Akihabaranews: Onkyo introduced yesterday in Japan the X-U1 a new compact or Micro Hi-Fi announced at 35,000 Yen with a CD Player, FM Tuner and USB port that is also sold with an iPod/iPhone and iPad cradle and that will allow you to take advantage of your iOS media library directly from your sofa via the X-U1’s remote control. The X-U1 is also compatible with MP3 files either stored on a USB drive or burned on a CD and offers a nice little 15Wx2ch output.
The TX-NR709 is a 7.2-channel, THX Select2 Plus design with eight HDMI inputs, dual HDMI outputs, decoding of high-definition audio formats, support for 3D video, an audio return channel and video upscaling to 4K resolution.
There’s a front-mounted USB socket for direct digital connection of of iPod/iPhone and USB mass storage devices. A proprietary universal port enables users to connect Onkyo peripherals.
Being network capable, it can stream audio from a PC or the internet, including Spotify’s Premium service and internet radio stations
Additional features inlcude DSP modes for gaming, Audyssey Dynamic EQ and Dynamic Volume, 7.2 multichannel preamp outputs and TI Burr-Brown PCM1690 192kHz/24-bit DACs.
Also joining the Onkyo stable are two 3D-ready, 5.1 receiver/speaker packages as well as a 5.1 speaker-only set-up.
The HT-S9405THX 5.1 system (£1000) and HT-S6405 (above, £600) will be available in May, as will the SKS-HT648 5.1 speaker package with subwoofer (£300).
Finally, the Onkyo BD-SP309 3D-compatible Blu-ray player (below) is on sale this month for £200. It offers 1080p upscaling, AVCHD and DivX Plus HD (MKV) video support, an ethernet port for home networking connectivity and onboard decoding for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks.
Ubergizmo: Onkyo has just announced the addition of the HS-S9400THX to their lineup of home theater systems. The top-of-the-line model, the HT-S9400THX is THX Certified and packs THX approved 7.1-channel speakers, making sure you never miss a line of a movie or a note of a song. In addition to the surround sound system, it has the standard features found in their high-end HT systems. A front-panel USB port (with iPod/iPad/iPhone support), Ethernet networking capabilities to support audio from a PC, Internet radio support and compatibility with Windows 7 and DLNA. It also features Marvell Qdeo 4K video upscaling processor, future proofing the device just in case you get a 4K-capable screen in the future. The HT-S9400THX will be available in May for $1099.
Übergizmo: Onkyo has just announced that they will be replacing their two current home theater receivers – the HT-RC270 and HT-RC260 with two new models: the HT-RC370 and HT-RC360. The new home theater receivers will be among the first AV receivers equipped with the new Marvell Qdeo 4K video upscaling processor. This allows users to upscale video to 1080p and beyond to as much as 4k of horizontal resolution, regardless of the source resolution. With 4K video display technology not yet on the market, you can be sure that you’ll stay future-proofed with one of these babies. (more…)
What Hi-fi: It’s been a busy day for Onkyo. This morning came the news that Onkyo’s new 2011 AV receivers will be Spotify-compatible, starting with the £500 TX-NR609, and this afternoon it unveiled three new stereo hi-fi components.
The line-up comprises: Onkyo TX-8050 network stereo receiver (£400); TX-8030 stereo receiver (£300); and the C-7030 CD player (£200).
The TX-8050 (top) and TX-8030 both have a discrete amplifier design with custom-built circuit boards. They deliver a claimed 130W per channel, and use Onkyo’s WRAT amp technology to “reduce distortion and ensure cleaner and more accurate signal amplification”.
Other highlights include analogue inputs, a universal port for Onkyo-branded peripheral devices such as the UP-DT1 DAB+ tuner and two preouts.
The TX-8050 adds DLNA network functionality to allow owners to stream PC audio and internet radio, plus optical and coaxial digital inputs and a USB socket. The device is also compatible with Onkyo’s Remote App for iPhone/iPod.
As for the C-7030 CD player (above), it has a new high-precision clock to reduce timing errors, a custom-built transformer a 1.6mm thick chassis to minimise vibrations.
All three models will be available in black or silver from April.
Gizmodo: For over a year now, Spotify’s been streamable on Sonos systems, but you weren’t able to tinker with playlists on anything but a laptop or phone. Today that changes, with Onkyo home cinema receivers becoming compatible with Spotify Premium accounts, controllable on the TV interface. The TX-NR609 is the first receiver to add the functionality, but Onkyo will be adding more later. Spotify Premium streams in 320kbps, and the album art will be displayed on the telly.
Übergizmo: Onkyo has a spanking newhome-theater-in-a-box (HTiB) receiver-and-speaker model that intends to bring the audio pedigree of Onkyo in a convenient packaged home theater system, where it comes in the form of the 7.1-channel Onkyo HT-S5400. Offering the latest implementation of the HDMIconnectivity standard alongside support for 3D video, lossless audio from Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio, it will also come with an Audio Return Channel that sends an audio signal “upstream” from a connected HDTV’s tuner, doing away with the need for a separate audio cable.
