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Onkyo TX-NR808 7.2 Networked A/V Receiver Preview

Onkyo TX-NR808 7.2 Networked A/V Receiver

Onkyo TX-NR808 7.2 Networked A/V Receiver


  • Product Name: TX-NR808 Networked A/V Receiver
  • Manufacturer: Onkyo USA
  • Review Date: June 27, 2010 11:50
  • MSRP: $1099
  • First Impression: Pretty Cool
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  • Seven 1080p capable HDMI inputs (V1.4a repeater) including 1 Front
  • THX Select2 Plus Certification
  • HDMI 1080p video upconversion by Faroudja DCDi cinema
  • WRAT technology and discrete amp construction for cleaner sound
  • TrueHD/DTS-HD decoding to support the latest Blu-ray technology
  • PC Input
  • Front-Panel USB Input for Memory Devices and iPhone/iPod Models (Enables Display of Album Artwork)
  • Optional iPod Dock / HDradio module via U.Port
  • 4 DSP Gaming Modes: Rock, Sports, Action, and Role Playing
  • Audyssey MultEQ w/ Dynamic EQ & Dynamic Volume
  • Power Consumption: 7.5 A
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 17 1/8" x 7 13/16" x 17 1/8" (435 x 198.5 x 435.5 mm)
  • Weight: 40.3 lbs (18.3 kg)


Executive Overview

Fourth in Onkyo's refresh to its line up of receivers is the new TX-NR808 networked model, updating the TX-NR807.  The TX-NR808 is a 7.2 channel receiver that features a THX Certified Select 2 Plus amplifier section capable of making 135 watts at 8 ohms over 20 Hz to 20 kHz.  Although not a multi-transformer design like several of the top models in the Onkyo line up, the TX-NR808 does appear to sport a beefy power supply with the unit weighing in at over 40 pounds.

Processing on the TX-NR808 is handled by dual 32 bit DSPs with audio processing run on 24 bit Burr-Brown DACs.  Video processing is based on Faroudja DCDi Cinema, but the TX-NR808 drops the isf certified calibration features of the upper models.   The TX-NR808 supports all of the latest lossless A/V codecs, Audyssey DSX, Audyssey MultiEQ XT, Dolby PLIIz.   Although without 9 amplifier channels or a pre-out for the height channels, it is unclear what exactly PLIIz does for this receiver, the users manual says something about adjusting the front channel gain to low mid or high, but turning up the volume will not change the apparent height of the sound from the source speaker.  Inputs and outputs are nearly identical for both digital and analog connections compared to the TX-NR808 including 7 HDMI 1.4a 3D capable inputs, but the TX-NR808 only has a single HDMI output.  A front mounted USB port is capable of streaming audio files from flash memory and can provide Satellite Radio/iPod connectivity with an added docking station.  Network functionality includes support for Internet radio, and the TX-NR808 is Windows 7/DLNA certification.  The multi-zone audio functionality of the TX-NR808 for zones 2/3 is identical to the TX-NR1008, but the zone 2 video out is absent from the 808.

Onkyo TX-NR808 rear

Although some functionality from the upper models has been removed, the TX-NR808 still represents a solid mid-range receiver packed with features.

Audioholics hasn't yet done a formal review of this product, but we wanted to get as much information as possible to our readers in order to help them make the best possible purchasing decisions.  If possible, we will provide additional info or even a product review at a later date.  For more info, visit Onkyo USA.

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Professionally, David engineers building structures. He is also a musician and audio enthusiast. David gives his perspective about loudspeakers and complex audio topics from his mechanical engineering and HAA Certified Level I training.

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Thanks AVRat,

The Bi-amping is really more for listening to music in stereo. Getting a second amp and speakers might be extravagant plus the wife may not approve. thanks for your reply.

Instead of Bi-Amping take a hard look at the Emotiva XPA-2 for your FL/FR channels. That will get you a lot headroom, and certainly drive your speakers with some major punch, and open up your front SoundStage Presence in Stereo mode. Ask Emotiva if they have any “B” Stock available, which will be less money. One heck of a nice Amp for the $. I have their XPA-5 and it totally rocks out, I love it with my Denon AVR. For the money it's hard to beat it, and at 75 Pounds that says “WOW” !!!

alte22a posts on May 04, 2011 11:32
Thanks AVRat,

The Bi-amping is really more for listening to music in stereo. Getting a second amp and speakers might be extravagant plus the wife may not approve. thanks for your reply.
AVRat posts on May 04, 2011 10:33
Welcome to the site. The receiver only has 7 amps so you can only do 5 + 2. The 2 being for whatever use you decide, heights OR bi-amping. To be truthful, bi-amping with a receiver is a wasted effort as there is no realized benefit.
alte22a posts on May 03, 2011 19:18
Hi there, I'm thinking of up grading from my SR-607 to NR-808. The reason for the Upgrade is so that I can Bi-Amp the front speakers. Currently I am running Front High speakers so Bi-amp is out of the question for my current situation, also I am running twin Subs. I've downloaded the Manual for the 808 and it says when Bi-amping the front speakers, the 808 will drive up to 5.1.

So in your up and coming review I was wondering if you could find out if its possible to run 5.2 when bi-amp plus front high speakers?

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