Onkyo’s RZ Series of A/V Receivers Designed for Custom Installation Applications
Onkyo's latest generation of RZ receivers incorporate features specifically designed for installers.
Onkyo is often thought of as a brand that targets general consumer usage, but with the launch of its latest RZ series of A/V receivers the company is specifically targeting custom installation and audiophile applications with its newest products.
The company plans to release these products in two phases. The initial product release will include theTX-RZ810, TX-RZ710 and TXRZ610 A/V receivers, and later this year the company will introduce its TX-RZ3100 and TX-RZ1100 A/V receivers, and PR-RZ5100 network pre-processor.
Built with features such as RS-232, IR, 12-volt triggers, PC setup options, detachable power cables and optional rack kits, Onkyo says it augments the products with three-year warranties and "feature priority customer support."
The TX-RZ810 (MSRP is $1,299) and TX-RZ710 (MSRP is $999) are THX Select2 Plus certified and they incorporate provisions for Dolby Atmos and DTS:X object-based surround sound decoding. Onkyo points out both products feature its Dynamic Audio Amplfication that includes large output transformers and customized capacitors. The TX-RZ810 is rated to produce 130 watts into 8 ohms, two-channels driven, while the TX-RZ710 is rated to produce 110 watts into 8 ohms. The TX-RZ810 also incorporates separate analog and digital processing blocks, solid-copper bus bars, and the company's Vector Linear Shaping Circuitry (VLSC) on all channels.
Other features the receivers offer include eight HDMI inputs and two HDMI outputs that support 4K with high dynamic range (HDR), 4:4:4 color space and HDCP for copyright protection compliancy.
Onkyo says the $799 TX-RZ610 is a 7.2-channel receiver that employs its VLSC amplification technology, as well as multiple HDCP 2.2-enabled HDMI inputs that support 4K with HDR and 4:4:4 color space specifications.
All three receivers offer Onkyo's AccuReflex technology, which it says is part of its AccuEQ room calibration package. Onkyo states this technology ensures stereo and object-based surround sound formats are reproduced with "striking clarity." Onkyo explains the technology adjusts the phase of sound bounced off the ceiling by up-firing speakers so that it syncs with the sound coming from other speakers.
In addition, the receivers include Apple AirPlay, Google Cast, Bluetooth and the wireless FireConnect technology that delivers the content of source components connected to the receivers to compatible wireless products in other rooms.
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Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). Bob also serves as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In addition, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons in Haverhill, Mass. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Robert at firstname.lastname@example.org
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