Manufacturer: Onkyo Part number: TX-NR414
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CNET editors' review
price range: $249.00 - $279.99
- Reviewed by: Matthew Moskovciak and Steve Guttenberg
- Edited by: David Katzmaier
- Reviewed on: 08/13/2012
The good: The Onkyo TX-NR414 is an extremely affordable receiver with six HDMI inputs. It has built-in networking with extensive streaming-audio support, including Pandora, Spotify, Rhapsody, and Internet radio. Wi-Fi functionality can be added with a tiny, inexpensive USB adapter.
The bad: The TX-NR414 lacks several features that would have been nice, such as a graphical user interface, 7.1 channels, automatic speaker calibration, and AirPlay. User reviews of Onkyo products sometimes complain about unreliability, though the TX-NR414 has gotten good user reviews.
The bottom line: The Onyko TX-NR414 offers the best AV receiver value for those with a tight budget, although the step-up TX-NR515 model is worth the extra cash if you can afford it.
For the money it is outstanding
by Amos-E on March 3, 2013
Pros: + Sound is crystal clear, bass is not booming and the treble is sharp and clear
+ Remote control unit is clear
+ Numerous HDMI inputs
+ Automatic firmware updates
+ Set up was easy
Cons: - AUX input in front
- No phono input
Summary: I have had this receiver for a short while so this review started with first impressions and I am adding to it. My initial reaction was entirely positive and remains ...
Summary: I have had this receiver for a short while so this review started with first impressions and I am adding to it. My initial reaction was entirely positive and remains so.
First, the background stuff ...
The receiver is a little taller than the unit it has replaced but other than that has virtually identical dimensions. It fits easily onto the TV stand. Its styling is unobtrusive.
The manual is good: it is supplied on CD, but I downloaded it from the Onkyo website before purchase. I found this a udeful way of checking that all the features required are there without having to rely on the sales blurb or the technical summaries. The manual is in good English, not one of the poor translation efforts that are all too common. There are quick-start guides in the box.
The connections on the back are clearly labelled and it was easy to wire the unit correctly: the use of HDMI cables helps and certainly cuts the spaghetti behind the unit. It has six such connections, which makes it one of the best specified on the market. A nice touch is the sheet of sticky labels supplied to wrap round the many cables that feed into the unit.
Now for the performance ...
The sound the Onkyo produces is crystal clear. I was so pleased: the fidelity of my system is back to what I grew used to with previous equipment and is a vast improvement over the receiver that it has replaced, which in its day was no slouch either. It delivers with an effortless style and is well balanced over the entire frequency range: the bass is not booming and the treble is sharp and clear. The channel separation is good right/left and front/rear meaning that a 5.1 soundtrack is delivered with clarity.
The default audio setting are perfectly acceptable for a normal room: there are many adjustments that can be made and I have started to wade my way through them. Each of these adjustments balances the set-up and offers an incremental improvement on an excellent starting point.
The on-screen menu is a tad clunky but, with some help from the manual, it starts to make sense. The remote control unit is clear and is able to drive many units. I downloaded an app to run on my Android phone and this worked straight away. The network connection (I use a wireless adaptor) worked first time and looks to be a hassle-free solution.
The unit came equipped with a USB stick on which sits the latest firmware. Users are recommended to upgrade: I am not sure what benefit lies in this and will need to research. It looks as if it can be a time-consuming operation.
And a special note ...
The unit was supplied by Richer Sounds. Their courier e-mails to state when the unit will arrive, within a range of just one hour - other delivery companies please copy! The unit was delivered the day after I ordered it.
I am delighted with this purchase. Having spent many weeks agonizing over the specs and being nervous at purchasing a unit I had not heard, I am confident that this was a good decision. For the money it is outstanding.
