1-on-1 Comparison

Side-by-Side Comparison

Onkyo TX-NR6100

Yamaha RX-V6A

SCORE:
89
SCORE:
88

Highlights

  • 7.2 channels
  • 7.1 channel processing
  • 100 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • THX Select™ certified
  • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X capable
  • HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, 4K Upscaling, 8K Passthrough
  • AirPlay 2, Chromecast, DTS Play-Fi
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • USB and Phono inputs

Highlights

  • 7.2 channels
  • 7.1 channel processing
  • 100 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X capable
  • HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, 4K Upscaling, 8K Passthrough
  • AirPlay 2, MusicCast
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • USB and Phono inputs

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Content

Overview

Here we are comparing Onkyo TX-NR6100 to Yamaha RX-V6A 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 7 channel and equally powerful amplifiers.

We have evaluated both receivers. Onkyo TX-NR6100 gets higher 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-NR6100

Yamaha RX-V6A

AMPLIFIER
91
VIDEO FEATURES
99
AUDIO FEATURES
88
CONNECTIVITY
87
MULTIZONE
77
MISCELLANEOUS
66
RADIO
92
OVERALL
89
AMPLIFIER
88
VIDEO FEATURES
99
AUDIO FEATURES
86
CONNECTIVITY
86
MULTIZONE
79
MISCELLANEOUS
67
RADIO
97
OVERALL
88

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-NR6100

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Onkyo TX-NR6100 over Yamaha RX-V6A.

Onkyo TX-NR6100 has bigger power supply. It supports SONOS.

Onkyo TX-NR6100 vs Yamaha RX-V6A
THX™ Certification Select™ (previously known as Select2) vs
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization vs
DTS Virtual:X vs
DTS Express vs
Music Playback via USB FLAC, WAV, Apple Lossless, WMA, MP3, DSD, AIFF, AAC, Dolby TrueHD vs MP3, WMA, MPEG-4 AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
High Resolution Audio Formats via USB FLAC, WAV, Apple Lossless, DSD, AIFF, AAC, Dolby TrueHD vs Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
Chromecast Built-In vs
DTS Play-Fi vs
Works with SONOS vs
More HDMI Outputs 2 (1 Main, 1 Sub/Zone2) vs 1
USB Input 2 (front and rear) vs USB memory, Portable Audio Player
More Analog Audio Line Inputs 4 vs 3
Bigger Power Supply 635 W vs 360 W
Higher Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA) 210 W (10% THD) vs 160 W (10% THD)

Advantage of Yamaha RX-V6A

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Yamaha RX-V6A over Onkyo TX-NR6100.

Yamaha RX-V6A has lower total harmonic distortion and higher signal to noise ratio. It supports Napster and SiriusXM. It has analog pre-outs.

Onkyo TX-NR6100 vs Yamaha RX-V6A
DTS Neo vs Neo:6
Higher Resolution Music Playback via USB up to 192 kHz vs up to 192 kHz/32 Bit
Dialogue Lift vs
Video Signal Upscaling 1080p to 4K vs up to 4K 60p 4:4:4
More HDMI Inputs 6 vs 7
More 8K Inputs 6 vs 7
More Analog Pre-Outs 0.2 vs 2.2
Zone 2 Outs RCA Line Out (shared with Zone B) vs Preout
+12V Trigger Output 0 vs 1
Napster vs
SiriusXM Internet Radio vs
Lower THD 0.08% (20 Hz - 20 kHz, Half power) vs 0.04% (AUDIO 3 etc. to Front, Pure Direct, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 50 W, 8 Ω)
Higher S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A) 106 dB vs 110 dB
Higher S/N Ratio (Phono MM, IHF-A) 80 dB vs 95 dB

Common Strengths and Weaknesses

Here we list common strengths and weaknesses of both receivers.

STRENGTHS
  Dolby Atmos
  DTS:X
  DSD via HDMI
  Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
  HDR10
  HDR10+
  Dolby Vision
  Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through
  VRR
  QFT
  4K or 8K Video Passthrough
  4K or 8K Signal Upscaling
  Works with Amazon Alexa
  Google assistant
  Ethernet
  Wi-Fi
  Bluetooth
  eARC
  New HDCP Version
  Many 8K Inputs
  USB Input
  Phono Input
  Zones
  Analog Tuner
  Pandora
  Spotify
  Tidal
  New Bluetooth Version
WEAKNESSES
  No Front Wide Channel Support
  No IMAX Enhanced
  No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
  No Composite Video Inputs

Selected Features

Amplifier

Onkyo TX-NR6100 and Yamaha RX-V6A have 7 channel amplifiers. They both deliver 100 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and have stable performance at 4 Ω load. Since 2016 all receiver manufacturers have dropped front wide channel support and these models are no exceptions.


