Onkyo Packs 4K and High-Res Audio into New Receiver Pair
The 5.2-channel TX-NR535 will ship this month, with the 7.2-channel TX-NR636 coming in April.
The TX-NR636 (top) and TX-NR535 (bottom).
March 17, 2014 by Rachel Cericola

High-resolution music streaming is really starting to take off. We’ve seen a ton of DACs and portable players before, and Neil Young just announced plans to get into the fray. Now Onkyo wants to help you share that quality music with the entire house.

The company just announced a pair of receivers, designed specifically for high-res audio streaming. The 5.2-channel TX-NR535 and the 7.2-channel TX-NR636 both support gapless hi-res network audio, as well as 4K/60Hz video. Each one also has built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, which should make it easy to get that music to your setup.

It’s also worth mentioning that the TX-NR636 is compatible with HDCP 2.2, the latest DRM copy-protection standard. That means it will work with upcoming 4K releases, including 4K content that comes from streaming services, as well as UHD terrestrial and satellite broadcasts.

Based on custom high-current architecture, both AVRs boast a customized transformer, extra-large capacitors, and discrete low-distortion amplifiers. The TX-NR636 also has Onkyo’s own Three-Stage Inverted Darlington Circuitry for the front and center channels.

Both the TX-NR535 and the TX-NR636 also work with Onkyo’s free remote app for iOS and Android devices. This is important for control, but also allows another way to access music. The app can track down and stream network-attached hi-res tracks via DLNA. Users can even tap into selections from Spotify, Deezer, AUPEO!, and TuneIn right from within the app. Support for Spotify Connect will also be added later this year.

Other features include Onkyo’s Advanced Music Optimizer DSP and the AccuEQ calibration system. The TX-NR535 includes six rear 4K/60Hz-capable HDMI inputs and one USB port. The TX-NR636 has six rear HDMI inputs, one front HDMI input supporting MHL, two HDMI outputs, an MM phono stage, a USB port, dedicated Powered Zone 2 terminals for multi-room audio, Dolby Pro Logic IIz 7.1-channel upmixing, and two 32-bit DSP engines.

Onkyo will start selling the TX-NR535 this month, with an MSRP of $499. The TX-NR636 will follow sometime next month, priced at $699.


Onkyo’s TX-NR636 7.2-channel receiver.

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Rachel Cericola - Contributing Writer
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.

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