Five New Audio Debuts from Onkyo

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Stereo systems for small-to mid-sized rooms, includeBluetooth, streaming and other features.


Aug. 30, 2012 — by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Onkyo has been dropping new audio products one at a time all year. Now the company unloads five new systems at once, and they look pretty sweet.  Most of them are small, single-room systems (good for dorm, office, bedroom, first apartment) for stereo listening and include features such as Bluetooth for streaming music from smart phones.  Here’s the rundown:

RBX-500 iLunar Dock Music System : The RBX-500 iLunar Dock Music System connects to smart phones via Bluetooth and uses a new 3D sound processing technology from Sonic Emotion in conjunction with six built-in speakers and a subwoofer. Through a process known as wave field synthesis, the speakers creates an impression of being on stage or in the studio with the musicians no matter where listeners are located in the room. $249

LS3100 EnvisionCinema: This 2.1-channel system includes a pair of small satellite speakers with a power subwoofer. It includes SRS audio enhancement and Bluetooth. $499

CS-N755 Network HiFi Mini System: This compact stereo system includes an Ethernet connection for streaming Internet music and sports Onkyo’s premium Wide Range Amplifier Technology (WRAT) with symmetrical circuit design and three-stage inverted Darlington Circuitry. It comes with two two-way bass reflex speakers, each with a 5-inch Micro Fiber woofer and 1-inch soft dome tweeter. There are pre-loaded online channels for Pandora, Rhapsody, Slacker, Sirius Internet Radio, last.fm, aupeo!, and vTuner. It is DNLA Certified and supports MP3, AAC, Apple Lossless, FLAC, and WMA Lossless. The front-panel USB ports supports iPod/iPhone as well as flash drives and hard discs. With the optional USB Bluetooth Adaptor users can stream wirelessly from Apple and Android devices. $499

CS-355 Colibrino CD/Bluetooth HiFi Mini System: The Colibrino comes in three colors—white, black, and red. Play back music from CDs, radio, or streamed from a Bluetooth-equipped smartphone. $329

A-9050 Stereo Integrated Amplifier : Finally, a stereo component for someone who’s moving up from the basic iPod dock. The A-9050 Stereo Integrated Amplifier is built 1.6 mm anti-resonant metal chassis with aluminum faceplates. Two large capacitors and a high-output EI transformer drive current through the amplifying circuit and discrete triple-transistor output stage. Solid copper bus bars provide each individual circuit with a unique link to the power supply, significantly reducing circuit noise. A Wolfson 192 kHz/24-bit DAC module and DIDRC technology cleanse signals of super-high-frequency noise and pulse interference that otherwise affects audio purity. Gold-plated RCA inputs and banana plug-compatible speaker posts also work to improve clarity. Around the back are five analog inputs and one output each, while the more powerful model of the pair adds three digital inputs for lossless PC audio (one optical, two coaxial). $499



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