Onkyo’s new stereo receiver presents distinctive HDMI switching

I’ve lengthy been an advocate of stereo house theater, however there was one stumbling block: stereo receivers and built-in amplifiers lacked video switching of any sort. For years I’ve requested producers about that and all I obtained was plenty of clean stares. So, I am particularly blissful to report Onkyo’s TX-8270 stereo receiver sports activities 4 HDMI inputs and a boatload of different options that you simply usually get with multichannel AV receivers. The TX-8270’s avenue value is $499, £539, AU$1,199.

The Onkyo TX-8270 stereo AV receiver.


This absolutely loaded 100 watt per channel receiver can fortunately drive Four-, 6- or Eight-ohm audio system. It has extremely hi-resolution 384 kHz/32-bit digital converters, a moving-magnet phono enter, Bluetooth, Chromecast, DTS Play-Fi, Spotify and AirPlay. The receiver boasts HDCP 2.2-compliant HDMI inputs that assist pass-through of 4K/60 Hz video, 4K HDR in HDR10 or Dolby Imaginative and prescient codecs, in addition to the BT.2020 4K video normal. Stereo house theater has lastly come of age!

The TX-8270 is the primary stereo receiver or built-in amp I’ve examined that not solely has a subwoofer output jack, but additionally has bass administration with selectable crossover settings — from 40- to 200-Hertz — to optimize your subwoofer-to-speakers mix. 

I paired the TX-8270 with a couple of audio system beginning with the KEF LS50 and two Magnepan fashions: the brand new MMGi (evaluation to come back) and the .7 flat-panel audio system. With the LS50s the sound was clear and clear, just a bit too lean for my style, and a fast comparability with the $799 Outlaw Audio RR2160 stereo receiver I discovered the sound was extra absolutely developed and wealthy. Returning to the TX-8270, the sound was more durable and two-dimensional with Yo La Tengo’s “Summer time Enjoyable” album.

I had comparable outcomes with the MMGi and .7 flat-panel audio system, and most well-liked the sound with the RR2160. I made a decision to hook up a subwoofer, my outdated PSB Alpha SubZero i to the TX-8270, and because of its versatile bass administration system it was straightforward to fine-tune not solely the sub’s quantity degree, but additionally the crossover.  

With the sub in play the TX-8270’s sound was extra muscular and potent with Jay-Z’s new “Four:44” album. The music’s pulse was visceral and extra dynamically alive. Alternatively, I warmed up the sound with out the sub through the use of the TX-8270’s tone controls and boosting the bass. The TX-8270 sounds nice, however it’s simply less than audiophile requirements. Including the Alpha SubZero i put the sound excessive, however that sub is lengthy out of manufacturing. No worries, I do know for a truth the Hsu Analysis VTF-1 MK3 subwoofer is a good higher match with the MMGi audio system.

If you are going to watch extra motion pictures and TV than take heed to music, neglect the MMGi, and go for a pair of KEF Q350 audio system and the HSU VTF-1 MK3 subwoofer. Then once more, any first rate pair of audio system and sub would doubtless click on with the TX-8270 for house theater obligation.

Ultimately I nonetheless most well-liked the sound of the Outlaw Audio RR2160 (my full evaluation will seem very quickly on this weblog), which additionally has bass administration, however it’s lacking options like HDMI switching, Bluetooth, Chromecast, and it is $300 cheaper than the RR2160! They’re each good receivers, however it’s important to determine what you need: sound high quality or extra options.

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