Onkyo has won the race to become the first Japanese hi-fi major to introduce a range of receivers with decoding for Dolby TrueHD and DTS Master Audio, the advanced sound systems used by Blu-ray and HD DVD players. Leading its line-up is the 400 quid TX-SR605 (pictured), on sale late June. It will be joined over the summer by a THX Select 2 model at 600 pounds, and three THX Ultra 2 models, priced at 800, 1000 and 1400 pounds respectively.
In addition to the HD lossless codecs, the TX-SR605 features CEC HDMI control which is fully compatible with Panasonic Viera Link products, multi-zone expansion, Audyssey 2EQ automatic speaker calibration, a 7 x140w power plant and enhanced compatibility with the company’s optional iPod control docks. All video sources are up-converted (not upscaled) for connection by HDMI and component. Faroudja DCDi de-interlacing is used to reduce ‘jaggies’.
“No other brand can boast such a comprehensive or affordable line-up,” enthused Onkyo UK general manager David Anderson. “These products set a new benchmark for AV receivers.”