Onkyo Upgrades Receiver Line


Upper Saddle River, N.J. - Onkyo has upgraded its HT-RC line of home-theater receivers with two new 7.2-channel models.

One of the units, the HT-RC360, lowers the suggested retail for features including Audyssey DSX, Dolby Pro Logic IIz and networking to $549 from a recently established $599 price point.

The other unit, the HT-RC370, priced to retail for $849, adds Audyssey MultEQ XT processing for improved room equalization setup and is Select2 Plus-certified by THX.

Both models ship this month and replace the HT-RC260 and the HT-RC270, respectively.

Shared features include the new Marvell Qdeo 4K video-processing chip, which can up-scale video to as much as 4K of horizontal resolution, and a front-panel USB port that offers a direct digital connection for an iPod or iPhone, along with support for audio playback from USB mass-storage devices.

The receivers also support streaming PC audio and Internet radio from such platforms as Pandora, Rhapsody, Napster, SiriusXM Internet Radio, Slacker, Mediafly and vTuner, and provide compatibility with Windows 7 and DLNA.

Both models can utilize Onkyo's free remote app for iPod, iPhone or iPad to control the receivers, and are compatible with the recently announced UWF-1 wireless USB adapter that provides an IEEE 802.11b/g/n connection to access music on a home network.

HDMI ports abound, the company said, and both models now also offer connections for Ethernet and Onkyo's proprietary Universal Port (U-Port). 

The units feature 7.2-channel surround sound systems with Audyssey DSX or Dolby ProLogic IIz processing to provide alternative height or wide channels. Onkyo said the advanced HDMI interface supports lossless high-definition surround sound via Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio codecs.

The HT-RC370 also features Dolby Volume for optimal sound at any volume setting, and Onkyo's three-stage inverted Darlington circuitry for higher dynamics and lower distortion, while the HT-RC360 employs Audyssey 2EQ room correction and includes Audyssey Dynamic EQ and Dynamic Volume to correct loudness issues. 

Both receivers also include Onkyo's proprietary WRAT (wide range amplifier technology) amplifiers; Burr-Brown 192kHz/24-bit DACs, which are provided for all channels; and the company's overlaid graphic onscreen display, which allows users to watch a program while operating the menus.


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