A surround sound stalwart
A decade ago I was a Crutchfield advisor, helping our customers design audio/video systems for their homes. At that time, Onkyo’s 600 Series home theater receivers were a go-to choice of mine. They sounded great, and folks loved them. The same is true today — the TX-NR696 combines a ton of fun features with state-of-the-art processing, all while retaining an attractive price tag.
At 100 watts per channel, the ‘696 is an ideal match for both bookshelf and floor-standing speakers, including customer favorites like Polk Audio Signature and Klipsch Reference home theater systems.
What’s new for 2019?
The ‘NR696 retains the entire feature set of last year’s model, and also offers some fun new additions. Apple AirPlay 2 lets you stream content directly from your iPhone® or iPad®. You can also ask Siri to play songs from Apple Music.
The ‘696 sports a speedy new quad-core networking processor, an improved on-screen display, and a new remote control to help make your experience smoother and more enjoyable.
A true home theater, and more
This receiver can power up to seven speakers at the same time, giving you flexibility for different home theater and wired multi-room music configurations. Use all seven channels in a 5.1.2 Dolby Atmos® or DTS:X™ system, or go with a more modest surround sound setup and repurpose the extra channels for music in another zone.
Plenty of wireless music choices
The TX-NR696 gives you all kinds of options for wireless listening. I mentioned the new AirPlay 2 compatibility, and you can also stream tunes via Bluetooth or through the handy Chromecast built-in feature.
This receiver can also play Spotify® and Pandora® through Wi-Fi, and it offers access to an array of internet radio stations from around the world.
Works with Sonos
If you’re a Sonos lover like I am, the ‘NR696 easily integrates into your wireless multi-room music system. Just add a Sonos Port, and you can send any music or audio source from the Sonos app to the receiver.
The ‘NR696 will even automatically turn on and switch to the correct input when you fire it up in the Sonos app. That’s awesome!
Geared toward great sound
Outstanding audio performance is an integral part of the ‘NR696’s design. A premium 32-bit/384kHz digital-to-analog converter gives you crystal-clear reproduction of soundtracks.
Dynamic Audio Amplification delivers massive power with low distortion for thrilling movie sound effects. And Specialized Vector Linear Shaping Circuitry (try saying that three times fast!) filters out noise across the two front channels for faithful reproduction of the original audio signal.