Onkyo TX-NR515 Review and Specs

Onkyo TX-NR515 (European and Australian versions)

SCORE:
33

Highlights

  • 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • 4K Upscaling, 1080p Passthrough
  • DLNA
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi
  • USB input

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Onkyo TX-NR515 Overview

Onkyo TX-NR515 was introduced in 2012. It is equipped with 7 channel amplifier and is capable of 7.1 maximum channel processing.

We evaluated the Receiver and gave 33 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
38
VIDEO FEATURES
20
AUDIO FEATURES
25
CONNECTIVITY
34
MULTIZONE
41
MISCELLANEOUS
33
RADIO
64
OVERALL
33

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-NR515.

PROS
DSD via HDMI πŸ‘
Audyssey Dynamic EQ πŸ‘
Audyssey Dynamic Volume πŸ‘
4K or 8K Signal Upscaling πŸ‘
MHL Input πŸ‘
DLNA 1.5 πŸ‘
Ethernet πŸ‘
Wi-Fi πŸ‘
New HDCP Version πŸ‘
Many HDMI Inputs πŸ‘
USB Input πŸ‘
Composite Video Inputs πŸ‘
Component Video Inputs πŸ‘
Zones πŸ‘
Analog Tuner πŸ‘
Internet Radio πŸ‘
Pandora πŸ‘
Spotify πŸ‘
CONS
No Front Wide Channel Support πŸ‘Ž
No Dolby Atmos πŸ‘Ž
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 DSD via USB πŸ‘Ž
No DTS Dialog Control 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 4K or 8K Video Passthrough 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 Bluetooth πŸ‘Ž
No eARC πŸ‘Ž
No Phono Input πŸ‘Ž
No Multi-Channel Input πŸ‘Ž
No Analog Pre-Outs 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

Major Changes from its predecessor

Here we are comparing Onkyo TX-NR515 to its predecessor TX-NR509 and displaying the major changes.

UPGRADES Onkyo TX-NR515 Onkyo TX-NR509
More Channels 7.2 5.1
Bi-amp capability βœ” βœ–
More Channel Processing 7.1 5.1
Higher Resolution Music Playback via USB βœ” up to 192 kHz βœ” up to 96 kHz
Video Signal Upscaling βœ” up to 4K/30p (Marvell Qdeo) βœ–
Analog To HDMI Upconversion βœ” Component**, Composite βœ–
MHL Input βœ” Front HDMI βœ–
More HDMI Inputs 8 (1 front) 4
More HDMI Outputs 2 (simultaneous) 1
USB Input 1 Front (for iPod/iPhone) and 1 Rear 1 Front
Bigger Power Supply 480 W 370 W

DOWNGRADES Onkyo TX-NR515 Onkyo TX-NR509
Less Analog Audio Line Inputs 5 6 (1 front)
Less Analog Audio Line Outputs βœ– 1
Less Composite Video Outputs 1 2
Less Component Video Inputs 1 2
Less Analog Pre-Outs 0.2 2.1 (Surround Back and Sub)
Digital Radio βœ– βœ” DAB/DAB+ Radio via optional UP-DT1 Tuner (sold separately)
Napster βœ– βœ”

For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Onkyo TX-NR515 vs Onkyo TX-NR509.

Selected Features

Amplifier

Onkyo TX-NR515 has 7 channel amplifier and delivers 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven).


Video Features

The Receiver has 1080p passthrough and 4K upscaling up to 30p.


WRAT

Onkyo TX-NR515 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.


Advanced Music Optimizer

Compressed music enhancement in Onkyo TX-NR515 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.


Audyssey

Onkyo TX-NR515 comes with Audyssey Dynamic EQ and Audyssey Dynamic Volume.

Audyssey Dynamic EQ selects the best possible frequency response and surround volume levels moment-by-moment. This ensures that the bass response, tonal balance and surround impression remain constant despite changes in volume. This is the first technology that carefully combines information from incoming source levels with actual output sound levels in the room, a pre-requisite for delivering a dynamic volume solution.

