Onkyo TX-NR797 vs Onkyo TX-NR696

Onkyo TX-NR797 vs Onkyo TX-NR696

Onkyo TX-NR797 review

It offers 220 watts per channel at 8 ohms. The Onkyo TX-NR797 offers nine amplified channels and this includes a dedicated Zone 2. Using Dolby's nomenclature this would make the receiver a 5.2.2 model (with the last two digits indicating height). The TX-NR797 is the first Onkyo product to be released under the IMAX Enhanced program, which features DTS:X immersive audio decoding that is optimized to properly reproduce the full dynamic range of IMAX theatrical sound mixes available in digitally re-mastered IMAX Enhanced content. This receiver did not allow me to perform a manual speaker setup and calibration. Onkyo TX-NR797

Onkyo TX-NR696 review

The TX-NR696 is an AV receiver that delivers 7 x 100 watts of power (6 ohms). The TX-NR696 supports a flexible, 3D-ready, 5.2-channel speaker configuration in the home theater, plus two channels for stereo playback in another room. The outputs on Zone 2 allow you to distribute the amplified analog signal from the audio sources NET, Bluetooth, SPDIF and HDMI either simultaneously in both zones (there is a DAC for Zone 2), or separately. The outputs on Zone 2 and the line output on Zone 2 are activated. Onkyo TX-NR696

Onkyo TX-NR797 pros & cons

Pros

  • The TX-NR797 offers a wealth of features, including copious streaming and connectivity options
  • The user interface and remote are easier to use than before
  • Sound quality is decent

Cons

  • Plastic front panel and knobs look good but feel cheap

Onkyo TX-NR696 pros & cons

Pros

  • Dolby Vision (HDR) passes through it fine and the picture looks great
  • The ability to adjust tone and boost voice with the touch of a button is nice

Cons

  • I do wish it was back-lit though. It seems remote back-lighting is becoming less common for whatever reason. Maybe to keep prices more competitive

Votes 3 3
Rating 3.7 3.7

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Product

Onkyo TX-NR797
Onkyo TX-NR696

Model

TX-NR797
TX-NR696

Brand

Onkyo
Onkyo

Reviews

32
68

Amplifier

Channels

9.2
7.2

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

100/8 20Hz-20KHz, 220/6 1KHz
165/6 1KHz

Output impedance, Ohm

8, 6
6

Frequency response

10Hz-100KHz
10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.08
0.08

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

AK4458 384 KHz/32-bit
AK4458 384 KHz/32-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, Dynamic Audio Amplification
Advanced Music Optimizer, Theater-Dimensional, Hi-Res audio

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
1 (USB 2.0)

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
1

DLNA

MHL

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay, AirPlay 2
AirPlay, AirPlay 2

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, TuneIn Radio
Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, TuneIn Radio

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

7/2
7/2

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
2

Headphone output

1 x 6.3
1 x 6.3

Optical digital input

1
1

Coaxial digital input

1
1

Composite input

2
0

Component input/output

1/0
0/0

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

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

Multi channel preamp output

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

HDR10
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

Analog to HDMI scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling

Dolby Vision

Other video features

DeepColor, x.v.Color, HLG, BT.2020
DeepColor, x.v.Color, HLG, BT.2020

Additional features

Voice control

Google Assistant
Google Assistant

App control

iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android
iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android

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
network, USB

Other additional features

IP Control
has not

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

3
2

Zone audio output

speaker, preout
speaker, preout

Zone HDMI output

Multi-room control

FlareConnect
FlareConnect

RS-232

1
0

Remote control input/output (IR)

1/0
0/0

DC trigger output (12V)

1
0

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization

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 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS

Auro-3D

IMAX Enhanced

Multichannel stereo

Audio file formats

MP3

WMA

AAC

WAV

FLAC

ALAC

Other audio file formats

AIFF
AIFF

Power

Operational power consumption, W

750
570

Standby consumption, W

0.15
0.15

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 14.5
43.5 x 17.3 x 37.9/17 x 6.8 x 14.5

Weight, kg/lbs

13.5/29.8
12.5/26.4
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