Video Features

Both receivers support 8K passthrough up to 60p. Onkyo TX-NR6100 can do 4K upscaling and Yamaha RX-V6A can do 4K upscaling up to 60p. The receivers support HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision.


HDR10

High-dynamic-range (HDR) video has greater dynamic range than standard-dynamic-range (SDR) video with brigter whites and deeper blacks. HDR10 was announced on August 27, 2015, by the Consumer Technology Association and uses the wide-gamut Rec. 2020 color space. It sends static metadata via video stream to the TV which calibrates its screen brightness and color according to that. HDR10 supports up to 1000 nits of brightness and 10-bit color which corresponds to 1024 shades of the primary RGB colors.


Dolby Vision and HDR10+

Dolby Vision and HDR10+ are both updates to HDR10 by adding dynamic metadata that can be used to more accurately adjust brightness levels up to 10,000 nits maximum brightness on a scene-by-scene or frame-by-frame basis and support up to 12-bit color depth (4096 shades of RGB) and 8K resolution.


Dolby Atmos and Dolby Surround upmixer

Onkyo TX-NR6100 and Yamaha RX-V6A support Dolby Atmos with its Dolby Surround upmixer. They can be configured upto 5.1.2 channels using internal amplifiers.

Dolby Atmos is the first cinematic audio format in which sounds exist as individual entities, called audio objects. In Dolby Atmos, any sound - the helicopter, a car screeching around a corner, a melodic bird call - can exist as an independent audio object, free of channel restrictions. They can be precisely placed and moved anywhere in your room, including overhead, to flow above and around you in three-dimensional space. Through the use of audio objects, overhead sound, and all the richness, clarity, and power of Dolby sound, Dolby Atmos turns your room into an amazing place for entertainment. You'll feel like you're inside the action, in ways you've never experienced before.

Dolby Atmos for the home represents every sound in the original cinema mix as an audio object. Extensions to the Dolby Audio™ codecs, along with an advanced scalable algorithm, allow Dolby Atmos to be delivered via Blu-ray Disc and streaming media. A spatially-coded substream is added to Dolby TrueHD or Dolby Digital Plus. A Dolby Atmos audio/video receiver (AVR) adapts the cinema experience to your home theater from seven speakers to as many as 34 in 24.1.10 configuration, recreating the original artistic concept. The format supports up to 128 simultaneous independent audio objects in a mix for rich, realistic, and breathtaking sound. It recreates the director's original concept through descriptive metadata to provide customized playback for home theater and delivers sounds above you through overhead speakers, special upward-firing Dolby Atmos speakers, or a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar.

If the content is not mixed in Dolby Atmos then the Dolby surround upmixer will expand the audio to all channels including ceiling speakers. The upmixer has replaced the Dolby Pro Logic II family with improved upmixing algorithms.


DTS:X and Neural:X upmixer

Onkyo TX-NR6100 and Yamaha RX-V6A support DTS:X with its Neural:X upmixer. Both of them can be configured upto 5.1.2 channels using internal amplifiers.

A technique used in DTS:X is similar to the one used in Dolby Atmos. Instead of a fixed number of channels, DTS:X defines object locations from the listener in polar coordinates. An a/v receiver then dynamically renders sound according to the current speaker configuration. The speaker layout employed by DTS:X is the sum of Dolby Atmos and Auro-3D. It has standard 7.1 channel base layer, a 5 channel height layer above the base layer on the front and side walls, and 3 rows of speakers on the ceiling.

DTS Neural:X is an upmixer that can take non DTS:X content and upmix it to the DTS:X speaker layout. It has replaced the DTS Neo family with improved flexibility.


Dynamic Audio Amplification

Onkyo TX-NR6100 features Dynamic Audio Amplification which is Onkyo’s amplification philosophy that focuses on capturing the energy and dynamism contained in the audio signal and reproducing it without loss. Audio signals are not static like a test tone, but rather a countless collection of constantly moving waves. While static measurements such as S/N ratio and Total Harmonic Distortion are important, Onkyo believes that excellent dynamic and transient response is the key to emotionally involving sound. Dynamism - the “life” in music - is achieved when the amp can respond to changes in the signal instantaneously, so notes start and stop naturally and the nuances in attack, decay, sustain, and release are voiced with conviction. Onkyo home theater receivers represent the culmination of almost 70 years’ experience in amplifier design. The unique elements of their amplification system comprise high-current, low-impedance architecture to accurately control large speaker cones while enabling instantaneous response to dynamic changes, and discrete wide-range amplifier circuit topology to eliminate phase shift for clear and accurate audio imaging.


