Onkyo TX-NR1010

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    Highlights

    • 7.2 Channels
    • 9.1 Channel Processing
    • 140 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
    • THX™Ultra2 Plus Certified
    • 4K/30Hz Upscaling
    • Bluetooth, Ethernet
    • Phono Input

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    1. Overview

    Onkyo TX-NR1010 was introduced in 2012. It is equipped with 7 channel amplifier with 140 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) power per channel and is capable of 9.1 maximum channel processing. It passes 1080/60p and upscales up to 4K/30p (Marvell Qdeo) video signal.

    We evaluated the a/v receiver and gave 82 overall score out of 100. Our ranking system is based on the amplifier specifications, audio and video features, connectivity, multizone capabilities, radio and many other details.

    Amplifier
    94
    Audio Features
    80
    Video Features
    60
    Connectivity
    86
    Zones
    91
    Radio
    90
    OVERALL
    82

    For more details about the ranking please go to    Evaluation section.


    Here is a history of the series, where you can view and compare the main specifications of the receivers.

    Evolution of the series
    Model Year Chann. Power Dolby Atmos DTS:X HDR10 HDR10+ Dolby Vision Pass. Price
    TX-RZ1100 Image cannot be found 2016 9.2 140 W 4K
    TX-NR1030 Image cannot be found 2014 9.2 135 W 4K
    TX-NR1010 Image cannot be found 2012 7.2 140 W 1080p
    TX-NR1009 Image cannot be found 2011 9.2 135 W 1080p

    You can view their side-by-side comparison here: Onkyo TX-RZ1100 vs TX-NR1030 vs TX-NR1010 vs TX-NR1009.

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    2. Pros and Cons

    In this section we present pros and cons of Onkyo TX-NR1010.

    PROs

    •   High Power Output - 140 W
    •   Front Wide Channel Support
    •   THX™ Certification
    •   9.1 Channel Processing
    •   DSD via HDMI
    •   Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
    •   New HDCP Version
    •   Analog To HDMI Upconversion
    •   Bluetooth
    •   9 HDMI Inputs
    •   USB Input
    •   Many RCA Line Inputs
    •   Phono Input
    •   RCA Pre-Outs
    •   Composite Video Inputs
    •   Component Video Inputs
    •   Ethernet
    •   3 Zones
    •   Analog Tuner
    •   Pandora
    •   Spotify

    CONs

    •   No Dolby Atmos
    •   No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
    •   No DTS:X
    •   No IMAX Enhanced
    •   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
    •   No HDR10
    •   No HDR10+
    •   No Dolby Vision
    •   No eARC
    •   No 8K Passthrough
    •   Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
    •   0 8K Input
    •   No Digital Radio
    •   No Tidal

    And here are some specifications which fall into average criteria and are neither in PROs nor in CONs category:

    AVERAGE

    •   7.2 Channels
    •   Wi-Fi
    •   3 HDMI Outputs

    3. Onkyo 2012 Lineup

    In 2012 Onkyo released 9 new receivers. Here is the lineup:

    Onkyo 2012 Lineup
    ModelChannelsPowerMax. Ch. Proc.Pre OutsZones Price
    TX-NR5010 Image cannot be found 9.2145 W11.111.43
    TX-NR3010 Image cannot be found 9.2140 W11.111.43
    TX-NR1010 Image cannot be found 7.2140 W9.19.23
    TX-NR818 Image cannot be found 7.2135 W9.19.23
    TX-NR717 Image cannot be found 7.2110 W7.17.23
    TX-NR616 Image cannot be found 7.2100 W7.13
    TX-NR515 Image cannot be found 7.280 W7.12
    TX-NR414 Image cannot be found 5.180 W5.12
    TX-SR313 Image cannot be found 5.165 W5.11

    You can view their side-by-side comparison here: Onkyo TX-NR5010 vs TX-NR3010 vs TX-NR1010 vs TX-NR818 vs TX-NR717 vs TX-NR616.

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    4. Changes from the TX-NR1009

    Onkyo TX-NR1010 has replaced TX-NR1009. Here we present differences between these two models.