Your Listening experience can be greatly diminished when there are significant shifts in volume between television programs, commercials and within the program material itself. When this happens you must constantly adjust the volume to maintain your desired listening level. Audyssey Dynamic Volume monitors the volume of program material moment-by-moment and automatically adjusts it, maintaining the desired listening level for all content while optimizing the dynamic range to preserve impact.


Room Correction

Onkyo TX-NR515 comes with Audyssey 2EQ room correction system and includes the calibration microphone.

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.


Connectivity

Onkyo TX-NR515 can be connected to internet using ethernet cable or wirelessly via Front USB (optional UWF-1 sold separately). It has 8 HDMI inputs and HDCP 2.2 copy protection.

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

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Detailed Specifications

Here we list all the available features and specifications of Onkyo TX-NR515.

BASICS
BrandOnkyo
ModelTX-NR515
TypeA/V Receiver
CountryEurope and Australia
Release Year2012
AMPLIFIER
Channels7.2
Front Wide Channel Supportβœ–
WRAT (Wide Range Amplifier Technology)βœ”
VLSC (Vector Linear Shaping Circuitry)βœ–
Optimum Gain Volume Circuitryβœ”
THXβ„’ Certificationβœ–
Continuous 6 Ω Ratedβœ”
Certified 4 Ω Performanceβœ–
Discrete Output Stage Circuitryβœ”
3-Stage Inverted Darlington Circuitryβœ–
PUSH-PULL Designβœ–
Independent Block Construction (Amp/Preprocessor)βœ–
Bi-amp Capabilityβœ”
BTL (Bridged Transless or Bridging)βœ–
AUDIO
Digital Processing Crossover Networkβœ–
Digital Signal Processing (DSP) EngineAdvanced 32-Bit Processing DSP Chip
DACBurr-Brown
Maximum Channel Processing7.1
Air Studios Monitor Certificationβœ–
Dolby Atmosβœ–
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualizationβœ–
Dolby TrueHDβœ”
Dolby Digital Plusβœ”
Dolby Surround Upmixerβœ–
Dolby Pro Logicβœ” PLIIz
Dolby Digital EXβœ”
Surround EXβœ–
DTS:Xβœ–
DTS Neural:Xβœ–
DTS Virtual:Xβœ–
DTS Neoβœ” Neo:6
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, WMA, WMA Lossless, Ogg, MP3, LPCM, AAC
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Networkβœ” up to 192 kHz
High Resolution Audio Formats via USBFLAC, WAV, WMA Lossless, LPCM, AAC
Multi-Channel Music File Playback via USBβœ–
Gapless Playbackβœ–
DSD via HDMIβœ” 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DSD via USBβœ–
DSD to PCM Converterβœ–
USB DACβœ–
Jitter Reductionβœ” PLL (Phase Locked Loop) Jitter-Cleaning Circuit Technology for S/PDIF Audio
DTS Dialogue Controlβœ–
Dialog Enhancementβœ–
Dialog Level Adjustmentβœ–
Dialog Normalizationβœ–
Dialogue Liftβœ–
Tone Controlβœ” Front L/R Channels
Compressed Music Enhancerβœ” Advanced Music Optimizer
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–
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” Audyssey 2EQ
Audyssey App Supportβœ–
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 1080p
Video Signal Upscalingβœ” up to 4K/30p (Marvell Qdeo)
Analog To HDMI Upconversionβœ” Component**, Composite
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–
Apple Product Connectionβœ” iPod and iPhone via front USB
Remote Appβœ” iPod touch/iPhone and Android-Powered Devices
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevueβœ”
Ethernetβœ”
Ethernet Switchβœ–
Wi-Fiβœ” via Front USB (optional UWF-1 sold separately)
Bluetoothβœ–
HDBaseT Compatibleβœ–
Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)βœ–
HDCP Version2.2
HDMI Inputs8 (1 front)
HDMI Outputs2 (simultaneous)
USB Input1 Front (for iPod/iPhone) and 1 Rear