THX™ Certification

Onkyo TX-NR6100 is THX™ certified which offers optimal performance, superior quality and seamless integration. THX works with partners from the ground up, so that certified products deliver professional quality audio-visual experiences right out of the box. They only certify the very best products with uncompromised quality, performance and consistency. They ensure that THX certified devices play well with lower performing devices and components. THX listening modes make the receiver to have one speaker set up for movies, music and games. They are tested for power output, bass management, signal-to-noise ratio and feature RE-EQ, timbre matching, boundary gain compensation and THX Loudness Plus.


Adaptive DRC

Yamaha RX-V6A features Adaptive DRC (Dynamic Range Control) which automatically adjusts the dynamic range of the sound according to the volume level. This ensures that you hear clear dialog and vocals, and all sound effects at comfortable levels. There is no need to adjust the volume level as you listen; everything from whispers to big explosions will be heard clearly and comfortably at the same volume setting. It also tones down loud TV commercials, and is ideal for low-volume, late-night listening, when you do not want to disturb others.


Advanced Music Optimizer

Compressed music enhancement in Onkyo TX-NR6100 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.


Connectivity

Onkyo TX-NR6100

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Onkyo TX-NR6100 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 works with Amazon Alexa and works with SONOS and supports AirPlay 2. It has 6 HDMI inputs with HDCP 2.3 copy protection. There is a phono input with built-in phono stage for connecting the cartridge output of the turntable directly to the Receiver.

Front panel has USB input.

Yamaha RX-V6A

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Yamaha RX-V6A 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 works with Amazon Alexa and supports AirPlay 2. It has 7 HDMI inputs with HDCP 2.3 copy protection. There is a phono input with built-in phono stage for connecting the cartridge output of the turntable directly to the Receiver. There are 2.2 channel analog pre-outs for external amplification.

Front panel has USB input.

Specifications

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-NR6100 and here - Yamaha RX-V6A.

