Onkyo just dropped a one-two streaming whammy onto its 2012 AV receiver lineup. If you’ve got a compatible receiver and an iOS or Android device, check out the newly updated Onkyo Remote 2 app. iPhone, iPod Touch, and (I’m assuming) iPad users—as well as those of you with Kindle Fires—will now be able to stream audio from your device wirelessly to the receiver over your home network, with all of the relevant metadata, at CD quality. The apps also promise improved multi-zone functionality for music playback.
If you don’t have a wireless home network, not to worry: Onkyo is also introducing its UBT-1 Bluetooth USB Adapter, which is configured with CSR’s aptX compression reduction codec for a serious fidelity boost over the standard Bluetooth audio connection. Similar in size to a typical USB flash drive, the UBT-1 simply plugs into the front port of compatible Onkyo Network receivers (models TX-NR414 and up).
Look for the updated apps to hit their respective stores at the end of this month for exactly zero dollars. The Onkyo UBT-1 Bluetooth USB Adapter is now available from authorized dealers for a suggested retail price of $59.