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    Onkyo’s New RZ Series of Receivers Deliver Sonos Playback and AccuEQ Advance

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    (Onkyo) The all-new TX-RZ830 9.2-Channel AV Receiver

    (May 25, 2018) Onkyo has released three new RZ receivers, all which offer nine channels of performance and a wide range of user conveniences. The all-new TX-RZ830 and TX-RZ-730 carry THX’s vaunted “Certified Select” status, while the TX-RZ630 delivers notable performance specs for under $900.

    Ease of access to streaming music and multi-room audio is headlined by the inclusion of Sonos Connect and Onkyo’s guarantee that each receiver can be used to build a Sonos Home Sound System or quickly integrate into an existing Sonos setup. Using the Sonos app, owners can stream music from any connected source for an enhanced multi-room audio experience. The receivers also carry DTS Play-Fi, Chromecast built-in, and FlareConnect, which combine to offer a wide array of dynamic high-quality audio streaming and multi-room audio capabilities.

    All three receivers also feature decoding of both Dolby Atmos and DTS:X immersive sound codecs for native use with 7.2.2 and 5.2.4 speaker arrangements (11.2 pre-outs make 7.2.4 sound a possibility for both the RZ830 and RZ730). And the inclusion of both Dolby Surround and DTS Neural:X up-mixing solutions can breathe new life into films featuring legacy surround sound audio, taking advantage up both up-firing and ceiling mounted immersive sound channels. They also feature access to a wide range of streaming services, including Amazon Music, TIDAL, and Spotify, all of which can be controlled via Onkyo’s Music Control (Amazon Music) and Controller (other services) apps.

    Hi-Res audio fans will appreciate onboard support for FLAC, WAV, AIFF, and ALAC (up to 24-bit / 192 kHz) across all three models. The TX-RZ830 also delivers exclusive support for direct playback of DSD 11.2 MHz files.

    Internally, these RZ Series receivers utilize Dynamic Audio Amplification, which consists of a customized high-output transformer and large block capacitors for lightning fast dynamics. Other technologies, such as Vector Linear Shaping Circuitry on the front Left and Right channels and non-phase shift circuitry, makes for incredibly clean output at high volume levels. Sound quality is further enhanced by Onkyo’s proprietary AccuEQ Advance room correction software. This software helps to fit a system’s sound to a room, accounting for parameters such as speaker distances, specific speaker output levels, and crossover, while utilizing multi-point measurements to help eliminate the harmful impact of standing waves.

    The THX Certified Select TX-RZ830 is specified to output 120 Watts per channel (8 ohms, 20 Hz – 20 kHz, 0.08% THD, 2 ch), while the RZ730 is rated at 100 Watts per channel. Owners can direct this power to drive up to two additional Zones of speakers while maintaining 5.2 surround sound capability in a primary media room location. The RZ-630 offers 90 Watts per channel performance and can also power three Zones of speakers.

    On the video side, all three receivers are fully capable of passing through modern 4K 60Hz video requirements laced with HDR10, HLG, and Dolby Vision High Dynamic Range, BT.2020 color, and HDCP 2.2 copy protection, via an impressive array of HDMI inputs. The RZ830 offers a total of eight HDMI ports (one front), while the RZ730 and RZ630 both offer seven.

    The TX-RZ830 ($1,399), TX-RZ730 ($1,099), TX-RZ630 ($899) are available for pre-order now, with shipping estimated to be sometime during mid-June.
     
    #1 Todd Anderson, May 25, 2018
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