The Onkyo TX-NR 5010 is Onkyo’s flagship receiver. Looking at the Onkyo 5010 it definitely looks the part. It’s  very large at 18.2 x 17.1 x 17.8 inches and it weighs in at about 60lbs. The Onkyo 5010 is only accepting applications from BIG home theater rooms. Small home theaters need not apply!

 

 

The Onkyo TX-NR 5010 Looks

The 5010 falls in line with  Onkyo’s usual design philosophy big, blocky and bulky. But for some reason this appeals to me. The Onkyo 5010 doesn’t try to look pretty, it’s all business. The front of the 5010 is fairly clean-looking. There’s a flip-down panel on the front that conceals most of the input buttons. The feel of this receiver says heavy-duty. It’s constructed of anti-resonate aluminum panels. The circuit board inside is also attached to the interior chassis in order to reduce vibrations. If you look inside the Onkyo TX-NR 5010 you’ll see a huge toroidal transformer which probably accounts for most of the weight of this behemoth. On either side of this you’ll see 2 more additional transformers that are dedicated to sound and video processing.

 

The Onkyo 5010 Connectivity

To say the Onkyo 5010 has a lot of connectivity options is an understatement.  To illustrate this, the top photo below is the back of the Onkyo 616 and below that, is the back of the 5010:

Onkyo 616 Rear Panel
Onkyo TX-NR 616 Rear Panel

 

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Onkyo TX-NR 5010 Rear Panel

As  you can see from the above photos, the 5010 has tons of connection options. We won’t go into all of the connections because there’s just too many to talk about (and you might fall asleep), but the key ones you might be interested in are the 9 HDMI inputs/2 outputs and the 11.4-channel pre-outs (with two sub outputs). The Onkyo TX NR 5010 supports 3D video, 4K upscaling and ARC (audio return channel). The front HDMI port is MHL compatible which means that if you have an MHL compatible device such as a smart phone or camcorder, you can display 1080p video through the receiver. The 11.4 channel pre-outs are interesting because the Onkyo 5010 is one of the first receivers to incoporate DTS Neo:X 11 channel upmixing support from its 11.4 pre-outs. 🙂

Onkyo TX NR 5010

Take a close look at the speaker and HDMI terminals and you’ll notice that they’re gold-plated which is a marginal benefit, but a benefit nonetheless.

 

Onkyo 5010 Full List of Connections:

    • HDMI: 9 inputs/2 outputs
    • Analog Audio: 7 inputs/1 output
    • Phono Input: Yes
    • Composite: 5 inputs/1 output
    • Digital Optical Inputs: 4 inputs
    • Digital Coaxial Inputs: 3
    • USB: Front and Rear
    • Powered Zone 2: Yes
    • Powered Zone 3: Yes
    • Zone 2 Line out: Yes (Composite, HDMI)
    • Zone 3 Line out: Yes
    • Ethernet: Yes
    • RS-232: Yes
    • 12V Trigger: Zone 2/3

 

Onkyo TX NR 5010 Video Processing

The Onkyo TX NR 5010 actually utilizes two different video processing engines: the HQV Vida & Qdeo by Marvell. Qdeo Marvell is a highly respected video processor in the home theater industry. The Onkyo 5010 uses it to upscale video sources up to 4K resolution. The HQV Vida video processing engine is used to upscale analog video sources up to 1080p and it also incorporates the HQV StreamClean to clean up poor quality online video sources. A really nice feature of the Onkyo TX NR 5010 is that it supports zone video output via its 2 HDMI outs. This means you can either watch the same program on two separate monitors or if the game’s on and your daughter wants to watch Mickey Mouse clubhouse, you can watch a different program on the 2nd TV.

 

Onkyo 5010 Sound Processing and Features

The Onkyo TX-NR 5010 uses the highly regarded Audyssey MultEQ XT32 calibration system which takes 8 distinct sound measurements in your listening area and then adjusts the levels and distances based on your rooms acoustics. We ran the Audyssey multiple times to see if the results were the same every time. For the most part they were. On one occasion it did have the distance of the subwoofer incorrect, but subsequent tries it was dead on. We also ran the 5010 with and without the calibration and the difference was night and day. The calibration made the entire system sound better.

