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Onkyo Multi room and 3d Receivers

Onkyo have outed a trio of new A/V receivers, complete with THX certification and all 3D-capable.  The Onkyo TX-NR1008, TX-NR808, and TX-NR708 each have an ethernet port for internet and home network connectivity, including DLNA streaming, and they also support Dolby® Pro Logic IIz and Audyssey DSX, the former offering extra height channels for improved ambience, the latter adding either height or width channels.

On the 7.2-channel TX-NR808 and TX-NR708 the extra channels replace the surround rear channels. Meanwhile, on the 9.2-channel TX-NR1008 they have dedicated extra ports.  There’s also multi-room audio, ranging from a single powered zone on the TX-NR708 all the way to simultaneous three-room audio (one of which can be 5.1 surround) on the TX-NR1008.

Pandora, Rhapsody, Audyssey MultEQ, iPod/iPhone-compliant USB ports and seven HDMI 1.4a ports round out the basic specs.  The Onkyo TX-NR708 and TX-NR808 will be available at the beginning of July with MRSPs of $899 and $1,099 respectively; the TX-NR1008 will ship at the end of July with an MRSP of $1,399.

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Bikes, Cars and now AV Yahama goes full force

Yamaha has announced a new line of AV receivers, Aventage, designed to put a greater focus on performance, with Yamaha claiming that the new models have been redesigned from the ground up. For those of you counting, Aventage is now the fourth separate line of Yamaha AV receivers, in addition to the existing RX-V, HTR, and NeoHD lines. Aventage consists of five new models–RX-A700 ($650 list), RX-A800 ($800), RX-A1000 ($1,100), RX-A2000 ($1,500), and the RX-A3000 ($1,900)–which will be released throughout August and September.

 
Yamaha’s low-end Aventage model, the RX-A700.

(Credit: Yamaha) In terms of features, the low-end RX-A700 doesn’t offer much that’s different from a standard midrange AV receiver, although its 27.56 pound weight hints at its beefier sonic capabilities. At the high-end, the RX-A3000 is loaded with features, including two HDMI outputs, eight HDMI inputs, built-in HD radio, networking capabilities, and HQV video processing. Yahama is fighting back to Onkyo domance in the market the units come with hdmi 1.4 technology allowing more punch for less.

Though there’s certainly a market for AV receivers with superior sound quality, we can’t help but be a little skeptical of some of the claims, such as, “the addition of a specially designed fifth foot to improve structural rigidity, reduce vibration, and improve sound.” On the other hand, the inclusion of the new HQV “Vida” video-processing chip in higher-end models is a good sign given our experience with HQV’s previous offerings, although with nearly all video sources using HDMI, video processing is less important than it used to be.

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Are you still talking about 7.1 channel? Onkyo now has 9.2 channel! PR-SC5507

9.2-Channel A/V Network Controller

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The PR-SC5507 is designed specifically for the serious home theatre enthusiast seeking a sophisticated pre-pro to partner a high-end power amp. You get the very best in video processing, with HQV Reon-VX and 1080p upscaling of all video sources via HDMI™ 1.3a, plus ISF calibration for fine-tuning of video parameters. Along with the latest high-def audio formats from DTS and Dolby, the PR-SC5507 handles Dolby® Pro Logic® IIz and Audyssey DSX™—two expansive surround formats that make use of extra vertical or wide channels in a 9.2-channel configuration. Alternatively, these extra surround channels can be used for playback of different sources in multiple zones in your home. As with Onkyo’s latest high-end receivers, the PR-SC5507 offers home networking capability that lets you stream internet radio or PC-based audio through your main system. Ultra-low-jitter PLL circuitry, gold-plated terminals, and XLR inputs and pre outs are testament to the unit’s audiophile build quality.

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Onkyo BX 407A4 is rebadged, expensive UMID mbook M2

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Alongside Onkyo’s rebadge of the Kohjinsha dual-display netbook yesterday, the company also announced a smaller system that should be familiar to MID-trackers.  The Onkyo BX 407A4 is more recognizable as the UMID mbook M2, launched back in September, but while UMID couldn’t quite tell us when the M2 would be on sale, Onkyo are already taking orders for the BX-Series.

That means we have some confirmed specifications, at least for the BX 407A4, and it doesn’t make for particularly exciting reading for those would-be owners disappointed by the mbook M1’s meager RAM.  The BX-Series uses an Intel Atom 1.2GHz processor with 512MB of RAM and a 32GB SSD, along with WiFi b/g, Bluetooth 2.0 and a new optical joystick next to the 5-inch 1024 x 600 touchscreen.

Up to 7hrs of battery life is predicted, though that’s only if you leave the Onkyo idling; anything more demanding and the Windows XP mini-netbook will probably get around half of that.  Onkyo are asking 64,800 yen ($729) for the machine, though importers are already adding their slice of gouge to that: GeekStuff4U have it at 79,000 yen ($889) which is frankly insane.  UMID had suggested that a similar mbook M2 model, only with 8GB SSD and without the webcam of the Onkyo, would be around $499.

