Onkyo TX-NR1030 Review and Specs

Onkyo TX-NR1030 (Others version)

SCORE:
58

Highlights

  • 135 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • THX Selectβ„’2 Plus certified
  • Dolby Atmos capable
  • 4K Upscaling, 4K Passthrough
  • AirPlay via optional Onkyo RI Dock DS-A5 (sold separately), DLNA
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • USB and Phono inputs

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Onkyo TX-NR1030 Overview

Onkyo TX-NR1030 was introduced in 2014. It is equipped with 9 channel amplifier and is capable of 11.1 maximum channel processing.

We evaluated the Receiver and gave 58 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
79
VIDEO FEATURES
29
AUDIO FEATURES
50
CONNECTIVITY
65
MULTIZONE
73
MISCELLANEOUS
48
RADIO
64
OVERALL
58

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 video signal passthrough and 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...

Pros and Cons

In this section we present pros and cons of Onkyo TX-NR1030.

PROS
Front Wide Channel Support πŸ‘
Many Channel Processing πŸ‘
Dolby Atmos πŸ‘
DSD via HDMI πŸ‘
DSD via USB πŸ‘
4K or 8K Video Passthrough πŸ‘
4K or 8K Signal Upscaling πŸ‘
MHL Input πŸ‘
DLNA 1.5 πŸ‘
Ethernet πŸ‘
Wi-Fi πŸ‘
Bluetooth πŸ‘
New HDCP Version πŸ‘
Many HDMI Inputs πŸ‘
Many HDMI Outputs πŸ‘
USB Input πŸ‘
Many Analog Audio Line Inputs πŸ‘
Phono Input πŸ‘
Composite Video Inputs πŸ‘
Component Video Inputs πŸ‘
Analog Pre-Outs πŸ‘
Zones πŸ‘
Analog Tuner πŸ‘
Internet Radio πŸ‘
Pandora πŸ‘
Spotify πŸ‘
CONS
No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization πŸ‘Ž
No DTS:X πŸ‘Ž
No DTS Neural:X πŸ‘Ž
No DTS Virtual:X πŸ‘Ž
No IMAX Enhanced πŸ‘Ž
No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer πŸ‘Ž
No DTS Dialog Control πŸ‘Ž
No Audyssey Dynamic EQ πŸ‘Ž
No Audyssey Dynamic Volume πŸ‘Ž
No Audyssey LFC πŸ‘Ž
No Audyssey Sub EQ HT πŸ‘Ž
No HDR10 πŸ‘Ž
No HDR10+ πŸ‘Ž
No Dynamic HDR πŸ‘Ž
No Dolby Vision πŸ‘Ž
No Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through πŸ‘Ž
No VRR πŸ‘Ž
No QFT πŸ‘Ž
No FireConnect πŸ‘Ž
No FlareConnect πŸ‘Ž
No Chromecast Built-In πŸ‘Ž
No DTS Play-Fi πŸ‘Ž
Does not Work with Amazon Alexa πŸ‘Ž
Does Not Work with SONOS πŸ‘Ž
No eARC πŸ‘Ž
No Multi-Channel Input πŸ‘Ž
No Tidal πŸ‘Ž
No Deezer πŸ‘Ž
No Napster πŸ‘Ž
No SiriusXM Internet Radio πŸ‘Ž
No Toroidal Transformer πŸ‘Ž
Old Bluetooth Version πŸ‘Ž

Major Changes from its predecessor

Here we are comparing Onkyo TX-NR1030 to its predecessor TX-NR1010 and displaying the major changes.

UPGRADES Onkyo TX-NR1030 Onkyo TX-NR1010
More Channels 9.2 7.2
More Channel Processing 11.1 9.1
Dolby Atmos βœ” βœ–
Gapless Playback βœ” βœ–
Phase-Matching Bass Boost βœ” for Deep Bass and Clear Mid-Range βœ–
Video Signal Passthrough up to 4K/60p (YCbCr 4:2:0) up to 1080p
AirPlay βœ” AirPlay via optional Onkyo RI Dock DS-A5 (sold separately) βœ–
Wi-Fi βœ” βœ” via Front USB (optional UWF-1 sold separately)
Bluetooth βœ” βœ” via Front USB (optional UBT-1 adapter sold separately)
More HDMI Outputs 3 (2 Main, 1 Zone2) 2 (1 Main, 1 Sub/Zone2)
More Analog Pre-Outs 11.4 9.2
XLR Pre-outs βœ” Front L/R βœ–
Analog Tuner βœ” FM/AM with RDS βœ” FM/AM
Independent Power Supply 2 βœ–

