Onkyo TX-NR717 Review and Specs

Onkyo TX-NR717 (USA version)

SCORE:
47

Highlights

  • 110 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • THX Select™2 Plus certified
  • 4K Upscaling, 1080p Passthrough
  • DLNA
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi
  • USB and Phono inputs

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Onkyo TX-NR717 Overview

Onkyo TX-NR717 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 47 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
69
VIDEO FEATURES
20
AUDIO FEATURES
36
CONNECTIVITY
47
MULTIZONE
60
MISCELLANEOUS
43
RADIO
68
OVERALL
47

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-NR717.

PROS
Front Wide Channel Support 👍
DSD via HDMI 👍
DSD via USB 👍
Audyssey Dynamic EQ 👍
Audyssey Dynamic Volume 👍
4K or 8K Signal Upscaling 👍
MHL Input 👍
DLNA 1.5 👍
Ethernet 👍
Wi-Fi 👍
New HDCP Version 👍
Many HDMI Inputs 👍
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 👎
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 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 Passthrough 👎
No FireConnect 👎
No FlareConnect 👎
No Chromecast Built-In 👎
No DTS Play-Fi 👎
Does not Work with Amazon Alexa 👎
Does Not Work with SONOS 👎
No Bluetooth 👎
No eARC 👎
No Multi-Channel Input 👎
No Tidal 👎
No Deezer 👎
No Napster 👎
No Toroidal Transformer 👎

Major Changes from its predecessor

Here we are comparing Onkyo TX-NR717 to its predecessor TX-NR709 and displaying the major changes.

UPGRADES Onkyo TX-NR717 Onkyo TX-NR709
Higher Resolution Music Playback via USB up to 192 kHz up to 96 kHz
DSD via USB 2-ch Input
MHL Input Front HDMI
USB Input 1 Front (for iPod/iPhone) and 1 Rear 1 Front
More Analog Audio Line Inputs 6 5
More Zones 3 2

DOWNGRADES Onkyo TX-NR717 Onkyo TX-NR709
Less Advanced Auto Speaker Calibration System Audyssey 2EQ Audyssey MultEQ XT
Less Analog Audio Line Outputs 1
Less Composite Video Outputs 1 2
Multi-Channel Input 7.1
Digital Radio HD Radio via optional UP-HT1 Tuner (sold separately)
Napster

For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Onkyo TX-NR717 vs Onkyo TX-NR709.

Selected Features

Amplifier

Onkyo TX-NR717 has 7 channel amplifier and delivers 110 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 1080p passthrough and 4K upscaling up to 30p.


WRAT

Onkyo TX-NR717 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.


3-Stage Inverted Darlington Circuitry

Onkyo TX-NR717 features 3-Stage Inverted Darlington Circuitry. Standard amplifiers employ a negative feedback (NFB) design that counters distortion by feeding back the opposite phase of the output signal into the input stage. Unfortunately, NFB is easily affected by inverse electromotive forces from the speakers, leading to an increase in circuit noise. Three-Stage Inverted Darlington Circuitry is a core Onkyo technology incorporating a low-NFB design that makes the sound more natural. Sensitive to oscillations, this circuitry requires very advanced control technology in order to be incorporated into the amplifier.


THX™ Certification

Onkyo TX-NR717 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-NR717 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-NR717 comes with Audyssey Dynamic EQ, Audyssey Dynamic Volume and Audyssey DSX.

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.

Audyssey DSX allows you to augment a standard five-channel home theater with either two Front Wide or two Front High speakers. The Wide channels create an expansive soundstage and bring out convincing directional effects. Alternatively, Height channels can add a vertical dimension to movie and game soundtracks.


Room Correction

Onkyo TX-NR717 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-NR717 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. There is a phono input with built-in phono stage for connecting the cartridge output of the turntable directly to the Receiver. There are 7.2 channel analog pre-outs for external amplification.

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-NR717.

BASICS
BrandOnkyo
ModelTX-NR717
TypeA/V Receiver
CountryUSA
Release Year2012
AMPLIFIER
Channels7.2
Front Wide Channel Support
WRAT (Wide Range Amplifier Technology)
VLSC (Vector Linear Shaping Circuitry)
Optimum Gain Volume Circuitry Linear
THX™ Certification Select™2 Plus
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 Processing Crossover Network
Digital Signal Processing (DSP) EngineAdvanced 32-Bit Processing DSP Chip
DACBurr-Brown
Maximum Channel Processing7.1
Air Studios Monitor Certification
Dolby Atmos
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Surround Upmixer
Dolby Pro Logic PLIIz
Dolby Digital EX
Surround EX also known as Dolby Digital 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 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, Dolby TruHD, LPCM, AAC
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network up to 192 kHz
High Resolution Audio Formats via USBFLAC, WAV, Apple Lossless, DSD, WMA Lossless, LPCM, AAC, Dolby TrueHD
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
Tone Control Front L/R Channels
Compressed Music Enhancer Advanced Music Optimizer
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. Audyssey 2EQ
Audyssey App Support
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 1080p
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
Apple Product Connection iPod and iPhone via front USB
Remote App iPod touch/iPhone and Android-Powered Devices
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevue
Ethernet
Ethernet Switch
Wi-Fi via Front USB (optional UWF-1 sold separately)
Bluetooth
HDBaseT Compatible
Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)
HDCP Version2.2
HDMI Inputs8 (1 front)
HDMI Outputs2 (simultaneous)
USB Input1 Front (for iPod/iPhone) and 1 Rear
USB DC Out Port
Analog Audio Line Inputs6
Analog Audio Line Outputs
Phono Input
Optical Inputs2
Optical Outputs
Coaxial Inputs/Outputs3 / No
Composite Video Inputs5 (1 front)
Composite Video Outputs1
S-Video Inputs
S-Video Outputs
Component Video Inputs2
Component Video Outputs1
PC In
Multi-Channel Input
Analog Pre-Outs7.2
XLR Inputs
XLR Pre-outs
Front A/V InputsHDMI/MHL, USB, Composite Video
Speaker A/B
Headphone Out 6.3 mm
ZONES
Zones3
Powered Zones 2 and 3
Zone 2 OutsRCA Line Out
Zone 3 OutsRCA Line Out
Whole House Mode
RS-232 Interface
+12V Trigger Output1 (Zone2)
Remote (IR) Input/Output1 / 0
MISC
On-Screen Display Advanced "Home" GUI
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 vTuner
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
19mm-Pitch Audio Inputs
Gold plated RCA terminals
POWER
Power SupplyAC 120 V, 60 Hz
Independent Power Supply
H.C.P.S. (High Current Power Supply) Massive High Power Transformer
Toroidal Transformer
Power Consumption6.8 A
No Sound Power90 W
Standby Power0.1 W
GENERAL
ECO Mode / Hybrid Standby Function
Dimensions (W x H x D)435 mm x 174 mm x 379 mm
17-1/8" x 6-7/8" x 14-15/16"
Weight12.1 kg (26.7 lbs)
Warranty2 Years
SPECS
Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC)110 W (0.08% THD)
Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven)125 W (0.7% THD)
Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC)125 W (0.7% THD)
Maximum Effective Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA or IEC)185 W
Rated Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, IEC)170 W (1% THD)
Dynamic Power per Channel (3 Ω, Front)250 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (4 Ω, Front)220 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (8 Ω, Front)130 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
Phono Overload70 mV (MM 1 kHz 0.5%)
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)106 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
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 Standard100BASE-TX
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 2013 Onkyo TX-NR717 was replaced by TX-NR727. Let us now have a look at some important changes that the successor brought.


UPGRADES Onkyo TX-NR727 Onkyo TX-NR717
Phase-Matching Bass Boost
More Advanced Auto Speaker Calibration System Audyssey MultEQ Audyssey 2EQ
Video Signal Passthrough up to 4K/30p 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
Independent Power Supply 2
Bigger Power Supply 6.9 A 6.8 A

DOWNGRADES Onkyo TX-NR727 Onkyo TX-NR717
Front Wide Channel Support
USB Input 1 (Front) 1 Front (for iPod/iPhone) and 1 Rear
Less Optical Inputs 1 2
Less Coaxial Inputs/Outputs 2 / No 3 / No
Less Composite Video Inputs 4 5 (1 front)
Less Component Video Inputs 1 2
Less Analog Pre-Outs 0.2 7.2

For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Onkyo TX-NR727 vs Onkyo TX-NR717.

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