Anyone looking for a budget friendly receiver that delivers good sound quality should really give the Onkyo TX-NR414 a good look. The Onkyo 414 is a relatively robust 5.1 audio receiver that sports 6 HDMI inputs and comes 3D ready. It supports numerous audio formats including: True HD, DD Plus and DTS-HD Master Audio. It also has decent power output delivering 80 watts per channel.

 

Onkyo 414 5.1 Receiver Appearance and Connections

Onkyo has always given priority to giving their customers quality, feature rich av receivers. However design aesthetics and appearance have never been a big goal for Onkyo. The Onkyo 414  is a typical Onkyo receiver, it’s big and square and if you live in the U.S. it’s black. The front of it has a brushed metal look. On the front you’ll find the standard controls for the av receiver; input select buttons, volume control knob, power button, analog audio video connector and a conveniently placed USB port. On the back you’ll find 6 HDMI ports which is unusual at this price point, 2 Digital Audio inputs (OPT/COAX) and 2 outputs, 5 component inputs, 1 zone 2 line out and one ethernet connection. Being a networked receiver,  the Onkyo TX-NR414 gives you access to a plethora of internet radio stations such as Pandora, Sirius and Rhapsody to name a few, however unlike Denon and Yamaha’s receivers, it does not offer Airplay support.

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Onkyo 414 Features

The Onkyo 414, as you can see from above, gives you a lot of connection options. The one thing that makes it a little unusual is that it has so many analog connections. Most receivers in this price range have limited analog connectivity options, but the 414 bucks this trend. This is great if you need a few analog connections in your home theater arrangement. If you’ve recently purchased a 3D TV, you’ll be pleased to know that the 414 does come  3D ready, however it does not do upconversion or upscaling to HD.

 

Like most home theater receiver manufacturers, Onkyo has put a major emphasis on integration with various smart devices. Onkyo has the app 2 for iPod touch/iPhone and the Onkyo Remote for Android and Kindle Fire. These two pieces of software allow you to control many of the basic features of the 414 and, in the case of Android devices and the Kindle Fire, it allows you to stream media directly to your a/v receiver.

 

On a negative note, the one thing missing from the Onkyo 414 is room calibration software. Many entry level receivers don’t include calibration software so it’s not too surprising. On the plus side, this does make the initial setup and install easier however, the Audyssey calibration software that’s available on the Onkyo 515 or 616 can make your home theater system sound much more balanced no matter the type of speakers you’re using. In my opinon, it’s almost worth upgrading to the Onkyo 515 and spending the extra $100 just to get the Audyssey 2EQ calibration software.

 

Onkyo 414 Negatives

The main issue that purchasers have had with the 414 is with the HDMI not working properly right out of the box. Not everyone experiences these issues however. Onkyo released a firmware update that corrected many of the HDMI issues users were experiencing. The key is to update your firmware before you do anything else. This issue appears to run across all of the models in the tx series including the Onkyo 515 and the Onkyo 616. Some users have also complained about the lack of built in WiFi. Onkyo requires a WiFi Dongle in order for the wireless features to work. Keep in mind the Onkyo 414 is an entry level home theater receiver and at the price point that it currently sales at it’s no surprise that WiFi is not built into the unit.

 

Onkyo 414 Positives

To begin with, the Onkyo TX NR 414 has over 100 reviews on Amazon and more than 80% of them are 4 or 5 star ratings. People have praised it for it’s great sound quality. The fact that the 414 also comes with 6 HDMI inputs, which is very surprising at this price level, is a big plus since more and more home theater equipment is adopting the HDMI standard.  The iOS /android app is also very intuitive and easy to use. Although some users said the unit was hard to setup the majority of people had no problem with the setup and implementation of its many features. The Onkyo 414 does not have an on screen display, instead it displays information on the front of the receiver.

 

Conclusion

The Onkyo 414 has a relatively intuitive user interface (although it can be a little clunky at times if you’re expecting an on screen menu) and works nicely with the Onkyo app for iOS devices. A couple of things the 414 is missing at this price point is video up-conversion and room calibration software however, this is a small sacrifice to make when you take into consideration the other additional features that are packed into this receiver. Most reviewers have given the Onkyo TX-NR414 very positive reviews and at this price point it should definitely be considered especially if you’re looking for an entry level receiver with ample features and good sound quality.

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