Onkyo TX-NR535 vs Onkyo TX-NR525 Detailed Comparison

Onkyo TX-NR535

Onkyo TX-NR525

SCORE:
70
SCORE:
70

Highlights

  • 5.2 channels
  • 5.1 channel processing
  • 65 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • 4K Passthrough
  • AirPlay via optional Onkyo RI Dock DS-A5 (sold separately), DLNA
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • USB input

Highlights

  • 5.2 channels
  • 5.1 channel processing
  • 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • 4K Passthrough
  • DLNA
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • USB input

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Overview

Here we are comparing Onkyo TX-NR535 to Onkyo TX-NR525 to reveal their common strengths and weaknesses as well as the differences between them which will help you in making a correct decision before the purchase. Both receivers have 5 channel amplifiers with Onkyo TX-NR535's being less powerful.

We have evaluated both receivers. Both receivers get equal overall score in our ranking system which is based on the amplifier specifications, audio and video features, connectivity, multizone capabilities, radio and many other details.

Onkyo TX-NR535

Onkyo TX-NR525

AMPLIFIER
71
VIDEO FEATURES
64
AUDIO FEATURES
71
CONNECTIVITY
79
MULTIZONE
64
MISCELLANEOUS
56
RADIO
90
OVERALL
70
AMPLIFIER
73
VIDEO FEATURES
61
AUDIO FEATURES
72
CONNECTIVITY
75
MULTIZONE
64
MISCELLANEOUS
56
RADIO
90
OVERALL
70

Amplifier score is based on power ratings, minimum impedance load, power supply, transformer type, total harmonic distortion, damping factor, signal to noise ratio and other small details. Audio score depends on the number of channels, front wide channel support, maximum channel processing, support of audio formats, DAC specifications, room calibration algorithm... Video score is based on HDR, Dolby Vision and 4K passthrough, upscaling, analog to HDMI upconversion. Connectivity score is defined from all wired and wireless inputs and outputs, internet and bluetooth connections, HEOS, SONOS and others. Multizone score depends on the number of zones with their outputs. Radio score is evaluated form digital radio support and analog tuner with its frequency range, signal to noise ratio, harmonic distortion...

Advantage of Onkyo TX-NR535

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Onkyo TX-NR535 over Onkyo TX-NR525.

Only Onkyo TX-NR535 supports gapless playback.

Onkyo TX-NR535 vs Onkyo TX-NR525
Gapless Playback vs
Video Signal Passthrough up to 4K/60p (YCbCr 4:2:0) vs up to 4K/30p
AirPlay AirPlay via optional Onkyo RI Dock DS-A5 (sold separately) vs
Wi-Fi vs via Front USB (optional UWF-1 sold separately)
Bluetooth vs via Front USB (optional UBT-1 adapter sold separately)
More Analog Audio Line Inputs 7 (1 front) vs 6 (1 front)
More Analog Audio Line Outputs 1 vs
Independent Power Supply 2 vs
Higher DSD Sampling Rate via HDMI 2.8 MHz, 5.6 MHz vs 2.8 MHz

Advantage of Onkyo TX-NR525

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Onkyo TX-NR535 over Onkyo TX-NR525.

Only Onkyo TX-NR535 supports gapless playback.

Onkyo TX-NR535 vs Onkyo TX-NR525
Music Playback via USB FLAC, WAV, Apple Lossless, WMA, WMA Lossless, Ogg, MP3, DSD, AAC, LPCM vs FLAC, WAV, Apple Lossless, WMA, WMA Lossless, Ogg, MP3, DSD, AAC, LPCM, Dolby TruHD
Higher Resolution Music Playback via USB up to 96 kHz vs up to 192 kHz
High Resolution Audio Formats via USB FLAC, WAV, WMA Lossless, Apple Lossless, DSD, AAC vs FLAC, WAV, WMA Lossless, Apple Lossless, DSD, AAC, LPCM
Audyssey Dynamic EQ vs
Audyssey Dynamic Volume vs
Phase-Matching Bass Boost vs
USB Input 1 (Front) vs 1 Front (for iPod/iPhone) and 1 Rear
More Composite Video Inputs 4 (1 front) vs 5 (1 front)
More Component Video Inputs 1 vs 2
Bigger Power Supply 3.2 A vs 4.2 A
Higher Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC) 65 W (0.7% THD) vs 80 W (0.7% THD)
Higher Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC) 90 W (0.7% THD) vs 100 W (0.7% THD)
Higher Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA) 120 W vs 160 W
Higher Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, IEC) 115 W (0.9% THD) vs 130 W (1% THD)
Higher Dynamic Power per Channel, 3 Ω, Front) 160 W vs 180 W
Higher Dynamic Power per Channel, 4 Ω, Front) 125 W vs 160 W
Higher Dynamic Power per Channel, 8 Ω, Front) 85 W vs 100 W

