Onkyo TX-NR3030 Review and Specs

Onkyo TX-NR3030 (USA version)

SCORE:
60

Highlights

  • 135 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • THX Select™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-NR3030 Overview

Onkyo TX-NR3030 was introduced in 2014 and represented a flagship model of the manufacturer. It is equipped with 11 channel amplifier and is capable of 11.1 maximum channel processing.

We evaluated the Receiver and gave 60 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
82
VIDEO FEATURES
29
AUDIO FEATURES
52
CONNECTIVITY
65
MULTIZONE
73
MISCELLANEOUS
48
RADIO
68
OVERALL
60

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-NR3030.

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

Major Changes from its predecessor

Here we are comparing Onkyo TX-NR3030 to its predecessor TX-NR3010 and displaying the major changes.

UPGRADES Onkyo TX-NR3030 Onkyo TX-NR3010
More Channels 11.2 9.2
Dolby Atmos
Gapless Playback
Phase-Matching Bass Boost for Deep Bass and Clear Mid-Range
Video Signal Passthrough up to 4K/60p (YCbCr 4:2:0) 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 via Front USB (optional UBT-1 adapter sold separately)
More HDMI Outputs 3 (2 Main, 1 Zone2) 2 (1 Main, 1 Sub/Zone2)
XLR Pre-outs Front L/R

DOWNGRADES Onkyo TX-NR3030 Onkyo TX-NR3010
THX™ Certification Select™2 Plus Ultra2 Plus
High Resolution Music Playback via USB up to 96 kHz up to 192 kHz
Audyssey Dynamic EQ
Audyssey Dynamic Volume
Audyssey DSX
Component Video Upscaling *
Analog to Analog Video conversion 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)
Smaller Power Supply 10.7 A 11.0 A

For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Onkyo TX-NR3030 vs Onkyo TX-NR3010.

Selected Features

Amplifier

Onkyo TX-NR3030 has 11 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-NR3030 supports Dolby Atmos. It can be configured upto 9.1.2 or 7.1.4 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.


WRAT

Onkyo TX-NR3030 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.


THX™ Certification

Onkyo TX-NR3030 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. The current model has Select™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-NR3030 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-NR3030 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-NR3030 comes with AccuEQ room correction system and includes the calibration microphone.


Connectivity

Onkyo TX-NR3030 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-NR3030.

