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Onkyo TX-NR535 (USA version)

SCORE:
70

Highlights

  • 5.2 channels
  • 5.1 channel processing
  • 65 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • 4K Passthrough
  • AirPlay via optional Onkyo RI Dock DS-A5 (sold separately), DLNA
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • USB input

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Overview

Onkyo TX-NR535 was introduced in 2014. It is equipped with 5 channel amplifier with 65 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) power per channel and is capable of 5.1 maximum channel processing. It passes 4K/60Hz video signal.

We evaluated the a/v receiver and gave 70 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
70
VIDEO FEATURES
66
AUDIO FEATURES
70
CONNECTIVITY
78
MULTIZONE
64
MISCELLANEOUS
56
RADIO
90
OVERALL
70

Pros and Cons

In this section we present pros and cons of Onkyo TX-NR535.

PROS
  DSD via HDMI
  Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
  4K or 8K Video Passthrough
  Ethernet
  Wi-Fi
  Bluetooth
  USB Input
  Many Analog Audio Line Inputs
  Composite Video Inputs
  Component Video Inputs
  Zones
  Analog Tuner
  Pandora
  Spotify
  Independent Power Supply
CONS
  5.1 Channel Processing
  No Dolby Atmos
  No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
  No DTS:X
  No IMAX Enhanced
  No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
  No eARC
  No HDR10
  No HDR10+
  No Dolby Vision
  No 4K or 8K Video Upscaling
  No Chromecast Built-In
  Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
  Few HDMI Outputs
  Few 8K Inputs
  No Phono Input
  No Analog Pre-Outs
  No Tidal
  Old Bluetooth Version

Predecessor

Here we are comparing Onkyo TX-NR535 to its predecessor TX-NR525 and displaying the major changes.

UPGRADES Onkyo TX-NR535 vs Onkyo TX-NR525
Gapless Playback vs
Video Signal Passthrough up to 4K/60p (YCbCr 4:2:0) vs up to 4K/30p
AirPlay AirPlay via optional Onkyo RI Dock DS-A5 (sold separately) vs
Wi-Fi vs via Front USB (optional UWF-1 sold separately)
Bluetooth vs via Front USB (optional UBT-1 adapter sold separately)
More Analog Audio Line Inputs 7 (1 front) vs 6 (1 front)
More Analog Audio Line Outputs 1 vs
Independent Power Supply 2 vs
Higher DSD Sampling Rate via HDMI 2.8 MHz, 5.6 MHz vs 2.8 MHz

DOWNGRADES Onkyo TX-NR535 vs Onkyo TX-NR525
Music Playback via USB FLAC, WAV, Apple Lossless, WMA, WMA Lossless, Ogg, MP3, DSD, AAC, LPCM vs FLAC, WAV, Apple Lossless, WMA, WMA Lossless, Ogg, MP3, DSD, AAC, LPCM, Dolby TruHD
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, WMA Lossless, Apple Lossless, DSD, AAC, LPCM
Audyssey Dynamic EQ vs
Audyssey Dynamic Volume vs
Phase-Matching Bass Boost vs
USB Input 1 (Front) vs 1 Front (for iPod/iPhone) and 1 Rear
Less Composite Video Inputs 4 (1 front) vs 5 (1 front)
Less Component Video Inputs 1 vs 2
Smaller Power Supply 3.2 A vs 4.2 A
Lower Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC) 65 W (0.7% THD) vs 80 W (0.7% THD)
Lower Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC) 90 W (0.7% THD) vs 100 W (0.7% THD)
Lower Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA) 120 W vs 160 W
Lower Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, IEC) 115 W (0.9% THD) vs 130 W (1% THD)
Lower Dynamic Power per Channel, 3 Ω, Front) 160 W vs 180 W
Lower Dynamic Power per Channel, 4 Ω, Front) 125 W vs 160 W
Lower Dynamic Power per Channel, 8 Ω, Front) 85 W vs 100 W

For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Onkyo TX-NR535 vs Onkyo TX-NR525.

