Onkyo USA, which is celebrating 70 years in the business of manufacturing high-quality home theater and hi-fi solutions, unveiled its lineup of a/v receivers scheduled to debut this year. Onkyo said the 2016 class of products redefines the “expectations for price-to-performance.”
Included in the lineup are the TX-NR757 (pictured above), TX-NR656, TX-NR555 and the TX-SR353 A/V receivers. The first three named products bring high-current Dynamic Audio Amplification and “state-of-the-art” features to the mid-range with Dolby Atmos decoding, and they’re all DTS:X-ready. Onkyo said they also support 4K Ultra HD video and 4K upscaling, AirPlay, and WiFi with Google Cast, and Tidal music streaming.
Onkyo also announced that, via a future firmware update, the receivers will get the new FireConnect multi-room audio technology. Powered by Blackfire, FireConnect is a “stable wireless protocol” that sends any audio source connected to the receiver—be it vinyl or streaming audio—to an optional Onkyo speaker or another FireConnect-compatible device in another room.
Another technology debuting in the 2016 lineup of Onkyo receivers is AccuReflex, part of the company’s AccuEQ calibration suite. The tech adjusts the phase of sound bounced off of the ceiling by up-firing speakers so that it syncs with sound from the other speakers to create a more accurate Dolby Atmos experience.
Here’s a brief rundown on each of the new models that will roll out this year from Onkyo:
TX-NR757 NETWORK AV RECEIVER (MSRP $799)
The TX-NR757 looks to the future with HDCP 2.2-compliant HDMI inputs supporting 60Hz UltraHD and Full HD video with 4:4:4 color space and High Dynamic Range (HDR). The receiver was also designed with custom integration in mind with RS232, 12v trigger, IR input and more on board.
The 7.2-Channel TX-NR656 packs 170W/Ch while the 7.2-Channel TX-NR555 boasts 140W/Ch for powerful home theater experiences. Both receivers let music lovers take advantage of the full-scale stereo power through Google Cast, AirPlay, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth streaming music from mobiles and PCs, while Onkyo’s own remote app streams everything from MP3s to hi-res audio stored on a media server. Digital music benefits from noise-free 32-bit D/A conversion with VLSC, while discrete non-phase-shift amps provide a sense of clarity and depth.
TX-SR353 AV RECEIVER (MSRP $399)
The powerful yet affordable TX-SR353 5.1-Channel A/V Receiver is engineered front-to-back to streamline and enhance daily entertainment. It features full support for 4K video via four HDMI inputs, decoding for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio common to Blu-ray discs, and video up-conversion via HDMI to reduce TV connections to a single cable.
The TX-NR656, TX-NR555 and TX-SR353 will be available in mid April while the TX-NR757 debuts in May. Visit the Onkyo website for additional information on each receiver.