Onkyo USA today announced three new mid-range 7.2 channel home theater receivers for its advanced RZ Series geared towards the custom installation market and discerning audiophile. The new models include the TX-RZ610, TX-RZ710, and TX-RZ810 network A/V receivers priced from $800 to $1300, which fall a notch below the previously released TX-RZ900.
The top two new models (TX-RZ710 and TX-RZ810) are both THX Select2 Plus-certified for theater grade performance and are ready to decode Dolby Atmos and DTS:X surround formats. Both feature Dynamic Audio Amplification with massive high-output transformers, upgraded and customized capacitors, and Onkyo’s premium amp circuitry to deliver high-current power with the TX-RZ810 delivering 130W/ch (8 ohms, 20 Hz–20 kHz, 0.08% THD, 2 Channels Driven, FTC) while the TX-RZ710 brings 110W/ch (8 ohms). The TX-RZ810 also benefits from separate analog amplification and digital processing blocks as well as solid copper bus bars that limit interference and patented Vector Linear Shaping Circuitry (VLSC) on all channels for noiseless digital to analog conversion.
Each includes eight HDMI inputs and two outputs—one for the main display and one for Zone 2 HDMI—allowing two 4K/60 Hz video (supporting High Dynamic Range, 4:4:4 color space, and HDCP 2.2) sources to be viewed in two rooms.
Both receivers can distribute entertainment across the home with FireConnect powered by Blackfire wireless technology which mirrors analog and digital audio on a compatible wireless speaker. Dedicated Powered Zone 2A/2B speaker outputs with Zone 2 DAC (NET, SPDIF, HDMI), Zone 2 pre/line-outs enhance multi-room capabilities, while the TX-RZ810’s Zone 3 pre/line-outs and 7.2 multichannel pre-outs add flexibility for audiophiles looking to customize their A/V setup further.
The entry model to Onkyo’s premium RZ series, the TX-RZ610 is a 7.2-channel network A/V receiver that delivers 100 W/ch (8 ohms), but sheds the THX certification and some multi-zone connectivity. Manufactured with top-quality components, including massive power transformer, custom-spec capacitors, and discrete non-phase-shift amp circuitry, this high-current design enables full-spectrum reproduction down to 5 Hz while improving control of speaker drivers for dynamic, sound.
The unit also features rigid insulator feet to dampen vibration-borne interference, while the 384 kHz/32-bit DAC from AKM pairs with VLSC technology to eliminate digital noise from audio signals. HDCP 2.2-compatible HDMI inputs are ready for 60 Hz UltraHD video including High Dynamic Range and 4:4:4 color space. Finally, the Zone 2 DAC takes network and digital sources to dedicated powered Zone 2 speakers.
All three receivers benefit from the company’s new AccuReflex technology—part of its AccuEQ room calibration suite— that ensures that stereo and object-based surround-sound formats are reproduced with striking clarity. The technology adjusts the phase of sound bounced off the ceiling by up-firing speakers so that it syncs perfectly with sound from the other speakers to create a more accurate Dolby Atmos experience. Together with AccuEQ to eliminate standing waves, surround-sound is precisely balanced for supreme clarity.
As well as being ready for 4k UltraHD movies, users can stream almost any audio content from mobile devices and laptops via AirPlay, Google Cast, or Bluetooth to these receivers and share it wirelessly via FireConnect or to other wired zones to enjoy content such as podcasts, Spotify, TIDAL, and Hi-Res Audio, or the traditional sounds of FM/AM radio, cassette, and vinyl records.
Built with custom integration in mind, each Onkyo RZ Series receiver contains features to make installation and integration with control systems easy. Connectivity options include RS-232, IR and 12v triggers as well as PC setup, detachable power cables and optional rack kits, simplifying installation. The RZ Series will be backed by a three-year warranty and feature priority customer support.
Price and Availability (April 2016)
- Onkyo TX-RZ610 → $799
- Onkyo TX-RZ710 → $999
- Onkyo TX-RZ810 → $1,299
- Onkyo TX-RZ900 → $1,599 (shipping now)
Later this year, Onkyo will unveil details for its advanced 9.2 and 11.2 channel RZ series offerings, including the 9.2 channel TX-RZ1100 network receiver, the 11.2 channel TX-RZ3100 network receiver and 11.2 channel PR-RZ5100 network pre-processor.
Specifications and Comparison
|DESCRIPTION:||7.2 Channel Network A/V Receiver||7.2 Channel Network A/V Receiver||7.2 Channel Network A/V Receiver||7.2-Channel Network A/V Receiver|
|CHANNELS OF AMPLIFICATION:||0.2||0.2||7.2||0.2|
|THX CERTIFICATION:||Select2 Plus||Select2 Plus||Select2 Plus|
|POWER (8Ω, 20HZ-20KHZ, 0.08%, 2CH, FTC):||100W||110W||130W||140W|
|MIC MEASUREMENT:||AccuEQ with AccuReflex||AccuEQ with AccuReflex||AccuEQ with AccuReflex||AccuEQ|
|SEPARATE BLOCK CONSTRUCTION:||Yes||Yes|
|HDMI IN(REAR+FRONT)/OUT:||7+1 (rear+front) / 2||7+1 (rear+front) / 2||7+1 (rear+front) / 2||7+1 (rear+front) / 2|
|HDMI 4K UPSCALING:||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|COMPONENT VIDEO IN/OUT:||2 in / 0 out||2 / 0||2 in / 0 out||2 in / 1 out|
|DIGITAL AUDIO IN (OPT/COAX):||2 Opt / 1 Coax||2 Opt / 1 Coax||2 Opt / 1 Coax||3 Opt / 2 Coax|
|ANALOG AUDIO IN (REAR+FRONT)/OUT:||7+1 (rear+front) / 0||7+1 (rear+front) / 0||7+1 (rear+front) / 0||9 / 0|
|ZONE 2 HDMI (DISCRETE SOURCE):||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|ZONE2 AUDIO:||Powered, Pre/Line Out||Powered Zone 2A/B & Pre/Line Out||Powered Zone 2A/B & Pre/Line Out||Powered, Pre/Line Out|
|ZONE3 AUDIO:||Pre/Line Out||Line Out|
|WIFI & BLUETOOTH:||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|12V TRIGGER (ASSIGNABLE):||1||1||1||1|
|IR INPUT/OUPUT:||1 in / 0 out||1 in / 0 out||1 in / 0 out||1 in / 0 out|
|DETACHABLE POWER CABLE:||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|RI REMOTE CONTROL:||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|PC SET UP:||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|OPTIONAL RACK KIT:||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|WARRANTY:||3 years||3 years||3 years||3 years|