Affordable 7.2-ch Surround Sound with 4K HDR, Bluetooth and Music Optimizer
Onkyo USA today announced the TX-SR383 7.2-Channel AV Receiver, an entry-level model for $400. It promises to be a nice future-ready hub for connecting HDR-ready media players and television sets but what makes this unit real nice is a choice of native 7.2-channel soundtrack reproduction, or a 5.2-channel surround-sound layout with powered audio distribution to a pair of stereo speakers in Zone 2.
The Onkyo TX-SR383 is an ideal starter component for those considering a home theater. It’s got high power and discrete amplifier circuits with support for DTS-HD Master Audio and Dolby TrueHD movie soundtrack – with either Surround Back or Front Height speakers to enhance theater-realistic immersion. It’s not Dolby Atmos, but a close alternative.
On the rear, TX-SR383 features four HDMI inputs and one output supporting 4K/60p, HDR10, HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma), 4:4:4 color space, and BT.2020 color-standard video pass-through as well as HDCP 2.2. The CEC-compliant HDMI output also has an ARC (Audio Return Channel) to enable amplification of TV broadcasts from ARC-ready displays. HDMI pass-through is available when amplified sound is not required.
AccuEQ Room Acoustic Calibration delivers tailored surround-sound to suit any media room. It sets speaker parameters such as distance, output level, and crossover, and EQs to present a cohesive audio image optimized for unique room sizes and speaker positions. Just plug in the setup mic after connecting the speakers, follow the on-screen prompts, and enjoy calibrated sound.
Bluetooth Version 3.0 wireless technology supports the AAC codec for high-quality audio transmission, while compliance with Qualcomm aptX audio enables CD-like music playback quality with compatible smartphones, tablets, and personal computers. Stream virtually any audio in moments with easy pairing via a key on the front panel or remote controller.
Music Optimizer, developed by Onkyo, uses a DSP algorithm to restore lost bit information for objectively better sound when playing compressed audio files. Touch a key on the remote to enable Music Optimizer listening mode on a variety of input sources, including Bluetooth audio, and MP3, WMA, and AAC files via a front-panel USB input.
With a variety of network HDMI devices available to bring streaming audio and video to the family room, the TX-SR383 includes a rear 5V/1A USB outlet to power devices that require it. Users can add room-filling amplified sound to their favorite movies and TV programs on-demand via subscription services, and enjoy premium sound with music, podcasts, and online audio-video media streamed via smartphones or tablet apps.
A selection of composite video inputs connect legacy devices, while optical/coaxial digital audio inputs and analog audio inputs are also included. Connect players, conceal them in an entertainment unit, and distribute video to the TV via one cable—great for wall-mounted displays. Together, these features combine with the signature Onkyo sound at an affordable price.
Price and Availability
The Onkyo TX-SR383 will be available later this month (March 2018) for $399 (USD) / $499 (CAD).