Onkyo TX-RZ920

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    Highlights

    • 9.2 Channels
    • 11.1 Channel Processing
    • 135 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
    • THX™Select™ Certified
    • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X
    • HDR10, Dolby Vision
    • 4K/60Hz Passthrough, 4K/30Hz Upscaling
    • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Ethernet
    • Phono Input

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    1. Overview

    Onkyo TX-RZ920 was introduced in 2017. It is equipped with 9 channel amplifier with 135 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) power per channel and is capable of 11.1 maximum channel processing. It supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, passes 4K/60Hz and upscales 1080p to 4K video signal.

    We evaluated the a/v receiver and gave 91 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
    93
    Audio Features
    89
    Video Features
    95
    Connectivity
    89
    Zones
    89
    Radio
    90
    OVERALL
    91

    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-RZ920 Image cannot be found 2017 9.2 135 W 4K
    TX-RZ900 Image cannot be found 2015 7.2 140 W 4K

    You can view their side-by-side comparison here: Onkyo TX-RZ920 vs TX-RZ900.

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    2. Pros and Cons

    In this section we present pros and cons of Onkyo TX-RZ920.

    PROs

    •   High Power Output - 136 W
    •   THX™ Certification
    •   11.1 Channel Processing
    •   Dolby Atmos
    •   DTS:X
    •   DSD via HDMI
    •   Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
    •   HDR10
    •   Dolby Vision
    •   eARC
    •   New HDCP Version
    •   Analog To HDMI Upconversion
    •   Wi-Fi
    •   Bluetooth
    •   Chromecast Built-In
    •   8 HDMI Inputs
    •   USB Input
    •   Many RCA Line Inputs
    •   Phono Input
    •   RCA Pre-Outs
    •   Composite Video Inputs
    •   Component Video Inputs
    •   Ethernet
    •   3 Zones
    •   Analog Tuner
    •   Spotify
    •   Tidal

    CONs

    •   No Front Wide Channel Support
    •   No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
    •   No IMAX Enhanced
    •   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
    •   No HDR10+
    •   No 8K Passthrough
    •   Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
    •   0 8K Input
    •   No Digital Radio
    •   No Pandora

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

    AVERAGE

    •   9.2 Channels
    •   3 HDMI Outputs
    •   Bluetooth 4․1 + LE

    3. Onkyo 2017 Lineup

    In 2017 Onkyo released 9 new receivers. Here is the lineup:

    Onkyo 2017 Lineup
    ModelChannelsPowerMax. Ch. Proc.Pre OutsImmersive AudioZones Price
    TX-RZ920 Image cannot be found 9.2135 W11.111.2Dolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    3
    TX-RZ820 Image cannot be found 7.2130 W7.17.2Dolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    3
    TX-RZ720 Image cannot be found 7.2110 W7.1Dolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    2
    TX-RZ620 Image cannot be found 7.2100 W7.1Dolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    2
    TX-NR777 Image cannot be found 7.2110 W7.1Dolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    2
    TX-NR676 Image cannot be found 7.2100 W7.1Dolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    2
    TX-NR575 Image cannot be found 7.280 W7.1Dolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    2
    TX-NR474 Image cannot be found 5.1135 W5.1Dolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    1
    TX-SR373 Image cannot be found 5.280 W5.11

    You can view their side-by-side comparison here: Onkyo TX-RZ920 vs TX-RZ820 vs TX-RZ720 vs TX-RZ620 vs TX-NR777 vs TX-NR676.

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    4. Changes from the TX-RZ900

    Onkyo TX-RZ920 has replaced TX-RZ900. Here we present differences between these two models.

