Onkyo increased the number of home theater in a box systems with enhanced 3D capabilities from three to four. The four new systems, the HT-S6400, HT-S7400, HT-S800, and HT-S9400THX, include one with networking capabilities, a home theater speaker system, upgraded mid-line AV receiver, and an affordably-priced 3D Blu-ray player.
All four systems have a front-panel USB port to connect an iPhone or USB mass storage device for audio playback. The top three models include Ethernet networking capabilities to support streaming PC audio and internet radio from services such as Pandora, Rhapsody, Napster, SiriusXM internet Radio, Slacker, Mediafly, Last.fm, and vTuner. The systems provide compatibility with Windows 7 DLNA. An internet connection simplifies the process of providing future firmware updates to the receiver. The top three models also include the new Marvell Qdeo 4K video upscaling processor for use with upcoming higher resolution video displays.
In addition, the networking models also take advantage of Onkyo’s free Remote App for iPod, iPhone, or iPad to control the A/V receiver. All three models are also compatible with the UWF-1 Wireless USB Adaptor, which provides an IEEE 802.11b/g/n connection to access music on a home network.
The HT-S9400THX ($1099) system is THX Certified and includes THX approved speakers. The HT-S8400 ($899) includes a 7.1-channel slim floor standing speaker package with high-performance 41-inch high front speakers. The HT-S7400 ($799) comes with a compact 5.1 speaker package. All three systems will be available in May.
The HT-S6400 ($699) uses a new 5.1-channel speaker set that includes a powered subwoofer and matching gloss0finished front, center and surround speakers. The speakers are made from a new, high-density resin designed for maximum rigidity and minimum vibration. The speaker system will sell separately as the SKS-HT690 ($449).The HT-S6400 and the SKS-HT690 will be available in June.
Onkyo will also introduce the TX-NR709 AV Receiver for $899 in late April. The 7.2-channel home theater receiver has full networking capabilities to support streaming PC audio and internet radio and other networking capabilities of the HTiB systems. The system has been upgraded with the new Marvel Qdeo 4k video upscaling processor, Audyssey MultEQ XT advanced room correction technology, dual subwoofer outputs, dual HDMI Outputs, and one additional HDMI input for a total of eight, front and rear.
The Onkyo BD-SP309 3D Blu-ray player will retail for $249 when it becomes available in May. The BD-SP309 supports internet radio and video on demand via Pandora, Netflix, and VUDU. The player supports standard DVD sources at various resolutions — 480p, 720p or 1080i — and can be upscaled to 1080p for playback on a compatible display. The HDMI interface supports lossless Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio.