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Onkyo TX-8260

Stereo receiver with Wi-Fi®, Bluetooth®, and Chromecast built-in

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Overview

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The Onkyo TX-8260 combines a classic stereo receiver design with cutting-edge features for enjoying both digital and analog music sources. Onkyo's low-distortion, high-current amplification gives you authentic, dynamic sound, while the receiver's 32-bit/384kHz DAC helps bring out the best in any digital audio format, from high-res audio files to streamed music.

Old-school stereo sound with modern features

The Onkyo TX-8260 combines a classic stereo receiver design with cutting-edge features for enjoying both digital and analog music sources. Onkyo's low-distortion, high-current amplification gives you authentic, dynamic sound, while the receiver's 32-bit/384kHz DAC helps bring out the best in any digital audio format, from high-res audio files to streamed music.

All the right connections

With seven analog inputs and four digital inputs, the TX-8260 has ample connections for your audio gear, from CD players to cassette decks. A dedicated phono input gives you a direct connection for a turntable, and there's even a set of analog stereo line outputs for audio dubbing. USB ports on the front and back give you convenient access to digital music files stored on a thumb drive.

Wireless capability expands your listening options

When it comes to music, there's no such thing as too many choices. The TX-8260's networking capability lets you play songs from your personal digital music library, but why stop there? Chromecast built-in lets you use your computer, phone, or tablet to stream music from over 100 audio apps to the receiver.

Use the Onkyo Controller app to control streaming from your mobile device. Apple® AirPlay® lets you stream from a compatible iOS® device or from any computer with iTunes®. And Bluetooth adds even more wireless music options.

Music in different rooms

Playback from such a capable music receiver shouldn't be confined to just one room, so the TX-8260 gives you the ability to spread your music through different parts of the house. A/B speaker connections mean you can add a second pair of speakers in another room or outdoor area. You can play the same source in both places simultaneously, or use the A/B switch to select the area you want to listen in.

Zone 2 preamp outputs also send audio to a different room with a power amp and speakers. (You can play the same source in both zones, or a different source in Zone 2.) A dedicated DAC for Zone 2 lets you enjoy digital sources and even streamed music outside of your main listening area.

Product Highlights:

  • 80 watts x 2 into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.08% THD
  • high-current amplifier design with large power transformer
  • built-in dual-band Wi-Fi for music streaming
    • includes support for Pandora®, TIDAL, Deezer, and free internet radio streams with TuneIn (subscription required for some services)
    • Chromecast built-in for streaming music from the cloud with compatible mobile apps
    • Spotify® Connect lets you play Spotify's streaming music library through the receiver via your smartphone or tablet (requires Spotify app and a premium subscription)
  • built-in Bluetooth for wireless music listening with smartphones, tablets, and compatible computers
  • Apple® AirPlay® for streaming music from an iPhone®, iPad®, iPod touch® or computer running iTunes®
  • DTS Play-Fi® wireless multi-room music available via firmware update
  • plays high-resolution digital music files from a USB storage device or networked computer
    • PCM files up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution; DSD files up to 11.2 MHz
  • Onkyo's free Controller App lets you use your Apple or Android™ device as a Wi-Fi remote
  • 40 AM/FM presets
    • 4 front-panel preset buttons let you store your favorite AM/FM or Internet radio stations for easy access
  • 4 digital audio inputs (2 optical and 2 coaxial)
  • front- and rear-panel USB ports for audio playback from USB flash drives
  • 7 analog audio inputs (including MM phono for a turntable)
  • analog audio outputs include:
    • stereo RCA output for Zone 2 amp and speakers
    • 1 mono RCA output for powered subwoofer
  • binding post speaker connectors
  • 1/4" headphone jack
  • IR connections for use with external controllers
  • sleep timer
  • remote control
  • 17-1/8"W x 5-7/8"H x 13-9/16"D
  • weight: 18.3 lbs.
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Network stereo receiver
  • 6' AC power cord
  • Remote control (RC-903S)
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • FM wire antenna
  • AM loop antenna
  • Instruction Manual
  • Product Registration/Warranty Information
  • Important Safety Instructions
  • "Play-Fi Support" note
  • "Chromecast built-in" instructions
  • Onkyo Multiroom brochure
  • Onkyo Music brochure

I love this product I will be shopping again real soon !!!!!!!! ????????????????

