Onkyo TX-NR535 5.2 A/V Receiver Review


Onkyo TX-NR535 A/V Receiver Review Highlights

Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity has long been a leader in reviews of a wide range of home theater and audio gear. This review covers the brand new entry level AV receiver from Onkyo, a company well-known for its receivers and other audio gear. The TX-NR535 receiver features the ability to pass through 4K/60 Hz video as well as the more common 1080p via the new HDMI 2.0 standard to ensure compatibility down the road. It also offers a wide range of streaming services as well as built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, allowing it to stream music from your smart phone, tablet or NAS (network attached storage). Further it includes Onkyo’s new proprietary AccuEQ Room Calibration system to allow quick optimization of settings for speaker size, distance and variations in frequency response due to room effects.

Onkyo TX-NR535 AV Receiver Review

Onkyo TX-NR535 A/V Receiver Highlights Summary

  • • HDMI 2.0 and 4K/60 Hz pass-through
  • • Built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi
  • • Can stream Pandora, Spotify, Sirius XM, Slacker, Aupeo!, TuneIn Internet Radio
  • • Built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi
  • • Supports hi-rez audio up to 24/192 in FLAC, LPCM, Apple Lossless and WMA Lossless, , DSD and Double DSD, but not AIFF
  • • Powerful W.R.A.T. amplifiers perform better than power ratings lead one to expect
  • • Basic Owner’s Manual; Advanced Manual (online) doesn’t add much useful information
  • • SACD input via HDMI is down sampled to 44.1/16 before processing

Introduction to the Onkyo TX-NR535 A/V Receiver Review

When I was offered the opportunity to review Onkyo’s newest entry level A/V receiver by our editor, I was immediately interested since I had purchased its predecessor a few years ago for a bedroom AV system. I needed the ability to stream music from my Synology and Western Digital network attached storage and the Onkyo was one of the few receivers available at that time with an inexpensive add-on Wi-Fi dongle permitting streaming of FLAC files of up to 24/96 kbps resolution.

Since I enjoyed the features and sound of the earlier unit, I was very interested to see what features and abilities the new receiver offered. However, for the purposes of this review, I replaced my main AV receiver/multi-channel amp combo to see just how good the new kid on the block could sound in place of over $3,000 worth of electronics and pushing four large tower speakers and a large center channel speaker.

To be honest, I really didn’t expect the entry level Onkyo to deliver a fully satisfying home theater experience at only 65 wpc compared to over 200 wpc with my own system. Since I play even more music on my main system than video, I intended to run it through the gamut of audio formats such as SACD, DVD-A, and streaming hi-rez downloads in FLAC and DSD file types and even a bit of vinyl playback (using an outboard phono stage). This is a lot to ask of an entry level receiver with a list price of only $499, so I was not sure what to expect! As we shall shortly find out, the Onkyo is the little engine (receiver) that COULD!

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  • Design: 5.2 Channel A/V Receiver
  • Power Output: 65 W (8 Ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.7%, 2 channels driven, FTC)
  • DACs: 24 bit/192 kHz
  • 2 Zone Operation
  • AM/FM Radio Tuner
  • Onkyo AccuEQ Room Calibration
  • Codecs: Dolby - True HD, DD Plus; DTS – DTS HD
  • Dimensions: 5.9" H x 17.1" W x 12.9" D
  • Weight: 16.8 Pounds
  • Price: $499 USD
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