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Onkyo TX-NR1000

Home theater receiver with THX Ultra2, HDMI switching, and home computer networking

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Phenomenal home theater sound, cutting-edge digital connectivity, and an innovative future-proof design — Onkyo's flagship receiver has it all! It's no surprise that the TX-NR1000 has earned Lucasfilm Ltd.'s highest honor — THX® Ultra2 certification. That means this receiver has not only met ultra-rigorous standards for power reserves and sonic purity, but it's also got exclusive Ultra2 processing enhancements to make the best possible use of all your home theater speakers.

Phenomenal home theater sound, cutting-edge digital connectivity, and an innovative future-proof design — Onkyo's flagship receiver has it all! It's no surprise that the TX-NR1000 has earned Lucasfilm Ltd.'s highest honor — THX® Ultra2 certification. That means this receiver has not only met ultra-rigorous standards for power reserves and sonic purity, but it's also got exclusive Ultra2 processing enhancements to make the best possible use of all your home theater speakers.

The 'NR1000 boasts 150 watts x 7 channels of high-current power and two ultra-precise 32-bit processors, which team up to deliver incredibly three-dimensional home theater thrills. Of course, you get a full complement of surround decoding options — including THX Surround EX™ and Dolby® Pro Logic® IIx — that let you transform all of your movies and music into breathtaking 7.1-channel surround sound. Wolfson 192kHz/24-bit digital-to-analog converters offer impeccable handling of all your digital sources. Pure Audio mode shuts off the 'NR1000's video circuitry and other unused processing to deliver the cleanest possible sound. Another high-end feature is digital upsampling, which adds new depth to CDs and other stereo digital sources.

This receiver also allows you to switch easily between two HDMI-capable sources, while preserving perfect picture quality for their high-resolution video signals. HDMI connections are also groundbreakingly streamlined — an HDMI-equipped TV tuner or DVD player can transmit both a high-definition video signal and a multichannel surround soundtrack to the 'NR1000 via a single cable. For similar single-cable convenience with multichannel SACD and DVD-Audio sources, the 'NR1000 also offers two i.LINK® inputs. Most receivers require a six-cable analog connection for such sources, but with an i.LINK-equipped player like Onkyo's DV-SP1000, you can make a single-cable digital connection to the 'NR1000 to enjoy these high-resolution formats in their full audiophile glory!

HDMI and i.LINK are just the beginning of the 'NR1000's incredible array of inputs and outputs. It's also got a 7.1 preamp output, two 7.1-channel inputs, a total of 13 optical and coaxial inputs, 4 digital outputs, 7 A/V inputs, and more! Best of all, each bank of inputs on the back panel is located on its own independently removable module. This innovative design keeps the 'NR1000 extremely adaptable — when new technology comes along that requires a new connection type, you can keep up with the times by adding a new module, rather than buying a new reciever. Now that's future-proof flexibility!

Onkyo's exclusive Net-Tune™ protocol lets you integrate the TX-NR1000 with your PC and your broadband modem via an Ethernet network. Then, no matter where your computer is in your home, it can function as a component in your A/V system. You'll find that this receiver makes the most of the MP3, WAV, and WMA files on your hard drive. You can browse and select from the contents of your hard drive via an interactive display on your TV (requires TV with direct video input), or even on the 'NR1000's front-panel LCD window. If you've got broadband Internet access and a router, you can even directly tune in an incredible array of Internet radio stations from the 'NR1000 — you don't even need to turn on your computer to do it! 30 Internet radio station presets give you fingertip access to your favorites.

This receiver also lets you add Onkyo's optional DS-A2 control dock to enjoy listening to tunes on your iPod® through your stereo system. The DS-A2 features a video output that lets you view your iPod's photos and videos on a TV. Plus you can use the receiver's remote to control your player while it's docked.

