Upper Saddle River, N.J. – Three new home-theater receiver/speaker packages unveiled by Onkyo will include the company’s first Dolby Atmos-enabled model and first two with built-in Wi-Fi.
The three receiver/speaker packages are also the brand’s first with built-in Bluetooth and first with HDMI 2.0 inputs and outputs to passthrough 4K video contents at 60 fps. The top two models also incorporate HDCP 2.2 copy protection on their HDMI 2.0 ports.
With the new packages, networking continues to start at $699.
Separately, the company unveiled its first Dolby Atmos add-on speaker pair, which, at a suggested $249, is designed for placement on top of front left-right speakers or placement on the wall to deliver height information.
A new opening-price AVR at a suggested $299 adds HDMI 2.0 and built-in Bluetooth compared with its opening-price predecessor. The 5.1-channel AVR does not offer HDCP 2.2 copy protection.
The Dolby Atmos-enabled receiver/speaker package is the $899-suggested HT-S7700, a 5.1.2-channel networked model shipping in September. The other two receiver/speaker packages, which lack Atmos decoding, are the $499-suggested HT-S3700, which ships in July, and the $699 HT-S5700, which ships in August.
The $249-suggested SKH-410 add-on Atmos speaker ships in September, and the opening-price $299-suggested TX-SR333 AVR ships in July.
Among the receiver/speaker packages, all three feature built-in Bluetooth, powered subwoofer and HDMI 2.0, and the two step-up models at $699 and $899 add HDCP 2.2, networking and built-in Wi-Fi.
All three systems include Onkyo’s exclusive PM Bass to improve midrange clarity, InstaPrevue technology to overlay picture-in-picture thumbnails that show what’s playing on HDMI-connected sources, zone two line-level outputs to distribute audio to a second room, and a hybrid standby function that passes through HDMI audio and video even when the AVR is powered down.
The opening-price HT-S3700 features seven HDMI 2.0 terminals and 8-inch powered sub. The $699 HT-S5700 adds networking, Wi-Fi, upgraded two-way front speakers, a dual-cone center speaker, and 120-watt powered sub.
The $899 5.1.2-channel HT-S7700 adds Dolby Atmos decoding, high-resolution network-audio streaming, upscaling of low-resolution video to 4K via Qdeo processing, two HDMI 2.0 outputs, phono input for turntable connection, and powered zone two.
Each front left-right speaker incorporates a separately powered driver that fires up at an angle to deliver Dolby Atmos height effects, which are bounced off the ceiling. The package’s AVR lacks preamp outputs to add a stereo amp to create a 7.1.2 Atmos system.
The 7700’s speaker complement includes two-way gloss-accented center speaker with dual cone woofers and tweeter, two full-range surround speakers, and a 10-inch powered subwoofer.
The brand’s SKH-410 add-on Atmos speaker pair, which delivers height channels, can be placed on larger floorstanding speaker pairs or mounted on the front wall for use if customers don’t want to install Atmos in-ceiling speakers.
The company’s new entry-level AVR, the $299 5.1-channel TX-SR333, features HDMI 2.0, Bluetooth, InstaPrevue, high-resolution audio playback via USB, and HDMI passthrough in hybrid standby mode. It lacks HDCP 2.2.