Onkyo TX-RZ1100 Review and Specs

Onkyo TX-RZ1100 (European version)

SCORE:
68

Highlights

  • 140 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • THX Selectβ„’2 Plus certified
  • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X capable
  • HDR10, Dolby Vision, 4K Upscaling, 4K Passthrough
  • AirPlay 2, DLNA, Chromecast, DTS Play-Fi
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • USB and Phono inputs

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Onkyo TX-RZ1100 Overview

Onkyo TX-RZ1100 was introduced in 2016. It is equipped with 9 channel amplifier and is capable of 11.1 maximum channel processing.

We evaluated the Receiver and gave 68 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
85
VIDEO FEATURES
61
AUDIO FEATURES
61
CONNECTIVITY
63
MULTIZONE
71
MISCELLANEOUS
48
RADIO
69
OVERALL
68

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-RZ1100.

PROS
Many Channel Processing πŸ‘
Dolby Atmos πŸ‘
DTS:X πŸ‘
DTS Neural:X πŸ‘
DSD via HDMI πŸ‘
DSD via USB πŸ‘
DTS Dialog Control πŸ‘
HDR10 πŸ‘
Dolby Vision πŸ‘
4K or 8K Video Passthrough πŸ‘
4K or 8K Signal Upscaling πŸ‘
DLNA 1.5 πŸ‘
FlareConnect πŸ‘
Chromecast Built-In πŸ‘
DTS Play-Fi πŸ‘
Works with SONOS πŸ‘
Ethernet πŸ‘
Wi-Fi πŸ‘
Bluetooth πŸ‘
New HDCP Version πŸ‘
Many HDMI Inputs πŸ‘
USB Input πŸ‘
Many Analog Audio Line Inputs πŸ‘
Phono Input πŸ‘
Composite Video Inputs πŸ‘
Component Video Inputs πŸ‘
Analog Pre-Outs πŸ‘
Zones πŸ‘
Analog Tuner πŸ‘
Internet Radio πŸ‘
Spotify πŸ‘
Tidal πŸ‘
Deezer πŸ‘
New Bluetooth Version πŸ‘
CONS
No Front Wide Channel Support πŸ‘Ž
No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization πŸ‘Ž
No DTS Virtual:X πŸ‘Ž
No IMAX Enhanced πŸ‘Ž
No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer πŸ‘Ž
No Audyssey Dynamic EQ πŸ‘Ž
No Audyssey Dynamic Volume πŸ‘Ž
No Audyssey LFC πŸ‘Ž
No Audyssey Sub EQ HT πŸ‘Ž
No HDR10+ πŸ‘Ž
No Dynamic HDR πŸ‘Ž
No Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through πŸ‘Ž
No VRR πŸ‘Ž
No QFT πŸ‘Ž
No MHL Input πŸ‘Ž
No FireConnect πŸ‘Ž
Does not Work with Amazon Alexa πŸ‘Ž
No eARC πŸ‘Ž
No Multi-Channel Input πŸ‘Ž
No Pandora 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-RZ1100 to its predecessor TX-NR1030 and displaying the major changes.

UPGRADES Onkyo TX-RZ1100 Onkyo TX-NR1030
Dolby Surround Upmixer βœ” βœ–
DTS:X βœ” βœ–
DTS Neural:X βœ” βœ–
Higher Resolution Music Playback via USB βœ” up to 192 kHz βœ” up to 96 kHz
DTS Dialog Control βœ” βœ–
HDR10 βœ” βœ–
BT.2020 color space βœ” βœ–
Dolby Vision βœ” βœ–
FlareConnect βœ” βœ–
Chromecast Built-In βœ” βœ–
DTS Play-Fi βœ” βœ–
Works with SONOS βœ” requires firmware update & Sonos Connect βœ–
AirPlay βœ” AirPlay 2 after firmware update βœ” AirPlay via optional Onkyo RI Dock DS-A5 (sold separately)
Analog Tuner βœ” FM/AM with RDS βœ” FM/AM
Tidal βœ” βœ–
Deezer βœ” βœ–
Higher DSD Sampling Rate via USB 2.8 MHz, 5.6 MHz, 11.2 MHz 2.8 MHz
Wi-Fi Standard IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
Newer Bluetooth Version 4.1 + LE 2.1 + EDR

DOWNGRADES Onkyo TX-RZ1100 Onkyo TX-NR1030
Front Wide Channel Support βœ– βœ”
Video Signal Upscaling βœ” 1080p to 4K βœ” up to 4K/30p (Marvell Qdeo)
MHL Input βœ– βœ” Front HDMI
Less HDMI Outputs 2 (1 Main, 1 Sub/Zone2) 3 (2 Main, 1 Zone2)
Less Analog Audio Line Inputs 6 7 (1 front)
Less Coaxial Inputs/Outputs 2 / No 3 / No
Less Composite Video Inputs 2 4 (1 front)
Less Composite Video Outputs βœ– 1
Less Analog Pre-Outs 11.2 11.4
XLR Pre-outs βœ– βœ” Front L/R
Pandora βœ– βœ”
SiriusXM Internet Radio βœ– βœ”

For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Onkyo TX-RZ1100 vs Onkyo TX-NR1030.

