Onkyo TX-NR5010 - Features

By Danny Phillips



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Onkyo TX-NR5010


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Onkyo TX-NR5010 - Home Cinema

£3,000 is a hefty price tag, but you certainly get an awful lot of technology for your money. The TX-NR5010 is absolutely crammed full of features, to the point where you might wonder if you’ll ever get round to using it all.

Onkyo TX-NR5010

Let’s start with this unit’s bread and butter – home cinema. This nine-channel receiver can decode every flavour of Dolby and DTS, as well as offering Dolby Pro Logic IIz, DTS Neo:X and Audyssey DSX processing to deliver atmospheric front height channels (and front width in the case of Neo:X and DSX). Power output is quoted as 220W per channel, and the THX Ultra 2 Plus certification means it ticks all the boxes for larger home cinema rooms (up to 85 cubic metres with a viewing distance of around 3.5m).

There’s also an all-star line-up of video features, including IDT’s HQV Vida VHD1900 processor, 4K upscaling courtesy of Marvell’s QDEO technology (one for the future) and ISF calibration tools.

Onkyo TX-NR5010 - Online Audio

But a major attraction for many buyers will be the unit’s plentiful network functionality. First up is a range of music streaming and internet radio services, including Spotify, vTuner, Simfy, Last.fm, AUPEO! and MP3tunes (you’ll need a premium account for Spotify). What’s more the unit’s DLNA support means you can stream your own music from media servers, and with a list of supported formats that should keep music lovers very happy indeed – MP3, AAC, Apple Lossless, FLAC and WMA Lossless.

Like most AV receivers, the unit doesn’t feature Wi-Fi out of the box but if you want to avoid Ethernet then Onkyo sells a wireless LAN adapter (UWF-1) for around £40. An optional Bluetooth adapter (UBT-1) provides an even easier way of listening to your tunes from mobile devices.

Onkyo TX-NR5010

Onkyo’s advanced 32-bit DSP chip also conjures up the usual cavalcade of sound modes, including four settings for gaming (Rock, Sports, Action and RPG), Theater-Dimensional, several THX presets and music modes like Orchestra, Unplugged and All Channel Stereo.

The NR5010 also comes equipped with seven TI Burr Brown 192kHz/32-bit DACs, Vector Linear Shaping Circuitry (VLSC), Phase-Locked Loop jitter-cleaning circuit technology and gold-plated speaker posts and input jacks.

Onkyo TX-NR5010 - DTS Neo:X

Finally this wouldn’t be a Onkyo amp without a couple of world firsts – it’s the first to offer DTS Neo:X 11-channel upmixing support from the 11.4 pre-outs, as well as being one of the first consumer electronics products to incorporate Cisco Linksys’ SimpleTap router connection technology, which simplifies how it connects to a network.

Neil Young

May 11, 2014, 4:21 am

Your review is spot on and full of good information. I brought this Onkyo AV receiver along with a 5.1 B&W speaker system featuring the CM10 as the front speakers. Before buying theTX-NR5010 I was considering using it only for movies and digital music and purchasing the Hegel Amplifier and pre-amp for music. But after listening to music through this unit in Pure Audio mode I don't think I need the Hegel amp. Sound is so good both for movies and music. I have the Hegel CDP2A CD player which gives music a great quality with the Onkyo and B&W CM10's. I listen to Rock, Blues and Jazz and this system is fantastic. It also improves the quality of the Blueray player which is a entry level Samsung. I am just getting the hang of all the features employed on theTX-NR5010 and looking forward to getting the best from it. Originally the company I brought this equipment from set it up for me and using the Audyssey MutiEQ XT32 room correction and speaker set-up was a first for me. I am considering purchasing the other speakers (height and width) to add to the 5.1 but will wait until movies are being made for the 9.1 sound format.
Thanks again for the review of the Onkyo TX-NR5010.


November 25, 2015, 10:50 pm

I purchased this receiver a year and a half ago. My house has become the weekend movie spot for all my friends. People actually invite themselves over - just a warning.
I also purchased the M-5010 2 channel amp and have all 11 speakers running. The sound comes from everywhere.
Music is also clear and precise. I can listen to it for hours. Its so good I play it way too loud for my wife.
I also recommend an AVS subwoofer. It adds bass like nothing else I have had.

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