Deciding which AV receiver to purchase is about selecting one set of options over one other. Amongst items I’ve examined within the $400 vary, this Onkyo is the one to decide on for the only real motive that it has the most effective options.

Hold on, should not it’s about sound high quality first? Positive, however all three midrange Dolby Atmos receivers I’ve examined just lately — Sony’s STR-DN1080, Denon’s AVR740H and this Onkyo TX-NR585 — sound very related, and superb. Among the many three I might give the Denon and Onkyo a hair above the Sony for sound high quality, however the distinction is much from dramatic. The tie-breaker needs to be “options for the buck.”

“The buck” is kinda powerful to pin down. The Sony and the Onkyo at present value $400 whereas the Denon is $350, however that may change at any time, and all three have different in value fairly a bit just lately. Let’s name it a wash for now.

One other necessary consideration: Are you an Apple or an Android?  The Onkyo and Sony provide probably the most versatile streaming choices, together with most significantly Chromecast built-in, which the Denon lacks. Against this the Denon presents up to date assist for the AirPlay 2 normal. In case you lean closely to 1 or the opposite, let that be your information.

Ultimately there’s solely a smidgeon of distinction between the Onkyo and people two opponents, and all three are wonderful selections. My scores mirror that, with the Onkyo at eight.6, the Denon at eight.5 and the Sony at eight.5 general. Ultimately the Denon and Onkyo provide noticeably higher sound, whereas Sony and Onkyo are extra user-friendly — but when they had been all the identical value, the Onkyo could be the receiver I’d select.

Tall, darkish and boxy

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I’ve written in regards to the “protected” nature of most receiver designs earlier than, and the Onkyo does appear to be a lot of its relations. These are all black packing containers, they usually have knobs on. In comparison with the Denon and the Sony although the Onkyo is just a little taller at 14.93 inches. Protecting the identical design does imply that the  TX-NR585 retains my favourite function of any receiver — direct supply buttons! Like most individuals I misplace the distant so much and so with the ability to faucet a button to get to the supply I would like may be very helpful. The Denon does provide 4 shortcuts, which is nearly nearly as good however the Sony misses out on these utterly.

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Additional enhancing user-friendliness the receiver presents a full-color, high-definition interface (in contrast to the Denon AVR740H) and a easy, highly effective distant management. The Sony is nicer to have a look at and navigate nevertheless, and so when you’re utilizing the menu system so much that is one thing within the STR-DN1080’s favor.

Options galore

The TX-NR585 is a 7 x 80-watt-per-channel receiver that gives an exhaustive listing of options, together with assist for the atmospheric Dolby Atmos and DTS:X codecs. It presents a devoted powered Zone 2 out when you’re trying to arrange one other room with audio system.

The Onkyo receiver features a bevy of streaming protocols together with Chromecast built-in, DTS Play-Fi, Spotify Join, AirPlay and Bluetooth. The receiver makes use of the proprietary FlareConnect system which is actually “mirror casting” for audio. It enables you to “mirror” what’s taking part in on one FlareConnect system to a different, whether or not singly or all through an entire home. Essentially the most helpful software of this is able to be streaming a turntable or different analog supply, although the onboard Play-Fi system additionally has this function and much more apart from.

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