DOWNGRADES Onkyo TX-NR1030 Onkyo TX-NR1010
THXβ„’ Certification βœ” Selectβ„’2 Plus βœ” Ultra2 Plus
High Resolution Music Playback via USB βœ” up to 96 kHz βœ” up to 192 kHz
Audyssey Dynamic EQ βœ– βœ”
Audyssey Dynamic Volume βœ– βœ”
Audyssey DSX βœ– βœ”
Component Video Upscaling βœ– βœ” *
Analog to Analog Video conversion βœ– βœ” Composite, PC
Less HDMI Inputs 8 (1 front) 9 (1 front)
USB Input 1 (Front) 1 Front (for iPod/iPhone) and 1 Rear
Less Composite Video Inputs 4 (1 front) 5 (1 front)
SiriusXM Internet Radio βœ– βœ”

For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Onkyo TX-NR1030 vs Onkyo TX-NR1010.

Selected Features

Amplifier

Onkyo TX-NR1030 has 9 channel amplifier and delivers 135 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and also has a stable performance at 4 Ω load. This receiver even supports front wide channels which is found only in a very few high-end receivers these days.


Video Features

The Receiver has 4K passthrough up to 60p and 4K upscaling up to 30p.


Dolby Atmos and Dolby Surround upmixer

Onkyo TX-NR1030 supports Dolby Atmos. It can be configured upto 7.1.2 or 5.1.4 channels using internal amplifiers or upto 9.1.2 or 7.1.4 channels by adding 2 channel external amplifier.

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 Audioβ„’ 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.


WRAT

Onkyo TX-NR1030 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.


THXβ„’ Certification

Onkyo TX-NR1030 is THXβ„’ 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. The current model has Selectβ„’2 Plus class performance. This means that it is ideally suited for a room where the screen-to-seat viewing distance is approximately 3 to 4 meters, and the room size is approximately 56 cubic meters.


Advanced Music Optimizer

Compressed music enhancement in Onkyo TX-NR1030 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-NR1030 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.


Room Correction

Onkyo TX-NR1030 comes with AccuEQ room correction system and includes the calibration microphone.


Connectivity

Onkyo TX-NR1030 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 8 HDMI inputs and 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 11.4 channel analog pre-outs for external amplification. This Receiver is exceptional for even having XLR outputs for front left and right channels.

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

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Detailed Specifications

Here we list all the available features and specifications of Onkyo TX-NR1030.

