Onkyo HT-RC270 7.2 Channel Network Receiver First Look
- Product Name: HT-RC270
- Manufacturer: Onkyo USA
- Review Date: August 19, 2010 06:10
- MSRP: $849
- First Impression: Gotta Have It!
# Channels 7.2 Power (8ohms 20-20kHz 0.08%) /Ch 100W Power (8ohms 20-20kHz 0.05%) /Ch - THX Certified (Select2 Plus) Continuous 6ohms Rated Certified 4ohms performance All Discrete Circuitry 3-Stage Inverted Darlington Circuitry PUSH-PULL Design Independent Block Construction (Amp/Preprocessor) - Toroidal Transformer - Independent Power Supply - Bi-amp Capability For Front BTL Capability For Front -
DOLBY Decoder True HD, DD Plus, PLIIz DTS Decoder DTS-HD Master Audio Dolby PLIIz ONKYO GAME Surround Modes DTS Surround Sensation Speaker / Headphone - / - Neural Surround - THX Processing Mode Audyssey DSX Audyssey Dynamic EQ Audyssey Dynamic Volume Direct/Pure Mode / - Music Optimizer 192K/24 Bit DACs (Burr-Brown) VLSC - isf Certified Calibration Control -
Audio I/O 7 / 1 Phono Input Digital Audio IN (OPT/COAX) 2 / 3 Digital Audio OUT (OPT/COAX) - Composite I/O 5 / 1 S-Video I/O 4 / 2 Component Video I/O 2 / 1 Front-Panel A/V L / R / V Front-Panel Optical - Front-Panel Portable input (stereo mini jack) HDMI I/O 6 (5+1)/ 1 HDMI Version V1.4a (supports 3D video and Audio Return Channel) Component Video Upconversion - Analog To HDMI UpConversion 1080i Upscaling - 1080p Upscaling (DCDi Cinema) Multi-Channel Input 7.1 channel Analog Pre-Outs 7.2 channel Speaker A/+B - Powered Zone2 Zone 2 Line Out Zone 2 Video Out - Zone 3 Line Out - U-Port iPod Ready (optional UP-A1) HD Radio Ready (optional UP-HT1) XM Radio Ready - SIRIUS Radio Ready - Internet Radio Capable Streaming Audio From PC Streaming Audio From USB memory PC Input (15 pin D-sub)
RS-232 - IR Input Ethernet ONKYO-RI System Control 12V Trigger -
Pre-Pro/Learning Remote / - Back-Lit Remote - On Screen Remote Programming - Bi-directional Remote Setup via GUI - Activity Based Remote - Color-Coded Speaker Terminals Auto Speaker Calibration W/Mic. (Audyssey MultEQ) OSD Out (advanced "Home" GUI via HDMI only) Solid Aluminum Front Warranty 2 YEARS
We are in a very exciting time for AV. If you like new features without a lot of new cost, you love recessions. Frankly, where a few years ago you'd see new features in the top of the line models that would, after a few years, trickle down to the more budget-conscience models, now we're seeing manufacturers trip all over themselves trying to get you to buy ANY model. Add to that the vast number of different features that can be added... well, it really is a buyer's market. The question is, what are you into? What do you want out of your receiver? Do you want high end video processing? Do you want the best, most robust amp section? Are you looking for streaming, networking, or 3D? It's all out there. At this point, it is imperative that consumers take a hard look at what is available at their price range because, chances are, the offerings from different manufacturers will have widely different feature sets.
Onkyo's new HT-RC270 is betting on networkablility. If you are a fan of streaming from the Internet or from a networked computer, you're going to find the HT-RC270 very attractive. With the DLNA 1.5, the RC270 is out-of-the-box ready to connect to your Windows 7 PC for content streaming. Our experiences with DLNA have been very positive. Once the device is plugged into the network and turned on, it shows up on the PC quickly and without a hassle. But maybe we're getting ahead of ourselves here.