Three-room/three-source capability lets you enjoy 7.1-channel home theater in your main room, while two housemates each enjoy a different A/V source in other rooms. You'll need additional amplifiers or receivers in your 2nd or 3rd rooms for this — or if you step to 5.1 surround in your main room, the 'NR1000 can power stereo speakers in your second room. The back panel also sports two separate sets of 7-channel speaker outputs — this lets you set up 7.1 speaker systems in two different rooms. Then, with the push of a button, you can switch power back and forth between the two rooms as needed.

Another of the 'NR1000's cool, unique features is that it gives you the option to use a 5.1 speaker system and re-assign the rear surround amplifier channels to bi-amplify your front left and right speakers. This feature is especially appealing for audiophile music lovers who do a lot of stereo listening. (If your front speakers aren't bi-ampable, another option is to bridge the front channels and rear surround channels for higher power output.)

The 'NR1000's advanced remote offers learning capability, programmable macros, and an LCD screen to provide intuitive control of your entire A/V system. The buttons are illuminated for easy operation in the dark.

Product Highlights:

  • 150 watts x 7 into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.05% THD
  • high-current, low-impedance amplifier design
  • THX Ultra2 certification
  • THX Surround EX, Dolby Digital EX, DTS-ES®, Pro Logic IIx, DTS Neo:6 and Dolby Headphone processing
  • removable input modules for upgradability
  • iPod integration (requires optional Onkyo DS-A2 control dock)
  • NetTune computer networking protocol
  • Ethernet port
  • MP3, WMA, and WAV decoding
  • 30 Internet radio station presets
  • dual 32-bit processors
  • Wolfson 192kHz/24-bit D/A converters
  • digital upsampling
  • Pure Audio mode
  • 3-room/3-source capability:
    • composite video output for 2nd and 3rd rooms
    • preamp-level analog, optical digital and coaxial digital audio output for 2nd and 3rd rooms
    • powered stereo audio output for 2nd room allows 5.1 home theater in main room
  • learning/multibrand LCD remote with macros
  • two i.LINK inputs (digital audio only)
  • HDMI switching (2 inputs, 1 output)
  • two 7.1-channel inputs
  • 7.1-channel preamp output
  • component video switching: 4 in, 2 out
  • component video conversion
  • digital inputs: 7 optical (including one front-panel), 6 coaxial
  • digital outputs: 2 optical, 2 coaxial
  • 4 audio (including phono) and 7 A/V (including 7 S-video and one front-panel) inputs
  • RS-232C port (for control via PC or automated system)
  • on-screen display (requires TV with direct video input)
  • 40 AM/FM presets
  • assignable rear surround amplifier channels can be used to bi-amplify front left and right speakers — power of front and rear surround channels can also be bridged (bi-amping/bridging available for both "A" and "B" speakers)
  • individual crossover adjustment for each speaker
  • anti-resonant chassis with brass stabilizer feet
  • 17-1/8"W x 8-5/8"H x 19-1/16"D
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • AM/FM/Dolby Digital/DTS/MPEG receiver
  • RC-558M Wireless remote
  • 3 "AA" Batteries
  • 5.5' AC power cord
  • Speaker terminal wrench
  • 1 AM loop antenna
  • 1 FM Di-pole with threaded F-Connector
  • Adhesive speaker cable labels
  • Instruction Manual (English/Spanish/French)
  • System settings guide (English/Spanish/French/German/Italian/Dutch)
  • Quick Guide
  • Net-Tune quick start guide (English and French)
  • Product registration card
  • Manual correction sheet
  • Note on DTCP Error Message
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Features and Specs

