Onkyo Drops Networked-AVR Price To $399

By Joseph Palenchar On Feb 21 2011 - 6:01am




UPPER SADDLE RIVER, N.J. – Onkyo is bringing down the price of networking and iPod USB interfaces in its A/V receivers (AVRs) with the launch of a trio of models priced at a suggested $299, $399 and $599.

The features were previously available in U.S.-market Onkyo AVRs starting at $899, the company said.

Separately, the company launched two new opening-price HTiBs, which take the form of AVR/ speaker packages, and a new iPod/iPhone dock.

All products will be available in April.

The two networked AVRs are the $599 7.2-channel TX-NR609 and the $399 5.1-channel TX-NR509. They stream Internet radio and networked-PC audio, feature DLNA certification, and provide Windows 7 compatibility. For these and future networked AVRs, the company will offer its first Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n dongle to provide a wireless connection to a home network. The $39-suggested dongle will also enable remote control of the AVRs from an iPod Touch or iPhone equipped with a free new Onkyo app.

These two receivers and the $299 5.1-channel TX-SR309 also feature a front-panel Made for iPod/iPhone USB interface.

All three, which will be available at retail in early April, have HDMI 1.4a inputs and outputs, HDMI Thru and HDMI audio return channel. They also feature lossless Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding, an overlaid onscreen display and new front-panel design.

The $599 TX-NR609 adds THX Select2 Plus certification and Audyssey DSX and Dolby Pro Logic IIz post-processing technology.

Other TX-NR609 features include Marvell Qdeo technology to up-scale video signals to 4K resolution. It’s the world’s first receiver with the Qdeo technology, Onkyo said. Other NR609 features include six HDMI inputs (one on front), a universal port for Onkyo-branded peripheral devices, and Powered Zone 2. The TX-NR609 also features PC-compatible analog RGB video input, letting users send the video signal from a notebook or desktop PC directly to the AVR, which carries the video signal via HDMI to an HD TV.

The NR609 also incorporates Audyssey’s 2EQ roomcorrection technology, Dynamic Volume, and Dynamic EQ technologies and a new overlaid graphical GUI to enable in-session settings adjustments.

For its part, the TX-NR509 lacks 4K video up-scaling and Audyssey DSX and Dolby Pro Logic IIz. It comes with four HMDI inputs.

The opening-price 5.1-channel TX-SR309 lacks networking, Zone 2 output and Audyssey equalization features.

In another introduction, Onkyo launched two new openingprice HTiBs at a suggested $379 and $599 with a few more features than their predecessors. The $599 price point gets an audio-only iPod/USB port for the first time. Both take the form of A/V receiver/speaker packages.

The company also launched a new iPod/iPhone dock that adds compatibility with the latest Apple devices and can be used with the HTiBs and AVRs.

The dock is the $139-suggested DS-A4, which comes with remote, composite- and component-video outputs, stereo audio outputs, iPod/iPhone charging and onscreen display. The dock can be used with any receiver with stereo inputs, but when connected to the RI jack of Onkyo AVRs and HTiBs, the dock and docked devices can be controlled from the AVR or HTiB remote.

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