The TX-NR515 is part of a quartet of new lower-priced receivers that Onkyo introduced back in February, with prices ranging from $299 to $699. The TX-NR515 lacks the THX Select2 Plus certification you get in the step-up TX-NR616 ($699); otherwise, the two are quite similar in performance technologies and features. The TX-NR515 is a 7.2-channel receiver with a listed 80 watts per channel into 8 ohms, plus the option to add a powered second zone. It uses 24-bit/192kHz Burr-Brown DACs and includes Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD MA decoding, as well as Dolby Pro Logic IIz with front height channels and Audyssey 2EQ room correction with Dynamic EQ and Dynamic Volume. (The TX-NR616 adds a zone-three line output and Audyssey DSX expansion for front width or height channels.) On the video side, this $599 receiver sports the Marvell Qdeo processor that allows for 4K upscaling, as well as 1080p; 3D pass-through is supported.
The TX-NR515 is a networkable receiver with built-in support for Spotify, Pandora, Rhapsody, Sirius/XM, last.fm, Slacker, the MP3tunes cloud-based music storage system, and other music-oriented services (but, alas, no AirPlay–the one thing from my list that’s missing). The receiver can play back music files streamed from a DLNA server or Windows PC. Other useful features include the new InstaPrevue interface that lets you view thumbnails of what’s playing on each HDMI source and support for Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) to view HD content from a mobile device. That’s just a glimpse of what the TX-NR515 has to offer. Let’s dig deeper.
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