New Home Theater Receivers from Onkyo

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Onkyo makes it easy for you to augment your HDTV set with cinema-like sound by adding a home theater-in-a-box or one of two new home theater receiver components. The former is a complete home-theater system; the latter are models meant as replacements for an obsolete receiver in a home where existing or new speakers and a subwoofer will be deployed.

With its four matching satellite speakers, a center speaker and 8-inch subwoofer, the HT-S3500 Home Theater Package will surround you with 660 watts of total power from the moment you make the connections. The package is best used in a small to medium-sized room. The main component is a versatile receiver with four HDMI inputs and one HDMI output. Incorporating HDMI version 1.4a, the receiver supports 3D video (from your Blu-ray Disc player or other source) and an Audio Return Channel (ARC) from your TV. Built-in decoders handle Dolby Digital TrueHD, DD Plus, DTS and HD-Master Audio. If you’ve attached a game console, you’ll want to deploy Onkyo’s game surround modes. The speakers are wall mountable.

Convenience features include the ability to connect your iPod, iPhone or USB memory device via the front-panel USB port. Onkyo’s optional DS-A4 accessory adds an iPod/iPhone dock to the receiver. The front panel analog A/V inputs also allow you to plug in a game console or camcorder. The HT-S3500 contains an AM/FM tuner with 40 station presets, but if you want to experience higher audio quality and more station choices, you should spring for the optional UP-HT1 HD Radio Tuner. Like conventional analog radio, digital HD is subscription-free and locally broadcast.

While the HT-S3500 Home Theater Package is meant for someone who doesn’t plan on streaming music from a computer or the Internet, the most digitally sophisticated product in our threesome—the only one with network connectivity—is the TX-NR414 A/V Home Theater Receiver. As the centerpiece for your 5.1 speaker system, the TX-NR414 puts out 80 watts per channel and contains six HDMI inputs. Like all the models here, it’s both 3D- and ARC-capable. Through its U-Port, it can accept either Onkyo’s iPod/iPhone dock or HD Radio Tuner accessory. The receiver also has the unique ability to provide a picture-in-picture input source preview.

Using its built-in Ethernet jack or optional UWF-1 Wireless LAN USB Adapter, the receiver is well suited for streaming music from a computer or network attached storage device. This is because the TX-NR414 features Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) certification. It also has the smarts to play music from such cloud-based services as SiriusXM Internet Radio, Spotify, Pandora, Rhapsody, Last.fm, vTuner, Slacker and iRadio (a subscription may be required). You can also play music directly from a memory device you plug into the receiver’s USB port.

The TX-NR414 takes advantage of the Onkyo Remote 2 App for iPod touch, iPhone or iPad. It’s available for free from the iTunes App Store. It’s also available for Android devices through Google Play. From your handheld device you can select Internet radio stations without turning on your TV, stream audio files from a DLNA-compatible server, select an over-the-air radio station, control the volume and more.

The most affordable 5.1 receiver from Onkyo is the TX-SR313 A/V Home Theater Receiver, which puts out 65 watts per channel—a little less than the TX-NR414. The TX-SR313 is equipped with four HDMI inputs instead of six, but it still features the latest HDMI version. Unlike the TX-NR414, there’s no networking capability, so it can’t be controlled by an iOS device or stream music from a computer or the Internet. All these Onkyo models feature 40 FM/AM presets, color-coded speaker terminals, a front USB input, on-screen display via the receiver’s HDMI output and each one comes with an infrared remote.

