Onkyo 7.2 Receiver w/ Bluetooth & Wi-Fi

**Item: **Onkyo 7.2 Receiver w/ Bluetooth +%26 Wi-Fi
Price: $329.99
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@onkyousa explains upscaling

Are “A/V” receivers not required to actually receive any “V” these days?

Keep in mind that Onkyo Receivers require adequate ventilation as they do run hot. If you plan on getting this receiver and sticking it in your enclosed built in cabinet, please expect to be a disgruntled consumer because within a year, your receiver will likely have some sort of failure. I suspect that several of the complaints on the prior sale about Onkyo receivers in general are from overheated receivers.

What are you talking about? This has HDMI inputs and video scaling.

Does anyone know:

  1. If this has a Pandora app
  2. If you can turn the “B” (surround back or front high) speakers on and off with the remote? My current receiver you have to press a button on the front and I want to be able to do it with the remote.

My last onkyo receiver sat completely in the open and failed after a year. I had it repaired under warranty, but then it started acting up again about 15 monthslater. As of right now, it’s sitting in my basement in a box. If you’re spending three or four hundred on a receiver, in my opinion, it should last for more than 4 years.

Now, when it was working, it was great.

Yes, it has a Pandora app. You can control it, even change Pandora channels from the Onkyo mobile app (I have the Android version). When you turn the receiver back on and select Net input (if you previously had it on another input), it will continue playing Pandora without having to select it from the other Net sources. I really like this feature. I use a Logitech Harmony remote and with one button can have it power up the Onkyo, select Net input, and viola, I’m listening to Pandora. Very nice!

You can also control Zone B power, volume and input source from the Onkyo app. If you select ‘Source’ for Zone B, and Net (Pandora) for Zone A, then you can listen to Pandora in another room. If you turn turn off the Main Zone A, it will even continue to play on Zone B. Separate ‘powered’ volume control of the two zones is very nice.

One thing to note; you are restricted in what will actually play on Zone B. Most inputs need to have an Analog input to be played on Zone B. The Net input works, but not when streaming via Bluetooth. For instance, if you stream music (or video) from your mobile device to a Roku player, and you only have the Roku player connected to the Onkyo via HDMI (and not analog audio), then the audio will not play on Zone B.

Once you get used to that restriction, it’s a very nice receiver. I also have a 2-year old networked Onkyo receiver (TX-NR609), without Bluetooth, and love it, too. I’ve had Onkyo receivers for years and have been very satisfied with them. No problems. Recommend this model!

Thanks for all the info - this is really helpful. One thing I think we are unclear on is that you are talking about Zone B, while I am talking about the B speakers. I don’t want to use a separate zone because I use all digital inputs and I always want the same thing playing between the two anyway. Do you know anything about using the B speakers? Hopefully that clarifies what I was asking a little bit. Thanks!

Also, one more question on the 2 HDMI outs. If I send one of those outs to another receiver in a different room and play pandora on this receiver, will it show the same display and output the same sound in the other room? I assume yes but not sure.

The 2 HDMI outputs are designed to output to two HDMI display devices, such as a TV and a Projector. HDMI protocol has lots of smarts and copy protections built in. I wouldn’t count on being able to take the HDMI output of one receiver and run it to the input of another one. If you’re just looking for Pandora audio, it would be easier to take the Zone 2 RCA audio output and run that to the second receiver.

Note that when using Zone 2 speakers for another room, you cannot use Surround Back or Front High speakers. Regarding your other question, you can use the Zone 2 speakers as Front High speakers, or you can use them to Bi-Amp your main front speakers, if they have bi-amp capability.

Note that this unit is identical to the Onkyo TX-NR626. The manual is available on Onkyo’s site:

Hope that helps.

I read the comments when this was up for sale a couple of weeks ago, and maybe I also read the July comments while I was at it. Somewhere I thought I picked up the notion that I could use this with my turntable, without needing a separate pre-amp. It’s not in the Sept. 18 comments, though, and to be honest I can’t decipher the Specs sufficiently to understand whether I can do that with this receiver.

Very happy with my current receiver, an Onkyo that is not of this century. Definitely feeling its limitations though. Thinking it might be time to consider a more streamlined (and streaming) solution. But the phono jack is a factor for me. Can anyone shed some light for me on whether this receiver would suit my purposes? TIA.

Edited to add: just took a look at the manual online, I see that it has Phono input jacks. So while it’s bad to assume, I assume I have my answer. Not that I wouldn’t still appreciate your comments.

From page 15 of the TX-NR626 manual (identical unit, see earlier post for link):

• Connect a turntable (MM) that has a built-in phono preamp
to TV/CD IN, or connect it to PHONO IN with the phono
preamp turned off. If your turntable (MM) doesn’t have a
phono preamp, connect it to PHONO IN. If your turntable
has a moving coil (MC) type cartridge, you’ll need a
commercially available MC head amp or MC transformer to
connect to PHONO IN. See your turntable’s manual for

Perfect! Thanks.

Also: a quick spin around the Internets confirms that my turntable has an MM cartridge, so no further accoutrements needed to hook it up to the Onkyo.

I think bi-amp must be how I have them set up currently on my receiver. Does it allow you to turn the B speakers on and off in that configuration though?

I have had 3 of them for many years. I just put a fan with cloth blades to the it is whisper quit blowing on them.
They also sell flat fans designed to go on to of receivers.

No. This thing is 7.1, which means it has seven amplified channels, plus the subwoofer signal level output. You can configure the 7 channels for full surround sound (left, right, center, back left, back right, surround back left, surround back right), or you can eliminate the two surround back speakers and use those channels instead for one of the following:

  • Zone 2 speakers
  • Front High speakers
  • Bi-amp main front speakers

Note that not all receivers will allow you to bi-amp the front pair. Also, you need speakers that are designed to bi-amp. These speakers will have four terminals in the back instead of two. Normally, there are a pair of metal bridges that connect the pairs of terminals when not bi-amping.

Lots of comments on this, it’s great to see. I’m not so knowledgeable on all the specifics. I’ve got a nice tv and a nice surround speaker setup. In a nutshell, is this as good as the write up makes it seem to be? My kids will probably be here more often if it is the $€! £@! That alone would make it worth the price! Thanks to all those who have already made comments!