Onkyo adds new mid-priced receivers
Onkyo has spruced up the middle of its receiver line with two new models, the $1,399 TX-NR929 and the $1,099 TX-NR828. Both are THX Select2 Plus-certified, with 135 watts of power per channel. Both include wireless streaming through WiFi of files up to 24-bit/192-kilohertz resolution from computers, NAS drives, and other networked devices. And both include Bluetooth so your daughter can stream the latest Justin Bieber tune from her iPhone.
The flagship (of the mid-priced line, at least) TX-NR929 includes nine channels of amplification and 11.2-channel preamp line output. Three processing modes-DTS Neo:X, Audyssey DSX, and Dolby ProLogic IIz-create the 9-channel or 11-channel sound from stereo, 5.1, or 7.1 material. It has nine HDMI inputs with Ultra HD 4K pass-through, including an MHL input on the front panel. And it also has MultEQ XT32, the latest and most high-res version of Audyssey's room acoustic equalization technology.
The only-slightly-downscale TX-NR828 has seven channels of amplification, 7.2-channel preamp line output, no Neo:X, just eight HDMI inputs, and plain ol' Audyssey MultEQ instead of the XT32 variant. (Here's Audyssey's explanation of the different versions of MultEQ.)
The TX-NR828 hits retailers in June while the TX-NR929 arrives in July.