    UPGRADES Onkyo TX-NR1010 vs Onkyo TX-NR1009
    Higher Power Output 140 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) vs 135 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
    VLSC (Vector Linear Shaping Circuitry) All Channels vs
    THX™ Certification Ultra2 Plus vs Select™2 Plus
    Digital Processing Crossover Network vs
    Music Playback via USB FLAC, WAV, Apple Lossless, WMA, WMA Lossless, Ogg, MP3, DSD, Dolby TruHD, LPCM, AAC vs FLAC, WAV, WMA, WMA Lossless, Ogg, MP3, LPCM, AAC
    Higher Resolution Music Playback via USB up to 192 kHz vs up to 96 kHz
    High Resolution Audio Formats via USB FLAC, WAV, Apple Lossless, DSD, WMA Lossless, LPCM, AAC, Dolby TrueHD vs FLAC, WAV, WMA Lossless, LPCM, AAC
    DSD via USB 2-ch Input vs
    Dialog Normalization vs
    More Tone Control Channels All Channels vs Front L/R Channels
    More Advanced Auto Speaker Calibration System Audyssey MultEQ XT32 vs Audyssey MultEQ XT
    Component Video Upscaling * vs
    Analog to Analog Video conversion Composite, PC vs
    Bluetooth via Front USB (optional UBT-1 adapter sold separately) vs
    MHL Input Front HDMI vs
    InstaPrevue Input Source Prevue vs
    More HDMI Inputs 9 (1 front) vs 8 (1 front)
    More HDMI Outputs 2 (1 Main, 1 Sub/Zone2) vs 2 (simultaneous)
    More RCA Line Inputs 7 (1 front) vs 6 (1 front)
    Zone 2 Outs HDMI, Composite Video, RCA Line Out vs RCA Pre/Line Out
    Higher Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC) 140 W (0.05% THD) vs 135 W (0.08% THD)
    Higher Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC) 170 W (0.1% THD) vs 160 W (0.1% THD)
    Higher Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA) 250 W vs 230 W
    Higher Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, IEC) 200 W (1% THD) vs 180 W (1% THD)
    Higher Dynamic Power per Channel, 3 Ω, Front) 320 W vs 300 W
    Higher Dynamic Power per Channel, 4 Ω, Front) 270 W vs 250 W
    Higher Dynamic Power per Channel, 8 Ω, Front) 160 W vs 150 W
    Lower THD 0.05% (20 Hz - 20 kHz, half power) vs 0.08% (20 Hz - 20 kHz, Half power)
    Higher Rated Preout Level 1 V/470 Ω vs 200 mV/470 Ω
    Higher Maximum Preout Level and Impedance 5.5 V/470 Ω vs 4.6 V/470 Ω
    DOWNGRADES Onkyo TX-NR1010 vs Onkyo TX-NR1009
    Less Channels 7.2 vs 9.2
    Less RCA Line Outputs vs 1
    Multi-Channel Input vs 7.1
    Less Composite Video Outputs 1 vs 2
    Less S-Video Inputs vs 4
    Less S-Video Outputs vs 2
    uport vs
    Zone 3 Outs RCA Line Out vs RCA Pre/Line Out
    Digital Radio vs HD Radio via optional UP-HT1 Tuner (sold separately)
    Napster vs
    Smaller Power Supply 8.6 A vs 8.8 A

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    5. Amplifier

    7 channel Amplifier

    Onkyo TX-NR1010 features 7 channel power amplifier. It is rated at 140 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and is able to drive 4 ohm speakers.

    • WRAT (Wide Range Amp Technology): Onkyo TX-NR1010 features 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-NR1010 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 Ultra2 Plus certified

    Onkyo TX-NR1010 is THX™ Ultra2 Plus certified. This means that it brings the cinematic experience to large home theaters, 3,000 cubic feet (85 cubic meters) in size, with a viewing distance of 12 feet (4 meters) or greater from the screen.

    AMPLIFIER
    Channels7.2
    Power Output140 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
    Front Wide Channel Support
    WRAT (Wide Range Amplifier Technology)
    VLSC (Vector Linear Shaping Circuitry) All Channels
    Optimum Gain Volume Circuitry Linear
    THX™ Certification Ultra2 Plus
    Continuous 6 Ω Rated
    Certified 4 Ω Performance
    Discrete Output Stage Circuitry
    3-Stage Inverted Darlington Circuitry
    PUSH-PULL Design
    Independent Block Construction (Amp/Preprocessor)
    Bi-amp Capability
    BTL (Bridged Transless or Bridging)

    6. Speaker Configurations

    Onkyo TX-NR1010's 7 channel amplifier can be assigned for different speaker configurations.

