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Onkyo debuts Dolby Atmos support on its new home theater components

Sections: CE Week 2014, Receivers

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f16120a6_DolbyAtmosOnkyo today unveiled three new AV components that feature Dolby Atmos “multidimensional sound”: the THX Select2 Plus-certified 9.2-channel TX-NR1030 Network A/V Receiver, the 11.2-channel TX-NR3030 Network A/V Receiver, and the THX Ultra2 Plus-certified PR-SC5530 Network A/V Controller. The products, targeted at medium to large listening spaces, will ship in August.

They support HDMI 2.0 for 4K video at 60 Hz with HDCP 2.2 compatibility for Ultra HD streaming and broadcast video. They’ve also got Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, DTS Neo:X and ISF Video Calibration support.

The TX-NR1030, TN-NR3030 and PR-SC5530 will carry MSRPs of $1,699, $2,399 and $2,499, respectively.

Said Onkyo in its press release, “With Dolby Atmos, sound comes alive from all directions, including overhead, to fill the home theater with astonishing clarity, power, detail, and depth. Dolby Atmos multi-dimensional sound places and moves sounds around the room, like a bird chirping or rainfall from above, to make every sonic element come alive. All three Onkyo components feature Dual 32-bit DSP engines to decode, scale and calibrate Dolby Atmos to suit individual home theater configurations. With up to 11 channels of high-current amplification, users can unlock the full experience with in-ceiling height channels or Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers to augment a standard 5.1, 7.1, or 9.1 home theater setup.”

Onkyo said that its HT-S7700 and HT-S9700THX HTiB systems, and SKS-HT693 and SKH-410 speaker packages also will launch with Dolby Atmos. It will also release a firmware update, targeted in September, that will bring Dolby Atmos to its existing TX-NR636, TX-NR737 and TX-NR838 network A/V receivers.

You can read more about Dolby Atmos here. And you can read about Onkyo’s plans for Dolby Atmos here. Or watch this video:

The components feature eight HDMI inputs, with support for 4K/60 Hz video and 21:9 widescreen theater aspect. They can also route 1080p video to a second display. A 4K/60 Hz HDMI Sub Out is provided for dedicated projector connection. The components’ separate processing and amplifier blocks minimize electrical interference, said the company.

Like many Ultra HD TVs that are available, Onkyo’s new components offer to upscale HDTV signals to Ultra HD TV quality. In Onkyo’s case, it’s using Qdeo technology by Marvell to upscale low-res video to 1080p or 4K.

You can read a whole lot more techs and specs about the new products in Onkyo’s press release.

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