Onkyo USA has announced the addition of two new 7.2-channel network AV receivers to its lineup: the TX-NR686 and the TX-NR585.
The TX-NR686 is a 210 W/Ch (6 ohms, 1 kHz, 10% THD,1-channel driven) AV receiver that is THX Certified Select, passing severe THX bench-tests covering every aspect of audio performance. Meanwhile, the TX-NR585 pushes 170 W/Ch (6 ohms, 1 kHz, 10% THD, 1 channel driven), and is touted as being ideal for first-time buyers, or those looking to repower a system.
Both units feature support for the latest immersive soundtracks. In addition to playing DTS:X and Dolby Atmos soundtracks, the receivers carry DTS Neural:X and Dolby Surround up-mixing solutions. Each is cross-compatible with legacy sound formats encoded on Blu-ray Disc and DVD, such as Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio.
AccuEQ Room Acoustic Calibration, which sets essential speaker conditions for optimal performance tailored to the listening space, is enhanced by AccuReflex technology. AccuReflex assures cohesive sound at the listening position by phase-matching directional and non-directional sound for soundtracks played though Dolby Atmos-enabled speaker systems.
Digital audio sources, particularly Hi-Res Audio in 5.6 MHz DSD*1 or 192 kHz/24-bit in FLAC*2, WAV*2, AIFF*2, and ALAC*2 over network or USB input, benefit from VLSC (Vector Linear Shaping Circuitry) on the Front L/R channels. This patented circuit removes high-frequency noise for clear articulation of these high-quality formats, says Onkyo.
Streaming services such as Amazon Music, TIDAL, TuneIn, Deezer, Pandora, and Spotify are built into the receiver to make selection easy from remote control, Onkyo Controller, or Onkyo Music Control App. All network streaming and control functions, including AirPlay, operate over dual-band 5GHz/2.4GHz Wi-Fi for stability in areas with household network congestion. Music streaming capabilities are further bolstered with built-in Bluetooth wireless technology.
Both the TX-NR686 and the TX-NR585 feature DTS Play-Fi technology, which enables streaming services to be synchronized across single or grouped rooms via the Onkyo Music Control App. Multi-room audio support over Wi-Fi extends to Chromecast built-in, enabling users to stream music from smartphones, tablets, laptops, and PCs from popular apps, while voice control with the Google Assistant is available through Android phones, iPhone, Google Home, or other compatible devices.
FlareConnect is also onboard to allow the AV receiver and compatible audio systems and speakers to freely share analog and digital sources between each other, with playback managed via Onkyo Controller.
Users can repurpose a set of stereo speakers in the kitchen, garage, or other interior space by powering them via ZONE 2 speaker outputs, with no extra amps or players required, and retaining a 5.2-ch home cinema in the main room. As well as analog sources including phono and tuner, powered ZONE 2 employs a DAC to distribute digital input sources (network, USB, and S/PDIF) for simultaneous playback of the same or different sources in either or both rooms. Zone 2 line-output is ideal for sharing content to a hi-fi system featuring a line-level input, with multi-room playback management courtesy of Onkyo Controller.
HDCP 2.2-compatible HDMI inputs, Main Out, and Sub Out (Sub Out only for TX-NR686) pass 4K/60p video as well as BT.2020 colour standard, 4:4:4 color sub-sampling, and High Dynamic Range in HDR10, HLG, and Dolby Vision formats to a compatible TV display or projector. The TX-NR686's front HDMI input is ideal for temporary device connections, such as a video recorder or game console.
The TX-NR686 sells for an MSRP of $900 in Canada, and the TX-NR585 for $750.