Onkyo announced the release of a fully loaded 9.2-channel TX-NR929 Network A/V Receiver to crown its mid-range lineup this morning at $1399, introducing value-conscious consumers to the visceral thrill of nine-channel entertainment. The all-new model is positioned between the 7.2-channel TX-NR828 Network A/V Receiver ($1099) also on release, and the company's existing audiophile-grade flagship products.
Onkyo is also among the first to include built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology on its entry-level and mid-range A/V receivers, enabling universal wireless audio streaming and adding to an extensive suite of proprietary and licensed technology, including:
- Built-in Wi-Fi to enable lossless audio streaming from iPhone and Android devices, as well as app-controllable 192 kHz/24-bit FLAC, Apple Lossless, Dolby TrueHD, LPCM, and DSD streaming from NAS and personal computer (via network and DLNA)
- Onboard Bluetooth technology for fast and convenient audio streaming
- Passthrough of 4K Ultra HD content via HDMI, and upscaling of lower-resolution video to 4K with Qdeo processing technology from Marvell
- Audyssey's premium MultEQ XT32 room acoustic equalization on the TX-NR929, and Audyssey MultEQ on the TX-NR828
- Upmixing solutions comprising DTS Neo:X (TX-NR929 only), Audyssey DSX, and Dolby Pro Logic IIz
- Nine HDMI inputs (including frontside MHL) and two outputs (TX-NR929); and eight HDMI in (including MHL) and two out (TX-NR828)
The TX-NR929 Network A/V Receiver pushes the boundaries of what is possible from a production home theater, with 11.2 multichannel pre-outs and DTS Neo:X upmixing for surround-sound playback through up to 11 channels. If preferred, the user can assign four of the nine available channels to drive audio in Zone 2 and Zone 3 simultaneously. The receiver also has an extra HDMI output for sending high-def video to a second display. Multi-zone entertainment is managed via smartphone app, which encompasses the selection of online streaming services, internet radio channels, and network audio files.