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Onkyo Adding TX Series AVRs

8/10/2009 02:19:58 PM Eastern

Upper Saddle River, N.J. - Onkyo is filling out its TX series of A/V receivers (AVRs) with a networked TX-NR807 at a suggested $1.099 and the non-networked TX-SR707 at a suggested $899.

The NR807, shipping this week, will be the third networked AVR announced by Onkyo to date. The others include the recently announced $1,049-suggested HT-RC180, due later in August, and the current $2,299-suggested TX-NR906, available since last year. All three feature wired Ethernet port to stream Internet radio stations through the vTuner service and stream music from networked PCs, but the new NR807 and RC180 are the company's first networked AVRs to add streaming of Internet music services. The services are Pandora, Rhapsody and Sirius Internet Radio.

With the launches, Onkyo also expands its selection of AVRs with the Dolby Pro Logic IIz and Audyssey Dynamic Surround Expansion (DSX) post-processing technologies. The technologies appear in the NR807, SR707, and the HT series RC180. All are seven-channel AVRs. Pro Logic IIz also appears in other Onkyo AVRs.

DSX adds a pair of front-height speakers, or a pair of image-widening left-right speakers, or both to traditional 5.1-speaker setups. Pro Logic IIz adds two front height channels to typical 5.1- and 7.1-channel home theater configurations to create surround systems with up to 9.1 channels. Denon also offers Audyssey DSX and Pro Logic IIz in select AVRs.

Onkyo's 7x135-watt TX-NR807 is THX Select2 Plus- and DLNA 1.5-certified by THX, and the Digital Living Network Alliance, respectively. The networked TX-NR906 and RC180 are also DLNA-certified.

Other NR807 features include six HDMI 1.3a inputs, 1080p video up-scaling of all sources using Faroudja's DCDi Cinema processor chip, decoding of Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio, MM/MC phono input, powered zone 2 and 3, multiple DC triggers, RS-232, and proprietary Universal Port for connecting an optional iPod Dock or HD Radio tuner.

The 807 also features Audyssey's MultiEQ room-error-correction technology, Dynamic Volume processing and Dynamic EQ processing.

Like the NR807, Onkyo's other new TX series AVR, the $899 TX-SR707, is THX-Select2 Plus certified and features all of the 807's high-definition audio and video processing features as the TX-NR807. The 7x100-waat AVR, however, lacks networking features, and it offers powered zone 2.

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