    UPGRADES Onkyo TX-RZ920 vs Onkyo TX-RZ900
    More Channels 9.2 vs 7.2
    Higher DAC Specs 384 kHz/32 Bit for Front L/R
    768 kHz/32 Bit for Other Channels
    192kHz/24 Bit for Zone 2 and Zone 3
    vs 384 kHz/32 Bit
    More Channel Processing 11.1 vs 7.1
    Higher Resolution Music Playback via USB up to 192 kHz vs up to 96 kHz
    High Resolution Audio Formats via USB FLAC, WAV, Apple Lossless, DSD, AIFF, AAC, Dolby TrueHD vs FLAC, WAV, WMA Lossless, Apple Lossless, DSD, AAC
    Dialog Normalization vs
    Dolby Vision vs
    HLG vs
    Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC) via future firmware update vs
    Video Signal Upscaling 1080p to 4K vs
    Chromecast Built-In vs
    Works with SONOS requires firmware update & Sonos Connect vs
    DTS Play-Fi vs
    AirPlay AirPlay 2 after firmware update vs AirPlay
    More RCA Pre-Outs 11.2 vs 7.2
    Zone 3 Outs RCA Pre/Line Out vs RCA Line Out
    +12V Trigger Output 2 (A: 100 mA, B:25 mA) vs 1 (MAIN, 100 mA)
    Analog Tuner FM/AM with RDS vs FM/AM
    Tidal vs
    Lower THD 0.04% (1 kHz, 100 W, 8 Ω) vs 0.08% (20 Hz - 20 kHz, Half power)
    Higher S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A) 107 dB vs 106 dB
    Higher S/N Ratio (Phono MM, IHF-A) 90 dB vs 80 dB
    Higher DSD Sampling Rate via USB 2.8 MHz, 5.6 MHz, 11.2 MHz vs 2.8 MHz
    Wi-Fi Standard IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n vs IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
    Wi-Fi Terminal Frequency 5 GHz, 2.4 GHz vs 2.4 GHz
    Newer Bluetooth Version 4․1 + LE vs 2․1 + EDR
    Longer Warranty 3 Years vs 2 Years
    DOWNGRADES Onkyo TX-RZ920 vs Onkyo TX-RZ900
    Lower Power Output 135 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) vs 140 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
    THX™ Certification Select™ (previously known as Select2) vs Select™2 Plus
    Music Playback via USB FLAC, WAV, Apple Lossless, WMA, MP3, DSD, AIFF, AAC, Dolby TrueHD vs FLAC, WAV, Apple Lossless, WMA, WMA Lossless, Ogg, MP3, DSD, AAC, LPCM, Dolby TrueHD
    Pure Direct Analog Path Mode vs
    Component Video Maximum Resolution 480i/576i vs 1080i
    InstaPrevue Input Source Prevue vs
    Less Optical Inputs 2 vs 3
    Less RCA Line Inputs 6 vs 8
    Less RCA Line Outputs vs 1
    Less Composite Video Inputs 2 vs 3
    Less Composite Video Outputs vs 1
    Less Component Video Outputs vs 1
    ONKYO-RI System Control vs
    Pre-Pro/Learning Remote / vs /
    Pandora vs
    SiriusXM vs
    Color-Coded Speaker Terminals vs
    Transparent High-Grade Speaker Terminals vs
    Toroidal Transformer vs
    Lower DSD Sampling Rate via HDMI 2.8 MHz vs 2.8 MHz, 5.6 MHz

    For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Onkyo TX-RZ920 vs TX-RZ900.

    5. Amplifier

    9 channel Amplifier

    Onkyo TX-RZ920 features 9 channel power amplifier. It is rated at 135 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and is able to drive 4 ohm speakers.

    • Dynamic Audio Amplification: Onkyo TX-RZ920 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 “life” 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.

    THX Select™ (previously known as Select2) certified

    Onkyo TX-RZ920 is THX™ Select™ (previously known as Select2) certified. This means that it is made for medium sized rooms, up to 2,000 cubic feet in size, with a 10-12 foot viewing distance from the screen.

    AMPLIFIER
    Channels9.2
    Power Output135 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
    Front Wide Channel Support
    Dynamic Audio Amplification
    Non-Phase Shift Amplifier
    VLSC (Vector Linear Shaping Circuitry) All Channels
    Optimum Gain Volume Circuitry
    THX™ Certification Select™ (previously known as Select2)
    Continuous 6 Ω Rated
    Certified 4 Ω Performance
    Discrete Output Stage Circuitry
    Independent Block Construction (Amp/Preprocessor)
    Bi-amp Capability
    BTL (Bridged Transless or Bridging)

    6. Speaker Configurations

    Onkyo TX-RZ920's 9 channel amplifier can be assigned for different speaker configurations.