    • Configurations: Available configurations are:
    • 5.2, 7.2 with internal amplifier.
    • 9.2 with addition of external 2 channel amplifier.
    • Front Wide Channel support: Onkyo TX-NR1010 supports front wide channels. With the presence of two front wide speakers you can enhance the front surround stage. The following speaker configurations are available for front wide channels - 9.2.
    • 2-ch Bi-Amp: Onkyo TX-NR1010 allows you to bi-amp up to 2 main channels simultaneously. During bi-amplification two amplifiers are used for one speaker. One amplifier powers the midrange and tweeter section of the speaker and another amplifier powers the low frequency woofers. Each amplifier is less loaded and performs better. In order to use this feature speakers must have 2 pairs of connectors.

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    7. Immersive Audio Formats

    Audyssey DSX

    Audyssey DSX allows you to augment a standard five-channel home theater with either two Front Wide or two Front High speakers. The Wide channels create an expansive soundstage and bring out convincing directional effects. Alternatively, Height channels can add a vertical dimension to movie and game soundtracks.


    DECODING
    Dolby Atmos
    Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
    Dolby Atmos Music
    Dolby TrueHD
    Dolby Digital Plus
    Dolby Surround Upmixer
    Dolby Pro Logic PLIIz
    Dolby Digital EX
    Surround EX also known as Dolby Digital Surround EX
    DTS:X
    DTS Neural:X
    DTS Virtual:X
    DTS Neo Neo:X
    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

    8. HDMI

    Onkyo TX-NR1010 features 9 HDMI inputs. It has 2 outputs: 1 Main and 1 Sub/Zone2.

    • 1080/60p Passthrough: All inputs pass up to 1080p video signal.
    • 4K Upscaling: Onkyo TX-NR1010 can upscale up to 4K/30p (Marvell Qdeo) from HDMI and analog sources.
    • Analog To HDMI Upconversion: The a/v receiver supports video upconversion, so you can connect your analog Component and Composite and PC video sources and Onkyo TX-NR1010 will output them via HDMI. This means that you will need only one HDMI cable to connect to your TV.
    • HDCP 2.2 Copy Protection: All inputs and outputs are HDCP 2.2 compliant which is a requirement for 4K/HDR copy-protected content transmission.
    • 3D Ready: Onkyo TX-NR1010 is able to pass 3D video through HDMI.


    VIDEO FEATURES
    HDR10
    HDR10+
    Dynamic HDR
    BT.2020 color space
    Dolby Vision
    HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)
    HDBaseT Compatible
    Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)
    HDCP Version2.2
    QMS (Quick Media Switching)
    ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode)
    VRR (Variable Refresh Rate)
    QFT (Quick Frame transport)
    3-D Ready
    Video Signal Passthroughup to 1080p
    Video Signal Upscaling up to 4K/30p (Marvell Qdeo)

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    9. Room Calibration

    Onkyo TX-NR1010 comes with Audyssey MultEQ XT32 room correction system and includes the calibration microphone.

    • Audyssey Room Calibration: Audyssey is an acoustic measurement technology which automatically restores the acoustic distortion caused by the acoustic behaviour of a room with only a push on a button. Audyssey equalization provides an clear, accurate, natural sound with voices and dialog that become focused and intelligible, restoring the musical balance. Musical instruments and sound effects become precisely localized and the surround soundstage is made seamless and enveloping.

    10. Multi-zone Playback

    Onkyo TX-NR1010 offers multi-zone playback which allows you to play different input sources in 3 different rooms.


    Zone 2

    • Powered Zone 2: You can use the unit's 2 amplifier channels by connecting Zone 2 speakers directly to the speaker terminals. The remaining 5 channels will be left for main zone amplification.
    • HDMI Output: Onkyo TX-NR1010 offers HDMI output for Zone 2. This means that it can send two different HDMI signals to two displays.
    • Audio Line Output: If you have a dedicated integrated amplifier for Zone 2 you can connect it to the a/v receiver via line outs by sending fixed signal and then control volume on the Zone 2 amplifier.
    • Composite Video Output: Onkyo TX-NR1010 has analog Composite Video output for Zone 2. This means that it can send a different video signal to the TV.