Selected Features

Amplifier

Onkyo TX-RZ1100 has 9 channel amplifier and delivers 140 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and also has a stable performance at 4 Ω load.


Video Features

The Receiver has 4K passthrough up to 60p and 4K upscaling. It can bypass HDR10, Dolby Vision.


HDR10

High-dynamic-range (HDR) video has greater dynamic range than standard-dynamic-range (SDR) video with brigter whites and deeper blacks. HDR10 was announced on August 27, 2015, by the Consumer Technology Association and uses the wide-gamut Rec. 2020 color space. It sends static metadata via video stream to the TV which calibrates its screen brightness and color according to that. HDR10 supports up to 1000 nits of brightness and 10-bit color which corresponds to 1024 shades of the primary RGB colors.


Dolby Vision

Dolby Vision is an update to HDR10 by adding dynamic metadata that can be used to more accurately adjust brightness levels up to 10,000 nits maximum brightness on a scene-by-scene or frame-by-frame basis and supports up to 12-bit color depth (4096 shades of RGB) and 8K resolution.


Dolby Atmos and Dolby Surround upmixer

Onkyo TX-RZ1100 supports Dolby Atmos with its Dolby Surround upmixer. It can be configured upto 7.1.2 or 5.1.4 channels using internal amplifiers or upto 7.1.4 channels by adding 2 channel external amplifier.

Dolby Atmos is the first cinematic audio format in which sounds exist as individual entities, called audio objects. In Dolby Atmos, any sound - the helicopter, a car screeching around a corner, a melodic bird call - can exist as an independent audio object, free of channel restrictions. They can be precisely placed and moved anywhere in your room, including overhead, to flow above and around you in three-dimensional space. Through the use of audio objects, overhead sound, and all the richness, clarity, and power of Dolby sound, Dolby Atmos turns your room into an amazing place for entertainment. You'll feel like you're inside the action, in ways you've never experienced before.

Dolby Atmos for the home represents every sound in the original cinema mix as an audio object. Extensions to the Dolby Audioβ„’ codecs, along with an advanced scalable algorithm, allow Dolby Atmos to be delivered via Blu-ray Disc and streaming media. A spatially-coded substream is added to Dolby TrueHD or Dolby Digital Plus. A Dolby Atmos audio/video receiver (AVR) adapts the cinema experience to your home theater from seven speakers to as many as 34 in 24.1.10 configuration, recreating the original artistic concept. The format supports up to 128 simultaneous independent audio objects in a mix for rich, realistic, and breathtaking sound. It recreates the director's original concept through descriptive metadata to provide customized playback for home theater and delivers sounds above you through overhead speakers, special upward-firing Dolby Atmos speakers, or a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar.

If the content is not mixed in Dolby Atmos then the Dolby surround upmixer will expand the audio to all channels including ceiling speakers. The upmixer has replaced the Dolby Pro Logic II family with improved upmixing algorithms.


DTS:X and Neural:X upmixer

Onkyo TX-RZ1100 supports DTS:X with its Neural:X upmixer. It can be configured upto 7.1.2 or 5.1.4 channels using internal amplifiers or upto 7.1.4 channels by adding 2 channel external amplifier.

A technique used in DTS:X is similar to the one used in Dolby Atmos. Instead of a fixed number of channels, DTS:X defines object locations from the listener in polar coordinates. An a/v receiver then dynamically renders sound according to the current speaker configuration. The speaker layout employed by DTS:X is the sum of Dolby Atmos and Auro-3D. It has standard 7.1 channel base layer, a 5 channel height layer above the base layer on the front and side walls, and 3 rows of speakers on the ceiling.

DTS Neural:X is a new upmixer that can take non DTS:X content and upmix it to the DTS:X speaker layout. It has replaced the DTS Neo family with improved flexibility.


