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Onkyo Launches Value-Packed AVRs with Dolby Atmos® and DTS:X® for 3D Audio Through Any Speaker Layout

January 8, 2019

OSAKA, JAPAN. Onkyo presents a persuasive value proposition with two Dolby Atmos and DTS:X enabled A/V receivers, the 5.2-ch TX-SR393 (155 W/Ch) and 7.2-ch TX-SR494 (160 W/Ch). Both products bring extraordinary flexibility to simplify next-generation home entertainment.

Dolby Atmos and DTS:X soundtracks are mixed in a 3D domain. Metadata transposes sound origins within the scene to their corresponding positions in the listening space, tracking effects vertically and horizontally and placing sounds all around the audience.

Dolby Atmos and DTS:X formats adapt to any speaker configuration. Onkyo aims to deliver sound at highest quality through whatever layout the customer desires. TX-SR393 offers a space-saving 3.2.2-ch solution to native Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, while the TX-SR494 expands object-based audio playback through 5.2.2 channels. Dolby Surround® and DTS® Neural:X upmixing technologies remap legacy soundtracks for playback through any speaker layout, including those with height channels, for more spatially realistic sound.

When playing any Dolby® format, engaging new Dolby Atmos Height Virtualizer*1 enables a more immersive listening experience, creating a virtual surround and height effect from traditional speaker layouts without employing additional surround or height speakers. DTS Virtual:X™*2, meanwhile, creates a 3D sound-field through any speaker layout without surround or height speaker connection. DSP-based algorithms wrap the audience in sound from all directions.

While 3D sound virtualization creates a spatial sound-field from as few as 2.1 channels, the TX-SR393 offers real 5.2-ch or 3.2.2-ch surround-sound and the TX-SR494 real 7.2-ch, 5.2.2-ch, or 5.2-ch surround-sound, the latter with either Front L/R Bi-Amping or Powered Zone B audio distribution. With speakers in another room, users can enjoy any AVR audio source in Zone B simultaneously in Main and Zone B.

Both receivers feature four HDMI® inputs and one ARC-enabled output with pass-through support for 4K/60p and HDR (Dolby Vision®, HDR10, HLG, and BT.2020) along with the 4:4:4 color sub-sampling. To confirm that content is playing as desired, the GUI includes an overlaid OSD information window. Input/output data can be called up to show details such HDR format, video resolution, frame-rate, and audio codec which can otherwise prove tricky to check in real time.

Onkyo deploys its discrete high-current analog amplification system backed by a High-Current Low-Noise Power Transformer and large audio-grade capacitors. Power is evidenced by 4-ohm simultaneous speaker-driving capability, muscle that few comparable products can match.

AccuEQ Room Acoustic Calibration creates a harmonious sound-field in the room, detecting speaker presence, size, and distance from a measurement point, and setting sound-pressure levels. It selects the best subwoofer crossover and EQ’s all speakers. AccuReflex™ technology optimizes 3D audio reproduction through Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers. It resolves phase-shift that arises from path differences between directional and non-directional sounds, resulting in a cohesive sound-field with vertical movement and overhead dimensionality.

Several new high-value features debut on these models. DSP-based Vocal Enhancer allows users to raise or lower vocal frequencies using the remote controller or front-panel VOCAL buttons, clarifying movie or TV dialog audibility in seconds. Zone B line-out passes audio signals including HDMI and digital audio to a component with an analog RCA audio input—a nearby hi-fi system, for example, or a wireless headphone dock. Another highlight is the clearly numbered and illustrated diagrams on the rear panels of these products to simplify initial connection.

The TX-SR393 and TX-SR494 are well equipped for music, with their discrete amps and high-current power serving up detailed, muscular sound on a scale well above its suggested price-point. Each carries optical and coaxial digital audio inputs and RCA analog audio inputs, and feature Bluetooth® wireless audio technology to stream audio from smartphone, tablet, and PC apps. Advanced Music Optimizer™ restores compressed audio files close to their original integrity for improved playback quality. To support network media streaming sticks, a USB power output is located adjacent to an HDMI input.

With these features and the famously robust Onkyo sound, the TX-SR393 and TX-SR494 are not only positioned as the best-value A/V receivers in their class, but they also beat out any other competitive component intended to enhance TV sound for features, flexibility, and outright performance. Onkyo looks forward to welcoming a growing number of film, music, and game lovers wanting to take their home’s sound to the next level.

*1 Dolby Atmos Height Virtualizer will be enabled with a future firmware update. Works with Dolby Atmos, Dolby codecs, PCM and DSD audio only. *2 Works with DTS:X, DTS formats, PCM and DSD audio only.

Onkyo Corporation

Due to a policy of continuous product improvement, Onkyo reserves the right to change specifications and appearance without notice. Manufactured under license from Dolby Laboratories. Dolby, the double-D symbol, Dolby Atmos, Dolby Surround, and Dolby Vision are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories. For DTS patents, see Manufactured under license from DTS, Inc. DTS, the Symbol, DTS and the Symbol together, DTS:X and the DTS:X logo, DTS Neural:X and the DTS Neural:X logo, DTS Virtual:X and the DTS Virtual:X logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of DTS, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. © DTS, Inc. All Rights Reserved. The terms HDMI and HDMI High-Definition Multimedia Interface, and the HDMI Logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing Administrator, Inc. in the United States and other countries. The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. AccuEQ and Music Optimizer are trademarks of Onkyo Corporation. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective holders.