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Onkyo Announces TX-SR806 and TX-SR706 AV Receivers

by July 22, 2008
TX-SR806 AV Receiver

TX-SR806 AV Receiver

UPPER SADDLE RIVER, NJ (7/22/08) – Onkyo USA has introduced two mid-price home theater receivers and two packaged home theater systems, as part of its mid-year new product announcements. Both receivers are THX certified and include the new THX Loudness Plus audio processing technology for improved low-volume-level listening. All of the new models include expanded HDMI connectivity, Faroudja DCDi video processing capabilities, Audyssey room acoustics correction and Dynamic EQ, and Onkyo's Music Optimizer for improved sound from heavily compressed digital sources.

"These new models represent solid gains in performance, versatility, and convenience in the mid-price market," said Paul Wasek, Onkyo's marketing manager. "They give consumers the ability to attain optimal performance with all the newest AV sources and high definition video screens at an affordable price. We have added more HDMI inputs with greater use of Faroudja DCDi technology to provide high definition video. The THX certified models now have THX Loudness Plus processing for improved sound quality at quieter listening levels. Overall, these receivers and HTiB systems represent an incredible value in terms of price and performance."

The Onkyo TX-SR806 and TX-SR706 home theater receivers have THX Ultra2 Plus and Select2 Plus certification respectively, and both include the new THX Loudness Plus technology. The TX-SR806 and TX-SR706 have five and four HDMI 1.3a repeater inputs respectively to allow optimal HD audio and video performance with the full spectrum of Blu-ray, cable, game, and satellite sources. The sophisticated Faroudja DCDi Cinema video processor circuits can upscale HDMI digital video sources to a 1080p output, and dramatically improve the resolution of analog video signals compared to the source. The TX-SR806 also provides up-conversion to 1080i for the analog component video output.

Onkyo's new HT-S7100 and HT-S6100 HTiB packaged systems each consists of a home theater receiver, seven-channel loudspeaker system, powered subwoofer, and iPod dock. In addition, the HT-S7100 includes two stylish speaker stands. The system receivers have four HDMI inputs with video upscaling to 1080i via Faroudja DCDi Edge technology. The premium audio processing includes DTS-HD Master Audio and Dolby TrueHD, Audyssey 2EQ room acoustics correction, and Audyssey Dynamic EQ loudness correction.

The Onkyo TX-SR706 receiver is now available with a suggested retail price of $899. HT-S7100 and HT-S6100 systems are also currently available with suggested retail prices of $899 and $799 respectively. The TX-SR806 will have a suggested retail price of $1,099, and it will be shipping in mid August.

Onkyo, which takes its name from the Japanese "On" meaning 'sound' and "Kyo" meaning 'harmony,' has been producing precision audio components for over a half-century. The company's philosophy is to deliver products that are superbly designed and built to a consistently outstanding standard of excellence. Today, Onkyo is at the forefront of the home theater and digital revolutions. For more information about this and other fine Onkyo products, visit www.onkyousa.com or call 800-229-1687.

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swestbom posts on July 29, 2008 16:52
Vaughan Odendaa, post: 437394
Not sure myself on the specifics of “plus” certification. The amp section may very well be more efficient but this has yet to be confirmed with valid test measurements. I guess we'll have to wait and see.

I think that an increase in THD, although likely not to be perceived, is still not a positive especially for a new and improved model. As far as more inputs are concerned, I know that it is claimed that there are now five HDMI inputs but which source are we to believe ? The website claims 3 HDMI inputs the last time I checked.

Also, Cirrus Logic as opposed to Burr-Brown ? That is ridiculous, unless, of course, those facts are wrong.

Regards,

Distortion numbers on amps haven't really gone anywhere for 30 years. Both of those numbers are in the who cares domain. What you might hear is the distortion you get when you run out of headroom on loud passages, but frankly in a modestly sized room my ears will hurt with moderately efficient speakers long before I run out of headroom. If the thing draws less power for a given output level that is a great plus, especially at this time of year when we get brownouts and I really don't want the heat.

