Onkyo TX-NR727

    Highlights

    • 7.2 Channels
    • 7.1 Channel Processing
    • 110 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
    • THX™Select™2 Plus Certified
    • 4K/30Hz Passthrough, 4K/30Hz Upscaling
    • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Ethernet
    • Phono Input

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    1. Overview

    Onkyo TX-NR727 was introduced in 2013. It is equipped with 7 channel amplifier with 110 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) power per channel and is capable of 7.1 maximum channel processing. It passes 4K/30Hz and upscales up to 4K/30p (Marvell Qdeo) video signal.

    We evaluated the a/v receiver and gave 80 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
    91
    Audio Features
    74
    Video Features
    66
    Connectivity
    83
    Zones
    83
    Radio
    90
    OVERALL
    80

    For more details about the ranking please go to    Evaluation section.


    Here is a history of the series, where you can view and compare the main specifications of the receivers.

    Evolution of the series
    Model Year Chann. Power Dolby Atmos DTS:X HDR10 HDR10+ Dolby Vision Pass. Price
    TX-NR797 Image cannot be found 2019 9.2 100 W 4K
    TX-NR787 Image cannot be found 2018 9.2 100 W 4K
    TX-NR777 Image cannot be found 2017 7.2 110 W 4K
    TX-NR757 Image cannot be found 2016 7.2 110 W 4K
    TX-NR747 Image cannot be found 2015 7.2 110 W 4K
    TX-NR737 Image cannot be found 2014 7.2 110 W 4K
    TX-NR727 Image cannot be found 2013 7.2 110 W 4K
    TX-NR717 Image cannot be found 2012 7.2 110 W 1080p
    TX-NR709 Image cannot be found 2011 7.2 110 W 1080p

    You can view their side-by-side comparison here: Onkyo TX-NR797 vs TX-NR787 vs TX-NR777 vs TX-NR757 vs TX-NR747 vs TX-NR737.

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    2. Pros and Cons

    In this section we present pros and cons of Onkyo TX-NR727.

    PROs

    •   High Power Output - 110 W
    •   THX™ Certification
    •   DSD via HDMI
    •   Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
    •   New HDCP Version
    •   Analog To HDMI Upconversion
    •   Wi-Fi
    •   Bluetooth
    •   8 HDMI Inputs
    •   USB Input
    •   Many RCA Line Inputs
    •   Phono Input
    •   Composite Video Inputs
    •   Component Video Inputs
    •   Ethernet
    •   3 Zones
    •   Analog Tuner
    •   Pandora
    •   Spotify
    •   Independent Power Supply

    CONs

    •   No Front Wide Channel Support
    •   No Dolby Atmos
    •   No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
    •   No DTS:X
    •   No IMAX Enhanced
    •   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
    •   No HDR10
    •   No HDR10+
    •   No Dolby Vision
    •   No eARC
    •   No 8K Passthrough
    •   Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
    •   0 8K Input
    •   No RCA Pre-Outs
    •   No Digital Radio
    •   No Tidal
    •   Bluetooth 2․1 + EDR

    And here are some specifications which fall into average criteria and are neither in PROs nor in CONs category:

    AVERAGE

    •   7.2 Channels
    •   7.1 Channel Processing
    •   2 HDMI Outputs

    3. Onkyo 2013 Lineup

    In 2013 Onkyo released 5 new receivers. Here is the lineup:

    Onkyo 2013 Lineup
    ModelChannelsPowerMax. Ch. Proc.Pre OutsZones Price
    TX-NR929 Image cannot be found 9.2135 W11.111.23
    TX-NR828 Image cannot be found 7.2130 W7.17.23
    TX-NR727 Image cannot be found 7.2110 W7.13
    TX-NR626 Image cannot be found 7.295 W7.12
    TX-NR525 Image cannot be found 5.280 W5.12

    You can view their side-by-side comparison here: Onkyo TX-NR929 vs TX-NR828 vs TX-NR727 vs TX-NR626 vs TX-NR525.

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    4. Changes from the TX-NR717

    Onkyo TX-NR727 has replaced TX-NR717. Here we present differences between these two models.

