Onkyo TX-NR656 1190-Watt 7.2-Channel Network AV Receiver

  • Model #: TX-NR656
  • Web Code: 10422589


Experience all your home entertainment like never before with this TX-NR656 7.2-channel A/V receiver from Onkyo. Dolby Atmos and DTS:X-ready for immersive, multidimensional sound, this workhorse is loaded with awesome features and technologies that are sure to make your home theatre setup the envy of all your friends.

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Immersive, multidimensional sound

  • Dolby Atmos envelops the room in multidimensional sound that'll have you ducking for cover when you hear an airplane whizzing by above you.
  • DTS:X technology creates a lifelike audio experience by placing sound where it would naturally be heard. It lets you control dynamic range and dialogue, so now you'll understand everything Christian Bale and Tom Hardy say in The Dark Knight Rises.
  • AccuEQ calibrates the home theatre system to fit your space. It measures speaker distance, type, crossover, and output, and considers sonic reflections from the walls and floor. System calibration has never been easier.

4K now and beyond

  • 8 HDMI inputs and 2 outputs support 4K UHD and 4:4:4 colour space to preserve the rich, detailed images from your high-definition content. See every nuance of colour and texture in a lush junglescape or neon coral reef in your favourite nature documentaries.
  • HDCP 2.2 and HDR support means you can rest assured that you're covered for the future of 4K.

Crystal-clear, cinematic sound

  • This 1190W receiver pumps out 170W per channel to fuel a full 7.2-channel surround sound system for accurate, dynamic audio. You'll lose yourself in the action, whether it's a Game of Thrones episode or a classic Schwarzenegger action movie.
  • High-current Dynamic Audio Amplification delivers authentic sound reproduction by precisely controlling the speaker drivers, while Vector Linear Shaping Circuitry (VLSC) provides well-defined audio free of pulse noise. The result? Reference-quality audio the way it was meant to be heard.
  • It supports Hi-Res audio playback of MP3, WMA, FLAC, WAV, AAC, DSD 5.6 MHz, and other formats. Whether you're shaking your hips to an Elvis oldie or moonwalking to a Michael Jackson classic, you'll hear clean, powerful sound reproduction.

Wireless and wired connectivity

  • Built-in Wi-Fi certified wireless LAN, Bluetooth, and AirPlay give you the flexibility to stream content from a variety of sources. Blast an 80s playlist from your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone, or tune into your favourite internet radio station.
  • This receiver comes preloaded with internet radio and music streaming services (subscription required) such as Spotify, TuneIn Radio, Tidal, and Deezer to open up a world of musical possibilities for you.
  • Powered Zone 2 and Zone 2 Line Out let you distribute audio playback to different rooms via FireConnect technology. Pump out the same music in every room or throw on Coldplay in the kitchen and Ludacris in the living room.
  • Free Onkyo remote streaming apps for iOS and Android devices let you control the receiver and play music from your device or online streaming service. You can even adjust levels and audio presets, or even change the device settings.

Other features you'll love about it

  • Advanced Music Optimizer DSP technology improves compressed digital audio quality (including Bluetooth streamed audio).
  • This receiver sports Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio Decoding and 32-bit digital signal processing engines.
  • It's also equipped with a bi-amping capability for front channels, non-phase shift amp circuits for realistic imaging, and PLL (Phase Locked Loop) jitter-cleaning circuit technology for S/PDIF audio.
  • Hybrid Standby function with HDMI passthrough lets you enjoy all of your connected A/V components while your receiver is in standby mode.

Required accessories (sold separately)

  • Cables you'll need: HDMI (to connect the receiver to your TV) and speaker wire (for connecting the receiver to your speakers)
  • Optional cables: optical or coaxial cables (for digital audio) and RCA cables (for connecting older gear)

What's in the Box?

  • Indoor FM antenna • AM loop antenna • Speaker setup microphone • Instruction manual • Remote controller • AAA (R03) batteries x 2

Manufacturer's Warranty:

  • Parts - 2 Year(s)
  • Labour - 2 Year(s)

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  • from Labrador City, NL

Buyer Beware!

If you are considering this receiver...Don't! I made the mistake by not fully researching this product before I purchased it. These receivers are prone to the audio not working and not being to do a firmware update. Mine was like it and it back into the box and returned to Bestbuy for a Refund!

  • from Toronto, ON

Component cables do NOT support 720p

Bought this receiver for the component cables support, as I needed to hook up my Xbox 360 that still had component cables. I currently have my Xbox 360 directly attached to my HDTV via component cables and get a 720p signal. It turns out that the Onkyo receiver with the component cable input does not support resolutions greater than 480i, which is a shame. I promptly returned back to the store once I found this out. Otherwise, the features of this receiver are great. Searched for alternates in order to get what I wanted and it turns out Denon receivers have the same limitation that they put on their component cables. Only other manufacturer that actually has component cable inputs and supports 720p is Marantz.

  • from Edmonton alberta

Good av recevier

Great for music it's warm sound

  • from Edmonton AB

Excellent sound

656 is my second recevier, way much better than my old 616. I tried yamaha A 2060 and marantz 6011 but onkyo has same sound quality

  • from CANMORE

Up graded receiver

I bought this as an upgrade from a Sony receiver Way easier to setup and sounds great

  • from Inverness, NS


Excellent sound quality and very easy to set up and operate. I’m very happy with this purchase.

  • from Fort Mcmurray, AB

home theater

Received my receiver as promised, set was easy and sound is terrific. totally happy with the purchase

  • from Milton ON

Amazing sound and features for the price

Amazing sound and features for the price. Love the customization options. Has every possible option you need.

  • from North Bay, ON

all good, and sevice TOP NOTCH

Got this receiver to replace the 646 that was just under a year old. The sub out on 646 went out taking one of my 10 klipsh subs with it. I have had onkyo for many years and this is the only issue I have ever had. The manager and sales rep at the North Bay store were absalutly amazing with this issue. They replaced the sub and my 646 with this new one. Thanks best buy. You guys at North bay ROCK

  • from Langley, BC

A very good AVR

I recently re-built my HT around this very capable receiver and am quite satisfied with the result. I have a combination of Polk Audio and Klipsch speakers and have recently added a pair of RP140SA height speakers which are on top of my front towers. I added a second Polk 8" sub to match and existing Polk 8" sub. The recent DTS-X firmware upgrade went flawlessly and definitely enhances the quality of the sound in movies and even broadcast TV. I consider this receiver to be a mid range model with a bit of future proofing included. As others have noticed, set up is easy due to the connection labeling, the sound is nice and clear with ample power to drive the speakers, and everything works as advertised. The included audio calibration is quite accurate although you may wish to do some additional tweaking. The setup program on this AVR is very well done and is easy to use. This is my first experience with an Onkyo product and so far, it has been a positive one. As such, I can recommend this receiver without reservation.

  • from Church Point, Clare , Nova Scotia

Bringing the house to the reality

Having no theater system in my house, I feel with this system I have gone from driving a model A Ford to driving a Tesla! All I can say is "Wow! What a sound!" Thank you Best Buy.

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