Common Strengths and Weaknesses

Here we list common strengths and weaknesses of both receivers.

PROS
👍   Dolby TrueHD
👍   Dolby Digital Plus
👍   Dolby Pro Logic
👍   DTS Neo
👍   DTS-HD Master Audio
👍   DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
👍   DTS 96/24
👍   DTS Express
👍   High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network
👍   DSD via HDMI
👍   DSD via USB
👍   Compressed Music Enhancer
👍   Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
👍   3-D Ready
👍   4K or 8K Video Passthrough
👍   DLNA 1.5
👍   Ethernet
👍   Wi-Fi
👍   Bluetooth
👍   USB Input
👍   Many Analog Audio Line Inputs
👍   Composite Video Inputs
👍   Composite Video Outputs
👍   Component Video Inputs
👍   Component Video Outputs
👍   Zones
👍   Analog Tuner
👍   Pandora
👍   Spotify
👍   SiriusXM Internet Radio
👍   H.C.P.S. (High Current Power Supply)
CONS
👍   Not Certified 4 Ω Performance
👍   No Bi-amp Capability
👍   Few Channel Processing
👍   No Dolby Atmos
👍   No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
👍   No Dolby Surround Upmixer
👍   No DTS:X
👍   No DTS Neural:X
👍   No DTS Virtual:X
👍   No IMAX Enhanced
👍   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
👍   No DTS Dialog Control
👍   No High-resolution Music Enhancer
👍   No HDR10
👍   No HDR10+
👍   No BT.2020 color space
👍   No Dolby Vision
👍   No Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG)
👍   No 4K or 8K Video Upscaling
👍   No Chromecast Built-In
👍   Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
👍   Does Not Work with SONOS
👍   No eARC
👍   Few HDMI Outputs
👍   No Phono Input
👍   No Multi-Channel Input
👍   No Analog Pre-Outs
👍   No Tidal
👍   No Deezer
👍   No Napster

Amplifier

Onkyo TX-NR535 and Onkyo TX-NR525 have 5 channel amplifiers. Onkyo TX-NR535 delivers 65 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and Onkyo TX-NR525 delivers 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)


Video Features

Onkyo TX-NR535 supports 4K passthrough up to 60p and Onkyo TX-NR525 supports 4K passthrough up to 30p.


WRAT

Onkyo TX-NR535 and Onkyo TX-NR525 feature Onkyo’s Wide Range Amp Technology (WRAT) circuit layout that prevents phase shifting by pushing the roll-off point higher than the listening-level frequency. Amplifying sound without phase shift creates an uncommonly well-focused and realistic audio image. If phase shift occurs and signal timing is not accurate, then neither is the resulting audio image.


Advanced Music Optimizer

Compressed music enhancement in Onkyo TX-NR535 and Onkyo TX-NR525 is done by Onkyo’s Advanced Music Optimizer. While MP3 or AAC files may sound fine through the headphones of your portable digital player, the limitations of these files can be exposed when played back through a quality home entertainment system. This is because a significant amount of high-frequency bit information is lost during the file-compression process. To counter this, Onkyo has designed the Advanced Music Optimizer to compensate for lost bit information and improve the quality of compressed audio signals. This results in a clearer and more expansive sound. Also included in this technology is a loudness correction feature that further improves the audio character of compressed files.


