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Onkyo TX-NR696 7.2-Channel Network AV Receiver (2019)

MSRP 649 EURNEX score 77%

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Product Overview

Onkyo TX-NR696 is a midrange 7.2-channel network AV receiver. It comes with a large number of standard I/O options and supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X surround sound.
Thanks to not only WiFi 5 and LAN but also Bluetooth connectivity, the TX-NR696 is able to support all modern network streaming services, including Sonos, Spotify, and Deezer, etc. It is also able to stream directly from mobile devices.
In terms of physical connections, the TX-NR696 offers all that one would expect from a modern AV receiver. It has 7 HDMI inputs and 2 HDMI outputs, 4 RCA inputs, and a phono (Moving Magnet) input. Hence, in an affordable chassis Onkyo has packed all that one would need.
Being an affordable model, the TX-NR696 lacks balanced inputs, and its DAC and amplifying circuitry are consumer grade. Still, budget-conscious consumers are better off spending more on the speakers than the receiver as a general rule, and this receiver is a good option with a lot of features for not a lot of money.
The TX-NR696 is the successor to the TX-NR686 from 2018, which is almost identical, but which has component video support.
A few other receivers by Onkyo from 2019 include the TX-SR393, TX-SR494, TX-RZ740, TX-RZ840, and TX-RZ3400.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Dolby Atmos, Dolby Vision and DTS:X
  • Easy-to-use Direct source buttons
  • DTS Play-Fi and AirPlay support
Cons
  • Nothing in particular

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 77% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and Dolby Vision support
  • Full-featured feature set
Cons
  • No direct replacement in 2019
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Variants:
Black
Silver

Connectivity

Ports
[Input] 4x RCA + 1x Phono (MM) + 1x 3.5mm Microphone + 1x 6.35mm Microphone + 7x HDMI + 1x Optical + 1x Coaxial + 1x LAN + 1x USB | [Output] 7x Speaker posts + 1x 3.5mm Headphone + 2x Subwoofer pre-out + 2x HDMI
Wireless Connectivity
WiFi 5 + Bluetooth

Construction

Colors
Black or Silver

Dimensions

Size | Depth
379.5 mm
Size | Height
173.5 mm
Size | Width
435 mm
Weight
10.0 kg

Function

Audio
Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio
Channels
5.2.2-Channel
Compatibility
Speaker: 4 - 16 ohms Impedance
DAC
AKM (AK4458) 384 kHz/32-bit multichannel D/A conversion
Service
Sonos, Chromecast built-in, AirPlay 2, DTS Plsy-Fi, FlareConnect, Spotify, Amazon Music, TIDAL, Deezer, TuneIn
Tuner
FM/RDS: 87.5 MHz - 108 MHz; AM: 522 kHz - 1611 kHz, 530 kHz - 1710 kHz

Performance

Frequency Response
10Hz ~ 100kHz
Impedance
47k ohms Input Line-in / 47k ohms Input Phono MM / 2.3k ohms Output Line-out / 470 ohms Output Pre-out
Power Consumption
570 W
Power Output
175 W/Ch (6 ohms, 10% THD, 1 channel driven) / 165 W/Ch (6 ohms, 1% THD, 1 channel driven) | Dynamic 240 W (3 ohms, front) / 210 W (4 ohms, front) / 120 W (8 ohms, front)
Sensitivity
200 mV rms Input Line-in / 3.5 mV rms Input Phono MM / 200 mV rms Output Line-out / 1 V rms Output Pre-out
Signal-to-Noise Ratio
106 dB (Line) / 80 dB (Phono)
Total Harmonic Distortion
0.08% (20Hz - 20kHz, half power)

Production

Debut
2019
BlackEAN Code
4573211154634
SilverEAN Code
4573211154658
Made In
Malaysia
BlackModel Name
TX-NR696-B
SilverModel Name
TX-NR696-S

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External Reviews

cnet[1]

Sentiment Score 77%
Reviewers from cnet have found the following***:
The Onkyo TX-NR696 is the brand's new mid-level offering, and it's a winner. The '696 packs a high level of performance and a fully loaded feature set at a relatively affordable price. The Denon AVR-750H sounds a bit better with music and costs a bit less, making it a solid second choice.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and Dolby Vision support
  • Full-featured feature set
Cons
  • No direct replacement in 2019

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Onkyo TX-NR696 review: The new king of the do-it-all big black boxes. [cnet]. https://www.cnet.com/reviews/onkyo-tx-nr696-review/. 2019-11-04. Retrieved 2021-07-15.

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