A new era in home theater
With so much 4K Ultra HD video content available now, and so much more on the horizon, it's probably time to take the plunge if you haven't already. If you have invested in a 4K TV and Blu-ray player, but your receiver is lagging behind the times, the Onkyo TX-NR656 lets you hurtle headlong into the future, upscaling all of your HD Blu-rays, DVDs, and TV shows to pristine 4K resolution. Want realistic, dynamic sound to match that lifelike picture? Not a problem. This receiver supports Dolby Atmos, for the most immersive surround effects you'll hear outside a theater. On top of that, you'll have loads of music at your fingertips — playing in multiple rooms if you like — and super-convenient control through your phone or tablet.
Easy wireless music streaming
Built-in Wi-Fi lets you access the music you have stored on your networked computer so you can easily play tracks from your personal library through the 'NR656. You can also take advantage of free internet radio and subscription-based music services like Spotify® and Pandora®. Use the Onkyo Remote app to control streaming from your phone or tablet. Bluetooth lets you stream music from a compatible device directly to the receiver, and Apple AirPlay lets you stream music from a compatible Apple device or from any computer with iTunes®.
Geared toward great sound
Outstanding audio performance is an integral part of the 'NR656's design. A premium 32-bit/384kHz digital-to-analog converter gives you crystal-clear reproduction of music, TV, and movie soundtracks. Dynamic Audio Amplification delivers massive power with low distortion for thrilling movie sound effects. Phase-matching Bass Enhancement lets you enjoy deep, satisfying low frequency effects while vocals and dialogue remain clear. This receiver also decodes high-resolution audio formats. And Onkyo's Music Optimizer improves the sound from compressed audio files and Bluetooth streams, so you get clear, detailed sound no matter how you listen.
Music in two rooms
The 'NR656 has outputs for nine speakers, allowing for flexible speaker configurations (receiver can power a maximum of seven channels at once). If you're happy with 5.2-channel surround sound in your living room, you can use the receiver's powered Zone 2 outputs to connect a pair of speakers for stereo sound in another room. Relax to your favorite tunes on the patio while the rest of the family takes in a movie with surround sound in the living room. You can also connect a stereo receiver or amplifier through line-level Zone 2 connections and use the 'NR656 as a preamp, for full 7.2-channel surround sound in your home theater and stereo sound in a second room.
A second HDMI output lets you watch the same video source in your main zone and a second room. Start a movie in your living room and finish it in your bedroom or kitchen. Or watch the same content on a TV and projector in the same room. Use the Onkyo Remote app to control playback in different zones from anywhere in the house.