby Mode provides "HDMI through" functionality and maintains a local network connection while the receiver is essentially powered down. This allows the user to watch TV without turning the whole surround system on. Furthermore, when on Hybrid Standby, the home theater may be powered up from "cold" using the Remote Apps for Apple iOS and Android.
Built-in Bluetooth: The Onkyo TX-NR838 features built-in Bluetooth (version 2.1+EDR) with support for profiles A2DP 1.2 and AVRCP 1.3. You'll be able to wirelessly stream music from your Bluetooth-enabled Apple device, Android smartphone/tablet, portable audio player, laptop, or PC to the Onkyo receiver. You will also be able to control basic playback functions (Play/Pause, FF/RW, Skip) using the receiver's remote control. Advanced music operation will still need to be handled from your Bluetooth-enable device. There is no song/artist information display on the receiver or connected TV; continue to use your Bluetooth device's screen to view song/artist info.
Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Onkyo receiver.
Onkyo Remote App (for Apple iOS & Android): The Onkyo Remote App (from iTunes Apps & Google Play) allows you to operate the Onkyo AV receiver from your Apple iOS (4.3+) or Android (2.1+) device, using your home's wireless network. The Onkyo Remote App lets you you access Internet Radio stations, AM/FM stations, DLNA content, and Input sources right from your mobile device. Content information will be displayed on the device's touchscreen. You also get to adjust tone controls, listening modes, and speaker volume from your compatible Apple iOS or Android device. The Onkyo Remote App even allows you to wirelessly stream audio stored on your Apple iOS or Android device to the Onkyo AV receiver and lets you control audio output for up to 3 Zones. The Onkyo AV receiver and and your compatible Apple iOS or Android device must be connected to the same home network.
Multibrand Remote w/ HDMI-Control: The receiver comes with an IR remote control for wireless operation of this receiver and other HDMI-connected sources (via HDMI CEC). In addition to the receiver, the remote can be programmed using the receiver's on-screen menu to control popular brands of TVs, Blu-ray players, DVD players/recorders, DVRs, VCRs, etc. HDMI Control allows HDMI-CEC compatible components or RIHD-compatible components connected via HDMI to be controlled with the TX-NR838. The AV receiver offers the following HDMI-CEC controls.
Remote Inputs/Outputs: The TX-NR838 contains RI Control, IR Remote, 12V trigger, and RS-232C connections.
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Great product [ Jonathan Mar 10, 2016 ]
Price point. [ Charles Feb 25, 2016 ]
Features, brand name and value (special purchase mark down price!) [ Derek Feb 25, 2016 ]
On-line reviews, customer ratings, and specs. [ Mark Feb 24, 2016 ]
Needed an stronger high quality Receiver. Sale price was big incentive for this long term hub of entertainment system. Shane in Tech support helped verify my instinct in purchasing today. Pleasure discussing product details with a knowledgeable person. Sure beats Best Buys inexperienced employee. Also appreciated the no state sales tax feature pointed out by Shane. Now I can shop more at Crutchfield in the future. Shane's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=158 [ James Feb 20, 2016 ]
Features I was looking for. Price match. [ DEAN R Feb 16, 2016 ]
It appears it has very nice features especially so the number of watts per channel. [ VICTORINO D Feb 16, 2016 ]
read review on Crutchfield after reading about what is important in home theater receiver on Crutchfield. Very helpful site. [ Peter Feb 14, 2016 ]
Brand, features and price. [ Dale Feb 13, 2016 ]
I LIKE CRUTCHFIELD [ michael Feb 11, 2016 ]
PRICE [ shayne Feb 06, 2016 ]
Good price for features and Crutchfields support and service. [ Peter Feb 01, 2016 ]
Lots and lots of research. It was a bit above my budget but it should be worth it. I wanted ATMOS as well as a second video output. [ Robert Jan 29, 2016 ]
