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Onkyo Unveils New Home Cinema Receivers And Confirms DTS:X Firmware Schedule For 2015 AVR’s

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The 7.2-Channel TX-NR555 (130 W/Ch) and 7.2-Channel TX-NR656 (160 W/Ch) A/V receivers bring high-current Dynamic Audio Amplification and state-of-the-art features to the mid-range with DTS:X and Dolby Atmos decoding, support for 6G video, Google Cast, AirPlay, Wi-Fi, and an all-new wireless multi-room audio system.

AccuReflex also makes its debut in these receivers as part of Onkyo’s AccuEQ room acoustic calibration suite. The technology adjusts the phase of sound bounced off the ceiling by upfiring speakers—which reproduce “height” elements in object-based formats—so that it syncs with sound from the other speakers at the listening position. Together with AccuEQ to eliminate standing waves, surround-sound is precisely balanced for supreme clarity.

A firmware update due this summer will activate FireConnect* on the TX-NR555 and TX-NR656 receivers, as well as selected legacy models.

FireConnect™, developed by Blackfire Research Corp., is a stable wireless protocol that mirrors any audio source connected to the receiver—from vinyl to streaming audio—on optional FireConnect™-compatible speakers in other rooms*. Users can alternatively use Powered Zone 2 speaker outputs for multi-room playback of digital and analogue sources.

Both receivers let music lovers take advantage of the full-scale stereo power on offer. Google Cast, AirPlay, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth enable easy audio streaming from mobiles and PCs, while Onkyo’s Remote App streams everything from MP3s to Hi-Res Audio stored on media server. Digital music benefits from noise-free 32-bit D/A conversion with original VLSC™ technology, while discrete non-phase-shift amps provide a sense of clarity and depth seldom heard at this price.

The TX-NR555 and TX-NR656 also support the latest in UltraHD entertainment. HDCP 2.2-compatible HDMI terminals pass 4K/60 Hz/4:4:4/HDR video through to the latest TVs. A simplified remote, meanwhile, enables fast input switching and fine-tuning via an overlaid Quick Set-up menu, while an intuitive GUI streamlines initial one-time set-up.

Adding emotionally compelling sound to the film experience today with the freedom to expand into wireless audio entertainment tomorrow, the TX-NR555 and TX-NR656 are prime examples of why Onkyo remains at the cutting edge of home entertainment.

* Note: Firmware update enabling these features is scheduled around summer, 2016. Further details will be communicated on our website and in other media at a later date. Firmware update release timing is subject to change. FireConnect-compatible speakers are scheduled for release this summer.
Prices (SRP, both AVRs available in late April, in black or silver)
TX-NR656 – £549.99
TX-NR555 – £449.99

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Firmware Update Enabling DTS:X™ on Select Onkyo A/V Receivers Now Scheduled for Release this Summer

Home entertainment specialists Onkyo wish to advise its customers that a firmware update enabling DTS:X decoding on its 2015-model A/V receivers, initially announced by DTS for roll-out on Onkyo products in 2015, is now projected for release in summer 2016.

DTS:X is an object-based audio format that frees sound from conventional channels and places or pans effects anywhere around in the room.

Following the firmware update, DTS:X will join Dolby Atmos, DTS-HD Master Audio, and Dolby TrueHD decoding already supported on select Onkyo A/V receivers.

Onkyo appreciates the patience and support extended by its customers. We are working to expedite firmware delivery while ensuring the best possible DTS:X experience on Onkyo products.

Onkyo will communicate any further changes to our schedule as quickly as possible. For up-to-date information concerning Onkyo firmware updates and further details on our family of home entertainment products, please visit onkyo.co.uk

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