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
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
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
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.
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.