February 13, 2012
| by Rachel Cericola
Now that we’re well into 2012, it’s time to bring on the new products! Onkyo is teasing a bit with four new receivers, which will start shipping next month.
The new offering will include the TX-SR313 5.1-Channel Home Theater Receiver, the TX-NR414 5.1-Channel Network Receiver, and the TX-NR515 7.2-Channel Network Receiver. The top of the line is the THX-certified Onkyo TX-NR616 7.2-Channel Network Receiver.
The three top models have networking features, which includes music “cloud server” access via MP3tunes. All three offer hardwired Ethernet networking, with the option to add wireless via the UWF-1 Wireless USB adapter (sold separtely). These models also have something called InstaPrevue, which uses on-screen video thumbnails to show content that’s currently available through connected components.
The TX-NR616 and TX-NR515 also have Marvell’s Qdeo processing, Dolby Pro Logic IIz support, and Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL). The latter is an interface protocol that allows 1080p video and stills with 7.1 channels of surround sound to travel over HDMI from MHL-compatible smartphones and other portable devices. The TX-NR616 model also adds in that THX Select2 Plus certification, Audyssey DSX, and Onkyo’s three-stage inverted Darlington circuitry.
All four of the new models feature 3D support, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding, Onkyo’s own WRAT (Wide Range Amplifier Technology), Audio Channel Return, and plenty of HDMI and USB ports.
Networked models are also compatible with Onkyo’s free Remote App for the iPod touch, iPhone and Android devices.
Onkyo will start selling the TX-NR515, TX-NR414 and TX-SR313 next month for $599, $499 and $299, respectively. The TX-NR616 will follow in April, with an MSRP of $699.
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.