BASICS
BrandOnkyo
ModelTX-NR1030
TypeA/V Receiver
CountryOthers
Release Year2014
AMPLIFIER
Channels9.2
Front Wide Channel Supportβœ”
WRAT (Wide Range Amplifier Technology)βœ”
VLSC (Vector Linear Shaping Circuitry)βœ–
Optimum Gain Volume Circuitryβœ”
THXβ„’ Certificationβœ” Selectβ„’2 Plus
Continuous 6 Ω Ratedβœ”
Certified 4 Ω Performanceβœ”
Discrete Output Stage Circuitryβœ”
3-Stage Inverted Darlington Circuitryβœ” All Channels
PUSH-PULL Designβœ”
Independent Block Construction (Amp/Preprocessor)βœ”
Bi-amp Capabilityβœ”
BTL (Bridged Transless or Bridging)βœ–
AUDIO
Digital Signal Processing (DSP) EngineDual 32-bit DSP for Powerful Advanced Processing
DACBurr-Brown
Maximum Channel Processing11.1
Air Studios Monitor Certificationβœ–
Dolby Atmosβœ”
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualizationβœ–
Dolby TrueHDβœ”
Dolby Digital Plusβœ”
Dolby Surround Upmixerβœ–
Dolby Pro Logicβœ” PLIIz
Surround EXβœ” also known as Dolby Digital Surround EX
DTS:Xβœ–
DTS Neural:Xβœ–
DTS Virtual:Xβœ–
DTS Neoβœ” Neo:X
DTS-HD Master Audioβœ”
DTS-HD High Resolution Audioβœ”
DTS 96/24βœ”
DTS Expressβœ”
DTS-ESβœ” Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1
IMAX Enhancedβœ–
Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixerβœ–
PCMβœ” 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
Music Playback via USBFLAC, WAV, Apple Lossless, WMA, WMA Lossless, Ogg, MP3, DSD, AAC, LPCM, Dolby TruHD
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Networkβœ” up to 96 kHz
High Resolution Audio Formats via USBFLAC, WAV, WMA Lossless, Apple Lossless, DSD, AAC
Multi-Channel Music File Playback via USBβœ–
Gapless Playbackβœ”
DSD via HDMIβœ” 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DSD via USBβœ” 2-ch Input
DSD to PCM Converterβœ–
USB DACβœ–
Jitter Reductionβœ” PLL (Phase Locked Loop) Jitter-Cleaning Circuit Technology
DTS Dialogue Controlβœ–
Dialog Enhancementβœ–
Dialog Level Adjustmentβœ–
Dialog Normalizationβœ”
Dialogue Liftβœ” Screen Centered Dialog
Tone Controlβœ” All Channels
Compressed Music Enhancerβœ” Advanced Music Optimizer (bluetooth included)
High-resolution Music Enhancerβœ–
THX Processing Modeβœ”
Audyssey Dynamic EQβœ–
Audyssey Dynamic Volumeβœ–
Audyssey LFCβœ–
Audyssey Sub EQ HTβœ–
Audyssey DSXβœ–
Phase-Matching Bass Boostβœ” for Deep Bass and Clear Mid-Range
Direct Modeβœ”
Pure Audio Modeβœ”
Pure Direct Analog Path Modeβœ”
Virtual Speakersβœ” T-D (Theater-Dimensional)
Independent Dual Subwoofer Outputβœ–
CALIBRATION
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.βœ” AccuEQ
VIDEO
HDR10βœ–
HDR10+βœ–
Dynamic HDRβœ–
BT.2020 color spaceβœ–
Dolby Visionβœ–
Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG)βœ–
Quick Media Switching (QMS)βœ–
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)βœ–
Variable Refresh Rate (VRR)βœ–
Quick Frame Transport (QFT)βœ–
3-D Readyβœ”
Video Signal Passthroughup to 4K/60p (YCbCr 4:2:0)
Video Signal Upscalingβœ” up to 4K/30p (Marvell Qdeo)
Analog To HDMI Upconversionβœ” Component**, Composite, PC
Component Video Upscalingβœ–
Analog to Analog Video conversionβœ–
Component Video Maximum Resolution1080p
isf Certified Calibration Controlβœ”
CONNECTIVITY
MHL Inputβœ” Front HDMI
DLNA 1.5βœ”
FireConnectβœ–
FlareConnectβœ–
Chromecast Built-Inβœ–
DTS Play-Fiβœ–
Works with Amazon Alexaβœ–
Works with SONOSβœ–
AirPlayβœ” AirPlay via optional Onkyo RI Dock DS-A5 (sold separately)
Apple Product Connectionβœ” iPod and iPhone via optional Onkyo RI Dock DS-A5 (sold separately)
Remote AppOnkyo Remote App for iPod touch/iPhone and Android-Powered Devices
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevueβœ”
Ethernetβœ”
Ethernet Switchβœ–
Wi-Fiβœ”
Bluetoothβœ”
HDBaseT Compatibleβœ–
Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)βœ–
HDCP Version2.2
HDMI Inputs8 (1 front)
HDMI Outputs3 (2 Main, 1 Zone2)
USB Input1 (Front)
USB DC Out Portβœ–
Analog Audio Line Inputs7 (1 front)
Analog Audio Line Outputsβœ–
Phono Inputβœ”
Optical Inputs3 (1 front)
Optical Outputsβœ–
Coaxial Inputs/Outputs3 / No
Composite Video Inputs4 (1 front)
Composite Video Outputs1
S-Video Inputsβœ–
S-Video Outputsβœ–
Component Video Inputs2
Component Video Outputs1
PC Inβœ”
Multi-Channel Inputβœ–
Analog Pre-Outs11.4
XLR Inputsβœ–
XLR Pre-outsβœ” Front L/R
Front A/V InputsHDMI/MHL, USB, Composite Video, RCA Audio, Optical
Speaker A/Bβœ–
Headphone Outβœ” 6.3 mm
ZONES
Zones3
Powered Zonesβœ” 2 and 3
Zone 2 OutsHDMI, Composite Video, RCA Pre/Line Out
Zone 3 OutsRCA Pre/Line Out
Whole House Modeβœ”
RS-232 Interfaceβœ”
+12V Trigger Output2 (Zone2, Zone 3)
Remote (IR) Input/Output1 / 1
MISC
On-Screen Displayβœ” Advanced "Home" GUI
Detachable Power Cordβœ”
uportβœ–
ONKYO-RI System Controlβœ”
RIHD (Remote Interactive Over HDMI)βœ”
Pre-Pro/Learning Remoteβœ” / βœ”
On Screen Remote Programmingβœ”
Bi-directional Remote Setup via GUIβœ”
Activity Based Remoteβœ”
Smart Grid-Readyβœ”
RADIO
Analog Tunerβœ” FM/AM with RDS
Presets40
Digital Radioβœ–
Internet Radioβœ” TuneIn
Pandoraβœ”
Spotifyβœ”
Tidalβœ–
Deezerβœ–
Napsterβœ–
SiriusXM Internet Radioβœ–
CONSTRUCTION
Solid Aluminum Frontβœ”
Speaker Terminals11
Large Speaker Terminals11
Color-Coded Speaker Terminalsβœ”
Transparent High-Grade Speaker Terminalsβœ–
18mm Pitch High Grade Pre-outsβœ” Front L/R
19mm-Pitch Audio Inputsβœ–
Gold plated RCA terminalsβœ–
POWER
Power SupplyAC 220-240 V, 50/60 Hz
Independent Power Supply2
H.C.P.S. (High Current Power Supply)βœ” Massive High Power Transformer
Toroidal Transformerβœ–
Power Consumption955 W
No Sound Power125 W
Standby Power0.12 W
Capacitor Bank18,000 Β΅F
GENERAL
ECO Mode / Hybrid Standby Functionβœ”
Dimensions (W x H x D)435 mm x 199 mm x 466.5 mm
17-1/8" x 7-13/16" x 18-3/8"
Weight20.5 kg (45.2 lbs)
Warranty2 Years
SPECS
Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC)135 W (0.08% THD)
Power Output (6 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA)150 W (0.08% THD)
Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC)160 W (0.7% THD)
Maximum Effective Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA or IEC)230 W
Rated Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, IEC)185 W (1% THD)
Dynamic Power per Channel (3 Ω, Front)300 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (4 Ω, Front)250 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (8 Ω, Front)150 W
THD0.08% (20 Hz - 20 kHz, Half power)
Damping Factor60 (Front, 1 kHz, 8 Ω)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)200 mV/47 kΩ (Line)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Phono MM)2.5 mV/47 kΩ
Rated Preout Level and Impedance200 mV/470 Ω
Maximum Preout Level and Impedance4.6 V/470 Ω
Rated XLR Output Level and Impedance400 mV/470 Ω (Pre Out)
Maximum XLR Output Level and Impedance9.2 V/470 Ω (Pre Out)
Phono Overload70 mV (MM, 1kHz, 0.5% Direct)
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)110 dB
S/N Ratio (Phono MM, IHF-A)80 dB
Frequency Response (Analog In)5 Hz - 100 kHz/+1 dB, -3 dB (Direct Mode)
DSD Sampling Rates via HDMI2.8 MHz, 5.6 MHz
DSD Sampling Rates via USB2.8 MHz
Video Input Sensitivity/Output Level and Impedance 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)
Ethernet Standard10BASE-T/100BASE-TX
Wi-Fi StandardIEEE 802.11 b/g/n
Wi-Fi Terminal Frequency2.4 GHz
Bluetooth Version2.1 + EDR
Bluetooth Frequency2.4 GHz
FM Frequency87.5 MHz - 108.0 MHz
AM Frequency522/530 kHz - 1611/1710 kHz

