Onkyo Launches AV Receiver With DTS Neo:X

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Upper Saddle River, N.J. - Onkyo plans June availability of the world's first commercially available AV receiver with DTS Neo:X post-processing technology, which was

unveiled

at January's CES.

Neo:X is promoted as the first post-processing technology to upmix stereo and multi-channel audio programs to as many as 11.1 channels. DTS Neo:X is capable of adding a pair of front-height speakers and a pair of front-wide speakers to traditional 5.1- and 7.1-channel surround-sound speaker systems.

The technology appears in the $1,399-suggested Onkyo TX-NR1009, a THX Select2 Plus Certified 9.2-channel receiver, which is network-capable.

Using the receiver's embedded amplifiers, consumers can use DTS Neo:X to create an of three types of 9.1-channel home theater systems, the company said. To a basic 5.1-channel speaker system, users can add surround-back and front-height speakers to produce ambient, non-directional sounds. Users could alternately opt to add surround back- and front-wide speakers to a 5.1 system, or they could add front-height and front-width speakers to a 5.1 system without adding surround-back speakers.

Like the $1,099-suggested TX-NR809 7.2-channel networked AV receiver announced in recent weeks, the TX-NR1009 features ISF calibration to optimize the video performance of connected displays and Marvell's Qdeo and IDT's HQV Vida video-processing technologies. Qdeo, which enables Onkyo to implement ISF calibration, upscales 1080p sources to full 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution. For its part, Vida upscales 480i/p, 576p, and 720p video sources to 1080p, eliminates compressed-video noise, and features multi-cadence tracking, 12-bit color processing, and four-field motion-adaptive de-interlacing to improve the quality of standard- and high-definition video, the company said.

With the launch of the TX-NR1009, Onkyo is expanding the number of TX series receivers with Qdeo and 4K upscaling to four with prices starting at $599.  Two HT series AVRs also feature Qdeo and 4K upscaling starting at $549.

Other features common to both AV receivers include Windows 7 and DLNA networking certification and front and rear USB inputs, with the front USB input accepting music in digital PCM form from a connected iPod or iPhone. The inputs also connect to other digital storage devices and to an optional Onkyo USB LAN adapter.  A proprietary Universal Port on both models accepts an optional HD Radio tuner or an iPod/iPhone dock that streams stored audio and video from the Apple devices.

Both models also connect to Internet radio stations through vTuner and to streaming music services Mediafly, Pandora, Slacker, Napster, Rhapsody, Sirius XM Internet Radio, and Last.fm.

Other features common to both include Audyssey MultEQ XT room-correction technology, which corrects for frequency-response and time-domain errors at several hundred points across the frequency spectrum; Audyssey DSX post-processing to add front-height or front-width channels to a 5.1 system to create 9.1-channel surround; Dolby ProLogic IIz to add front-height channels to a 5.1 or 7.1 system; and Dolby Volume processing technology to maintain a consistent volume level when connected audio and video sources are switched, when TV channels are changed, when a TV program transitions to a commercial and from louder to softer scenes, and when a broadcast source is switched from analog to digital.

The TX-NR1009 also features one front- and seven rear-panel HDMI inputs, dual HDMI outputs, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding, a phono input, an overlaid graphical on-screen display, bi-directional Ethernet and RS232 ports for control, IR input and output, two 12-V triggers, firmware updates via Ethernet and USB, GUI navigation via HDMI, powered zone two, and zone two and three preouts.

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