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Onkyo 7.2ch AV Receiver TX-NR686 $646.80 @ JB Hi-Fi

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Nice price drop for this unit. Seems to me JB's having a 30% off sale for Onkyo and Pioneer AV Receivers. This unit is now much cheaper than Rio's $799. RRP $1399.

Highlights

THX® Certified Select™ theater reference sound

Supports 5.2.2-channel Dolby Atmos® and DTS:X® playback

165 W per channel

HDMI® 7 in (1 front *1) / Main Out, and Sub Out *2 supporting 4K/60 Hz, HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision™, BT.2020, and HDCP 2.2 pass-through

Dynamic Audio Amplification with 4-ohm speaker-driving capability

384 kHz/32-bit DAC and VLSC™ filtering for superior clarity

Supports Chromecast built-in and works with the Google Assistant

Dual-band Wi-Fi®, DTS Play-Fi®, AirPlay, Amazon Music, Spotify, TIDAL, Deezer, TuneIn *3

FlareConnect™ wireless multi-room audio

*1 Front HDMI input does not support 4K/60p/4:4:4/24-bit video, HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision, or BT.2020.
*2 HDMI Sub Out does not support ARC or CEC.
*3 Availability of services may vary with region. Subscription may also be required.

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  • So I’ve got this amp and truth be told, I have a little difficulty with it. Specifically when I’m streaming movies from my NAS, I never seem to be able to find a sensible audio mode where the audio isn’t muddled, filled with chorus, or voice being legible. With every movie or tv series I’m scrambling to switch modes to see which will land the closest, which is usually DTS-X.

    Can anyone give me insight as to why this might be? Is it the video files? Old speakers? (I have Mirage MX-1 speakers). Or is there an auto switching method so it chooses best audio setting? It drives me nuts :(

    • Shouldn't even need to "switch modes" If you have done the initial speaker calibration and setup correctly.

      Most amps have a setting that compresses the range of audio volume so that the vocal audio isn't so far from the loud scenes, often used for watching movies at night. Can help if you have to turn everything up super loud to hear the talking, I think some even let you increase just vocal volume.

      Maybe find the thread on AVSforums for your receiver and as the question there.

    • I had the problem of too low a volume for dialogue with dolby etc , even after correct calibration . I also stream from a NAS but use a RPi as the media player .
      An easy solution for me was to simply set the volume for the centre up ~20% in Kodi (media software on the RPi ) settings .

    • I read an interesting suggestion online yesterday. Switch it over to a 4.1.2 set up in the Onkyo menu, disabling the centre speaker entirely. This then routes that audio to the to front speakers. I did it last nugt and it seems pretty decent - will switch back and forth to see. It's a little annoying having to lose it, but it makes viewing at night a little easier. For movies during the day when I can just have the audio up, I'd probably turn it back on and keep the middle boosted.

      I bought the 7805 package and am overall happy with it, but slightly disappointed since I expected to be able to hear speech better.

    • Same for the old sr-tx606 and streaming through Kodi.
      It’s just one of those things with streaming files we live with. True uhd’s play perfectly.
      Mostly if drama/cop shows - I get the mrs to drop into ‘all stereo’ and it’s just clearer as all speakers are ok.

      Or as commented below, I bump up Kodi and also the center channel by around 8+.

  • Good price for a good AV receiver.

    Pioneer 932 has pretty similar feature set for less $$$ but this has more power.

    Pioneer 933 similar price and features.

    https://www.zkelectronics.com/compare/onkyo-tx-nr686/north-a...

    Good website for comparing.

    Somthing you might consider is the Yamaha for $50+ more which has eARC.

  • Which one is better between this and Yamaha Rx-v685

  • Yamaha deal expired

  • I have the previous 676 model and find it great. By the way the 686 and other Onkyo models currently in the shops will get AirPlay 2 support in the future