Connectivity options include a quartet of HDMI inputs and one output, where the receiver will also be acocmpanied by a generous selection of digital and analog A/V inputs to handle a wide range of playback devices. The HT-S5400 has one extensive feature set with a couple of extra audio channels to help it support Dolby Pro Logic IIz, where this audio processing technology enables users to reconfigure the two surround-back channels as “front height” channels, increasing the ambience of movies and games.
Expect the HT-S5400 to arrive this April for $599 a pop if you’re interested – at least it gives you a couple more months to save up.
The Audiophiliac: Onkyo may be best-known for its receivers and home theater-in-a-box systems, but the company planted deep roots in audiophile-grade hi-fi in the 1970s. As I recall, Onkyo had more street cred among audiophiles than Sony or Pioneer in the days before home theater ruled the roost.
Today at CES in Las Vegas Onkyo will debut a new range of elite stereo hi-fi components, with a style reminiscent of the company’s classic models of the 1980s. All three components–the P-3000R preamplifier, M-5000R power amplifier, and C-7000R CD player–incorporate Onkyo’s new Dynamic Intermodulation Distortion Reduction Circuitry (DIDRC), that is said to reduce noise by improving linearity and reducing distortion in the super high-frequency range, resulting in audio playback that is more faithful to the original source.
The P-3000R preamp accepts both analog and digital sources. A high-quality 32-bit Burr-Brown digital-to-analog converter is provided for each stereo channel to optimize audio performance. The M-5000R power amplifier’s large analog meters evoke the look of Onkyo’s classic M-405 amp from the 1980s. While the 8-ohm FTC power rating is a conservative 80 watts, the amplifier’s ample current output should allow it to drive even the most demanding loudspeakers to high levels. Eighty watts may not seem like much, but the M-5000R can deliver over 450 watts into 1 ohm speaker loads. A high-grade XLR input offers the possibility of doubling power output with a second amp.
Rounding out the new lineup, the C-7000R CD Player features a thermally regulated, high-precision clock with a state-of-the-art crystal oscillator. The player’s analog and digital circuitry are physically separated and employ independent transformers for the analog and digital circuitry.
All three models will be available through select Onkyo dealers this month, with manufacturer’s suggested retail prices of $1,699 for the P-3000R pre-amplifier, $2,499 for the M-5000R power amplifier, and $1,499 for the C-7000R CD player.
Onkyo and most other receiver manufacturers still make stereo receivers; Onkyo models start with the $249 TX-8255 receiver.
Akihabara News: Onkyo released a new all in one AREO Sound System in Japan with the CBX-500. Sold at around 35,000 Yen, the CBX-500 comes with the support of iPhone 3G/3GS and 4, allowing you to use your iPhone as a primary audio source and use Onkyo high-quality DAC to deliver flawless sound to its pair of 10W 8” OMF (Onkyo Micro Fiber) speakers. The CBX-500 also comes with a CD player and AM-FM Radio tuner.
Akihabara:Onkyo introduced yesterday a new audio-video mini system and stereo mini system. The Audio and Video mini system, the CS-V645, consists of a powerful DVD/CD player with a built-in dock for iPod, a USB connection, high definition HDMI video output and DVD 1080p upscaling, DivX, MP3, WMA and JPEG support as well as a pair of two-way loudspeakers. While the CS-445 stereo music system has a CD player, built-in dock for iPod/iPhone, and slightly less powerful two-way speakers.
Onkyo, a brand known worldwide for quality home entertainment electronics, has introduced an audio-video mini system and stereo mini system that are each well suited for the office, bedroom, dorm room, or summer cottage. The AV mini system consists of a powerful DVD/CD receiver with a built-in dock for iPod, a USB connection, high definition HDMI video output with 1080p upscaling, and a pair of two-way loudspeakers. The step-down stereo music system has a CD receiver, built-in dock for iPod/iPhone, and slightly smaller two-way speakers.
The Onkyo CS-V645 DVD/CD Mini System plays a wide range of audio and video formats from DVDs, CDs, iPod, and USB. In addition to standard DVD and CD playback, it supports MP3, WMA, JPEG, and DivX file formats. Video programs are upscaled to 1080p resolution for output to a high definition video display over an HDMI connection. The dock for iPod is located on the top of the receiver, and the USB jack is on the front panel for easy access for flash drives and cable-connected systems.
The Onkyo CS-445 CD mini system plays CD’s CD-R and CD-RW media with standard CD-audio, MP3, and WMA files, and the top-panel dock for iPod/iPhone dramatically increases the available music sources.
Both systems have powerful 40-watt stereo amplifier sections and a pair of high-performance two-way bass-reflex loudspeakers with 1-inch soft dome tweeters and the company’s signature OMF (Onkyo Micro Fiber) woofer cones. The DVD receiver has a 20-preset FM tuner, the CD receiver has an AM/FM tuner with 40 presets, and both models include a full-function remote control.
The Onkyo CS-V645 will be available in early December with a suggested retail price of $399. The Onkyo CS-445 will reach dealers in early November with a suggested retail price of $329.