Future-ready home entertainment with THX Certified Select
A harmonious mix of tech and tradition, the TX-NR696 is the very center of your whole-home audio system to enjoy everything from 3D blockbusters to vinyl collections. This 7.2-Channel SMART A/V receiver supports high-speed 802.11ac (2x2 MIMO) Wi-Fi, letting you stream content from services like Amazon Music, Pandora, and Spotify via systems including AirPlay 2, Chromecast built-in, Sonos and more. THX Certified Select guarantees a theater-reference experience while Dolby Atmos Height Virtualizer and DTS Virtual:X create a 3D sound-field from horizontal speaker layouts. Separate Zone 2 outputs with switching also enable 7-ch layouts in Main plus Zone 2 speakers. With revitalized DAA system, 4K/60p/HDR HDMI terminals, and many other advanced technologies, TX-NR696 excels in every aspect.
SMART AV Receiver makes multi-room easy
SMART AV Receiver is the heart of your home entertainment system. Access streaming content from Amazon Music, Pandora, Spotify, TIDAL, Deezer, and TuneIn and share sound as part of a multi-room system via Works with Sonos, Chromecast built-in1, AirPlay 2, DTS Play-Fi, and FlareConnect.
Works with Sonos
The TX-NR696 can join your existing Sonos Home Sound System, or be the start of a new one, by pairing it with a Sonos Connect2. The AVR ties into the Sonos ecosystem, waking, changing inputs, and playing at the desired volume on command from the Sonos app.
Chromecast built-in3 with the Google Assistant
Stream any music from your smartphone, laptop, or PC to the receiver with ease. Control playback with Chromecast-enabled apps you know and love from your iPhone, iPad, Android phone or tablet, Mac or Windows laptop, or Chromebook. If you have a smart speaker featuring the Google Assistant, you can cue, play, and control music playback by voice.
THX Certified Select theater-reference sound
THX Certified Select guarantees the same reference volume level of a commercial theater in rooms where the viewing position is about 10-12 ft. from the screen. To gain certification for reference sound within strict THX sound-quality parameters, receivers must pass 2,000 bench-tests in 75 categories covering 14,000 data points.
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualizer
When playing any Dolby format, engaging Dolby Atmos Height Virtualizer4 enables a more immersive listening experience, creating a virtual surround and height effect from traditional speaker layouts without employing additional surround or height speakers.
Dolby Atmos and DTS:X—setting sound free
Dolby Atmos and DTS:X map sounds in the movie to their corresponding positions in your room, so audio is localized or free move among your speakers and around the audience in sync with the action on screen. This 9.2-ch receiver expands object-based sound-field coverage with a 5.2.4 or 7.2.2-ch layout. Enjoy classic titles through your height-enabled system with Dolby Surround and DTS Neural:X upmixers for legacy soundtracks.
Flexible 3D sound with DTS Virtual:X
DTS Virtual:X is a surround virtualization technology that creates an immersive 3D sound-field from horizontal speaker layouts without requiring height-speaker connection. It uses DSP algorithms to create a sense of 3D spatiality and is effective in rooms of any size and shape. DTS Virtual:X works with DTS:X, DTS formats, and non-encoded stereo soundtracks.
Ready for 4K HDR entertainment
Enjoy support for HDR (High Dynamic Range) video including HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision, and BT.2020. The 4:4:4 color space is also supported. Six HDMI inputs, ARC-ready MAIN OUT, and SUB OUT pass 4K/60p and HDR video from player to compatible TV and projector and all terminals are HDCP 2.3 compliant5.
Rich analog sound from any digital source
High-quality AKM 384 kHz/32-bit D/A conversion is enhanced by VLSC filtering (Front L/R channels), an original technology that erases digital noise arising from D/A conversion. Enjoy the purity of Hi-Res Audio sources, CD, and streaming music.
Dynamic Audio Amplification
Refined over 70 years to deliver emotion in high fidelity, DAA features a custom High-Current Low-Noise Power Transformer, customized capacitors, and discrete amp output stages. Unique topology prevents phase-shift while high current improves speaker control for true dynamic speed. Driving 4-ohm loads through all channels, DAA has power to move.
Key design enhancements improve sound
While cosmetically familiar, the TX-NR696 has significant upgrades inside that control noise, boost driving power, and improve S/N performance. A new HDMI board features larger, stronger, better-finished grounds and shortened signal-paths for clean and accurate A/V signals. New SoC processor has its own board remote from audio signal-paths to reduce noise. Key aspects of the power-supply line have been strengthened and upgraded in pursuit of driving power, which you can hear in the blistering attack speed and force of the bass, and in the clearer separation and localization of instruments across a large and spacious soundstage.
AccuEQ Advance with AccuReflex
AccuEQ Advance room acoustic calibration uses nine-point measurement to remove standing waves that occur when sound from the speakers resonates with sound reflecting off the walls, altering its natural expression. During the process, background noise is ignored to ensure accurate equalization. AccuReflex optimizes 3D sound reproduction through height speakers by resolving phase-shift. Enjoy a cohesive 3D soundfield in rooms of any shape or size.
Zone 2 outputs6 share audio flexibly
Zone 2 outputs enable 7-ch surround in Main plus stereo speakers in Zone 2. Distribute different analog, NET, Bluetooth, SPDIF, and HDMI audio sources in either or both zones at the same time (there's a Zone 2 DAC) just by switching to a 5.1-ch + Zone 2 layout. Output from Zone 2 and Zone 2 line-out is enabled.
Quad-core SoC supports 802.11ac Wi-Fi
A powerful SoC (System on a Chip) processes multiple tasks at once. It evolves network functions and supports the latest high-speed 802.11ac (2x2 MIMO) specification while compatible with 802.11 b/g/n dual-band routers.7
Clarify voice dialog in-program instantly
Vocal Enhancer solves inaudible dialog in TV programs and movies. DSP technology identifies voice frequencies so you can adjust them using remote-control keys or controls on the front panel.
Share audio or listen privately
Connect an audio system via analog RCA input and the AVR's Zone 2/Zone B line-out. With Zone 2, you can play the same or different analog/digital sources (including SPDIF and HDMI) in either or both rooms at the same time. Zone B is ideal for connecting a compatible transmitter so you can listen to any source-including the TV-through wireless headphones, perfect for midnight movies and TV.
Relax with Stereo Assign Mode
At the touch of a button, Stereo Assign Mode switches playback from Front speakers to either Surround, Rear Surround, or Height speaker pairs. Ideal for ambient listening, BGM, or any time you want to create a relaxing atmosphere.
1. The unit may automatically download and apply an Over-the-Air software update during setup.
2. Sonos Connect sold separately. Sonos app is available free for iPad, iPhone, and Android at the App Store and Google Play. Please confirm device and OS compatibility before installation.
3. The unit may automatically download and apply an Over-the-Air software update during setup.
4. Enabled with a future firmware update.
5. HDCP 2.3 compatibility enabled with a future firmware update.
6. HDMI and SPDIF support PCM audio only. Zone 2 HDMI audio available on inputs 1-3. Zone 3 supports analog/NET/Bluetooth.
7. Some countries or regions have regulations that affect wireless signal strength and the use of Wi-Fi channels.