Onkyo today announced its new flagship 9.2 channel A/V home theatre receivers. The new models include the Onkyo TX-NR5009 and the TX-NR3009.

Both receiver models include significant upgrades from last year’s models, including the use of the latest HQV-Vida and Marvel Qdeo video processors, new DTS Neo:X dimensional surround processing, Dolby Volume, and new streaming internet radio channels.

Video processing capabilities are handled by the HQV Vida VHD 1900 processor and Marvell’s Qdeo technology. When it comes ot audio, the receivers decode all the latest lossy and lossless sound formats and add DTS:NeoX conversion which allows users to augment a 5.1-channel set-up by adding speakers in various combinations of height, wide, and surround channels.

With terminals for 11 speakers, the nine amplifier channels can be tasked to power a wide variety of front, surround, height, bi-amped, or remote-zone loudspeakers depending on the users’ needs. Fine tuning can be done using Audyssey MultEQ XT32 room-correction and equalization technologies.

The TX-NR5009 distinguishes itself from the TX-NR3009 through upgraded amplifier and power supply performance. The TX-NR5009 features a high-current toroidal transformer through two 22,000 µF capacitors, with dedicated transformers for audio and video. The digital audio section employs 192 kHz/32-bit TI Burr-Brown DACs on all channels, coupled to a 32-bit DSP chip which give the receiver its THX Ultra2 Plus certification.

Inputs are plentiful and include: eight HDMI inputs and two outputs, a full range of legacy analog and digital AV connection, an Ethernet port, two USB ports, a Universal Port for Onkyo peripheral devices, and an RGB input for video content from a connected PC. Onkyo also sells an optional UWF-1 wireless LAN adaptor that turns the front panel USB port into a home internet access point. Users can also download and install free applications that turn their Android or iPod touch/iPhone into a full-function remote control to control the receiver.

Both receivers are designed to connect to internet radio stations and streaming music services, including Spotify, Pandora, Last.fm, Rhapsody, Napster, Mediafly, Slacker, Sirius XM, and vTuner. DLNA certification means the receivers can interface with USB-compatible portable music devices and play back popular audio format such as FLAC, WMA Lossless, WAV, AAC, Ogg, MP3, and, for audiophiles, Super Audio CD.

The Onkyo TX-NR5009 and TX-NR3009 will go on sale in September for $2,900 and $2,200 respectively.

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