Amplification
Number Of Channels N/A
Stereo RMS Power (watts) ---
THD in Stereo ---
Frequency Bandwidth (stereo) ---
Minimum Impedance L/R 4 ohms
Minimum Impedance Center 4 ohms
Minimum Impedance Surround 4 ohms
General Features
Internet-ready ---
Bluetooth No
Apple AirPlay ---
Chromecast built-in No
DTS Play-Fi No
App Remote Control No
USB port for iPod/iPhone No
FM Sensitivity Not Given
HD Radio Tuner No
On-Screen Display
Auto Speaker Calibration ---
HDCP 2.2 for 4K Video No
HDR-compatible No
HDMI Standby Pass-through ---
4K Video Upscaling No
HDMI to HDMI Upconversion ---
DLNA Certified
MHL-compatible ---
Multibrand Remote Control ---
Learning Remote Yes
LCD Remote
Width (inches) 17-1/8
Height (inches) 8-5/8
Depth (inches) 19-1/16
Weight (pounds) ---
Parts Warranty 2 Years
Labor Warranty 2 Years
Multi-room Audio--Video
Powered Multi-room Audio Output No
Preamp Multi-room Audio Output No
Multi-room HDMI Output No
Surround Processing
Dolby Digital Yes
Dolby Atmos N/A
DTS Yes
DTS:X No
Inputs & Outputs
Phono Input 1
Audio-Video Inputs 7
Audio-only Inputs 4
Component Video Inputs 4
Component Video Monitor Outputs 1
Optical Digital Inputs 7
Coaxial Digital Inputs 6
Optical Digital Outputs 2
Coaxial Digital Outputs 2
HDMI Inputs ---
HDMI Monitor Outputs ---
Subwoofer Outputs 2
Discrete Subwoofer Outputs No
Multi-Channel Analog Input No
Multi-channel Preamp Output Yes
Main Speaker Output Pairs 2
Main Speaker Terminals Posts
Ethernet Port ---
USB Connections None
Removable Power Cord ---

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Features
Net-Tune
Remote Control Functions
Inputs and Outputs Notes

Features

THX Ultra2 Certification: THX Ultra2 uses seven channels of amplification to play back any multi-channel-encoded program through a single fixed seven-speaker/one subwoofer layout. All program material with 5.1 channels or more is auto-detected and proprietary processing is applied that blends the directional and ambient surround information prior to replay through four surround speakers - two at the side and two at the back. THX Ultra2 features the following modes:

  • THX Ultra2 Cinema: When performing 7.1 channel playback of Dolby Digital, DTS, or other 5.1 channel movie sources, THX Ultra2 Cinema analyzes the surround components to create surround back channels for optimum ambient and directional surround sound.
  • THX MusicMode: This mode converts 5.1 channel sources to 7.1 channel playback with a virtual rear sound from the surround speakers and surround back speakers.

THX Surround EX 7.1 Decoding: THX Surround EX soundtracks have an additional surround channel signal matrix encoded into the standard surround channel signals of a Dolby Digital soundtrack. When a THX Surround EX soundtrack is decoded and played through a 7.1 channel system, you will hear more detailed imaging behind you; this feature brings more depth, spacious ambience and sound localization to the home theater experience than ever before. Although THX Surround EX decoding produces the best results with soundtracks that have been recorded with THX Surround EX processing, the THX Surround EX 7.1 Decoding feature can be used, with varying results, with all 5.1 channel Dolby Digital, DTS or MPEG soundtracks. THX Surround EX 7.1 playback requires a total of 4 surround speakers; one pair to the sides of the listening position and the other pair behind the listening position. The receiver is equipped with amplification for all 4 surround speakers.

Construction: The steel chassis has ribbed side panels and large non-resonant feet to resist vibrations. The front panel is aluminum to enhance overall chassis rigidity and long-term durability. The receiver is made with a massive power transformer and large filter caps to ensure there is always enough power to handle the output requirements of your home theater system. Separate PC Boards keep audio and video signals isolated.

Fan Cooling: The receiver is fan cooled for reliable operation at high output levels. Fan operation is temperature dependent, so fan cooling only takes place after the receiver reaches a certain temperature level.

WRAT (Wide Range Amplifier Technology): This technology uses low-negative-feedback circuit topology for accurate signal reproduction, improved dynamic signal-to-noise ratio, and better delivery of power peaks.

192kHz/24-bit Digital-to-Analog Converters: Wolfson 192kHz/24-bit DACs are included for all channels. The 192kHz sampling and 24-bit word length capabilities of the DACs allows you to play high-resolution recordings and hear the increased clarity, detail and dynamic range of those recordings.

