Meet the 7.2-Channel TX-NR686 from Onkyo, a New Benchmark in Value Delivering Captivating 3D Movie Sound and Seamless Multi-Room Audio Entertainment

Press Release dated: 6 Mar 2018

Onkyo bundles Dynamic Audio Amplification with cutting-edge wireless multi-room audio technologies, 4K video support, and 3D audio in a 165 W/Ch (6 ohms, 1 kHz, THD 1%, 1-channel driven) THX® Certified Select™ A/V powerhouse that brings next-generation entertainment to the living room and beyond. The TX-NR686 positions Onkyo ahead of the curve with features families need, transforming quality of life with effortless access to audio-video content.

Multichannel performance is proven with a THX Certified Select guarantee of cinema-reference volume within strict THX sound-quality parameters. Certification is awarded after thousands of independent bench-tests covering every aspect of amplifier design. In a room of appropriate size, audiences can enjoy sonic immersion faithful to the commercial cinema experience.

The TX-NR686 adds value by giving existing movie collections a new lease on life. As well as playing DTS:X® and Dolby Atmos® soundtracks, which place sounds in space where they occur naturally, the receiver carries DTS Neural:X® and Dolby Surround® upmixing solutions. Each is cross-compatible with legacy sound formats encoded on Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD, such as Dolby® TrueHD and DTS-HD® Master Audio. AccuEQ Room Acoustic Calibration, which sets essential speaker conditions for optimal performance tailored to the listening space, is enhanced by AccuReflex™ technology. AccuReflex assures cohesive sound at the listening position by phase-matching directional and non-directional sound for soundtracks played though Dolby Atmos-enabled speaker systems.

Audio playback quality is deeply satisfying thanks to a high-current drive, non-phase-shift amplification circuitry, and discrete output stages. The combination of high current and power results in thrilling dynamic performance, accurate speaker control, and emotionally nuanced delivery. Digital audio sources, particularly Hi-Res Audio in 5.6 MHz DSD*1 or 192 kHz/24-bit in FLAC*2, WAV (RIFF)*2, AIFF*2, and ALAC*2 over network or USB input, benefit from VLSC™ (Vector Linear Shaping Circuitry) on the Front L/R channels. This patented circuit removes high-frequency noise for uncommonly clear articulation of these high-quality formats.

Amazon Music, TIDAL, TuneIn, Deezer, and Spotify are built into the receiver*3 to make selection easy from remote control or Onkyo Controller*4 or Onkyo Music Control*4 App for iPad, iPhone, and Android™ devices. All network streaming and control functions, including AirPlay, operate over 5 GHz/2.4 GHz Wi-Fi® for stability in areas with household network congestion. Music streaming capabilities are further bolstered with built-in Bluetooth® wireless technology. A discrete low-noise phono pre-amp is also included: connect a turntable featuring an MM cartridge and rekindle passion for vinyl.

Extending brand-agnostic co-operability for an easily structured multi-room ecosystem to suit any need, the TX-NR686 features DTS Play-Fi® technology. The platform enables streaming services to be synchronized across single or grouped rooms using Onkyo Music Control App*4.

Multi-room audio support over Wi-Fi extends to Chromecast built-in, enabling users to stream music from smartphones, tablets, laptops, and PCs from popular apps with a tap or click. Voice control with the Google Assistant*5 is available through Android phones, iPhone, Google Home, or other compatible devices. FlareConnect™, meanwhile, is a network platform enabling the A/V receiver and compatible audio systems and speakers to freely share analog and digital sources*6 between each other, with playback managed via Onkyo Controller.

Users can repurpose a set of stereo speakers in the kitchen, garage, or other interior space by powering them via ZONE 2 speaker outputs, with no extra amps or players required, and retaining a 5.2-ch home cinema in the main room. As well as analog sources including phono and tuner, powered ZONE 2 employs a DAC to distribute digital input sources (network, USB, and S/PDIF) for simultaneous playback of the same or different sources in either or both rooms. Zone 2 line-output is ideal for sharing content to a hi-fi system featuring a line-level input, with multi-room playback management courtesy of Onkyo Controller.

Six rear HDCP 2.2-compatible HDMI® inputs, Main Out, and Sub Out*7 pass 4K/60p video as well as BT.2020 color standard, 4:4:4 color sub-sampling, and High Dynamic Range in HDR10, HLG, and Dolby Vision™ formats to a compatible TV display or projector. A front HDMI input*8 is ideal for temporary device connections, such as a video recorder or game console.

The TX-NR686 farewells the days of complex home cinema operation. The Graphical User Interface (GUI) over HDMI is very simple to navigate. A QUICK MENU button on the remote triggers an overlaid menu on screen, enabling fast adjustments during video playback.

Considered together, the TX-NR686 represents incredible value for those looking to repower or invest in their first home cinema. Its future-focused feature set allows other components in the system to be updated with confidence thanks to compliance with established next-generation audio-video formats, while usability and sound quality make the evening’s entertainment an event to look forward to.

*1 Not guaranteed over wireless LAN. Sound is reproduced following conversion to PCM. *2 Supported sampling rate via wireless LAN depends on network environment. ALAC is available at a maximum sampling rate of 96 kHz. *3 Please confirm availability of services in your region before purchase. Some services may require a paid subscription. *4 Available for free download. Please check device and OS requirements at App Store or Google Play. *5 The Google Assistant requires an internet connection and is not available in all languages or countries. Controlling certain devices in your home requires compatible smart devices. Subscriptions for services and applications may be required and additional terms, conditions and/or charges may apply. *6 For external input availability visit *7 HDMI Sub Out does not support ARC or CEC. *8 Front HDMI input does not support 4K/60p/4:4:4/24-bit video, HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision, or BT.2020.

Onkyo reserves the right to change product appearance and specifications without notice. THX and the THX logo are trademarks of THX Ltd., registered in the U.S. and other countries. THX CERTIFIED SELECT and the THX SELECT application icon are trademarks of THX Ltd. The terms HDMI and HDMI High-Definition Multimedia Interface, and the HDMI Logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing Administrator, Inc. in the United States and other countries. Dolby, Dolby Atmos, Dolby Surround, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital, and Dolby Vision are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories. For DTS patents, see Manufactured under license from DTS, Inc. DTS, the Symbol, DTS and the Symbol together, DTS:X, the DTS:X logo, DTS-HD Master Audio and the DTS-HD Master Audio logo, Play-Fi, and the Play-Fi logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of DTS, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. © DTS, Inc. All Rights Reserved. AirPlay works with iPhone and iPad with iOS 4.3.3 or later, Mac with OS X Mountain Lion, and Mac and PC with iTunes 10.2.2 or later. AirPlay, iPad, and iPhone are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Wi-Fi® is a registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance. The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. Google, Google Home, Android, Google Play, Chromecast built-in and other related marks and logos are trademarks of Google LLC. Blu-ray Disc™, Blu-ray™, Ultra HD Blu-ray™ and the logo are trademarks of the Blu-ray Disc Association. Spotify and the Spotify logo are trademarks of the Spotify Group, registered in the U.S. and other countries. Amazon, Amazon Music, and all related logos and motion marks are trademarks of, Inc. or its affiliates. Onkyo Controller, Onkyo Music Control App, VLSC, AccuReflex, and FlareConnect are trademarks of Onkyo Corporation. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective holders.


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