Updated August 17, 2019 by Daniel Goldstein

The 10 Best Onkyo Receivers

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This wiki has been updated 12 times since it was first published in August of 2018. Having been in the business since the 1940s, Onkyo is no stranger to high-quality audio products. Today, in addition to premium speakers, they offer a wide range of receivers, with models to fit every budget and suited to every type of listener. Whether you are setting up a complete surround sound AV system or simply looking for a unit to connect to your CD player, you'll find it here. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best onkyo receiver on Amazon.

10. TX-SR383 AV Component

9. TX-8270 Network Stereo

8. TX-SR494 Hi-Res

7. NFR-9TX CD

6. TX-NR686 AVR

5. TX-RZ730

4. A-9150 Refined Power

3. TX-8220 Two-Channel

2. TX-RZ830

1. TX-RZ3100 THX-Certified

Special Honors

PR-RZ5100 As one of the company's premium AV receivers & processors, this 11.2-channel unit can serve as the hub of a large, surround-sound home-entertainment system. Between its THX® Ultra2™ Plus certification, seamless digital streaming capabilities, three-room source outputs, and a plethora of other features, it's one of the best receivers money can buy, though one may rightfully wonder whether its current price is justified. onkyousa.com

Editor's Notes

August 13, 2019:

If you're in the market for an Onkyo receiver, the company has most likely won your loyalty, whether through past experience or at the recommendation of a credible authority. Determining what kind of receiver is best for you depends upon what kind of audio/video setup you'll be using it for.

If you're only using your receiver to power a pair of bookshelf speakers, and you don't expect to expand into a home-entertainment system, then it's not necessary to consider A/V (audio/video) models. Most of these support five-, seven-, or nine-channel setups for surround-sound purposes. If you just want a receiver to reproduce audio — from a turntable or your laptop, for example — your needs will be met best by a stereo receiver. However, slowly, even stereo receivers are beginning to feature video capabilities, such as our #9 choice, the TX-8270, so it's good to know that the option to connect your stereo speakers to your television does exist with a model like this.

If you are looking to wire a multi-channel, surround-sound system, your options will vary in accordance with the number of speakers you want to set up. The units we've chosen on this update fall somewhere in between two and eleven channels, and the price changes accordingly. Our top pick, the TX-RZ3100 THX-Certified, can support eleven channels with a whopping 140 watts at 8 ohms per channel. This is totally unnecessary for most people, though, so for more standard needs, you'll want to look to the other options that'll get the job done while still fitting the budget.

If the options presented by Onkyo don't meet your needs, we have a list of the best receivers across the board, which includes an array of A/V and stereo receivers, just like this list. If you're sure you want a receiver to power a surround sound receiver, you can compare the options you've just seen with other companies' products, which we've compiled here.


Daniel Goldstein
Last updated on August 17, 2019 by Daniel Goldstein

Daniel is a writer, musician, and frequent traveler with a bachelor’s in creative writing from the State University of New York. In recent years, his writing chops have developed alongside his musical skills, thanks to a rich double life. During the day, he apprenticed with “Rolling Stone” journalist and critic Will Hermes, and when the sun set, he and his NYC-based, four-piece band gigged at high-end venues across the northeastern United States. His affinity for sharing things he's passionate about has culminated in nine years of experience as a music teacher at elementary schools, where he honed his ability to simplify and elucidate concepts to the uninitiated. All considered, he feels most at home writing about instruments, audio electronics and backpacking gear.


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