There’s a new sheriff in town and it’s called the Onkyo TX-RZ3100. The 3100 is Onkyo’s new flagship model and based on its ample list of features it’s a well deserved title.

Onkyo TX-RZ3100 Preview

If you’re looking for power, then the Onkyo TX-RZ3100 may have what you need. According to Onkyo’s spec sheet, the THX-Certified 3100 is capable of doling out 140 watts of power with 2 channels driven simultaneously. Truth be told, the amp needs every bit of that wattage in order to push its 11.2 channels. With its 11 channels, the RZ-3100 can power the maximum number of speakers that you can have for a Dolby Atmos or DTS:X arrangement (7.2.4). For the first time, Onkyo has a new feature called AccuReflex as part of its calibration repertoire which is specifically designed to calibrate height speakers that would be used in an Atmos or DTS:X speaker setup.


The 3100 is both a multi-zone and multi-room powerhouse. The amp has zone 2 and 3 pre-outs and also offers the option for powered zone 2 and 3. Each zone has its own dedicated DAC to facilitate digital to analog audio conversions. For multi-room playback, the RZ-3100 uses FireConnect. With FireConnect, any audio source connected to the receiver can be transmitted wirelessly to compatible FireConnect speakers. Currently, there aren’t a lot of FireConnect speakers on the market, however if other manufacturers jump on board it could become a worthy rival to Yamaha’s MusicCast.


Speaking of wireless playback, the Onkyo TX-RZ3100 has built-in WiFi and Bluetooth to fulfill all of your streaming music desires.  Google Cast, AirPlay, Spotify, TIDAL, TuneIn, and Pandora are all supported by the receiver. For custom installations, Onkyo TX-RZ3100  has an RS-232 and IR port as well as a 12v trigger.

Onkyo TX-RZ3100 Inputs

On the video front, the 3100 has 8 HDMI inputs and 2 outputs with 5 of them supporting HDCP 2.2, 4K/60 Hz video, 4:4:4 Color Space, HDR and BT:2020. That mouthful of jargon basically means that the 3100 is well equipped to handle 4K video.


All of the above features are backed by a “not too shabby” 3-year warranty. The 3100 will set you back a few grand to own, but for discerning audiophiles it may be worth it.


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