Entry-Level Unit Now Offers Powered Audio Entertainment to Zone 2

March 14, 2018

With a discrete high-current 7-channel analog amplification system and a host of world-class features, the TX-SR383 7.2-Channel AV Receiver delivers unprecedented value by providing high-quality stereo amplification for everyday music listening, and transforming movies via a dynamic surround-sound.  Most significantly, it provides a choice of native 7.2-channel soundtrack reproduction, or a 5.2-channel surround-sound layout with powered audio distribution to a pair of stereo speakers in Zone 2*1.  Available later this month for $399 (USD) / $499 (CAD), the TX-SR383 is an ideal starter component for those considering a home theater.

The TX-SR383 is a future-ready hub that is perfect for connecting HDR-ready media players and television sets.  It features four HDMI® inputs and one output supporting 4K/60p, HDR10, HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma), 4:4:4 color space, and BT.2020 color-standard video pass-through as well as HDCP 2.2.  The CEC-compliant HDMI output also has an ARC (Audio Return Channel) to enable amplification of TV broadcasts from ARC-ready displays.  HDMI pass-through is available when amplified sound is not required.

Backed by 155W/ch (6 ohms, 1 kHz, 10% THD, 1 channel driven) and supporting DTS-HD Master Audio™ and Dolby® TrueHD movie soundtrack – with either Surround Back or Front Height speakers to enhance theater-realistic immersion -- the easy-to-use TX-SR383 is ideal for the latest 4K entertainment.

AccuEQ Room Acoustic Calibration delivers tailored surround-sound to suit any media room. It sets speaker parameters such as distance, output level, and crossover, and EQs to present a cohesive audio image optimized for unique room sizes and speaker positions. Just plug in the setup mic after connecting the speakers, follow the on-screen prompts, and enjoy calibrated sound.

Bluetooth® Version 3.0 wireless technology supports the AAC codec for high-quality audio transmission, while compliance with Qualcomm® aptX™ audio enables CD-like music playback quality with compatible smartphones, tablets, and personal computers. Stream virtually any audio in moments with easy pairing via a key on the front panel or remote controller.

Music Optimizer, developed by Onkyo, uses a DSP algorithm to restore lost bit information for objectively better sound when playing compressed audio files. Touch a key on the remote to enable Music Optimizer listening mode on a variety of input sources, including Bluetooth audio, and MP3, WMA, and AAC files via a front-panel USB input.

With a variety of network HDMI devices available to bring streaming audio and video to the family room, the TX-SR383 includes a rear 5V/1A USB outlet to power devices that require it. Users can add room-filling amplified sound to their favorite movies and TV programs on-demand via subscription services, and enjoy premium sound with music, podcasts, and online audio-video media streamed via smartphones or tablet apps.

A selection of composite video inputs connect legacy devices, while optical/coaxial digital audio inputs and analog audio inputs are also included.  Connect players, conceal them in an entertainment unit, and distribute video to the TV via one cable—great for wall-mounted displays.  Together, these features combine with the signature Onkyo sound to let families enrich their daily entertainment experience, stress-free and at an affordable price.