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Onkyo outs top-end TX receivers

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 Having only recently announced another collection, Onkyo has revealed details on three more TX-series receivers. These begin with the NR1007, which is capable of 135W of output across each of 9.2 channels. The unit handles decoding of Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio, and additionally supports formats such as Dolby Pro Logic IIz and Audyssey DSX. It is compliant with DLNA 1.5 and THX Ultra2 Plus standards.
Present are six HDMI inputs, matched by two HDMI outputs. Video is upconverted to 1080p using Faroudja DCDi Cinema, and the receiver can also directly stream audio from Pandora, Rhapsody, vTuner or Sirius Internet Radio. It should be available in September for approximately $1,600.

The NR3007 incorporates all the features of the 1007, but boosts output to 140W, while adding a seventh HDMI input on the front panel; joining it is a single USB port. Processing is enhanced through Dolby Volume audio technology, and HQV Reon-VX upconversion. The system will ship alongside the 1007 in September at a cost of $2,100.

The NR5007 makes the jump to 145W, while sporting eight HDMI inputs, split between one on the front and seven in back. Two USB ports are included, the second being located at rear. The receiver is due in September with a premium of $2,700.

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Onkyo – HDMI compatibility issue with 2009 Panasonic TVs

onkyotxsr606hdPanasonic has today confirmed that it too is aware of the problem and is working on a fix.

“Panasonic Japan knows that there’s a problem and is working with Onkyo Japan on a counter measure,” says a spokeswoman for Panasonic UK.

A recent firmware upgrade on Panasonic’s 2009 Viera G10, V10 and Z1 TVs was not related to this issue – it was a picture quality upgrade, says Panasonic.

We’ll let you know the minute we have more information.

 

Onkyo says it’s aware of HDMI handshake issues between its TX-SR606 and TX-SR607 AV receivers and Panasonic’s 2009 range of Viera TVs, and is investigating the problem.

The issue came to light on Forums, when a poster who had bought a Panasonic TX-P42V10 plasma tried to connect it up to his existing Onkyo TX-SR606 receiver and Panasonic DMP-BD30 Blu-ray player.

When he tried to play his first Blu-ray disc at 1080p/24fps, the Panasonic ‘V10 failed to synch with the receiver and Blu-ray player, and the TV displayed a blank screen. If the video signal is sent as 1080i, he says, it works fine.

The owner contacted Sevenoaks, from whom he bought the Blu-ray player and receiver, and says both the retailer and Onkyo were quick to respond to the problem. “I have been very impressed that they’ve wasted no time in verifying there is an issue,” he says.

A spokesman for Onkyo UK says: “Onkyo is aware of the issue and is investigating.”

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AV receiver with internet radio and DLNA streaming – Onkyo

Onkyo have dropped a new home AV receiver, the company’s first such home theater product to include Pandora, Rhapsody, and Sirius streaming internet radio support.   The Onyko TX-NR807 supports DLNA 1.5 media streaming, for playback of media stored on networked computers and drives, together with offering six HDMI ports, Faroudja DCDi Cinema 1080p upscaling and both Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio.

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There’s also Audyssey DSX soundstage extension processing and support for MP3, WMA, FLAC, Lossless, Ogg Vorbis and AAC files, together with a bi-directional remote control, ethernet port and 7.1 surround sound.  The TX-NR807 also supports multi-room audio, with powered zone two and three options as well as a serial port for system integration.

Amp power is seven channels of 135W, and there are various digital inputs/outputs as well as the HDMI (which you can see in the gallery below).  The TX-NR807 is joined by the TX-SR707, which has the same local switching but only 7 x 100W amplification and no networking functionality.

The Onkyo TX-NR807 is available now, with an MRSP of $1,099; the Onkyo TX-SR707, meanwhile, has an MRSP of $899.

Onkyo Debuts Mid-Price THX Select2 Plus AV Receiver With Streaming Internet Radio Capabilities and DLNA 1.5 Networking Compatibility.

With the growing market for advanced internet radio services like Pandora, Rhapsody, Sirius Internet Radio, and vTuner, consumers increasingly seek to integrate their home entertainment systems with the internet.

UPPER SADDLE RIVER, NJ (8/10/09) — Onkyo has introduced and begun shipping its first network-capable home theater receiver configured for Pandora, Rhapsody, and Sirius’ streaming internet radio services. The new Onkyo TX-NR807 also capable of playing computer music files from networked PCs, is fully compatible with the Digital Living Network Alliance’s DLNA 1.5 consumer electronics interoperability specification, and sells for less than half the price of the company’s previous network-capable model. With THX Select2 Plus certification and state-of-the-art processing from Dolby, DTS, Audyssey and Faroudja, the Onkyo TX-NR807 offers high definition audio and video performance. The TX-NR807 and non-networking TX-SR707, also introduced today, are Onkyo’s first receivers to offer Audyssey DSX soundstage extension processing in addition to Dolby Pro Logic IIz height-capabilities.

