Onkyo 2012 Entry-level Home Theater Systems

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Onkyo has just introduced two new packaged home theater systems for the first round of its 2012 model introductions. Each system combines an AV receiver with a matched set of speakers to take the guesswork out of purchasing an entry-level surround sound system.

Four HDMI inputs on both receivers facilitate Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio high-resolution soundtrack decoding. HDMI implementation also supports an Audio Return Channel for TV audio through the home theater system, 3D video, and an overlaid on-screen display.

Both receivers also feature a frontside USB port for direct digital connection of an iPod, iPhone, or music-filled flash memory device. Users can control playback using the system remote, and enjoy improved sound quality thanks to Onkyo’s onboard advanced music optimizer system.

The A/V receivers included in this release now come equipped with WRAT (Wide Range Amplifier Technology), a proven amplification concept that reduces signal noise and provides large amounts of controlled power instantaneously. Top-quality TI Burr-Brown 192 kHz/24-bit DACs on all channels, a powerful 32-bit DSP processing chip, and discrete output-stage components—not inexpensive ‘all-in-one’ amplifier chips—contribute to exceptionally good audio performance.

The HT-S3500 5.1-channel system consists of the HT-R391 A/V receiver, two high-gloss bass reflex front speakers, two satellite surrounds, and a powerful bass reflex center speaker. A subwoofer with 8-inch (20 cm) down-firing cone is also included to add impact to movie scores and game soundtracks.

Users can step up to seven-channel surround with the higher-powered HT-S5500 7.1-channel system. With Dolby Pro Logic IIz expanding any audio source to include two additional Front Height channels, users can enjoy a more detailed and realistic entertainment experience.

A carefully matched Onkyo speaker set delivers clear, dynamic audio reproduction. Two-way front speakers feature a 5-inch (12 cm) OMF Diaphragm woofer for fast and accurate mid-range response, plus a balanced-dome tweeter for well-separated highs. The center speaker has twin cone woofers and tweeter, while the four bass reflex satellite speakers feature a single full-range driver. A gloss-finished 120 W powered subwoofer allows the receiver to operate more efficiently by concentrating all its power on the mid-range and upper-end frequencies.

To ensure a perfect install, an Audyssey 2EQ room acoustic correction system with microphone is included, while Audyssey’s Dynamic EQ loudness correction and Dynamic Volume guarantee a smooth, consistent performance regardless of sudden changes in dynamic levels.

In Canada, both the Onkyo HT-S5500 and HT-S3500 will be available in March for $679.99 and $479.99 respectively. 

For more info, please visit www.onkyo.ca.

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