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Onkyo Unveils High-End THX Rated Trio


Onkyo Unveils High-End THX Rated Trio

Onkyo is no stranger to the delights of affordable home cinema, with a range of feature laden receivers. At IFA today though, Onkyo is showing that it can do the very high-end thing too and has unveiled a trio of money-no-object AV separates; the PR-SC5508 THX A/V Network Controller, the PA-MC5500 9.2-channel Power Amplifier (not actually new) and the BD-SP808 Blu-ray player, (which is new).

Naturally, the PR-SC5508 is THX certified, carrying the THX Ultra 2 Plus rating, and offers 9.2 channel decoding – that’s the usual seven, plus an extra two for either front-height speakers, or extra front-wide speakers, courtesy of Dolby Pro Logic II-z or Audyssey DSX processing. Shame then that it doesn’t allow for both at once - for an 11.2 configuration.

The box sports 32-bit DSP processing and six Burr-Brown PCM1795 192kHz/32-bit DACs, upscaling is courtesy of HQV Reon-VX and its ISF video calibration ready. There are 8- (count ‘em) HDMI 1.4 3D ready connections, one of which is at the front, and there’s dual- USBs too. You also get two line-level balanced XLR inputs, a VGA input for direct connection from a PC and direct digital playback from an iPod a built- in FM/AM tuner. Let’s not forget the optional UP-DT1 DAB+ module either.

Network support comes in the guise of DLNA 1.5 and Windows 7 support, including FLAC files and access to internet radio services such as LastFM, Napster, VTuner.

The PA-MC5500 9.2-channel power amplifier supports 220 Watts per channel at 6 ohms, and Onkyo claims the power figures are achieved with the help of Onkyo's exclusive WRAT (Wide Range Amplifier Technology), which delivers low negative feedback, low distortion, and extended frequency response. The power supply is also highly specced with high instantaneous-current capability and is equipped with a large toroidal power transformer.

Finally, the new Onkyo BD-SP808 Blu-ray player is THX certified, DLNA 1.5 compliant, and BD-Live capable, and employs a Marvel Qdeo video scaler. The company claims that any harmful vibrations are eliminated thanks to the highly rigid chassis construction – so don’t mess.

What’s more, the SP808 offers on demand streaming capability – from Blockbuster, off all people. We’re not sure if this is going to be coming to Europe but it sounds like an interesting feature.

Of course, all this quality won’t come cheap and the PR-SC5508 pre-amp will cost you £2,200. The PC-MC5500 9.2 power amplifier will set you back a mere £1,800 and the BD-SP808 a mere £600, coming in at a grand total £4,600. Oh, there’s that optional DAB too at £130. But who’s counting, eh?

Link: Onkyo UK

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