- Lightweight, attractive design, quality sound, good value
- Not enough output connectors for high-end users, no automatic setup sequence
The Onkyo TX-SR701 represents superb value for money and can't be faulted in terms of features or performance.
Price$ 2,199.00 (AUD)
Onkyo's TX-SR701 is one of the lighter receivers we have looked at, but even so it turned out to be quite a talent. Finished in sophisticated gold with matching golden LED display, the TX-SR701 certainly looks the business. It has a well-laid-out console that provides quick and easy access to all functions--even the volume control knob feels luxuriously silky to turn.
One-hundred-and-sixty watts per channel at 6 ohms (1kHz, 0.08% THD) means the TX-SR701 isn't wanting for power. Onkyo also indulges in the acronyms race, a sport all manufacturers seem to enjoy. WRAT, or wide range amplifier technology, is supposed to delivery a better signal-to-noise ratio and improved "momentary power peaks". VLSC stands for 'vector linear shaping circuitry' and tries to eliminate added noise from the digital-to-analog conversion process. Both the manual and the Web site have a run-down of these and the numerous other pieces of technology that contribute to the SR701.
Processing options include all the usual suspects, including Dolby Digital EX and DTS-ES. It also features THX Surround EX processing but not the new Dolby Pro Logic IIx format. The TX-SR701 is, however, THX Select certified, which means it meets or exceeds a number of minimum performance levels in regards to distortion, power output and frequency response, as set out by the THX company. It's worth noting the THX requirement that bass management be limited at a fixed crossover of 80Hz has been relaxed; the TX-SR701 has a selectable crossover ranging from 40Hz to 150Hz.
A set of eight, colour-coded multi-way binding posts allow for the connection of a set of "zone 2" front speakers for listening to two different sources (each in a separate room, preferably) and the addition of a rear centre speaker for 6.1 discrete or matrixed soundtracks. While nearly all binding posts are somewhat fiddly to attach bare wire speaker cable to, the Onkyo was the fiddliest we've encountered, although it's not a big deal since you'll probably only have to do it once. Four digital inputs (one coaxial, three optical) are on the skimpy side compared to some receivers, but should be adequate for most users, while a plethora of analog AV inputs should see most bases covered in terms of input. There are two component video inputs and one output but no up-conversion of composite or S-Video inputs to allow for universal component output. There is, however, composite-to-S-Video conversion. A complete set of pre-outs for connecting to an external amplifier and a set of 5.1 inputs for SACD or DVD-Audio round out a comprehensive back panel.
Setup is completed using the excellent onscreen display, but has to be done manually (grab a tape measure and SPL meter) since there is no automatic routine to run through.
Operation couldn't be simpler using either the learning remote or the front panel. There's direct access to all sources and the "auto" signal detect function always picked the right digital processing option for movie watching. A "Pure Audio" mode bypasses all digital and analog stages for the cleanest possible audio reproduction.
Across the board, performance was superb and the Onkyo produced sound with real weight. In particular, our DVD demo scene (chapter four from Master and Commander) slammed home with a startling clarity, adding a harsh sense of realism to the violence of the 18-pound cannon attack. Musically the TX-SR701 was just as adept, that same sense of weight flowing right on into our musical selection. Guitar strings resonated warmly and the soundstage was beautifully spacious.
Join the newsletter!
WD MY PASSPORT™ X Gaming Storage
Dyson Supersonic™ Hair Dryer Fuchsia/Iron
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-55EZ950U
WD MY PASSPORT™ Gaming Storage
Nespresso Creatista Coffee Machine
Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44
SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™
Bang and Olufsen BeoVision 14
Apple iPhone X
cloudandco Smart Cane
Toys for Boys
UBTech First Order Stormtrooper Robot
Leica M10 Digital Rangefinder Camera
Google Daydream View VR Headset
LaCie Rugged USB-C Portable Hard Drive
Propel Star Wars T-65 X-Wing Drone
Bose SoundLink Micro
Ubiquiti Network’s Front Row Camera
Lego Mindstorms EV3
Onyx Smart Walkie Talkie
Belkin Pocket Power 10,000mAh
Panasonic Hi-Fi - SC-UA7GS-K
Dearear Endear In-ear Wireless Earphones
Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K
PETKIG Go Smart Dog Leash
Xbox One X
Toffee Bags Commuter Satchel
Amazon Echo Bluetooth Speaker
WD MY CLOUD™ HOME Personal Cloud Storage
Nest Protect Smart Smoke Alarm
iRobot Roomba 980 Vaccum Cleaning Robot
Tile Pro Bluetooth Tracker
Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse
Raspberry Pi Starter Kit
Panasonic Portable Splashproof Fun - RF-D20U
Fallout Geeki Tikis
Ikea NORDMÄRKE Wireless Charging Pad
Urbanworx Full HD Action Camera
Logitech Doodle Collection Wireless Mouse
3SIXT 3-in-1 Smartphone Lens Kit
Lexon Flip Alarm Clock
Kogan Bluetooth Soundbar
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Fitbit Ionic review: Impressive but not quite iconic
- 2 Acer Spin 5 review: Value for money but conditions apply
- 3 Huawei Mate 10 Pro Review: A solid winter flagship that cribs from the best
- 4 Sony LF-S50G review: Google Assistant and then some
- 5 Google Pixel 2 review: not quite 'pixel perfect' but damn close
Latest News Articles
- JBL join smart speaker arena with the portable, waterproof and (Google-powered) JBL Link range
- BenQ Debuts True 4K UHD HDR Home Cinema Projector Designed for Modern Families
- Foxtel Now's new streaming device launched weeks after TelstraTV
- Logitech announce new MX Sound speakers
- Telstra looks to solve 'Entertainment Exasperation' with new 4K Telstra TV
PCW Evaluation Team
I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.
It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic
- CES 2018: Belkin go big on wearables accessories
- Amazon Alexa and Echo set for Febuary launch
- OPPO Load Up A73 Smartphone With Flagship Features
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
Product Launch Showcase
- FTMobile Developers (Android OR iOS)WA
- TPSharePoint DeveloperACT
- TPJunior Java DeveloperNSW
- FTHFC Project Manager (Delivery) - ContractVIC
- FTSenior Change AnalystOther
- CCMachine Learning SpecialistACT
- TPData ArchitectQLD
- CCNetwork EngineerNSW
- FTDevops EngineerVIC
- FTEL1 ICT Team LeadACT
- TPSenior Project Manager - ApplicationsQLD
- TPIntermediate Solution Architect - DataQLD
- FTCRM DeveloperACT
- FTChange Lead - 12 Month Contract!Other
- FTProject Coordinator, Technology ProjectsOther
- FTSenior Project Manager - BI / DWHOther
- FTSenior Business Analyst (IAM & Cyber Security)Other
- FTDigital DesignerOther
- FTSOE ArchitectOther
- CCSenior Business AnalystNSW
- CCNetwork Engineer (Juniper)WA
- CCSenior Scrum MasterVIC
- FTTechnical Consultant - HP Service Manager 9NSW
- FTBusiness Specialist - Telecommunications (sydney west)Other
- FTNatural/ADABAS ProgrammerNSW