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Onkyo TX-NR636 7.2ch 4k A/V Receiver: Atmos/2 Zone/Wi-Fi/Bluetooth/HDMI 2.0/HDCP 2.2 (Refurb) $229 - Fry's FS

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Last Edited by jersharocks July 28, 2016 at 08:00 AM
http://www.frys.com/product/86626...IN_RSLT_PG

Yowza, beats the last deal by $25. No promo code apparently. This "future proof" receiver won't last long.

Specs from Crutchfield (4.5/5 star rating there)
Power and Processing:
  • 7-channel amplifier
  • 95 watts per channel into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at .08% THD, with 2 channels driven
  • Dolby Atmos processing for use with in-ceiling or "height" speakers for more enveloping surround sound (firmware update required [onkyousa.com])
  • Dolby(R) and DTS(R) surround sound decoding, including Dolby Pro Logic(R) IIz
  • analog-to-HDMI video upconversion (up to 1080p and 4K) with Marvell Qdeo video processing
  • AccuEQ automatic speaker calibration optimizes your system's sound for your room (microphone included)
Digital and Streaming Music Options:
  • built-in Wi-Fi for listening to music from a networked PC, free Internet radio, and music services
    • includes support for Pandora, Spotify, SiriusXM, Slacker(R), TuneIn, and Aupeo! (subscription required for some services)
  • built-in Bluetooth for wireless music streaming from a compatible smartphone, tablet, or computer
  • front-panel MHL-ready HDMI input for playing audio and HD video from select Android smartphones and tablets
  • DLNA-certified for streaming music with compatible devices and computers
  • plays high-resolution digital music files via USB storage device or a networked computer (up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution)
  • plays DSD files (up to 2.8 MHz .dsf files) from network and USB storage devices
Multi-room Audio:
  • dual-room/dual-source output
    • powered and line-level stereo audio output for 2nd room
    • using powered 2nd-room output allows 5.1 home theater in main room
    • line-level 2nd-room output for use with a separate amplifier or powered speakers
    • only analog, network, Bluetooth, or USB audio sources can be output to Zone 2
Audio Performance Features:
  • high-current amplifier design with large power transformer
  • 24-bit/192kHz Burr-Brown digital-to-analog converters
  • Music Optimizer function enhances the sound quality of compressed music files
  • bi-amp capability with compatible front speakers by reassigning "surround back" channels
Connections:
  • HDMI 2.0 audio/video switching: 7 in, 2 out (includes front-panel MHL-compatible input)
  • component video switching: 1 in, 1 out
  • composite video switching: 3 in, 1 out
  • digital audio inputs: 1 optical and 2 coaxial
  • 6 analog stereo audio inputs
  • phono input for direct connection of a turntable
  • preamp outputs for 2 powered subwoofers
  • front-panel USB port for audio playback from USB storage devices
  • Ethernet port for network connection
  • outputs for 9 speakers (Front L/R, Center, Surround L/R, Surround Back L/R, Zone 2 L/R)
  • receiver can power a maximum of seven channels at once
General Features:
  • free Onkyo remote app lets you use your Apple or Android device as a Wi-Fi remote
  • InstaPrevue offers live picture-in-picture preview of connected HDMI sources
  • 4K/60p and 3D video pass-through
    • HDCP 2.2 copy-protection compatibility for future 4K broadcast and streaming content (HDMI 3 input and main output only)
  • HDMI standby pass-through allows access to all HDMI connected devices without having to power on the receiver
  • Audio Return Channel function receives digital audio signals from a compatible TV's tuner via HDMI
  • Phase-Matching Bass optimizes low frequencies to preserve clarity with vocals and movie dialogue
  • 40 AM/FM presets
  • remote control
  • 17-1/8"W x 6-13/16"H x 13-5/8"D
  • weight: 22 lbs.
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Future proof until you have a 2015/2016 4K tv with HDR...
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Thx OP. +Give Rep. Just picked one up. Been looking for a good receiver around this price point for some time and thinks this is HOT. Does anyone know what the warranty is with this unit? It is unclear on Fry's website....at least for me.
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Can I buy three of this and use them as "monos" by connecting the pre-outs from my main AVR to power the front three (LRC)?
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Quote from hack400 View Post :
Future proof until you have a 2015/2016 4K tv with HDR...
Because none of those TVs will have digital audio out...
Quote from wernerlab13 View Post :
Thx OP. +Give Rep. Just picked one up. Been looking for a good receiver around this price point for some time and thinks this is HOT. Does anyone know what the warranty is with this unit? It is unclear on Fry's website....at least for me.
Been looking at the price point too and agreed! Just picked one up too.
Warranty is one year parts and laborr: http://www.onkyousa.com/Info/warr...=globalnav
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Because none of those TVs will have digital audio out...