If the Cirrus Logic DACs are comparable to the Burr-Brown 1796's from TI (their lines overlap a lot in quality) then that is another who cares. But we won't know that until we see the model number of the DACs. Those DACs were way better than average for a $600 street price receiver as was the rest of the 805 except the video scaler chip and de-interlacer (I don't care about that, it had pass-through capabilities).
Vaughan Odendaa posts on July 24, 2008 04:44
jostenmeat
Dropped about 14 pounds, went from 9.5 to 7.8 amps in power consumption but is still ultra 2 (plus) certified. Not sure what the plus means for power output. This must have a more efficient amplifier section to keep the Ultra-2 certification, in other words it isn't a space heater any more!

Not sure myself on the specifics of “plus” certification. The amp section may very well be more efficient but this has yet to be confirmed with valid test measurements. I guess we'll have to wait and see.

I think that an increase in THD, although likely not to be perceived, is still not a positive especially for a new and improved model. As far as more inputs are concerned, I know that it is claimed that there are now five HDMI inputs but which source are we to believe ? The website claims 3 HDMI inputs the last time I checked.

Also, Cirrus Logic as opposed to Burr-Brown ? That is ridiculous, unless, of course, those facts are wrong.

Regards,
Vaughan Odendaa posts on July 24, 2008 04:37
jostenmeat
Dropped about 14 pounds, went from 9.5 to 7.8 amps in power consumption but is still ultra 2 (plus) certified. Not sure what the plus means for power output. This must have a more efficient amplifier section to keep the Ultra-2 certification, in other words it isn't a space heater any more!

Not sure myself on the specifics of “plus” certification. The amp section may very well be more efficient but this has yet to be confirmed with valid test measurements. I guess we'll have to wait and see.

I think that an increase in THD, although likely not to be perceived, is still not a positive especially for a new and improved model. As far as more inputs are concerned, I know that it is claimed that there are now five HDMI inputs but which source are we to believe ? The website claims 3 HDMI inputs the last time I checked.

Also, Cirrus Logic as opposed to Burr-Brown ? That is ridiculous, unless, of course, those facts are wrong.

Regards,
jostenmeat posts on July 23, 2008 19:19
Vaughan Odendaa, post: 436790
Weight ? Going from 50.lbs in the 805 to 37.5 lbs in the 806 ? That seems like a major step backwards to me. Unless those facts are wrong too. I must be honest, I'm not sure I like what I see here.

Biggiesized, post: 436932
They're not going to make the 806 a humongous value like they did last year. I heard they didn't like the margins they were making on the products.

I read someone say that the 806 will no longer be Ultra 2 certified. Hm, brief search brought up this intersting post that says otherwise…

Dropped about 14 pounds, went from 9.5 to 7.8 amps in power consumption but is still ultra 2 (plus) certified. Not sure what the plus means for power output. This must have a more efficient amplifier section to keep the Ultra-2 certification, in other words it isn't a space heater any more! It lost over an inch of depth, probably the 14 pounds of heat sink and power supply that are no longer there. Distortion went up a bit 0.05% (Rated power) for the 805 versus 0.08% (Rated power) for the 806, this is probably directly related to the efficiency gains, but nothing major, not a bad trade off given the significantly smaller power supply, peak power dropped slightly as well, but again, nothing major:

145 W + 145 W (8 ohms, 1 kHz, 0.7%, 2 channels driven, FTC) for the 806

versus

150 W (8 ohms, 1 kHz, 0.7%, 2 channels driven, FTC) for the 805

It seems like Onkyo made some good trade offs, efficiency and less heat for slightly less power and slightly more distortion, but nothing anyone will be able to hear. Given the new features, more inputs and hopefully better HDMI processing it seems like a step forward overall.


http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?p=14344505
ned posts on July 23, 2008 18:34
Disappointed, still no MultEQ XT version of the Audyssey and no PRO capability.
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