Onkyo TX-NR414


August 20, 2013

txnr414I’ve owned the Onkyo TX-NR414 AV receiver for a year now, and thought I’d branch out the subject matter of this blog a bit with a product review of it. My comments come more from a feature perspective than an audio clarity standpoint, because I’ve pretty thoroughly exercised its feature set, but am not a certified audiophile. What I will say in terms of audio quality is that it delivers if you are someone who can appreciate the sound of an above-average system (average being one of those $250 department store surround-in-a-box kits.) I’ve got it connected to two Bose 301’s for front speakers and two wall-mounted Bose 161s for surround; this configuration produces clear and undistorted audio up through volumes that doubtless disrupt the neighbors.

The features, on the other hand…



Uber-geeks might be interested to know that nmap says it’s running AXIS Linux 2.6, and that it has a basic web interface served by lighttpd, allowing configuration of network settings and input of favorite internet radio stations.

So, it handles all the absolute necessities of a modern surround receiver. It’s good enough that I don’t foresee springing for any “upgrades” until it fails. But, all the less critical frills like the Android app, home media streaming, HDMI passthrough and HDMI-CEC aren’t totally ironed out.


Addendum, Nov. 2014: The receiver stopped working last month, five months out of warranty. I was heading out the door to the repair shop when I thought I better check Google quick for anything first. Onkyo had launched a special service program for the particular failure I was experiencing just two days before. They required repair to be completed at a central shop of theirs, but sent me a box and packing materials, paid for shipping both ways, and repaired the unit at no cost. Looks like the new component they put in also cleaned up the HDMI quality issues. Overall, this experience had the desired effect on my customer loyalty for the brand.