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Onkyo’s new 2016 range of home cinema receivers

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The Japanese manufacturer Onkyo has recently presented its 2016 range of home cinema receivers, including the new Onkyo TX-RZ810, Onkyo TX-RZ710, Onkyo TX-NR656 and Onkyo TX-NR555 models. These upgraded receivers come equipped with all the most widely acclaimed features of previous models: Dolby Atmos and DTS:X compatibility, WiFi and Ethernet controllers enabling network functions, a wide variety of supported digital audio formats (MP3, WAV, Apple Lossless, FLAC, DSD…). This latest line of home cinema receivers also offers new network functions such as Google Cast and multiroom compatibility via FireConnect, not to mention improvements such as HDR imaging technology.

The new Onkyo TX-RZ and TX-NR receivers: extended compatibility

Already known for being compatible with a wide range of products and protocols, Onkyo’s latest range of receivers now make use of Blackfire’s FireConnect technology to offer a multiroom feature. This technology makes it possible to play music in any room on compatible loudspeakers by simply downloading the free Onkyo Control app (Android and iOS).

Each receiver in Onkyo’s new range comes equipped with Ethernet connectivity and a WiFi controller, allowing you to enjoy all that Google Cast technology has to offer, in addition to the AirPlay function that was already present on Onkyo’s earlier models. It is therefore possible to play music from your iPhone/iPod/iPad or from an Android device on Onkyo’s 2016 generation of home cinema receivers.

Front view of the Onkyo TX-RZ810 home cinema receiver

The new Onkyo TX-RZ and TX-NR receivers: prepared for the future of digital content

As already featured on earlier generations of Onkyo receivers, Dolby Atmos and DTS:X multichannel sound formats are once again made available on the TX-RZ810, TX-RZ710, TX-NR656 and TX-NR555 receivers.

Furthermore, the Onkyo TX-RZ810 and TX-RZ710 home cinema receivers are THX Select2 Plus certified. This prestigious label is only granted to products that stand up to the scrupulous accreditation process of George Lucas’s THX company. This certification is a token of quality in terms of image and sound in an average-sized room (50 to 80 m²).

The TX-RZ810 home cinema receiver features a wide range of connectors

Already compatible with 4K UHD content at 60fps, 3D and HDCP 2.2 (anti-piracy standard), all models in Onkyo’s new generation of receivers are also compatible with the HDR (High Dynamic Range) protocol, allowing for an extended dynamic range and exceptionally detailed images. Contrast is optimized, details more perceptible in high or low light and the colors are distinctly richer.

The new Onkyo TX-RZ and TX-NR receivers: automatic calibration

Following in the footsteps of Onkyo’s 2015 models, each model in the company’s latest range of receivers comes equipped with an automatic calibration microphone. This component allows the receiver to adapt the sound produced by the loudspeakers to the defining features of the listening room for an optimal listening experience. The automatic calibration function now also uses Onkyo’s Accureflex technology, which improves phasing and delay on speakers installed at a certain height (the case for Dolby Atmos or DTS:X configurations).

Thanks to the automatic calibration microphone, the receiver is able to adapt its sound delivery to the listening room

The two new ranges of home cinema receivers that Onkyo has presented for 2016 are an ideal fit for those who value performance and technological compatibility with future film and TV productions (HDCP 2.2, UHD-4K, Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, HDR).

Onkyo’s 2016 range of AV receivers are also ideal to enjoy digital music thanks to their WiFi and Ethernet network connectivity as well as compatibility with Bluetooth, USB, DLNA protocol and multiroom via FireConnect. For those looking for a device capable of restituting analog sound, the receivers from Onkyo’s TX-RZ and TX-NR series offer multiple RCA inputs as well as a phono input allowing a record player to be directly connected without needing an external pre-amp.

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