Posted on 30th July, 2019


Onkyo is triumphantly pushing forward with its stream of feature-packed and well priced AV Receivers, and its new TX-NR696 AV Receiver is no exception. 

Neither are they shy about its abilities, claiming the THX Certified Select AVR assures a resolution true to the original recording, with cinema-quality sound. 

Onkyo’s claim is only made that more audacious with the TX-NR696 hitting the market for just $1,399 RRP.

The TX-NR696 is a 7.2 channel AVR with a quoted output of 175 watts per channel (6 ohms, 1 kHz, 10% THD, one channel driven). Although actual power output will vary, Onkyo has included a second power transistor doubling current-handling abilities for the front and centre channels.  

Able to be configured in either 7.2 or 5.2.2 configurations, the TX-NR696 will decode Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualizer and DTS Virtual:X 3D processing. The TX-NR696 will also decode all of the ‘usual suspects’, such as Dolby® TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio® decoding and DTS® Neural:X up-mixing.

The TX-NR696 sound decoding abilities are further expanded, via the inclusion of THX listening modes for movies, music and games along with Onkyo’s proprietary sound optimisation modes. 

As for video, the TX-NR696 supports HDCP 2.2, 4K/60p, HDR (Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG), BT.2020, 4:4:4 colour-space, 3D Video, ARC (Audio Return Channel), DeepColor™, x.v.Colour ™, and LipSync via HDMI.

In addition to offering Zone 2 output, the TX-NR696 supports network audio, with multi-room audio, streaming service integration and remote app control. Its network capabilities are rounded out with support for Sonos, AirPlay2, built-in Chromecast with voice control via Google Assistant, DTS Play-Fi, Flare Connect, Amazon Music, Spotify, Tidal and DEEZER.

120V US Model Shown

Other features include AccuEQ Room Acoustic Calibration and AccuReflex, Bluetooth support, Onkyo’s Advanced Music Optimizer, 4K Upscaling, Crossover adjustments for each channel, AV Sync Control and a redesigned remote control.

The TX-NR696 is available now for $1,399 RRP.

For more information, visit Onkyo.


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Tony O'Brien

As the owner of Adelaide based ‘Clarity Audio & Video Calibration’, Tony is a certified ISF Calibrator. Tony is an accomplished Audio-Visual reviewer specialising in theatre and visual products.

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