Onkyo prepares home cinema onslaught

18 Aug 2008

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Onkyo is preparing to fight back against a slew of new products from arch-rivals Denon and Yamaha by launching two more AV receivers.

The Onkyo TX-SR806 is a 7x180w multichannel, THX Ultra2 Plus multichannel receiver with onboard decoding of all the new high-definition audio formats, including DTS-HD Master Audio, for £800.

It's joined by the £600 TX-SR706 (pictured), with THX Select2 and delivering 7x160w, plus decoding for all the high-definition audio formats.

Video scaling and upconversion
Both models feature built-in 1080p video upscaling and upconversion (via component) to 1080i using Faroudja's DCDi Cinema chipset, Audyssey Dynamic EQ room calibration, a music optimiser for playing MP3/AAC music tracks and a moving magnet (MM) phono input.

Key differences on the TX-SR806 are that it has five HDMI 1.3a inputs (as opposed to the SR706's four), is THX Ultra2 Plus certified (not just plain vanilla THX Select2 Plus) and has a drop-down flap.

Both models get 192Khz/24-bit Cirrus Logic DACs for all channels, and twin Texas Instruments Aureus 32-bit DSP chips for digital audio processing.

THX Ultra2 Plus certification
Onkyo says the TX-SR-806 is its first AV receiver to obtain THX Ultra2 Plus certification, which means it's designed for use in larger rooms up to 85 cubic metres, and at a screen distance of up to 3.66m (12 feet).

It also includes THX Loudness Plus technology, which improves audio performance at reduced volumes by adjusting front-to-back speaker levels and frequency balance to ensure the highest possible level of detail and fidelity at listening volumes below the THX reference level.

If you choose the lower-priced TX-SR706, you'll still get HDMI support for Deep Colour and x.v. Colour, HDMI switching and biamping capability.

All-in-one DVD-V/DVD-A/SACD receiver price slashed
The price of Onkyo's DR-S501 universal DVD player/receiver has also been cut. The unit, which previously sold for £400, is now £250, and it's also available as the LS-V501 complete with speakers and a subwoofer for £400.

 

SPECIFICATIONS - Onkyo TX-SR806

Advanced Features

* THX Ultra2 Plus Certified with THX Loudness Plus
* DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-HD High Resolution Audio, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus Decoding
* HDMI to Support Deep Color, x.v. Color, LipSync, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio, DVD-Audio, Super Audio CD
* HDMI Audio and Video Processing (1080p; 5 Inputs and 1 Output)
* HDMI Video Upscaling to 1080p with Faroudja DCDi Cinema
* Component Video Upscaling to 1080i with Faroudja DCDi Cinema
* RIHD (Remote Interactive over HDMI) for System Control
* HDMI Switching
* Component Video Switching (2 Inputs and 1 Output)
* Push-Pull Amplification Design with Three-Stage Inverted Darlington Circuitry
* 192 kHz/24-Bit Cirrus Logic DACs for All Channels
* Two TI 32-Bit DSP Chips for Advanced Processing
* Audyssey MultEQ to Correct Room Acoustic Problems and to Calibrate Speakers
* Audyssey Dynamic EQ for Loudness Correction
* Bi-Amping Capability for Music and Movie Surround Effects

Audio Features

* 180 W/Ch Minimum into 6 ohms, 1 kHz, IEC (1 Channel Driven)
* DTS-ES Discrete/Matrix, DTS Neo:6, DTS 96/24, Dolby Digital EX, Dolby Pro Logic IIx decoding
* H.C.P.S. (High Current Power Supply) Massive High Power Transformer
* WRAT (Wide Range Amplifier Technology)
* 6 Digital Inputs (3 Optical [1 Front]/3 Coaxial)
* Subwoofer Pre Out
* Direct Mode
* A-Form Listening Mode Memory
* Optimum Gain Volume Circuitry
* Music Optimizer for Compressed Music Files
* Non-Scaling Configuration
* Tone Control (Bass/Treble) for Front L/R Channels
* Double Bass Function
* Color-Coded 7.1-Multichannel Inputs and Pre Outs
* Independent Crossover Adjustment for F/C/S/SB (40/50/60/70/80/90/100/120/150/200 Hz)

