Onkyo is all but justified to be called the AV receiver’s king and the latest line of 2013 deserves that reputation.
The company just announced its newest AV receivers, with TX-NR727 and TX-NR626 step-up models equipped with two awesome features for the year 2013: built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. All models have HDMI connectivity too and even TX-NR525 entry level comes with six inputs.
Some significant features include:
|TX-NR525:||At $500: six inputs HDMI inputs, 5.2 channels, Audyssey MultEQ, second zone unpowered, networking,|
|TX-NR626||At $600: step-ups: built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, 7.2 channels, dual outputs HDMI, unpowered and powered second zone, one input which is MHL-compatible input|
|TX-NR727||At $900: step-ups: HDMI inputs eight in number|
The new line has got the users quite excited about it. TX-NR626 and TX-NR525 both have excellent values. The step-up of $100 for the built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi is very reasonable, keeping in mind that many companies take $100 only for an external heavy dongle. TX-NR 525 is also capable of adding Bluetooth or Wi-Fi functionality through the USB accessories at an affordable price.
All these three models have the network features of Onkyo’s suite that includes ability to control receivers through the smartphone app. Also there’s support onboard for many streaming-music services that include Last.fm, TuneIn Radio and Spotidy. According to Onkyo the app for smartphone could also play files of Apple Lossless and FLAC from an NAS or computer, although it was commonly known before that the AV receivers are not good media streamers.
AirPlay is an important feature missing in these receivers but is available on many other competing models like Yamaha, Pioneer and Denon. However, normally it’s not some great loss as AirPlay could always be added afterwards with the Apple TV that is a better price as one also gets much other features via full-fledged TV box by Apple. In addition to this, all iOS devices support Bluetooth so one is able to stream audio wirelessly from any of the apps on iPad or iPhone, though with some loss in audio quality.
Though the prices now seem quite high but its common with Onkyo receivers to get the prices down very soon, in fact it is expected to drop to $450 till the year’s end. If prices do reduce as expected and as has been happening in the past, you’ll get to save much money to get Apple TV for AirPlay functionality.
Also with the AV receivers, HT-5600 home theatre is announced by Onkyo at the price of $600. It includes AV receiver of full-size nad speaker system with 7.1-channel. Such Onkyo’s all-in-one systems are though good value, still they aren’t very stylish. Anyway this offering by Onkyo is better than others due to the full-size and nonproprietary components. Yamaha is another better one.
TX-NR525, HT-S5600 and TX-NR626 are to be released in April and TX-NR727 in May. So, given the above features of these, go for the one that suits you best.