Onkyo boost midrange AV receiver offerings with TX-NR818 and TX-NR717

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onkyo-tx-nr818.jpgHaving got both the entry and high-end levels of the AV receiver market sorted, Onkyo are now turning their attentions to does with medium-sized wallets and an eye on a new home cinema upgrade. From the looks of things, their TX-NR818 and TX-NR717 receivers will fit the bill nicely.

Kicking off with the slightly pricier Onkyo TX-NR818 (£999), it’s a network-capable bit of kit with Spotify and Simfy apps built in.

The TX-NR818 offers Audyssey MultEQ XT32 room acoustic correction, using the shape of your room and a mic to tailor the set-up process to its surroundings for best possible audio-quality.

With 7.2 channel support, Audyssey DSX, Dolby Pro Logic IIz and DTS Neo:X decoding, a HQV Vida VHD 1900 video processor for 1080p upscaling and Marvell’s 4K video processor (upconverting HD images making it future-proofed for the coming wave of 4K2K TVs) and ISF video calibration controls, it’s feature-rich enough to challenge much more expensive receivers.
onkyo-tx-nr717.jpg£200 cheaper but still packing 7.2 channel support is the TX-NR717, again offering Audyssey DSX and Dolby Pro Logic IIz decoding and THX Select 2 Plus certification.

Eight HDMI ports (one being on the front) are found on both receivers, as well as two output sockets for hooking up multiple displays or perhaps a projector.

Available in silver or black, both Onkyo receivers hit stores in May.

Gerald Lynch

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