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Onkyo AVRs To Add MHL, InstaPrevue

12/21/2011 12:20:12 PM Eastern
Osaka, Japan - Onkyo's 2012 line of A/V receivers will incorporate Silicon Image's InstaPrevue technology as well as HDMI ports enhanced with Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) technology, Onkyo announced.

When consumers connect an MHL-compatible smartphone or tablet to an MHL-equipped AV receiver or directly to an MHL-equipped TV, they can stream 1080p HD video and 7.1-channel surround sound from the mobile device to their home theater system. The HDMI port of the AV receiver or TV will also charge the portable device, and consumers will be able to use their TV or AVR remote to control the playback of content streamed from their MHL-enabled mobile device.

With Silicon Image's InstaPrevue technology, the Onkyo AVRs will deliver live picture-in-picture previews of video sources connected via HDMI inputs and MHL-enabled HDMI inputs. Video sources include Blu-ray Disc players, game consoles, settop boxes, and MHL-enabled tablets and smartphones. The technology makes it unnecessary for consumers to choose HDMI1, HDMI2, or HDMI3 inputs through a text-based menu if they want to switch among video sources, Onkyo said.

Onkyo is the first home audio supplier to announce plans for products with MHL-enhanced HDMI ports. In the TV market, nine Samsung TVs already available in the U.S. can have their HDMI ports upgraded to add MHL compatibility once a firmware upgrade is installed, the MHL Consortium said. The upgrade, which is available, can be downloaded directly from the Internet if the TV is connected to a home network, or it can be installed via a USB port.

Worldwide, 23 smartphones feature MHL technology, and many are available in the U.S., including the Samsung Galaxy S II, Samsung Infuse, and HTC's EVO 3D, the Consortium said. The HTC Flyer and EVO 3D View 4G tablets also feature MHL and are available in the U.S.

Adapters are available to connect MHL-equipped mobile devices to TVs and AVRs that lack MHL technology, providing all of the features that MHL enables, the Consortium noted.

Silicon Image's InstaPrevue technology will be demonstrated at CES in a private booth in South Hall 2. Onkyo will demonstrate both technologies at a public suite at the Venetian.
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