Recent developments in the home theater market have fueled a renewed interest in surround sound. Dolby's introduction of its Atmos object-based surround sound format, and the impending mass-market release of DTS' object-based surround sound format DTS:X are driving a new era of home theater that now enables homeowners to enjoy a commercial theater audio experience in their homes.
Announcing its 2016 product line Onkyo is providing consumers a choice of affordable, feature-laden A/V receivers that incorporate these object-based surround sound formats, and other technologies such as 4K compatibility and wireless A/V signal transmission options.
Headlining these newly announced models is the THX Select2 Plus-certified TX-NR757 ($799). This receiver offers 7.2 channels, 180 watts of power, built-in 32-bit/384kHz DACs and HDCP 2.2 compliant HDMI connectivity. A key function of the receiver's HDMI capabilities is its compatibility with 4K UltraHD with full 4:4:4 color space and high-dynamic range (HDR) content.
Other features include the company's AccuReflex audio equalization software, Apple AirPlay, Tidal music streaming, 12-volt triggers, IR and RS-232 control options, and FireConnect by Blackfire, which allows the receiver to wirelessly transmit any source connected to the receiver to any FireConnect compatible product.
The similarly featured 7.2 channel TX-NR656 ($699) and TX-NR555 ($599) receivers offer 170 watts and 140 watts of power each respectively, and like the TX-NR757 they also include Dolby Atmos, DTS:X-ready options, wireless signal transmission capabilities and full 4K UltraHD compatibility.
Rounding out the company's new product announcements is the TX-SR353 ($399). This is a 5.1 channel receiver that includes four HDMI inputs with HCDP 2.2, 4K at 60Hz/4:4:4/HDR compatibility, and decoding options for Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD Master Audio.
In addition, the TX-SR353 includes Onkyo's AccuEQ room equalization software, USB inputs, and it delivers 140 watts of power.