Onkyo TX-NR727 vs Onkyo TX-NR717 Detailed Comparison
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SCORE:
82
SCORE:
82

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Overview

Here we are comparing Onkyo TX-NR727 to Onkyo TX-NR717 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.

Let us have a look at some highlights of the models.

Onkyo TX-NR727 Highlights

Onkyo TX-NR717 Highlights

  • 7.2 channels
  • 110 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • THX Select™2 Plus certified
  • 4K Upscaling, 4K Passthrough
  • AirPlay via optional Onkyo RI Dock DS-A5 (sold separately), DLNA
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • USB and Phono inputs
  • 7.2 channels
  • 110 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • THX Select™2 Plus certified
  • 4K Upscaling, 1080p Passthrough
  • DLNA
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi
  • USB and Phono inputs

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-NR727

Onkyo TX-NR717

AMPLIFIER
91
VIDEO FEATURES
76
AUDIO FEATURES
75
CONNECTIVITY
83
MULTIZONE
83
MISCELLANEOUS
73
RADIO
85
OVERALL
82
AMPLIFIER
91
VIDEO FEATURES
71
AUDIO FEATURES
80
CONNECTIVITY
83
MULTIZONE
87
MISCELLANEOUS
78
RADIO
85
OVERALL
82

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-NR727

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Onkyo TX-NR727 over Onkyo TX-NR717.

Onkyo TX-NR727 has more advanced room correction system and bigger power supply.

Onkyo TX-NR727 Onkyo TX-NR717
Phase-Matching Bass Boost
More Advanced Auto Speaker Calibration System Audyssey MultEQ Audyssey 2EQ
Video Signal Passthrough up to 4K/30p up to 1080p
AirPlay AirPlay via optional Onkyo RI Dock DS-A5 (sold separately)
Wi-Fi via Front USB (optional UWF-1 sold separately)
Bluetooth
Smart Grid-Ready
Independent Power Supply 2
Bigger Power Supply 6.9 A 6.8 A

Advantage of Onkyo TX-NR717

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Onkyo TX-NR727 over Onkyo TX-NR717.

Onkyo TX-NR727 has more advanced room correction system and bigger power supply.

Onkyo TX-NR727 Onkyo TX-NR717
Front Wide Channel Support
High Resolution Audio Formats via USB FLAC, WAV, WMA Lossless, Apple Lossless, DSD, AAC, LPCM FLAC, WAV, Apple Lossless, DSD, WMA Lossless, LPCM, AAC, Dolby TrueHD
USB Input 1 (Front) 1 Front (for iPod/iPhone) and 1 Rear
More Optical Inputs 1 2
More Coaxial Inputs/Outputs 2 / 3 /
More Composite Video Inputs 4 5 (1 front)
More Component Video Inputs 1 2
PC In
More Analog Pre-Outs 0.2 7.2
Front A/V Inputs HDMI/MHL, USB HDMI/MHL, USB, Composite Video
More Powered Zones 2 2 and 3
Whole House Mode
+12V Trigger Output 0 1 (Zone2)
Remote (IR) Input/Output 0 / 0 1 / 0
Bi-directional Remote Setup via GUI
More Speaker Terminals 9 11
More Large Speaker Terminals 9 11

Common Strengths and Weaknesses

Here we list common strengths and weaknesses of both receivers.