    • Dolby Atmos Configurations: The following speaker configurations are supported for Dolby Atmos:
    • 5.2.2, 5.2.4, 7.2.2 with internal amplifier.
    • 7.2.4 with addition of external 2 channel amplifier.
    • DTS:X Configurations: The speaker configurations for DTS:X are the same as for Dolby Atmos:
    • 5.2.2, 5.2.4, 7.2.2 with internal amplifier.
    • 7.2.4 with addition of external 2 channel amplifier.
    • Configurations without height channels: There are also other speaker configurations available which do not include height channels:
    • 5.2, 7.2 with internal amplifier.
    • 2-ch Bi-Amp: Onkyo TX-RZ920 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

    Dolby Atmos

    Onkyo TX-RZ920 supports Dolby Atmos with Surround Upmixer.

    • Surround Upmixer: 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

    Onkyo TX-RZ920 supports DTS:X with Neural:X.

    • Neural:X is an advanced 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.
    • DTS Dialog Control: This function adjusts the dialog levels during playback of the DTS:X stream. It allows you to separately increase the dialog levels in contrast with the background sound and hear dialog easily even under noisy circumstances.
    DECODING
    Dolby Atmos
    Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
    Dolby Atmos Music
    Dolby TrueHD
    Dolby Digital Plus
    Dolby Surround Upmixer
    Dolby Pro Logic
    Dolby Digital EX
    THX Listening Modes
    DTS:X
    DTS Neural:X
    DTS Virtual:X
    DTS Neo
    DTS-HD Master Audio
    DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
    DTS 96/24
    DTS Express
    DTS-ES
    IMAX Enhanced
    Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer

    8. HDMI

    Onkyo TX-RZ920 features 8 HDMI inputs. It has 2 outputs: 1 Main and 1 Sub/Zone2.

    • 4K/60Hz Passthrough: All inputs pass up to 4K/60p (RGB/YCbCr4:4:4) video signal.
    • 4K Upscaling: Onkyo TX-RZ920 can upscale 1080p to 4K 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-RZ920 will output them via HDMI. This means that you will need only one HDMI cable to connect to your TV.
    • BT.2020 Color Space: BT.2020 or Rec. 2020 is a color standard which delivers a wider color gamut compared to Rec. 709. It covers approximately 75% of the total visual spectrum while the Rec. 709 covers only 35%.
    • 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-RZ920 is able to pass 3D video through HDMI.

    HDR (High Dynamic Range)

    Onkyo TX-RZ920 supports HDR (high dynamic range) video formats such as HDR10, Dolby Vision and Hybrid Log-Gamma via HDMI ports. High dynamic range video has greater dynamic range than standard dynamic range (SDR) video with brighter whites and deeper blacks. The result is greater contrast and more details in dark and bright areas, better color and depth.


    Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)

    Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature allows the compatible TV to send audio signal to the a/v receiver through the same HDMI cable which is used to send audio and video signals to the TV. So one HDMI cable is used to transfer audio signal in both directions. New Enhanced ARC will support uncompressed audio formats such as Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD Master Audio whereas the previous ARC could support only Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS, DTS HD, and PCM.



    VIDEO FEATURES
    HDR10
    HDR10+
    Dynamic HDR
    BT.2020 color space
    Dolby Vision
    HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)
    HDBaseT Compatible
    Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC) via future firmware update
    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/60p (RGB/YCbCr4:4:4)
    Video Signal Upscaling 1080p to 4K

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    9. Room Calibration

    Onkyo TX-RZ920 comes with AccuEQ with AccuReflex™ 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.

    10. Multi-zone Playback

    Onkyo TX-RZ920 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 7 channels will be left for main zone amplification.
    • HDMI Output: Onkyo TX-RZ920 offers HDMI output for Zone 2. This means that it can send two different HDMI signals to two displays.
    • Audio Pre/Line Output: If you have a dedicated amplifier for Zone 2 you can connect it to the a/v receiver via pre/line outs and use "pre out" option to control volume from the a/v receiver or use "line out" option - send fixed signal and then control volume on the Zone 2 amplifier.

