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Onkyo TX-NR686: 7.2 AVR with THX and Google Assistant

The latest 7.2-channel network AV receiver from Onkyo will be rich in future-oriented equipment and strong in sound. As the first of its series, the Onkyo TX-NR686 scores with THX certification and support for the Google Assistant. The streaming option via Amazon Music is also new and expands the range of integrated music services offered by its predecessors.

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Onkyo TX-NR686

Onkyo TX-NR696 (B) 7.2 channel AV receiver (THX cinema sound, Dolby / DTS: X, WLAN, Bluetooth, streaming, music apps, Spotify, Deezer, radio, multiroom, 175W / channel) black
  • Receiver: Cinema-like film and sound experience thanks to 7.2-channel network AV receiver with 175W / channel
  • Audio and video: Supports all popular audio and video formats such as Dolby Atmos, DTS: X, DTS Neural: X, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS-HD Master Audio, 4K UltraHD pass-through and Dolby Vision

The Onkyo TX-NR686 supports the object-based audio formats Dolby Atmos and DTS: X in 5.2.2 set-ups. In addition, upmixing technologies from DTS (DTS Neural: X) and Dolby (Dolby Surround) find spatial cues in conventional multi-channel soundtracks and prepare them for 3D audio playback. Popular film soundtracks in Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio sound even more haunting - whether via Blu-ray or video streaming.

As the first model of the TX-NR6x6 series, the Onkyo AV receiver is also equipped with the THX Select certificate - and should therefore deliver authentic cinema sound even at higher volumes.

4K HDR, BT.2020, 4K / 60 Hz and HDCP 2.2 are no unknown numbers for the Onkyo TX-NR686: Six rear HDMI inputs support the looping through of 4K HDR in HDR10, HLG and Dolby Vision formats - taking into account the BT.2020 specifications, playback in 4K / 60 Hz and the HDCP 2.2 standard for premium content. Video cameras or game consoles can be connected via the front HDMI connection, while the rear sub-out is ideal for connecting a projector.

Streaming from smartphone, laptop or PC is even easier with the Onkyo TX-NR686. Thanks to the integrated Chromecast technology, owners can control the playback of any music using their favorite Chromecast-enabled apps on iPhone, iPad, Android devices, Macs, a Chromebook or Windows laptops.

If you own a speaker that is compatible with the Google Assistant, such as the Onkyo G3 smart speaker, you don't even need your hands free - a simple shout is enough to change the music program.

Also practical: With the Onkyo Controller App, streaming services and network-based audio can be managed via a single interface. The app enables the search and navigation of internet services, distributes the music you want at the touch of a finger across the entire home and controls its playback.

While other multiroom receivers often only work within a closed system, the Onkyo TX-NR686, with the support of various multiroom platforms such as the integrated Chromecast technology, DTS Play-Fi or FlareConnect, enables wireless playback across any number of rooms and various components . The music program can be tailored to the respective ambience or the individual mood - the Onkyo Controller App for iOS and Android controls the multiroom playback of streaming services, Internet radio and network files as well as music from external CD players and turntables, which have analog audio inputs are connected.

The on-demand music and internet radio services integrated into the user interface of the Onkyo TX-NR686 now include Spotify, TIDAL, Deezer and TuneIn as well as Amazon Music. All network streaming and control functions, including AirPlay, work via 5 GHz / 2.4 GHz WiFi. The possibilities for music streaming are further expanded via the integrated Bluetooth technology.

The Onkyo Controller App lets users choose their favorite albums and songs from network-based music libraries, play music from USB storage devices or define a source for distribution to speakers in another room (via Powered Zone 2 speaker outputs).

Onkyo TX-NR686 price and availability

Onkyo TX-NR686 Price: Price not available
Available from: March 2018
Colors: black and silver

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Onkyo TX-NR696 (B) 7.2 channel AV receiver (THX cinema sound, Dolby / DTS: X, WLAN, Bluetooth, streaming, music apps, Spotify, Deezer, radio, multiroom, 175W / channel) black
  • Receiver: Cinema-like film and sound experience thanks to 7.2-channel network AV receiver with 175W / channel
  • Audio and video: Supports all popular audio and video formats such as Dolby Atmos, DTS: X, DTS Neural: X, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS-HD Master Audio, 4K UltraHD pass-through and Dolby Vision