Onkyo TX-NR525 5.2-Channel Network Audio/Video Receiver (Black)
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Description for Onkyo TX-NR525 5.2-Channel Network Audio/Video Receiver (Black)
The TX-NR525 has everything you need in an A/V receiver. There’s wireless-ready networking with an expanded choice of internet streaming services to browse from your Smartphone. You can send a range o
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+ Super easy to install
+ Easy to configure
+ Great sound
+ Great features such as external device integration
+ Quality look and feel
- The speaker connectors on the back are the older screw kind with a central insertion area. Because I do not have a soldering iron I did not tin the wire so installing them with the screws was a pain. Once installed it was fine. Just a nitpicking thing.
We love this receiver and I recommend it to all of my friends.
I needed to buy an amp that had been tropicalised and buy it fast.
On a friends suggestion, we lugged the speakers from audio-store to audio-store. We auditioned receivers from HK, Yamaha, Marantz, Denon. None of them drove the speakers the way the Onkyo NR525 did! While the other brands produced muffled or lack-lustre audio, the Onkyo delivered hi-fidelity audio at high-power.
Specs-wise, the receiver has everything you will use 99% of the time. It may even have the 1% but that depends on your expectations. Honestly, I don't bother using it for FM radio (hence the Receiver tag) and only as an Amp. The HDMI pass-through on Stand-by is a very useful feature and means that I don't have to power up the Amp for catching up with news on TV. Multi-room setup is also a feature that I will probably never use.
In my HT setup, I have added a Polk-audio 12" active sub-woofer and the overall combination is exactly what I wanted.
It was a revelation that the receivers must be matched with speakers for best sound. Random component selection may not work. For most, it maybe better to opt for the Home-Theater-In-A-Box kind of deal.
I would have given 5 stars for this product but I am unhappy with Onkyo India's pricing policy. They have stated that warranty for receivers in India will not be provided to units bought outside of India. While the NR525 costs on an average $350 in USA (it even went for $125 on this year's Black Friday), in India, I paid close to $1000 for it.
What a rip-off!
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1. Under 90W per speaker output
2. 5 channels (5.1/5.2)
3. Connect to my home network so I can play my media files
4. Speaker hookup through a banana plug
5. At least 5 HDMI imputs so I can keep this going for another 5 years
6. 3D ready (I am shortly replacing my TV)
7. Affordable - I was shopping for something under 400.
The TX-NR525 was a perfect fit into all of the above categories. well, except 1 which I will explain in the cons below.
1. Easy hookup
Connected my components into the HDMI ports in the back, HDMI out to my TV, Optical out from TV into the Optical In of the receiver, connected all my speakers, switched it on, and that's it.
2. Speaker hookup using Banana Plug:
This, IMHO, should be industry standard. I have blown countless speakers because of the old spring wire mount. The wires short, come off, every time someone moves the cabinet for cleaning. It is difficult to access that small push buttons and try to insert the speaker cable into a very tiny hole. This one uses banana plugs so, once I have the banana plugs fixed (used the handy stickers to identify them), I was plugging them in a clean fashion.
I was not able to find something at this price with all my needs. Tried Sony, Denon and the likes. TX-NR525 fell right into my budget.
Great sound.!! Awesome when I watch HDMI channels on TV. Fills the room. I still have to fine tune it, but on the get-go, it sounded great.
5. Cute app for my samsung s3: Great little app. Does most of the functions, so I don't have to search for the remote. But, you will have to physically power it on and wait for it to connect to your network, which is a process in itself (see cons below for the issue associated with connecting to your home network).
1. Wireless connectivity:
This sucks. I used the UWF-1 Onkyo USB wireless adapter with this receiver. Please see my review here:
It is working, but here are the limitations:
a. Does not play video files from your Media drive - I have tried different ways. It play all my mp3 files.
b. Every time you switch on, the network does not connect. You change the USB port and then switch to the port where you have connected the dongle, it works - albeit very low % strength (35% to 50%).
2. Heat: The receiver gets hot (not very hot, don't get me wrong). It has been clearly mentioned in the package that it does get hot and it is supposed to be normal operation. But the point is that you cannot stack your components, and make sure you have enough air circulation around the receiver. Many home theater entertainment centers may not have enough space. So watch for it.
3. Remote: Really Onkyo? You could have done a better job with this.
I love it so far. I have given it 4 stars instead of 5 because of the remote and its inability to play video files. Otherwise it is a great buy and functionality for the price. I will definitely recommend it.
I am yet to try 3D, 4K pass through and Component to HDMI up conversion. I will post an update when I have tested them out.
I haven't called customer service so far, but going to try them next week for asking questions about playing video files from my media server. I will post an update after that.
I am pleased with the sound running through a group of NHT speakers and I did not notice a degradation of the quality of video running through the receiver onto the TV, as I had Directv running directly previously. I love being able to control my iPhone through the receiver.
This is my fourth Onkyo receiver in my home and this unit has lived up to the reputation and enjoyment I have experienced with the previous three.
I built my 5.1 home theater sound system with only $300. Some people spend more on one speaker. I'm no audiophile, but this thing blows my balls off when i get a good Dolby TrueHD movie soundtrack going, and everyone says how great it sounds. Highly recommend.
UPDATE: Still a champ after 6 months. Absolutely zero issues. The best devices are ones that you can set and forget about.
Purchased this as a christmas present for my husband it it lasted 6 months before the trouble began.
When turning it on there will be no sound for 5-10 minutes. Once it's "warmed up" the sound comes and goes for another few minutes.
Switching inputs starts the process all over again.
The network parts of the receiver does not work at all anymore and will simply not display any options or play any sound.
Now Onkyo want me to ship it out of state on my own dime to get it fixed.
Needless to say I'll be selling it when I get it back from whoever the 3rd party repair center Onkyo is referring me to.
The menus however are very bland. They are not like my HTRC360 at all. They are on screen menus and so it's nice being able to see what you're doing vs having to look at the little window on the receiver, but still, I wonder if I got this thing for two hundred bucks since it is some kind of cheap Christmas Chinese version or something. I hope it holds up, my father deserves nice gear like this.
In terms of sound, it sounds as good as my HTRC360, although mine is 7.2. This does have that Onkyo sound though. You'll enjoy it.