Onkyo is a popular manufacturer of home theater receivers and other hardware with a range of products on the market. The company has low-end up to very high-end offerings and has slotted a couple new products into its mix aimed at mid-range buyers. Onkyo has unveiled TX-NR717 and the TX-NR818 sharing many of the same features.
Both are 7.2 Channel network connected A/V receivers that are THX certified. The 818 has Audyssey MultiEQ XT32 audio calibration capability for tweaking the sound specifically to your room automatically. The receiver also has three sound processing modes including DTS Neo:X and uses Onkyo’s Dual Core Video Engine. The video engine allows the receiver to be calibrated to ISF standards. The 717 features Marvel Qdeo for upscaling video from all sources 1080p and 4K quality.
Both of receivers include InstaPrevue and Mobile Hi Definition Link technology. The InstaPrevue displays video thumbnails that represent content on devices connected via HDMI to make it easier to switch HDMI sources. Both receivers are THX Select 2 Plus certified and have Burr-Brown 192 kHz/24-bit DAC’s on all seven channels with the 818 adding PLL jitter-clearing circuits, an isolated power amplifier, and isolated pre-amp blocks. Both also have seven HDMI inputs and two outputs. The 717 will sell for $999 with the 818 selling for $1199 with availability set for May.