Onkyo’s Flagship 7-channel receiver this year is the TX-RZ820. When reviewing the spec sheet, this amp doesn’t skimp on features. From stem to stern it’s one of the most feature packed 7-channel receivers you’ll come across.

Onkyo TX-RZ820 Preview

THX has been the measuring stick that home theater sound has been measured against for years. When you get your hands on an amp that undergoes stringent THX certification you know you have a winner on your hands. The Onkyo TX-RZ820 ran through the gauntlet of tests and came out the other side with THX Certified Select certification.


The Onkyo TX-RZ820 is rated at 130 watts per channel at 8ohms which means it should be able to power some of the most demanding home theater set-ups.


Onkyo TX-RZ820 Hook-Ups

There’s no shortage of connection choices with the 820. The 7.2 Channel receiver has a total of 7 HDMI inputs and 2 outputs. If you have a 4K TV you’ll find the Onkyo TX-RZ820 to be more than accommodating. The receiver can process all the major HDR flavors – HDR10, Dolby Vision and even HLG (Hybrid-Log Gamma). 4K/60p Pass-through, BT.2020 and HDCP 2.2 are also on the feature list. WiFi, Bluetooth and AirPlay also make it on the list. Anyone in need of legacy connection options will find them in abundance on the 820 with numerous analog audio and digital connections. For custom installs, the receiver has a 12V trigger, an RS-232 port, and an IR input/output.

Onkyo TX-RZ820 ConnectionsOnkyo TX-RZ820 Connections

For multi-zone support, the 820 has a powered zone 2 along with pre-outs for a zone 3. To help ensure audio fidelity in both zones, the Onkyo TX-RZ820 has dedicated DACs.


Audio Formats

The RZ-820 can decode the typical HD home theater formats plus it also supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. If you have the right speakers, these two formats can produce a 3D-like sonic performance. The receiver can up-mix non-Atmos & DTS:X surround tracks courtesy of Dolby Surround and DTS Neural:X. All told, the 820 can power a 5.2.2 speaker arrangement.


Anyone who enjoys streaming music will find that the Onkyo TX-RZ820 offers a wide range of options. Spotify, TuneIn, Deezer, Tidal, Pandora, and Chromecast are built-in to the amp. The past couple years, Onkyo has been beefing up its multi-room chops and this year, the 820 supports both DTS Play-Fi and FireConnect.


The Onkyo TX-RZ820 is available now at authorized retailers everywhere.


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