January 13, 2011
| by Rachel Cericola
Onkyo just announced a trio of new components that boast an ‘80s flair. However, don’t expect these devices to come wrapped in a pair of legwarmers. Instead, they just combine the classic stereo style with the technology needed for today’s discerning A/V buff.
The three new models are the P-3000R pre-amplifier, M-5000R power amplifier, and C-7000R CD player. Each one includes Onkyo’s own Dynamic Intermodulation Distortion Reduction Circuitry (DIDRC), which boasts the ability to counteract unwanted high-frequency interference. That translates into reduced distortion in the super high-frequency range, promising playback that’s closer to the original source.
Welcoming both analog and digital sources, the P-3000R pre-amp features a host of other connectivity options, including AES/EBU digital and a USB port for PC audio. Other features include a 32-bit Burr-Brown DAC for each stereo channel, PLL (phase locked loop) technology and bi-amping capabilities. Onkyo lists the MSRP on the P-3000R pre-amp as $1,699.
Taking a cue from Onkyo’s M-405, the M-5000R power amplifier has some series style, plastering analog power meters right on the front. Inside, the M-5000R has AWRAT amplification, which includes DIDRC technology combined with a low NFB design, closed ground-loop circuits, and high instantaneous-current capability. Designed to drive even the most-demanding loudspeakers, this $2,499 amp has an 8-ohm FTC rating of 80 watts and a dynamic power rating of over 450 watts into 1 ohm. Other features include three-stage inverted Darlington circuitry, a Quad Push-Pull amplification design, twin toroidal transformers and four 27,000 µF capacitors, and a high-grade XLR input.
Last, but certainly not least, is the C-7000R CD player. For minimal signal interference, this unit has a thermally regulated clock with a crystal oscillator. Featuring analog-only or digital-only modes, the C-7000R has separate analog and digital circuitry. Also notable is the player’s silent disc mechanism, die-cast aluminum tray, and AES/EBU digital outputs. Onkyo has priced the C-7000R CD player at $1,499.
All three models are expected to be available through Onkyo dealers sometime this month.
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.