Amplifier Setup: The built-in amplifier powers seven speakers, but there are two sets of seven speaker terminal outputs, labeled A and B. Each speaker's output (Front L/R, Center, Surround L/R, Surround Back) is assigned using the Speaker Configuration section of the menu offering a great deal of system flexibility. Also in this menu are settings for each speaker for impedance, crossover point, distance to listener, and output level.

Bridged Transformer Less (BTL): The surround back speaker outputs can be bridged with the front speaker outputs of the to roughly double the power output to the front speakers.

Bi-Amplify: The surround back outputs of the B-Speaker bank can also be used to Bi-Amp the A-Channel front speakers, assuming those speakers are bi-amp compatible.

Notch Filter: If your room is particularly live at a certain range of bass frequencies, a notch filter is used to tone down the output in that range. The frequency, depth, and width of this "notch" to be removed are all adjustable.

Assignable Audio and Video Inputs: The inputs on the rear of the receiver are numbered, rather than labeled with source names (e.g. CD, Tape, DVD, etc.). The default settings of the receiver associate the various audio and video inputs with the source select buttons on the front of the receiver, but the settings may be changed to accommodate the specific components in your system. For instance, if the source you want to select with the "Video 1" button only has an S-Video output, but the receiver's default settings associated a component video input with the "Video 1" button, you may switch the video input assigned to the "Video 1" button from the component video connection to one of the S-video inputs; once you've assigned an S-video input to the "Video 1" button, the component video "IN 1" connections can be assigned to a different source select button. The receiver's flexible design allows you to assign an audio input (analog, multi-channel, digital, or i.Link) and a video input (S-Video, composite video, component video, or HDMI) to each of the input select buttons (except the Net Audio, Tuner, and Phono buttons).

Direct Mode: This allows the signal to be played just as it's received from the source, with no processing added by the TX-NR1000.

Pure Audio: All video circuits and power supplies are turned off (including the front panel display) to minimize any noise added to the audio signal.

Upsampling Mode: This mode may be turned on to convert the incoming sampling frequency of a digital signal to twice the original frequency for even greater playback detail. In addition, analog signals can be processed as digital signals with 96kHz upsampling and 24-bit quantization.

Source Naming: A name of up to 10 characters in length may be entered for each source.

Surround Mode Setup: Each listening mode has it's own set up menu for configuring a multitude of audio settings: LFE level, which speakers will play, Re-EQ (on/off), center width, music panorama, etc. This feature is particularly useful when different surround or surround back speakers are active based on the surround mode.

32-Bit DSP: The surround sound processor engine is powered by Dual 32-Bit DSP Chips.

Re-Equalization Circuitry: When the THX Cinema mode is activated, this circuitry provides a subtle high-frequency roll-off for proper playback of soundtracks in the home. This feature provides the means to easily remove excess treble response from soundtracks that were originally equalized to sound best in a large theater.

Surround Modes: This receiver incorporates a wide variety of surround modes to bring you maximum enjoyment from your audio and video software. The surround modes include:

  • Dolby Digital
  • Dolby Digital EX
  • Dolby Pro Logic II (Movie, Music, and Game modes)
  • Dolby Pro Logic IIx (Movie, Music, and Game modes)
  • Dolby VS (Virtual Speaker)
  • DTS
  • DTS ES Discrete 6.1
  • DTS ES Matrix 6.1
  • DTS NEO:6 (Cinema and Music modes)
  • DTS 96/24
  • AAC
  • Multiplex
  • THX Cinema
  • THX Ultra2 Cinema
  • THX Music Mode
  • THX Games Mode
  • THX Surround EX
  • THX Multi-channel
  • THX i.Link DVD Audio
  • THX i.Link SACD
  • All Channel Stereo
  • Full Mono
  • Mono Movie
  • Enhance
  • Orchestra
  • Unplugged
  • TV Logic

Variable Subwoofer Crossover: The receiver has a variable subwoofer crossover that can be set at 40, 60, 80, 100, or 120Hz, except when using THX processing which fixes the low-pass filter at 80Hz.

