Onkyo launches new budget AV receivers, announces AirPlay 2 support for select products

Onkyo launches new budget AV receivers, announces AirPlay 2 support for select models

Onkyo's AV receivers always generate plenty of interest and we now know what its entry-level 2019 models will offer.

Three new surround amps have been unveiled: the TX-SR393 ($350), TX-SR494 ($480) and TX-NR595 ($580).

The TX-SR393 is a 5.2 channel amp with a claimed 155W of power per channel, while the TX-SR494 ups the channel count to 7.2 and power to 160W per channel.

Two key features found across all three surround sound amps are Dolby Atmos Height Virtualiser (to be enabled via a future firmware update) and DTS Virtual: X, Both technologies claim to create 3D virtual surround and height effects for systems that lack multiple speakers.

The '393 and '494 are fitted with four HDMI inputs and one ARC-compatible output, plus pass-through for 4K/60p and various HDR formats, including Dolby Vision, HDR10 and HLG.

A new on-screen display will show you audio and video data including the HDR format, video resolution, frame rate and audio codec attached to the incoming signal.

There's also Onkyo's AccuEQ Room Acoustic Calibration technology, optical and coaxial digital inputs, a selection of analogue inputs and Bluetooth connectivity.

The TX-NR595 is a 7.2 channel amp which gets the same Dolby and DTS audio tech as the two models mentioned above.

The headline feature for this 2019 model, though, is Apple AirPlay 2 and all the multi-room smarts that come with it. That's in addition to all the wireless features that comes as standard, including Bluetooth, DTS Play-Fi, FlareConnect and Works with Sonos.

There is a slight catch, though - owners will have to wait until spring to get AirPlay 2 via a firmware update.

There's also a raft of music streaming services built into the Onkyo, including Amazon Music, Spotify, Tidal, Deezer and Pandora.

Six HDMI inputs should cater for all your HD and Ultra HD sources - they all support 4K/60p, 24-bit video pass-through and HDR (HDR10, HLG and Dolby Vision).

Dual HDMI outputs give added flexibility while the amp can even upscale all your high-definition sources to 4K if required.

The Onkyo TX-NR595 goes on sale in February and preliminary reports suggest this will be a US-only model. UK pricing for the 494 and 393 is still tbc.

And the '595 isn't the only product set to get the AirPlay 2 treatment this year. Onkyo has announced AirPlay 2 will be coming to other models across its AV product range via the spring update. The list includes Onkyo's TX-L50, TX-NR686, TX-RZ730 and TX-RZ830 AV receivers, LS5200 home theatre system and LX-L20D and TX-8270 network stereo receivers.

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