Onkyo has introduced its TX-8050 network stereo receiver.
The TX-8050 network stereo receiver.The Onkyo TX-8050 network stereo receiver is designed to connect a wide range of modern and vintage music sources to one of the company’s power amplifier sections. A front-panel USB port allows direct digital connection for iPod/iPhone and other USB devices. An ethernet jack provides streaming internet radio or audio from computer or network sources. Onkyo’s proprietary Universal Port provides for Onkyo-branded peripheral iPod/iPhone docks, HD radio tuner, and future wireless options.
The receiver also supports classic audio sources such as turntable, AM/FM, audio recorder, AV sources, and a CD player via analog or optical/coaxial digital connections. The TX-8050 is FTC rated at 80 watts per channel with no more that 0.08 percent total harmonic distortion, allowing it to drive typical 6-ohm speakers to 100 watts.
An EI transformer and large 8,200 µF capacitors ensures a stable power supply with the ability to drive high-current loads with both channels, according to the company. The receiver features Onkyo’s proprietary WRAT amplifier technology, which incorporates a low negative-feedback design, closed ground-loop circuits, and a high instantaneous-current capability. The technology is designed to reduce distortion and cancel circuit noise.
The TX-8050’s network functionality enables owners to incorporate streaming PC audio and Internet radio into their main entertainment system. The TX-8050 is compatible with Onkyo’s Remote App for iPod/iPhone, a free, downloadable app that enables owners to use an iPod touch or iPhone as a remote controller to control a range of functions on the receiver.
The TX-8050 will be available in late April with a suggested retail price of $399.