"Late Night" Feature: The "Late Night" feature limits the dynamic range of Dolby Digital recordings. Limiting the dynamic range makes it easier to find a volume setting that ensures the quiet sounds are not too quiet and the loud sounds are not too loud for night time listening. This allows you to comfortably listen to Dolby Digital recordings without the need to constantly adjust the volume to keep from disturbing family/neighbors.

A/V Sync: When the picture is not perfectly synchronized with the sound, this receiver can delay the audio from 0-300ms, in 0.1ms increments.

Video Output with Audio Sources: You may watch the video from one of the video sources (Video1, Video2, DVD, etc.) while listening to the audio of an audio source (5.1 multi-channel, CD, Tape, Phono). The "Video Assign Setup" feature allows you to assign a video source to each audio source.

HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface): The new HDMI digital audio/video interface format is supported by this receiver. There are two HDMI inputs and one HDMI output.

Professional Grade Component Video Switching: In addition to HDMI, composite, and S-Video switching, this unit can switch between four component video sources. There are four component video inputs and two component video outputs; each of the inputs and outputs is labeled "Y", "Pb" and "Pr". This feature allows you to connect, and switch between, high resolution video sources equipped with component video outputs.

On Screen Display (OSD): An OSD can be displayed on your television for easy system setup. The joystick/enter button on the remote makes display navigation and setting adjustment simple and convenient.

7.1 Multi-Channel Inputs: The TX-NR1000 is equipped with two sets of 8 Channel RCA type inputs for use with outboard 5.1 and 7.1 channel decoders. There are RCA inputs for left front, right front, center, left surround, right surround, surround back left, surround back right and subwoofer signals.

RS 232 Input: The bi-directional RS 232 port can be used for software updates when they become available and with outboard remote control and home automation systems.

i.Link: There are two 4-pin IEEE 1394 (i.Link) input/output terminals. i.LINK is a high speed digital interface that may be used for plug and play connection of digital audio components such as DVD-Audio and SACD players.

Digital Audio Input/Output: On the back of the TX-NR1000 are six coaxial and six optical digital inputs and two coaxial and two optical digital outputs. There is also an optical digital input on the front panel.

Zone 2/Zone 3 Output: This unit is equipped with audio and video outputs for a second and third zone. Line level stereo audio RCA jacks for both zones can be fixed or variable volume and two channels of the built in amp can be assigned to power zone two. The S-Video and RCA composite video outputs are individually assigned so either can be used for the zone two and zone three outputs. The same or different sources may be played in the main, second, and third zones. The audio signal sent to the second and third zones is 2 Channel. When a remote infrared remote repeater system (sold separately) is connected to the zone two or zone three IR input on the back of the receiver, the included remote (or a universal remote) may be used to control the receiver from either zone. The zone two video output has an on-screen display, for easy control of the receiver.

12 Volt Trigger: There are five 12V triggers to engage outboard equipment. Each is programmable to turn on when a certain audio zone is used and each has an adjustable delay time (0-3 Seconds).

"IntelliVolume" Setup: The "IntelliVolume" setup function allows you set a volume correction value in the range of -12dB to +12dB, in 0.5dB increments, for each source to prevent large jumps in volume when switching from one source to another. This feature eliminates the inconvenience of manually adjusting the volume control each time you switch from a source with a weak signal to a source with a strong signal and vice versa.

Power On Volume: The initial volume when the TX-NR1000 is turned on can be set to any level.

Headphone Level: Relative to the master volume, the headphone volume can be set from -12 to +12 dB in 0.5dB increments.

Tone Control: The bass, treble, and midrange are individually set for each set of speaker outputs (front/center/surround/surround back).

Sleep Function: From the remote, you can set the unit to automatically turn off in a specified amount of time, 90 minutes to 10 minutes in 10 minute increments.

Net-Tune

Overview: The TX-NR1000 is a network audio client that is connected via a LAN (Local Area Network) to a PC and allows you to enjoy music files saved on the PC, as well as Internet radio. You can also connect the TX-NR1000 to a wireless system using an Ethernet adapter.

