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Onkyo Launches TX-SR876, TX-NR906 Home Cinema Systems


Onkyo Launches TX-SR876, TX-NR906 Home Cinema Systems

Onkyo is never a company to take a product line refresh lightly, so the announcement that the TX-SR875 and TX-NR905 home cinema receivers have been updated to the TX-SR876 and TX-SR906 should mean a decent set of improvements all round. Hopefully at a more compelling price, too.

The spec listing Onkyo's latest systems boast is pretty impressive, if just in length, but a condensed view looks like this:


  • Seven 200W channels

  • Four HDMI v.1.3a inputs/two outputs

  • Built-in 1080p video up-scaling and up-conversion with HQV Reon-VX

  • ISF-certified Video Calibration

  • THX Ultra2 Plus certified performance (including THX Loudness)

  • Onboard decoder for Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby Digital Plus and DTS-HD

  • Three Texas Instruments Aureus 32-bit DSP chips for processing

  • Music Optimiser for MP3/AAC tracks

  • Audyssey Dynamic EQ

  • RIHD (Remote Interactive over HDMI) control system

TX-NR906 (as above plus:)

  • Seven 220w channels

  • Massive Toroidal Power Transformer

  • Separate transformers for audio and video stages for audio purity

  • Network Audio-capable, Certified for Windows Vista

  • Front-panel USB for portable audio devices

  • Streaming audio via Ethernet

The most important features of both the TX-SR876 and TX-NR906 comes in the form of their THX Ultra2 Plus certification and ISF-calibration capability. In layman's terms, both systems should be tweakable to as close to the cinema end of a home cinema setup as humanly possible.

As sported by their predecessors, both systems feature Audyssey MultiEQ XT - basically auto-calibration of each channels sound output to suit the installed room. Going one step futher, though, the TX-SR876 and TX-SR906 also boast Audyssey's Dynamic EQ technology, for balancing the sound output and Dynamic Volume Technology, ensuring a consistent output volume.

The TX-NR906 boasts a USB port, allowing MP3 players to be connected, and an Ethernet port allowing both the streaming of media files from a PC and also internet media. Support for MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, FLAC, and OGG files covers just about every manufacturer of players

Unsurprisingly, neither system is cheap. The TX-SR876 will cost around £1,000 when it becomes available in the middle of this month, while the TX-NR906 will sit at around £1,400. And that's before buying a set of speakers, players and TV to go with the receiver…

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