The Onkyo TX-NR807 connects directly to the internet or a home network via a rear-panel Ethernet port. The receiver’s on-screen user interface allows users direct access to Pandora, Rhapsody, Sirius Internet Radio, and vTuner streaming radio services, or to access MP3, WMA, FLAC, Lossless, Ogg Vorbis, and AAC files from any computer or storage device on the network. The receiver is Windows 7 compatible, and its Ethernet port can also be used for firmware updates.

The TX-NR807 also includes Onkyo’s new Bi-Directional Preprogrammed RI Remote Control which will impress anyone who has ever been frustrated by the trial-and-error manual data inputs and paper listings usually needed to program associated TV’s, disc players, cable boxes, and other components. Onkyo’s new system allows users to select from a on-screen list of compatible products, and then automatically transmit the codes from the receiver to the remote control. The remote also offers up to four macro programs for simultaneous activation of multiple components and feature sets.

As a premium home theater receiver, the TX-NR807 is also the perfect match for high definition video displays with Blu-ray players and other HD sources. It has six HDMI 1.3a inputs, 1080p video upscaling of all sources using the powerful Faroudja DCDi Cinema processor chip. On the audio side it has a full suite of surround processing, including lossless Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio.

The Onkyo TX-NR807 is one of the first receivers to incorporate Audyssey DSX technology, which allows the back surround channels to be retasked for front-wide speakers to expand the width of the sounds stage, or for front height speakers to provide vertical ambience effects. The receiver also includes Audyssey MultiEQ room calibration technology, plus that company’s Dynamic Volume and Dynamic EQ processing. Dolby ProLogic IIz processing is also included to provide an alternate implementation of height channel technology.

The TX-NR807 has seven powerful 135-watts-per-channel Onkyo WRAT (Wide Range Amplifier Technology) amplifier sections for high output and low distortion, offering a dynamic power rating of 300 watts into 3 ohms. It has an extensive array of analog and digital inputs and outputs, including an MM/MC phono input. Its multiroom audio capabilities are similarly extensive with Powered Zone 2 and 3 capabilities, multiple DC triggers, bidirectional RS-232, and Onkyo’s exclusive Universal Port for connection of an optional iPod Dock and HD Radio tuner.

The Onkyo TX-NR807 is now shipping to Onkyo dealers and will have a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $1,099.

Onkyo Debuts TX-SR707

Onkyo has also introduced the TX-SR707 THX-Select2 Plus home theater receiver, which has the same advanced high definition audio and video processing features as the TX-NR807, but uses a 7 x 100 Watts power amplifier section, Powered Zone 2, conventional preprogrammed remote control, and has no networking capabilities. The Onkyo TX-SR707 is currently available with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $899.

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Onkyo takes on DLNA Streaming on its new TX NR807

Onkyo has unveiled a new home AV receiver that means business. It’s the company’s first that includes Pandora, Rhapsody, and Sirius streaming internet radio support. The Onyko TX-NR807 supports DLNA 1.5 media streaming, for playback of media stored on networked computers and drives, along with six HDMI ports, Faroudja DCDi Cinema 1080p upscaling and both Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio.onkyo_tx-nr807_1-540x249

You’ll also get Audyssey DSX soundstage extension processing and support for MP3, WMA, FLAC, Lossless, Ogg Vorbis and AAC files, a bi-directional remote control, ethernet port and 7.1 surround sound. There’s more. The TX-NR807 also supports multi-room audio, with powered zone two and three options and a serial port for system integration and more.

This is a serious receiver. The Onkyo TX-NR807 will cost you $1,099.

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Onkyo’s Integra DTC-9.8 AV Control Amplifier

2008, Onkyo released its new model of Integra Series DTC-9.8 AV Control Amplifier. It consumes 75W of electric power while in operation. Scheduled to be available in markets from July 20th, the amplifier will cost approx. 231,000 Yen. DTC-9.8 corresponds to HDMI ver.1.3a interface and conforms to THX Ultra2 Certification. It loads HQV video processor of class highest level. VLSC technology delivers pure sound whereas HQV Reon-VX delivers amazing image processing.

For connectivity Onkyo’s DTC-9.8 features HDMI terminal (Input ×4, output ×2), image input terminal {D4×3 and component ×3, S video ×6 and composite ×6}, image output terminal {D4×1 and the component ×1, the S video ×2, the composite ×3 (Zone2 it includes)}, the audio input terminal {Digital ×6 (optical ×3 and coaxial ×3), analog ×12 (RCA 2ch×10, RCA 7.1ch×1 and XLR 2 ch ×1)}, voice response terminal {Digital ×1 (optical ×1), analog ×6 (RCA 2ch×2, Zone2×1, Zone3×1, RCA 7.1ch×1 and XLR 7.1ch×1)}, one RS232 terminal, IR terminal {Input ×2, output ×1 – 12V trigger} and 3 output, one Microphone terminal for sound field control, one Ether terminal and one Headphone terminal.

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