Published On: August 24, 2009

Onkyo's Three New Network Internet Radio AV Receivers

Published On: August 24, 2009

Onkyo's Three New Network Internet Radio AV Receivers

Three new network and Internet radio-capable, 9.2-channel THX Ultra2 Plus certified A/V receivers have been introduced by Onkyo and will be available to ship at the end of September. The TX-NR1007, TX-NR3007 and the top-of-the-line TX-NR5007 all deliver the power, processing and features to support cutting edge home theater and whole house entertainment

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Onkyo has introduced three network- and Internet-radio-capable, 9.2-channel THX Ultra2 Plus certified A/V receivers that deliver all the power, processing, and features to support cutting edge home theater and whole-house entertainment. The three new models, the Onkyo TX-NR1007, TX-NR3007, and top-of-the-line TX-NR5007, will all be shipping to dealers before the end of September.

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"With nine amplifier channels, dual independent subwoofer outputs, and up-to-the-minute networking and AV processing, the flexibility of the 'double-0' series is unprecedented," said Paul Wasek, Marketing Manager, Onkyo USA. "You can have a full-tilt 9.2-channel theater using Audyssey DSX or Dolby ProLogic IIz, or a great five-channel theater with added power to the main speakers or to additional stereo zones - the list of possibilities is a long one. These receivers take home theater to the current frontiers of networking, audio, and video performance."

All three new receivers include a rear-panel Ethernet port, and provide advanced networking capabilities with streaming for Pandora, Rhapsody, vTuner, and Sirius Internet Radio services. Each receiver is Windows 7 compatible, and carries DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) 1.5 certification, ensuring optimal compatibility with other network-enabled equipment throughout the home.

The two top models in Onkyo's TX-series AV receivers, the TX-NR5007 and TX-NR3007, feature eight and seven HDMI 1.3a inputs each, respectively, including one on each front panel. Video processing, including upscaling of all video inputs to 1080p/24, is handled by an advanced HQV Reon-VX chipset. The less expensive TX-NR1007 features a total of six HDMI inputs on the rear panel, and 1080p upscaling via Faroudja DCDi Cinema processing. All three models include dual parallel HDMI outputs, allowing for display of current programming on dual monitors, simultaneously or independently, for increased setup flexibility. These models also include powerful ISF Certified Calibration Controls (ISFccc) for independent optimization and fine-grain adjustments of a full range of video sources, including day, night, and custom modes for each input.

Read more about the features of Onkyo's new receivers on Page 2.

Onkyo_txnr_5007.gifAudio processing duties in each new model is handled by a trio of TI
Aureus • DSP chips, and is compatible with every major surround format
currently in use. Premium quality Burr Brown DACs--32-bit
in the case of the TX-NR5007--in conjunction with Onkyo's exclusive
VLSC (Vector Linear Shaping Circuitry) are employed for
digital-to-analog conversion. In addition to audio decoding, the
receivers include a full suite of acoustic setup and optimization
technologies from THX
(Loudness Plus) and Audyssey (MultEQ XT, Dynamic EQ, and Dynamic
Volume) that custom tailor audio output to ensure optimal system
performance in any environment and at any listening level.
Additionally, the TX-NR5007 and TX-NR3007 are the first Onkyo Receivers
to include Dolby Volume,
which maintains listening volume at a consistent level regardless of
changes in the source material, such as commercials, or when switching
from one source to another, such as TV to DVD.

The nine power amplifiers can be configured for a variety of
different purposes. One option is for a full 9.2-channel theater system
that includes independent left and right subwoofers, and two additional
'height' or 'stereo-wide' speakers when using Audyssey DSX or Dolby's
Pro Logic IIz processing. The system can also be configured to power
two independent stereo zones in addition to a five-channel theater
set-up. Two channels can also be combined with the front left/right
channels to increase power to the main speakers via bi-amplification
or, in the case of the TX-NR5007 and TX-NR3007, in a bridged
configuration. Finally, in the TX-NR5007 two channels can be tasked to
power a second pair of main speakers for dedicated two-channel
listening, allowing for independent 7.2-channel home theater and stereo
audio speaker setups in a single room.

The TX-NR5007 is rated at 145 watts per channel, and its power
supply features a massive toroidal transformer and a pair of 22,000
microfarad storage capacitors to handle even the most dynamic source
material. Both the TX-NR5007 and the 140-watt-per-channel TX-NR3007
feature separate power supply transformers for audio and video
processing and reproduction. All three receivers, including the
135-watt-per-channel TX-NR1007, feature a push-pull amplification
topology, with three-stage inverted Darlington circuitry and the
company's highly regarded WRAT (Wide Range Amplifier Technology) for
highly dynamic and linear response throughout the audible spectrum.

The TX-NR5007, TX-NR3007, and TX-NR1007 each include Onkyo's
exclusive Universal Port, allowing for one-cable expansion with the
company's HD Radio tuner and/or iPod dock unit. Each model is firmware
updatable via Ethernet or (on the TX-NR5007 and TX-NR3007) front panel
USB port. All three include Onkyo's new bidirectional and customizable
preprogrammed remote control that dramatically simplifies the process
of programming all the components in your system.

The Onkyo receivers will be available in September at suggested
retail prices of $2,699 for the TX-NR5007, $2,099 for the TX-NR3007,
and $1,599 for the TX-NR1007.

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