|Onkyo Unveils Mid-Priced THX Select Receiver|
|Home Theater News AV Receiver News|
|Written by AVRev.com|
|Tuesday, 05 August 2003|
Onkyo has just introduced the TX-SR701 A/V receiver, delivering 6x100 Watts of power, and THX Select performance and processing capabilities. The receiver also includes a full suite of high end features such as digital bass management for DVD-A and SACD, sophisticated video conversion and switching capabilities, and multi-room flexibility, including Onkyo's Powered Zone 2.
The TX-SR701 features Onkyo's Powered Zone 2 capability, which can be used to power stereo speakers in a second room as well as the main zone thanks to a dedicated set of zone 2 L/R speaker terminals. The receiver is capable of processing separate stereo sources simultaneously for each zone, or sending the same signal to both. There is also a zone 2 pre-out that can be used in conjunction with an external amplifier.
The TX-SR701's 5.1-channel analog input includes sophisticated bass management capabilities for listening to high resolution DVD-A and SACD with most multichannel speaker systems. The incoming signals are digitized and then processed by the receiver's DSP to route low frequency information to a subwoofer while excluding it from small satellite speakers that are not meant to handle deep bass. The subwoofer crossover is selectable at 40, 60, 80, 100, 120, or 150 Hz for optimal integration with most speaker arrangement. This feature can also be bypassed with Onkyo's exclusive Pure Audio Mode for optimum analog signal performance with full-range speakers.
For integration with video equipment, the TX-SR701 features five A/V inputs and three outputs, each with both Composite and S-Video connections, and two assignable Component Video inputs. The receiver features Y/C separation using a 3-line digital comb filter to convert Composite to S-Video for reproduction and connection to any display. For HDTV and DVD video fidelity, component video switching boasts a 50 MHz bandwidth to minimize signal degradation that can occur with low-bandwidth components.
The TX-SR701's AM/FM tuner section has 40 random presets, and the included backlit preprogrammed/learning remote control makes system integration and control simple and convenient.
The Onkyo TX-SR701 is currently available at a suggested retail price of $800.