- Apr 14, 2017
- Edmonton, AB, Canada
My AV System
- Preamp, Processor or Receiver
- Onkyo TX RZ920
- Main Amp
- Samson Servo 600
- Additional Amp
- QSC MX1500
- Universal / Blu-ray / CD Player
- Panasonic 220
- Front Speakers
- EV Sentry 500
- Center Channel Speaker
- EV Sentry 500
- Surround Speakers
- Mission 762
- Surround Back Speakers
- Mission 762
- SVS PB13u
- Video Display Device
- Panasonic AE 8000
- Remote Control
- Logitech 1100
- Streaming Subscriptions
- Denon DT 625 CD/Tape unit, Nintendo WiiU, and more
Picked up an RZ 920 9.2 channel receiver just after Christmas, I will do a full walk through of the setup and operation along with my thoughts along the way.
First of all the specifications:
Amplification for 5.2.4 channels in Dolby Atmos or 9.2 channel soround
135 Watts - 8 Ohm - at 1 kHz - THD 0.08% - 2 channels
175 Watts - 6 Ohm - at 1 kHz - THD 0.9% - 1 channels
Class D amplification
THX select certified
Seven HDMI inputs plus one on the front all HDCP 2.2 compliant
Two HDMI outputs
Supports HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision™, BT.2020,
4K/60 Hz, and HDCP 2.2
Opening the box, inside is the receiver, remote, manual, AM and FM antenna's, room EQ mic, power cord and batteries
The receiver is solid, and weighs 36lbs. now thats a fair bit lighter than my previous Onkyo TXSR805 @54lbs (I was reminded of its weight as I pulled it off the shelf in my AV rack last night) but given the RZ920 has class D amps this weight is expected to be less. After labeling all my connections as I pulled them of the old Onkyo I was glad I did as I dont have a light in the closet where I access the back of the rack (note to self, install light).
The RZ920 has 7 HDMI inputs so that will future proof it for some time as I was finding that on occasion that I was having to swap HDMI cables on the old Onkyo because it only had 3. The 920 also has another HDMI input under the front flap for hooking up a video camera or other device. The 920 also has a number of analog composite inputs including a phono input (something lacking on many newer receivers these days). It also has pre outs for all 11 channels including the height used for Atmos.
The one thing missing on this receiver is a switched outlet for that matter it has no power outlet at all and I might note as well that the supplied removable power cord is much lighter AWG than my previous 805 and thus my immediate decision was to keep using the one that came with the 805 instead as the plug shape was identical.
The speaker binding posts are solid and my speaker wires went into them without fuss, I noted that the posts seem to be spaced farther apart than standard so if you use banana plugs that are joined they probably wont fit. A really good idea is Onkyo at some point has decided that putting a clear plastic sheet along the back side of the receiver all the way along the area where the binding posts are located to protect it from any possible shorts due to sloppy installation of the speaker wires due to loose strands touching the frame (Great idea Onkyo!)
The remote control, well thats a bit of a letdown if your expecting something as grand as the one included in the old 805 era. Its much smaller and very basic. It has no glow in the dark labels or lit buttons. Onkyo has decided to go the direction of many and start using the Onkyo App on a phone if your looking for better functionality.
The receiver is equipped with bluetooth and both 2.4G and 5G wireless so its kind of hard to not use an app as it can be used anywhere within range of the receivers/home wireless network. It also has built in Chromcast and a USB port for music file playback.
Another small nitpick that I have is the sourse button labels on the receiver are very small and at my age (48) my eyesight is not what it used to be and reading them in a dimly lit room is really hard. This also goes for the other buttons under the flap.