Onkyo launches 2 new mid-range 4K Capable THX Certified AV Receivers

hodg100

Distinguished Member
20 year anniversary of THX association

Onkyo has announced a couple of new receivers in its mid-range line-up that both include 4K compatibility and come complete with onboard Wi-Fi/Bluetooth and up to 9.2-channels of surround sound capability.

The 'fully-loaded' £1500 9.2-channel TX-NR929 Network A/V Receiver crowns Onkyo's mid-range lineup, introducing value-conscious consumers to nine-channel entertainment. The all-new model is positioned between the £1000 7.2-channel TX-NR828 Network A/V Receiver, also being launched, and the company’s existing flagship products.

Both receivers are THX Certified receivers and it's been 20 years since the two began working together. Onkyo was one of the first manufacturers to embrace THX quality assurance standards for home theatre components, releasing the first-ever THX Certified A/V Receiver in 1994.

“As one of the first CE partners to help bring the THX Certified cinema experience into the living room, we value Onkyo’s dedication to the THX certification process,” said Peter Vasay, VP technology operations, THX Ltd. “For 20 years Onkyo has collaborated closely with THX engineers through vigorous testing to each THX Certified AVR, all to deliver home theatre enthusiasts with the promise of an accurate and powerful audio performance – receivers that preserve artistic integrity and deliver movies and music as intended.”

Onkyo’s TX-NR929 and TX-NR828 are both THX Select2 Plus certified, signifying they passed more than 2,000 bench tests.

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Sensibly Onkyo has included passthrough of 4K Ultra HD content via HDMI, and, less usefully, there's upscaling of lower-resolution video to 4K as well with Qdeo processing at the helm.

Built-in Wi-Fi enables 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 PC.

There's even Audyssey’s premium MultEQ XT32 room acoustic equalization on the TX-NR929, and Audyssey MultEQ on the TX-NR828.

Connectivity wise, there's Nine HDMI inputs (including frontside MHL) and two outputs for the TX-NR929 and eight HDMI in (including MHL) and two out on the TX-NR828.

The TX-NR929 has 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 (Spotify, Last.fm etc), free internet radio channels (TuneIn), and network audio files.

As well as having the power to steer high-resolution movie soundtracks through, the receiver packs other high-end features to optimize two-channel performance. Pre-processing incorporates three 192kHz/24-bit TI Burr-Brown DACs (with one stereo DAC per front channel in Differential DAC Mode). Amplification comes courtesy of Onkyo’s WRAT (Wide Range Amp Technology) and discrete Three-Stage Inverted Darlington Circuitry.

Audiophiles wishing to bi-amp their front speakers might benefit from Onkyo’s proprietary Digital Processing Crossover Network. Digital Signal Processing splits the audio signal precisely into separate high- and low-frequency signals, feeding them to the appropriate speaker drivers.

The NR828 delivers a similarly high power output, but through 7.2 channels and along with 4K passthrough and upscaling, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi technology, and THX certification, the receiver has Audyssey DSX upmixing and Audyssey MultEQ room acoustic equalization. A full complement of analogue and digital A/V connections - including 7.2 multichannel pre-outs and a phono stage. The receiver offers both Powered Zone 2 outputs and Zone 2/3 line-outs to deliver network audio sources to an existing hi-fi system in third zone.


PRICES:

TX-NR929 9.2-channel Network A/V Receiver with built-in Wi-Fi/Bluetooth - £1500 (available now)

TX-NR828 7.2-channel Network A/V Receiver with built-in Wi-Fi/Bluetooth - £1000 (available in June)
 

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vaktmestern

Banned
And people did say 4K wasnt comming :rolleyes: Glad i did se passed the sceptics
 

Suave

Distinguished Member
Hi,

Does the 929 have both Audyssey DSX & DTS Neo:X? I wonder if one can run both Wides & Heights simultaneously without additional amplification since it is 9.2?

Suave!
 

Suave

Distinguished Member
It's also dropped over 3kgs in weight. The 929 seems more comparable with the 818, despite the £500 price difference!

Hi,

That worries me tbh. This drastic weight reduction seems to be a common theme amongst this years new models from Onkyo.
 

Nevaborn

Well-known Member
Am I the only one who doesnt class a £1000+ receiver as mid range ? Lol
 

luke80

Active Member
Pretty cynical pricing structure from Onkyo this year. Now that Denon have a £1000ish X4000 with XT32, I'd say they will undo a lot of the good work they did last year with the 818. I wonder if the 929 will come with the SubEQ which wasn't on the 818 though.
 

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