Before, getting a surround-sound receiver with several HDMI connections meant shelling out an arm and a leg in order to do so. For less than $500/£600, you can purchase a decent receiver that can accommodate a surround sound setup. As an example, the Onkyo TX-NR676 is a good example.
However, few complete kits are as easy to assemble, set up and operate as Onkyo’s.
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Onkyo TX-NR676 Overview
Design and features
Onkyo TX-NR676 was a breeze to set up compared to other receivers, especially in big living rooms.
Aside from the most extreme home theater setups, the receiver is capable of handling everything. A total of five HDMI inputs are available, each labeled for a different type of device (game console, DVD player, computer, etc.). It also comes with a main HDMI output and a secondary one. Since only one of them is compatible with ARC, you’ll most likely be better off utilizing your primary device. There are additionally two inputs for component components.
Next there are the audio outputs, which are plenty. As long as you have the right connections, you may use this receiver to build up a stereo, 5.1 surround or 7.1 surround sound system. A second zone of speakers can be connected through stereo outputs. Audio inputs consist of two optical inputs and seven RCA inputs.
Ethernet and USB ports, as well as antenna inputs for AM and FM radio are also included on the rear.
Upon turning it over, you’ll find an LCD screen, a big volume knob, a row of input buttons, and even more inputs including an audio aux connection as well as an additional HDMI port. Perfect for people who occasionally need to plug their computer into the HDMI port, but don’t want to disassemble their home theater system in order to access an HDMI port on their computer or TV.
A simple software setup process will follow once everything has been plugged in. You’ll see a setup screen the first time you switch on the radio, so you just need to follow the directions.
What makes this receiver unique is that it supports a variety of smart functions. Spotify, Deezer and Pandora are just a few of the services that may be accessed over Wi-Fi when the device is connected. If your streaming service isn’t available, like as Google Play Music, the receiver supports both Google Cast and AirPlay, so you can still enjoy your music.
The Onkyo TX-NR676 is a very flexible receiver in terms of design and setup options. Physical input and output are plentiful, but wireless connectivity brings it into the 21st century. More streaming services like Google Play and Apple Music would be wonderful – but the support for AirPlay and Bluetooth makes up for it in a small way.
For those who haven’t used a receiver before, it’s easy to navigate once it’s set up.
There are input options on top, rudimentary directional controls below that, volume controls, and some playback controls. Not overloaded with buttons, yet useful enough to satisfy the already-initiated.
To make things even easier, the device itself is designed to be simple to operate. On the front, you’ll find a good assortment of controls. With one of the smaller knobs on the bottom right, you can choose between the several types of audio outputs and fine-tune your sound with the knob next to it.
Regarding sound quality, Onkyo has always delivered, and this receiver is no exception. As a result of the receiver’s compatibility for DTS:X and Dolby Atmos, the sound has a more immersive quality.
In general, we noticed that the receiver sounded fantastic at all volume levels. There was still sufficient of clarity and detail at low volumes, and there was little distortion at higher volumes, which was pleasant to hear. High-end detail may be lost at higher volume levels, but the receiver’s sound quality is considerably above its price range.
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Even if you don’t have a surround sound system, the Onkyo TX-NR676 is a great choice. If you update in the future, you’ll have a home theater system that’s future-proofed, as well as lots of current streaming and audio playback choices. The Sony STR-DH770 is a comparable choice, however it has fewer inputs, no front-mounted inputs, and more.
To sum it all up, the Onkyo TX-NR676 is an excellent A/V receiver provided you have a maximum budget of $400/£600.