Over the next two months Onkyo will launch seven new high quality home cinema receivers for the UK market, priced from £200 to £1400.
Claiming to be first to market with home cinema receivers suitable for next-generation high-definition disc-based media, such as Blu-ray and HD DVD, which feature high-definition lossless audio formats, the new units are certainly next-gen friendly.
Integrated onboard decoding for Dolby Digital Plus, TrueHD, DTS-HD and DTS-HD Master Audio will be featured on all models from £400 upwards, with the first, most affordable model in the range becoming available at the end of June.
All the new models will feature 1080p-compatible HDMI 1.3a inputs/outputs ("Pass-Through" type on entry-level models, repeater on models from £400 upwards) as well as Audyssey microphone-based auto set-up (Audyssey 2EQ on models up to £800 - Multi EQ XT auto-set-up thereafter).
The first three models to be released are as follows:
5.1-channel HT-R508 receiver (£200) - available now
A powerful 5 x 130 Watts A/V receiver which combines five channels of amplification, 5.1-channel processing for analogue and digital multi-channel audio and a comprehensive array of inputs and outputs including HDMI pass-through switching (two inputs and one output).
7.1-channel TX-SR505E receiver (£250) - available now
Putting out 7 x 130 Watts this receiver boasts two HDMI inputs and one output, Audyssey 2EQ calibration for easy set up, an advanced high-performance 32-bit DSP processor, Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro-Logic II, DTS, DTS Neo 6 5.1, DTS 96/24 surround sound decoding.
TX-SR605 receiver (£400, pictured right) – available end of June
Offering 7 x 140 Watts of power, two HDMI v1.3a inputs as well as three component video, five S-Video, and five composite video inputs, Audyssey 2EQ automatic easy set up, Onkyo's new HDMI-based system control capability and will be the first receiver available in the UK to include decoding for Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, and DTS-HD Master multi-channel audio formats from Blu-ray and HD DVD players.
Find out more about the new range by following the link below.