Onkyo has a knack of producing AV receivers that are packed with the latest technology or have a higher specification than one would expect for the price. The features and performance justify the awards that are thrust Onkyo's way each year.
The Onkyo TX-NR515 is the latest offering at the most popular price point and, despite having the far-from-easy task of succeeding the brilliant TX-NR609 it does succeed.
The TX-NR515 receives internet radio stations and integrates with streaming services, including enhanced Spotify funtionality.
The receiver can be the heart of a 7.2 set-up and an additional pair of terminals allow speakers in another room to be driven, with different sources playing in different rooms.
On the visuals front, images are upscaled to 4K (4096 x 2160 pixels) if the connected display is 4K-compatible and two HDMI outputs are provided (one for a TV, one for a projector). There are also eight HDMI inputs plus the usual array of optical, coaxial and phono inputs.
The front panel's USB socket will accept an iPod, iPhone or USB drive and each can be controlled by the receiver's remote. Apps are available to control the receiver via iOS and Android devices.
As always, Onkyo offers the receiver in a choice of black or silver finishes.
The Onkyo TX-NR515 has the feature count and (more importantly) the performance to be worthy of more awards.