The new receiver models—TX-NR525 ($499), TX-NR626 ($599), and TX-NR727 ($899)—all three feature access to an upgraded selection of streaming music services (including Spotify, TuneIn Radio, and Last.fm), advanced remote control app functionality, 4K passthrough, and Audyssey MultEQ room correction.
The TX-NR626 and TX-NR727 also feature Qdeo 4K upsampling, Bluetooth connectivity, and Wi-Fi access that includes lossless audio streaming from the iPhone and Android devices, as well as FLAC, Apple Lossless, Dolby TrueHD, LPCM, and DSD streaming from network attached storage devices and personal computers via the network and DLNA.
From the bottom up, it sounds like a really strong lineup for the money. At the bottom, the TX-NR525 Network A/V Receiver boasts 5.2 output (yep, and extra subwoofer channel!), six HDMI ins, Audyssey MultEQ, InstaPrevue capabilities, and Hybrid Standby, which keeps HDMI and network connections warmed up and ready to rock.
Step up to the TX-NR626 Network A/V Receiver and, in addition to the features listed above, you’ll get Three-Stage Inverted Darlington Circuitry for the LCR channels, whereas the TX-NR727 Network A/V Receiver adds Three-Stage Inverted Darlington Circuitry for all 7.2 channels, plus THX Select2 Plus certification, Audyssey DSX, and three zones of distributed audio, as well as eight HDMI inputs, HML support, and two HDMI outputs.
If you don’t have your own speakers to bring to the party, theOnkyo HT-S5600 7.1-Channel Home Theater Receiver/Speaker Package ($599) gives you eight speakers out of the box, with a few nice features that you usually don’t see on HTiBs, including a powered second zone, Dolby PLIIz, and Audyssey 2EQ room correction. The receiver included in the set is also compatible with Onkyo’s UBT-1 Bluetooth USB Adapter for all of your streaming mobile audio needs.