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Onkyo Ships Blu-ray Player, A/V Systems

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

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

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.