    Zone 3

    • Powered Zone 3: You can use the unit's 2 amplifier channels by connecting Zone 3 speakers directly to the speaker terminals. The remaining 5 channels will be left for main zone amplification.
    • Audio Line Output: If you have a dedicated integrated amplifier for Zone 3 you can connect it to the a/v receiver via line outs by sending fixed signal and then control volume on the Zone 2 amplifier.
    ZONES
    Number of Zones3
    Powered Zones 2 and 3
    Zone 2 OutsHDMI, Composite Video, RCA Line Out
    Zone 3 OutsRCA Line Out
    Whole House Mode
    RS-232C Interface
    +12V Trigger Output2 (Zone2, Zone 3)
    Remote (IR) Input/Output1 / 1

    11. Inputs and Outputs

    Audio

    • Phono Input: There is an MM phono input with built-in phono stage for connecting the moving magnet cartridge output of the turntable directly to the a/v receiver.
    • Analog Pre-Outs: Onkyo TX-NR1010 has 9.2 preamplifier outputs which allow you to connect the a/v receiver to the external power amplifier. You may want to use a high quality external amplifier for certain channels, usually for front L/R and center, and use the a/v receiver to power the rest. Also, Onkyo TX-NR1010 has 9 channel processing but has only 7 channel amplifier, so it needs the external amplifier connected to the analog pre-outs in order to reach the maximum speaker configuration.
    • Analog Line Inputs: There are 7 line inputs for analog audio connection.
    • Digital Inputs: 3 optical inputs and 3 coaxial inputs are available for digital audio connection.
    • Headphone Output: There is a 6.3 mm (1/4") headphone output jack on the front panel.

    Video

    • HDMI:
    • Inputs: 9 (1 front)   Outputs: 2 (1 Main, 1 Sub/Zone2)
      8K Inputs: 0
    • Composite Video: Connect you VCR, Laserdisc player and other old video equipment with composite video cables.
    • Inputs: 5   Outputs: 1
    • Component Video: Component video connection gives you the higher quality video compared to the composite video connection. So in case your old DVD player and other equipment do not have an HDMI output but have Component video output use this connection over the composite one. Onkyo TX-NR1010 supports up to 1080p resolution on Component video connectors.
    • Inputs: 2   Outputs: 1

    Front A/V Inputs

    • HDMI/MHL, USB, Composite Video, RCA Audio, Optical
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    TERMINALS
    HDMI Inputs9 (1 front)
    HDMI Outputs2 (1 Main, 1 Sub/Zone2)
    8K Inputs
    USB Input1 Front (for iPod/iPhone) and 1 Rear
    USB DC Out Port
    Optical Inputs3 (1 front)
    Optical Outputs
    Coaxial Inputs3
    RCA Line Inputs7 (1 front)
    RCA Line Outputs
    XLR Line Inputs
    Phono Input
    Multi-Channel Input
    RCA Pre-Outs9.2
    XLR Pre-outs
    Composite Video Inputs5 (1 front)
    Composite Video Outputs1
    S-Video Inputs
    S-Video Outputs
    Component Video Inputs2
    Component Video Outputs1

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    12. Evaluation

    We evaluate Onkyo TX-NR1010 and give score of 82 out of 100. We also give separate scores for 6 different categories according to the available features and specifications some of which are listed below. These evaluations are relative and may change each time a new receiver is added to the database.


    OVERALL
    82

    Amplifier

    EXCELLENT
    94

    We give Onkyo TX-NR1010 a score of 94 for Amplifier features.

    •   7.2 Channels
    •   High Power Output - 140 W
    •   THX™ Certification

    Audio Features

    GOOD
    80

    We give Onkyo TX-NR1010 a score of 80 for Audio Features features.

    •   7.2 Channels
    •   Front Wide Channel Support
    •   9.1 Channel Processing
    •   No Dolby Atmos
    •   No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
    •   No DTS:X
    •   No IMAX Enhanced
    •   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
    •   DSD via HDMI

    Video Features

    AVERAGE
    60

    We give Onkyo TX-NR1010 a score of 60 for Video Features features.

    •   No HDR10
    •   No HDR10+
    •   No Dolby Vision
    •   No 8K Passthrough
    •   Analog To HDMI Upconversion

    Connectivity

    EXCELLENT
    86

    We give Onkyo TX-NR1010 a score of 86 for Connectivity features.

