Onkyo has announced immediate dealer shipments of its TX-NR801 Net-Tuneâ„¢ home theater receiver, which was first shown to the press in prototype form at CEDIA Expo in September. This is Onkyo’s secondfull-featured home theater receiver with Net-Tune technology for access to digital music files over a home PC network, however its $1000 price is $500 less than the earlier Onkyo TX-NR900 Net-Tunereceiver.
The Onkyo TX-NR801 is a seven-channel, 100-Watt THX Select audio/video receiver with all major home theater surround sound processing formats, plus Onkyo’s unique Net-Tuneâ„¢ distributed audio technology for the seamless integration of high quality audio with a home computer network. Other features include include 192 kHz/24-bit audio DAC’s for superior audio reproduction, HDTV capable component video switching, and Onkyo’s Powered Zone 2 capability, making it the centerpiece for an exceptional multiroom home entertainment system.
Onkyo’s exclusive Net-Tune capability uses a standard TCP/IP Ethernet connection to unite the receiver with MP3 and Windows Media Audio (WMA) files stored on a home PC, or to access Internet radio streams via a networked broadband Internet connection. This system also allows for up to 11 other Net-Tune clients to connect to the same network, all delivering simultaneous and independent access to music stored on a central PC. The receiver’s on-screen display shows song title, artist, album, genre, and playlist information, making the entire family’s music collection easy to store and access, without the clutter of CDs and their cases. Not even a CD jukebox can hold so much music, and deliver it so quickly and easily.
The TX-NR801 is a full-featured home theater receiver, with onboard processing for THX Surround EX 7.1, Dolby Digital EX and Dolby ProLogic II, DTS-ES, DTS Neo:6, and DTS 96/24, which provides 5.1-channel 96 kHz audio from conventional DVD players. High quality 192 kHz/24-bit D/A converters are used for digital processing on all channels except the rear surrounds. For analog sources, Onkyo’s Pure Audio function allows all digital processing to be completely bypassed to preserve the purity of analog audio signals.
As the centerpiece of a complete digital entertainment network, the TX-NR801 features a broad suite of connectivity options and features. HDTV capable 50 MHz component video switching and Y/C separation for composite to S-Video conversion are included to maintain optimum video signal integrity. A total of seven digital inputs, including one on the front panel, and two digital outputs are included, as well as full 7.1-channel pre-outs for use with additional external amplification.
There is also a wide array of multizone features, such as Onkyo’s Powered Zone 2 that provides the ability to drive a set of stereo speakers in another room using the rear surround channel amplifiers, or using an external power amplifier. An On-Screen display provides control of all settings as well as access to network digital media playlists. A backlit preprogrammed learning remote with Mode-Key LEDs makes system control and integration easy.
The Onkyo TX-NR801 is currently available with a suggested retail price of $1,000.
100 W/Ch x 7 into 8 Ohms (20Hz-20kHz)
Powered Zone 2 Capability
Ethernet Port for Net Tune Audio
7 Digital Inputs (4 Optical/3 Coaxial
THX Surround EX 7.1
HDTV-capable Component-Video switching (50 MHz, 2 inputs/1 output)
Dolby Digital EX, Dolby Pro Logic II
DTS-ES, DTS 96/24 and Neo:6
2 Optical Digital Outputs
Pure Audio Mode
Y/C separation for Composite to S-Video Conversion
192 kHz/24-bit Linear PCM DACs for L/R/C/SW/SL/SR Channels
Adjustable SW Crossover (40/60/80/100/120/150 Hz)
MP3 and WMA (Windows Media Audio) Decoding
Backlit Preprogrammed Learning Remote with Mode-Key LEDs
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