NEWS: Onkyo Announces Mid-Priced, THX Select2 Plus, Networking AVR

NEWS: Onkyo Announces Mid-Priced, THX Select2 Plus, Networking AVR

Upper Saddle River, NY-based Onkyo USA announced a mid-priced ($1099, MSRP), network-enabled, THX Select2 Plus-certified A/V receiver called TX-NR807, which is now shipping. Concurrent with this release, Onkyo is also introducing a very similar, but slightly lower-powered AVR, called the TX-SR707, which does not include networking capabilities and is priced even lower ($899, MSRP). The TX-NR807 puts out 7 x 135 Wpc while the TX-SR707 produces 7 x 100 Wpc. According to company press release, “The TX-NR807 and non-networking TX-SR707 …  are Onkyo’s first receivers to offer Audyssey DSX soundstage extension processing in addition to Dolby Pro Logic IIz height-capabilities.”

The Onkyo press release points out that the TX-NR807 can connect directly to the Internet or a home network via its rear-panel Ethernet port and that the receiver is “fully compatible with the Digital Living Network Alliance’s DLNA 1.5 consumer electronics interoperability specification.” What does that mean in practical terms? Onkyo explains that, “The receiver's on-screen user interface allows users direct access to Pandora, Rhapsody, Sirius Internet Radio, and vTuner streaming radio services, or to access MP3, WMA, FLAC, Lossless, Ogg Vorbis, and AAC files from any computer or storage device on the network.”

LP record enthusiasts will be pleased to learn that TX-NR807 also incorporates “an MM/MC phono input”—a relatively rare design touch and one that reflects the ongoing resurgence of popularity in vinyl playback. The receiver also includes support for the latest high-resolution surround sound codecs, including “lossless Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio.” The TX-NR807 provides a generous six HDMI 1.3a inputs and offers “ 1080p video upscaling of all sources using the powerful Faroudja DCDi Cinema processor chip.”

The TX-NR807 promises much simpler remote control programming than in earlier-generation Onkyo AVRs, because it uses the firm’s new Bi-Directional Preprogrammed RI Remote Control, which “allows users to select from an on-screen list of compatible products, and then automatically transmit the codes from the receiver to the remote control.” The remote can support up to four macro programs for “simultaneous activation of multiple components and feature sets.”

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