Onkyo Adds High Performance RZ Series AV Receivers, Controller
Onkyo’s TX-RZ3100 THX Select2 Plus-certified 11.2-channel Network AV Receiver
Preparing for the CEDIA Expo 2016 custom electronics show, Onkyo USA introduced Tuesday three new products in its high-performance RZ Series AV entertainment line, including two top-of-the-line A/V receivers and a network AV controller.
The new products include the TX-RZ3100 ($3,199 suggested retail) THX Select2 Plus-certified 11.2-channel Network AV Receiver and the 9.2-channel THX Select2 Plus-certified TX-RZ1100 ($2,199) Network AV Receiver. These are joined by the new flagship THX Ultra2 Plus-certified 11.2-channel PR-RZ5100 ($2,399) Network AV Controller.
All three models feature custom integration-friendly features for easier installation in homes with control systems. Onkyo said all models are slated to be available in retail stores in September.
Read more about the new Onkyo RZ series products after the jump:
The Onkyo RZ Series products offer connectivity features including: RS-232, IR and 12v triggers as well as PC setup, detachable power cables and optional rack kits, to simplify for more elaborate installations. The RZ Series products will also be backed by a three-year warranty with priority customer support.
Each include the latest HDMI 2.0a inputs with support for 4K Ultra HD/60p, 4:4:4, high dynamic range, Rec.2020 and HDCP 2.2 content protection to enable passing through a 4K video signal to a display without interference.
All three RZ products offer Zone 2 pre-outs with independent HDMI output and Zone 3 pre-out. All three have 11.2-channel preamp RCA outputs.
The PR-RZ5100 features balanced XLR connectors for professional long-cable connections with minimal signal noise. The TX-RZ1100 and TXRZ3100 feature Zone 2 and 3 powered outputs for driving speakers in other rooms. Additional multi-room wireless audio capabilities are offered via optional FireConnect.
The AVRs are equipped with enough power to drive large floor-standing loudspeakers with high accuracy and control. Additional height or ceiling speakers can be added for object-based surround sound speaker set-ups, supporting Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, built in. DTS Neural:X technology support is included to up-mix lossless multichannel surround formats such as DTS Master Audio, for height effects that give listeners a 3D experience that’s close to a native object-based soundtrack.
All three products offer Google Cast, AirPlay, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Spotify, TIDAL, TuneIn, and Pandora with any app-based audio entertainment. These can be cast seamlessly to the theater room and beyond using a Onkyo Remote app.
Both the TX-RZ3100 and the TX-RZ1100 feature a new Onkyo Hi-Current Digital Amplification system that pairs with AccuEQ and AccuReflex technologies to balance and phase-align sound to any listening space. The three models feature premium AKM 384kHz/32-bit digital-to-analog conversion technology and VLSC noise-free processing on all channels, which removes pulse-noise for sound that’s true to the source, the company said.
All three products feature separated digital and analog circuitry to minimize interference, custom low-hum transformers, and audio-grade capacitors for smooth and instantaneous power.
By Greg Tarr
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