Onkyo has released details about a second wave of products from its premier RZ Series of receivers. This new crop is comprised of three new models, including two powerful top-rung AVRs (THX Select2 Plus-certified 11.2 channel TX-RZ3100 and 9.2-channel TX-RZ1100) and a flagship preamp (11.2 channel PR-RZ5100). Pricing is $3199, $2199, and $2399 (respectively). Onkyo says all three models will begin shipping during September 2016.
The RZ Series is designed and manufactured with custom integration in mind. Therefore, Onkyo has included connectivity options ranging from RS-232, IR, and 12v triggers and PC setup, detachable power cables, and optional rack kits to ease installation difficulty and streamline control system integration.
A front side look at the new TX-RZ1100.
All three receivers possess backside 11.2 channel RCA outputs, in addition to Zone 2 pre-outs with independent HDMI outputs and a Zone 3 pre-out. The RZ1100 and RZ3100 take it one step further by delivering Zone 2 and 3 powered outputs capable of driving speakers in other rooms; all models ship with onboard FireConnect (compatible with wireless speaker options due for release in 2016).
All three models also carry technology enabling full 4K video functionality. This means they can accept HDCP 2.2 copy protected media and will play nicely with 4K/60 Hz video containing BT. 2020 color, High Dynamic Range, and 4:4:4 color space. The models also deliver on the audio front with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X sound. In addition, onboard DTS Neural:X technology up-mixes other HD audio formats (such as the prodigious DTS-HD MA legacy codec) to simulate immersive audio.
Onkyo’s new 11.2 channel PR-RZ5100 preamp.
The RZ3100 and RZ100 house onboard AccuEQ and AccuReflex technologies to optimally balance and phase-align sound. Onkyo says that all three models feature separate digital and analog circuitry to minimize interference, VLSX noise free processing on all channels, and low-hum transformers.
In other Onkyo news, the company has dropped a hefty new firmware update that unlocks DTS: X functionality for the following 2016 and 2015 models:
TX-NR555 (2016 model)
In addition, the same firmware update will add Tidal and Deezer music streaming functionality to the above listed 2016 models (service activation required). It’s worthy to note that this firmware update must be applied via USB (it is not available over Wi-Fi or Network connections). Owners will need to recalibrate their system with AccuEQ post update.
For more information about the new firmware update, visit your model's product page or the downloads section at onkyousa.com.
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