Anonymous, Memphis, TN

Reviews

Onkyo TX-8260 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(19 Reviews)

Internet funtionality only basic

Paul from Brooklyn, NY on 5/15/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I am disappointed with this unit as the internet capabilities are extremely basic. The unit cannot play back direct streams but instead must use TuneIn as an overlay program. I have the Bose SoundTouch system in other parts of my house and the Onkyo is a major step down from the functionality of that system. The android app is primitive and honestly seems to be a beta release that they barely cleaned up for public usage. Moreover there is no compatible PC version of the controller so that you have to pick up your phone while in the office to adjust volume or change sources. A bummer. My only hope is that there will be some update to these problems in the future but given how sloppily the control app was constructed I am not going to hold my breath.

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Nice piece of equipment but makes a hum!

David from West Orange, NJ on 4/15/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I purchased this receiver to play music in my bedroom and particularly to stream Spotify and other services and wanted something all-in-on rather than say buying a separate amp and a sonos. In general terms I like the receiver and streaming music is simple. But the amp has a hum that I can hear between songs and when the music is really low. Sounds like a transformer hum in particular. I've owned a number of receivers over the years and never encountered one that hummed. I'm guessing my ears are particularly sensitive and not everyone would notice but I do have to question why Onkyo would produce a piece of hi-fi equipment that introduces noise to the environment - even if it is a relatively quiet noise. Now all that said, Crutchfield was wonderful as usual and sent me out a replacement to see if I just had a bad one but unfortunately the replacement had the same issue. So I just switched my order to the NAD 338 which costs more but hopefully it won't make any noise beyond the music I stream!

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Anonymous from Memphis, TN on 3/26/2018

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I love this product I will be shopping again real soon !!!!!!!! ????????????????

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everything is fine except Chromecast

Walter from Fremont, CA on 3/10/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

One feature of TX8260 stands out from the rest the network receivers is the Chromecast. Unfortunately it only works for its Chromecast build-in, which includes Pandora, Tunein Radio, Deezer and Google Play Music. It does not seem to work with other Cast-enabled apps such as Netflix or Youtube .... The 8260 is unable to see them and there is no connection. This is some what disappointing. Other than that it works fine.

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Pete from Lawrenceburg, IN on 3/4/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

OK so far, sound is good. Haven't quite figured out how the USB ports read a jump drive full of music. Not the same as the one in my car, or other receivers. I called tech support but they did not know either. Basically we were reading the operator's manual together. I will be calling Onkyo direct when I get home from vacation. The two times I have used tech support, by phone, the tech's were VERY supportive and mostly helpful. I am more impressed with Crutchfield's support than the receiver itself.

Pros: Sounds fine

Cons: USB ports do not read like the ones in the rest of the world

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Anonymous from Asheville, NC on 2/9/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

If you want to use the built in Chromecast, you have to agree to Onkyo's Privacy Policy which is extremely broad and in their favor. Onkyo is granting themselves access to all of your web activity, listening habits, Facebook data and can then use that information in any way they see fit. If you are OK with being monitored by Onkyo, go for it!

Pros: Nice basic receiver

Cons: Privacy policy for Chromecast usage should be illegal

Nice unit

Evan from Summerville, SC on 2/4/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I was looking for a quality receiver for a basic 2.1 setup and this one seemed to be the best bang for the buck. I was previously using a Denon receiver, as soon as I hooked up the Onkyo I noticed an increase in midbass, and an overall clearer sound. I've been enjoying streaming Spotify and it seems to sound pretty good so far with everything I've thrown at it. It seems well built and I quite like the looks of it. Hopefully it will last me for many years to come!

Pros: Sound quality, build quality, features

Cons: Think it has a few firmware bugs, mine will switch to phono input sometimes when using the remote volume control. Kind of weird but I realize some of the newer products have a few quirks at first, not a big deal to me.

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Anonymous from New Hyde Park, NY on 2/4/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great product performs exactly what I needed. Great help from Crutchfield locating the right system.