Been looking at the price point too and agreed! Just picked one up too.
Warranty is one year parts and laborr: http://www.onkyousa.com/Info/warr...=globalnav
Thanks. Look's like Fry's is an authorized dealer as they are not on this list. [onkyousa.com]

So you are correct. 1 year warranty. hug
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Because none of those TVs will have digital audio out...
And said digital audio out will support Dolby Atmos?

How about DTS:X support on the receiver? Nope. Onkyo receivers and DTS:X [onkyousa.com]
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Last edited by hack400 July 28, 2016 at 07:29 AM
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I placed an order for a refurbished Denon AVR-S500BT [accessories4less.com] last night for $178 shipped.

I'm wondering if some of you A/V experts want to chime in on whether this Onkyo is worth the upgrade for me.

Am I correct that they both are about the same in terms of being future proof (HDCP 2.2 & US 2.0)?

I have a simple 5.1 setup with no plans to expand. No second set of speakers.
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And said digital audio out will support Dolby Atmos?

How about DTS:X support on the receiver? Nope. Onkyo receivers and DTS:X [onkyousa.com]
"A smart TV with Dolby Audio or Dolby Atmos can be the source for premium audio experiences on a home theater system via broadcast and streaming services." as per Dolby's website. Alright, so it's the most future-proof receiver.... that's under $500...

And putting "future proof" in quotes in the OP wasn't unintentional....
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And said digital audio out will support Dolby Atmos?

How about DTS:X support on the receiver? Nope. Onkyo receivers and DTS:X [onkyousa.com]
This will support DTS:X after a firmware upgrade...wave
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This will support DTS:X after a firmware upgrade...http://i.slickdeals.net/images/smilies/emot-wave.gif
No, it won't. The 646 will. I received the email from Onkyo. Onkyo said 2015/2016 receivers will get it. The 636 is a 2014 receiver. Did you not read the link I provided?

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"A smart TV with Dolby Audio or Dolby Atmos can be the source for premium audio experiences on a home theater system via broadcast and streaming services." as per Dolby's website. Alright, so it's the most future-proof receiver.... that's under $500...

And putting "future proof" in quotes in the OP wasn't unintentional....
You can get a 646 for $400. That's under $500. There's a whole load of 2015/16 receivers under $500 that support HDMI 2.0a, Atmos and DTS:X...

Why do I point these things out? I have an STRDN1060 that I bought just last year that will have to be replaced to support my HDR 4K TV. It annoys me. So I want people to know that an HDMI 2.0 spec receiver falls short of the current 2.0a spec. Lots of people are buying 4K TV's and HDR is what is being looked at as a selling point (just look at any of the recent 4K TV threads).

Sure, this receiver is good value. Just understand what you're getting into...
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No, it won't. The 646 will. I received the email from Onkyo. Onkyo said 2015/2016 receivers will get it. The 636 is a 2014 receiver. Did you not read the link I provided?


You can get a 646 for $400. That's under $500. There's a whole load of 2015/16 receivers under $500 that support HDMI 2.0a, Atmos and DTS:X...

Why do I point these things out? I have an STRDN1060 that I bought just last year that will have to be replaced to support my HDR 4K TV. It annoys me. So I want people to know that an HDMI 2.0 spec receiver falls short of the current 2.0a spec. Lots of people are buying 4K TV's and HDR is what is being looked at as a selling point (just look at any of the recent 4K TV threads).

Sure, this receiver is good value. Just understand what you're getting into...
Fair enough, and the info is appreciated. The jury is still out on DTS:X though... it may well be folded into Atmos (atmos releases [dolby.com] vs dts:x releases [dts.com]). And it appears that Atmos will be supported on upcoming HDR TVs. So not quite convinced if it's worth close to double the price to the casual viewer.
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Those Sony's have come a long way too! They're a relative bargain compared to the competition. I was inches away from picking up an 860 from the Warehouse on Prime Day..
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I have had the 646 for just under 2 months, the audio has stopped working. I'll be doing a warranty repair in the next week or so. I have an older Onkyo that is about 6 years old, still working just fine. Hopefully this isn't a sign of their current quality and it's easily fixed.
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No, it won't. The 646 will. I received the email from Onkyo. Onkyo said 2015/2016 receivers will get it. The 636 is a 2014 receiver. Did you not read the link I provided?


You can get a 646 for $400. That's under $500. There's a whole load of 2015/16 receivers under $500 that support HDMI 2.0a, Atmos and DTS:X...

Why do I point these things out? I have an STRDN1060 that I bought just last year that will have to be replaced to support my HDR 4K TV. It annoys me. So I want people to know that an HDMI 2.0 spec receiver falls short of the current 2.0a spec. Lots of people are buying 4K TV's and HDR is what is being looked at as a selling point (just look at any of the recent 4K TV threads).

Sure, this receiver is good value. Just understand what you're getting into...
Thanks for this info. I plan on upgrading my receiver and tv with an HDR model to be compatible with the xbox one S. Your post has made me hold off and wait for a better option.
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