Onkyo Unveils Three High-End A/V Receivers, Including New TX-NR5010 FlagshipPress Release dated: 27 Jun 2012
Onkyo, one of the world's leading manufacturers of home cinema and hi-fi, is proud to announce the release of three new models at the top of its A/V receiver line for 2012.
This release includes a new, lavishly outfitted nine-channel flagship, the stunning TX-NR5010 Network A/V Receiver; a more affordable nine-channel alternative, the TX-NR3010 Network A/V Receiver; and lastly, a high-power seven-channel solution, the value-packed TX-NR1010 Network A/V Receiver.
Onkyo invests considerable resources in research and development each year to find innovative ways to enhance the performance, quality and value of its products. When beneficial, the company also forms strategic alliances with external partners to source specialist technology that enhances the product. The fruit of this investment is clearly evident in these three new releases, with an across-the-board focus on high performance technology:
* THX Ultra2 Plus certification to recreate the cinematic experience with dynamic Reference Level sound in larger home cinemas (up to 85 cubic meters in size and at a viewing distance of approximately 3.5 metres).
* 11.4-channel pre-outs with DTS Neo:X 11-channel upmixing support on both the TX-NR5010 and TX-NR3010, another world first for Onkyo.
* First consumer electronics partner to incorporate Cisco Linksys' SimpleTap router connection technology.
* Audyssey MultEQ XT32 room equalization with multi-channel upmixing from DTS Neo:X, Audyssey DSX, and Dolby Pro Logic IIz.
* An additional HDMI output to enable 1080p playback on a second TV or zone.
* Front-panel Mobile High-Definition Link HDMI port for phone/camcorder.
* Extra HDMI inputs to support 3D Video plus Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio (8+1 inputs on all three models).
* InstaPrevue picture-in-picture video input preview and selection technology.
* Bluetooth 3.0 and aptX wireless audio streaming via optional adapter.
With access to both free and subscription audio streaming services, such as Spotify Premium, and connectivity for smartphones, tablets, and PC via DLNA or Bluetooth, these receivers smoothly integrate with users’ digital lifestyles and distribute entertainment throughout the home.
Because of the importance of superior usability in the connected home, Onkyo has been working with Cisco to incorporate SimpleTap, a technology that delivers better connectivity and control experiences to mutual broader set of customers. With its inclusion in these three high end receivers (via firmware update in October/November for European models), Onkyo becomes the world's first company to integrate SimpleTap technology into consumer electronics products. Further firmware updates are under development eventually to enable all 2012 Onkyo Network-enabled receivers to take advantage of this new technology.
"We share the vision that the connected home should be simple and enjoyable, and we are proud to be the first consumer electronics partner to incorporate Cisco Linksys' SimpleTap technology into our new AV receivers," said Nobuaki Okuda, president, Onkyo Sound & Vision Corporation. "SimpleTap really simplifies how our new 2012 AV receivers can be connected to the network, so people can instantly enjoy their favorite tunes from music streaming services such as Spotify Premium, and many other Internet Radio services."
Multi-room operation has also been enhanced by adding Zone2 HDMI connectivity, so removing the need for a secondary analogue connection in order to access audio in a second zone. Powered audio is available in up to three zones simultaneously - with multi-zone playback and setting controls managed by remote iPhone/Android apps.
The receiver’s primary role, however, is always at the heart of the home cinema system, as well as providing superb stereo playback for music. As audio and video processors, these three receivers are unrivalled in their respective categories.
To conjure up the signature Onkyo sound, audio signals are passed through a sophisticated digital-to-analogue conversion stage, with PLL jitter-cleaning, VLSC noise-mitigation, and top-quality TI Burr-Brown DAC modules working to create a pristine analogue waveform.
Signals are then amplified through discrete Three-Stage Inverted Darlington Circuitry, with a triple transistor array that cuts distortion and boosts current flow to the speakers. This innovative amplifier design capitalizes on the unique benefits offered by a low negative feedback topology, preserving the life, vitality, and realism of the audio as it was originally recorded. Outputted through discrete transistors, the resulting sound further confirms Onkyo’s reputation for delivering high fidelity audio.
For optimum video performance, all three models feature Onkyo’s Dual Core Video Engine – universally hailed as the best video processing system currently available. This system pairs the mighty HQV Vida VHD1900 module with Marvell’s Qdeo technology for seamless upscaling to 4K. Onboard ISF (Imaging Science Foundation) video calibration further enhances smooth and vivid picture quality.
The flagship TX-NR5010 is aimed squarely at the avid home cinema enthusiast. As part of the THX certification promise, this receiver is designed to deliver the highest audio and video quality for an unsurpassed home cinema experience right out of the box. Housed in a rigid chassis with separate anti-resonant aluminum top and side panels, the unit has a massive toroidal transformer supported by two discrete transformers for audio and video processing. With gold-plated audio terminals and speaker posts, this unit is fastidiously outfitted to audiophile-grade specifications.
Like its slightly more powerful sibling, the TX-NR3010 also boasts multiple transformers for A/V processing, but features a heavy-duty EI transformer in place of the TX-NR5010's toroidal type. All models feature isolated power and preamp blocks to reduce interference with a super-rigid chassis to prevent vibration.
A new Differential DAC Mode and Digital Crossover Processing Network are also included on all three models to optimise performance when bi-wiring and bi-amping the front channels, yet another demonstration of Onkyo’s commitment to delivering audiophile-level sound via technological innovation.
With everything from an analogue RGB video input for PC to a generous mix of optical and coaxial digital audio inputs, all three models boast an exhaustive list of A/V connections. In addition to the capacity to link with an iPhone, iPod, or flash memory device, these models include two USB ports in the front and rear to accommodate the UWF-1 Wireless LAN Adapter and UBT-1 Bluetooth USB Adapter (sold separately).
Onkyo has engineered these heavyweights to not only be the best-looking, best-finished A/V receivers on the market, but also the easiest to set up and use. The 1080p overlaid display with Quick Set-Up function enables fast mid-program adjustment, while remote control apps for Android-powered phones and iPhone offer instant access to system settings, as well as playback control from anywhere in the home.
The descendants of a long line of multi award-winning A/V products, these three unique receivers are a triumph of imagination and engineering, and demonstrate Onkyo's commitment to keeping pace with dynamic and evolving technology while faithfully maintaining its traditional insistence on supreme build quality and complete audio integrity.
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