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Onkyo TX-NR616

Onkyo TX-NR616
alaScore 93

1429 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1429 reviews from magazines and websites.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Receivers & Amplifiers the Onkyo TX-NR616 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 1429 reviews)

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Onkyo TX-NR616


Browsing the prices for Onkyo's receivers can give you the familiar feeling of "too good to be true." Take the Onkyo TX-NR616. At its $410 street price it costs around $100 less than comparable models from other manufacturers, and it offers a...

The Onkyo TX-NR616 is feature-packed, with eight HDMI inputs, dual HDMI outputs, built-in networking, and extensive streaming audio support, including Pandora, Spotify, Rhapsody, and Internet radio. Wi-Fi functionality can be added with a tiny,...

Some users have complained about reliability problems. The eighth HDMI input cannot be accessed via direct button, only by navigating menus. And the TX-NR616 lacks built-in AirPlay.

The Onkyo TX-NR616 is a tremendous AV receiver value, with eight HDMI inputs and a very low street price, although Onkyo's step-down models may be an even better buy.

Consumer review by:

"A great receiver with loads of features."


I am extremely pleased with this receiver. It is a perfect replacement for my old Yamaha RDX630 which served me for many years.

This is a superb receiver and excellent value. I love the networking features and the vast array of connectivity options. It drives my DALI Zensor speaker system beautifully and with ease - I rarely have it above 55%.

Very few. The networking interface looks aged and isn't easy to use without the mobile app. Zone 2 connectors are low quality. Other buyers have reported HDMI issues.

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"Great Second Choice - Probably should have been first!"


I originally bought the Harman-Kardon AVR 2650. It was simply amazing in both style and performance (in Blu-Ray). But when I watched HD sources (Cable, Satellite, OTA) a loud chirping noise was emitting through the speakers. H/K support was...

+ Great sound quality!

- Up-scaling is so-so, not much of a fan, but I don't really use it that much as most of my devices are HDMI


Consumer review by:

"HDMI Problems plague the Onkyo line"


It is appalling that CNET appears to completely ignore the quality and reliability issues that Onkyp have exhibited across multiple AV receivers and multiple years. The problems are clearly not a single product problem - having just had to trash my...

Price and number of ports

ONKYO HDMI Problems are horrific across many versions of their AV receivers over the last several years - DO NOT BUY THIS BRAND

Consumer review by:

"Simply do not buy this receiver"


I never write reviews but I'm taking the time to write one now because I don't want anyone else to spend 4 hours setting this up only to unplug it, box it up and ship it back.

It's a great receiver, on paper. The features and capabilities are fantastic for the price. But none of them matter if the unit does not work.

HDMI failed after 2 days. You can read this everywhere this receiver is reviewed.

Consumer review by:

"THE worse reviews I have ever read on review sites"


The product was issues 6 months ago and the number of refurbished units available plus story marking price down 50% is a warning sign.The CNET one review may be one of the 40% bogus reviews that are posted on sites according to the New York Times.

All the features you would want for a terrific price

All top internet retailers give this the lowest rating I have seen. 3 firmware updates that just do not seem to fix. HDMI issues with sync and video. Power issues with amount of volume running at 80% plus to put out medium room theater audio.

Consumer review by:

"Best AVR in its Class"


It works excellent. Its cheap for all the features it has. Sound is excellent. Great product. Love to show it off.

Super easy to use, works right out of the box, tons of options, tons of HDMI, very intuitive, great price for all that it can do, internet integration is good (I use the wireless connector)

Apple play is not clear, still trying to make it AirPlay. Remote kind of bulky, but not a big deal

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Very happy


Very happy with the performance and ease of use once setup. Solid receiver.

Lots of features and settings allowing for customizing for individual preferences ; Updated firmware 1st thing. Have had no issues with HDMI as others reported. Solid video and return audio via HDMI

There are lots of options making setup difficult via the front panel. Save some frustration and hook it up to a TV for setup ; Front panel labels are a bit hard to read due to low contrast text color

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Product Information Misleading


Some functions can be setup from a web browser once you have it connected to your home network making it easy to configure things like Internet Radio. However only a few things can be setup this way and you need to figure out the IP address the thing...

It sounds great! The sound is much purer than the Sony ES it replaced and easier to hear quiet dialog in movies. It still has great dynamic range and lots of bells and whistles (read the product marketing for what it supports). It has an auto-tuning...

I bought this to replace a 7:1 Sony DA2400ES that ran the media in my lounge as it had ran out of HDMI ports. The Sony had two powered zones so I had one hooked up in 7:1 sound and one zone out on to the deck in stereo. It sounded great - just didn't...

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Trust me... check the reviews all around the net. Onkyo is hot smelly garbage. I bought this receiver thinking, maybe some people got a lemon. Nope, they are all junk. Anyone that owns it for more than 3 months will tell you it is bound to break. Stick...

All the features you want

Terrible Customer Service ; Faulty Equipment

Product Specifications


AirPlay: No
Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB): No
DLNA certified: Yes


Ethernet: Yes
iPod Control:Direct Control
USB Interface: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: Yes
YUV Interface: No

General Features

3D: Yes
Loudspeakers: No


Dolby / DTS:Dolby True HD / DTS HD