CES 2012: Onkyo partners with Silicon Image to develop high-tech AV receivers

Onkyo InstaPrevue

Onkyo has teamed up with Silicon Image to develop the world's first home cinema receivers with InstaPrevue and MHL technology.

InstaPrevue provides live picture-in-picture previews so users can switch between numerous sources, including Blu-ray players, games consoles, set-top boxes and other HDMI or MHL-connected products.

By using InstaPrevue, you no longer need to cycle through the inputs on the home cinema receiver (HDMI 1, HDMI 2 etc) to switch between source components. Instead, you just click on the relevant picture.

MHL technology is a high-definition audio/video connectivity standard that enables a mobile device to transmit 1080p uncompressed video with up to eight channels of digital audio over a five-pin connection, while also supporting HDCP copyright protection.

MHL-enabled home cinema receivers provide power to the mobile device when connected via MHL, so your mobile or tablet will still be fully charged after watching, say, a full-length film.

"The 2012 Onkyo receivers add to the growing MHL ecosystem of DTVs, smartphones, tablets, and are the first to support InstaPrevue technology," says Alex Chevet, senior marketing director at Silicon Image.

Onkyo's 2012 range of home cinema receivers will be unveiled at CES in Las Vegas from January 10th.

We’ll be reporting live from the show, so there’ll be daily news coverage, videos, blogs, interviews and more here on whathifi.com throughout the week.

What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision is one of the key European media partners for CES 2012.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching whathifi.com in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.