Having had an opportunity to test Denon AVR-X4100W vs Onkyo TX-NR616, I’d like to share my impression here to facilitate your choice of a new AV receiver.
AV receivers under review have the same number of channels. In terms of power, there are differences, the AVR-X4100W has such a ratio W/Ohm - 125/8, 165/6, while the TX-NR616 has a power of 160/6. The value of total harmonic distortion is also different, and for the AVR-X4100W it is 0.05%, but for the TX-NR616 it is 0.08%.
The manufacturer installed different DACs, the AVR-X4100W received the model 192 KHz/24-bit, but the TX-NR616 is equipped with Burr-Brown 192 KHz/24-bit. Each of the compared opponents supports Bi-amping. Both Denon AVR-X4100W and Onkyo TX-NR616 can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.
Wireless Internet access via WIFI is possible on both units. Each of the receivers has a Bluetooth connector. Access to the Spotify service is on each of the competitors. The number of available streaming services varies for receivers, the Denon AVR-X4100W works with Pandora, SiriusXM, but the Onkyo TX-NR616 works with Last.fm, AUPEO, Simfy, vTuner.
Oddly enough, the support for the HDR function is not implemented in these units. The quality of 4K/60Hz signal remains unchanged when transmitting from a source to a TV or projector via HDMI for both receivers. Signaling over HDMI in standby mode can provide the AVR-X4100W and the TX-NR616. Each of the devices can increase the resolution of the incoming video signal. Operation with the Dolby Vision is only possible with the AVR-X4100W.
The number of HDMI inputs/outputs varies depending on the receiver, the AVR-X4100W has 8/3, and the TX-NR616 has 8/2. HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is not supported by the AVR-X4100W and the TX-NR616. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. In the presence of a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player only at Denon AVR-X4100W.
Unlike the AVR-X4100W where 3 Multi zones is provided, the TX-NR616 works with 2 Multi zones. Voice control of the basic functions of the receiver is not realized in both models. There is an ECO mode in AVR-X4100W. The Denon AVR-X4100W can be properly configured using the setup assistant.
A Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format is available only in the AVR-X4100W. A DTS:X surround technology is not supported by devices from our comparison.