On sale at the time for literally hundreds less than competitors . Great unit for short money couldn't pass it by [ BRIAN Jan 28, 2016 ]
Reputation, value and performance. [ Jeffrey Jan 26, 2016 ]
upgrading my older onkyo receiver, so I can use HDMI wifi and bluetooth. this had everything I was looking for at the price I wanted to be at [ Hillary Jan 25, 2016 ]
Power, flexible connections, features of HDMI, ATMOS [ Kevin Jan 25, 2016 ]
Brand loyalty. I love Onkyo. Also, I've read great things about this receiver. [ ANTHONY Jan 20, 2016 ]
7.1 Ch @ 130W/channel high current amp with Wi-fi and HDMI switching & upscaling capability. Future-proofed for a good period of time. [ Jacob Jan 16, 2016 ]
It was time to upgrade my home theater. After shopping around this receiver is reported to have a great mix of high quality audio and video as well as an impressive set of features. When the $400 off special was offered, it was just too good a value to pass up. [ Bryan Jan 15, 2016 ]
Brand name, THD, power, and sale price, despite no built-in Apple air play [ Matthew Jan 11, 2016 ]
Onkyo! Long time fan of Onkyo! There products stand the test of time. The sound is crisp and clear. The WiFi technology built into these units is second to none. You will not be disappointed going with Onkyo! [ Steven Jan 08, 2016 ]
Looked like the best value for money. [ Allen Benson Dec 31, 2015 ]
Crammed with great features at a great Crutchfield price. Previous experiences with Onkyo products have been GREAT! [ Roy Dec 31, 2015 ]
This is the only new model by Onkyo that works with Bose 901 equalizer and 901 speakers. This receiver and an Amplifier with the 901 equalizer will be combined to get the full sounds out of the 901 speakers. [ MASSOUD Dec 21, 2015 ]
Power and 4K support [ Chris Dec 21, 2015 ]
Reviews,cost and hdmi 2.2 [ BARON Dec 20, 2015 ]
Great technical support,Great receiver for the price and features it had. [ Chad Dec 20, 2015 ]
Price versus features ,The Onkyo name [ Jeffrey Dec 18, 2015 ]
got old onkyo and i love it but need to upgrade [ Robert Dec 17, 2015 ]
Most options and power for the price. [ Mark Dec 10, 2015 ]
Atmos and watts per channels with existing speakers in my home theatere [ Ajit Dec 09, 2015 ]
Good reviews, high current design, price. [ RICK Dec 09, 2015 ]
Features, value and recommended by Artie. [ Matthew Dec 09, 2015 ]
I am sure it would, specs say it can handle 3, 4, and 8 ohms, so I would think it would handle 6. [ JAMES K Mar 08, 2016 ]
The TX-NR838 model I own (i.e., 6 months) allows speaker impedance settings of 4-ohms and 6-ohms. I'm driving Polk in-ceiling speakers with 8-ohms impedance. [ Maxwell Mar 05, 2016 ]
I'm using Onkyo 8ohm speakers with mine. Sounds great. Hope that info helps. [ Jesse Mar 01, 2016 ]
Yes it can, the receiver can drive up to 4 ohms [ Joseph Mar 01, 2016 ]
Yes. [ george Feb 22, 2016 ]
I dont believe so, it pairs with all of our phones via bluetooth and thumps! [ Marvin(Dean) Feb 22, 2016 ]
On the back of the tuner inn the middle between Pre Out and Pre/Line on the bottom row you will see Subwoofer, Power Sub will go in the one jack. [ William Feb 17, 2016 ]
just to the right of the preout section its a purple rca jack that says sub below it . [ BRIAN Feb 17, 2016 ]
I run 2 1000 watt subwoofers with built in power amplifiers from the TX NR838 no problem. They are connected by RCA jacks on the back of the unit marked as: PRE OUT.......SUBWOOFER I consider this receiver to be one of the finest mass produced units ever made. Over the years I have owned, Macintosh, Marantz, Harmon Kardon, Pioneer, Yamaha, Emotiva, Denon and others. This was my first Onkyo and everyone who listens to it is blown away by its stellar performance. [ Robert Feb 16, 2016 ]
Look in the pre-out connections, there are 2 purple circled rca connector sockets named subwoofer [ Manoj Feb 16, 2016 ]
There are 2 subwoofer inputs. One above the other. They are located almost directly above the the center screw that holds receiver's metal case. Bottom row of RCA jacks immediately to the left of the Zone 2 RCAs [ KEVIN Feb 16, 2016 ]
