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Onkyo Adds 2 Networked AVRs

6/29/2010 06:18:26 PM Eastern

Upper Saddle River, N.J.
- Onkyo announced two new high-end networked A/V receivers (AVR) for August
availability at a suggested $2,099 and $2,699, joining six previously announced
AVRs priced from $299 to $1,399.

Compared
with their predecessors, the $2,099 TX-NR3008 and $2,699 TX-NR5008 add such
features as 3D-ready HDMI 1.4a inputs and outputs, HDMI Audio Return Channel,
HDMI Thru, iPhone/iPod-compatible USB connection, analog RGB input for
connection to a PC, and overlaid graphical OSD.

The
9.2-channel models feature eight 3D-ready HDMI 1.4a inputs, dual HDMI 1.4a
outputs with Audio Return Channel function, THX Ultra2 Plus certification,
Audyssey DSX and Dolby Pro Logic IIz post processing, HQV-Reon VX 1080p up-scaling
of all video inputs and ISF video calibration.

HDMI Thru
simplifies home-theater connections by letting video content pass through to a
connected TV while the receivers are in standby mode. The overlaid graphical
OSD lets users control settings via a connected TV even while a video program
is playing.

 Networking features in the two new models
include Windows 7 compatibility and DLNA 1.5 certification to stream music from
a networked PC in such formats as FLAC, MP3, WAV, Ogg Vorbis, WMA, WMA Lossless,
AAC and LPCM. Through a networked broadband modem, the AVRs stream Internet
radio stations through the vTuner service as well as Internet music services
from MediaFly, Pandora, Rhapsody, Napster, Slacker and Sirius Internet Radio.

Other
features include DSD decoding for SACD playback and Audyssey MultEQ XT
room-response correction.

A month
ago, Onkyo
announced
three models at suggested
retails of $899 to $1,399, all due to ship in July. They and three new models
shipping earlier this year at $299 to $599 were the brand's first AVRs with
HDMI 1.4a inputs and outputs, HDMI Thru and HDMI Audio Return channel function.

  The July models, also certified as Windows 7-
and DLNA 1.5-compatible, bring the opening price of a networked Onkyo AVR with
Internet radio capability to $899 from the previous line's $1,099. They access
vTuner-supplied Internet radio stations as well as the Internet music services
accessed by the two new models due in August.

The three
July models were also the brand's first to be announced with RGB inputs and
iPhone/iPod-compatible USB port. The July models also features THX Select2 Plus
certification, 1080p video up-scaling of all video inputs via Faroudja DCDi
Cinema technology, and the Dolby Pro Logic IIz and Audyssey DSX post-processing
technologies.

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