Onkyo has just announced two new receivers to top off its mid-range AV receiver lineup, including the 9.2-channel TX-NR929 Network A/V Receiver and the 7.2-channel TX-NR828 Network A/V Receiver, both with built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities, and both with THX Select2 Plus certification.
Both the TX-NR929 and TX-NR828 feature support for lossless audio streaming from iOS and Android devices, as well as 192/24 FLC, Apple Lossless, Dolby TrueHD, LPCM, and DSD streaming from network attached devices and computers. Those looking for AirPlay functionality will have to opt for Onkyo’s optional DS-A5 Remote Interactive Dock for iPod.
Both support 4K pass-thru, though, and 4K upscaling thanks to Qdeo video processing technology from Marvell. Both also include Audyssey DSX and Dolby Pro Logic IIz processing.
The 7.2-channel TX-NR828 features vanilla Audyssey MultEQ room correction, powered Zone 2 capabilities, and Zone 2/3 line-outs, with eight HDMI inputs (including MHL) and two HDMI outputs.
The 9.2-channel TX-NR929 steps up the room correction by offering Audyssey’s advanced MultEQ XT32, DTS Neo:X™ upmixing, and 11.2 multichannel pre-outs if you want to eke the most out of that Neo:X processing by adding additional amplification of your own. It includes nine HDMI inputs (including front-panel MHL), two HDMI outputs, and is capable of powering up to two additional zones of audio output, if you only need 5.1 channels of amplification in your main listening room.
The TX-NR929 also features advanced bi-amping capabilities, allowing you to split the audio signal into separate high- and low-frequency signals, and in a move that I hope gains some serious traction in the audio market soon, it also features the side-by-side binding posts recently introduced on Denon’s IN-Command AV receivers.
Both models of course support Onkyo’s control app, giving you more direct access to streaming audio sources, including internet radio.
The TX-NR828 will be available beginning in June for $1,099 MSRP, with the TX-NR929 following in July for $1399 MSRP.