BASICS Onkyo TX-NR6100 Yamaha RX-V6A
BrandOnkyoYamaha
ModelTX-NR6100RX-V6A
TypeA/V ReceiverA/V Receiver
CountryNorth AmericaUSA
Release Year20212020
AMPLIFIER Onkyo TX-NR6100 Yamaha RX-V6A
Channels7.27.2
Front Wide Channel Support
THX™ Certification Select™ (previously known as Select2)
Continuous 6 Ω Rated
Certified 4 Ω Performance
Bi-amp Capability
AUDIO Onkyo TX-NR6100 Yamaha RX-V6A
Maximum Channel Processing7.17.1
Air Studios Monitor Certification
Dolby Atmos
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
Dolby Atmos Music
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Surround Upmixer
Dolby Pro Logic
Dolby Digital EX
DTS:X
DTS Neural:X
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neo Neo:6
DTS-HD Master Audio
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
DTS 96/24
DTS Express
DTS-ES Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1
IMAX Enhanced
Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
PCM 2-ch/Multi-ch Input 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
Music Playback via USBFLAC, WAV, Apple Lossless, WMA, MP3, DSD, AIFF, AAC, Dolby TrueHDMP3, WMA, MPEG-4 AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network up to 192 kHz up to 192 kHz/32 Bit
High Resolution Audio Formats via USBFLAC, WAV, Apple Lossless, DSD, AIFF, AAC, Dolby TrueHDApple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
Multi-Channel Music File Playback via USB
Gapless Playback
DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Input 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DSD via USB 2-ch Input 2-ch Input
DSD to PCM Converter
USB DAC
DTS Dialog Control
Dialog Normalization
Dialogue Lift
Compressed Music Enhancer Advanced Music Optimizer
High-resolution Music Enhancer
Audyssey Dynamic EQ
Audyssey Dynamic Volume
Audyssey LFC
Audyssey Sub EQ HT
Audyssey DSX
Virtual Speakers T-D (Theater-Dimensional) including surround back
CALIBRATION Onkyo TX-NR6100 Yamaha RX-V6A
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. AccuEQ with subwoofer EQ and AccuReflex™ YPAO sound optimization (R.S.C.)
VIDEO Onkyo TX-NR6100 Yamaha RX-V6A
HDR10
HDR10+
BT.2020 color space
Dolby Vision
HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)
QMS (Quick Media Switching)
ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode)
VRR (Variable Refresh Rate)
QFT (Quick Frame transport)
3-D Ready
Video Signal Passthroughup to 8K/60p (RGB/YCbCr4:4:4)up to 8K 50/60Hz and 4K 100/120Hz 4:4:4
Video Signal Upscaling 1080p to 4K up to 4K 60p 4:4:4
Analog To HDMI Upconversion
isf Certified Calibration Control
CONNECTIVITY Onkyo TX-NR6100 Yamaha RX-V6A
MHL Input
Chromecast Built-In
DTS Play-Fi
Works with Amazon Alexa
Google assistant
Works with SONOS
AirPlay AirPlay 2 AirPlay 2
Apple Product Connection iPod, iPhone and iPad iPod, iPhone and iPad
Remote AppOnkyo Controller and Music Control apps (iPhone® / iPad® / Android™ phone / tablet)
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevue
Ethernet
Ethernet Switch
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX HD SBC, AAC
HDBaseT Compatible
Enhanced ARC
HDCP Version2.32.3
HDMI Inputs67
HDMI Outputs2 (1 Main, 1 Sub/Zone2)1
8K Inputs67
USB Input2 (front and rear)USB memory, Portable Audio Player
USB DC Out Port
Analog Audio Line Input43
Analog Audio Line Output
Phono Input
Optical In11
Optical Out
Coaxial In/Out1 / 1 /
Composite Video Input
Composite Video Output
S-Video Input
S-Video Output
Component Video Input
Component Video Output
PC In
Multi-Channel Input
Analog Pre-Outs0.22.2
XLR Inputs
XLR Pre-outs
Front A/V InputsUSBUSB
Speaker A/B
Headphone Out 6.3 mm 6.3 mm
ZONES Onkyo TX-NR6100 Yamaha RX-V6A
Zones22
Powered Zones 2Zone 2
Zone 2RCA Line Out (shared with Zone B)Preout
RS-232
+12V Trigger Output01
Remote (IR) Input/Output0 / 00 / 0
MISC Onkyo TX-NR6100 Yamaha RX-V6A
Detachable Power Cord
RADIO Onkyo TX-NR6100 Yamaha RX-V6A
Analog Tuner FM/AM FM/AM
Presets4040
Digital Radio
Internet Radio TuneIn
Pandora
Spotify
Tidal
Deezer
Napster
SiriusXM Internet Radio
CONSTRUCTION Onkyo TX-NR6100 Yamaha RX-V6A
Speaker Terminals99
Large Speaker Terminals99
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
Gold plated RCA terminals
POWER Onkyo TX-NR6100 Yamaha RX-V6A
Power SupplyAC 120 V, 60 HzAC 120 V, 60 Hz
Power Consumption635 W360 W
Standby Power0.1 W0.1 W
GENERAL Onkyo TX-NR6100 Yamaha RX-V6A
ECO Mode / Hybrid Standby Function
Dimensions (W x H x D)435 mm x 173.5 mm x 379.5 mm
17-1/8" x 6-13/16" x 14-15/16"
435 mm x 171 mm x 377 mm (with antenna: 435 mm x 245 mm x 377 mm)
17-1/8" x 6-3/4" x 14-7/8" (with antenna up: 17-1/8" x 9-5/8" x 14-7/8")
Weight9.8 kg (21.6 lbs)9.8 kg (21.6 lbs)
Warranty2 Years2 Years
SPECS Onkyo TX-NR6100 Yamaha RX-V6A
Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2100 W (0.08% THD)100 W (0.06% THD)
Maximum Effective Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA)210 W (10% THD)160 W (10% THD)
THD0.08% (20 Hz - 20 kHz, Half power)0.04% (AUDIO 3 etc. to Front, Pure Direct, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 50 W, 8 Ω)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)200 mV/47 kΩ (1 kHz, 100 W/8 Ω)200 mV/47 kΩ
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Phono MM)3.5 mV/47 kΩ3.5 mV/47 kΩ
Rated Preout Level and Impedance1 V/470 Ω (subwoofer)1.0 V/470Ω
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)106 dB110 dB
S/N Ratio (Phono MM, IHF-A)80 dB95 dB
Frequency Response (Analog In)10 Hz - 100 kHz/+1 dB, -3 dB (Direct/Pure Audio)+0/-3 dB (AUDIO 3 etc. to Front, Pure Direct, 10 Hz to 100 kHz)
DSD Sampling Rates via HDMI2.8 MHz2.8 MHz
DSD Sampling Rates via USB2.8 MHz, 5.6 MHz, 11.2 MHz11.2 MHz, 5.6 MHz, 2.8 MHz
Ethernet Standard10BASE-T/100BASE-TX10BASE-T/100BASE-TX
Wi-Fi StandardIEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/acIEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Wi-Fi Terminal Frequency5 GHz, 2.4 GHz2.4 GHz, 5 GHz
Bluetooth Version4․24․2
Bluetooth Frequency2.4 GHz2.4 GHz
USB TerminalFront: Ver. 2.0, 5 V, 0.5 A
Rear: Ver. 2.0, 5 V, 1 A
USB2.0 5 V, 1 A
FM Frequency87.5 MHz - 107.9 MHz87.5 MHz - 107.9 MHz
FM 50 dB Quiet Sensitivity (IHF, 1 kHz, 100% MOD.)Mono: 1.0 µV (11.2 dBf)Mono: 3 µV (20.8 dBf)
AM Frequency530 kHz - 1710 kHz530 kHz - 1710 kHz

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

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