Onkyo TX-NR3007

As one of the new “x007” series of AV receivers, Onkyo has positioned the TX-NR3007 to take advantage of cutting edge technology of their flagship TX-NR5007 while offering better value by shaving off just a little in terms of specs. The network ready Onkyo TX-NR3007 has the same 9.2 channels and all of the same audio and video processing capabilities used in the flagship model. Power output is lowered by just 5 watts per channel at 140 Watts for each of the 9 channels.

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Design

The TX-NR3007 retains the unmistakable Onkyo black fascia of previous models. 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. The standby button is conveniently located on the left and the large Master Volume control on the right. The center digital fluorescent readout is clear yet subtle so that it does not affect movie viewing in a darkened room. Below the display is a row of mode selection and source select buttons.

The little “Pure Audio” button just below the Standby button turns off unused video circuits in the receiver to maximize analog performance.

Behind the flip down panel are select buttons for setup, tuning and zone level controls. You also get a headphone jack, mic input, optical digital input, aux input, USB port and an HDMI input on the front.

Weighing in at 55lbs, the NR3007 is a rather heavy unit. So make sure you have a sturdy entertainment rack for this behemoth.

Actual user review:
“For me, this thing works like a champ. I chose this over the NR1007 for 1)better video processing (Reon chip), 2) independent power supplies (video/audio/etc), and at the time, I found it for a great price, only a bit more than the 1007. It also has Dolby Dynamic volume, which the 1007 doesn’t have – but I use the Audyssey dynamic volume anyways. The backlit remote is nice too- although not a reason to buy this over the NR1007. At first, I wasn’t sure if the Reon chip was worth it, my projector supposedly has the same chip, but I can tell a big difference upconverting my Dish 720p. The image looks much better when I let the Onkyo do the upconversion as opposed to my projector. Likewise, it does a better job with DVD material compared to my BR which also upconverts DVDs, just not as well as the Onkyo.” – Rprice (USA)

Connectivity

The TX-NR3007 comes with more than adequate connection possibilities. You get 7 HDMI inputs and two HDMI 1.3a HDMI outputs. Additionally there are 3 sets of component video and 5 composite video inputs. Older video connections are transcoded to HDMI and upscaled to 1080p by the HQV Reon-VX chipset, which delivers some of the best scaling and upconversion we’ve seen.

For analog audio there are 9 stereo analog inputs and a 7.1 channel analog input. All the 9.2 channels are also available as preamplifier outputs for those who want to use external amplification. Digital audio is handled by the 7 HDMI ports and 3 coaxial and 3 optical inputs.

One USB port is provided on the front panel. It allows for playing music files off mass storage devices, and an Ethernet port makes it possible for networked PCs to be used as music servers or for streaming Internet radio. Unfortunately Macs are not supported. A SIRIUS satellite radio jack and Onkyo universal port for iPods complete the inputs.

A total of 11 pairs of binding posts are included for speaker connections.

Features

Onkyo has a reputation for incorporating top grade components in its products. This includes HQV Reon-VX processing for video and independent power supplies for system, video, and audio circuitry. To ensure ultra-low jitter for digital signals, high-quality 192kHz/24bit Burr-Brown DACs are employed.

Latest surround sound features like Dolby Pro Logic IIz and Audyssey DSX are also included. Dolby PL IIz adds front height channels while Audyssey DSX creates a more enveloping surround experience through the use of added speakers above the left and right speakers. Together with the NR5007, the NR3007 is the first Onkyo receiver to get “Dolby Volume” which automatically tones down the volume of loud TV commercials and maintains the same volume levels between TV programs and DVD or blu-ray movies.

The 9 channels of amplifiers are rated at 140 watts each. Each of the amps can be individually assigned. If you have front main speakers that are large and power hungry, you can even run the amps in bridged mode to give the front speakers the extra power they need.

This is also a network ready receiver, and has very cleverly been built to work with Windows 7 enabling you to incorporate PC-based audio and internet radio into your home theater set-up. They are out of the box ready to stream Pandora, Rhapsody, vTuner, and Sirius Internet Radio. Connection is through an Ethernet cable although it would have been really nice to see the inclusion of Wi-Fi or bluetooth.

Setup and Performance

Setting up is pretty straight forward if you owned an Onkyo receiver before, but being a model with such an extensive feature set it is advisable to read the the manual before you begin. Firmware can be updated via LAN or USB memory stick.

