Onkyo expands AV receiver range with midrange models

26 Mar 2012

Onkyo TX-SR818

Onkyo is further expanding its 2012 home cinema receiver range with the addition of two new midrange models: the £800 TX-NR717 (below) and more powerful £1000 TX-NR818 (above).

Both are THX Select 2 Plus-certified 7.2 channel devices, use Burr-Brown 192kHz/24-bit DACs on all seven channels and feature Qdeo technology that can upscale 1080p images to four times that resolution for those who have a 4K display.

They also get a front panel Mobile High-Definiiton Link HDMI port that allows users to connect and play high-res media stored on compatible smartphones with up to seven channels of surround sound.

Other standard features include eight HDMI inputs with full 3D video support, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding and an audio return channel on HDMI.

Onkyo TX-NR717

In addition, the TX-NR818 also offers Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) video calibration, Audyssey MultEQ XT32 room acoustic correction and DTS Neo:X with additional front wide or front height channels.

Both models are network-enabled, either using a wired ethernet connection or wirelessly using the optional UWF-1 wireless LAN adapter.

Later this year Onkyo will release an optional UBT-1 USB Bluetooth dongle, along with an updated remote app for the iPhone which enables direct music streaming from handset to the receiver.

The Onkyo TX-NR717 and TX-NR818 will be available in black or silver from May.

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I have pre-ordered my TX-NR818 from Hifix, show me a receiver at this price with all this spec.. Simply amazing, selling my SC-LX72 to fund the new purchase.

I don't think the 818 has the Onkyo universal port on the back, that enables you to connect their DAB module. Might be an issue for some.

These models should have no problem playing FLAC music from a HTPC hard drive, correct? I am trying to set up a HTPC to play movies and music but I would like the audio processing to be done by the AV receiver and not by the PC motherboard.

Nice to have  Audyssey MultEQ XT32 on a lower model.  Maybe time to upgrade the 805 finally.