Deal: Onkyo 7.1 “Hi-Def” Receiver - $539.99

Onkyo TX-SR705S

Hi-def is more than just big TV's and Blu-ray players. To fully appreciate you'll need a receiver like the Onkyo TX-SR705S.

Mar. 17, 2008 — by Gordon Jones

The problem with buying a new home theater component, whether its an amp, speakers, or even cables, is that it almost always requires (or encourages) additional equipment upgrades. OK, I guess it’s not really a “problem”. In fact, that’s half the fun. But this domino effect can play havoc on your Visa, not to mention marital relations (tip-o-the-day: separate accounts).

One product seeing a lot of action in this regard is the receiver/integrated amp. Now that Blu-ray is poised to take off (?) a lot of users are realizing their setups can’t handle the format’s lossless audio and HDMI 1.3 requirements.

Today’s deal is a nice solution for those looking to get the most from their new hi-def players (either flavor) without tapping the 401k. The Onkyo TX-SR705S is 7.1, which is 2 channels more than most people need/have, with 100 watts per at 8 ohms and supports the new lossless audio formats - Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio. It’s THX certified (time to upgrade your speakers) and has three HDMI inputs to upconvert your older content via Faroudja DCDI Edge technology.

The TX-SR705S also features Onkyo’s Audyssey MultEQ® XT equalization, meaning it senses your rooms acoustic properties and adjusts on the fly. Multiroom functionality is also on the menu, as well as XM and an optional dock for your iPod.

Sale price: $599.99 - 10% via code “2DAV625AFZ” = $539.99

Deal ends: 3/19/08

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