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- Manufacturer: Onkyo
- Part number: TX-NR414
- Description: If all this sounds like an AVR that's beyond your budget, get ready to be pleasantly surprised. Onkyo's TX-NR414 network A/V receiver boasts all this and more. For a start, the receiver incorporates InstaPrevue technology; a picture-in-picture HDMI input source preview system that greatly simplifies the operation of your home cinema. Or try the HDMI-linked overlaid on-screen display, making mid-program setting adjustments quick and easy. There's also a USB port for direct-digital iPod/iPhone connection, Zone 2 line-outs for playback of a different stereo source in another room, digital music file enhancement, top-shelf build quality, and the purity of sound for which the brand is famous. And the price tag? Let's just say HD playback isn't the only realistic thing about this potent AVR.
- Product type Home Theater Network Receiver
- Dimensions (WxDxH) 17.1 in x 12.9 in x 6.9 in
- Color Black
- Surround System Class 5.1 channel
- Amplifier Output Details 80 Watt,
6 Ohm - THD 0.9 % - 5 channel(s) ( Surround ),
8 Ohm - 20 - 20000 Hz - THD 0.7 % - 5 channel(s) ( Surround )
- Sound Output Mode Surround Sound
- Audio D/A Converter 24bit / 192kHz
- Built-in Decoders Dolby TrueHD,
DTS-HD Master Audio,
Dolby Digital Plus,
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio,
Dolby Pro Logic IIz
- Surround Sound Effects Theater-Dimensional Virtual Surround
- Sound Effects DoubleBass,
- Digital Sound Processor (DSP) Yes
- DSP Preset Qty 4
- DSP Presets Action,
Role Playing Game (RPG),
- Input Impedance 47 KOhm
- Input Sensitivity 200 mV
- Response Bandwidth 20 - 50000 Hz
- Signal-To-Noise Ratio 100 dB
- Total Harmonic Distortion 0.08 %
- Bass Control Yes
- Treble Control Yes
- Additional Features Wide Range Amplifier Technology (WRAT),
Compressed music enhancer,
iPod and iPhone compatible,
Networking & Digital Media
- Connectivity Ethernet ,
Wi-Fi ready, adapter sold separately
- Internet Streaming Services Aupeo!,
- DLNA Yes
- Network audio standards AAC,
- USB features USB flash drive playback
- Tuner Type Radio tuner - AM/FM - Digital
- Tuner Frequency Range FM: 87.5 - 107.9 MHz,
AM: 530 - 1710 kHz
- Preset Station Qty 40
Inputs & Outputs
- HD connectors HDMI connection(s) on this receiver make it a great choice for your High-Def home theater. One cable carries digital audio and video data directly to your display.
- Connections 1xHeadphones-Front,
1xComposite video/audio input(RCA phono x 3)-Front,
1xUSB(4 pin USB Type A)-Front,
6xHDMI input(19 pin HDMI Type A)-Rear,
1xHDMI output(19 pin HDMI Type A)-Rear,
2xSPDIF input(RCA phono)-Rear,
2xComponent video input(RCA phono x 3)-Rear,
1xComponent video output(RCA phono x 3)-Rear,
1xAudio line-in(RCA phono x 2)-Rear,
4xComposite video/audio input(RCA phono x 3)-Rear,
1xMonitor output(RCA phono)-Rear,
1xAudio output(RCA phono x 2)-Rear,
1xSubwoofer output(RCA phono)-Rear,
5xSpeakers output(Banana/spade x 2)-Rear
- Headphone Jack Yes
- Coaxial Digital Input Yes
- Optical Digital Input Yes
- HDMI Switching Yes
- HDMI features Audio return channel (ARC) ,
Supports 3D video
- Built-in display Fluorescent
- Display dimmer Yes
- Type of remote control Universal remote control - Infrared
- Included accessories [Jul 2, 2008 from CDS: Miscellaneous] FM antenna,
Universal remote control
- Microsoft Certifications Compatible with Windows 7
- Power Device Power supply - Internal
- Power AC 120 V
- Service & Support 2 years warranty
- Service & Support Details Limited warranty - 2 years