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Onkyo Home Theater Package Delivers Up-to-Date Features and Outstanding Performance in Simple Package

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HDMI Pass-Through, 7.1-channel processing, 110 watts per channel, XM and Sirius satellite radio ready, and Audyssey 2EQ/HTiB calibration

Onkyo HT-SR800 in silver finish. For additional photos and high resolution JPEG files, please visit http://www.gspr.com/onkyo/htsr800.html

UPPER SADDLE RIVER, NJ (4/24/07) — Onkyo has introduced the HT-SR800, a 7.1-channel home entertainment receiver and speaker package that supports the latest in high definition entertainment. Giving consumers a simple and high quality audio complement to the latest HD displays and source technology, the HT-SR800 features a complete satellite/subwoofer speaker package and a powerful AV receiver that includes HDMI pass-through switching, processing and amplification for multichannel audio formats, and compatibility with both XM and Sirius satellite radio subscription services.

“As high definition sources and displays finally make their way into the mass market, the need for simple, yet high quality audio systems is greater today than ever before,” comments Onkyo Marketing Manager Paul Wasek. “HD-DVD and Blu-Ray not only deliver the highest video quality ever available at home, they also carry the promise of matching audio reproduction as well. The HT-SR800 home theater package makes that promise a reality, giving consumers a simple, high-quality solution for high definition audio with as powerful switching and control features to make a complete theater systems easy to set up, operate, and enjoy.”

The centerpiece of the Onkyo HT-SR800 is a powerful A/V receiver, which combines seven channels of amplification, 7.1-channel processing for analog and digital multichannel audio, and a comprehensive array of inputs and outputs including high-bandwidth HDMI pass-through switching that is capable of transmitting 1080p video and Deep-Color data through two inputs and one output. Each of the receiver’s amplification channels is capable of delivering 110 watts of power into eight ohms, and features Onkyo’s exclusive WRAT (Wide Range Amplifier Technology) for linear output with even the most demanding HD-DVD and Blu-Ray audio tracks.

The receiver features processing for Dolby Digital EX, DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, and even Dolby ProLogic IIx for generating 7.1-channel surround sound from two or 5.1-channel sources. A 7.1-channel analog audio input is included for support of the latest high definition lossless multichannel audio formats featured on many HD-DVD and Blu-Ray discs. In addition to the two HDMI inputs, there are three HD-capable component video inputs, three composite and three S-video inputs for older sources, and two each optical and coaxial digital audio inputs.

The HT-SR800 receiver is also compatible with both XM and SIRIUS satellite radio tuners, allowing subscribers of either network to enjoy programming in their theater room and external zones. For XM subscribers with an optional XM mini-tuner and home dock, it also includes Neural Surround decoding, for reproduction of Neural-encoded XM broadcasts in discrete 5.1-channel surround sound. Sirius satellite radio is equally accessible through the use of an optional SIRIUSConnect home tuner kit. The receiver also features a high quality terrestrial AM/FM radio tuner and features 40 presets for AM, FM, XM, or SIRIUS stations.

The HT-SR800 speaker system includes seven tonally matched full-range loudspeakers and a powerful 230-Watt active subwoofer. The front left and right speakers each have a pair of 5-inch OMF (Onkyo Microfiber) cone woofers flanking a 1-inch balanced dome tweeter, while the center channel features the same arrangement in a horizontal configuration for mounting above or below a display. The four surround speakers each employ a single 3-1/4-inch cone woofer, and the same tweeters as the front channels for ideal timbre matching. All of the speakers are magnetically shielded to prevent interference with video displays. The 230-watt powered subwoofer features a 10-inch cone in a ported enclosure, and is capable of linear bass reproduction to 25 Hz for an immersing sound experience.

Setup of the HT-SR800 is remarkably simple, thanks to the included Audyssey 2EQ/HTiB automatic speaker calibration. Developed by Audyssey in collaboration with Onkyo, the HT-SR800 is the first product to include this new technology, specifically designed for home theater package systems. The system works by combining speaker calibration with room correction to deliver optimally tuned sound from an affordable home theater package. First, the system is pre-calibrated to optimize integration of the speakers and receiver. Then, the receiver performs a sophisticated process of in-room calibration to eliminate distortion and ideally match the system performance to the listening environment, ensuring that music and movies sound as they were intended in any room.

The Onkyo HT-SR800 home entertainment receiver/speaker package is lso designed to take full advantage of the company’s RI (Remote Interactive) iPod dock/charger models. It is currently available in both black and silver finishes at a suggested retail price of $599.

Onkyo, which means ‘audio’ or ‘sound’ in Japanese, has been producing precision audio components for over a half-century. The company’s philosophy is to deliver products that are superbly designed and built to a consistently outstanding standard of excellence. Today, Onkyo is at the forefront of the home theater and digital revolutions. For more information about this and other fine Onkyo products, visit www.onkyousa.com or call 800-229-1687.

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