Audio Section

5 channel Amplifier

Onkyo TX-NR535 features 5 channel power amplifier. It is rated at 65 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven).

  • WRAT (Wide Range Amp Technology): Onkyo TX-NR535 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.

Speaker Configurations

Onkyo TX-NR535's 5 channel amplifier can be assigned for different speaker configurations.

  • Configurations: Available configurations are:
  • 5.2 with internal amplifier.

Sound Processing

  • Advanced Music Optimizer: Compressed music enhancement in Onkyo TX-NR535 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.

Room Calibration

Onkyo TX-NR535 comes with AccuEQ room correction system and includes the calibration microphone.

  • AccuEQ: First, AccuEQ detects the presence of speakers and evaluates the impedance of each. Next, it pinpoints their distance relative to the main listening position using the mic and sets suitable sound-pressure levels. Then it selects the optimal crossover frequency so that deeper bass rolls smoothly off to the subwoofer. Finally, AccuEQ performs frequency response equalization based on room-acoustic and speaker data collected via microphone. The sound-field is now tailored around the listening position, resulting in a more immersive and realistic in-film experience.

Video Section

HDMI

Onkyo TX-NR535 features 6 HDMI inputs. It has 1 output.

  • 4K/60Hz Passthrough: All inputs pass up to 4K/60p (YCbCr 4:2:0) video signal.
  • 3D Ready: Onkyo TX-NR535 is able to pass 3D video through HDMI.

Multi-zone Playback

Onkyo TX-NR535 offers multi-zone playback which allows you to play different input sources in 2 different rooms.


Zone 2

  • 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.

Inputs and Outputs

Audio

  • Analog Line Inputs and Outputs: There are 7 line inputs and 1 line output for analog audio connection.
  • Digital Inputs: 1 optical input and 2 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: 6   Outputs: 1
    8K Inputs: 0
  • Composite Video: Connect you VCR, Laserdisc player and other old video equipment with composite video cables.
  • Inputs: 4   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.
  • Inputs: 1   Outputs: 1
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Specifications

Here we list all the available features and specifications of Onkyo TX-NR535.

BASICS
BrandOnkyo
ModelTX-NR535
TypeA/V Receiver
CountryUSA
Release Year2014
AMPLIFIER
Channels5.2
WRAT (Wide Range Amplifier Technology)
VLSC (Vector Linear Shaping Circuitry)
Optimum Gain Volume Circuitry
THX™ Certification
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)
AUDIO
Digital Signal Processing (DSP) Engine32-bit DSP
DACBurr-Brown
DAC Specs192 kHz/24 Bit
Maximum Channel Processing5.1
Air Studios Monitor Certification
Dolby Atmos
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
Dolby Atmos Music
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Surround Upmixer
Dolby Pro Logic PLII
Dolby Digital EX
Surround EX
DTS:X
DTS Neural:X
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neo Neo:6
DTS-HD Master Audio
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
DTS 96/24
DTS Express
DTS-ES
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
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 for S/PDIF Audio
DTS Dialog Control
Dialog Enhancement
Dialog Level Adjustment
Dialog Normalization
Dialogue Lift
Tone Control Front L/R 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
Direct Mode
Pure Audio Mode
Pure Direct Analog Path Mode
Virtual Speakers T-D (Theater-Dimensional)
Independent Subwoofer Outputs
CALIBRATION
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. AccuEQ
VIDEO
Enhanced ARC
HDR10
HDR10+
Dynamic HDR
Dolby Vision
HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)
BT.2020 color space
QMS (Quick Media Switching)
ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode)
VRR (Variable Refresh Rate)
QFT (Quick Frame transport)
3-D Ready
Video Signal Passthroughup to 4K/60p (YCbCr 4:2:0)
Video Signal Upscaling
Analog To HDMI Upconversion
Component Video Upscaling
Analog to Analog Video conversion
isf Certified Calibration Control
CONNECTIVITY
MHL Input
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
HDMI Inputs6
HDMI Outputs1
8K Inputs
USB Input1 (Front)
USB DC Out Port
Analog Audio Line Input7 (1 front)
Analog Audio Line Output1
Phono Input
Optical Inputs1
Optical Outputs
Coaxial Inputs2
Composite Video Input4 (1 front)
Composite Video Output1
S-Video Input
S-Video Output
Component Video Input1
Component Video Output1
PC In
Multi-Channel Input
Analog Pre-Outs0.2
XLR Inputs
XLR Pre-outs
Front A/V InputsUSB, Composite Video, RCA audio
Speaker A/B
Headphone Out6.3 mm (1/4")
ZONES
Zones2
Powered Zones
Zone 2 OutsRCA Line Out
Whole House Mode
RS-232C Interface
+12V Trigger Output0
Remote (IR) Input/Output0 / 0
MISC
On-Screen Display
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 Terminals5
Large Speaker Terminals5
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
Transparent High-Grade Speaker Terminals
18mm Pitch High Grade Pre-outs
19mm-Pitch Audio Inputs
Gold plated RCA terminals
POWER
Power SupplyAC 120 V, 60 Hz
Independent Power Supply2
H.C.P.S. (High Current Power Supply) Massive High Power Transformer
Toroidal Transformer
Power Consumption3.2 A
No Sound Power55 W
Standby Power0.1 W
GENERAL
ECO Mode / Hybrid Standby Function
Dimensions (W x H x D)435 mm x 150 mm x 329 mm
17-1/8" x 5-7/8" x 12-15/16"
Weight7.6 kg (16.8 lbs)
Warranty2 Years
SPECS
Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 265 W (0.7% THD)
Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 290 W (0.7% THD)
Maximum Effective Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA)120 W
Rated Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, IEC)115 W (0.9% THD)
Dynamic Power per Channel (3 Ω, Front)160 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (4 Ω, Front)125 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (8 Ω, Front)85 W
THD0.7% (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 (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 Impedance1 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 2015 Onkyo TX-NR535 was replaced by TX-NR545. Let us now have a look at some important changes that the successor brought.


