Four brand new devices will be made available, at the top of the heap will be the 7.2-channel Onkyo TX-NR609 listed with an MRP about $499(£500 UK). The TX-NR609 is the successor to the impressive TX-SR608 we looked at recently.
The ace up Onkyo’s sleeve on this occasion is to deliver networking capability which was previously limited to its high-end products, on firmly mid-range receivers this year.
- The NR609 is a THXSelect2 Plus certified home cinema receiver. It can manage content via cabled network or wi-fi to the web, plus offers a connection for your Apple devices and even your PC this year.
- Networking support allows access to Napster, Last.fm and of course internet radio.
- The overlaid GUI is completely redesigned and controllable over HDMI. It features album art for display capability of connected devices and easy access to settings while in use.
Power wise the unit is rated at 160 watts per channel and features a high current power supply, so should be able to dish out a meaty wall of sound. Chunky looking and available in black or silver finish.
The TX-NR609 offers 6 HDMI inputs, one of which can be found on the front of the unit. Furthermore, a specific connection port for Onkyo’s add-on range is provided.
The unit will provide support for 3D videos and ultra-high image resolution upscaling. A further link high point for the receiver is a powered 2nd Zone which supports an additional pair of stereo speakers in a 2nd room.
PC connection is via an analogue RGB input, a significant compatibility plus for PC users wanting to link through their receiver.
The unit offers a wealth of sound processing features; the TX-NR609 facilitates Dolby Pro Logic IIz and a complete set of Audyssey solutions in Audyssey DSX, 2EQ, Dynamic Volume, and Dynamic EQ decoding.
The TX-NR609 offers excellent value for money without compromising the quality the company has become known for. Focusing on the mid-range by balancing the new features within a very reasonable budget, the TX-NR609 seems placed to become one of Onkyo receivers top sellers in 2011.