March 14, 2013
Onkyo Introduces Three Network A/V Receivers

By Gary Reber

Onkyo has unveiled three exciting network A/V receivers-along with an affordable home theater package ideal for first-time buyers-for the 2013 model year, pushing standards for performance and value to unprecedented heights at the entry-level.



The respected electronics company continues to forge

ahead with enhanced features and functionality with following upgrades announced for its entry-level network A/V receivers:


  • Starting from the TX-NR626, built in Wi-Fi is supported by a remote app that enables lossless audio streaming from iPhone® and Android-based devices, as well as app-controllable FLAC, Apple Lossless, Dolby® TrueHD, LPCM and DSD hi-res streaming from NAS and personal computer via network and DLNA.
  • Beginning with the TX-NR626, built-in Bluetooth technology to enable fast and reliable audio streaming from cellphone, smartphone, tablet, and
  • An expanded selection of music streaming services and internet radio providers (including Spotify, TuneIn Radio, and selectable via remote app
  • 4K Ultra HD passthrough via HDMI® from media players and projectors (all three models) and Qdeo™ 4K video upscaling technology (TX-NR626 and TX-NR727)
  • Upgraded Audyssey MultEQ® room acoustic correction to equalize and calibrate subwoofers as well as satellites.

As the most powerful model on release, the THX® Select2 Plus™-certified TX-NR727 Network A/V Receiver drives

through 7.2 channels equipped with Three-Stage Inverted Darlington Circuitry, making it an ideal choice for filling larger rooms with studio reference surround sound. The receiver offers Dolby® Pro Logic® IIz and Audyssey DSX® upmixing, and Whole House Mode for distributed audio in up to three zones. Eight HDMI inputs include MHL™ support for 1080p video from smartphone and tablet, while two HDMI outputs are featured to connect a projector and TV display.

Harnessing technology and making it easier to use is always a major priority, and to this end, InstaPrevue™ video switching technology and an elegantly simple HDMI-powered user interface are included. Remote app control, meanwhile, extends across three zones, supporting audio streaming from the local network and making it easy to search for the albums, playlists, and internet radio channels available through the receiver.




Users searching for exemplary audio-video performance on a tighter budget may consider the formidable TX-NR626 Network A/V Receiver. Three-Stage Inverted Darlington Circuitry-a sophisticated amp topology designed for high-energy output with minimal distortion-is present on the front and center channels. The TX-NR626 is suited to playing multi-channel movie soundtracks and two-channel music with a high degree of transparency. 4K Ultra HD video passthrough and upscaling-plus built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology-reflect the exceptional value of this fully featured A/V receiver.


Onkyo NR626 


With a useful amount of power, network connectivity, and streaming service implementation-along with provision for Bluetooth technology and wireless LAN via optional adapters-the 5.2-channel TX-NR525 Network A/V Receiver is a strong contender at the entry level. Six HDMI inputs, Audyssey MultEQ®, InstaPrevue™ technology, and Hybrid Standby (which maintains HDMI and network connectivity) are practical inclusions to streamline, simplify, and optimize the home theater system for everyday use.


Onkyo NR525 


For users seeking the convenience and performance of a professionally calibrated home theater system,Onkyo offers the HT-S5600 7.1-Channel Home Theater Receiver/Speaker Package. Newly compatible with the UBT-1 Bluetooth USB Adapter, the included receiver boasts Dolby® Pro Logic® IIz and Audyssey 2EQ® equalization for immersive surround sound. Multizone support via Powered Zone2 connections is also available on the powerful package. The eight-piece speaker set employs high-performance OMF drivers in the two-way front and center speakers, and an efficient yet punchy 120 W active subwoofer.

Onkyo S5600



All models presented here are endowed with class-leading audio pre-processing and proprietary WRAT (Wide Range Amp Technology.) The key to this acclaimed technology lies in Onkyo's low-negative-feedback amplifier topology, which extracts the full dynamic potential in the recording. High instantaneous current capability, meanwhile, provides a deep reservoir of power to handle the sudden dynamic gains common to movie soundtracks, while noise-canceling closed ground-loop circuits assist with the clean and clear delivery for which the Onkyo brand is celebrated.

From its roots in two-channel hi-fi, and pioneering contribution to multi-channel home theater, Onkyo is now leading the way toward housewide entertainment systems driven by powerful A/V processing hubs. Rapid innovation is leading to better-equipped products at all levels of the market, allowing consumers to enjoy the life-changing benefits of the digital revolution.

The TX-NR525, TX-NR-626 and TX-NR727 network receivers will have suggested retail prices of $499, $599 and $899 respectively, and the HT-S5600 home theater system will have suggested retail prices of $599. The TX-NR525, TX-NR626 and HT-S5600 will be available at retail in April while the TX-NR727 will be available in May.

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