Other features

* Powered Zone 2 and Zone 2 Pre-Out for Playback in Another Room (Separate Source)
* Banana Plug-Compatible Speaker Posts
* A/V Synchronization Function (Up to 250 ms in 5 ms Steps)
* 40 FM/AM Radio Presets
* RDS (PS/RT/PTY/PT)
* IntelliVolume
* 5 S-Video Inputs and 2 Outputs
* 5 A/V Inputs and 1 Output
* 2 Audio Inputs and 1 Output
* Phono Input
* RS232, IR and 12V Trigger Connectivity
* Display Dimmer (Normal/Dim/Dimmer)
* Headphone Jack
* Aluminum Front Panel
* Newly Designed GUI for System Set-up
* Compatible with RI (Remote Interactive) Dock for the iPod
* Newly Designed Preprogrammed RI (Remote Interactive) Remote Control with Mode-Key LEDs

SPECIFICATIONS - Onkyo TX-SR706

Advanced Features

* THX Select2 Plus Certified with THX Loudness Plus
* DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-HD High Resolution Audio, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus Decoding
* HDMI to Support Deep Color, x.v. Color, LipSync, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master  Audio, DVD-Audio, Super Audio CD
* HDMI Audio and Video Processing (1080p; 4 Inputs and 1 Output)
* HDMI Video Upscaling up to 1080p with Faroudja DCDi Cinema
* RIHD (Remote Interactive over HDMI) for System Control
* HDTV-Capable HDMI Switching
* HDTV-Capable (to 720p/1080i) Component Video Switching (2 Inputs and 1 Output)
* Push-Pull Amplification Design with Three-Stage Inverted Darlington Circuitry
* 192 kHz/24-Bit Cirrus Logic DACs for All Channels
* Two TI 32-Bit DSP Chips for Advanced Processing
* Audyssey MultEQ to Correct Room Acoustic Problems and to Calibrate Speakers
* Audyssey Dynamic EQ for Loudness Correction
* Bi-Amping Capability for Music and Movie Surround Effects

Audio Features

* 160 W/Ch Minimum into 6 ohms, 1 kHz, IEC (1 Channel Driven)
* DTS-ES Discrete/Matrix, DTS Neo:6, DTS 96/24, Dolby Digital EX, Dolby Pro Logic IIx decoding
* H.C.P.S. (High Current Power Supply) Massive High Power Transformer
* WRAT (Wide Range Amplifier Technology)
* 6 Digital Inputs (3 Optical [1 Front]/3 Coaxial)
* Direct Mode
* A-Form Listening Mode Memory
* Optimum Gain Volume Circuitry
* Music Optimizer for Compressed Music Files
* Non-Scaling Configuration
* Tone Control (Bass/Treble) for Front L/R Channels
* Color-Coded 7.1-Multichannel Inputs and Pre Outs
* Independent Crossover Adjustment for F/C/S/SB (40/50/60/70/80/90/100/120/150/200 Hz)
* Double Bass Function

Other features

* Powered Zone 2 and Zone 2 Line-Out for Playback in Another Room (Separate Source)
* Banana Plug-Compatible Speaker Posts
* A/V Synchronization Function (Up to 250 ms in 5 ms Steps)
* 40 FM/AM Radio Presets
* IntelliVolume
* RDS (PS/RT/PTY/TP)
* 5 S-Video Inputs and 2 Outputs
* 5 A/V Inputs and 1 Output
* 2 Audio Inputs and 1 Output
* Phono Input
* RS232, IR (Input), and 12 V Trigger Connectivity
* Display Dimmer (Normal/Dim/Dimmer)
* Headphone Jack
* Aluminum Front Panel
* Newly Designed GUI for System Set-up
* Compatible with RI (Remote Interactive) Dock forthe iPod
* Newly Designed Preprogrammed RI (Remote Interactive) Remote Control with Mode-Key LEDs

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Comments

As ever, we have requested review samples. And there has still been no official UK announcement of the higher-end models.

So, when can we expect a review on these models? And where's the announcement on the 876?