Upper Saddle River, N.J. - Onkyo unveiled a third-generation THX-certified home-theater speaker/receiver package that adds such features as 3D-compatible HDMI 1.4a connections, Dolby Pro Logic IIz height-channel processing, 1080p up-scaling, and Audyssey Dynamic Volume sound-leveling technology.
The 7.1-channel HT-S9300THX is due at the end of this month at a suggested $1,099.
The home theater in a box (HTiB) system also incorporates other features not available in its predecessor. They include Onkyo's new overlaid graphical onscreen display to adjust system settings while a video plays in the background, proprietary Universal Port connection to an optional iPod/iPhone dock and HD Radio tuner module, and HDMI Thru, which enables a connected video source to play through to a TV's display and speakers while the package is in standby mode.
Under THX's I/S Plus (Integrated System Plus) certification program, certification is based on overall system design and performance because all components are optimized to work together, THX said. THX's other certification standards apply to individual components such as A/V receivers, in-room speakers and in-wall speakers. Onkyo is the only brand offering a THX-certified integrated system.
The new system features THX Surround EX post processing that includes THX Loudness Plus, which maintains the perceived balance of surround-channel audio while in THX mode. The system also features THX listening modes for music, movies and games.
The HT-S9300THX also decodes all Blu-ray surround formats and features Audyssey 2EQ room-acoustics-correction technology, Audyssey Dynamic EQ, and Audyssey Dynamic Volume. Audyssey Dynamic EQ automatically adjusts frequency response and surround-volume levels to maintain balanced response and an enveloping surround-sound stage when consumers turn down a home theater's volume. Audyssey Dynamic Volume maintains a consistent volume level when video sources are switched, TV channels are changed, TV programs switch to commercials, and programs transition to softer or louder passages. Dynamic Volume also equalizes audio to maintain a flat frequency response when volume is leveled.
The system also includes Onkyo proprietary Music Optimizer to improve the quality of compressed music. All video inputs can be up-scaled to 1080p video, regardless of native resolution, via Faroudja DCDi Cinema
processor, which also removes the jaggies during video-signal de-interlacing.
The system comes with 12-inch subwoofer and front speakers that use a THX-developed dual-woofer array to optimize to deliver a sound field said to be close to that of THX-certified movie theaters.