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Great for Old Turntable and New Net Inputs

Marty from Sumter, SC on 1/31/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Super 2.1 system! I'm using Net input (Pandora), Optic cable from TV, Digital Aux from BD/DVD, a restored JCP MCS belt drive TT from the 70's, and upped my AM/FM channels with an amplified antenna. Everything is clear, crisp, and the tones are terrific. I'm using Zone 2 for a remote wireless speaker I can take throughout the house. My last system didn't have the ".1" so it's great to have the subwoofer back! Remote is complete and intuitive. No XM/Sirius input, so I catch that on BD/DVD player, and pump that in via digital coax. Very happy indeed!

Pros: Pandora works great

Cons: No XM/Sirius App

Power for clear sound in a 30'x15' room

Richard from Rochester, NY on 1/17/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great power for my Paradigm floor speakers. Smooth confident action on volume and bass, treble, and balance knobs. Intuitive controls and moving between functions. I attached my iPod nana easily, too.

Pros: Intuitive smooth controls. No discernible distortion, i.e. low THD. Plug-ins for every use.

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Works well, paired with Polk RTi A3s

John from Winston Salem, NC on 1/15/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Not sure I can give this a robust review, but I have this unit paired with Polk ATi A3 speakers and the combination sounds great. I purchased the combination mostly for music listening and am very pleased after having tried and returned the Klipsch self powered RP15s and the Bose Soundtouch II 30. The Onkyo/Polk combo sounds great and was a good deal. I tried to follow the instructions and after fumbling through things, I was able to hook it up to my Ethernet network and download the Onkyo Controller app. I am able to play Spotify and Pandora and control things from my iPhone. I haven't tried to connect any other inputs yet. The Crutchfield rep was wonderful. Thanks.

Pros: Bought for music listening, mostly with Spotify and Pandora and to connect via Ethernet to my network. Seems to work well for that.

Cons: I was able to get things working, but it didn't go exactly as the instructions indicated. Worked after turning unit off and back on.

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Anonymous from Breckenridge, MN on 1/8/2018

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Great product for the price and it fits my needs. I wanted the WiFi and tune in app. Easy to figure out. Plenty of power for everything, in addition plenty plugins to add more products.

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Anonymous from Dekalb, IL on 1/4/2018

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I bought this unit to replace an Onkyo 8150 that suddenly died. This is a much improved receiver as compared to the 8150. The network and Bluetooth both seem to work more smoothly than the old one. The sound is about the same as far as I can tell. That's a good thing because I thought the old receiver sounded great. I think this is a good choice for the person who is looking for a two channel receiver for music. I have it connected to a turntable, a CD player, Bluetooth for my phone and computer. It does everything that I would expect. The only reason I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars is because I'm a little disappointed that my old Onkyo dies so soon. It was only about 6 or 7 years old.

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need extender

Paris from Denver, CO on 12/30/2017

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The wifi does not connect. I need to know what kind of extender is needed for my situation.

Pros: Good connections, east to set up.

Cons: Needs a wifi extender for my router which is about 20 feet away.

Love the built-in WIFI & Bluetooth

Anonymous from Minneapolis, MN on 12/28/2017

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Great receiver. Easy to set up. Love the built-in WIFI and Bluetooth. Quick delivery too!

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Hits all the marks

paul m from Mars, PA on 12/15/2017

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I live in a older house so the rooms are small by todays standards. We decided to replace our 20 plus year old theater system and go with a reg 2 channel stereo less speakers. I wanted a network receiver for internet radio and Bluetooth my wife has podcasts on her phone and would like to listen to them without earbuds. This unit hits the mark I went with a wired connection rather than wireless the setup was quick easy no need to enter passwords etc. We bought Def tech studio monitors 45 speakers again they're small but really sound good. Plan to add a power subwoofer later but this is a big improvement from our old Yamaha system. My wife has incredible hearing to the point I can be doing something in another room and she'll hear something and I get the what are you doing question it's really hard to slip something past her just because she hears everything. She says this system sounds really good so much better. I don't think there can be a higher compliment

Pros: Easy setup lot of nice features sounds great

Cons: Phone app works well enough just kind of slow carrying out commands so you have to give it a 5or6 seconds to carry out each command before you go to the next one

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Evan M from Parma, OH on 12/12/2017

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Great receiver! Clear and surprisingly powerful!!