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

Successor

In 2016 Onkyo TX-NR1030 was replaced by TX-RZ1100. Let us now have a look at some important changes that the successor brought.


UPGRADES Onkyo TX-RZ1100 Onkyo TX-NR1030
Dolby Surround Upmixer βœ” βœ–
DTS:X βœ” βœ–
DTS Neural:X βœ” βœ–
Higher Resolution Music Playback via USB βœ” up to 192 kHz βœ” up to 96 kHz
DTS Dialog Control βœ” βœ–
HDR10 βœ” βœ–
BT.2020 color space βœ” βœ–
Dolby Vision βœ” βœ–
FireConnect βœ” βœ–
FlareConnect βœ” βœ–
Chromecast Built-In βœ” βœ–
DTS Play-Fi βœ” βœ–
Works with SONOS βœ” requires firmware update & Sonos Connect βœ–
AirPlay βœ” AirPlay 2 after firmware update βœ” AirPlay via optional Onkyo RI Dock DS-A5 (sold separately)
Tidal βœ” βœ–
Deezer βœ” βœ–
Higher DSD Sampling Rate via USB 2.8 MHz, 5.6 MHz, 11.2 MHz 2.8 MHz
Wi-Fi Standard IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
Newer Bluetooth Version 4.1 + LE 2.1 + EDR

DOWNGRADES Onkyo TX-RZ1100 Onkyo TX-NR1030
Front Wide Channel Support βœ– βœ”
Video Signal Upscaling βœ” 1080p to 4K βœ” up to 4K/30p (Marvell Qdeo)
MHL Input βœ– βœ” Front HDMI
Less HDMI Outputs 2 (1 Main, 1 Sub/Zone2) 3 (2 Main, 1 Zone2)
Less Analog Audio Line Inputs 6 7 (1 front)
Less Coaxial Inputs/Outputs 2 / No 3 / No
Less Composite Video Inputs 2 4 (1 front)
Less Composite Video Outputs βœ– 1
Less Analog Pre-Outs 11.2 11.4
XLR Pre-outs βœ– βœ” Front L/R
Analog Tuner βœ” FM/AM βœ” FM/AM with RDS
Smaller Power Supply 320 W 955 W

For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Onkyo TX-RZ1100 vs Onkyo TX-NR1030.

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