Onkyo is a brand that is always at the cutting edge with features and ‘real’ RMS power specifications. If you hear about a new audio release from Dolby Labs, DTS, THX or a new automatic calibration system from Audyssey, you can guarantee that Onkyo will add it to their AV receivers as quick as a flash. The new line of ‘09’ series Onkyo AV receivers have arrived in Australia and sporting all the latest features, such as 3D, networking and USB support.
The TX-SR309 (RRP $599) is the baby of the new family, followed by the TX-NR509 (RRP $799), TX-NR579 (RRP $999), TX-NR609 (RRP $1399), TX-NR709 (RRP $1499) and TX-NR809 (RRP $2199). Heading up the range is the TX-NR1009, TX-NR3009 and TX-NR5009.
I’m not going to look at one particular model but instead look at common theme with new A/V receivers in general – 3D, Networking and USB playback.
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for a specific requirement. If I am in the market for a new TV, I just want the best picture performance. I don’t care if it is 3D TV or not. It just happens that the best
TVs on the market and the ones I recommend to customers are fantastic 2D models that also do 3D.
In the A/V receiver world, it’s getting harder and harder to find a new model A/V
receiver that is not 3D compatible. If you are considering purchasing one of the fine new A/V receiver models from Onkyo, then buy with confidence knowing that the new 2011 range will pass 3D.
Networking is slowly creeping into daily life whether we like it or not. Thankfully there are many ways to network an A/V product. If you have an Ethernet wired home, then you have already started to make life easier for yourself. All you need to do is plug an Ethernet cable from the Ethernet wall socket to the A/V receiver’s Ethernet port on the rear and you are good to go. If you don’t have Ethernet cable strung throughout the house, I’m sure you have electricity. In that case, you can use your power line to network your A/V receiver and equipment. It’s called Power Over Ethernet (PoE). The kit you buy to
do PoE is known as a Power Line AV adapter kit. There are 2 adapters in each kit. To connect it up, you connect an Ethernet cable from the Ethernet port on your router to the Ethernet port on a Power Line AV adapter. This plugs into the AC wall socket. The second adapter plugs into the AC outlet near your A/V receiver. Run a second Ethernet cable from the Power Line A/V adapter to the Ethernet port on the A/V receiver. All done. Just make sure you have a NAS (Network Attached Storage) drive attached to your network. The Onkyo receivers can then ‘pull’ music from your NAS drive and play it back through the receiver.
You will notice that more and more A/V receivers are sporting USB inputs. Why? USB input provides direct media access. This was spawned by the iPod. Now it would be an embarrassment for a A/V receiver manufacturer not to include a front USB port for media playback, or the iPod/iPhone friendly ‘Made for iPod/iPhone’ USB port. You will also notice the ‘Made for iPod/iPhone/iPad’ USB port starting to filter through on new A/V receivers
It’s also good to know that Onkyo hasn’t detoured away from its brilliant build quality and great A/V performance over the years. Going back a number of years when I was working in an A/V store, I recall explaining the difference between A/V receivers and customers always asked me, ‘why does this receiver have 100 watts x 5, and the Onkyo has only 65 watts x 5’ but the Onkyo is more expensive? Answer… Onkyo doesn’t boost its figures. They tell it how it is. After the demo, which one did the
customer walk out with? The Onkyo…