Onkyo has announced a new value-oriented 7.2-channel AV receiver, due out this month. The TX-SR383 ($399) is rated at 155 watts per channel (6 ohms, 1 kHz, 10 percent THD, one channel driven). It lacks Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support but features Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD MA decoding, as well as four HDMI inputs that support UHD/HDR10 pass-through. AccuEQ Room Acoustic Calibration is also onboard, as is Bluetooth 3.0 and Onkyo's Music Optimizer DSP algorithm that restores lost bit information to improve the quality of lower-resolution sources.
With a discrete high-current 7-channel analog amplification system and a host of world-class features, the TX-SR383 7.2-Channel AV Receiver delivers unprecedented value by providing high-quality stereo amplification for everyday music listening and transforming movies via a dynamic surround sound. Most significantly, it provides a choice of native 7.2-channel soundtrack reproduction or a 5.2-channel surround-sound layout with powered audio distribution to a pair of stereo speakers in Zone 2. Available later this month for $399 (USD) / $499 (CAD), the TX-SR383 is an ideal starter component for those considering a home theater.
The TX-SR383 is a future-ready hub that is perfect for connecting HDR-ready media players and television sets. It features four HDMI inputs and one output supporting 4K/60p, HDR10, HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma), 4:4:4 color space, and BT.2020 color-standard video pass-through as well as HDCP 2.2. The CEC-compliant HDMI output also has an ARC (Audio Return Channel) to enable amplification of TV broadcasts from ARC-ready displays. HDMI pass-through is available when amplified sound is not required.
Backed by 155W/ch (6 ohms, 1 kHz, 10% THD, 1 channel driven) and supporting DTS-HD Master Audio and Dolby TrueHD movie soundtrack - with either Surround Back or Front Height speakers to enhance theater-realistic immersion -- the easy-to-use TX-SR383 is ideal for the latest 4K entertainment.
AccuEQ Room Acoustic Calibration delivers tailored surround sound to suit any media room. It sets speaker parameters such as distance, output level, and crossover, and EQs to present a cohesive audio image optimized for unique room sizes and speaker positions. Just plug in the setup mic after connecting the speakers, follow the onscreen prompts, and enjoy calibrated sound.
Bluetooth Version 3.0 wireless technology supports the AAC codec for high-quality audio transmission, while compliance with Qualcomm aptX audio enables CD-like music playback quality with compatible smartphones, tablets, and personal computers. Stream virtually any audio in moments with easy pairing via a key on the front panel or remote controller.
Music Optimizer, developed by Onkyo, uses a DSP algorithm to restore lost bit information for objectively better sound when playing compressed audio files. Touch a key on the remote to enable Music Optimizer listening mode on a variety of input sources, including Bluetooth audio, and MP3, WMA, and AAC files via a front-panel USB input.
With a variety of network HDMI devices available to bring streaming audio and video to the family room, the TX-SR383 includes a rear 5V/1A USB outlet to power devices that require it. Users can add room-filling amplified sound to their favorite movies and TV programs on-demand via subscription services, and enjoy premium sound with music, podcasts, and online audio-video media streamed via smartphones or tablet apps.
A selection of composite video inputs connect legacy devices, while optical/coaxial digital audio inputs and analog audio inputs are also included. Connect players, conceal them in an entertainment unit, and distribute video to the TV via one cable--great for wall-mounted displays. Together, these features combine with the signature Onkyo sound to let families enrich their daily entertainment experience, stress-free and at an affordable price.