Onkyo THX-Certified TX-NR737/TX-NR838 Receivers

Onkyo has just announced two new upper mid-range "Emotion Delivered" home theater receivers for 2014, the TX-NR737 and TX-NR838. To start with, both receivers are THX-Select 2 Plus Certified, and come equipped with a host of features and connectivity, starting with a built-in 7.2 channel configuration. The TX-NR737 is rated at 110 wpc, and the TX-NR838 is rated to deliver 130 wpc (measured with 8 ohms loads, from 20Hz to 20kHz, 0.08% THD with 2 channels driven).

In addition, just as just with their recently announced TR-NR636 home theater receiver, this new batch incorporates HDMI 2.0 (which enables the passing of 60fps 4K input signals), as well as HDCP 2.2 (which provides added copy-protection for not only current streaming content from both internet and content accessed through the receiver's MHL/HDMI port, but also for 4K streaming, broadcasts, or movie releases - when such sources become available).

Also, on all of Onkyo's 2014 receivers released so far, they have replaced the Audyssey MultEQ speaker setup system it has been using for several years, with a new home-grown "AccuEQ" system.

Both receivers feature 3D-pass through, Audio Return Channel, InstaPrevue HDMI switching, an easy-to-use Onscreen Menu, and Dolby TrueHD/DTS-Master Audio decoding.

For connectivity, the TX-NR737 and 838 provide seven HDMI inputs and two HDMI outputs.

Media player and networking functions are provided on both receivers, including iPod/iPhone and Airplay compatibility (via optional DS-A5 docking station), DLNA certification, and internet access to a host of online content from services, such as Aupeo!

, Pandora, Spotify, and more. On either receiver, network and internet connection access can be done via standard ethernet or WiFi, and also incorporate built-in wireless Bluetooth capability, making it easy to stream audio content from compatible portable devices.

For video support, both receivers are 3D compatible and incorporate analog-to-HDMI video conversion, as well as 1080p and 4K upscaling for all video input sources using Marvel QDEO video processing.

However, there are some things neither receiver includes. There are no S-Video, 5.1/7.1 channel analog audio, or phono input options, which is becoming more of a trend in newer home theater receivers. On the other hand, 5.2/7.2 channel preamp outputs are provided on the TX-NR838.

The Onkyo TX-NR737 and 838 are both expected to be available in May, and a priced at $899 and $1,199 respectively.

There is a lot more to both of these receivers than I touched on in this short blog, such as their multi-zone capability, so for more details, Read the Official Onkyo Announcement, as well as the Official Product Pages for theĀ  TX-NR737 (Check Prices and TX-NR838 (Check Prices). Image of Onkyo TX-NR737 provided by Onkyo USA.

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