Phase-Matching Bass Boost

Onkyo TX-NR525 features Phase-Matching Bass Boost. The negative effects of phase-shift or the timing difference between sound waves of different frequencies can sometimes be heard in audio players when corners are cut in order to increase bass response. While most audio systems have some form of low-frequency enhancement system, often a bigger bass sound comes at the expense of mid-range clarity, and results in a smeared or muddy sound. Onkyo’s Phase-Matching Bass Boost technology avoids this problem by improving the phase timing to preserve the natural clarity of the mid-range allowing vocals and strings to shine while maintaining a smooth, powerful bass response at all volume levels.


Connectivity

Onkyo TX-NR535

Onkyo TX-NR535 can be connected to internet using ethernet cable or built-in wi-fi adapter. It can also connect to bluetooth devices via built-in bluetooth adapter. The Receiver supports AirPlay via optional Onkyo RI Dock DS-A5 (sold separately). It has 6 HDMI inputs.

Front panel has USB, Composite Video and RCA audio inputs.

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Onkyo TX-NR525

Onkyo TX-NR525 can be connected to internet using ethernet cable or wirelessly via Front USB (optional UWF-1 sold separately). It can also connect to bluetooth devices via Front USB (optional UBT-1 adapter sold separately) . It has 6 HDMI inputs with HDCP 2.2 copy protection.

Front panel has L/R Audio, Composite and USB inputs.

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Side by Side Comparison

And in the end let us list the detailed specifications of the receivers side-by-side.

Note: The following table shows only those details which are applicable for both models and excludes the ones that are applicable for only one model. If you want to see a full list of specs for each model please visit their individual pages here - Onkyo TX-NR535 and here - Onkyo TX-NR525.