USB DC Out Portβœ–
Analog Audio Line Inputs5
Analog Audio Line Outputsβœ–
Phono Inputβœ–
Optical Inputs2
Optical Outputsβœ–
Coaxial Inputs/Outputs2 / No
Composite Video Inputs5 (1 front)
Composite Video Outputs1
S-Video Inputsβœ–
S-Video Outputsβœ–
Component Video Inputs1
Component Video Outputs1
PC Inβœ–
Multi-Channel Inputβœ–
Analog Pre-Outs0.2
XLR Inputsβœ–
XLR Pre-outsβœ–
Front A/V InputsHDMI/MHL, USB, Composite Video
Speaker A/Bβœ–
Headphone Outβœ” 6.3 mm
ZONES
Zones2
Powered Zonesβœ” 2
Zone 2 OutsRCA Line Out
Whole House Modeβœ–
RS-232 Interfaceβœ–
+12V Trigger Outputβœ–
Remote (IR) Input/Outputβœ–
MISC
On-Screen Displayβœ” Advanced "Home" GUI
Detachable Power Cordβœ–
uportβœ–
ONKYO-RI System Controlβœ”
RIHD (Remote Interactive Over HDMI)βœ”
Pre-Pro/Learning RemoteNo / 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” vTuner
Pandoraβœ”
Spotifyβœ”
Tidalβœ–
Deezerβœ–
Napsterβœ–
SiriusXM Internet Radioβœ–
CONSTRUCTION
Solid Aluminum Frontβœ–
Speaker Terminals9
Large Speaker Terminals7
Color-Coded Speaker Terminalsβœ”
Transparent High-Grade Speaker Terminalsβœ–
18mm Pitch High Grade Pre-outsβœ–
19mm-Pitch Audio Inputsβœ–
Gold plated RCA terminalsβœ–
POWER
Power SupplyAC 230 V, 50 Hz
Independent Power Supplyβœ–
H.C.P.S. (High Current Power Supply)βœ” Massive High Power Transformer
Toroidal Transformerβœ–
Power Consumption480 W
No Sound Power65 W (230 V)/70 W (240 V)
Standby Power0.2 W
GENERAL
ECO Mode / Hybrid Standby Functionβœ”
Dimensions (W x H x D)435 mm x 173.5 mm x 328 mm
17-1/8" x 6-13/16" x 12-15/16"
Weight9.2 kg (20.3 lbs)
Warranty2 Years
SPECS
Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC)80 W (0.7% THD)
Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven)100 W (0.7% THD)
Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC)125 W (0.1% THD)
Maximum Effective Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA or IEC)160 W
Rated Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, IEC)130 W (1% THD)
Dynamic Power per Channel (3 Ω, Front)180 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (4 Ω, Front)160 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (8 Ω, Front)100 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)
Rated Lineout Level and Impedance200 mV/2.2 kΩ
Maximum Lineout Level and Impedance2 V/2.2 kΩ
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)100 dB
Frequency Response (Analog In)5 Hz - 100 kHz/+1 dB, -3 dB (DSP bypass)
DSD Sampling Rates via HDMI2.8 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 Standard100BASE-TX
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 2013 Onkyo TX-NR515 was replaced by TX-NR525. Let us now have a look at some important changes that the successor brought.


UPGRADES Onkyo TX-NR525 Onkyo TX-NR515
DSD via USB βœ” 2-ch Input βœ–
Phase-Matching Bass Boost βœ” βœ–
More Advanced Auto Speaker Calibration System βœ” Audyssey MultEQ βœ” Audyssey 2EQ
Video Signal Passthrough up to 4K/30p up to 1080p
Bluetooth βœ” via Front USB (optional UBT-1 adapter sold separately) βœ–
More Analog Audio Line Inputs 6 (1 front) 5
More Component Video Inputs 2 1

DOWNGRADES Onkyo TX-NR525 Onkyo TX-NR515
Less Channels 5.2 7.2
Bi-amp capability βœ– βœ”
Less Channel Processing 5.1 7.1
Video Signal Upscaling βœ– βœ” up to 4K/30p (Marvell Qdeo)
Analog To HDMI Upconversion βœ– βœ” Component**, Composite
MHL Input βœ– βœ” Front HDMI
Less HDMI Inputs 6 8 (1 front)
Less HDMI Outputs 1 2 (simultaneous)
Less Optical Inputs 1 2
Smaller Power Supply 400 W 480 W

For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Onkyo TX-NR525 vs Onkyo TX-NR515.

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