STRENGTHS
THX™ Certification 👍
Certified 4 Ω Performance 👍
Bi-amp Capability 👍
Dolby TrueHD 👍
Dolby Digital Plus 👍
Dolby Pro Logic 👍
Dolby Digital EX 👍
Surround EX 👍
DTS Neo 👍
DTS-HD Master Audio 👍
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio 👍
DTS 96/24 👍
DTS Express 👍
DTS-ES 👍
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network 👍
DSD via HDMI 👍
DSD via USB 👍
Dialog Normalization 👍
Compressed Music Enhancer 👍
THX Processing Mode 👍
Audyssey Dynamic EQ 👍
Audyssey Dynamic Volume 👍
Audyssey DSX 👍
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. 👍
3-D Ready 👍
4K or 8K Signal Upscaling 👍
Analog To HDMI Upconversion 👍
MHL Input 👍
DLNA 1.5 👍
Ethernet 👍
Wi-Fi 👍
New HDCP Version 👍
Many HDMI Inputs 👍
USB Input 👍
Many Analog Audio Line Inputs 👍
Phono Input 👍
Composite Video Inputs 👍
Composite Video Outputs 👍
Component Video Inputs 👍
Component Video Outputs 👍
Zones 👍
Detachable Power Cord 👍
Analog Tuner 👍
Pandora 👍
Spotify 👍
H.C.P.S. (High Current Power Supply) 👍
WEAKNESSES
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 Gapless Playback 👎
No DTS Dialog Control 👎
No High-resolution Music Enhancer 👎
No Audyssey App Support 👎
No HDR10 👎
No HDR10+ 👎
No BT.2020 color space 👎
No Dolby Vision 👎
No Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) 👎
No Chromecast Built-In 👎
Does not Work with Amazon Alexa 👎
Does Not Work with SONOS 👎
No eARC 👎
No Multi-Channel Input 👎
No Tidal 👎
No Deezer 👎
No Napster 👎
No SiriusXM Internet Radio 👎

Selected Features

Amplifier

Onkyo TX-NR727 and Onkyo TX-NR717 have 7 channel amplifiers. They both deliver 110 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and have stable performance at 4 Ω load.


Video Features

Onkyo TX-NR727 supports 4K passthrough up to 30p and Onkyo TX-NR717 supports 1080p passthrough. They both do 4K upscaling up to 30p.


WRAT

Onkyo TX-NR727 and Onkyo TX-NR717 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.


3-Stage Inverted Darlington Circuitry

Onkyo TX-NR727 features 3-Stage Inverted Darlington Circuitry. Standard amplifiers employ a negative feedback (NFB) design that counters distortion by feeding back the opposite phase of the output signal into the input stage. Unfortunately, NFB is easily affected by inverse electromotive forces from the speakers, leading to an increase in circuit noise. Three-Stage Inverted Darlington Circuitry is a core Onkyo technology incorporating a low-NFB design that makes the sound more natural. Sensitive to oscillations, this circuitry requires very advanced control technology in order to be incorporated into the amplifier.


THX™ Certification

Onkyo TX-NR727 and Onkyo TX-NR717 are 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.


Advanced Music Optimizer

Compressed music enhancement in Onkyo TX-NR727 and Onkyo TX-NR717 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-NR727 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-NR727

Onkyo TX-NR727 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[y] AirPlay via optional Onkyo RI Dock DS-A5 (sold separately). It has 8 HDMI inputs with HDCP 2.2 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 HDMI/MHL and USB inputs.

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Onkyo TX-NR717

Onkyo TX-NR717 can be connected to internet using ethernet cable or wirelessly[y] via Front USB (optional UWF-1 sold separately). It has 8 HDMI inputs with HDCP 2.2 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 7.2 channel analog pre-outs for external amplification.

Front panel has HDMI/MHL, USB and Composite Video inputs.

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Detailed 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-NR727 and here - Onkyo TX-NR717.

