NEWS: New budget multichannel receivers arrive from Onkyo

You'll have read about the new Onkyo TX-SR606 multichannel receiver below, so here are details of the two new budget models in the range, the £300 TX-SR576 and £250 TX-SR506 (pictured), which replaces the Award-winning TX-SR505.

Both models include 7.1-channel surround processing for Dolby Digital EX, Dolby Pro-Logic IIx, DTS-ES, DTS 96/24 and DTS Neo:6.

As for video connectivity, the TX-SR576 has three 1080p-compatible HDMI 1.2 inputs, as well as additional onboard decoding for Dolby Digital Plus audio.

You'll also find three 1080p-compatible HDMI inputs on the TX-SR506, but it uses pass-through connections, so you'll need to connect an additional optical or coaxial cable to hear multichannel audio from your Sky box or DVD/Blu-ray player.

Each model has Onkyo's dual-source powered zone 2 capability, which allows the receiver's surround amplifier channels to power stereo speakers in a second room while still listening to 5.1-channel sound in the main zone.

Setting up the receivers should be simple too. The Audyssey 2EQ automatic calibration system uses a supplied microphone to analyse the system's acoustic output and correctly calibrate the output for the speakers and environment.

The TX-SR576 and TX-SR506 will be available in silver and black. Full technical specifications are as follows:

SPECIFICATIONS - Onkyo TX-SR576

Advanced features

* HDTV-Capable HDMI Video Switching (1080p; 3 Inputs and 1 Output)

* Dolby Digital Plus Decoding

* RIHD (Remote Interactive over HDMI) for System Control

* Audyssey 2EQ to Correct Room Acoustic Problems and to Calibrate Speakers

* Audyssey Dynamic EQ for Loudness Correction

* Powered Zone 2 and Zone 2 Line-Out for Playback in Another Room (Separate Source)

* Biamping Capability for Music and Movie Sound Effects

Audio and video features

* 130 W/Ch Minimum into 6 ohms, 1 kHz, IEC (1 Channel Driven, IEC)

* DTS-ES Discrete/Matrix, DTS Neo:6, DTS 96/24, Dolby Digital EX, Dolby Pro Logic IIx

* H.C.P.S. (High Current Power Supply) Massive High Power Transformer

* 192 kHz/24-Bit DACs for All Channels

* HDTV-Capable (720p/1080i) Component Video Switching (2 Inputs and 1 Output)

* WRAT (Wide Range Amplifier Technology)

* Advanced 32-Bit Processing DSP Chip

* 4 Digital Inputs (2 Optical, 2 Coaxial)

* 3 S-Video Inputs and 2 Outputs

* Subwoofer Pre Out

* CinemaFILTER(tm)

* Pure Audio Mode

* Form Listening Mode Memory

* Optimum Gain Volume Circuitry

* Music Optimizer for Compressed Music Files

* Double Bass Function

* Color-Coded 7.1-Multichannel Inputs (Receive 7.1 Surround Sound from Compatible Blu-ray Disc Players)

* Dual Banana Plug-Compatible Speaker Posts (Except Zone 2)

* Crossover Adjustment at 40/50/60

/80/100/120/150/200 Hz for Bass Management

* A/V Synchronization Function (Up to 100 ms in 20 ms Steps)

* Compatible with RI (Remote Interactive) Dock for the iPod

* Front Panel Auxiliary Input (for Camcorders, Game Consoles, etc.)

* Newly Designed Preprogrammed RI (Remote Interactive) Remote Control with Mode-Key LEDs

Other features

* 40 FM/AM Radio Presets

* RDS (PS/RT/PTY/TP)

* Non-Scaling Configuration

* Tone Control (Bass/Treble) for Front L/R Channels

* 4 Composite Video Inputs and 2 Outputs

* 4 A/V Inputs and 1 Output

* 2 Audio Inputs and 1 Output

* Digital Upsampling

* Display Dimmer (Normal/Dim/Dimmer)

* Headphone Jack

* Sleep Timer (via Remote)

* Battery-Free Memory Backup

SPECIFICATIONS - Onkyo TX-SR506

Advanced features

* HDMI Pass-Thru (1080p Compatible; 3 Inputs and 1 Output)*

* HDTV-Capable HDMI Video Switching

* Audyssey 2EQ to Correct Room Acoustic Problems and to Calibrate Speakers

* Audyssey Dynamic EQ for Loudness Correction

* Powered Zone 2 and Zone 2 Line-Out for Playback in Another Room (Separate Source)

* Bi-Amping Capability for Music and Movie Sound Effects

* A separate audio connection is necessary to process multichannel audio.

Audio and video features

* 130 W/Ch Minimum into 6 ohms, 1 Channel Driven, IEC

* DTS-ES Discrete/Matrix, DTS Neo:6, DTS 96/24, Dolby Digital EX, Dolby Pro Logic IIx

* H.C.P.S. (High Current Power Supply) Massive High Power Transformer

* 192 kHz/24-Bit DACs for All Channels

* HDTV-Capable (720p/1080i) Component Video Switching (2 Inputs and 1 Output)

* WRAT (Wide Range Amplifier Technology)

* Advanced 32-Bit Processing DSP Chip

* 4 Digital Inputs (2 Optical, 2 Coaxial)

* 3 S-Video Inputs and 2 Outputs

* Subwoofer Pre Out

* CinemaFILTER(tm)

* Pure Audio Mode

* A-Form Listening Mode Memory

* Optimum Gain Volume Circuitry

* Music Optimizer for Compressed Music Files

* Theater Dimensional Virtual Surround Function

* Double Bass Function

* Color-Coded 7.1-Multichannel Inputs (Receive 7.1 Surround Sound from Compatible Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD Players)

* Dual Banana Plug-Compatible Speaker Posts (Except Zone 2)

* Crossover Adjustment at 40/50/60/80/100/120/150/200 Hz for Bass Management

* A/V Synchronization Function (Up to 100 ms in 20 ms Steps)

* 40 FM/AM Radio Presets

* Compatible with RI (Remote Interactive) Dock for the iPod

* Front Panel Auxiliary Input (for Camcorders, Game Consoles, etc.)

* Newly Designed Preprogrammed RI (Remote Interactive) Remote Control with Mode-Key LEDs

Other features

* Non-Scaling Configuration

* Tone Control (Bass/Treble) for Front L/R Channels

* 4 Composite Video Inputs and 2 Outputs

* 4 A/V Inputs and 1 Output

* 2 Audio Inputs and 1 Output

* Digital Upsampling

* Display Dimmer (Normal/Dim/Dimmer)

* RDS (PS/RT/PTY/PT)

* Headphone Jack

* Sleep Timer (via Remote)

* Battery-Free Memory Backup

Technorati Tags: 1080p, Audyssey 2EQ, Dolby Digital EX, Dolby TrueHD, DTS Neo:6, DTS-ES, HDMI 1.3a, multichannel receivers, Onkyo TX-506SR, Onkyo TX-SR576

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