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Onkyo Adds First 9.2-Channel AVRs

8/24/2009 12:46:07 PM Eastern

Upper Saddle River, N.J. - Onkyo's three new top-end A/V receivers (AVRs) are the brand's first with nine amplifier channels, and they expand the audio supplier's selection of AVRs with networking, Internet streaming, ISF Certified Calibration Controls (ISFccc), and the Audyssey DSX and Dolby Pro Logic IIz post-processing technologies.

All three also feature dual independent subwoofer outputs, Windows 7 compatibility, Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) 1.5 certification and dual parallel HDMI outputs. The top two are also the brand's first AVRs with Dolby Volume.

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One of Onkyo's first three 9.2-channel AVRs is the top-end $2,699 TX-NR5007.

The THX Ultra2 Plus-certified receivers ship by the end of September at suggested retails of $2,699 for the TX-NR5007, $2,099 for the TX-NR3007 and $1,599 for the TX-NR1007.

The three new AVRs, all with ISFccc certification, expand the brand's selection of ISFccc models to three from the previous line's two and bring the opening price of the feature to $1,599 from $1,799, a spokesman said. The technology doesn't appear in the more broadly distributed HT series of AVRs.

All three new AVRs also feature networking and Internet radio. That expands the number of AVR SKUs with these features from one in the previous lineup to five in the 2009-2010 lineup, consisting of the TX and HT series. All five networked AVRs are also the brand's first to stream not just Internet radio stations but to stream Internet Radio services as well. The services are Pandora, Rhapsody and Sirius Internet Radio.

The three new AVRs also feature Audyssey DSX and Dolby ProLogic IIz, neither of which was offered in the brand's 2008-2009 lineup. With the latest announcements, the number of 2009-2010 AVRs with Audyssey DSX hits six, and the number with IIz hits eight.

The new trio also features proprietary U-Port connection to an Onkyo iPod dock and outboard HD Radio tuner, bringing the selection of U-Port-equipped AVRs to nine.

With nine channels of onboard amplification, the three AVRs' outputs can be pressed into service in multiple ways. One is to simultaneously drive a 9.2-channel speaker system employing Audyssey DSX's two front-height channels and two stereo-wide channels to complement a traditional 5.1-speaker setup. Consumers could also drive a 9.2 system incorporating a traditional 7.1 setup plus two front-height channels via Dolby Pro Logic IIz or Audyssey DSX.

The additional channels could also be used to biamplify front left-right speakers, or channels could be bridged simply to divert more power to the left-right speakers. The additional channels can also be used to drive two remote stereo zones simultaneously while 5.1-channel surround plays in the home-theater room.

All three also decode all authorized Blu-ray surround formats and feature THX Loudness Plus and Audyssey MultEQ XT room correction, Audyssey Dynamic EQ and Audyssey Dynamic Volume.

The top two models, the $2,699 TX-NR5007 and $2,099 TX-NR3007, are the first Onkyo Receivers to include Dolby Volume. These two also feature eight and seven HDMI 1.3a inputs each, respectively, including one on each front panel. The HQV Reon-VX chipset handles video processing, including up-scaling of all video inputs to 1080p/24. The TX-NR1007 features a total of six HDMI inputs on the rear panel and 1080p up-scaling via Faroudja DCDi Cinema processing.

The TX-NR5007 is rated at 9x145 watts, while the TX-NR3007 delivers 9x140 watts and the NR1007 delivers 9x135 watts. All use push-pull amplification topology, with three-stage inverted Darlington circuitry and the company's Wide Range Amplifier Technology (WRAT).

Upper Saddle River, N.J. - Three new top-end Onkyo-brand A/V receivers (AVRs) are the brand's first with nine amplifier channels, and they expand the audio supplier's selection of AVRs with networking, Internet streaming, ISF Certified Calibration Controls (ISFccc), and the Audyssey DSX and Dolby Pro Logic IIz post-processing technologies.

All three also feature dual independent subwoofer outputs, Windows 7 compatibility, Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) 1.5 certification and dual parallel HDMI outputs. The top two are also the brand's first AVRs with Dolby Volume.

The THX Ultra2 Plus-certified receivers ship by the end of September at suggested retails of $2,699 for the TX-NR5007, $2,099 for the TX-NR3007 and $1,599 for the TX-NR1007.

The three new AVRs, all with ISFccc certification, expand the brand's selection of ISFccc models to three from the previous line's two and bring the opening price of the feature to $1,599 from $1,799, a spokesman said. The technology doesn't appear in the more broadly distributed HT series of AVRs.

All three new AVRs also feature networking and Internet radio. That expands the number of AVR SKUs with these features from one in the previous lineup to five in the 2009-2010 lineup, consisting of the TX and HT series. All five networked AVRs are also the brand's first to stream not just Internet radio stations but to stream Internet Radio services as well. The services are Pandora, Rhapsody and Sirius Internet Radio.

The three new AVRs also feature Audyssey DSX and Dolby ProLogic IIz, neither of which was offered in the brand's 2008-2009 lineup. With the latest announcements, the number of 2009-2010 AVRs with Audyssey DSX hits six, and the number with IIz hits eight.

The new trio also features proprietary U-Port connection to an Onkyo iPod dock and outboard HD Radio tuner, bringing the selection of U-Port-equipped AVRs to nine.

With nine channels of onboard amplification, the three AVRs' outputs can be pressed into service in multiple ways. One is to simultaneously drive a 9.2-channel speaker system employing Audyssey DSX's two front-height channels and two stereo-wide channels to complement a traditional 5.1-speaker setup. Consumers could also drive a 9.2 system incorporating a traditional 7.1 setup plus two front-height channels via Dolby Pro Logic IIz or Audyssey DSX.

The additional channels could also be used to biamplify front left-right speakers, or channels could be bridged simply to divert more power to the left-right speakers. The additional channels can also be used to drive two remote stereo zones simultaneously while 5.1-channel surround plays in the home-theater room.

All three also decode all authorized Blu-ray surround formats and feature THX Loudness Plus and Audyssey MultEQ XT room correction, Audyssey Dynamic EQ and Audyssey Dynamic Volume.

The top two models, the $2,699 TX-NR5007 and $2,099 TX-NR3007, are the first Onkyo Receivers to include Dolby Volume. These two also feature eight and seven HDMI 1.3a inputs each, respectively, including one on each front panel. The HQV Reon-VX chipset handles video processing, including up-scaling of all video inputs to 1080p/24. The TX-NR1007 features a total of six HDMI inputs on the rear panel and 1080p up-scaling via Faroudja DCDi Cinema processing.

The TX-NR5007 is rated at 9x145 watts, while the TX-NR3007 delivers 9x140 watts and the NR1007 delivers 9x135 watts. All use push-pull amplification topology, with three-stage inverted Darlington circuitry and the company's Wide Range Amplifier Technology (WRAT).

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