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Old 08-28-2016, 10:55 PM
 
Location: Oklahoma City area
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Last year we bought an Onkyo Model TK-NR535 AV Receiver. We bought it so we could play music through our house's built-in speakers but we never hooked it up. Now, after buying a new Smart TV (smarter than we are), we decided it's time to use the thing. We've read the basic manual and looked online but we still don't understand exactly what it does and how to make it do it. We are OLD and have no grandchildren to teach us. Can someone help us understand this thing? (in plain, old-person language). Thanks!
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Old 08-29-2016, 07:28 AM
 
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Why use it now? You obviously have not missed its functionality. These things do a lot, but these days its functions are mostly obsolete unless you're into surround sound (AKA 5.1 or 7.1). Other things it does, like switching among sources, are handled by the TV these days.

I'd venture to say there are millions of these things sitting under TV, whose settings have never been touched. They sit there as an interface between the sound source, often the TV, and the speakers, in someone's surround sound setup. All the advanced features, like radio, source switching, sound field shaping (don't ask...) and such go unused.

Your best bet may be to sell it, but don't expect to get much.
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Old 08-29-2016, 12:12 PM
 
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The primary function of a receiver is provide a place to plug in a source for audio and to power the speakers. A TV for example would not have the power for many larger speakers. You run the audio cable to the receiver so it can power the speakers.
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Old 08-29-2016, 12:54 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Well ... do you still want to use your house's built-in speakers? This receiver will provide power and direct the source of the audio to it.
You can connect all your video sources to it too (TV, cable, DVR, DVD players, game consoles, etc).

Pages 3-5 of the manual (http://www.intl.onkyo.com/downloads/..._manual_en.pdf) gives you the basics of the connections.

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Old 08-29-2016, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Sugarmill Woods , FL
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The AV receiver you have is probably actually an Onkyo TX-NR535 not TK (nice unit by the way). http://www.onkyousa.com/Products/mod...class=Receiver You could call a local home theater system installer, or a place like Best Buy geek squad. That way you will get your system set up like it should be, without having to learn all about how to do this yourself. Installers will actually teach you how to operate the system. Best of luck and enjoy!
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Old 08-29-2016, 04:16 PM
 
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This video might give some tips if your speakers are built-in. There are a lot of videos on YouTube like this. I put your receiver model in the search, but found mostly open the box and ooh and aah videos.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qF2P34k7RU
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Old 08-29-2016, 08:40 PM
 
Location: Sarasota FL
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I have a TX NR626. It is the entry level receiver with a phono in jack. Somewhere in your house, usually on the living room wall where a TV would be is a junction box for the whole house speakers. Look in the receiver manual where it shows how to use the A or B speaker selection. A is for the main speakers for the receiver and TV. B is for the whole house speakers. Look at the page that shows the rear of the receiver. It will show where speaker wires are connected for main left/right, main rear left/right, center and woofer. Follow instruction for not using center or woofer. There should also be jacks for the 'B' house speakers. I don't know if the 535 has an 'ARC' but if it does and so does your TV, A HDMI cable from TV HDMI2 to the receiver 'ARC' will automatically switch to [when on] receiver speakers.
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Old 09-02-2016, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Diaspora
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I have a TX NR626. It is the entry level receiver with a phono in jack. Somewhere in your house, usually on the living room wall where a TV would be is a junction box for the whole house speakers. Look in the receiver manual where it shows how to use the A or B speaker selection. A is for the main speakers for the receiver and TV. B is for the whole house speakers. Look at the page that shows the rear of the receiver. It will show where speaker wires are connected for main left/right, main rear left/right, center and woofer. Follow instruction for not using center or woofer. There should also be jacks for the 'B' house speakers. I don't know if the 535 has an 'ARC' but if it does and so does your TV, A HDMI cable from TV HDMI2 to the receiver 'ARC' will automatically switch to [when on] receiver speakers.
A question to ask the OP: Does the TV have ARC?
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Old 09-02-2016, 04:03 PM
 
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
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It acts as both a preamplifier and amplifier (an integrated amplifier), and will have analog inputs that connect to the audio-out of your TV and it will also have analog outputs to speakers. What you need to do is find out what type of analog signal the TV puts out and the type of cabling needed to run from the TV to the receiver. Then you'll need to hook up your external speakers to the receiver.

Yes, get someone to help you.
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