The Magic Behind Onkyo’s TX-NR414 AV Receiver

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Thanks to rapid-fire developments in technology you can now get the equivalent of a “lean startup” in home video — a lean starter AV system.

You can find recommendations for speakers, stands and cables in this Pioneer SP-BS22-LR review, while we recommend the Sony BDP-S5100 Blu-ray player.

You still will have to add a TV if you want to complete this AV system but this is a great starting point for audiophiles and videophiles that will set you back less than $600!

My favorite AV receiver among the ones available today is the Onkyo TX-NR414 ($200).

While the Onkyo TX-NR414 doesn’t have built-in Wi-Fi, which is the trend among AV gear, you can buy an Onkyo UWF-1 Wireless LAN Adapter ($24) to address that shortfall. The LAN adapter plugs into the front of the receiver’s USB port.

The TX-NR414 does have one feature that I consider key: built-in internet radio. No longer do you have to resort to an external Logitech Squeezebox to listen to internet stations, like the fantastic SomaFM Groove Salad.

Onkyo rates the receiver at 130 watts per channel but that’s a bogus rating, given the wimpy parameters of 6 ohms with 1% THD driving just one channel. A more reasonable rating would be in the 70-80 watt range. However, this Onkyo does come with TI Burr-Brown 192 kHz/24-Bit DACs for all channels, which is a big audiophile plus.

It also has six HDMI inputs and one output. While the Onkyo TX-NR414 is not AirPlay compatible, which I would have liked to see, it does, however, offer DNLA wireless capability for those with compatible gear.

For its price, you just can’t beat the Onkyo TX-NR414. Another recommended AV receiver, the new Sony STR-DN1040 ($598), has built-in Wi-Fi plus AirPlay capability, but costs three times as much.

You can easily add AirPlay to the Onkyo by buying a refurbished Apple TV ($75).

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