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One Simple Step Into a World of THX® Integrated System Theater Sound and Wireless Audio Entertainment

May 23, 2017

OSAKA, JAPAN. Onkyo unveils a powerful new THX® Integrated System-certified home theater that’s ready to deliver an adrenaline-pumping reference film or gaming experience straight out of the box—it ships with everything needed in a single carton, just connect a TV or projector.

The 7.2-Channel HT-S9800THX A/V Receiver/Speaker Package supports object-based soundtracks, pass-through of 4K HDR features including HDR10, Dolby Vision™, HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma), and BT.2020, as well as wireless multi-room audio distribution and music streaming via Chromecast built-in*1, DTS Play-Fi®*2, AirPlay, and more.

The HT-S9800THX retains the substantial 2-Way acoustic-suspension speakers that made its predecessor a worldwide best-seller, complete with iconic white A-OMF drivers and front-firing subwoofer, but adds a new state-of-the-art 165 W/Ch network A/V receiver loaded with features to add theater-quality sound at home.

Users can play spatially mixed Dolby Atmos® and DTS:X™ soundtracks, while Dolby Surround and DTS Neural:X™ up-mix legacy soundtracks on DVD and Blu-ray™ for convincing playback when using a pair of the four supplied surrounds in Front Top configuration.

Alternatively, these speakers can be deployed as Rear Surrounds in 7.1 layout, or connected to the receiver’s Powered Zone 2 outputs for stereo distribution of network, S/PDIF, and analog music sources—all while retaining an immersive 5.1 configuration in the living room.

Selectable 5 GHz/2.4 GHz Wi-Fi® supports Chromecast built-in. Users can stream to the receiver from any supported music app. AirPlay, DTS Play-Fi, and Bluetooth® wireless audio technologies are also on board for easy streaming from compatible devices.

Audio services built into the receiver, including Spotify®*3, TIDAL*3, Deezer*3, and TuneIn*3, together with network-attached music on media server, can be cued up with Onkyo Controller*4 app for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and Android™ devices and played to Onkyo NCP-302 wireless speakers in other rooms over FireConnect™*5 powered by Blackfire.

Unlike other wireless distribution systems, FireConnect™ also enables audio from players connected to receiver’s external analog terminals*6 to be shared wirelessly. A favorite LP or CD could be enjoyed in multiple rooms at the same time, for example.

Video performance is equally sophisticated, with pass-through of HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma), BT.2020, and 4K/60p/4:4:4/24-bit video via six rear HDCP 2.2-compliant HDMI® terminals, ensuring wide compatibility with Ultra HD televisions offering 4K High Dynamic Range reproduction.

A front HDMI input*7 is handy for temporary device connections (such as video cameras), while HDMI Sub Out*8 can connect a projector or secondary display.

The receiver’s non-phase-shift amplifiers, heart of Dynamic Audio Amplification, are fed via an advanced digital signal processing system comprising 384 kHz/32-bit (AK4458) DAC and patented VLSC™ filtering that erases pulse noise, preserving the fidelity of the original recording.

High-output EI transformer, audio-grade capacitors, and discrete output transistors deliver instantaneous high-current power to the speaker drivers for improved clarity and control.

Whether enjoying the convenience of streaming movies encoded with 5.1 Dolby® Digital, your Hi-Res Audio music library, or a pure analog source, the receiver and speakers are perfectly balanced to produce spacious, detailed, and rhythmic sound.

The HT-S9800THX is unique among HTiB systems: it delivers theater-reference and factory-balanced surround-sound in a single convenient package while eliminating the guesswork inherent when purchasing components and speakers individually. Shipping with necessary peripherals, such as speaker cables and setup microphone for the AccuEQ system, users need only follow the GUI setup steps to have their home theater calibrated and ready to play.

Among the longest-established audio brands renowned for delivering a great blend of features, performance, and value at all levels of the hi-fi, home theater, and lifestyle entertainment markets, Onkyo hopes the HT-S9800THX will encourage film and music lovers to experience the life-changing benefits of a high quality home entertainment system.

Onkyo, Japan

*1 Enabled with a firmware update. *2 Enabled with a future firmware update. *3 Availability of services may vary with region. Please confirm before purchase. Subscription may also be required. *4 Please check App Store or Google Play™ for device and OS requirements. *5 FireConnect™ is a technology based on Blackfire provided by Blackfire Research Corp., USA. Sampling rates of 44.1 kHz and 48 kHz are supported. *6 Sharing audio from external analog inputs depends on the model and is enabled with a future firmware update. *7 Front HDMI Input does not support 4K/60p/4:4:4/24-bit video, HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG, or BT.2020. *8 HDMI Sub Out does not support ARC or CEC.

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• FireConnect™ is a technology based on Blackfire provided by Blackfire Research Corp., USA.
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