BASICS
BrandOnkyo
ModelTX-NR3030
TypeA/V Receiver
CountryUSA
Release Year2014
AMPLIFIER
Channels11.2
Front Wide Channel Support
WRAT (Wide Range Amplifier Technology)
VLSC (Vector Linear Shaping Circuitry)
Optimum Gain Volume Circuitry
THX™ Certification 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
Digital Signal Processing (DSP) EngineDual 32-bit DSP for Powerful Advanced Processing
DACBurr-Brown
Maximum Channel Processing11.1
Air Studios Monitor Certification
Dolby Atmos
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Surround Upmixer
Dolby Pro Logic PLIIz
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
PCM 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 Network up to 96 kHz
High Resolution Audio Formats via USBFLAC, WAV, WMA Lossless, Apple Lossless, DSD, AAC
Multi-Channel Music File Playback via USB
Gapless Playback
DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DSD via USB 2-ch Input
DSD to PCM Converter
USB DAC
Jitter Reduction PLL (Phase Locked Loop) Jitter-Cleaning Circuit Technology
DTS Dialogue Control
Dialog Enhancement
Dialog Level Adjustment
Dialog Normalization
Dialogue Lift Screen Centered Dialog
Tone Control All Channels
Compressed Music Enhancer Advanced Music Optimizer (bluetooth included)
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 for Deep Bass and Clear Mid-Range
Direct Mode
Pure Audio Mode
Pure Direct Analog Path Mode
Virtual Speakers T-D (Theater-Dimensional)
Independent Dual Subwoofer Output
CALIBRATION
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. AccuEQ
VIDEO
HDR10
HDR10+
Dynamic HDR
BT.2020 color space
Dolby Vision
Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG)
Quick Media Switching (QMS)
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Variable Refresh Rate (VRR)
Quick Frame Transport (QFT)
3-D Ready
Video Signal Passthroughup to 4K/60p (YCbCr 4:2:0)
Video Signal Upscaling up to 4K/30p (Marvell Qdeo)
Analog To HDMI Upconversion Component**, Composite, PC
Component Video Upscaling
Analog to Analog Video conversion
Component Video Maximum Resolution1080p
isf Certified Calibration Control
CONNECTIVITY
MHL Input 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)
Remote AppOnkyo Remote App for iPod touch/iPhone and Android-Powered Devices
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevue
Ethernet
Ethernet Switch
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth
HDBaseT Compatible
Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)
HDCP Version2.2
HDMI Inputs8 (1 front)
HDMI Outputs3 (2 Main, 1 Zone2)
USB Input1 (Front)
USB DC Out Port
Analog Audio Line Inputs7 (1 front)
Analog Audio Line Outputs
Phono Input
Optical Inputs3 (1 front)
Optical Outputs
Coaxial Inputs/Outputs3 / No
Composite Video Inputs4 (1 front)
Composite Video Outputs1
S-Video Inputs
S-Video Outputs
Component Video Inputs2
Component Video Outputs1
PC In
Multi-Channel Input
Analog Pre-Outs11.4
XLR Inputs
XLR Pre-outs Front L/R
Front A/V InputsHDMI/MHL, USB, Composite Video, RCA Audio, Optical
Speaker A/B
Headphone Out 6.3 mm
ZONES
Zones3
Powered Zones 2 and 3
Zone 2 OutsHDMI, Composite Video, RCA Pre/Line Out
Zone 3 OutsRCA Pre/Line Out
Whole House Mode
RS-232 Interface
+12V Trigger Output2 (Zone2, Zone 3)
Remote (IR) Input/Output1 / 1
MISC
On-Screen Display 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
Analog Tuner FM/AM
Presets40
Digital Radio
Internet Radio TuneIn
Pandora
Spotify
Tidal
Deezer
Napster
SiriusXM Internet Radio
CONSTRUCTION
Solid Aluminum Front
Speaker Terminals11
Large Speaker Terminals11
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
Transparent High-Grade Speaker Terminals
18mm Pitch High Grade Pre-outs Front L/R
19mm-Pitch Audio Inputs
Gold plated RCA terminals
POWER
Power SupplyAC 120 V, 60 Hz
Independent Power Supply4
H.C.P.S. (High Current Power Supply) Massive High Power Transformer
Toroidal Transformer
Power Consumption10.7 A
No Sound Power145 W
Standby Power0.1 W
Capacitor Bank18,000 µF
GENERAL
ECO Mode / Hybrid Standby Function
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"
Weight22 kg (48.5 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 - 107.9 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-NR3030 was replaced by TX-RZ3100. Let us now have a look at some important changes that the successor brought.


UPGRADES Onkyo TX-RZ3100 Onkyo TX-NR3030
Dolby Surround Upmixer
DTS:X
DTS Neural:X
Higher Resolution Music Playback via USB up to 192 kHz up to 96 kHz
DTS Dialog Control
HDR10
BT.2020 color space
Dolby Vision
FireConnect
FlareConnect
Chromecast Built-In
DTS Play-Fi
Works with SONOS requires firmware update & Sonos Connect
AirPlay AirPlay 2 after firmware update AirPlay via optional Onkyo RI Dock DS-A5 (sold separately)
Tidal
Deezer
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-RZ3100 Onkyo TX-NR3030
Front Wide Channel Support
Video Signal Upscaling 1080p to 4K up to 4K/30p (Marvell Qdeo)
MHL Input 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 1
Less Analog Pre-Outs 11.2 11.4
XLR Pre-outs Front L/R
SiriusXM Internet Radio

For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Onkyo TX-RZ3100 vs Onkyo TX-NR3030.

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