Last year Onkyo unveiled their Z-series of amps. They sported a cleaner re-designed chassis along with a few other goodies. We had a chance to put the RZ-800 through its paces and it turned out to be one of the best sounding receivers that we tested. This month, Onkyo is releasing its successor, the TX-RZ810. Based on its stat sheet, it should be as good if not better than the RZ-800.

Onkyo TX-RZ810 Preview

The Onkyo TX-RZ810 is a THX Select2 Plus-certified 7.2-channel amp with a reported 130 watts of power per channel. To generate this type of output, the RZ810 uses Dynamic Audio Amplification with massive high-output transformers.  To help limit interference, the RZ810 uses separate analog amplification and digital processing blocks with solid copper bus bars.

 

Onkyo TX-RZ810 Rear

The 810 houses a total of 8 HDMI inputs and 2 outputs. With Ultra HD video finally coming to the forefront his year, the 810 is fully 4K compatible with 4K/60Hz with HDR, 4:4:4 color space, and HDCP 2.2.

 

The Onkyo TX-RZ810 also appears to be a multi-room champ, with dedicated zone 2 DAC and zone 3 pre/line-outs. Audio streaming options are pretty abundant with the 810 supporting WiFi, Bluetooth, AirPlay and Google Cast. The RZ810 also includes support for FireConnect multi-room audio. Out of the box, the 810 decodes Dolby Atmos. The amp is DTS:X ready however, DTS:X won’t be fully implemented until a 2016 firmware update is made available from Onkyo.  In fact, sometime during the Summer of 2016 a firmware update will be needed to unlock many of the aforementioned features such as Google Cast, DTS:X and FireConnect. In addition, the Tidal music streaming service will be included with one of the future updates.

 

The waiting period for the Onkyo TX-RZ810 should be short lived as it will land on store shelves in April. Its expected MSRP is $1299.

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