    •   No eARC
    •   New HDCP Version
    •   Wi-Fi
    •   Bluetooth
    •   Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
    •   9 HDMI Inputs
    •   3 HDMI Outputs
    •   0 8K Input
    •   USB Input
    •   Many RCA Line Inputs
    •   Phono Input
    •   RCA Pre-Outs
    •   Composite Video Inputs
    •   Component Video Inputs
    •   Ethernet

    Zones

    EXCELLENT
    91

    We give Onkyo TX-NR1010 a score of 91 for Zones features.

    •   3 Zones

    Radio

    EXCELLENT
    90

    We give Onkyo TX-NR1010 a score of 90 for Radio features.

    •   Analog Tuner
    •   Pandora
    •   Spotify
    •   No Tidal

    13. Replaced by TX-NR1030

    In 2014 Onkyo TX-NR1010 was replaced by Onkyo TX-NR1030. Let us now have a look at some important differences between Onkyo TX-NR1010 and its successor.

    UPGRADES Onkyo TX-NR1030 vs Onkyo TX-NR1010
    More Channels 9.2 vs 7.2
    More Channel Processing 11.1 vs 9.1
    Dolby Atmos vs
    Dolby Surround Upmixer vs
    Gapless Playback vs
    Phase-Matching Bass Boost for Deep Bass and Clear Mid-Range vs
    Pure Direct Analog Path Mode vs
    Video Signal Passthrough up to 4K/60p (YCbCr 4:2:0) vs up to 1080p
    Wi-Fi vs via Front USB (optional UWF-1 sold separately)
    Bluetooth vs via Front USB (optional UBT-1 adapter sold separately)
    AirPlay AirPlay via optional Onkyo RI Dock DS-A5 (sold separately) vs
    More HDMI Outputs 3 (2 Main, 1 Zone2) vs 2 (1 Main, 1 Sub/Zone2)
    More RCA Pre-Outs 11.4 vs 9.2
    XLR Pre-outs Front L/R vs
    Zone 2 Outs HDMI, Composite Video, RCA Pre/Line Out vs HDMI, Composite Video, RCA Line Out
    Zone 3 Outs RCA Pre/Line Out vs RCA Line Out
    Smart Grid-Ready vs
    Independent Power Supply 2 vs
    Bigger Power Supply 9.6 A vs 8.6 A
    Higher DSD Sampling Rate via HDMI 2.8 MHz, 5.6 MHz vs 2.8 MHz
    DOWNGRADES Onkyo TX-NR1030 vs Onkyo TX-NR1010
    Lower Power Output 135 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) vs 140 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
    VLSC (Vector Linear Shaping Circuitry) vs All Channels
    THX™ Certification Select™2 Plus vs Ultra2 Plus
    Dolby Pro Logic vs PLIIz
    High 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, Apple Lossless, DSD, WMA Lossless, LPCM, AAC, Dolby TrueHD
    Audyssey Dynamic EQ vs
    Audyssey Dynamic Volume vs
    Audyssey DSX vs
    Component Video Upscaling vs *
    Analog to Analog Video conversion vs Composite, PC
    Less HDMI Inputs 8 (1 front) vs 9 (1 front)
    USB Input 1 (Front) vs 1 Front (for iPod/iPhone) and 1 Rear
    Less Composite Video Inputs 4 (1 front) vs 5 (1 front)
    Lower Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC) 135 W (0.08% THD) vs 140 W (0.05% THD)
    Lower Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC) 160 W (0.7% THD) vs 170 W (0.1% THD)
    Lower Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA) 230 W vs 250 W
    Lower Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, IEC) 185 W (1% THD) vs 200 W (1% THD)
    Lower Dynamic Power per Channel, 3 Ω, Front) 300 W vs 320 W
    Lower Dynamic Power per Channel, 4 Ω, Front) 250 W vs 270 W
    Lower Dynamic Power per Channel, 8 Ω, Front) 150 W vs 160 W
    Higher THD 0.08% (20 Hz - 20 kHz, Half power) vs 0.05% (20 Hz - 20 kHz, half power)
    Lower Rated Preout Level 200 mV/470 Ω vs 1 V/470 Ω
    Lower Maximum Preout Level and Impedance 4.6 V/470 Ω vs 5.5 V/470 Ω

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