Following the entry-level TX-SR373 receiver, Onkyo has announced its midrange AVRs, the TX-NR676 and the TX-NR575, which are loaded to the gills with streaming services and decoding capabilities.
As with the Onkyo SBT-A500 sound bar, the new receivers offer a crazy number of streaming protocols compared to competitors, including Chromecast built-in, DTS Play-Fi, Spotify Connect, AirPlay and Bluetooth. Also included is the forthcoming FireConnect system if you want yet another option.
While competitor Yamaha thinks it can get away with just three HDMI inputs on the rear, these two Onkyo receivers include a healthy six at the back. These ports offer pass-through of the latest 4K standards, including HDR10 and Dolby Vision (later in the year).
The TX-SR676 in particular updates last year’s TX-SR656 with a few tweaks, with the most obvious being the addition of Play-Fi and one fewer HDMI port.
Other connections include pairs of component and composite video inputs, six analog audio inputs, a phono input, three digital audio inputs (two optical and one coaxial) and a USB input.
If an amplified Zone 2 is important to you, both receivers offer this feature, while the TX-NR676 adds the ability to use this output to bi-amp your main speakers.
In previous years the onkyo has performed reasonably well, and the TX-SR646 was one of our favorite receivers of 2015. If the company is able to match the features count with a similar level of performance these new models are possible contenders.
The $649/£600 TX-NR676 and the $549/£500 TX-NR575 will be available in May with Australian pricing and availability yet to be announced.
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