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Onkyo TX-NR3008 9.1 Channel Networking A/V Receiver Preview



  • Product Name: TX-NR3008 Networked A/V Receiver
  • Manufacturer: Onkyo
  • Review Date: June 14, 2010 17:55
  • MSRP: $2099.00
  • First Impression: Pretty Cool
  • Eight 1080p capable HDMI inputs (V1.4a repeater) including 1 Front with 2 outputs
  • THX Ultra2 Plus Certification
  • isf Certified
  • HDMI 1080p video upconversion by HVQ Reon VX
  • WRAT technology and discrete amp construction for cleaner sound
  • TrueHD/DTS-HD decoding to support the latest Blu-ray technology
  • PC Input
  • Front-Panel USB Input for Memory Devices and iPhone/iPod Models (Enables Display of Album Artwork)
  • Optional iPod Dock / HDradio module via U.Port
  • 4 DSP Gaming Modes: Rock, Sports, Action, and Role Playing
  • Audyssey MultEQ XT with Dynamic EQ & Dynamic Volume
  • Power Consumption:  11.6A
  • Dimensions (W x H x D):  17 1/8" x 7 13/16" x 18 1/4"
  • Weight: 55.1 lbs. (25.0 kg)

Onkyo has begun refreshing its line up of receivers and one down from the top is the new TX-NR5008 networked model, updating the TX-NR3007.  Sharing many of the features of its big brother, the TX-NR3008 is a 9.2 channel receiver that features a THX Certified Ultra 2 Plus amplifier section capable of making 140 watts at 8 ohms over 20 Hz to 20 kHz.  The power supply is built around 4 independent EI transformers that isolate the electrical demands from audio and video functionality.

Processing on the TX-NR3008 is identical, but is not run on premium Burr-Brown DACs used in the TX-NR5008.  The TX-NR3008 supports all of the latest lossless A/V codecs, Dolby PLIIz, Audyssey DSX, Audyssey MultiEQ XT, and Reon VX video processing with isf certified calibration.  Inputs and outputs are nearly identical for both digital and analog connections.  As with the TX-NR5008, the TX-NR3008 again features 8 HDMI 1.4a 3D capable inputs and dual outputs, but only a single rear mounted USB port.  Multi-zone functionality to zones 2/3 is identical as is support for streaming audio file formats, Internet radio, and Windows 7/DLNA certification.

The TX-NR3008, all in all, appears to be nearly everything that the TX-NR5008 is with few compromises to hit the lower price point.

Audioholics hasn't yet done a formal review of this product, but we wanted to get as much information as possible to our readers in order to help them make the best possible purchasing decisions.  If possible, we will provide additional info or even a product review at a later date.  For more info, visit Onkyo USA.

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Professionally, David engineers building structures. He is also a musician and audio enthusiast. David gives his perspective about loudspeakers and complex audio topics from his mechanical engineering and HAA Certified Level I training.

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