Onkyo TX-NR636 Dolby Atmos Receiver Review

Onkyo TX-NR636Onkyo TX-NR636 7.2-Ch Dolby Atmos Ready Network A/V Receiver w/ HDMI 2.0
Dolby Atmos for Home Theater. If you’ve experienced Dolby Atmos at the movie theater, then you are probably here to get the same experience in your own Home Theater. With the overhead sound now available in your own home with distinct sound from each channel, it really does give you a breathtaking experience. You won’t want to go to the crowded theater again, with kids kicking the back of your seat, or people texting or updating their facebook status. No distractions to ruin the film’s experience. With the Onkyo TX-NR636 budget friendly Home Theater receiver you can bring this experience to your own home.

Receiver AtmosThe TX-NR636

This receiver serves up the amazing Dolby Atmos surround sound complete with astounding 4K video @ 60 frames per second. Dolby Atmos moves the sound around your home theater placing you in the center of the action, and accurately locates surround effects mixed for discrete channels. This receiver has HDMI supporting 4K/60 Hz and 21:9 display format (just like the movie theater!) and HDCP 2.2 copy-protection compatibility.

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With its built-in Wi-Fi for high resolution streaming from PC, NAS, or your smartphone is just the beginning. You can select from a huge variety of music streaming services and connect to your network-attached libraries (NAS) using the remote app, or stream almost any audio via built in Bluetooth. You can even connect your phone directly with this receiver with its HDMI/MHL terminal to display 1080p video with 7.1 channels of surround sound. Throw in a dedicated phono input, room equalization, and powered Zone 2 and you’ve got a value-packed 7.2-channel powerhouse ready for the next generation of high-resolution entertainment.

Power and Fidelity

WRAT (Wide Range Amplifier Technology) is all about current. Receivers requre a lot of current to not only handle the sudden explosive actions scenes but also to reproduce the detail of quiet passages. Just as the experience at the movie theater where you can hear a pin drop on screen, yet the system can still shake and roar with jets overhead. This receiver uses a unique high-power transformer to drive individual amps that help reduce distortion and keep the energy of music and movies realistic, even with small speakers. Delivering 165 watts per channel, the TX-NR636 really packs it in for movies but still retains the pureness for two channel music from your favorite CD’s.

EQAccuEQ room calibration

Our favorite part of this receiver is its ability to automatically calibrate the sound to fit your unique room’s accoustics. After you’ve hooked up your speakers, just plug in the included microphone and wait a few moments as the TX-NR636 measures things like the speaker distance, type, crossover, and output. It will automatically take into account any reflections from your walls and floor. The system is designed to by-pass your front left and right speakers. The system then optimizes the frequency response of the remaining speakers so you can enjoy balanced surround sound regardless of room shape or furnishing while keeping the characteristics of your front left and right speakers for optimum enjoyment.

Final Thoughts

We’ve owned Onkyo receivers for about 12 years now and really like how reliable they are with the extra features, yet the most important thing here, is “budget friendly”.

Onkyo TX-NR636Take a look at the TX-NR636 today and “hear” for yourself.

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