    UPGRADES Onkyo TX-NR727 vs Onkyo TX-NR717
    Phase-Matching Bass Boost vs
    More Advanced Auto Speaker Calibration System Audyssey MultEQ vs Audyssey 2EQ
    Video Signal Passthrough up to 4K/30p vs up to 1080p
    Wi-Fi vs via Front USB (optional UWF-1 sold separately)
    Bluetooth vs
    AirPlay AirPlay via optional Onkyo RI Dock DS-A5 (sold separately) vs
    Smart Grid-Ready vs
    Independent Power Supply 2 vs
    Bigger Power Supply 6.9 A vs 6.8 A
    DOWNGRADES Onkyo TX-NR727 vs Onkyo TX-NR717
    Front Wide Channel Support vs
    High Resolution Audio Formats via USB FLAC, WAV, WMA Lossless, Apple Lossless, DSD, AAC, LPCM vs FLAC, WAV, Apple Lossless, DSD, WMA Lossless, LPCM, AAC, Dolby TrueHD
    USB Input 1 (Front) vs 1 Front (for iPod/iPhone) and 1 Rear
    Less Optical Inputs 1 vs 2
    Less Coaxial Inputs/Outputs 2 vs 3
    Less RCA Pre-Outs 0.2 vs 7.2
    Less Composite Video Inputs 4 vs 5 (1 front)
    Less Component Video Inputs 1 vs 2
    PC In vs
    Front A/V Inputs HDMI/MHL, USB vs HDMI/MHL, USB, Composite Video
    Less Powered Zones 2 vs 2 and 3
    Whole House Mode vs
    +12V Trigger Output 0 vs 1 (Zone2)
    Remote (IR) Input/Output 0 / 0 vs 1 / 0
    Bi-directional Remote Setup via GUI vs
    Less Speaker Terminals 9 vs 11
    Less Large Speaker Terminals 9 vs 11

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

    5. Amplifier

    7 channel Amplifier

    Onkyo TX-NR727 features 7 channel power amplifier. It is rated at 110 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and is able to drive 4 ohm speakers.

    • WRAT (Wide Range Amp Technology): Onkyo TX-NR727 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 Select™2 Plus certified

    Onkyo TX-NR727 is THX™ Select™2 Plus certified. 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.

    AMPLIFIER
    Channels7.2
    Power Output110 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
    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)

    6. Speaker Configurations

    Onkyo TX-NR727's 7 channel amplifier can be assigned for different speaker configurations.

    • Configurations: Available configurations are:
    • 5.2, 7.2 with internal amplifier.
    • 2-ch Bi-Amp: Onkyo TX-NR727 allows you to bi-amp up to 2 main channels simultaneously. During bi-amplification two amplifiers are used for one speaker. One amplifier powers the midrange and tweeter section of the speaker and another amplifier powers the low frequency woofers. Each amplifier is less loaded and performs better. In order to use this feature speakers must have 2 pairs of connectors.

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    7. Immersive Audio Formats

    Audyssey DSX

    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.


    DECODING
    Dolby Atmos
    Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
    Dolby Atmos Music
    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

    8. HDMI

    Onkyo TX-NR727 features 8 HDMI inputs. It has 2 outputs which work parallelly and output the same signal.

    • 4K/30Hz Passthrough: All inputs pass up to 4K/30p video signal.
    • 4K Upscaling: Onkyo TX-NR727 can upscale up to 4K/30p (Marvell Qdeo) from HDMI and analog sources.
    • Analog To HDMI Upconversion: The a/v receiver supports video upconversion, so you can connect your analog Component and Composite video sources and Onkyo TX-NR727 will output them via HDMI. This means that you will need only one HDMI cable to connect to your TV.
    • HDCP 2.2 Copy Protection: All inputs and outputs are HDCP 2.2 compliant which is a requirement for 4K/HDR copy-protected content transmission.
    • 3D Ready: Onkyo TX-NR727 is able to pass 3D video through HDMI.


    VIDEO FEATURES
    HDR10
    HDR10+
    Dynamic HDR
    BT.2020 color space
    Dolby Vision
    HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)
    HDBaseT Compatible
    Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)
    HDCP Version2.2
    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/30p
    Video Signal Upscaling up to 4K/30p (Marvell Qdeo)

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    9. Room Calibration

    Onkyo TX-NR727 comes with Audyssey MultEQ room correction system and includes the calibration microphone.

    • Audyssey Room Calibration: 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.

    10. Multi-zone Playback

    Onkyo TX-NR727 offers multi-zone playback which allows you to play different input sources in 3 different rooms.


    Zone 2

    • Powered Zone 2: You can use the unit's 2 amplifier channels by connecting Zone 2 speakers directly to the speaker terminals. The remaining 5 channels will be left for main zone amplification.
    • 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.

