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Onkyo announce two new Dolby Atmos / DTS:X capable AV Receivers

Everything but the kitchen sink

by Mark Hodgkinson Jun 23, 2015 at 12:14 PM

  • Onkyo has just announced two new Dolby Atmos enabled - and DTS:X ready - AV Receivers.
    The TX-RZ900 and TX-RZ800 7.2-channel network A/V receivers are intended to deliver the ‘ultimate enjoyment’ of sound, from object-based movie soundtracks to vinyl records and Hi-Res Audio.

    The TX-RZ900 employs a hand-wound, high-current Toroidal transformer (TX-RZ800 features a massive EI transformer) to power original three-stage inverted Darlington amplifier circuitry for high power delivery with extremely low distortion.

    The TX-RZ900 also features parallel push-pull amp circuit topology on the front channels, further boosting power and efficiency. Every electrical component is custom-designed to ‘reference standards’, from the extra-large capacitors to heavy-duty output transistors.

    Both products feature separate power amp and processing blocks, the latter featuring a Hi-Grade Asahi Kasei AK4458 384 kHz/32-bit DAC and Onkyo’s original VLSC technology. VLSC compares digital input and analogue output signals and removes pulse-noise generated during D/A conversion.

    Onkyo TX-RZ900

    Onkyo ensures that video performance is ready for the future in 4K UltraHD entertainment with the latest 4K/60 Hz- and 4:4:4-color-space-ready HDMI inputs and two 4K/60 Hz HDMI outputs for dual-zone video. Both outputs and all but three inputs are HDCP 2.2 compliant for streamed and broadcast UltraHD content.

    They’re also big on wireless streaming with with Wi-Fi, AirPlay, and Bluetooth capability built in, as well as internet radio and subscription service apps, including Spotify Connect and Deezer, ready to go. FLAC 192/24 and DSD 5.6 MHz Hi-Res Audio decoding is available via DLNA, and selection and control of network audio is centralized in an intuitive smartphone app.

    For convenience, the rear panel includes dedicated speaker outputs for Height (which add overhead effects contained in object-based soundtracks set up in 5.1.2 configuration) and Rear Surround (for 7.1 speaker setups). And for the first time, dedicated Powered Zone 2 outputs can distribute digital audio sources to speakers in another room.

    Both receivers feature Zone 2 Pre/Line Outs, Zone 3 Line Outs, 7.2 Multichannel Pre Outs, phono input, and USB for digital audio.
    The TX-RZ900 7.2 channel (200w per channel) A/V receiver with Dolby Atmos (5.1.2) is available from August 2015 for a suggested price of £1349.99. The TX-RX800 7.2 channel (185w per channel) A/V receiver with Dolby Atmos (5.1.2) is also available in August at £1049.99.

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