    Zone 3

    • Powered Zone 3: You can use the unit's 2 amplifier channels by connecting Zone 3 speakers directly to the speaker terminals. The remaining 7 channels will be left for main zone amplification.
    • Audio Pre/Line Output: If you have a dedicated amplifier for Zone 2 you can connect it to the a/v receiver via pre/line outs and use "pre out" option to control volume from the a/v receiver or use "line out" option - send fixed signal and then control volume on the Zone 3 amplifier.
    ZONES
    Number of Zones3
    Powered Zones 2 and 3
    Zone 2 OutsHDMI, RCA Pre/Line Out
    Zone 3 OutsRCA Pre/Line Out
    Whole House Mode
    RS-232C Interface
    +12V Trigger Output2 (A: 100 mA, B:25 mA)
    Remote (IR) Input/Output1 / 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 Pre-Outs: Onkyo TX-RZ920 has 11.2 preamplifier outputs which allow you to connect the a/v receiver to the external power amplifier. You may want to use a high quality external amplifier for certain channels, usually for front L/R and center, and use the a/v receiver to power the rest. Also, Onkyo TX-RZ920 has 11 channel processing but has only 9 channel amplifier, so it needs the external amplifier connected to the analog pre-outs in order to reach the maximum speaker configuration.
    • Analog Line Inputs: There are 6 line inputs for analog audio connection.
    • Digital Inputs: 2 optical inputs 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 (1 Main, 1 Sub/Zone2)
      8K Inputs: 0
    • Composite Video: Connect you VCR, Laserdisc player and other old video equipment with composite video cables.
    • Inputs: 2   Outputs: 0
    • 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-RZ920 supports up to 480i/576i resolution on Component video connectors.
    • Inputs: 2   Outputs: 0

    Front A/V Inputs

    • HDMI
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    TERMINALS
    HDMI Inputs8 (1 front)
    HDMI Outputs2 (1 Main, 1 Sub/Zone2)
    8K Inputs
    USB Input1 (Rear)
    USB DC Out Port
    Optical Inputs2
    Optical Outputs
    Coaxial Inputs2
    RCA Line Inputs6
    RCA Line Outputs
    XLR Line Inputs
    Phono Input
    Multi-Channel Input
    RCA Pre-Outs11.2
    XLR Pre-outs
    Composite Video Inputs2
    Composite Video Outputs
    S-Video Inputs
    S-Video Outputs
    Component Video Inputs2
    Component Video Outputs

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    12. Evaluation

    We evaluate Onkyo TX-RZ920 and give score of 91 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
    91

    Amplifier

    EXCELLENT
    93

    We give Onkyo TX-RZ920 a score of 93 for Amplifier features.

    •   9.2 Channels
    •   High Power Output - 136 W
    •   THX™ Certification

    Audio Features

    EXCELLENT
    89

    We give Onkyo TX-RZ920 a score of 89 for Audio Features features.

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

    Video Features

    EXCELLENT
    95

    We give Onkyo TX-RZ920 a score of 95 for Video Features features.

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

    Connectivity

    EXCELLENT
    89

    We give Onkyo TX-RZ920 a score of 89 for Connectivity features.

    •   eARC
    •   New HDCP Version
    •   Wi-Fi
    •   Bluetooth
    •   Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
    •   Chromecast Built-In
    •   8 HDMI Inputs
    •   3 HDMI Outputs
    •   0 8K Input
    •   USB Input
    •   Many RCA Line Inputs
    •   Phono Input
    •   RCA Pre-Outs
    •   Composite Video Inputs
    •   Component Video Inputs
    •   Ethernet
    •   Bluetooth 4․1 + LE

    Zones

    EXCELLENT
    89

    We give Onkyo TX-RZ920 a score of 89 for Zones features.

    •   3 Zones

    Radio

    EXCELLENT
    90

    We give Onkyo TX-RZ920 a score of 90 for Radio features.

    •   Analog Tuner
    •   No Pandora
    •   Spotify
    •   Tidal

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