World's First 7.1 Channel THX Surround EX Receiver

Onkyo

have upped the ante again in the receiver market with their 7.1 Channel THX Surround EX receiver. Containing 7 130 watt amplifiers, this is one mean machine.

Included is the increasingly common 'open architecture' type design. In essence, this completely future-proofs the machine against all advances in home cinema audio. An example of Onkyo's use of this facility will be a future DVD-Audio upgrade when the standard is finally released. Upgrading the machine's decoding standards is not the only facility of this upgrade faciltiy though, and Onkyo expect to release improvements in the DSP algorithms, and just about anything else deemed necessary.

Onyko intend to inform all registered users about all future updates as and when they are released, with the company's eventual aim to supply them on their web page.

Out of the box, however, the machine supports everything you could possibly desire including DTS, Dolby Digital and even MPEG decoding. Input wise, you have (takes a deep breath) 9 digital, 3 optical, 5 coaxial, 1 RF for LaserDisc, 1 phono, a 7.1-channel analogue input for external processors, an RS-232 comms port, and provisions for adding an IEEE1394 connection. We're not left high and dry on the output front either with outputs for 7 speakers, 2 line-level subwoofer outputs, tape loops for 2 video and 2 audio recorders, 1 component video, 2 composite video, plus dual zone audio and video, and connectors for AM and FM antennas(!)

This behemoth of a machine will be available later this month in the US and has a suggested retail of $3200. Well I'm off to try and get one of these for the site to give away!

Carl Prescott

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