Pros + App works well and the receiver responds fairly quickly
+ Easy setup, auto-calibration worked great
+ GUI and menus are easy to navigate and understand
+ Bluetooth, DLNA, and Wi-Fi streaming capabilities
Cons - Owners book doesn't show how to operate volume on zone 2
Summary Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are among the most popular new technologies to make their way into A/V receivers. I own a Sony STRDN1030 Wi-Fi Network A/V Receiver that also has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, but it has an awful menu system and GUI when using the audio streaming apps like Pandora. This Onkyo receiver has a better GUI.
=== Setup and Audyssey ===
Setup was easy until I got to the Audyssey automatic volume calibration. For some reason, the remote control would not work while following the Audyssey setup. I had to adjust the auto-calibration mic's position throughout the room and then go over to the receiver and select items using the buttons on the front instead of using the remote. This was only a one-time setup but it was a bit of a pain without being able to use the remote. Once the Audyssey setup was complete, the remote was fully functional again and I was able to test the resulting sound using various input signals like TV and music. The auto-calibration worked great, and the sound is better than I could achieve by adjusting settings manually. Video also looks great, and there was no additional lag on games coming from my PS3.
=== Bluetooth ===
This receiver allows you to stream music from your smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth to this receiver. If your device has the proper Bluetooth profiles, the artist and song titles will also be displayed on the screen. The sound is good, and having this technology integrated in the receiver eliminates the need for a separate device for streaming audio. I tested this function using my Samsung Galaxy Nexus and my HP Touchpad running CyanogenMod 10.
=== Wi-Fi / Networking ===
You can use a wired or a Wi-Fi connection to connect to your network and to music services like Pandora, Slacker, TuneIn, Spotify, and SiriusXM (among others). You can also browse and listen to music that is stored on USB sticks or any DLNA-compatible device like your desktop/laptop computer or NAS server.
One issue I have is with the firmware update checker. This receiver has upgradable firmware, but it doesn't seem to want to check for new versions while on Wi-Fi. I've only been able to check for new versions if I plug in a wired Ethernet connection. There was no update available as of the time of my review.
=== Remote app ===
You can download an iOS or Android app that controls most of the functions of this receiver. I downloaded the app onto my Galaxy Nexus running CyanogenMod 10, Android 4.2.2. The app works well and the receiver responds fairly quickly to the commands. You can switch inputs, adjust volume, play music over the network, and perform other adjustments.
=== 3D and 4K ===
The receiver is completely 3D ready and will pass through 4K signals. Now I just need to get a 4K TV to test this feature (in my dreams)! If you are in the market for a receiver like this one, having it be 4K ready is a huge plus for future-proofing.
=== GUI and Navigation ===
The GUI and menus on this receiver are easy to navigate and understand, but it is a bit slow to respond to the remote at times. The menus and icons look okay... they aren't terribly fancy but they aren't as awful as the Sony STRDN1030's. I like that some of the menus overlay over the current video signal.
Switching between HDMI sources takes a few seconds, just like most other receivers. On average, it takes 5-8 seconds for the HDMI signal to show up when switching inputs.
=== Two small things that bug me ===
I wish there was an HDMI input on the front of this receiver so it would be easy to temporarily connect portable devices to it.
I also am not a huge fan of the lights on the front. First, the LED screen uses green text. But when Wi-Fi is turned on, there is a huge, bright white Wi-Fi logo that does not dim when you dim the LED text and that you cannot turn off in settings. When there is an active Bluetooth connection, there is a small blue light that turns on (the typical Bluetooth blue color). So when all three are turned on, you have green LED text, a bright white Wi-Fi logo, and a blue Bluetooth light. It sort of clashes and there are simply too many lights for my tastes. I wish a future firmware update will at least allow you to turn off the Wi-Fi logo light... it is by far the most distracting.
=== Summary ===
I really like this receiver so far. With its Bluetooth, DLNA, and Wi-Fi streaming capabilities, it turns your receiver into more of a media center without the need for additional components.
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