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Onkyo TX-8220

Stereo receiver with Bluetooth®

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If you're looking for hi-fi sound from a simple stereo setup, the Onkyo TX-8220 is a great choice. Its discrete amplifiers, massive transformer, and customized capacitors deliver ample power with low distortion to up to two pairs of speakers.

Awesome stereo sound

If you're looking for hi-fi sound from a simple stereo setup, the Onkyo TX-8220 is a great choice. Its discrete amplifiers, massive transformer, and customized capacitors deliver ample power with low distortion to up to two pairs of speakers.

Connect up to five audio components, and take advantage of built-in Bluetooth to stream music wirelessly from your compatible mobile device. The receiver remembers up to eight Bluetooth-enabled devices, so family and friends can share their music too.

Music in different rooms

Playback from such a capable music receiver shouldn't be confined to just one room, so the TX-8220 gives you the ability to spread your music through different parts of the house. A/B speaker connections mean you can add a second pair of speakers in another room or outdoor area. Or use the line out connection to connect a power amp and speakers in a different room.

Product Highlights:

  • 45 watts x 2 into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.08% THD
  • high-current amplifier design with large power transformer
  • built-in Bluetooth for wireless music streaming with compatible devices
  • 40 AM/FM presets
  • front-panel bass and treble controls
  • front-panel A/B switching for two pairs of speakers
  • 2 digital audio inputs (1 optical and 1 coaxial)
  • 5 analog audio inputs (including MM phono for a turntable)
  • analog audio outputs include:
    • line out for adding an additional stereo amplifier and speakers in a separate room
    • 1 mono RCA output for powered subwoofer
  • binding post speaker connectors
  • 1/4" headphone jack
  • sleep timer
  • remote control
  • 17-3/16"W x 5-7/8"H x 12-15/16"D
  • weight: 15 lbs.
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Stereo receiver
  • Remote control (RC-962R)
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • FM wire antenna
  • AM loop antenna
  • Instruction Manual
  • Warranty/Registration information
  • Important Safety Instructions

Easy Installation, works great. Replaced an old unit and provides everything I need.

Tom, Tacoma Washington


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High-Current Discrete Amplification: The Onkyo TX-8220 stereo receiver utilizes high-current discrete amplifiers, a massive EI transformer, and customized capacitors to deliver ample driving power with low distortion. Onkyo's high-current low-impedance WRAT design uses a massive EI transformer to drive your speakers accurately, even under heavy loads. High current amplification grips the speaker cones for more accurate control, restoring vitality and detail to music. Non-phase-shift circuitry, meanwhile, clearly focuses the audio image.

192kHz/24-Bit DAC (PCM1754): The Onkyo TX-8220 stereo receiver utilizes a 192kHz/24-Bit digital-to-analog converter (DAC) from Texas Instruments (TI) for excellent signal-to-noise (S/N) and low-noise performance - so your music sounds clear, full of detail, and natural.

Tone Controls + Direct Mode: Bass (100Hz), Treble (10kHz), and Balance controls are useful for adjusting the tone characteristics of your music for satisfying the response with practically any type of speaker. These carefully designed tone circuits let you personalize sound to your taste with no perceived loss in audio quality. You can also select Direct mode, which bypasses the Tone control circuits for the purest sound possible as the artist intended.

Analog (Including Phono) & Digital Inputs: The Onkyo TX-8220 stereo receiver is outfitted with both analog & digital audio inputs. There are five stereo RCA analog audio inputs (including a MM Phono input with ground terminal). There are two digital audio inputs - one optical (toslink) digital input and one coaxial (RCA) digital input. The digital inputs support 2ch PCM only (not compatible with  Dolby Digital/DTS or other multichannel audio formats).

Bluetooth Audio Streaming: Built-in Bluetooth 4.2 with support for A2DP allows you to wirelessly stream your music library, music apps, podcasts, audiobooks, and other audio content on your Bluetooth source device (such as your smartphone, tablet, or laptop) to the Onkyo TX-8220 stereo receiver. The unit supports SBC and AAC Bluetooth audio codecs. You'll continue to use your Bluetooth source device to control playback and search functions, as well as view song/artist information. You can pair up to 8 devices, but only one can be connected and played back at a time. Once paired, the TX-8220 will automatically connect with the last device connected when in range (approximately 32'). You can also set the receiver to automatically switch to the Bluetooth source input when a wireless Bluetooth connection is made.

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 even register a custom name (up to 8 characters) for each preset.

A/B Speaker Outputs: The TX-8220 features two sets of binding-post speaker terminals enabling connection of two pairs of speakers. The receiver is designed to drive either a single pair of speakers rated at 4-16, or two pairs of 8-16 speakers, allowing you to enjoy the same audio source in two rooms at once, or to easily switch between two sets of speakers. The binding-post terminals will accept bare wire (up to 10AWG), pin-connectors, and banana plugs (single only).

