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Onkyo TX-NR 686 owners thread.

Nobbler

Distinguished Member
Hello all,

I am new to these forums, but had a question that I hoped someone with more knowledge could possibly answer. I have searched for the answer to my question, but if i missed it, I apologize.

When I turn on my system the Onkyo always goes to the TV input first and stays there until I manually change it to the correct input. For example, if I select blu ray on the Harmony remote everything will set up correctly, for about 10 seconds, then the Onkyo reverts to TV input. It does this for any input I select. I can then manually change the input to the correct one and everything works fine.

I just know my wife, kids, my parents, will not know how to do the manual input, so any help that could be offered would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance.
Go into the hardware - HDMI - HDMI CEC and make sure this is off. That should fix it
 

Nobbler

Distinguished Member
No problem - we're a friendly lot here... Most of us anyway :D
Let us know if it works then others with the same issue will find the answerb:thumbsup:
 

dante01

Distinguished Member
Note that if you were reliant upon HDMI ARC for acessing audio sourced via your TV then dissabling HDMI CEC (Control) will result in ARC no longer functioning. HDMI ARC is reliant upon HDMI CEC for functionality and cannot be used if you've disengaged it.
 

Trollslayer

Distinguished Member
I am looking at buying a 686 tomorrow (£325 at Richer Sounds) just now, anything I need to be aware of?
Thanks.
 

Nobbler

Distinguished Member
Just make sure you update the firmware. There was an update in April that isn't covered in the manual regarding regarding standard and enhanced UHD.
 

raki

Standard Member
Could someone check something for me.
As far as I am aware this avr is with Google Assistant. Does this mean that it can act as a smartspeaker? Can I say hey Google play radio X and it would play it through TuneIn like on smartspeaker?
 

Trollslayer

Distinguished Member
Mine arrived today, will set it up later on.
It was from Richer Sounds and there was a text late morning and was delivered within the time slot.
 

Romster1

Active Member
I ended up buying the pioneer VSX 934 which is similarly specked in the end due to reading about owners having issues with the Onkyo's. I hope ive made the right choice ???
 

Nobbler

Distinguished Member
I ended up buying the pioneer VSX 934 which is similarly specked in the end due to reading about owners having issues with the Onkyo's. I hope ive made the right choice ???
They're both made on the same conveyor belt so time will tell. The 686 is a higher specced unit so you would have gotten more for your money. The main problems with Onkyo - the failing HDMI boards - was ironed out a few years ago but their legacy was damagec beyond repair. I still love them though
 

Romster1

Active Member
thanks Nobbler, yea I knew they did a recall for the HDMI ports on some models but whilst researching there were quite a few owners who had multiple amp failures and error codes which required them to reset their amps, that's what put me off and whilst I know Onkyo, Denon and Pioneer are all part of the same group now I was hoping that thier manufacturing plants and processes might be different like that of the cars made by the WAG group. The specs looked pretty much the same with the Onkyo having more power if I recall correctly? It hasn't ben delivered yet and im wondering if i should cancel the order and go for the Onkyo now :(, bugger, indecision
 

Nobbler

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thanks Nobbler, yea I knew they did a recall for the HDMI ports on some models but whilst researching there were quite a few owners who had multiple amp failures and error codes which required them to reset their amps, that's what put me off and whilst I know Onkyo, Denon and Pioneer are all part of the same group now I was hoping that thier manufacturing plants and processes might be different like that of the cars made by the WAG group. The specs looked pretty much the same with the Onkyo having more power if I recall correctly? It hasn't ben delivered yet and im wondering if i should cancel the order and go for the Onkyo now :(, bugger, indecision
The Onkyo/Denon merger didn't go through as Onkyo/Pioneer pulled out.
They are very similar... Just look at the remotes on the Onkyo 696 and the Pioneer. Identical.
I think you need to look at what you get for the money. The 686 was originally a £650 receiver whilst the 934 is sub 400.
Someone will come along in a minute and say avoid the Onkyo because of the AccuEq system and the heatbit gives of. Granted the eq system isn't great but it does a good job of setting levels and distances. The MCACC system on the 934 may be better and the Onkyo does not get hot at all.
If you want something reliable then I may suggest a Yamaha but for £329 the 686 is a real Brucie bargain!
 

Romster1

Active Member
thanks yes the 686 comes in at a very good price point I managed to get the pioneer at 349 inc delivery. I had also read about the heat issues and how the pioneers ran cold which is another factor which made me go the pioneer route. shame you wernt on the thread which I had asked about the two before buying because now I am seriously considering cancelling the Pioneer order and going for the Onkyo.
 

