Onkyo announces the release of the 9.2-channel TX-NR929 Network A/V Receiver to crown its mid-range lineup. The all-new model is positioned between the 7.2-channel TX-NR828 Network A/V Receiver also on release, and the company’s existing flagship products.
The launch of these two THX Certified receivers-together with the recently unveiled TX-NR727 Network A/V THX Certified Receiver-marks the 20th anniversary of Onkyo’s collaborative partnership with THX Ltd.
Onkyo’s TX-NR929 and TX-NR828 are both THX Select2 Plus certified, signifying they passed more than 2,000 bench tests, ensuring consumers a best-in-class home theater experience.
Onkyo also includes built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology on its entry-level and mid-range A/V receivers.
The TX-NR929 Network A/V Receiver features 11.2 multichannel pre-outs and DTS Neo:X upmixing for surround-sound playback through up to 11 channels. If preferred, the user can assign four of the nine available channels to drive audio in Zone 2 and Zone 3 simultaneously. The receiver also has an extra HDMI output for sending high-def video to a second display. Multi-zone entertainment is managed via smartphone app, which encompasses the selection of online streaming services, internet radio channels, and network audio files.
Pre-processing incorporates three 192kHz/24-bit TI Burr-Brown DACs (with one stereo DAC per front channel in Differential DAC Mode). Amplification comes courtesy of Onkyo’s WRAT (Wide Range Amp Technology) and discrete Three-Stage Inverted Darlington Circuitry.
Delivering 7.2 channels is the TX-NR828 Network A/V Receiver. Along with 4K passthrough and upscaling, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi technology, and THX certification, the receiver has Audyssey DSX upmixing and Audyssey MultEQ room acoustic equalization. A full complement of analog and digital A/V connections-including 7.2 multichannel pre-outs and a phono stage-provide the flexibility for user customization. The receiver offers both Powered Zone 2 outputs and Zone 2/3 line-outs to deliver network audio sources to an existing hi-fi system in third zone.
Like its larger sibling, this A/V receiver uses an icon-based overlaid graphical on-screen display and InstaPrevue video switching technology. Hybrid Standby, meanwhile, preserves a network connection and HDMI passthrough while the home theater sleeps, allowing the use of TV and media players with the receiver powered down.
The TX-NR828 and TX-NR929 network receivers have suggested retail prices of $1099 and $1399 respectively. The TX-NR828 is now available while the TX-NR929 will be available in July.