 

The overall power rating of the Onkyo 5010 is about 145 watts per channel. This is both a plus and a minus. If you use this in a small room the 5010 could be overpowering. The Onkyo TX NR 5010 is also a THX Ultra 2 Plus Certified receiver. This is a definite plus, but just because a receiver is THX certified doesn’t mean it’s necessarily better than a receiver that’s not. There are tons of receivers on the market that aren’t THX certified and they perform great. That being said, having a 3rd party put the receiver through its paces does give you a little more confidence in the a/v receivers capabilities.

 

Onkyo 5010 Networking Features

The Onkyo 5010 has equally adept network features to match its video and audio prowess. The 5010 is DLNA compatible, which means that you can push music from a DLNA compliant server on your network. It supports a large array of music streaming services including Pandora®, Slacker™, SIRIUS XM Internet Radio®, Last.fm, and vTuner, plus cloud-based music streaming from Rhapsody, Spotify, and AUPEO!*. If you’re a music lover you’ll also be glad to know that it can also handle nearly any music file you throw at it including: MP3, AAC, Apple Lossless, FLAC, and WMA Lossless formats. However, there a couple things that are a little disappointing about the receiver’s streaming capabilities. To begin with, Onkyo still refuses to incorporate Apple’s Airplay into any of its receivers. Other manufacturers such as Denon have been doing this for years, it’s a little surprising to see Onkyo still lagging behind in this regard. Also, the Onkyo TX-NR 5010 doesn’t have built-in WiFi. The truth is that this is a feature that few manufacturers have included except for Sony with the STR-DN1030 and Onkyo with the 626 and 727 models to name a few. In an age where nearly everything is going wireless, its sad to see that home theaters are still lagging behind in this regard.

 

Onkyo TX NR 5010 Audio Prowess

The 5010 proves that looks aren’t everything….personality is what matters. And the Onkyo 5010 has lots of personality. To test out the 5010 we threw in a copy of Avatar and let the 5010 have at it. It performed very well, so well in fact that it’s difficult to pick out any flaws in the sound quality. The sound stage it produced was all-encompassing. The scene in the forest with the Hyena type creatures surrounding Jake sounded stunningly real. The 5010 also dug deep and produced thunderous amounts of bass when the hammerheaded rhinoceros’ were stampeding through the forest foliage. While it performed impressively well with the intense action scenes it was also equally adept with the quieter scenes within the movie. Even at low volume voices were still very accurate and clear. After Avatar we also played several genres of songs on our iPod including Jazz, Country, Rock and Classical. The Onkyo TX-NR 5010 performance was nimble when needed as well as aggressive when called upon.

 

Conclusion

The Onkyo 5010 is a fantastic receiver. It has tons of features, lots of power and sounds great. The only true drawbacks it has are its lack of Airplay and it’s lack of built-in WiFi. It’s also a little pricey, but if you need a great home theater receiver to put in a large space, then the 5010 should be first on your list.

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Pros

    • Fantastic Sound
    • Excellent Build Quality
    • Good Networking Features
    • Huge Selection of Connectivity Options
    • 9 HDMI Inputs (can never have too many of these)

 

Cons

    • May be Too Powerful for Some
    • No Airplay
    • No Built-In WiFi

 


Manufacturers Contact Information

Onkyo (800) 229-1687 onkyousa.com  Denon (201) 762-6665 usa.denon.com  Yamaha (800) 4-YAMAHA usa.yamaha.com



Pioneer (800) 421-1404 pioneerelectronics.comHarman Kardon (203) 328-3500 harmankardon.comSamsung 1-800-SAMSUNG samsung.com



Seiki Digital 1 (855) 697-3454 www.seiki.comSony (877) 865-SONY sony.comSharp USA 1-800-237-4277 sharpusa.com



 

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