BASICS Onkyo TX-NR535 vs Onkyo TX-NR525
BrandOnkyovsOnkyo
ModelTX-NR535vsTX-NR525
TypeA/V ReceivervsA/V Receiver
CountryUSAvsUSA
Release Year2014vs2013
AMPLIFIER Onkyo TX-NR535 vs Onkyo TX-NR525
Channels5.2vs5.2
WRAT (Wide Range Amplifier Technology)vs
VLSC (Vector Linear Shaping Circuitry)vs
Optimum Gain Volume Circuitryvs
THX™ Certificationvs
Continuous 6 Ω Ratedvs
Certified 4 Ω Performancevs
Discrete Output Stage Circuitryvs
3-Stage Inverted Darlington Circuitryvs
PUSH-PULL Designvs
Independent Block Construction (Amp/Preprocessor)vs
Bi-amp Capabilityvs
BTL (Bridged Transless or Bridging)vs
AUDIO Onkyo TX-NR535 vs Onkyo TX-NR525
Digital Signal Processing (DSP) Engine32-bit DSPvsAdvanced 32-Bit Processing DSP Chip
DACBurr-BrownvsBurr-Brown
Maximum Channel Processing5.1vs5.1
Air Studios Monitor Certificationvs
Dolby Atmosvs
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualizationvs
Dolby TrueHDvs
Dolby Digital Plusvs
Dolby Surround Upmixervs
Dolby Pro Logic PLIIvs PLII
Dolby Digital EXvs
Surround EXvs
DTS:Xvs
DTS Neural:Xvs
DTS Virtual:Xvs
DTS Neo Neo:6vs Neo:6
DTS-HD Master Audiovs
DTS-HD High Resolution Audiovs
DTS 96/24vs
DTS Expressvs
DTS-ESvs
IMAX Enhancedvs
Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixervs
PCM 2-ch/Multi-ch Inputvs 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
Music Playback via USBFLAC, WAV, Apple Lossless, WMA, WMA Lossless, Ogg, MP3, DSD, AAC, LPCMvsFLAC, WAV, Apple Lossless, WMA, WMA Lossless, Ogg, MP3, DSD, AAC, LPCM, Dolby TruHD
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network up to 96 kHzvs up to 192 kHz
High Resolution Audio Formats via USBFLAC, WAV, WMA Lossless, Apple Lossless, DSD, AACvsFLAC, WAV, WMA Lossless, Apple Lossless, DSD, AAC, LPCM
Multi-Channel Music File Playback via USBvs
Gapless Playbackvs
DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Inputvs 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DSD via USB 2-ch Inputvs 2-ch Input
DSD to PCM Convertervs
USB DACvs
Jitter Reduction PLL (Phase Locked Loop) Jitter-Cleaning Circuit Technology for S/PDIF Audiovs PLL (Phase Locked Loop) Jitter-Cleaning Circuit Technology for S/PDIF Audio
DTS Dialog Controlvs
Dialog Enhancementvs
Dialog Level Adjustmentvs
Dialog Normalizationvs
Dialogue Liftvs
Tone Control Front L/R Channelsvs Front L/R Channels
Compressed Music Enhancer Advanced Music Optimizer (bluetooth included)vs Advanced Music Optimizer
High-resolution Music Enhancervs
THX Processing Modevs
Audyssey Dynamic EQvs
Audyssey Dynamic Volumevs
Audyssey LFCvs
Audyssey Sub EQ HTvs
Audyssey DSXvs
Phase-Matching Bass Boostvs
Direct Modevs
Pure Audio Modevs
Pure Direct Analog Path Modevs
Virtual Speakers T-D (Theater-Dimensional)vs T-D (Theater-Dimensional)
Independent Dual Subwoofer Outputvs
CALIBRATION Onkyo TX-NR535 vs Onkyo TX-NR525
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. AccuEQvs Audyssey MultEQ
VIDEO Onkyo TX-NR535 vs Onkyo TX-NR525
HDR10vs
HDR10+vs
BT.2020 color spacevs
Dolby Visionvs
HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)vs
QMS (Quick Media Switching)vs
ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode)vs
VRR (Variable Refresh Rate)vs
QFT (Quick Frame transport)vs
3-D Readyvs
Video Signal Passthroughup to 4K/60p (YCbCr 4:2:0)vsup to 4K/30p
Video Signal Upscalingvs
Analog To HDMI Upconversionvs
Component Video Upscalingvs
Analog to Analog Video conversionvs
isf Certified Calibration Controlvs
CONNECTIVITY Onkyo TX-NR535 vs Onkyo TX-NR525
MHL Inputvs
DLNA 1.5vs
FireConnectvs
FlareConnectvs
Chromecast Built-Invs
DTS Play-Fivs
Works with Amazon Alexavs
Works with SONOSvs
AirPlay AirPlay via optional Onkyo RI Dock DS-A5 (sold separately)vs
Apple Product Connection iPod and iPhone via optional Onkyo RI Dock DS-A5 (sold separately)vs iPod and iPhone via front USB
Remote AppOnkyo Remote App for iPod touch/iPhone and Android-Powered Devicesvs iPod touch/iPhone and Android-Powered Devices
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevuevs
Ethernetvs
Ethernet Switchvs
Wi-Fivs via Front USB (optional UWF-1 sold separately)
Bluetoothvs via Front USB (optional UBT-1 adapter sold separately)
HDBaseT Compatiblevs
Enhanced ARCvs
HDMI Input6vs6
HDMI Output1vs1
USB Input1 (Front)vs1 Front (for iPod/iPhone) and 1 Rear
