Onkyo is bringing Dolby Atmos decoding down to a suggested $499 in audio/video receivers, bringing HDMI 2.0a with HDCP 2.2 copy protection to $399, and launching its first 5.1.2 speaker package.
Onkyo’s $499-suggested TX-SR444 with Dolby Atmos, HDMI 2.0a, and HDCP 2.2.
The company also unveiled a new Atmos-equipped receiver/speaker package.
Two of three new AVRs announced by the company at a suggested $499 and $599 are Atmos-equipped but not upgradable to DTS:X. The third receiver, priced at $399, lacks Atmos but features HDR-capable HDMI 2.0a inputs, HDCP 2.2 copy protection, and full-bandwidth 18Gbps HDMI.
The two Atmos-equipped AVRs will join two previously announced Atmos-equipped AVRS for 2015: the $699 TX-NR646 and $999 TX-NR747. Both of those models are upgradable to DTS:X via a firmware upgrade due sometime later this year. They also feature HDMI 2.0a, 18Gbps HDMI, and HDCP 2.2.
The two new Atmos AVRs drive 5.1.2 Atmos speaker setups but do not accept add-on two-channel amps to support Atmos 5.1.4 or 7.1.2.
With the three newly announced AVRs, the company is reducing the opening price for built-in Bluetooth to $399 from $499, but the opening price for built-in Wi-Fi and networking goes to $599 from $499.
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