The purple input labeled subwoofer in the "Pre-Out" section on the bottom center of the back. Since subwoofers are powered they get plugged into the "pre-out" section because the receiver does not have to power it. [ Kevin Feb 16, 2016 ]
This Receiver has an RCA subwoofer out and does room correction for it. no problems [ Scott Feb 16, 2016 ]
Lower purple next to pre-outs is marked subwoofer. Next to zone 2 and 3 [ Mark Feb 16, 2016 ]
In-ceiling Atmos speakers are best used directly over the front left & right or rear primary surround channels. You can learn a lot more about Atmos and the various applications/configurations on our main Atmos webpage: http://www.crutchfield.com/brands/dolby-atmos.aspx I hope that helps! My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=5 [ Ryan Feb 15, 2016 ] Staff
Hey Guillermo. I got this receiver about a year ago. I'm using older speakers I bought 1997. They are 150 watts each. They work fine. Quite nice. [ DORIN Feb 11, 2016 ]
Hard to answer, but I did hook up a pair of Paradigm Cinema 200's for my Left, Center, and Right channels and it all sounds good. i borrowed my Paradigm sub woofer from my floor standing system that I had purchased about 10 years ago. [ BRIAN Feb 09, 2016 ]
The Paradigm speakers should work just fine with the TX-NR838. As for Atmos, you'll need a pair (front) of "Atmos" specific speakers. These are designed to meet Dolby's Atmos specifications. It would be best to stick with the same speaker brand/manufacturer. Best to check with Paradigm on that. BTW, I find the TX-NR838 a very musical sounding receiver, sort of McIntosh-like but not quite as powerful sounding. Lots of bang for the buck, especially at this price. [ ARTHUR Feb 09, 2016 ]
If you purchased the product 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. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Krissy Jan 27, 2016 ] Staff
I've played perfectly sounding FLAC files from a USB connected device without any issues. [ Yuri Jan 13, 2016 ]
I do not believe so. Not 100% sure. [ Eugene Jan 01, 2016 ]
DTS-X is a competing "sound objects" format to Dolby Atmos. This receiver supports Dolby Atmos which has been around much longer, especially in cinemas, than DTS-X. I doubt Onkyo will be making DTS-X available on any on this or any of its 2014/2015 model receivers. According to an article by CNET "Onkyo - launching several models by fall 2015". There aren't even any U.S. cinemas that are using DTS-X yet (a small number in spring 2016). That would make DTS-X supported DVD/BluRay availability even farther off. [ ARTHUR Jan 01, 2016 ]
I've had the NR838 for less than a year and so far it's working without any issue and i'm happy with it. [ Yuri Dec 03, 2015 ]
I have not experienced anything like this with this unit. I am very happy with it. The upgrading firmware was easy. Connectivity is simple. Very nice features with music optimizer...that helps fill in the gaps with compressed files. Very clear sound! The only small issue that I encountered was with the Bluetooth. I've had the unit get confused when switching back and forth between devices. If you unplug it, then it resets. I've had that happen twice after many hours of listening. I think it is a great unit for the price. [ DANIEL Dec 02, 2015 ]
Granted, I've only had the 838 for about 6 months, but it has so far worked flawlessly for me. No issues whatsoever. Hope this helps. [ Michael Dec 02, 2015 ]
Onkyo anticipated your question: Dolby Atmos (w/ Firmware Update): The Surround-Back/Front-High speaker terminals are assigned to power a pair of overhead ceiling speakers or a pair of Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers to create 5.2.2ch Dolby Atmos surround sound. Zone 2 speaker can still be powered by the receiver in the configuration. When Zone 2 is off, all seven channels will be used in the Main Zone for Dolby Atmos. However, when Zone 2 is on, power to the Dolby Atmos channels will be directed to the two speakers in Zone 2 and the Main Zone will receive only five channels of power without Dolby Atmos. [ Luis R. Nov 18, 2015 ]
