Onkyo today announced the TX-NR809, a THX Select2 Plus Certified, 7.2-channel, network-capable home theater receiver which replaces last year’s TX-NR808 model.

This year’s model features a number of video upgrades including the addition of Mavell Qdeo and IDT's HQV Vida video upscaling and processing circuits and Imaging Science Foundation's ISF Video Calibration technology.

On-board video processing is handled by two technologies: HQV Vida VHD1900 and Qdeo technology by Marvell. Vida offers upscaling of all 480i/p, 576p, and 720p video sources to high-resolution 1080p. Qdeo, meanwhile, performs full 4K (3840 x 2160) upscaling of 1080p sources.

The Vida processor incorporates several HQV algorithms which Onkyo says will do a better job than last year in the enhancement of video images and the reduction of noise in compressed video.

On the audio side the TX-NR809 achieves THX-Select2 Plus Certification thanks to seven 135-watts per channel amplifiers which employ the company's Wide Range Amplifier Technology (WRAT). Onkyo has also added Audyssey's MultEQ XT automated calibration and Dolby Volume to this year’s receiver.

The receiver has one front- and seven rear-panel HDMI inputs, dual HDMI outputs with lossless audio processing using Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio Decoding. There is also a full complement of legacy analog and digital connections, including multi-channel audio, stereo, optical and coaxial digital inputs, and a phono input. There are two component video inputs, plus composite/S-Video inputs for four devices. It also has multichannel analog preamp outputs for possible use with a separate component power amplifier.

The TX-NR809 also carries DLNS certification so users should be able to playback a variety digital audio file formats via a home network or USB devices. There are also front and rear USB ports for digital storage devices and Onkyo's optional wireless USB adaptor. Direct digital connection via the front-panel USB port lets you access MP3, WMA, WMA Lossless, FLAC, WAV, Ogg Vorbis, and AAC audio files stored on a USB flash drives or iPod/iPhone. It also offers improved home integration capabilities with Zone 2/3 preouts and a bi-directional remote control with on-screen RC set-up for attached components, and Macros for four activities.

The TX-NR809 is Onkyo's first 2011 AV receiver to use a bidirectional, pre-programmed, and customizable RI remote control. When connected to the Internet, it maintains up-to-date RC control codes for connected devices. With the receiver's Overlaid Graphical On-screen Display, users can speed through on-screen setups while still viewing their program. The remote also includes Macro presets for four activities. Additionally, the receiver has bi-directional Ethernet and RS232 ports for control, IR input and output, two 12-V triggers, firmware updates via Ethernet and USB, GUI Navigation via HDMI, powered Zone 2, and Zone 2/3 preouts.

The Onkyo TX-NR809 will be available this month for $1,099.

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