The front of the HT-RC270 is a bit busy with the standard LED display plus a slew of individual buttons for selecting different inputs, DSPs, zone control, pure audio, and power. There are controls for accessing and navigating the setup menus, a volume knob, and dimmer. There is an HDMI, a USB, and standard composite video/stereo audio inputs as well as a headphone and setup mic jack. The USB port will allow users to stream audio as well as connect an iPod or iPhone. In a world where a clean, streamlined look often turns heads, the HT-RC270 definitely went the route of functionality.
The back of the HT-RC270, in comparison, looks fairly clean. While there are still more composite video inputs than anyone should be legally allowed to need in this day and age, there are two component and five (in addition to the one on the front) HDMI inputs all assignable. There are two optical and three coaxial digital audio inputs, a PC input, and a propitiatory "Universal" port for adding one of Onkyo's various peripherals. For those with legacy gear (like those of us with HD DVD players still in our systems because we don't want to re-buy Batman Begins on Blu-ray), Onkyo has included 7.1 channel analogue inputs as well as 7.2 outputs. We've always been a fan of the dual subwoofer outputs and Onkyo was one of the first to include them. There are enough 5-way binding posts for 11 speakers.
That's right - 11.
While the HT-RC270 only has seven internal amps (100 watts per channel), you can connect speakers for a supported Zone 2 or height or width channels for Audyssey DSX. We love this as it allows you to connect all the speakers you may want to use at the same time while supporting different configurations directly from the System menu. Have a big party going? Set the receiver for Zone 2. Want the ultimate movie experience? Eschew Zone 2 for 7.2 or 5.2 with height or width channels. All without having to switch out speaker wires.
Of course, you'd expect support for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio codecs but the HDMI 1.4a inputs mean that you won't have to worry about the receiver passing all the latest 3D formats - it will. Onkyo has also included support for the ARC (Audio Return Channel) which means if your brand new display can do something your receiver can't, you won't need an extra cable to get access to the audio. As mentioned, Audyssey DSX is on board as is Dolby Pro Logic IIz. Auto-calibration is handled by Audyssey's MultEQ which includes Audyssey's Dynamic EQ and Dynamic Volume. THX Select2 certification has been obtained for the HT-RC270 so you'll have access to the THX DSP modes as well. Through the included Ethernet port you'll have access not only to PCs on your network, but a slew of online services. Expect, out of the box, to find support for Pandora, Rhapsody, Napster, Mediafly, Slacker, vTuner, and Sirius Internet Radio.
Onkyo isn't stopping with network features. They have included in the HT-RC270 their propitiatory WRAT (Wide Range Amplifier Technology) amplifiers with new three-stage inverted Darlington circuitry for high dynamics and low distortion. Burr-Brown 192kHz/24-bit DACs are provided for all channels. Faroudja DCDi Cinema video processing has been included to upscale video to full 1080p output (via HDMI) regardless of the source resolution. Analogue to HDMI upconversion is available to make all your VHS tapes and Wii games look slightly less crappy. The OSD (onscreen display) is available only over HDMI but... well, it's available over HDMI which is good. For those without an HDMI capable display, there's a bunch of buttons on the front. Have fun.
Is the Onkyo HT-RC270 the perfect receiver? Not for everyone we're sure. It does have a slew of features, but if you aren't interested in adding more speakers to your system or accessing content on the Internet or your PC (and why not? that stuff is cool), it may not be the one for you. At $849 it certainly isn't an impulse buy. What it is, however, is a great value for the amount of features you get. Onkyo has impressed us in the past in how many features you get for your dollar and the HT-RC270 is no different. While there are a few things we find to be interesting (what exactly do we need a "Role-Playing" DSP for?), we love most everything they've shoehorned into the HT-RC270. If you are looking for a receiver, the Onkyo HT-RC270 should be on your radar.
For more information, please contact www.us.onkyo.com.
What's the difference between the HT-R series and the TX-SR series? Different regional markets? Different retailers?
Was wondering about that too.
I just looked online and this this is even cheaper, $570 + free ship at J&R music world! CRAZY DEAL!