Pros: A+

Cons: None so far

Pleased with Purchase

Barry from Camarillo, CA on 12/7/2017

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Great quality stereo at a nice price point. Plenty of power for driving 4 rooms. Super connectivity with almost anything but Sirius XM Radio. However, they live stream now so that's not a show stopper. Easy setup. Great sound!

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Anonymous from Woodstock, GA on 11/13/2017

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Solid stereo receiver. Best receiver with network capability and phono output. Good clean sound.

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Audio Section
Network & Tuner Functions
Bluetooth & USB Integration
Multiroom Playback
Remote & App Control
Convenience Features

Audio Section

Dynamic Audio Amplification: Rated at 80 watts (8 Ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.08% THD, 2 Channels Driven, FTC), the TX-8260 is Onkyo's best stereo receiver for driving speakers. This amp system generates high current with a massive transformer and audio-grade capacitors. Circuitry features discrete output transistors for low distortion and effortless driving power. High current assures accurate control, restoring energy and vitality to your music. Non-phase-shift circuitry, meanwhile, focuses the audio image and reproduces a  wide frequency bandwidth to maximize Hi-Res Audio and vinyl playback.

  • Massive Hi-Current EI Transformer: The Massive Hi-Current EI Transformer delivers large amounts of power necessary for reproducing the wide dynamics of movie soundtracks and the detail and clarity of your music.
  • Non-Phase-Shift Amp Design: The receiver employs a Non-Phase-Shift amp design which prevents phase shift by pushing the roll-off point higher than the listening-level frequency. This creates a well-focuses and realistic audio image.
  • Optimum Gain Volume Circuitry: Optimum Gain Volume Circuitry adjusts the gain so that less than half the amount of attenuation is needed, ensuring the signal never comes close to the noise floor. This protects the signal against noise, resulting in a dramatically clearer sound.

384kHz/32-Bit DAC: A384kHz/32-bit DAC (AK4452VN) from AKM features unique low-distortion filtering technologies ideally suited to the extended frequency response of Hi-Res Audio files. Excellent S/N and low-noise performance assures clear analog conversion of any digital source.

Tone Controls w/ Direct Mode: You can independently adjust the Bass (90Hz) and Treble (7.5kHz) of the receiver's Front L/R channels from -10 to +10 dB. In Direct mode, the receiver outputs pure sound as it was intended by bypassing the tone control circuits during playback.

Analog & Digital Audio Inputs: The Onkyo TX-8260 stereo receiver is outfitted with both analog & digital audio inputs.

  • Analog Inputs + Phono (MM): There are seven stereo RCA inputs, including a Phono (MM) input with ground terminal.
  • Digital Inputs: The Onkyo stereo receiver features four digital audio inputs. There are two optical (toslink) digital inputs and two coaxial (RCA) digital inputs. The receiver's digital inputs support 2ch PCM audio signals only. Supported sampling rates include 32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, and 192kHz; with a bit-depth of 16-bit, 20-bit, or 24-bit.

Analog Audio Outputs: The Onkyo TX-8260 is outfitted with the following analog audio outputs.

  • Binding-Post A/B Speaker Terminals: There are binding-post terminals for the A/B speaker terminals. The binding post terminals will accept bare-wire, pin-connectors, and banana plugs (single only). Use 4- to 16-ohm speakers.
  • Subwoofer Output: The receiver is fitted with a mono-subwoofer output to connect a powered sub for extra bass.
  • Headphones: When headphones are plugged into the full-size 1/4" jack on the front panel, all the main speakers are automatically muted.
  • Line Output: There is a stereo RCA line output for connecting a recording device.

Impedance Switch: If you're using only one of the speaker sets (A or B), choose the 4Ω setting if each speaker's impedance is 4Ω to less than 6Ω, or choose the 6Ω setting if each speaker's impedance is 6Ω or more. If you're using both of the speaker sets (A & B), choose the 4Ω setting if each speaker's impedance is 8 to 16Ω.

Volume Setup: The Onkyo stereo receiver provides the following volume settings.