I've struggled with something similar and Onkyo customer support isn't familiar (or engaged) enough to figure this out for this unit. To answer your question - no. From what I can tell (and I wish I were wrong), the unit has to determine how to process the single signal that is split to two zones with different speaker configurations (e.g., zone one 5.1, zone 2 stereo). If it's a 5.1 signal to only 5.1 speakers in zone 1, you get 5.1. If you do stereo to either zone 1 or zone 2, you get stereo (and a list of options for the 5.1 speakers zone 1). The challenge is when you have the same 5.1 signal to 5.1 speakers AND stereo zone 2. Unfortunately, it will convert the 5.1 signal to stereo for zone 2 (since there isn't another option) and the 5.1 signal to stereo zone 1. To think about it another way, you can't run 5.1 while having zone 2 on. It's an unfortunate feature that could be fixed with a firmware update I hope. Another issue I struggled with is that not all input connections are the same (GAME, PC, etc.). I found that GAME has the most flexibility to 'understand' different signal types through HDMI (stereo audio, 5.1 audio, video, etc.). PC did not. Another option is to somehow split the signal into two connections. For example, GAME gets 5.1 and PC gets 5.1, but you designate zone 1 to GAME and zone 2 to PC. It will convert the PC input signal to stereo for zone 2 and leave the 5.1 in zone 1. One way to do this is two video cards in a PC and have the same audio file play to both cards that send signal to the unit via two HDMIs to GAME and PC. Maybe there's such thing as an HDMI splitter, but HDMI is funny since it sends signal two ways (not just source to unit). Lots of work around. It's been a challenge to teach these work arounds to others using the unit. Hope this helps. TXNR-838 owner in Austin, TX [ ROBERT Nov 18, 2015 ]
I don't see why not. You probably know this already but just to clarify, Dolby Atmos has to be encoded on the DVD. It's not something the receiver can produce/reproduce on it's own. Other than that I think the 838 is a great receiver with excellent sound quality. [ ARTHUR Nov 18, 2015 ]
Sorry, can't really answer that, I am not using another zone at this time. Overall its a great receiver [ daniel Nov 18, 2015 ]
I don't think there is a way to hook up an EQ and have the unit power your speakers 100% of the time. For example, when using Bluetooth, everything is internal. The only way to use an EQ that I can see is to run low line speaker outputs to the EQ and run the EQ to an. Amp. [ DANIEL Dec 02, 2015 ]
sorry I have no idea. [ Tom Oct 03, 2015 ]
You still can connect analog sources to 838 but you're not living up to its full potential. I gave up cassette tapes & equalizer 10+ years ago. Get on the digital age... [ Manoj Aug 12, 2015 ]
Don't know if you can hook up a equalizer. The video hook up is for zone 2 system, video and sound or just sound and then you have zone 3 for sound only You can download the manual and maybe get some answers out of it. You also have an app you can down load on your phone and have quick control of your tuner which works different than the remote that it come with. you can adjust volume on center speaker easy and bass, treble, and sub level. You can download it now and run demo mode to see its functions. Cruthfield tech support is great you can ask them and they will be able to answer that question, just give the a call but that app I like it see if it will do what you want to do. [ William Aug 12, 2015 ]
