Onkyo announced that it has unveiled two new packaged home theater systems for the first round of its 2012 model introductions.
Onkyo’s HT-S5500 Packaged home theater systems.
Each system combines a high-value audio video receiver with a matched set of home theater speakers.
Four HDMI inputs on both receivers facilitate Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio high-resolution soundtrack decoding. HDMI implementation also supports an Audio Return Channel for TV audio through the home theater system, 3D video, and an overlaid on-screen display.
Both receivers also feature a frontside USB port for direct digital connection of an iPod, iPhone, or music-filled flash memory device. Users can control playback using the system remote, and enjoy improved sound quality thanks to Onkyo’s onboard advanced music optimizer system.
The AV receivers included in this release now come equipped with WRAT (Wide Range Amplifier Technology), an amplification concept that reduces signal noise and provides large amounts of controlled power instantaneously. Top-quality TI Burr-Brown 192 kHz/24-bit DACs on all channels, a powerful 32-bit DSP processing chip, and discrete output-stage components contribute to the system’s audio performance.
The HT-S3500 5.1-Channel Home Theater Receiver/Speaker Package consists of the HT-R391 AV receiver, two high-gloss bass reflex front speakers, two satellite surrounds, and a bass reflex center speaker. A subwoofer with 8-inch (20 cm) down-firing cone is also included to add impact to movie scores and game soundtracks.
Users can step up to seven-channel surround with the higher-powered HT-S5500 7.1-Channel Home Theater Receiver/Speaker Package. With Dolby Pro Logic IIz expanding any audio source to include two additional Front Height channels, users can enjoy a more detailed and realistic entertainment experience, according to the company.
Two-way front speakers feature a 5-inch (12 cm) OMF Diaphragm woofer for fast and accurate mid-range response, plus a balanced-dome tweeter for well-separated highs. The center speaker has twin cone woofers and tweeter, while the four bass reflex satellite speakers feature a single full-range driver. A gloss-finished 120 W powered subwoofer allows the receiver to operate more efficiently by concentrating all its power on the mid-range and upper-end frequencies.
An Audyssey 2EQ room acoustic correction system with microphone is included, while Audyssey’s Dynamic EQ loudness correction and Dynamic Volume guarantee a smooth, consistent performance regardless of sudden changes in dynamic levels.