Onkyo has just introduced the world’s first audio video receiver (AVR) to feature DTS Neo:X multidimensional audio technology. DTS Neo:X enables customers to utilize nine loudspeakers to get an enhanced sense of height and space sonic dimensions, as compared to current seven channel technologies.
The Onkyo TX-NR1009 is a THX Select2 Plus Certified, 9.2-channel, network-capable AVR, which includes several upgrades on the previous TX-NR1008 model. These include Marvell Qdeo and IDT’s HQV Vida video upscaling and processing circuits, and Audyssey’s MultEQ XT audio room correction.
DTS Neo:X is the industry’s first 2.0/5.1/6.1/7.1-to- 9.1/11.1 conversion technology within a single algorithm. On the TX-NR1009 it offers a number of different ways to set up the speakers in a 9.1-channel home theater system. A basic 5.1-channel set-up can be complemented by one of three different arrangements.
On-board video processing on the TX-NR1009 is handled by two highly advanced technologies: HQV Vida VHD1900 and Qdeo technology by Marvell. Vida offers upscaling of all 480i/p, 576p, and 720p video sources to high-resolution 1080p. Qdeo, meanwhile, performs full 4K (3840 x 2160) upscaling of 1080p sources.
The Onkyo TX-NR1009’s incorporates powerful 135-watts per channel and uses a massive transformer. In addition, TI Burr-Brown 192 kHz/24-bit DACs are used on each channel to ensure that all digital signals are converted perfectly to analog sound.
Audio processing technologies include the new Audyssey MultEQ XT room-correction technology; Audyssey Dynamic EQ loudness correction and Audyssey Dynamic Volume for optimal listening level dynamic range as well as Audyssey DSX, Dolby ProLogic IIz and Dolby Volume processing.
The TX-NR1009 has one front- and seven rear-panel HDMI inputs, dual HDMI outputs with lossless audio processing using Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding. Networking capabilities are extensive via an Ethernet connection plus front and rear USB ports for digital storage devices.
The TX-NR1009 has a bidirectional, preprogrammed, and customizable RI remote control. Additionally, the receiver has bi-directional Ethernet and RS232 ports for control, IR input and output, two 12-V triggers, firmware updates via Ethernet and USB, GUI Navigation via HDMI, powered Zone 2, and Zone 2/3 preouts.
The Onkyo TX-NR1009 will be available in June for a MSRP of $1,399 U.S.
More details at: www.onkyo.com