Ivan, I don't have the answer to your specific questions. My question to you Ivan is why do you want to hook up an equalizer? My opinion is that the analog connections offered on this unit are just there to fill in the gap..... The advanced manual for the Onkyo is available online at Onkyo. The 838 represents a real breakthrough in a reasonable cost, flexible, digital sound processing unit. It's a huge move forward. This is a home theater receiver. That said, I replaced a 4 year old high end Denon home theater receiver that I paid lot more money for that had many shortcomings. The Onkyo is superior by far. I have owned Harmon Kardon Citation, Marantz, Pioneer Elite, Denon and Emotiva,. I decided to take a chance on the Onkyo because of the connectivity issues that most home theater units seem to have. The Onkyo performs exceptionally well using HDMI connections between a Samsung 60 inch using ARC HDMI, uverse cable, blu-ray, analog phono turntable, optical cd player, blue-tooth enabled devices to just beyond 30 feet, and on board wifi applications. Your ability to choose between analog and digital sound processing modes and custom profiles should satisfy demanding listeners. Now I do not miss my Marantz component equalizer/preamp and component amps costing plenty of dough. Yes the stereo sound was exceptional but the sound from the Onkyo playing blu-ray in 7.2 channel DTS THX is phenomenal it really gets the job done. Listeners can't believe the realism and sound immersion experience. I have a collection of blu-ray DTS live concert performances. It is just like being there in person. The remote can handle my components and get the job done although I opted for Harmony Touch. [ Robert Aug 11, 2015 ]
I don't think so. While it has a Phono jack for old school vinyl enthusiasts, it has no tape jacks for tape enthusiasts, ( I have a tape deck, but I only have the input, so I won't be recording anything on tape, so I think you are out of luck if you want to incorporate an equalizer. [ Thomas A. Aug 10, 2015 ]
If you notice, the second HDMI output says "sub/zone 2". According to the manual starting on page 14 it says " It is possible to perform playback in the main room and a separate room at the same time, for example by playing the Blu-ray Disc player in the main room where the unit is placed while playing Internet radio in a separate room. It is also possible to perform playback only in a separate room. There are three methods to configure multi-zone connection as described in "a" to "c" in the right. Simultaneous playback in all zones is also possible." So it depends on how you have the receiver configured. On the remote control Press RCV and then HOME, select "Setup" --> "1.Input/Output Assign" - "Monitor Out" --> "Zone 2 Monitor Out" and set the setting to "Use". You can view the information of the connected device on the TV of Zone 2 by pressing DISPLAY (on the remote - lower right corner) during Zone 2 playback. The CEC (Consumer Electronics Control) link function does not work with the TV in a separate room which means the Onkyo remote control probably won't be able to be used on the other TV or vice versa and you probably don't care about that. Depending on what you want to do the setup configurations can get kind of complicated as well as require additional equipment such as more amplifiers in the other locations. [ ARTHUR Aug 03, 2015 ]
I love my 838 but wish I'd sprung for the NR1030 9.2-Ch [ KEVIN Feb 16, 2016 ]
I would advise that you get what you want now. The difference in $$$ is not enough to set up something more complicated and expensive later. Keep it simple and all in one box..... [ Luis R. Nov 18, 2015 ]
You will absoloutluy kick yourself if you pass up the TX-NR1030. I have the Atmos front set up now with this system and I am looking forward to getting the rears soon. Go for it! [ PATRICK Apr 03, 2015 ]
As I understand it, I don't think so. I also remember seeing someone else ask about this, either on Crutchfield or another web site. Actually what you would have is a 5.1.4 (front and rear Atmos) or 7.1.2 (front Atmos only). The entire Atmos "processing" must be integrated in to one AV receiver at this time. There isn't any way to send the Atmos output to another amplifier, at least not with home entertainment grade equipment. And there's only maybe 9 Atmos ready movies available on BluRay at this time. Keep looking for an open box/return or scratch&dent 1030. That's what I did with the 838 & saved a few hundred bucks. [ ARTHUR Apr 03, 2015 ]
