Conclusion: Another day, another top-drawer AV receiver from Onkyo. As we’ve come to expect, the TX-NR818 is absolutely stuffed with features, including futureproofed 4K upscaling, DLNA and internet music streaming, but it’s backed up by potent, polished (and THX-certified) performance that will leave any self respecting home cinephile grinning like a Cheshire cat. There’s no AirPlay, but you’ll probably be too busy revelling in its top-drawer movie performance to care.
Excerpt: Home cinema audio is often neglected, with TVs getting all the attention. The truth is though, that you could spend less on a TV and more on your audio system and have a more enjoyable experience. After all, most of the problem with TV and movies come from inaudible dialogue and overwhelmingly loud effects.
Pros: Movie and TV soundtracks are brilliantly rendered, music sounds fantastic, some great online features, Android and iPhone apps,
Cons: Expensive, Onkyo just keep making better ones, menus can be slow and text input is a pain
Conclusion: Make no mistake, the TX-NR818 is a very capable amp for the money, but the bar hasn’t been raised to quite the same new heights as last year. Rival machines are waiting in the wings, so we’ll be interested to see how they stack up against this Onkyo in the coming weeks. We can’t wait.
Pros: Solid build, looks good in silver, thorough specification, eight HDMI inputs, good picture processing, powerful yet refined sound, fine sense of scale
Conclusion: Obwohl der Onkyo mit einem Straßenpreis von 900 Euro der günstigste Receiver im Testfeld ist, spielt er klanglich auf praktisch gleichem Niveau wie die Konkurrenz. Dass es 'nur' für 86 Punkte reicht, liegt an seiner vergleichsweise geringen 7.1-Leistung und dem nicht perfekten Boxen-Setup.