Dynamic Audio Amplification

Onkyo TX-RZ1100 features Dynamic Audio Amplification which is Onkyo’s amplification philosophy that focuses on capturing the energy and dynamism contained in the audio signal and reproducing it without loss. Audio signals are not static like a test tone, but rather a countless collection of constantly moving waves. While static measurements such as S/N ratio and Total Harmonic Distortion are important, Onkyo believes that excellent dynamic and transient response is the key to emotionally involving sound. Dynamism - the β€œlife” in music - is achieved when the amp can respond to changes in the signal instantaneously, so notes start and stop naturally and the nuances in attack, decay, sustain, and release are voiced with conviction. Onkyo home theater receivers represent the culmination of almost 70 years’ experience in amplifier design. The unique elements of their amplification system comprise high-current, low-impedance architecture to accurately control large speaker cones while enabling instantaneous response to dynamic changes, and discrete wide-range amplifier circuit topology to eliminate phase shift for clear and accurate audio imaging.


THXβ„’ Certification

Onkyo TX-RZ1100 is THXβ„’ 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 Selectβ„’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-RZ1100 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.


Phase-Matching Bass Boost

Onkyo TX-RZ1100 features Phase-Matching Bass Boost. The negative effects of phase-shift or the timing difference between sound waves of different frequencies can sometimes be heard in audio players when corners are cut in order to increase bass response. While most audio systems have some form of low-frequency enhancement system, often a bigger bass sound comes at the expense of mid-range clarity, and results in a smeared or muddy sound. Onkyo’s Phase-Matching Bass Boost technology avoids this problem by improving the phase timing to preserve the natural clarity of the mid-range allowing vocals and strings to shine while maintaining a smooth, powerful bass response at all volume levels.


Room Correction

Onkyo TX-RZ1100 comes with AccuEQ with AccuReflexβ„’ room correction system and includes the calibration microphone.


Connectivity

Onkyo TX-RZ1100 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 works with SONOS and supports AirPlay 2 after firmware update. It has 8 HDMI inputs and HDCP 2.2 (5 in / 2 out) 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 11.2 channel analog pre-outs for external amplification.

Front panel has HDMI input.

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Detailed Specifications

Here we list all the available features and specifications of Onkyo TX-RZ1100.