USB DC Out Portvs
Analog Audio Line Input7 (1 front)vs6 (1 front)
Analog Audio Line Output1vs
Phono Inputvs
Optical In1vs1
Optical Outvs
Coaxial In/Out2 / vs2 /
Composite Video Input4 (1 front)vs5 (1 front)
Composite Video Output1vs1
S-Video Inputvs
S-Video Outputvs
Component Video Input1vs2
Component Video Output1vs1
PC Invs
Multi-Channel Inputvs
Analog Pre-Outs0.2vs0.2
XLR Inputsvs
XLR Pre-outsvs
Front A/V InputsUSB, Composite Video, RCA audiovsL/R Audio, Composite, USB
Speaker A/Bvs
Headphone Out 6.3 mmvs 6.3 mm
ZONES Onkyo TX-NR535 vs Onkyo TX-NR525
Zones2vs2
Powered Zonesvs
Zone 2RCA Line OutvsRCA Line Out
Whole House Modevs
RS-232vs
+12V Trigger Output0vs0
Remote (IR) Input/Output0 / 0vs0 / 0
MISC Onkyo TX-NR535 vs Onkyo TX-NR525
On-Screen Displayvs
Detachable Power Cordvs
uportvs
ONKYO-RI System Controlvs
RIHD (Remote Interactive Over HDMI)vs
Pre-Pro/Learning Remote / vs /
On Screen Remote Programmingvs
Bi-directional Remote Setup via GUIvs
Activity Based Remotevs
Smart Grid-Readyvs
RADIO Onkyo TX-NR535 vs Onkyo TX-NR525
Analog Tuner FM/AMvs FM/AM
Presets40vs40
Digital Radiovs
Internet Radio TuneInvs TuneIn
Pandoravs
Spotifyvs
Tidalvs
Deezervs
Napstervs
SiriusXM Internet Radiovs
CONSTRUCTION Onkyo TX-NR535 vs Onkyo TX-NR525
Solid Aluminum Frontvs
Speaker Terminals5vs5
Large Speaker Terminals5vs5
Color-Coded Speaker Terminalsvs
Transparent High-Grade Speaker Terminalsvs
18mm Pitch High Grade Pre-outsvs
19mm-Pitch Audio Inputsvs
Gold plated RCA terminalsvs
POWER Onkyo TX-NR535 vs Onkyo TX-NR525
Power SupplyAC 120 V, 60 HzvsAC 120 V, 60 Hz
Independent Power Supply2vs
H.C.P.S. (High Current Power Supply) Massive High Power Transformervs Massive High Power Transformer
Toroidal Transformervs
Power Consumption3.2 Avs4.2 A
No Sound Power55 Wvs60 W
Standby Power0.1 Wvs0.15 W
GENERAL Onkyo TX-NR535 vs Onkyo TX-NR525
ECO Mode / Hybrid Standby Functionvs
Dimensions (W x H x D)435 mm x 150 mm x 329 mm
17-1/8" x 5-7/8" x 12-15/16"
vs435 mm x 173.5 mm x 328 mm
17-1/8" x 6-13/16" x 12-15/16"
Weight7.6 kg (16.8 lbs)vs8.5 kg (18.7 lbs)
Warranty2 Yearsvs2 Years
SPECS Onkyo TX-NR535 vs Onkyo TX-NR525
Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 265 W (0.7% THD)vs80 W (0.7% THD)
Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 290 W (0.7% THD)vs100 W (0.7% THD)
Maximum Effective Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA)120 Wvs160 W
Rated Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, IEC)115 W (0.9% THD)vs130 W (1% THD)
Dynamic Power per Channel (3 Ω, Front)160 Wvs180 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (4 Ω, Front)125 Wvs160 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (8 Ω, Front)85 Wvs100 W
THD0.7% (20 Hz - 20 kHz, Half power)vs0.7% (20 Hz - 20 kHz, Half power)
Damping Factor60 (Front, 1 kHz, 8 Ω)vs60 (Front, 1 kHz, 8 Ω)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)200 mV/47 kΩ (Line)vs200 mV/47 kΩ (Line)
Rated Lineout Level and Impedance200 mV/2.2 kΩvs200 mV/2.2 kΩ
Maximum Lineout Level and Impedance2 V/2.2 kΩvs2 V/2.2 kΩ
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)100 dBvs100 dB
Frequency Response (Analog In)5 Hz - 100 kHz/+1 dB, -3 dB (Direct Mode)vs5 Hz - 100 kHz/+1 dB, -3 dB (DSP bypass)
DSD Sampling Rates via HDMI2.8 MHz, 5.6 MHzvs2.8 MHz
DSD Sampling Rates via USB2.8 MHzvs2.8 MHz
Video Input Sensitivity/Output Level and Impedance1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component Y)
0.7 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component PB/CB, PR/CR)
1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Composite)
vs1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component Y)
0.7 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component PB/CB, PR/CR)
1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Composite)
Video Frequency Response5 Hz - 100 MHz/+0 dB, -3 dB (Component)vs5 Hz - 100 MHz/+0 dB, -3 dB (Component)
Ethernet Standard10BASE-T/100BASE-TXvs100BASE-TX
FM Frequency87.5 MHz - 107.9 MHzvs87.5 MHz - 107.9 MHz
AM Frequency522/530 kHz - 1611/1710 kHzvs522/530 kHz - 1611/1710 kHz

* - 480i/576i and 480p/576p only
** - 480i/576i only
*** - no 1080p/24 upconversion
**** - 1080p signal is not converted

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