At CES, Onkyo introduced a trio of high performance, THX-certified A/V components. More often than not, THX-certified components tend to be flagship models and in terms of features sets and performance specifications these new Onkyo components certainly qualify as top-tier components. Yet surprisingly they also seem very competitively priced—especially so in light of the breadth of features and overall level of quality on offer.
Headlining the list is Onkyo’s PR-SC5507 9.2-channel, THX Ultra2 Plus-certified A/V controller, which features Silicon Optix HQV video processing, ISF certification, support for advanced Dolby/DTS/THX surround sound codecs, the Audyssey MultEQ XT room/speaker equalization system with Audyssey DSX (that is, “height channel”) support. The PR-SC5507 is also DLNA 1.5 compliant and ready for use in connection with Windows 7 PCs. The SC5507 features both single-ended (RCA jack) and balanced (XLR connector) analog audio outputs. The price: $2600.
Next up is the elegant yet beefy PA-MC5500, a THX Ultra2 Plus-certified 9-channel power amplifier that puts out a healthy 150 Watts/channel, and features both single-ended and balanced analog audio inputs. The price: a very reasonable $1700.
Though certainly not inexpensive, the combination of the PC-SC5507 A/V controller and PA-MC5500 multichannel (with an MSRP of $4300 for both pieces) promises more features and greater performance potential than some of the flagship A/V receivers on today’s market, and at a lower price.
Rounding out the package is Onkyo’s DB-SP807 Blu-ray player, which features a robust chassis and drive mechanism, THX-certification, and 7.1-channel analog audio outputs. The price: $800.
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