April 27, 2012 — Article
Onkyo has unleashed two new fully-networked and highly-specified feature-packed receivers.
The TX-NR717 7.2 Channel Network Receiver and more powerful sister the TX-NR818 7.2 Channel Network Receiver promise the home cinema enthusiast premium technologies at more affordable price points.
Both boast eight HDMI inputs and two outputs, enabling full 3D video support. Users can connect using a standard ethernet cable or add an optional UWF-1 Wireless LAN Adapter connecting an iPod, iPhone or flash memory device via USB. Users can play high-resolution media stored on compatible smartphones with up to seven channels of surround sound. Onkyo’s established WRAT amplifier technology practically eliminates distortion. InstaPrevue technology displays video thumbnails representing available content on devices connected via HDMI, thus simplifying the process of switching and navigating.
Onkyo claims they‘re unrivalled when it comes to video processing. Qdeo technology, greatly increasing resolution, is available for users that have, or plan to have, a 4K display. Additionally, the TX-NR818 offers video calibration to ISF (Imaging Science Foundation) standards, for jaw-dropping TV picture quality.
Where do they differ? The TX-NR818 is equipped with Audyssey MultEQ XT32 room acoustic correction, the company’s most advanced technology to date, plus three seven-channel expansion systems, with DTS Neo:X joining Dolby Pro Logic IIz and Audyssey DSX. The TX-NR717 features Audyssey DSX for wide channels, and Dolby Pro Logic IIz for height effects, as well as multi-channel expansion of stereo sources.
With the TX-NR717 and TX-NR818, integrated house-wide entertainment becomes a reality, with the ability to send audio to up to three rooms. Users can control playback in any of those rooms from anywhere in the house using an Onkyo remote app for iPhone or Android phone.
Both are available now in black or silver, the TX-NR717 at £800 and TX-NR818 at £1,000.