Bundling Dynamic Audio Amplification with cutting-edge wireless multi-room audio technologies, 4K video support and 3D audio,Onkyo USA today announced two new 7.2-channel Network A/V Receivers: TX-NR686 (MSRP: $649 USD / $899.99 CAN) and the TX-NR585 (MSRP: $549 USD / $749.99 CAN).
The TX-NR686 is a 210 W/Ch (6 ohms, 1 kHz, 10% THD,1-channel driven) A/V powerhouse that is now THX® Certified Select™ ensuring theater reference level performance in your home. To gain certification, amplifiers must pass 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 ideal for first-time buyers or those looking to repower a system.
Both units feature support for the latest immersive soundtracks and give existing movie collections a new lease on life. In addition to playing DTS:X® and Dolby Atmos® soundtracks, the receiver carries 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.
Audio playback quality is deeply satisfying thanks to a high-current drive, non-phase-shift amplification circuitry and discrete output stages in both receivers. The combination of high current and power results in thrilling dynamic performance, accurate speaker control, and emotionally nuanced delivery. 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 uncommonly clear articulation of these high-quality formats.
Streaming services such as Amazon Music, TIDAL, TuneIn, Deezer, Pandora and Spotify are built into the receiver*3 to make selection easy from remote control or Onkyo Controller*4 or Onkyo Music Control*4 App. All network streaming and control functions, including AirPlay, operate over dual-band 5 GHz/2.4 GHz Wi-Fi® for stability in areas with household network congestion. Music streaming capabilities are further bolstered with built-in Bluetooth® wireless technology.
Extending brand-agnostic co-operability for an easily structured multi-room ecosystem to suit any need, 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*4. 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*5 is available through Android phones, iPhone, Google Home, or other compatible devices.
FlareConnect™ is also onboard to allow the A/V receiver and compatible audio systems and speakers to freely share analog and digital sources*6 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*7 (Sub Out only for TX-NR686) pass 4K/60p video as well as BT.2020 color 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*8 is ideal for temporary device connections, such as a video recorder or game console.
Both units say goodbye to the days of complex home cinema operation as the Graphical User Interface (GUI) over HDMI is very simple to navigate. For detailed listings of complete specifications for both units, please visit the A/V receiver section on OnkyoUSA.com.
*1 Not guaranteed over wireless LAN. Sound is reproduced following conversion to PCM.
*2 Supported sampling rate via wireless LAN depends on network environment. ALAC is available at a maximum sampling rate of 96 kHz.
*3 Please confirm availability of services in your region before purchase. Some services may require a paid subscription.
*4 Available for free download. Please check device and OS requirements at App Store or Google Play.
*5 The Google Assistant requires an internet connection and is not available in all languages or countries. Controlling certain devices in your home requires compatible smart devices. Subscriptions for services and applications may be required and additional terms, conditions and/or charges may apply.
*6 For external input availability visit http://www.onkyo.com/flareconnect.
*7 HDMI Sub Out does not support ARC or CEC.
*8 Front HDMI input does not support 4K/60p/4:4:4/24-bit video, HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision, or BT.2020.