  • IntelliVolume: With IntelliVolume, you can set the input level for each input (+/-12dB) selector individually. This is useful if one of your source components is louder or quieter than the others. This function does not work in Zone 2.
  • Maximum Volume: Use this feature to set the receiver's maximum volume level. This feature is useful to avoid turning the volume too loud by mistake. You can set the Max Volume from 50-99 (max), or Off (default value).
  • Power On Volume: Use this feature to set the volume level when the power is turned on. You can choose between Last (same as the volume when the unit was turned off), Min (0.5), Custom (0.5-99.5), or Max (99.5).
  • Headphone Level: With this setting, you can specify the headphone volume (+/-12dB) relative to the main volume. This is useful if there's a volume difference between your speakers and your headphones.

Network & Tuner Functions

Wired or Wireless Network Connection: The Onkyo TX-8260 stereo receiver supports a wired Ethernet (RJ-45) or wireless WiFi (802.11 a/b/g/n; 2.4/5GHz) network connection. Via the stereo receiver's network connection, you can enjoy music files stored on your computer and listen to internet radio through a variety of online music services.

  • Ethernet (LAN) Jack: The Onkyo stereo receiver is equipped with an Ethernet (RJ-45) jack for connecting the player to your home network and computer. Connecting the A/V receiver's Ethernet port to a 100Base-TX switched Ethernet network is recommended for best results. Use a shielded CAT-5 Ethernet cable to connect the receiver to your home network.
  • Built-in Wireless LAN: The stereo receiver also features built-in WiFi that allows you to wirelessly connect to your home network, so you can enjoy the benefits of a cable-free network environment. A wireless connection requires a home network with a WiFi-enabled access point (IEEE 802.11 b/g/n; 2.4/5GHz). Supports WPS, WEP, and WPA security.

DLNA Certified: Because the TX-8260 is DLNA (ver.15) certified, you can play back music files stored on your Windows  PC (w/ Windows Media Player 11 or 12) or a DLNA compliant media server through the stereo receiver. You can control basic playback functions of your music library from the included remote control; such as Folder/File Select, Play/Pause, Stop, Fast Forward/Rewind, Previous/Next Track, and Repeat/Random. Compatible music files include -

  • Hi-Res Music Files: AIFF (8/16/24-bit; 44.1-192kHz), FLAC (8/16/24-bit; 44.1-192kHz), WAV (8/16/24-bit; 44.1-192kHz), DSD (1-bit; 2.8/5.6/11.2MHz)
  • Lossless: ALAC (16/24-bit; 44.1-96kHz)
  • Low-Res Music Files: MP3 (8-320kbps; 44.1-48kHz), WMA (5-320kbps; 44.1-48kHz), AAC (8-320kbps; 44.1-96kHz)

Built-in Online Music Services: The Onkyo TX-8260 offers several built-in internet radio & online music services through its wired or wireless network connection.

  • TuneIn: With more than 100,000 radio stations and 2 million on-demand programs registered, TuneIn is a service where you can enjoy music, sports and news from all over the world.
  • Pandora: Pandora is a personalized Internet radio service that plays the music you know and helps you discover music you'll love. You can select Internet radio stations by Artist, Song, or Genre.
  • Tidal: Tidal is a global streaming service that offers over 30 million songs in high-fidelity CD sound quality. Tidal has two pricing tiers; either $9.99 or $19.99 a month. Both pricing levels allow you to access Tidal's entire music library. The $19.99 tier has the added benefit of high-fidelity sound at CD-level quality.
  • Deezer: Deezer is an online music service offering over 43 million tracks starting at $9.99 a month. Discover the perfect playlist or make your own, as well as browse curated collections by genre.

Spotify Connect: The integration of Spotify Connect will enable Spotify Premium users to instantly select and wirelessly stream music to the Onkyo stereo receiver from within the Spotify app (Apple iOS or Android). Spotify is a digital music service that gives you on-demand access to one of the largest music libraries in the world (over 15 million tracks and counting). Spotify makes it easier than ever to discover, manage, and share music with your friends. You can browse music by artist, album, track, or most popular; and create your own music library with customized playlists.

