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CNET First Look
Onkyo's TX-NR616 is an incredible AV receiver valueOnkyo's midrange AV receiver is packed with 8 HDMI inputs and a superlow street price of $410. What's the catch?
Hey I'm Matthew Moskovciak at CNET and today we're gonna take a look at the onkyo TX NR 616. This is a midrange AV receiver from onkyo and it's currently selling for 410. Dollars -- makes it one of the best AV receiver values on the market. -- design is nothing special on the -- this is a big bulky AV receiver and the front panel doesn't look quite as refined as miles from saint and I emirates. The included remote is decent although the buttons are pretty small as little more -- -- -- needs debate around back you'll see why this receivers such a good value. Including a front panel input there are eight total HDMI inputs which is to more than any other receiver at this price the only catch is that there's not enough input buttons to access all of the inputs directly from the remote. So you'll need to navigate the on screen interface to get that he and the front panel HDMI input is also an Intel compatible so it'll work with phones that support that new connection time. There's also an ethernet port on the back and that gives you access to all of -- -- built in streaming audio services. There's Spotify pandora rhapsody slacker last FM Internet radio and deal on a streaming which is a better selection that you'll get on most competitors. You'll notice that there's no built in airplay support although -- -- is low price you can easily add an Apple TV which is gonna give you a lot more functionality than just airplay. And if you don't have ethernet in your living room onkyo offers a small Wi-Fi dongle for around 25 bucks which is a lot less than other receivers wireless solutions. User interface for all these services is decent compared to other receivers but looks a little out of date compared to something like an Apple TV or an Xbox-360. Luckily you can skip the on screen interface and -- onkyo is Smart -- app instead. Which actually works pretty well although it can be a little buggy at times we get cnet's resident coordinator Steve Guttenberg take a listen to the -- sound quality. It wasn't quite up to the level of last year's -- -- 1912 but it was still solid performer overall. Blu-ray concert this sounded great as well as Blu-ray movies although the Denon is slightly better especially with movies. Really the only thing that gives us pause about the -- are some early complaints about -- or glitches. We didn't run into any major problems with our review sample with the latest firmware load it up but some buyers have definitely had issues. But that doesn't hold us back from thinking the -- was still a tremendous value overall with tons of issue -- and puts the cheap Wi-Fi adapter and lots of streaming media services. If you're looking to -- an AV receiver. This model or one of -- stepped down models should be on your short list. I'm Matthew Moskovciak and this is the onkyo TX NR six months.