The 9.2 channels are designed to be flexible. You can run all 9 channels or have a full 7.2 system with two channels for a second zone. Alternatively set it up to power 2 independent stereo zones in addition to a 5-channel theater set-up.

Using the supplied setup microphone, the Audyssey MultEQ XT room correction did a good job in ironing out the frequency response at the seating position. After setting up the sound at the listening seat was rich and full.

Using Minority Report blu-ray as our test disc, there was an incredible level of detail and a ton of depth. The picture was also palpable, along with natural contour and edges. Blacks were inky and shadow details were tremendous. Bass on the DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack was powerful and dynamic yet not overpowering the dialog, which was clear and distinct.

Onkyo receivers are not made just for enjoying movies. They sound good on music playback as well. High grade components are used in the signal path to preserve the integrity of low level signals. Onkyo has also added the option of listening to music on “Pure Audio” mode. This cuts power to the video circuitry and tells the micro computer not to feed power to the fluorescent display to minimize interference.

The benefits are clearly evident on 2-channel music playback. On the ‘River: The Joni Letters‘ CD, Herbie Hancock’s piano timbre shimmers with rich harmonics and Tina Turner’s voice on the ‘Edith and the Kingpin’ track has the right raspy contralto texture.

The picture and sound quality are a staggering achievement for a receiver at this price range.

Bottom Line

The Onkyo TX-NR 3007 does everything that is required for a receiver and then some. It has the latest surround processing features, a top notch video chipset in the HQV Reon-VX, packs enough power to give you ear splitting levels of sound and yet delivers audio that is musical and satisfying. At current street prices below $1400 you’d be hard pressed to find anything that rivals this.

More User Reviews:
I bought this receiver to go in my basement which is big, to replace my prior receiver which was a less powerful Yamaha receiver. I have it hooked up to big Klipsch speakers in a 7.1 formation. a 72 inch TV and a blu-ray. The sound is awesome. it is easy to set up. last night I watched with friends the Led Zepplin blu-ray movie of their 1973 visit to New York and the guitar playing of Jimmie Page came out so crispy clear. I have no regrets whatever paying the extra bit for this receiver” – K,Willgoose (Ohio,USA)

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I just replaced a Pioneer Elite with this new Onkyo TX-NR3007. This new Audyssey DSX technology is awesome. I have all 11 speakers (Def Tech) hooked up plus 2 subs and I can tell you that the front high and front wide speakers do make a huge difference. If you have ever been to a place like the Hayden planetarium or maybe Epcot at Disney and experienced the sound at a show in a theme room there it’s kind of like that. You cannot run both front high and front wide pairs at the same time unless you don’t use rear surrounds. I find that using the front highs are best with movies and games and the front wides are better with music. And 2 subs give me a break! You don’t have to have all speakers you can stick with 5.1 or 7.1 if you like. Then later on you have the option to add speakers. There are so many sound modes with speaker configurations to play with and they all sound good. The remote is better then I expected. It looks good and feels good is backlit and has macros. Macros allow you to shut off all you components with one button. This also hooks up to the internet and listening to Pandora through Ethernet sounds great. I read a foreign review that said compared to a Yamaha receiver he was disappointed at the sound. This is not a fair or accurate comparison because this receiver has many tweaking adjustments such as crossover cutoffs for each speaker. You can set it up to match your optimum speaker sound. I can tell you that if you buy this receiver matched with Def Tech Speakers you won’t be disappointed.” – J.L.Pongrac (Idaho,USA)

This is a fantastic receiver. I thought my last won was great but this is in an entirely new category. Sound is phenomenal and to watch/hear a Blu Ray through this RCVR astounding. But, I purchased 4 more Def Tech speakers for this; 2 each BP7004’s and 2 Mytho’s XL’s which were another $2500. Used them for front wides and front highs. Problem; you will never get front wides and high to play at the same time no matter what listening mode you use. At best you can hear one of the pairs at the same time, not both. If playing a CD or HD TV you are still only getting 5.1 or 5.2 sound. Even with that I can’t complain about the TX-NR3007 but I would not have bought both wides and highs so keep that in mind. You won’t regret this receiver.” – G.Nettinger (GA,USA)

I upgraded from my Yamaha 2095 witch I have owned for over ten years and purchased the Onkyo NR3007. The sound is crazy. Rocks my hole house. I’m loving it.” – J.Devuono (NY,USA)

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