Chromecast Built-In: Chromecast built-in lets you instantly stream a variety of music apps from your Apple (iOS 7.0+) or Android (OS 2.3+) mobile device to the Onkyo stereo receiver. Chromecast built-in works over WiFi and allows you to connect more than one device at a time to the receiver, as well as control what's playing from anywhere in the house with your compatible mobile device.

  • Supported Content: Chromecast built-in offers Internet Radio apps like TuneIn & iHeart Radio; plus online music service apps like Pandora, Spotify (requires Premium subscription), Tidal, Google Play Music, and more.  Click here for a complete list of compatible apps. You can even wirelessly stream exactly what's playing on your Android phone or tablet through the Onkyo receiver. Or, if you're on your laptop or computer, you can also cast any music streaming website through the Chrome browser.
  • Simple-to-Use: Simply tap the Cast button from a Chromecast Built-in compatible music app to start streaming to the Onkyo receiver. You can search, browse, play, skip, and turn up the volume directly from the music apps you know and love on your compatible phone, tablet or laptop. While you cast your music, you can still use your phone to answer a phone call, play a game, send a text, and even leave the room, all without interrupting what's playing on the receiver's speaker system or draining your battery.
Note: Make sure the TX-8260 has the latest firmware/software update installed.

AirPlay Compatible: AirPlay lets you stream your favorite songs directly from your Apple iOS (4.3.3+) device or from your iTunes (10.2.2+) library on your Windows PC or Mac computer to the stereo receiver, over your home's wireless network connection. From your Apple iOS device you are able to stream stored music on your device, downloaded music apps, and music on your iCloud to the stereo receiver. From your Windows or Mac you can stream your stored iTunes music library on your computer to the stereo receiver; you can even download Apple's free Remote App onto your compatible iOS device to browse and control playback functions of the music stored in your iTunes music library on your computer that is being streamed to the stereo receiver. With AirPlay you also get to see song/artist information on the front-panel display (no album art).

AM/FM Tuner: With the built-in tuner you can enjoy AM and FM radio stations. You can store your favorite stations as presets for quick selection. You can store a combination of up to 40 of your favorite FM/AM radio stations as presets.

Bluetooth & USB Integration

Built-in Bluetooth: The Onkyo TX-8260 features built-in Bluetooth (version 4.1+LE) with support for profiles A2DP 1.2 and AVRCP 1.3. You'll be able to wirelessly stream stored music and music apps from your Bluetooth-enabled Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Android smartphone/tablet, Windows Phone/PC, & Mac laptop/computer, as well as other Bluetooth compatible devices to the Onkyo receiver. The receiver has a 48' wireless Bluetooth range.

  • SBC + AAC Codecs: In addition to support for the standard SBC Bluetooth audio codec, the TX-8260 offers support of AAC.  By supporting AAC, the receiver offers better audio performance of the music streamed from your Apple iPod, iPhone, or iPad.
  • Playback Control: You can use the receiver's IR remote control to operate basic playback functions, like Play/Pause & Previous/Next Track. Advanced music browsing will still need to be handled from your Bluetooth-enabled device.
  • Song/Artist Information: The receiver will display song/artist information on its front-panel LCD. Album Art is not supported.
Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Onkyo receiver.

Dual USB Ports: This stereo receiver is equipped with a front & rear panel USB (type-A) port that allows you to enjoy a variety of music files from a USB mass storage class memory device, such as USB thumbdrive or portable digital audio player. The unit will recognize USB MSC devices formatted in FAT16 or FAT32 with up to 20,000 music files. You can control basic playback functions of your music library from the included remote control; such as Folder/File Select, Play/Pause, Stop, Fast Forward/Rewind, Previous/Next Track, and Repeat/Random. USB portable audio players that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the AV receiver's USB port (Front = 5V/1A, Rear = 5V/0.5A); even in standby mode. Compatible music files include -

  • Hi-Res Music Files: AIFF (8/16/24-bit; 44.1-192kHz), ALAC (16/24-bit; 44.1-192kHz), FLAC (8/16/24-bit; 44.1-192kHz), WAV (8/16/24-bit; 44.1-192kHz), DSD (1-bit; 2.8/5.6MHz)
  • Low-Res Music Files: MP3 (8-320kbps; 44.1-48kHz), WMA (5-320kbps; 44.1-48kHz), AAC (8-320kbps; 44.1-96kHz)
Notes: USB hubs and USB devices with hub functions are not supported. MP3 players containing music files that are managed with special music software are not supported. Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad and  Android devices are not supported via USB.

