Onkyo TX-NR535 Review and Specs

Onkyo TX-NR535 (USA version)

SCORE:
28

Highlights

  • 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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Onkyo TX-NR535 Overview

Onkyo TX-NR535 was introduced in 2014. It is equipped with 5 channel amplifier and is capable of 5.1 maximum channel processing.

We evaluated the Receiver and gave 28 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
32
VIDEO FEATURES
14
AUDIO FEATURES
24
CONNECTIVITY
38
MULTIZONE
24
MISCELLANEOUS
22
RADIO
68
OVERALL
28

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-NR535.

PROS
DSD via HDMI 👍
DSD via USB 👍
4K or 8K Video Passthrough 👍
DLNA 1.5 👍
Ethernet 👍
Wi-Fi 👍
Bluetooth 👍
USB Input 👍
Many Analog Audio Line Inputs 👍
Composite Video Inputs 👍
Component Video Inputs 👍
Zones 👍
Analog Tuner 👍
Internet Radio 👍
Pandora 👍
Spotify 👍
SiriusXM Internet Radio 👍
CONS
Few Channel Processing 👎
No Dolby Atmos 👎
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 4K or 8K Video Upscaling 👎
No MHL Input 👎
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 👎
Few HDMI Outputs 👎
No Phono Input 👎
No Multi-Channel Input 👎
No Analog Pre-Outs 👎
No Tidal 👎
No Deezer 👎
No Napster 👎
No Toroidal Transformer 👎
Old Bluetooth Version 👎

Major Changes from its predecessor

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

UPGRADES Onkyo TX-NR535 Onkyo TX-NR525
Gapless Playback
Video Signal Passthrough up to 4K/60p (YCbCr 4:2:0) up to 4K/30p
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 Analog Audio Line Inputs 7 (1 front) 6 (1 front)
More Analog Audio Line Outputs 1
Independent Power Supply 2

DOWNGRADES Onkyo TX-NR535 Onkyo TX-NR525
High Resolution Music Playback via USB up to 96 kHz up to 192 kHz
Audyssey Dynamic EQ
Audyssey Dynamic Volume
Phase-Matching Bass Boost
USB Input 1 (Front) 1 Front (for iPod/iPhone) and 1 Rear
Less Composite Video Inputs 4 (1 front) 5 (1 front)
Less Component Video Inputs 1 2
Smaller Power Supply 3.2 A 4.2 A

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

Selected Features

Amplifier

Onkyo TX-NR535 has 5 channel amplifier and delivers 65 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven).


Video Features

The Receiver has 4K passthrough up to 60p.


WRAT

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.


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 Correction

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


Connectivity

Onkyo TX-NR535 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 6 HDMI inputs.

Front panel has USB, Composite Video and RCA audio inputs.

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Detailed 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
Maximum Channel Processing5.1
Air Studios Monitor Certification
Dolby Atmos
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
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 Dialogue 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 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
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
Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)
HDMI Inputs6
HDMI Outputs1
USB Input1 (Front)
USB DC Out Port
Analog Audio Line Inputs7 (1 front)
Analog Audio Line Outputs1
Phono Input
Optical Inputs1
Optical Outputs
Coaxial Inputs/Outputs2 / No
Composite Video Inputs4 (1 front)
Composite Video Outputs1
S-Video Inputs
S-Video Outputs
Component Video Inputs1
Component Video Outputs1
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 Out 6.3 mm
ZONES
Zones2
Powered Zones
Zone 2 OutsRCA Line Out
Whole House Mode
RS-232 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 RemoteNo /
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, 2 channel driven, FTC)65 W (0.7% THD)
Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC)90 W (0.7% THD)
Maximum Effective Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA or IEC)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 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 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 Onkyo TX-NR535
More Channels 7.2 5.2
More Channel Processing 7.1 5.1
Dolby Atmos up to with firmware update
Dolby Surround Upmixer
Phase-Matching Bass Boost for Deep Bass and Clear Mid-Range
More Advanced Auto Speaker Calibration System Advanced AccuEQ AccuEQ
HDR10
Analog To HDMI Upconversion Component**, Composite
AirPlay AirPlay AirPlay via optional Onkyo RI Dock DS-A5 (sold separately)
More Analog Audio Line Inputs 8 (1 front) 7 (1 front)
More Optical Inputs 2 1
More Component Video Inputs 2 1
Deezer
Bigger Power Supply 4.3 A 3.2 A

DOWNGRADES Onkyo TX-NR545 Onkyo TX-NR535
Less Coaxial Inputs/Outputs 1 / No 2 / No
Less Composite Video Outputs 1
Less Component Video Outputs 1

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

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