BASICS
BrandOnkyo
ModelTX-RZ1100
TypeA/V Receiver
CountryEurope
Release Year2016
AMPLIFIER
Channels9.2
Front Wide Channel Supportβœ–
Dynamic Audio Amplificationβœ”
Non-Phase Shift Amplifierβœ”
VLSC (Vector Linear Shaping Circuitry)βœ” All Channels
Optimum Gain Volume Circuitryβœ”
THXβ„’ Certificationβœ” Selectβ„’2 Plus
Continuous 6 Ω Ratedβœ”
Certified 4 Ω Performanceβœ”
Discrete Output Stage Circuitryβœ”
Independent Block Construction (Amp/Preprocessor)βœ”
Bi-amp Capabilityβœ”
BTL (Bridged Transless or Bridging)βœ–
AUDIO
Digital Signal Processing (DSP) Engine32-bit Digital Signal Processing Engines
DACAKM AK4490 Stereo DAC for Front L/R
2 AKM AK4458 Multichannel DACs (x2) for Other Channels
AKM AK4388 Stereo DACs (x2) for Zone 2 and Zone 3
Maximum Channel Processing11.1
Air Studios Monitor Certificationβœ–
Dolby Atmosβœ”
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualizationβœ–
Dolby TrueHDβœ”
Dolby Digital Plusβœ”
Dolby Surround Upmixerβœ”
Dolby Pro Logicβœ–
Dolby Digital EXβœ–
THX Listening Modesβœ”
DTS:Xβœ”
DTS Neural:Xβœ”
DTS Virtual:Xβœ–
DTS Neoβœ–
DTS-HD Master Audioβœ”
DTS-HD High Resolution Audioβœ”
DTS 96/24βœ”
DTS Expressβœ”
DTS-ESβœ”
IMAX Enhancedβœ–
Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixerβœ–
PCMβœ” 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
Music Playback via USBFLAC, WAV, Apple Lossless, WMA, MP3, DSD, AIFF, AAC, Dolby TrueHD
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Networkβœ” up to 192 kHz
High Resolution Audio Formats via USBFLAC, WAV, Apple Lossless, DSD, AIFF, AAC, Dolby TrueHD
Multi-Channel Music File Playback via USBβœ–
Gapless Playbackβœ”
DSD via HDMIβœ” 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DSD via USBβœ” 2-ch Input
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 Normalizationβœ”
Dialogue Liftβœ–
Tone Controlβœ” All 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)
CALIBRATION
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.βœ” AccuEQ with AccuReflexβ„’
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 4K/60p (YCbCr4:4:4)
Video Signal Upscalingβœ” 1080p to 4K
Analog To HDMI Upconversionβœ” Component**, Composite
Component Video Upscalingβœ–
Analog to Analog Video conversionβœ–
Component Video Maximum Resolution1080i
isf Certified Calibration Controlβœ–
CONNECTIVITY
MHL Inputβœ–
DLNA 1.5βœ”
FireConnectβœ–
FlareConnectβœ”
Chromecast Built-Inβœ”
DTS Play-Fiβœ”
Works with Amazon Alexaβœ–
Works with SONOSβœ” requires firmware update & Sonos Connect
AirPlayβœ” AirPlay 2 after firmware update
Apple Product Connectionβœ” iPod, iPhone and iPad
Remote AppOnkyo Remote App for iPod touch/iPhone and Android-Powered Devices
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevueβœ–
Ethernetβœ”
Ethernet Switchβœ–
Wi-Fiβœ”
Bluetoothβœ” SBC, AAC
HDBaseT Compatibleβœ–
Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)βœ–
HDCP Version2.2 (5 in / 2 out)
HDMI Inputs8 (1 front)
HDMI Outputs2 (1 Main, 1 Sub/Zone2)
USB Input1 (Rear)
USB DC Out Portβœ–
Analog Audio Line Inputs6
Analog Audio Line Outputsβœ–
Phono Inputβœ”
Optical Inputs3
Optical Outputsβœ–
Coaxial Inputs/Outputs2 / No
Composite Video Inputs2
Composite Video Outputsβœ–
S-Video Inputsβœ–
S-Video Outputsβœ–
Component Video Inputs2
Component Video Outputs1
PC Inβœ–
Multi-Channel Inputβœ–
Analog Pre-Outs11.2
XLR Inputsβœ–
XLR Pre-outsβœ–
Front A/V InputsHDMI
Speaker A/Bβœ–
Headphone Outβœ” 6.3 mm
ZONES
Zones3
Powered Zonesβœ” 2 and 3
Zone 2 OutsHDMI, RCA Pre/Line Out
Zone 3 OutsRCA Pre/Line Out
Whole House Modeβœ”
RS-232 Interfaceβœ”
+12V Trigger Output1 (MAIN, 100 mA)
Remote (IR) Input/Output1 / 0
MISC
On-Screen Displayβœ” Graphical User Interface with Overlaid On-Screen Display (OSD) via HDMI with Quick Setup Function
Detachable Power Cordβœ”
uportβœ–
ONKYO-RI System Controlβœ–
RIHD (Remote Interactive Over HDMI)βœ”
Pre-Pro/Learning RemoteNo / No
Smart Grid-Readyβœ”
RADIO
Analog Tunerβœ” FM/AM with RDS
Presets40
Digital Radioβœ–
Internet Radioβœ” TuneIn
Pandoraβœ–
Spotifyβœ”
Tidalβœ”
Deezerβœ”
Napsterβœ–
SiriusXM Internet Radioβœ–
CONSTRUCTION
Solid Aluminum Frontβœ”
Speaker Terminals11
Large Speaker Terminals11
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 220-230 V, 50/60 Hz
H.C.P.S. (High Current Power Supply)βœ” Customized High-Output Transformer
Toroidal Transformerβœ–
Power Consumption320 W
No Sound Power100 W
Standby Power0.2 W
GENERAL
ECO Mode / Hybrid Standby Functionβœ”
Dimensions (W x H x D)435 mm x 201 mm x 453 mm
17-1/8" x 7-15/16" x 17-13/16"
Weight19.7 kg (43.4 lbs)
Warranty3 Years
SPECS
Maximum Effective Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA or IEC)340 W (10% THD)
Rated Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, IEC)200 W (1% THD)
Dynamic Power per Channel (3 Ω, Front)320 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (4 Ω, Front)270 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (8 Ω, Front)160 W
THD0.04% (1 kHz, 100 W)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)200 mV/82 kΩ
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Phono MM)3.5 mV/47 kΩ
Rated Preout Level and Impedance1 V/330 Ω
Rated Headphone Jack Output Level and Impedance43 Ω
Rated Headphone Power Output57 mW (32 Ω, 1 kHz, 10% THD)
Phono Overload70 mV (MM, 1 kHz 0.5%)
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)108 dB
S/N Ratio (Phono MM, IHF-A)90 dB
DSD Sampling Rates via HDMI2.8 MHz
DSD Sampling Rates via USB2.8 MHz, 5.6 MHz, 11.2 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)
Ethernet Standard10BASE-T/100BASE-TX
Wi-Fi StandardIEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n
Wi-Fi Terminal Frequency5 GHz, 2.4 GHz
Bluetooth Version4.1 + LE
Bluetooth Frequency2.4 GHz
HDMI TerminalOUT: 55 mA
USB TerminalVer. 2.0, 5 V, 1 A
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

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