When I was reading a blog or article I saw that you can add a amp to power the third channel an also having the option to do the setup with the atmos setup [ Jarvis Apr 03, 2015 ]
While I consider myself a newbie at audio equipment I too had to make the same decision as you. As to what receiver to buy I decided to go with the NR1030 so if down the road I wanted to add anything else I know I already have a great unit to back me up. Hope this helps [ DEXTER Apr 03, 2015 ]
Cole: Sorry, can't answer this for you. I have a 'traditional 7.1 system in my great room and don't have any way to add or move speakers to make a true Atmos setup. My sides and rears are all built in to the walls. Guess I'm kinda old school, but my system as it is sounds awesome with this new Onkyo! Good Luck! [ WILLIAM Apr 03, 2015 ]
Enter an I have the Onkyo Atmos modules on top of my front speakers and get the height effect somewhat. But not as much as I'd like. So I'm going to go to in-ceiling speakers instead, when I get the motivation to do the work.answer to this question. [ KEVIN Feb 16, 2016 ]
Mine work very well. I did have to go into the settings mode and enable height speakers..."toggle to yes"... The default is "no". Keep in mind that are not many movies out with these enabled. [ DANIEL Dec 02, 2015 ]
Have not installed speakers yet [ ervant Mar 04, 2015 ]
Hi Brandon, I'm sorry I can't answer your question. I returned this unit and purchased a Yamaha unit. I needed 9.1 and the Onkyo was only 7.1. [ Kenton Mar 04, 2015 ]
I am running 4 surrounds speakers all from the ceiling. Haven't got the time really to dial in the unit sorry I could not help out more [ Eugene Mar 03, 2015 ]
Unfortunately, I can't help, since I am not using height speakers or the Dolby atmos option. [ JAMES E Mar 03, 2015 ]
Yes they work. Maybe go through set up again and make sure they are enabled in the Dolby set up. Other than that I would recheck wiring in case there's an open short or something weird, could also use them as mains temporarily to verify speakers themselves work. If all else fails contact Crutchfield customer service for additional assistance. GL and hope this helps! [ Philip Mar 03, 2015 ]
I have not had any issues with the height speakers. Make sure you enable them through the setup process. If you are hearing them during the sound test, they should be working. [ daniel Mar 03, 2015 ]
I'm waiting for Klipsch to come out with their Atmos speakers, so I'm not able to use Atmos yet. Are you using a movie that is Dolby Atmos enabled? There's only 9 listed for release and most are not even available yet. I don't think there are any games available with Dolby Atmos yet either. It's not going to create the Atmos effects if the movie/game isn't an Atmos version. Google Dolby Atmos BluRay titles. If the BluRay movie doesn't support Dobly Atmos the Atmos feature is not going to work. You will also need to use Dolby Atmos certified speakers. Just regular surround or ceiling speakers is probably not going to work the way it should. [ ARTHUR Mar 03, 2015 ]
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: You can use all 7 channels simultaneously but you cannot perform 7.2.4 on this receiver as it's only designed for either 5.2.2 or 7.2. Even if using the Onkyo's pre-amp to pass off to a power amp for your mains it's not going to create more channels unfortunately. You'd have to upgrade to the Onkyo TX-NR1030 9.2 channel Dolby Atmos receiver for the Atmos 5.2.4 or 7.2.2 and you could use your second amp to pull off 7.2.4. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy Jan 01, 2015 ] Staff
I have the Onkyo Atmos modules on top of my front speakers and get the height effect somewhat. But not as much as I'd like. So I'm going to go to in-ceiling speakers instead, when I get the motivation to do the work. [ KEVIN Feb 16, 2016 ]
It does support 4K don't think it will do Netfiix but not sure of all the internet functions yet. [ William Aug 12, 2015 ]
Sorry C.M. - I haven't opened mine yet. It's a Christmas present. [ MICHAEL Dec 17, 2014 ]