Two TX series AV receivers (AVRs) unveiled today by Onkyo will expand its selection of AVRs with InstaPrevue and MHL (Mobile High Definition Link) and bring down the opening price of DTS Neo:X surround processing and Audyssey MultEQ XT32 room correction.
Onkyo’s $1,199-suggested TX-NR818 with InstaPrevue, MHL-enabled HDMI ports, and DTDS Neo:X post processing.
The $999-suggested TX-NR717 and $1,199 TX-NR818 will be available in May. Both are 7.2-channel networked AVRs with Windows 7, DLNA, and THX Select2 Plus certification. Both stream Internet radio stations and Internet music services, and they upscale any video source to full 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution. The $1,199 model adds ISF video calibration technology and DTS Neo:X surround post-processing.
To date, the company hasn’t announced adoption of Apple AirPlay in its AVRs.
With the launches, Onkyo is bringing DTS Neo:X’s opening price in the TX series down to $1,199 from last year’s $1,399 and Audyssey MultEQ XT32 room correction down to $1,199 from last year’s $2,199.
Audyssey MultEQ XT32 gathers data from more than 10,000 points across eight listening positions to adjust response to compensate for a room’s sonic deficiencies. DTS Neo:X post-processing technology upmixes stereo and multichannel audio programs to create as many as 11 audio channels, which include a pair of front-height channels and pair of front-wide channels. In the TX-NR818, it is used to add two front-height or two front-wide channels to deliver a total of seven channels. In last year’s $1,399 9.2-channel AVR, Neo:X could be used to power front-height and front-wide channels simultaneously.
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