UPGRADES Onkyo TX-NR545 vs Onkyo TX-NR535
More Channels 7.2 vs 5.2
Higher DAC Specs 384 kHz/32 Bit vs 192 kHz/24 Bit
More Channel Processing 7.1 vs 5.1
Dolby Atmos up to with firmware update vs
Dolby Surround Upmixer vs
DTS-ES vs
Music Playback via USB FLAC, WAV, Apple Lossless, WMA, WMA Lossless, Ogg, MP3, DSD, AAC, LPCM, Dolby TrueHD vs FLAC, WAV, Apple Lossless, WMA, WMA Lossless, Ogg, MP3, DSD, AAC, LPCM
Phase-Matching Bass Boost for Deep Bass and Clear Mid-Range vs
More Advanced Auto Speaker Calibration System AccuEQ Advance vs AccuEQ
HDR10 vs
Analog To HDMI Upconversion Component**, Composite vs
AirPlay AirPlay vs AirPlay via optional Onkyo RI Dock DS-A5 (sold separately)
More Analog Audio Line Inputs 8 (1 front) vs 7 (1 front)
More Optical Inputs 2 vs 1
More Component Video Inputs 2 vs 1
More Powered Zones 2 vs
Deezer vs
More Speaker Terminals 9 vs 5
More Large Speaker Terminals 9 vs 5
Bigger Power Supply 4.3 A vs 3.2 A
Lower THD 0.08% (20 Hz - 20 kHz, half power) vs 0.7% (20 Hz - 20 kHz, Half power)

DOWNGRADES Onkyo TX-NR545 vs Onkyo TX-NR535
Dolby Pro Logic vs PLII
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevue vs
Less Coaxial Inputs/Outputs 1 vs 2
Less Composite Video Outputs vs 1
Less Component Video Outputs vs 1
Front A/V Inputs Composite Video, RCA Audio vs USB, Composite Video, RCA audio
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals vs
Lower Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, IEC) 100 W (1% THD) vs 115 W (0.9% THD)

For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Onkyo TX-NR535 vs Onkyo TX-NR545.

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