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Onkyo TX-NR515 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : 430
inc VAT

Everything you could want from a mid-range amplifier, and more. The TX-NR515 is superb

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Once connected to your local network using an Ethernet cable, or the optional Wi-Fi dongle (UWF-1, £55 from www.play.com), you can use the amplifier’s built-in Last.FM, Spotify and internet radio streaming services or access audio from a PC or NAS device using DLNA.

During our testing, both video and audio looked superb. Without a 4K TV to test the player’s upscaling features, we could only comment on 1080p footage, but our test Blu-ray videos still looked fantastic, with no signs of increased noise or artefacts. We especially liked the new InstaPrevue mode, which lets you preview a second video input via picture-in-picture before changing it on the main screen.

Onkyo TX-NR515

As you would expect from a surround sound amplifier, the TX-NR515 supports all the major audio formats, including DTS-HD Master Audio and Dolby True HD, although only from an HDMI source. When hooked up to our reference speakers, the amplifier produced warm-sounding audio that showed no sign of distortion or crackle. With the ability to set bass crossover, you can fine-tune your subwoofer quickly and easily to find the right balance between rumble and mid-range.

If you’re looking to upgrade your home cinema, and want something with enough flexibility to handle all your equipment, we can find very few faults with the TX-NR515. It’s a worthy replacement to last year’s TX-NR609, adding welcome extra features such as 4K up-scaling and MHL support. Also, at £430 it’s considerably cheaper than last year’s model. The only downside is that 4K pass-through isn’t supported, although as we’re still a long way off from having 4K video in the home this won’t be a major concern for most. It’s a Best Buy.

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Details

Price£430
Rating*****
AwardBest Buy

Connections

HDMI inputs8
HDMI outputs2
Component inputs1
Component outputs1
Output resolutions480i, 480p, PAL (576i), 576p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
Total SCART sockets0
SCART socket typeN/A
S-Video input0
S-video output0
Composite inputs4
Composite outputs1
Stereo phono inputs5
Stereo phono outputs1
Coaxial S/PDIF inputs2
Coaxial S/PDIF outputs0
Optical S/PDIF inputs2
Optical S/PDIF outputs0
Multi-channel inputyes
Headphone output1/4in
Speaker configuration7.2
Main unit end speaker connection typespring terminals and binding posts
Speaker end speaker connection typeN/A
Other connectionsFM antenna, AM antenna, calibration mic input, zone 2 line out, 2 subwoofer outs
Wired network ports1x 10/100
Wireless networking supportNone

Playback

Surround sound formatsDolby Digital EX, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Surround Pro Logic IIx, DTS Decoder 2, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-HD High Resolution Audio, DTS-HD Low Bit Rate, DTS ES, Neo:6, DTS 96/24, Dolby TrueHD
Optical driveno
Region freeN/A
Supported playback disc formatsN/A
Audio format supportMP3, AAC, AMR, WMA, MIDI, WAV, OGG
RadioFM

Speakers

Speaker configuration7.2
RMS power output910W
RMS power centre130W
RMS power front260W
RMS power surround520W
RMS power subwooferN/A
Wall mountableno
Centre speaker cable lengthN/A
Front speaker cable lengthN/A
Surround speaker cable lengthN/A

General

Extrasremote control, calibration mic, FM antenna, AM antenna
Size435x328x174mm
Subwoofer dimensionsN/A
Centre speaker dimensionsN/A
Front speaker dimensionsN/A
Surround speaker dimensionsN/A
Power consumption standby0W
Power consumption on411W

Buying Information

Price£430
Warrantyone year RTB
Supplierhttp://www.richersounds.com
Detailswww.uk.onkyo.com