Onkyo ready THX-certified home cinema kit, BD-SP807 Blu-ray player, PA-MC5500 9-channel power amplifier and the PR-SC5507 A/V Network Controller
Onkyo are never ones to shy away from high specs (and high prices) when it comes to their home cinema kit. Their latest range of THX-certified gear looks sure to please even the most choosy of cinephiles.
First up is the BD-SP807 Blu-ray player. Featuring 287Mhz/12-bit video DAC from Analog Devices and Noise Shaped Video, the player can render incredible, detailed high-def images. Older DVD’s will also scrub up nicely thanks to 10-bit processing from the onboard Anchor Bay ABT1030 chip. Sound is equally well looked after, with all audio channels benefiting from 182kHz/24-bit DACs, with bit stream output of Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio Essential Soundtracks.
Next up is the PA-MC5500 THX Ultra 2-certified 9-channel amplifier. Designed with a focus on minimising interference, the 26 kg flagship model will deliver a massive 220w (into 6 ohms) and an SACD-friendly frequency response that hits 100kHz.
Wrapping up the set (with each device optimised to work in tandem) is the PR-SC5507 THX Ultra 2-certified 9.2-channel A/V Network Controller. With seven HDMI, three component and six S-Video/composite inputs, it’s a thorough networking solution, delivering studio-quality upscaled video streams and decoding and processing all major home cinema audio formats.
The PR-SC5507 A/V Network Controller is available now, priced £1800. The BD-SP807 and PA-MC5500 will be available in February and March respectively, with no pricing details yet confirmed.
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Onkyo equipment is certainly expensive and if I was investing in Blu ray player I would be more tempted by this equipment than the new gimmicky 3D Blu ray players being showcased at CES 2010.