updated 03:36 pm EDT, Mon June 18, 2012
Home cinema systems include internet radio options
Onkyo is to release two new home theater system packages that are equipped for 4K video resolution. The Onkyo HT-S7500 and HT-S6500 use Marvel Qdeo to upscale low-resolution video to 1080p, as well as the higher 4K resolution if a capable display is connected. Automatic Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding is also supported.
The HTS7500 is a 7.1-channel system consisting of two floor-standing front speakers, a dedicated center channel, four compact surround speakers, and a 120-watt subwoofer. The receiver brings Dolby ProLogic IIz and seven HDMI inputs, among other features.
In comparison, the HT-S6500 is a 5.1-channel system using six HDMI inputs. The package includes smaller primary speakers, but with the same subwoofer as the 7.1-channel system. Both are powered by an 80-watt-per-channel receiver with Wide Range Amplifier Technology, TI Burr-Brown 192kH/24-bit DACs, and a 32-bit DSP processing chip.
A front-panel USB port allows for iPhone connectivity or an optional wireless LAN adapter. Several Internet streaming services are supported by the DLNA-certified receivers, including built-in modules for Pandora, Slacker, Last.fm, and Spotify. Remote control apps for most mobile devices will also work with the systems.
The HT-S7500 and HT-S6500 will be out later this month for $900 and $800, respectively.