Onkyo Puts Emotion, THX into New Home Theater Receivers

The TX-NR737 and TX-NR838 are part of the company's "Emotion Delivered" concept.

Onkyo's TX-NR838.

Onkyo is putting some “emotion” into a new pair of surround sound receivers for home theater. The company just debuted its “Emotion Delivered” concept, in conjunction with the release of the TX-NR737 and the TX-NR838.

“Emotion Delivered” was coined to sum up Onkyo’s amplification philosophy. The company says that it can move the listener, using a slew of audio technologies and high current. That high current is really the cornerstone of the new concept. It’s also what provides the ultimate in speaker control, as well as what handles all of the impedance fluctuations and the dynamic changes common to movie soundtracks.

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Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the TX-NR737 and TX-NR838 also have THX Select2 Plus certification, which means that both AVRs have been tested to make sure that each one can deliver sound as each filmmaker intended.

Both receivers come packing seven HDMI inputs and two outputs. One of those inputs is located on the front panel, and includes MHL support. That same input, as well as inputs one through four on the back, can also support Ultra HD video at 60 frames per second. Input number three and the main out has HDCP 2.2 compatibility, which can play copy-protected Ultra HD media and other streaming, broadcast or physical video content.

Other features include Wide Range Amplifier Technology (WRAT), Qdeo upscaling, Three-Stage Inverted Darlington Circuitry amplification, dual Digital Signal Processing (DSP) engines, 192 kHz/24-bit Burr-Brown D/A conversion, the Advanced Music Optimizer DSP, and InstaPrevue technology. Both AVRs also boast an easy set up, with AccuEQ room calibration.

Also worth mentioning is that both options can be networked, thanks to built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and DLNA. No add-on adapters are necessary. Users can stream music straight to the receiver from connected smartphones, tablets and computers, as well as tap into Spotify, Pandora, SiriusXM Internet Radio, Slacker, AUPEO!, and TuneIn Radio, all of which are accessible from Onkyo’s free remote app.

Onkyo has made the TX-NR838 a standout by including a Pure Direct Analog Path mode, which can physically shut down all digital circuitry in the receiver. This allows signals to pass from the phono or analog audio inputs to the amplifiers, all without any type of electrical interference. It also means that this AVR can double as a pure-analog power amp for source components such as turntables, SACD players, and Blu-ray players. The TX-NR838 even has options to deliver HD to a second zone using the HDMI Sub Out, as well as 7.2 multichannel pre-outs, five digital audio inputs, and a 12-volt trigger-out for Zone 2 audio.

Onkyo will start selling the TX-NR737 and TX-NR838 in May, priced at $899 and $1,199, respectively.

A peek at the back of Onkyo’s TX-NR838.

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