Onkyo TX-NR545 Atmos-Ready AV Receiver Review Page 2
Onkyo TX-NR545 Atmos-Ready AV Receiver Review
AT A GLANCE
Wi-Fi, AirPlay, Bluetooth
No Ultra HD scaling
The Onkyo TX-NR545 is a wireless-triple-threat receiver with an intrinsically good-sounding amp.
Most A/V receivers have seven audio channels for reasons that date back to 1999 and are all but forgotten. The original rationale for adding two channels to surround sound’s basic 5.1 footprint was to accommodate back-surround speakers for THX Surround EX (later renamed Dolby Digital EX) and DTS-ES. While I mean no disrespect to the many readers who enjoy the back surrounds in their 7.1 systems, I’ve been against back surrounds from the beginning. My argument in one sentence is: Three channels in front, four in back—what’s wrong with this picture? I’ve always considered 5.1 the bedrock standard of surround sound, and I still do, even today.
Should I Invest in a Home Theater Speaker System with Towers or Focus on the Center Speaker?
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Q Most multichannel speaker configurations I see advertised have large L/R tower speakers combined with smaller center and surround speakers. It seems to me, however, that money invested in large (mostly full-range) L/R towers would be wasted if you care more about multichannel movie soundtracks than two-channel stereo music. Given the conventional wisdom that movie soundtracks rely heavily on the center channel for dialogue reproduction, shouldn’t you buy a higher-performing center speaker instead of big front towers? —Rick James Boettger / via e-mail
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