Onkyo [distributed by Amber Technology] recently developed two new high performance 7.2 channel AV receivers, the TX-NR656 [$1499] and TX-NR555 [$1299], designed to satisfy the needs of film buffs, gamers and the tech-savvy. The new models are packed with state-of-the-art technologies and join Onkyo’s growing range of Dolby Atmos® ready and DTS:X™ AV receivers. Dolby Atmos® produces object-oriented audio playback that can be heard from all directions, resulting in 360-degree, three-dimensional sound. The audio effects move around the space to create a lifelike cinema experience at home. For example, you can hear rainfall moving throughout the room; or feel the vibrations from an explosion.
Similar to Dolby Atmos®, the DTS:X™ codec delivers object-based audio for a heightened, multi-dimensional effect. While Dolby Atmos® requires a specific speaker configuration, DTS:X™ lets you enjoy a lifelike cinematic experience using a broader range of flexible speaker configurations. This provides more freedom to set-up the AV equipment.
Music lovers will welcome Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity with access to streaming services including Spotify as well as AirPlay. A number of these features will be activated via firmware upgrades in the coming months including DTS:X™, FireConnect as well as wireless streaming services, Google Cast™, Tidal and Deezer.
Both models feature a dedicated phono input ideal for vinyl fans who want to connect a turntable to the AV receiver. Connect existing home entertainment equipment to the AV receiver using one of the eight HDMI ports available on the TX-NR656 and the six ports on the TX-NR555. Select HDMI terminals also support 4K/60 Hz as well as HDCP 2.2 and HDR for next-generation UltraHD streaming and broadcasting.
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