Onkyo TX-NR686 vs Onkyo TX-SR444

Onkyo TX-NR686
vs
Onkyo TX-SR444

What are the main differences between the Onkyo TX-NR686 vs Onkyo TX-SR444 and which AV receivers is better? The TX-NR686 has 7.2 channels amplifier and the TX-SR444 7.1 channels. Both receivers have support for Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format. DTS:X is supported only by the TX-NR686. We have evaluated both AV receivers, TX-NR686 has an overall score of 7.2 out of 10 vs 4.8 out of 10 for TX-SR444.

Advantages Onkyo TX-NR686 over Onkyo TX-SR444

  • Delivers 165W/6Ohm (2 channel driven) vs 100W/6Ohm
  • Bi-amp connection of front speakers
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • AirPlay support
  • Built-in phono (MM) input
  • HDR compatible
  • Dolby Vision compatible
  • Setup assistant

Common strengths

  • Pure direct/Straight decode mode is enabled
Votes 1 1
Rating 5 5

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Onkyo TX-NR686

Onkyo TX-NR686 review

Dec 20, 2019

Onkyo has opened the new season of 2018 with the release of the next version of its classic 600-series receiver. The novelty replaced the TX-NR676 and differs from the previous model in advanced funct...

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Product

Onkyo TX-NR686
Onkyo TX-SR444

Model

TX-NR686
TX-SR444

Brand

Onkyo
Onkyo

Reviews

152
62

Amplifier

Channels

7.2
7.1

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

165/6 1KHz
100/6 1KHz

Output impedance, Ohm

6
6

Frequency response

10Hz-100KHz
10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.08
0.08

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

VLSC 384 KHz/32-bit
TI Burr-Brown 192 KHz/24-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

AccuEQ
AccuEQ

Speaker A/B switching

Other audio features

Advanced Music Optimizer, Theater-Dimensional, Hi-Res audio
Theater-Dimensional, CinemaFILTER

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

2.4/5GHz

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
1 (USB 2.0)

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1

DLNA

MHL

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Deezer, TIDAL, TuneIn Radio
has not

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

7/2
4/1

HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)

HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)

HDMI CEC

Digital content protection (HDCP)

HDCP 2.2
HDCP 2.2

Subwoofer output (LFE)

2
1

Headphone output

1 x 6.3
1 x 6.3

Optical digital input

2
2

Coaxial digital input

1
1

Composite input

2
3

Component input/output

2/0
2/0

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

HDMI, phones, setup mic
phones, setup mic, AUX

Multi channel preamp output

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

HDR10

4K signal pass-through

4K 60p
4K 60p

HDMI signal pass-through

3D signal pass-through

HDMI pass-through in standby mode

Video conversion

analog to HDMI

Analog to HDMI scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling

Dolby Vision

Other video features

DeepColor, x.v.Color
DeepColor, x.v.Color

Additional features

Voice control

Google Assistant

App control

iPhone, iPod, Android
iPhone, iPad, iPod

Display

fluorescent
fluorescent

Tuner

AM, FM
AM, FM

Sleep timer

Auto power off

ECO mode

Graphical user interface (GUI)

Setup assistant

Firmware update

network, USB
USB

Other additional features

IP Control
has not

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

2
2

Zone audio output

speaker, preout
speaker

Zone HDMI output

Multi-room control

Onkyo Controller app, FlareConnect
has not

RS-232

0
0

Remote control input/output (IR)

0/0
1/0

DC trigger output (12V)

0
0

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Digital Plus

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

DTS Neural:X

DTS (other)

DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS
DTS-ES, DTS Neo:6 Cinema, DTS 96/24, DTS-EXPRESS

Auro-3D

IMAX Enhanced

Multichannel stereo

Audio file formats

MP3

WMA

AAC

WAV

FLAC

ALAC

Other audio file formats

AIFF
has not

Power

Operational power consumption, W

570
420

Standby consumption, W

0.15
0.3

Removable power cord

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches

43.5 x 17.3 x 37.9/17 x 6.8 x 15.6
53.7 x 26.5 x 41.6/ 20.8 x 10.2 x 16.1

Weight, kg/lbs

10/22.1
10.5/22
Onkyo TX-NR686
Onkyo TX-SR444
Onkyo TX-NR686
Onkyo TX-SR444

AV receivers CHooseratoR comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 7.2
  • 4.8
  • 7.2Onkyo TX-NR686
  • 4.8Onkyo TX-SR444

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