Onkyo TX-NR1007

The Onkyo TX-NR1007 is one of the top of Onkyo AV Receivers in the 2009 lineup. It brings a new dynamic to the equation by offering height or width presence via Dolby Pro Logic IIz or Audyssey DSX Processing in a 9.2 channel setup. It packs 135 watts output for each of the 9 channels which is more than sufficient to fill a large room with thunderous sound.

Onkyo TX-NR1007 Receiver

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We have seen a vast array of AV receivers over the last year or so, and while style is not the most crucial factor, it does affect our first impression of the product. Onkyo employs a slightly retro style, slightly unconventional, differing from the sleek ultra modern look adopted by many of the other leading brands. Although chunky looking, it exudes a stately presence that gives an impression of a quality product.

The front panel controls and buttons are well laid out. Source select buttons which are frequently used are clearly labeled and prominently placed in the center just below the LED display. The large master volume control occupies the right portion and the On/Standby button is conveniently located on the left. Just below that is a button labeled ‘Pure Audio’. When engaged it will put the receiver in ‘Pure Audio listening mode’. A flip down flap occupies the entire lower portion that contains setup and tuning buttons plus a jack for headphones.


The TX-NR1007 comes with a sumptuous array of connectivity options. Located at the top of the rear panel for ease of connection are 6 HDMI inputs and 2 HDMI outputs.

You also get 3 sets of component video inputs, 5 composite video inputs and 3 optical and 3 coaxial digital audio inputs. In the center there is a set of 7.1 multi-channel inputs and 9.2 line level outputs for external amplification. It is good to know that Onkyo has included 2 subwoofer outputs which can be set up differently. A full complement of speaker terminals occupy the lower portion.

In the front, below the flip down panel, is a composite video/audio input for quick connection of a video source.

All connections are clearly marked and color coded to prevent connection errors.


The Onkyo TX-NR1007 does break convention by packing 9.2 channels via height or wide speakers to supplement a traditional 7.1 setup. Its 9 channels of 135W amplification is powerful enough to be certified THX® Ultra2 Plus to ensure it can deliver crisp, clear THX Reference Level sound in a room up to 3,000 cubic feet in size and a viewing distance of 12 feet or greater from the screen. The receiver has been designed to incorporate video setup and calibration standards established by the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF).

Onkyo have made huge efforts to keep up with the competition, and has made this AV receiver network ready albeit with no wireless option. Audio files from a networked PC or streaming internet radio can be fed to the receiver, and then processed and output.

There are almost literally hundreds of surround sound possibilities so there is little chance of not being able to find at least one to suit your mood. With new surround formats like Audyssey DSX and Dolby Pro Logic IIz you get an expanded, more immersive soundstage for games and movies.

The receiver also includes decoding for Dolby True HD and DTS-HD Master Audio.

Setup and Performance

Onkyo has vastly improved the setup interface. Gone are the black and white GUI of the old machines but the basic layout is the same. If you have an Onkyo receiver before you will not have any trouble navigating the menu.

HDMI inputs are assignable to any input including audio only inputs like Phono and CD. Two important additions to the menu are the remote pre-programming control and the firmware upgrade option. The pre-programming menu is a clever new feature. The receiver has a database of equipment manufacturers and it will automatically sync your remote for that source. You can then use the remote to control your other AV components, including those made by other manufacturers.

The TX-NR1007 offers the ability to add height or width (but not both) to your home theater setup without sacrificing the rear surrounds. With the supplied calibrated microphone, Audyssey MultEQ XT automatically determined the number of speakers connected, their size for purposes of bass management, optimum crossover frequencies to the subwoofer, and distances from the primary listening position. Audyssey MultEQ XT then removes the distortion caused by room acoustics by capturing room acoustical problems over the listening area in both the frequency and time domain. The result is a clear, well-balanced sound that is devoid of low frequency booms. With additional height speakers in the front, action movies and sports programs like football games literally took on a new dimension and came to life! The soundstage, with Dolby PLIIz enabled, was just bigger.

There’s a scene at the beginning of the movie Ratatouille where the “camera” moves slowly between trees while rain falls. You will feel like you are enveloped with rain that seemingly filled the room. The effect was natural and felt real.

We were also decently impressed with its picture quality. There hasn’t really been a mid range receiver on the market lately that gives a bad video performance and you certainly won’t be getting one here. On Blu-ray playback we found nothing short of cinema clarity – sharp pictures and stunning colors with no distortion nor jaggies. Standard definition video quality also looked good thanks to the upscaling by Faroudja DCDi Cinema which helps remove annoying video artifacts and clean up the output for a smoother picture.

Bottom Line

With the TX-NR1007 Onkyo have created a receiver that is as future proof as can be. It is a cracking unit that is well worth the money for its performance, features and build quality. Currently it is the least expensive Onkyo AV receiver (and possibly all brands) giving true 9 channels of sound making it the best bang for the buck receiver available today.

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