BASICS Onkyo TX-NR727 Onkyo TX-NR717
BrandOnkyoOnkyo
ModelTX-NR727TX-NR717
TypeA/V ReceiverA/V Receiver
CountryTaiwanTaiwan
Release Year20132012
AMPLIFIER Onkyo TX-NR727 Onkyo TX-NR717
Channels7.27.2
Front Wide Channel Support
WRAT (Wide Range Amplifier Technology)
VLSC (Vector Linear Shaping Circuitry)
Optimum Gain Volume Circuitry Linear
THX™ Certification Select™2 Plus Select™2 Plus
Continuous 6 Ω Rated
Certified 4 Ω Performance
Discrete Output Stage Circuitry
3-Stage Inverted Darlington Circuitry All Channels
PUSH-PULL Design
Independent Block Construction (Amp/Preprocessor)
Bi-amp Capability
BTL (Bridged Transless or Bridging)
AUDIO Onkyo TX-NR727 Onkyo TX-NR717
Digital Signal Processing (DSP) EngineAdvanced 32-Bit Processing DSP ChipAdvanced 32-Bit Processing DSP Chip
DACBurr-BrownBurr-Brown
Maximum Channel Processing7.17.1
Air Studios Monitor Certification
Dolby Atmos
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Surround Upmixer
Dolby Pro Logic PLIIz PLIIz
Dolby Digital EX
Surround EX also known as Dolby Digital Surround EX also known as Dolby Digital Surround EX
DTS:X
DTS Neural:X
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neo Neo:6 Neo:6
DTS-HD Master Audio
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
DTS 96/24
DTS Express
DTS-ES Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1 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, WMA Lossless, Ogg, MP3, DSD, AAC, LPCM, Dolby TruHDFLAC, WAV, Apple Lossless, WMA, WMA Lossless, Ogg, MP3, DSD, Dolby TruHD, LPCM, AAC
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network up to 192 kHz up to 192 kHz
High Resolution Audio Formats via USBFLAC, WAV, WMA Lossless, Apple Lossless, DSD, AAC, LPCMFLAC, WAV, Apple Lossless, DSD, WMA Lossless, LPCM, AAC, Dolby TrueHD
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
Jitter Reduction PLL (Phase Locked Loop) Jitter-Cleaning Circuit Technology for S/PDIF Audio PLL (Phase Locked Loop) Jitter-Cleaning Circuit Technology
DTS Dialog Control
Dialog Enhancement
Dialog Level Adjustment
Dialog Normalization
Dialogue Lift
Tone Control Front L/R Channels Front L/R Channels
Compressed Music Enhancer Advanced Music Optimizer Advanced Music Optimizer
High-resolution Music Enhancer
THX Processing Mode
Audyssey Dynamic EQ
Audyssey Dynamic Volume
Audyssey LFC
Audyssey Sub EQ HT
Audyssey DSX
Phase-Matching Bass Boost
Direct Mode
Pure Audio Mode
Pure Direct Analog Path Mode
Virtual Speakers T-D (Theater-Dimensional) T-D (Theater-Dimensional)
Independent Dual Subwoofer Output
CALIBRATION Onkyo TX-NR727 Onkyo TX-NR717
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. Audyssey MultEQ Audyssey 2EQ
Audyssey App Support
VIDEO Onkyo TX-NR727 Onkyo TX-NR717
HDR10
HDR10+
BT.2020 color space
Dolby Vision
Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG)
Quick Media Switching (QMS)
Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through
Variable Refresh Rate (VRR)
Quick Frame Transport (QFT)
3-D Ready
Video Signal Passthroughup to 4K/30pup to 1080p
Video Signal Upscaling up to 4K/30p (Marvell Qdeo) up to 4K/30p (Marvell Qdeo)
Analog To HDMI Upconversion Component**, Composite Component, Composite, PC
Component Video Upscaling
Analog to Analog Video conversion
Component Video Maximum Resolution1080p1080p
isf Certified Calibration Control
CONNECTIVITY Onkyo TX-NR727 Onkyo TX-NR717
MHL Input Front HDMI Front HDMI
DLNA 1.5
FireConnect
FlareConnect
Chromecast Built-In
DTS Play-Fi
Works with Amazon Alexa
Works with SONOS
AirPlay AirPlay via optional Onkyo RI Dock DS-A5 (sold separately)
Apple Product Connection iPod and iPhone via optional Onkyo RI Dock DS-A5 (sold separately) iPod and iPhone via front USB
Remote App iPod touch/iPhone and Android-Powered Devices iPod touch/iPhone and Android-Powered Devices
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevue
Ethernet
Ethernet Switch
