New Onkyo Stereos Go for The Value

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Electronics maker Onkyo has rolled out two new stereo receivers and a countertop stereo system which put the emphasis on packing needed, high-quality features into systems which don’t strain customers’ wallets.

Onkyo’s new TX-8222 receiver pushes 50 watts per channel into 8-ohn speaker loads, and features three standard audio inputs, a pre-amplified phono input (reversing that RIAA curve to get good sound out of your vinyl!), and two audio outs. The TX8222 also offers to RI pin jacks, banana plug-compatible speaker posts, and selective tone controls. The TX-8222 comes in black at a suggested price of $249.

Need a little more oomph…or video? The TX-8522 pushes 100 watts per channel into 8 ohms, offers an AM/FM tuner, and sports a rear-panel XM Connect-and-Play hookup for an XM Passport portable antenna, so you can put your XM stations through your home stereo. The receiver offers three audio inputs, two video inputs, a photo pre-amp input (vinyl, baby!), and two A/V outs—and a multi-source feature enables users to push two different audio sources to different rooms. Or, we suppose, the same room if you like chaos. The TX-8522 comes in black with a suggested price tag of $349.

Need to drop a stereo system into an office, dorm room, or other area? Onkyo’s CS-315 counter-top stereo offers 2-way bass reflex speakers which are magnetically shielded for use near televisions or computer monitors, and which are driven by discrete power amps. The CS-315 offers an AM/FM tuner (30 presets) and can play standard CDs, CD-R/RWs, and MP3 CDs using a single-bit D/A converter. As an option, users can integrate Onkyo’s DS-A1 or DS-A2 iPod docks. Also on board: headphone jack, remote control, built-in clock with sleep timer, three audio inputs, one audio output, and a subwoofer pre-output for expanding the system. The CS-315 carries a suggested retail price of $299.

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