Onkyo Refreshes A/V Receiver and HTIB Lineup for 2012

February 14, 2012

Onkyo just announced a refreshed home theater receiver line-up as well as updates to their well-regarded home theater-in-a-box systems. The top two receiver models, the TX-NR616 and the TX-NR515 add a number of new features including InstaPreview and Mobile High Definition Link (MHL) support. For connectivity, both models add two additional HDMI inputs for a total of eight as well as two HDMI outputs (that opens up some interesting possibilites on the calibration front). When switching HDMI inputs, InstaPreview lets you see thumbnail previews of what’s playing on each source. MHL is a new connectivity standard that lets you connect mobile devices to TVs or receivers but it also charges the device at the same time.

I reviewed a number of receivers last year and the Onkyo TX-NR609 was my favorite of the bunch. The NR616 doesn’t appear to lose any of the key features of the NR609 including its Marvell QDEO 4K video processing, Audyssey 2EQ room calibration, audio return channel support (ARC), HDMI pass-through, Dolby TrueHD, Digital Plus and DTS Master Audio support, lots of audio streaming services and THX certification. However, the NR616  has lost one set of component inputs and the 609′s VGA port for connecting a HTPC. See the pictures below for some other subtle differences. The NR616 and all of the other new models add support for the MP3tunes cloud music locker. The new NR616 will be available in April at a suggested retail price of $699 while the others will be available in March. If you don’t need the NR616′s new features such as the second HDMI output, it’s probably a good time to go out and snag a 609 which has dropped to $399 (link on right). So far, I’ve been very happy with the NR609. Last night, the whole family was rocking out to thanks to the 609′s Pandora client.


Onkyo TX-NR616 Front 2012 Receiver

Onkyo's new TX-NR616 A/V Receiver

Onkyo TX-NR616 Rear panel Receiver

Onkyo TX-NR616 Rear panel

Onkyo TX-NR609 Back Panel

Onkyo TX-NR609 Back Panel (Previous Model)

Tags: Dolby, DTS, HDMI, HTIB, MHL, Onkyo, receivers, surround, THX

5 Responses to Onkyo Refreshes A/V Receiver and HTIB Lineup for 2012

  1. Lee on February 15, 2012 at 6:46 am

    Thanks for writing a great review. I’m considering the purchase of a new ONKYO but still not clear on if it streams Netflix. Do you know? Thanks, Lee

    • Gabe Gagliano on February 15, 2012 at 11:23 am

      Hi Lee,

      The Onkyo does not come with Netflix streaming. The only receiver I’m aware of that streams Netflix is Sony’s new ES receivers released late 2011.

  2. Rohit on April 29, 2012 at 4:08 am

    Hi Gabe,
    Thanks for the review. I am getting 515 and 609 at almost the same price. I would not need the 2nd HDMI output of 515. Neither i would use the half the features of any of the AVR’s. I am just concerned about the sound quality of 515 compared to 609?

  3. Jim Quinn on May 3, 2012 at 9:40 am

    I love my 609 for sound and setup. It has been extraordinary. I will say this though – It does seem to run hot in a confined space. My HDMI Auto Return Channel lost its video so I have to return it to Best Buy today. Minor setback. I have been pleased with everthing else and the audio streaming features are inmatched. The V-Tuner lets me select from hundreds of US and International internet radio stations. It automatically selects the appropriate audio source for Blue Ray discs. 3D passthru is amazig. I would definitely buy another

  4. Jim Quinn on May 3, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Ok so there are a couple of misspelled words!

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