Wi-Fi via Front USB (optional UWF-1 sold separately)
Bluetooth
HDBaseT Compatible
Enhanced ARC
HDCP Version2.22.2
HDMI Input8 (1 front)8 (1 front)
HDMI Output2 (simultaneous)2 (simultaneous)
USB Input1 (Front)1 Front (for iPod/iPhone) and 1 Rear
USB DC Out Port
Analog Audio Line Input66
Analog Audio Line Output
Phono Input
Optical In12
Optical Out
Coaxial In/Out2 / 3 /
Composite Video Input45 (1 front)
Composite Video Output11
S-Video Input
S-Video Output
Component Video Input12
Component Video Output11
PC In
Multi-Channel Input
Analog Pre-Outs0.27.2
XLR Inputs
XLR Pre-outs
Front A/V InputsHDMI/MHL, USBHDMI/MHL, USB, Composite Video
Speaker A/B
Headphone Out 6.3 mm 6.3 mm
ZONES Onkyo TX-NR727 Onkyo TX-NR717
Zones33
Powered Zones 2 2 and 3
Zone 2RCA Line OutRCA Line Out
Zone 3 OutsRCA Line OutRCA Line Out
Whole House Mode
RS-232
+12V Trigger Output01 (Zone2)
Remote (IR) Input/Output0 / 01 / 0
MISC Onkyo TX-NR727 Onkyo TX-NR717
On-Screen Display Advanced "Home" GUI Advanced "Home" GUI
Detachable Power Cord
uport
ONKYO-RI System Control
RIHD (Remote Interactive Over HDMI)
Pre-Pro/Learning Remote / /
On Screen Remote Programming
Bi-directional Remote Setup via GUI
Activity Based Remote
Smart Grid-Ready
RADIO Onkyo TX-NR727 Onkyo TX-NR717
Analog Tuner FM/AM FM/AM
Presets4040
Digital Radio
Internet Radio TuneIn vTuner
Pandora
Spotify
Tidal
Deezer
Napster
SiriusXM Internet Radio
CONSTRUCTION Onkyo TX-NR727 Onkyo TX-NR717
Solid Aluminum Front
Speaker Terminals911
Large Speaker Terminals911
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
Transparent High-Grade Speaker Terminals
18mm Pitch High Grade Pre-outs
19mm-Pitch Audio Inputs
Gold plated RCA terminals
POWER Onkyo TX-NR727 Onkyo TX-NR717
Power SupplyAC 120 V, 60 HzAC 120 V, 60 Hz
Independent Power Supply2
H.C.P.S. (High Current Power Supply) Massive High Power Transformer Massive High Power Transformer
Toroidal Transformer
Power Consumption6.9 A6.8 A
No Sound Power80 W90 W
Standby Power0.1 W0.1 W
GENERAL Onkyo TX-NR727 Onkyo TX-NR717
ECO Mode / Hybrid Standby Function
Dimensions (W x H x D)435 mm x 175 mm x 380 mm
17-1/8" x 6-7/8" x 14-15/16"
435 mm x 174 mm x 379 mm
17-1/8" x 6-7/8" x 14-15/16"
Weight11.2kg (24.7 lbs)12.1 kg (26.7 lbs)
Warranty2 Years2 Years
SPECS Onkyo TX-NR727 Onkyo TX-NR717
Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2110 W (0.08% THD)110 W (0.08% THD)
Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2125 W (0.7% THD)125 W (0.7% THD)
Maximum Effective Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA)185 W185 W
Rated Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, IEC)170 W (1% THD)170 W (1% THD)
Dynamic Power per Channel (3 Ω, Front)250 W250 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (4 Ω, Front)220 W220 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (8 Ω, Front)130 W130 W
THD0.08% (20 Hz - 20 kHz, Half power)0.08% (20 Hz - 20 kHz, Half power)
Damping Factor60 (Front, 1 kHz, 8 Ω)60 (Front, 1 kHz, 8 Ω)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)200 mV/47 kΩ (Line)200 mV/47 kΩ (Line)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Phono MM)2.5 mV/47 kΩ2.5 mV/47 kΩ
Phono Overload70 mV (MM, 1kHz, 0.5% Direct)70 mV (MM 1 kHz 0.5%)
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)106 dB106 dB
S/N Ratio (Phono MM, IHF-A)80 dB80 dB
Frequency Response (Analog In)5 Hz - 100 kHz/+1 dB, -3 dB (Direct mode)5 Hz - 100 kHz/+1 dB, -3 dB (Direct Mode)
DSD Sampling Rates via HDMI2.8 MHz2.8 MHz
DSD Sampling Rates via USB2.8 MHz2.8 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)
1 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)5 Hz - 100 MHz/+0 dB, -3 dB (Component)
Ethernet Standard10BASE-T/100BASE-TX100BASE-TX
FM Frequency87.5 MHz - 107.9 MHz87.5 MHz - 107.9 MHz
AM Frequency522/530 kHz - 1611/1710 kHz522/530 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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