Onkyo expands AV receiver range with midrange models

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.

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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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.