Romster1

Active Member
which Yamaha receiver are you suggestion plus I was looking for something which supported DTS virtual x. I know they support DTS X but the DTS virtual x technology is quite interesting and appealing as it can apparently produce an atmos like sound stage without ceiling speakers with speaker configs of 2.0 3.1 etc
 

Drezic

Novice Member
Sorry i picked you up wrong, i meant you would'nt need 4 atmos speakers in your room size. But you could definitely have 2. So a 5.2.1/2 setup would be a nice upgrade.

Brian
Hi,
Well in the end i took the RZ840 and it's a beast, prepping to go bezerk with atmos .4 😅
I've actually read that dolby does also suggest to go with minimum .4 for atmos.
I've also ordered a klipsh spl-100 sub to come into the mix.
Thanks again
 

M87NER

Active Member
I ended up buying the pioneer VSX 934 which is similarly specked in the end due to reading about owners having issues with the Onkyo's. I hope ive made the right choice ???
How are you finding the 934? I’m looking at getting it tomorrow as I can get it for £295. Was also looking at the onkyo 696 2nd hand for £300.. hate makin decisions. Thanks
 

Romster1

Active Member
How are you finding the 934? I’m looking at getting it tomorrow as I can get it for £295. Was also looking at the onkyo 696 2nd hand for £300.. hate makin decisions. Thanks
Hi M87ner I was in the same boat as you and extremly torn between the 686 and the 934. I went for the 934 after reading about issues which people were having with the 696. 295 is a great price I paid more. I havent got ceiling speakers or a blue ray layer yet so the 934 appealed to me because of the virtualisation support modes which it has it supports both dts virtual x and dts neural x so in my second room it will be ideal. im yet to hook it up but will comment once ive had a chance to play. Bare in mind virtualisation will never beat physical speakers its a compromise on my part but considering I initially was looking as a soundbar for my second room for a 100 quid more it was a no brainer to go for this instead.
 

Nobbler

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The Yamaha is a good choice. I believe it has virtual surround backs as well so you can pick and choose
The Pioneer is also a good choice if it has the functions you need. Both below the 686 in SPECS but have the 2019 FEATURES so swings and roundabouts.
 

dante01

Distinguished Member
Yamaha receivers only use the virtual back speakers in instances where the incoming audio includes back surround channels. THe option isn't engaged if upmixing sources devoid of back surround channels.
 

Romster1

Active Member
Hi M87ner I was in the same boat as you and extremly torn between the 686 and the 934. I went for the 934 after reading about issues which people were having with the 696. 295 is a great price I paid more. I havent got ceiling speakers or a blue ray layer yet so the 934 appealed to me because of the virtualisation support modes which it has it supports both dts virtual x and dts neural x so in my second room it will be ideal. im yet to hook it up but will comment once ive had a chance to play. Bare in mind virtualisation will never beat physical speakers its a compromise on my part but considering I initially was looking as a soundbar for my second room for a 100 quid more it was a no brainer to go for this instead.
early days but very impressed with it so far. no rears plugged in yet but the soundstage is spacial and detailed. I turned the vocal up +1 after calibration and no muffled dialogue at all. turning on the virtualisation definitely improved the soundstage. you can cycle through them so the effects are immediately apparent. it also upscales video which is an added bonus. So glad I didnt go with the Sony soundbar now. this with my old Tannoy speakers is excellent. I cant see it staying in my bedroom too long it deserves to be connected to my 65 inch Sony in my main lounge :) :) btw one of the threads I had been following suggested that the calibration system is disengaged when you turn on the virtualisation modes, this doesnt appear to be the case the calibration system works out the distances and sets the crossover frequencies and those are maintained and used when virtualisation is engaged and processing the sound streams
 
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johnkirzec

Novice Member
Hi Gang,

Let me introduce myself. I have lurked on and off over the years, and recently bought the onkyo 686 to upgrade my 5.1 surround speakers. This was actually triggered by the purchase of a Samsung 75" QLED in the first place.

I have looked online for the answer to this question, and have not gotten anything definitive.
My setup is a cable box going to the TV HDMI input. The TV HDMI ARC port goes to the Onkyo, which then feeds the speakers. I listen mainly to cable TV or to Youtube with the app built into the Samsung TV. I also have a bluray dvd player hooked into the TV

My question: What sound mode do I use? Does the receiver switch automatically based on the signal being fed to it? Or do I have to change it manually, or change it until I like how it sounds?

Thanks for the help!
 

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