Onkyo Introduces World’s First Nine-Channel DTS Neo:X Receiver

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Onkyo TX-NR1009 DTS Neo:X receiverOnkyo’s newest offering — the TX-NR 1009 THX Select2 Plus networking home theater receiver — is the first to market with DTS Neo:X.

DTS Neo:X is an industry-wide standard 2.0/5.1/6.1/7.1-to-9.1/11.1 conversion technology within a single algorithm. The Onkyo receiver allows owners to set up their 9.1 system in a number of configurations. Consumers can set up a basic 5.1 set-up with the compliment of one of three different arrangements. Add surround back and front-height speakers to bring out ambient, non-directional sounds. Install surround back and front-wide speakers to provide a more expansive soundstage. A third option includes adding front-height and front-width speakers to create an immersive front soundstage.

The Onkyo TX-NR1009 is a THX Select2 Plus certified system. Each of the nine amplifier sections employ THX’s low-negative feedback Wide Range Amplifier Technology (WRAT); three-stage inverted Darlington circuitry; and High Current Power Supply, which uses a massive transformer.

On-board video processing on the TX-NR1009 is handled by two technologies: HQV Vida VHD 1900 and Qdeo technology by Marvell. Vida provides upscaling of all 480i/p, 576p, and 720p video sources to high-resolution 1080p. Qdeo performs 4K (3840 x 2160) upscaling of 1080p sources. The Vida processor incorporates Auto HQV and HQV StreamClean to enhance video images in real time and eliminate noise in compressed video.

Onkyo included several networking capabilities with the TX-NR1009. The receiver has an Ethernet connection, plus front and rear USB ports for digital storage devices. For wireless connectivity, a USB LAN adaptor is an option. The receiver supports MP3, WMA, WMA Lossless, FLAC, WAV, OggVorbis, AAC, and LPCM files. An iPod or iPhone can be connected via the USB ports, or using an optional doc connected to a proprietary Universal Port. The U-Port can also be used for an optional HD Radio Tuner and wireless devices yet to be introduced.

The Onkyo TX-NR1009 with the front panel open

Look for the Onkyo TX-NR1009 to hit shelves in June for $1,399.

Find more information on the TX-NR1009 and Onkyo products at Onkyo.

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