    Zone 3

    • Audio Line Output: If you have a dedicated integrated amplifier for Zone 3 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.
    ZONES
    Number of Zones3
    Powered Zones 2
    Zone 2 OutsRCA Line Out
    Zone 3 OutsRCA Line Out
    Whole House Mode
    RS-232C Interface
    +12V Trigger Output0
    Remote (IR) Input/Output0 / 0

    11. Inputs and Outputs

    Audio

    • Phono Input: There is an MM phono input with built-in phono stage for connecting the moving magnet cartridge output of the turntable directly to the a/v receiver.
    • Analog Line Inputs: There are 6 line inputs 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: 8 (1 front)   Outputs: 2 (simultaneous)
      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. Onkyo TX-NR727 supports up to 1080p resolution on Component video connectors.
    • Inputs: 1   Outputs: 1

    Front A/V Inputs

    • HDMI/MHL, USB
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    TERMINALS
    HDMI Inputs8 (1 front)
    HDMI Outputs2 (simultaneous)
    8K Inputs
    USB Input1 (Front)
    USB DC Out Port
    Optical Inputs1
    Optical Outputs
    Coaxial Inputs2
    RCA Line Inputs6
    RCA Line Outputs
    XLR Line Inputs
    Phono Input
    Multi-Channel Input
    RCA Pre-Outs0.2
    XLR Pre-outs
    Composite Video Inputs4
    Composite Video Outputs1
    S-Video Inputs
    S-Video Outputs
    Component Video Inputs1
    Component Video Outputs1

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    12. Evaluation

    We evaluate Onkyo TX-NR727 and give score of 80 out of 100. We also give separate scores for 6 different categories according to the available features and specifications some of which are listed below. These evaluations are relative and may change each time a new receiver is added to the database.


    OVERALL
    80

    Amplifier

    EXCELLENT
    91

    We give Onkyo TX-NR727 a score of 91 for Amplifier features.

    •   7.2 Channels
    •   High Power Output - 110 W
    •   THX™ Certification
    •   Independent Power Supply

    Audio Features

    GOOD
    74

    We give Onkyo TX-NR727 a score of 74 for Audio Features features.

    •   7.2 Channels
    •   No Front Wide Channel Support
    •   7.1 Channel Processing
    •   No Dolby Atmos
    •   No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
    •   No DTS:X
    •   No IMAX Enhanced
    •   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
    •   DSD via HDMI

    Video Features

    AVERAGE
    66

    We give Onkyo TX-NR727 a score of 66 for Video Features features.

    •   No HDR10
    •   No HDR10+
    •   No Dolby Vision
    •   No 8K Passthrough
    •   Analog To HDMI Upconversion

    Connectivity

    GOOD
    83

    We give Onkyo TX-NR727 a score of 83 for Connectivity features.

    •   No eARC
    •   New HDCP Version
    •   Wi-Fi
    •   Bluetooth
    •   Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
    •   8 HDMI Inputs
    •   2 HDMI Outputs
    •   0 8K Input
    •   USB Input
    •   Many RCA Line Inputs
    •   Phono Input
    •   No RCA Pre-Outs
    •   Composite Video Inputs
    •   Component Video Inputs
    •   Ethernet
    •   Bluetooth 2․1 + EDR

    Zones

    GOOD
    83

    We give Onkyo TX-NR727 a score of 83 for Zones features.

    •   3 Zones

    Radio

    EXCELLENT
    90

    We give Onkyo TX-NR727 a score of 90 for Radio features.

    •   Analog Tuner
    •   Pandora
    •   Spotify
    •   No Tidal

    13. Replaced by TX-NR737

    In 2014 Onkyo TX-NR727 was replaced by Onkyo TX-NR737. Let us now have a look at some important differences between Onkyo TX-NR727 and its successor.

    UPGRADES Onkyo TX-NR737 vs Onkyo TX-NR727
    Dolby Atmos vs
    Dolby Surround Upmixer vs
    Gapless Playback vs
    Video Signal Passthrough up to 4K/60p (YCbCr 4:2:0) vs up to 4K/30p
    Whole House Mode vs
    Higher DSD Sampling Rate via HDMI 2.8 MHz, 5.6 MHz vs 2.8 MHz
    DOWNGRADES Onkyo TX-NR737 vs Onkyo TX-NR727
    Dolby Pro Logic vs PLIIz
    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
    Audyssey DSX vs
    Pure Audio Mode vs
    Less HDMI Inputs 7 (1 front) vs 8 (1 front)
    Less Composite Video Inputs 3 vs 4

    For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Onkyo TX-NR727 vs TX-NR737.

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