  TX-NR414 TX-SR313 HT-S3500
Amplifier Section      
Channels 5.1 5.1 5.1
Front L/R 80W + 80W (8 ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz) 65W + 65W  (8 ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz) 110W + 110W
(6 ohms, 1 kHz)
0.7%, 2 channels driven, FTC 0.7%, 2 channels driven, FTC  1%, 2 channels driven, FTC
110W + 110W (6 ohms, 1 kHz) 0.9% N/A N/A
2 channels driven, FTC N/A N/A
Center 80W (8 ohms, 20 Hz-
20 kHz)
65W (8 ohms, 20 Hz-
20 kHz)
110W (6 ohms,
1 kHz)
0.7%, 2 channels driven, FTC 0.7%, 2 channels driven, FTC  1%, 1 channel driven, FTC
110W (6 ohms, 1 kHz) 0.9% N/A N/A
2 channels driven, FTC N/A N/A
Surround Back L/R 80W + 80W (8 ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz) 65W + 65W  (8 ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz) 110W + 110W
(6 ohms, 1 kHz)
0.7%, 2 channels driven, FTC 0.7%, 2 channels driven, FTC  1%, 2 channels driven, FTC
110W + 110W (6 ohms, 1 kHz) 0.9% N/A N/A
2 channels driven, FTC N/A N/A
Dynamic Power 180W (3 ohms, 1 ch) 160W (3 ohms) 160W (3 ohms)
160W (4 ohms, 1 ch) 125W (4 ohms) 125W (4 ohms)
100W (8 ohms, 1 ch) 85W (8 ohms) 85W (8 ohms) 
THD+n (Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise)    0.08% (20 Hz-20 kHz, Half Power) 0.08% (20 Hz–20 kHz, Half Power) 0.08% (20 Hz-20 kHz, Half Power)
Damping Factor    60 (Front, 1 kHz,
8 ohms)
60 (Front, 1 kHz,
8 ohms)
60 (Front, 1 kHz,
8 ohms)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line) 200 mV/47 k-ohms 200 mV/47 k-ohms 200 mV/47 k-ohms
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Phono MM) 2.5mV/47 k-ohms N/A N/A
Output Level and Impedance (Rec. Out)    200 mV/2.2 k-ohms (Rec. Out) 200 mV, 470 ohms (Tape Rec. Out) 200 mV/470 ohms
Output Level and Impedance (Pre Out) N/A 1.0 V, 470 ohms 2.0 V/2.2 k-ohms
Frequency Response    20 Hz-50 kHz/+1 dB, -3 dB (DSP Bypass) 20 Hz-50 kHz 20 Hz–50 kHz/ +1 dB, -3 dB (DSP Bypass)
Tone Control (Bass) ±10 dB, 50 Hz ±10 dB, 50 Hz ±10 dB, 50 Hz (Bass)
Tone Control (Treble) ±10 dB, 20 kHz ±10 dB, 20 kHz ±10 dB, 20 kHz (Treble)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio    100 dB (Line, IHF-A) 100 dB (Line, IHF-A) 100 dB (Line, IHF-A)
Speaker Impedance    6 ohms–16 ohms 6 ohms–16 ohms 6 ohms–16 ohms
D/A Conversion 192 kHz / 24-bit Burr Brown 192 kHz / 24-bit Burr Brown N/A
Video Section      
On-Screen Display via HDMI Yes Yes Yes
Component Y Input Sensitivity/Impedance  1 Vp-p/75 ohms 1 Vp-p/75 ohms 1.0 Vp-p/75 ohms
Component PB/CB, PR/CR Input Sensitivity/Impedance  0.7 Vp-p/75 ohms 0.7 Vp-p/75 ohms 0.7 Vp-p/75 ohms
Composite Input Sensitivity/Impedance  1 Vp-p/75 ohms 1 Vp-p/75 ohms 1.0 Vp-p/75 ohms
Component Video Frequency Response    5 Hz–100 MHz,
-3dB
5 Hz - 100 MHz/+0 dB, –3 dB 5 Hz–100 MHz/0 dB, -3 dB
Connectivity      
Audio I/O    6 / 1  6 / 1  5 / 1
Phono Input    N/A N/A N/A
Digital Audio IN (OPT/COAX)    2 / 2 2 / 1  2 / 1
Digital Audio OUT (OPT/COAX)    N/A N/A N/A
Composite I/O    5 / 1  5 / 1  4 / 2
S-Video I/O    N/A N/A N/A
Component Video I/O    2 / 1  2 / 1  2 / 1
Front-Panel A/V    L / R / V L / R / V L / R / V
HDMI I/O    6 / 1 4 / 1 4 / 1
HDMI Version    V1.4a (supports 3D video and Audio Return Channel) V1.4a (supports 3D video and Audio Return Channel) V1.4a (supports 3D video and Audio Return Channel)
Analog Pre-Outs Sub / Surr Back Sub Sub
Zone 2 Audio Line Out    Yes N/A N/A
U-Port Yes No No
iPod Ready Yes (front USB input, optional dock) Yes (front USB input, optional dock) Yes (front USB input, optional dock)
HD Radio Ready Yes Yes Yes
Internet Radio Capable SiriusXM Internet Radio, Spotify, Pandora, Rhapsody, Last.fm, vTuner, Slacker, iRadio No N/A
Ethernet Yes No N/A
Wi-Fi Ready via USB Optional UWF-1 No N/A
Streaming Audio from PC Yes No N/A
Streaming Audio from USB Memory Yes No N/A
Onkyo Remote App for iOS or Android Devices Yes No Yes
Tuner Section      
FM Tuning Frequency Range 87.5 MHz–107.9 MHz 87.5 MHz - 107.9 MHz 87.5 MHz–107.9 MHz
AM Tuning Frequency Range 530 kHz–1,710 kHz 522/530 kHz - 1611/1710 kHz 530 kHz–1,710 kHz
FM/AM Preset Memory    40 stations 40 stations 40 stations
General      
Power Supply    AC 120 V, 60 Hz AC 120 V, 60 Hz AC 120 V, 60 Hz
Power Consumption    4.2 A 3.4 A (No Sound: 40W / Standby: 0.2 W) 3.5 A
Dimensions (W x H x D)    17 1/8" x 6 13/16" x 12 15/16" (435 x 173.5 x 328mm) 17 1/8" x 5 7/8" x 12 1/2" (435 mm × 150mm × 318mm) 17 1/8" x 5 7/8" x 12 1/2" (435 x 150 x 318mm)
Weight    19 lb (8.6 kg) 16.8 lb (7.6 kg) 16.8 lb (7.6 kg)

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