Multiroom Playback

Zone 2: In addition to the main listening room, you can also enjoy audio playback from a different source in another room of your home using the receiver's Zone 2 line-level outputs. By using the Zone 2 line-level outputs on the TX-8260, you can connect an external receiver or integrated amplifier in a second room, allowing you to listen to 2ch stereo in the main room and play a different 2ch audio source in another room of your home. The volume of Zone 2 can be controlled from the Onkyo receiver or from your add-on integrated amplifier. Tuner, Analog, USB, Network (not DSD), and Bluetooth audio sources can be sent to Zone 2.

  • Compatible Sources: Tuner, Analog, USB, Network, and Bluetooth audio sources can be played back in Zone 2.
  • Incompatible Sources: Optical and Coaxial digital audio input sources cannot be played back in Zone 2. DSD audio files cannot be played back in Zone 2.
Notes:
  • As for Network, USB, and Bluetooth sources; you cannot select different inputs for the main room and Zone 2. For example, if a Network source been selected in the main room and then Bluetooth is selected as playback source in Zone 2, the input in the main room will also change to the Bluetooth source.
  • When listening to AM/FM radio, you cannot select different stations for the main room and Zone 2.

Google Home Multiroom: Using the Google Home app for Apple iOS 8.0+ and Android OS 4.0.3+, you can sync multiple speakers with Chromecast built-in in multiple rooms of your home to play the same song from a Chromecast built-in music app throughout your house at the same time. Friends and family can even use their own Chromecast compatible phone or tablet to cast music to your system by connecting to your home's WiFi network.

FireConnect MultiRoom Audio: FireConnect powered by Blackfire mirrors network audio sources and any external analog source playing through the receiver (from streaming audio to vinyl) on optional FireConnect/Blackfire wireless speakers (such as the Onkyo NCP-302, sold separately). Sampling rates up to 48 kHz are supported. FireConnect powered by Blackfire is stable, fast, and easy to control with Onkyo's Controller app for Apple iOS and Android.

Note: Make sure the Onkyo receiver has the latest firmware/software update installed. Onkyo cannot guarantee the compatibility with other devices featuring FireConnect or Blackfire.

DTS Play-Fi (Firmware Update Available): DTS Play-Fi combines DTS and WiFi to wirelessly stream high quality audio through out your home using the Play-Fi app for Apple iOS 8.0+, Android OS 4.0+, & Windows 7 PC or later. Supported music formats up to 24-bit/192kHz (including MP3, AAC, FLAC, WAV) are wirelessly streamed to the receiver at up to 24-bit/96kHz (Critical Listening Mode) or to multiple DTS Play-Fi players up to 16-bit/48kHz (CD quality sound). You can connect multiple DTS Play-Fi products together from different brands and manufacturers on the same home network to create a whole-home streaming experience. Play the same source in every room or a different song in each room. Due to the bandwidth limitations of most wireless networks, no more than 16 wireless DTS Play-Fi products on a single WiFi network at one given time is recommended. DTS Play-Fi has a range of up to 100' from your wireless router. Compatible sources include -

  • Source Devices: DTS Play-Fi provides you with the ability to stream your music wirelessly in high-quality lossless audio from Apple iOS & Android devices, Windows laptops & desktop computers, as well as DLNA-servers on your existing home WiFi network to the Onkyo receiver. Up to eight separate wireless source devices, each with its own source, are supported simultaneously and any wireless source device can stream to eight DTS Play-Fi playback devices.
  • Online Music Services: DTS Play-Fi enables wireless audio streaming from the world's most popular music services & internet radio, including - Pandora, Spotify Connect, SiriusXM, TIDAL, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, Napster, & more.
Note: All DTS Play-Fi enabled products work seamlessly together, so there's no hassle adding more components, or choosing more than one audio brand like Klipsch, Martin Logan, Definitive Technology, Polk Audio, Phorus, Wren, etc..) in your home.

