Upper Saddle River, NJ-based Onkyo USA today announced three network-enabled, internet radi0-capable, 9.2-channel, THX Ultra2 Plus-certified, “Double-0”-Series A/V receivers: the TX-NR1007 ($1599), TX-NR-3007 ($2099), and TX-NR5007 ($2699). Power output for the receivers, which use Onkyo’s signature WRAT (Wide Range Amplifier Technology) circuitry, is as follows: TX-NR5007 (145Wpc), TX-NR3007 (140Wpc), and TX-NR1007 (135Wpc).
Why the jump from 7.1 to 9.2 channels? The short answer is that all three new Onkyo receivers support both Dolby ProLogic IIz and Audyssey DSX surround sound processing modes—modes that build on the platform of a traditional 5.1-channel surround system but add two extra width and two extra height channels. However, the flexible Double-O-Series AVRs can apply their extra channels in other ways as well, such as bi-amplifying the main speakers in a 7.2-channel system, or running a conventional 7.2-channel system while powering a separate stereo system in a remote zone. Other combinations are also possible.
Networking capabilities: according to an Onkyo press release, “ all three new receivers include a rear-panel Ethernet port, and provide advanced networking capabilities with streaming for Pandora, Rhapsody, vTuner, and Sirius Internet Radio services.” The release goes on to add that, “each receiver is Windows 7 compatible, and carries DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) 1.5 certification…”
Video processing: according to Onkyo, the TX-NR5007 and TX-NR3007 offer eight and seven HDMI 1.3a inputs, respectively, with upscaling to 1080p/24 via an HQV Reon video processor. The TX-NR1007, in turn, sports six HDMI inputs and offers 1080p upscaling via a Faroudja DCDi Cinema processor. All three models, says Onkyo, “include powerful ISF Certified Calibration Controls (ISFccc) for independent optimization and fine-grain adjustments of a full range of video sources, including day, night, and custom modes for each input.”
Audio processing: Onkyo uses a set of three TI Aureus DSP chips to handle audio processing in each of its new receivers, and incorporated “premium quality Burr Brown DACs” in each model (though unlike the other models, the flagship TX-NR5007 gets 32-bit Burr Br own DACs). The receivers incorporate what Onkyo terms “a full suite of acoustic setup and optimization technologies from THX (Loudness Plus) and Audyssey (MultEQ XT, Dynamic EQ, and Dynamic Volume)…” Interesting, the top TX-NR507 and TX-NR3007 models are “the first Onkyo receivers to include Dolby Volume, which maintains listening volume at a consistent level regardless of changes in the source material…”
Onkyo’s “Double-0”-series A/V receivers will become available in September 2009.
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