Onkyo Unveils 2016 A/V Receiver Line
Onkyo USA unveiled Monday four new A/V receivers for its 2016 product lineup.
The new models include the TX-NR757 ($799 suggested retail), TX-NR656 ($699), TX-NR555 ($599) and the TX-SR353 ($399), the first three of which provide support for 4K Ultra video, 4K upscaling, object-based surround sound formats Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, as well as AirPlay, Wi-Fi with Google Cast, Tidal music streaming and the new FireConnect multi-room audio technology soon to come via firmware update, the company said.
FireConnect Powered by Blackfire is a stable wireless protocol that sends any audio source connected to the receiver to an optional Onkyo speaker or another FireConnect-compatible product in another room.
The TX-NR656, TX-NR555 and TX-SR353 will be available in mid April while the TX-NR757 debuts in May.
Read more on the Onkyo A/V receivers after the jump:
Also debuting in the TX-NR757 (pictured at top), TX-NR656, and TX-NR555 receivers is Onkyo’s AccuReflex, which is part of the company’s AccuEQ calibration suite. Onkyo said the technology adjusts the phase of sound bounced off the ceiling by up-firing speakers so that it syncs with sound from the other speakers to create a more accurate Dolby Atmos experience. Together with AccuEQ to eliminate standing waves, surround-sound is balanced for optimal clarity.
The Onkyo TX-NR757 is billed as a 7.2-channel network A/V receiver that is THX Select2 Plus certified. The receiver offers 180 watts per channel of high-current power and VLSC high-frequency pulse-noise removal technology. Processing for lossless and Hi-Res Audio is handled by an AKM 384 kHz/32-bit D/A convertor. The receiver offers multi-zone support including multiple speaker connections for Zone 2 (2A/2B).
Connectivity includes HDMI 2.0a inputs with HDCP 2.2 supporting 60Hz UltraHD and Full HD video with 4:4:4 color space and High Dynamic Range (HDR). The receiver was also designed with custom integration in mind with RS232, 12v trigger, IR input and more on board.
The Onkyo TX-NR656 and TX-NR555 are both 7.2-channel network A/V receivers with 140 watts per channel of power. Both take advantage of the full-scale stereo power through Google Cast, AirPlay, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth streaming music from mobile devices and PCs, while an Onkyo remote app streams everything from MP3s to Hi-Res Audio stored on a media server. Digital music is handled with noise-free 32-bit D/A conversion with VLSC, while discrete non-phase-shift amps provide add tonal clarity and depth.
Both receivers also feature powered Zone 2 speaker terminals and support 4K UHD and HDR over HDMI 2.0a connections with HDCP 2.2 that pass 4K/60 Hz/4:4:4/HDR video. The TX-NR555 has 6 HDMI inputs and 1 output, while the TX-NR656 features 8 HDMI inputs and 2 outputs.
The Onkyo TX-SR353 A/V receiver is billed as an affordable 5.1-channel receiver supporting 4K UHD/60Hz/HDR/4:4:4/HDCP 2.2 video via four HDMI 2.0a inputs, decoding for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio, and video up-conversion via HDMI to reduce TV connections to a single cable.
Onkyo said a redesigned and rear panel and simple remote controller are offered to simplify initial setup and day-to-day operation. AccuEQ room acoustic correction is offered for clear stereo imaging and equalized surround-sound. Once connected, the TX-SR353 acts as a hub for all A/V sources, from the latest 4K media players and game consoles to legacy DVD decks and VCRs, and adds 140W of dynamic audio power from five discrete analog amplifiers.
Bluetooth technology is offered for wireless audio from most mobile apps, with Advanced Music Optimizer restoring lost bit information to compressed music. A USB input handles MP3s, while analog/digital terminals are available on the back panel to connect other audio players.
By Greg Tarr
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