Onkyo has detailed three new home cinema products, including a 7.2-channel A/V receiver and a pair of amplifier and speaker combination packages.
The TX-NR696, which will be available from next month at a tempting £700 price point, promises 175W of power from each of its seven channels and can be used either in a traditional surround configuration or as a 5.2.2 system with Dolby Atmos.
The THX-certified receiver, which boasts seven HDMI connections with 4K HDMI pass through, is also capable of upmixing old discs to utilise height channels, while Dolby Atmos Height Virtualizer will recreate that more immersive soundfield for those without dedicated Atmos speakers.
Its 384 kHz/32-bit multi-channel DAC facilitates hi-res audio: DSD is supported up to 11.2 MHz, while FLAC, WAV, AIFF and ALAC are up to 192 kHz/24-bit. You can also add a second zone for the TX-NR696 to feed a stereo set-up in another room alongside your main home cinema set-up.
Next Generation Network Audio incorporates streaming and radio services such as Spotify, Tidal, Amazon Music, Deezer and TuneIn, while the TX-NR696 is compatible with Sonos, has Chromecast built in and can stream music via AirPlay 2.
Full packages on a budget
Onkyo’s new full packages are the HT-S3910, a 5.1 system also available from next month for £500, and the 5.2.2-channel HT-S5915, which will be on sale from June with price yet to be confirmed.
The former (above) comprises a 155W per channel A/V receiver with five surround speakers and passive subwoofer, and can also be configured in a 3.1.2 system to utilise Dolby Atmos. The latter, meanwhile, includes a pair of two-way Atmos-enabled front speakers and a 90W active subwoofer with 20cm driver; the receiver boosts the power per channel to 160W.
We will endeavour to get each system in for testing as soon as possible, but at first glance they appear to offer fantastic value for money and a fine gateway into home cinema audio.
Both amplifiers house four HDMI inputs and single output with 4K HDR pass through, while the HT-S5915 will also gain AccuEQ and AccuReflex technologies for room-acoustic calibration. Wireless connectivity is available via Bluetooth, while powered USB port, coaxial and optical digital terminals and a trio of RCA inputs extend the source options.