Onkyo TX-NR575 7.2 Channel Network A/V Receiver
Onkyo has always been great at providing feature rich AV receivers year after year. One of their latest models, the Onkyo TX-NR575, includes a long list of features that home theater junkies will find useful.
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The question is, how does it stack-up to the competition? For the most part, the 575 holds its own. Thus far this year, the Sony STR-DN1080 is the best 7-channel mid-tier amp we’ve listened to. The 1080 has the 575 beat in the sound quality department, but it also has a higher MSRP which might make the 575 a better value proposition in the long run.
The look and feel of the Onkyo TX-NR575 is pretty much the status quo for AV receivers. Its big, boxy design is what we’ve come to expect from AV makers. That being said, the 575 has a relatively sparse front panel with small unobtrusive buttons lining the front of the receiver. In other parts of the world, the 575 is also available in a metallic silver finish. However, in the states only black appears on our store shelves which is just fine with me. If you put this on a shelf or rack, the receiver will just blend into the shadows.
There’s not a whole lot to complain about with the remote that’s paired with the Onkyo TX-NR575. Onkyo plucked all of the extraneous buttons off of the remote for the 575. The end result is a device that’s less intimidating and much easier to use. All in all, it’s one of the better remotes that you’ll find packaged with a piece of AV equipment.
Since I’ve been using Onkyo amps, their on screen menus have always been competently laid out. The 575’s GUI is no different, it’s clean and easy to navigate. Onkyo has added a tiny bit of visual flare to this year’s interface, but not much. It doesn’t have the slick visuals of the Sony STR-DN1080’s interface, but it doesn’t have to. As long as you can find what you need in the settings menus that’s the only thing that really matters.
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The Onkyo TX-NR575 doesn’t skimp on inputs. In all, the amp has 6 HDMI inputs which support most of the latest 4K video goodies including – HDCP 2.2, BT.2020, HDR10, and Dolby Vision. The 575 doesn’t stop with just HDMI inputs, it also has 7 analog audio inputs (including a dedicated phono for vinyl enthusiasts), 2 component, and 3 digital. If you want to setup a set of stereo speakers in another room, the Onkyo 575 also offers a powered zone 2 speaker option. On the back of the amp, the 575 has a USB input so that you can stream media from a storage device. However, the port being located on the back can be a little inconvenient to get to. Especially, if you have the 575 housed in a cabinet.
When it comes to audio streaming, Onkyo didn’t hold back with the Onkyo 575. The amp includes both Bluetooth and WiFi. It also supports AirPlay for those of you that have an Apple device. The receiver has FireConnect and DTS-PlayFi for multi-room audio streaming. Chromecast Built-in which allows you to send music from a huge variety of streaming apps such as Spotify, Pandora, and TuneIn is also included with the receiver.
The exciting thing about the Onkyo 575 is that it supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X object based sound formats. It, of course, also decodes older hi-res sound formats such as Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio so if you haven’t jumped on board the object-based audio train yet, you can still enjoy HD home theater sound quality. The Onkyo TX-NR575 uses a high-grade 384 kHz/32-bit Hi-Grade DAC (digital to audio converter) that allows it to decode the aforementioned home theater formats as well as a wide range music audio files such as MP3, WMA, FLAC, WAV, OggVorbis, AAC, Apple Lossless, DSD 5.6 MHz, and LPCM.
Onkyo ditched Audyssey on its amps a few years ago in favor of their own calibration system. Overall, it does a good enough job. However, I still recommend checking out the settings before you set back to watch a few movies. When I ran the calibration, the 575 set the crossover of my fronts and surrounds to 200Hz, which is a problem I’ve run into with Onkyo receivers in the past. I set the crossover to a more respectable 80Hz before I sat back to watch a couple Blu-rays.
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The first movie I cued up was Tom Cruise’s Edge of Tomorrow. I used to really enjoy this movie, however, after reviewing dozens of AV receivers and watching this movie more times than I’d care to share, it’s safe to say that this movie has lost some of its sheen. However, I keep coming back to this flick simply for the fact that its soundtrack is a tough test for most amps. Thankfully, the Onkyo TX-NR575 tackled its soundtrack with relative ease. The 575 displayed ample low-end power as it easily handled the on screen explosions. The first battle in the movie is a chaotic mess with bullets whizzing around. The 575 easily directed sound around the room.
Next, I cued up Batman vs. Superman to see how the Onkyo 575 could handle an Atmos soundtrack. The amp didn’t disappoint. Early in the movie we’re shown the havoc and destruction that was delivered to Metropolis during Superman’s fight with General Zod in the Man of Steel. During this devastating confrontation, one of Bruce Wayne’s office buildings collapsed during the titanic battle. Dolby Atmos was in full effect as the sounds of debris and rubble poured down via my overhead channels. When Doomsday finally made an appearance at the end of the movie his roar encompassed the entire room. When things settled down in the movie, the 575 also showed it could handle quieter scenes as dialogue was detailed and crisp. Curious to see how the 575 compared to the Onkyo TX-NR676, I decided to connect the 676 model that I still had on hand. Overall, the 676 seemed to pull a little more detail from the Batman vs. Superman sound track. Also, the Onkyo 676 sounded more spacious, especially in the final climatic battle that took place at the end of the movie.
- The Onkyo TX-NR575 includes a bevy of features including Atmos, DTS:X, WiFi, Bluetooth, and Chromecast Built-in. It also has solid sound quality.
- The 575’s sound stage isn’t as expansive as we had hoped. Rear USB port is inconvenient to get to.
With its combo of features and solid performance, the Onkyo TX-NR575 is a perfect example of what you can expect in a modern AV receiver. Some amps such as the Sony STR-DN1080 and the Onkyo TX-NR676 may sound better, but the subtle differences in sound quality may cost you a couple hundred bucks more.