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More Connectivity Comes To AVRs

6/02/2013 08:00:00 PM Eastern

NEW YORK — Onkyo, Integra and Harman Kardon have upgraded the connectivity features in newly released A/V receivers (AVRs).

Onkyo, for example, increased its selection of A/V receivers with builtin stereo Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Integra launched its first receiver with built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. And a trio of A/V receivers launched by Harman Kardon feature the brand’s first two models with embedded stereo Bluetooth and first two models with MHL/HDMI ports, which are also Roku-enabled.

Here’s what the brands unveiled:

Onkyo: The brand increased its selection of A/V receivers with built-in stereo Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to four models with the launch of the $1,099-suggested 7.2-channel TX-NR828 and $1,399 9.2-channel TXNR929.

They join the $599 7.2-channel TXNR626 and $899 7.2-channel TXNR727, announced in March.

All four networked models feature Wi- Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, DLNA networking and Internet radio.

The two new models and the NR727 are THX Select2 Plus certified.

In other feature changes, the 9.2-channel NR929 at $1,399 brings down the opening price of the full 11-channel implementation of DTS Neo:X post processing to $1,399 from the TX-NR3010’s $2,299.

Both feature HDMI input with Mobile High-definition Link (MHL), which lets mobile devices send 1080p video with 7.1-channel surround sound to a home theater system, charges the mobile device, and enables control of A/V playback from the AVR’s remote.

Harman Kardon: A trio of A/V receivers launched by Harman Kardon reduce the brand’s opening price point for networked AVRs to $299 from $499, feature the brand’s first two models with embedded stereo Bluetooth, and include the brand’s first two models with MHL/HDMI ports. The MHL ports are Rokuenabled.

One model at $549 adds Apple AirPlay.

The three models in the new AVR 1x10 series are the $299-suggested AVR 1510, $399 AVR 1610 and $549 AVR 1710.

The two models with Bluetooth and MHL are the $399 and $549 models. The latter adds AirPlay.

The back-panel Roku-enabled MHL/ HDMI port enables users to connect a Roku Streaming Stick to access Roku’s more than 750 video channels directly from the AVR’s remote.

Integra: The networked $1,000 DTR- 30.5 is the brand’s first receiver with built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It is also Integra’s first AVR with 4K passthrough and up-scaling for Ultra High-Definition video displays.

At press time Pioneer debuted two home-theater A/V receivers and Yamaha added two 9.2- and one 7.2.-channel network A/V receivers to its Aventage line.

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