Onkyo's AV range is hardly in need of an upgrade, but we're not going to complain that it's seen one. A new flagship model, the TX-NR5007, is being joined by the TX-NR3007 and TX-NR1007. As you would expect, all three look intimidating well-featured.
Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD Master Audio decoding are, needless to say, supported - as are lesser codecs. All three AV receivers are THX Ultra2 Plus certified, giving some indication of the quality we should expect. Audessy DSX and Dolby Pro Logic IIz decoding accompany An HQV Reon VX video processor, which provides 1080p upscaling.
The TX-NR5007 - all £2,400 of it! - offers 220w per channel, with a ridiculous eight HDMI ports are on offer (with one on the front), as are two outputs. Digital optical and coaxial audio outputs an array of Component ports and a silly number of composite inputs. An Ethernet port enables access to media networked music - in FLAC, MP3, AAC, OGG, WAV, WMA and WMA Lossless form - in addition to internet-based firmware update and Last.fm streaming.
The TX-NR3007 has one less HDMI and audio input than the NR5007, a single USB input and has a slightly lesser 200W per channel output. For those without the need for quite as connect-able or powerful an amp as the NR5007, therefore, the £1,700 price tag of the NR3007 should prove more tempting.
The TX-NR1007 has yet one fewer HDMI and audio input, provides 180W per channel and has no USB ports at all. 1080p upscaling, while still featured, is via a Faroudja DCDi video processor - which frankly should still provide excellent results. At £1,300 it's not a cheap amp, but there's a lot on offer for the money.
Onkyo also has a new Digital Media Transport docking station for iPods (and iPhones). For £150 the DMT enables digital files to be pulled directly from a connected iPod, bypassing the internal DAC - which as we all know isn't exactly exceptional. As well as passing through audio files, the dock also has a USB port so a connected iPod can sync with a PC while plugged in.