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Upper Saddle River, N.J. - Onkyo said Tuesday it is now shipping its latest "high-performance" BD-Live-enabled Blu-ray Disc player, and a pair of Blu-ray-ready home-theater systems to support it.
The single-disc player, model DV-BD507 (shipping now at a $449 suggested retail), outputs FullHD 1080p video and multichannel audio over its HDMI 1.3a digital output.
The player supports the Deep Color and x.v. Color specifications of HDMI 1.3a and will display standard DVD with internal up-scaling to 1080p. It will also play back AVCHD video files stored on SD or SDHC cards or DVD-R/RW discs.
The player will support BD-Live (Profile 2.0) extra content with a wired or Wi-Fi (adapter optional) Ethernet connection to an in-home network, and the addition of an optional 1GB or larger SD/SDHC memory card.
The DV-BD507 will also play back CDs.
To make use of the DV-BD507's multichannel audio capabilities, Onkyo is also shipping is a pair of home-theater systems, models HT-S7200 ($899 suggested retail) and HT-S6200 ($699).
Both offer 7.1-channel surround sound and advanced A/V processing.
Each unit features receivers with FullHD 1080p HDMI inputs, 130 watt-per-channel amplification, processing for all advanced surround-sound formats, and the option of incorporating front-height channel reproduction with Dolby's ProLogic IIz processing.
Each package also ships with a 7.1-channel speaker package, including an active subwoofer, and Onkyo's U-Port single-cable iPod dock and charging system.
The Onkyo HT-S7200 and HT-S6200 include five and four HDMI 1.3a inputs, respectively, and are compatible with 1080p HD video.
The HT-S7200 adds up-scaling of component and composite video sources to 1080i, including Faroudja DCDi Edge de-interlacing. Audio processing/decoding is included for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio lossless audio formats, as well as the latest Dolby ProLogic IIz algorithm, which introduces a third dimension to surround sound through the addition of a pair of height channels above the front left and right channel speakers.
The seven speakers and subwoofer in both systems ship in gloss-black finishes.
The HT-S7200 speaker system features dual-drive tallboy front speakers consisting of dual 3.25-inch woofers and a 1-inch balanced dome tweeter.
The speaker system in the HT-S7200 package is also available separately as the SKS-HT870 ($499).
The HT-S6200 incorporates bookshelf-sized speakers with single 4-inch woofers and 1-inch balanced dome tweeter on the three front speakers and 3.25-inch full-range speakers for the surrounds. Both include a 230-watt bass reflex subwoofer with a 10-inch woofer.
Three acoustic-correction technologies are incorporated in both systems, including the Audyssey's 2EQ room correction and calibration system, Dynamic EQ and Dynamic Volume systems.
When used in combination with the 2EQ system, the latter is said to "dynamically adjust the receiver's output to correct for room acoustics, listening position and playback-level variations."
Also included in both packages is Onkyo's Universal Port (U-Port) which enables one-cable connection for the included UP-A1 iPod dock. This control and charging dock integrates both audio and video playback from Apple iPhone or iPod portable devices.
The U-Port connection can also provide a one-cable connection to the company's optional HD-Radio tuner, making it simple to bring this new transmission format to the home theater.
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