Line-Level Out & Sub Pre-Out:  The Onkyo TX-8220 is equipped with a stereo RCA line-level output for connecting a recording device. It also features a mono-RCA subwoofer pre-out for connecting a powered subwoofer. The subwoofer pre-out is full-range, so you will need a powered sub with a built-in low pass crossover.

Headphone Jack: A front-panel 1/4" headphone jack allows you to connect a set of  headphones for private listening. Once a set of headphones are connected, the stereo receiver's A/B speaker outputs are disabled.

Remote Control: The Onkyo TX-8220 comes with an IR remote for wireless operation of the stereo receiver. The remote is not designed to operate other audio equipment and will not control connected Bluetooth source devices.

Front-Panel LCD: The Onkyo receiver features a front-panel LCD that indicates Source Input, Station Number, Volume Level, and Menu Selection. The front-panel LCD will not display song/artist/album info from connected Bluetooth source devices. You can adjust the brightness of the display in 3-steps. There is no on-screen menu.

Sleep Timer & Auto Standby: You can set the receiver to enter Standby mode automatically when the specified time (10-90 minutes) elapses. The stereo receiver can also be set to automatically enter Standby mode after 20 minutes of inactivity without any audio input signal.

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Why did you buy this?

Very decent price, and I needed both a subwoofer input as well as a dedicated phonograph in. Based on the reviews, I couldn't resist [ Brian  Nov 04, 2018 ]
I chose this product because it offers the inputs I need (optical, phonograph, and Bluetooth) at a reasonable price. [ MATT  Oct 15, 2018 ]
I explained to Levi that I was searching for a basic unit with not too many features, but would get the job done right. Levi gave me his honest opinion and I trust he got it right. [ Alexia  Oct 05, 2018 ]
Needed inexpensive stereo receiver. Like the speaker binding posts rather than spring clips, Bluetooth, and digital audio. [ Tom  Sep 21, 2018 ]
I recently moved and found my old albums. New Audio Technica turntable acquired only to discover my old Onkyo receiver was not working. Did my research and found this to be just what I needed. I will have the flexibility to stream via Bluetooth but anticipate just listening to my old vinyl via a pair of tried and true PSB speakers. [ George  Aug 29, 2018 ]
I want good sound for my home gym. I had been using an older (bought in 1990) Onkyo receiver with an Onkyo CD player or an Esinkin Bluetooth adapter. Lightning got my receiver and Bluetooth adapter, so this should be a good replacement. I hope to get as many years of use from this receiver. And, I will be using a surge protector! [ DR SCOTT  Jul 24, 2018 ]
The Crutchfield site offered a very helpful method to compare various models with similar features. That, plus the good experience we've had with Crutchfield in the past led us to this purchase here as opposed to many other internet options. [ HOWARD G  Jul 18, 2018 ]
I chose this model because of the ability to handle 4 ohm speakers. [ Steven  Jun 16, 2018 ]
Wanted a 2ch receiver with bluetooth for the patio and this looked like the best choice for the money. Have had good success over the years with Onkyo. [ MARTIN L  Apr 20, 2018 ]
I picked this item mainly because it has a Phono input and also a coaxial input [ Michael  Apr 17, 2018 ]
Receiver for outdoor stereo system "died" - needed a replacement with preamp outputs [ Michael  Apr 14, 2018 ]
It fit my needs for a small den: phono input, subwoofer input, inputs for a two channel stereo system without the extra frills which I don't need. Exactly what I was looking for. [ David  Apr 02, 2018 ]
Good value for a unit with Bluetooth streaming and a sub woofer connection [ Kenneth  Mar 27, 2018 ]
Bluetooth was a must. Would have preferred higher output power, but in the end THD and frequency range were more important. Also like the built in preamp for phono. [ James  Mar 03, 2018 ]
I was looking for a decent quality basic 2 channel receiver with Bluetooth and a turntable preamp and sub out. This receiver fit my needs. [ LISA  Dec 30, 2017 ]
Needed a GOOD, USER FRIENDLY, RECEIVER that I could use with ALL my stereo equipment. [ Philip  Dec 15, 2017 ]
This receiver has the features I need at a price point I can afford. Thanks again Crutchfield! [ Kent  Dec 13, 2017 ]

1 question already asked

no..I like the great for my purpose of radio receivER and piping tv souND through speakers [ James R.  Feb 25, 2018 ]
No it does not. [ JAMES  Feb 23, 2018 ]
It has one set (L & R) of analog Line Out jacks that can be connected to a recording device. [ Alan  Feb 22, 2018 ]