Sonos Connect Ready (Firmware Update Available):  Instantly upgrade the music streaming capability of your Onkyo receiver with Sonos Connect (sold separately) and a free over-the-network firmware update. With the Sonos Connect connected to the Onkyo receiver via a set of stereo RCA cable, the audio system you've built around the receiver can now be part of a Sonos Wireless Multiroom Audio System (components sold separately). After a simple set up, the Onkyo receiver will seamlessly tie into Sonos, instantly turning on from network standby, changing inputs and playing at the volume you command through the Sonos controller app on your compatible Apple iOS or Android device.

  • Functionality: Once the Onkyo receiver is connected to the Sonos Connect you will be able to send any music or source on the Sonos app to the receiver. You will also be able to group the receiver to other Sonos devices on the network or use it independently. Whenever you start playing music back from your Sonos app and the Onkyo receiver is selected, the receiver will automatically turn on and switch to the correct input.
  • Compatibility: The Onkyo receiver can be used with the Sonos One, Play:1, Play:3, Play:5 or any combination of these speakers (all sold separately). You can even use the Onkyo receiver with a Playbar or Playbase (sold separately) that is located in a different room. Just remember that you need to have a Sonos Connect to connect the Onkyo receiver to the Sonos multiroom audio system.
Note: Click here to learn even more about Onkyo and Sonos working together to give you the ultimate home theater and multiroom audio experience.

Remote & App Control

Onkyo Controller App: The Onkyo Controller app (for Apple iOS 8.0+ & Android OS 4.0.3) features an intuitive, user-friendly interface that allows you to conveniently operate the Onkyo receiver from your compatible Apple iOS or Android device. This app not only has the usual remote control functions, it also has a multiroom functionality for Zone 2 and wireless multiroom audio setups.

  • Remote Control: You can operate general control functions (play/stop, control the volume, select the input source, etc.) from your compatible smartphone or tablet.
  • Streaming Audio: Lets you play audio from built-in music streaming services (such as Pandora, Spotify, TIDAL), the music library on your Apple iOS or Android device, and your Windows PC or other DLNA-compatible server.  You can also access music from Bluetooth and USB source devices.
  • Multiroom Audio: Provides control over Zone 2 and wireless multiroom audio (such as FireConnect by Blackfire).

Google Home Voice Commands: With a Google Home voice-activated speaker (sold separately - see Accessories Tab) and the Google Home App (for Apple iOS 8.0+ or Android OS 4.2+), you can use your voice to control select functions of the Onkyo stereo receiver. With a simple voice command, you can play music from Chromecast compatible music services by artist, song, genre, album, playlist, mood or activity. You can also turn up the volume, skip to the next track, or stop the music - all without lifting a finger.

Remote Control: The receiver comes with an IR remote control for wireless operation of this receiver. The TX-8260 also contains RI Control & IR Remote connections. The 3.5mm IR input jack allows you to control the receiver without line-of-sight access using an optional IR remote control system and locating the remote sensor in sight. The 3.5mm IR output jack allows you to send the control signals to an additional components. The 1/8" RI remote control jack allows you to connect this receiver to other compatible Onkyo components.

Web Control: When connected to your home's wired or wireless network, you can setup the Onkyo stereo receiver with the web control screen displayed in your PC's web browser. 

Convenience Features

Gapless Playback: Many live and classical albums have no gaps in the music. Gapless playback ensures that there are no pauses between audio files. This provides playback with no interruptions, the way it was meant to be heard. Compatible with WAV, FLAC, and ALAC music files via USB.

Name Edit: You can enter a custom name for each individual input selector and radio preset for easy identification. When entered, the custom name will appear on the display. This function cannot be used for the Network and Bluetooth input selectors.

Display Dimmer: The front-panel display brightness has three settings - Dim, Dimmer, and Normal.

Auto Standby & Sleep Timer: The stereo receiver will automatically go into Standby mode, if there is no operation for 20 minutes with no audio signal input. The Sleep Timer can be set to automatically turn off the receiver after 30, 60, or 90 minutes.

Firmware Updates: Future firmware updates are available from the Onkyo website through the receiver's Network or USB connection. Visit Onkyo's online Download Center for the latest firmware updates.

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