System Requirements: To have access to Internet radio stations and music files saved on your PC, you must have the following:

  • Modem: Cable modem or xDSL modem
  • Router: Device that enables multiple PCs or devices to connect to the Internet simultaneously (an IP address can be obtained automatically by using the router's DHCP function)
  • Ethernet CAT-5 cable
  • Minimum Internet Connections Requirements:
    • Broadband Internet connection
    • DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) based network (requires a DHCP-enabled router)
    • 100Base-TX switch built-in broadband router (recommended)
  • Minimum PC System Requirements:
    • CPU: 600 MHz Intel Pentium III or better
    • Operating System: Windows 2000 or XP (not compatible with Macintosh)
    • Free Hard Disk Space: 20 MB
    • RAM: Windows 2000 requires 128 MB; Windows XP requires 256 MB
    • LAN/Ethernet Port

Note: If you only want to play MP3 and WMA files that are stored on your computer, you simply need an Ethernet CAT-5 cable to connect your computer to the TX-NR1000, and the Net-Tune Central software. Access to Internet radio requires a broadband Internet connection.

Internet Radio Features: The TX-NR1000 provides enhanced support for Internet radio and allows you to listen to both WMA and MP3 audio streamed from Internet radio stations. Stations can be selected by genre, location, or language, and up to 30 Internet radio stations can be preset.

Net-Tune Central: Net-Tune Central is software that distributes music files stored on a PC through the LAN to the TX-NR1000. In addition to the music distribution server function, Net-Tune Central can automatically retrieve the music files stored on a PC to register them easily with the Net-Tune Central database. Net-Tune Central supports WAV (PCM), MP3 and WMA formats.

Note: The Net-Tune Central software can be downloaded from Onkyo's website.

Editable Music Library: With the Net-Tune Central software, you can edit music titles, artist names, and genre names. You can also create new genre names and playlists for all music files saved on the PC's hard drive.

Random Play: This feature allows you to play the tracks in the current playlist in random order.

Repeat Play: You can repeat the current track or all the tracks in a playlist.

Remote Control Functions

Multibrand/Learning IR/RF Remote with Joy Stick Button: The supplied wireless remote is an illuminated multibrand/learning IR/RF remote. The remote is pre-programmed to operate other Onkyo components. In addition, it is pre-programmed with the codes to operate other popular brands of DVD players, satellite receivers, cable boxes, VCRs, and televisions. Also, the remote can learn commands from infrared remotes of other brands of equipment. The remote can send signals to the receiver in two ways: infrared (IR) or radio frequency (RF), which allows you to control the receiver from another room. An RF receiver, available from Onkyo, is needed to utilize the RF remote output.

Illumination: There is a "LIGHT" button on the side of the remote that turns the blue button back lighting on/off. When the "LIGHT" button is pressed to turn on the illumination, the buttons remain on for 6 seconds after the last button is pressed. Pressing the "LIGHT" button while the buttons are illuminated will turn off the backlighting.

Macros: Eight macro functions, consisting of as many as eight button operations each, can be programmed into this remote. With the press of a single button, each macro will perform a series of up to eight button operations in sequence.

Inputs and Outputs Notes

Speaker Outputs: Binding posts are used for all fourteen sets of speaker outputs but they are not 5-Way posts, a plastic collar prevents using a spade lug and the spacing is too wide for dual banana plugs.

Multi Channel Inputs: Two sets of 7.1 Channel analog inputs for use with an outboard decoder. Eight RCA jacks for left front, right front, center, left surround, right surround, left surround back, right surround back, and subwoofer channels are included.

RS 232 Input: This input can be used with a standard RS 232 cable for possible future controls, communications and/or upgrades.

IR In/Out Main, Zone 2, and Zone 3 Jacks: Three pair of 1/8" min-jacks are supplied for use with infrared receivers and repeaters.

RI Remote Control Jack: The 1/8" RI remote control jack allows you to connect this receiver to other compatible Onkyo components.

Net-Tune: The Ethernet connection for Net-Tune access is an RJ-45 jack using CAT-5 cabling.

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