Onkyo has pledged to drive down the cost of HDMI-equipped home cinema receivers with the release of two trend-setting models this Summer.
Priced at approx. 500 UK pounds, its TX-SR674E (pictured above) offers HDMI switching (two inputs, one output) with signal up-conversion (composite, S-Video, component to HDMI), as well as a simplified version of the Audyssey auto set up and calibration technology first seen on Denon’s AV receiver range.
It will be joined by the 400 pound TX-SR604E, which also has the Audyssey 2EQ system and HDMI connectivity but up up-converts only via component.
Onkyo’s UK General Manager Kengo Iwasaki says this makes the SR604E “the cheapest HDMI-enabled receiver in its class.”
Both models have been UK-tuned, as part of a new initiative by the brand. “We’ve spent a lot of time with our UK tuning programe with engineers traveling to the UK to meet with dealers and to fine-tune these products,” adds Iwasaki. “We’re really pleased with the results.”