Two new TX-series networked AV receivers from Onkyo include the company’s first receiver that supports HDMI 2.0 connections and HDCP 2.2 copy protection.
Onkyo’s $699-suggested 7.2-channel TX-NR636 AV receiver with HDMI 2.0 connections and HDCP 2.2 digital rights management.
Both are also the company’s first with HDMI connections that support 4K video with 60Hz frame rates and first to support the 21:9 widescreen format.
With the launch, the company is also lowering the opening price point for TX-series AVRs with built-in Bluetooth and built-in Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n to a suggested $499 from $599.
The two receivers — both networked — are the $499-suggested 5.2-channel TX-NR535 and $699 7.2-channel TX-NR636, which features HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2. They become available in March and April, respectively.
Compared with their predecessors, Onkyo is also adding double-DSD playback and gapless playback of downloaded music, a new room-correction technology called AccuEQ, and compressed-music optimizer support for stereo Bluetooth. The step-up NR636 also adds a phono input.
Both new models support 4K/60Hz passthrough via HDMI, a feature that Onkyo said would be especially appreciated by PC gamers playing 4K/60Hz games.
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