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CES 2004 : Onkyo TX-NR1000

7 janvier 2004


L'avenir est là

Onkyo s’immisce une fois encore chez les grands du Home Cinéma en lançant à l’occasion du CES 2004 un nouvel intégré Haut de Gamme, qui risque fort de faire parler de lui durant les mois à venir.

Le TX-NR1000 qui verra le jour au japon en avril prochain (ensuite chez nous) se présente sous la forme d’un très gros intégré aux mensurations extra larges. Ce nouveau né qui viendra donc se placer en haut du catalogue intègre tout ce qui peu exister de mieux sur la planète Home cinéma, THX Ultra 2, gestion des formats audio THX Surround EX 7.1, Dolby Digital EX & Pro Logic IIx , DTS et DTS-ES, DTS Neo:6, DTS 96/24 , Dolby Headphone et Dolby Virtual Speaker. Côté puissance on est pas en reste puisque Onkyo a proposé comme il est coutume un étage d’amplification WRAT (large bande), le TX-NR1000150 Watts par canal (sous 8 ohms). Pour parfaire l’ensemble on notera la présence d’un étage de conversion audio N/A 24-bit/192kHz qui le rend compatible avec les formats DVD-Audio et SACD. Cet étage de convertisseurs Wolfson s’applique à la totalité des huit canaux de la machine.

Net Tune oblige le TX-NR1000 propose également à l’utilisateur via son procédé de gestion client serveur (Net Tune donc…) de pouvoir utiliser les données audio et vidéo issues de son ordinateur personnel.

Toutefois, on notera que les évolutions ne s’appliquent pas qu’aux performances citées plus haut, car nous avons ici à faire au premier amplificateur grand public à proposer une architecture révolutionnaire : modules électronique enfichables et interchangeables. L’avantage de ce type de solution utilisé sur les processeurs audio vidéo haut de gamme, réside en l’occurrence dans la possibilité de faire évoluer son amplificateur au fil du temps et de pouvoir à moindre coût, avoir un appareil au goût du jour.

Par ailleurs, sachez que Onkyo ne s’arrête pas là puisque les ingénieurs de la firme on décidé de proposer de série une connection HDMI qui permettra la transfert à très haut débit des données audio et vidéo issues d’une source numérique.

Le TX-NR1000 sera dans un premier temps divulguer au public lors du CES 2004, il sera commercialisé au prix de 4000 $ dès le mois d’avril.











Communiqué de presse
In an age when home entertainment technology is often out of date as soon as it is introduced, Onkyo has now adapted the computer industry's architecture of replaceable modules, upgradeable software, and build-to-order marketing. These will make it possible for consumers to upgrade and even customize hardware and software to avoid short-term obsolescence. As new modules become available, customers will have choices, just as they do when purchasing a computer.

"Four years ago, Onkyo introduced the world's first software-upgradeable home theater receiver," said Don Milks, the company's national product & marketing manager. "Since then thousands of owners have been able to keep current with the latest surround technologies from Dolby, DTS, and THX. Now, with the TX-NR1000, we add the ability to upgrade hardware, but we will also be able to add brand new capabilities such as high-tech broadcast reception, advanced networking, processing circuits, and interface standards that don't yet exist."

Today Onkyo is announcing the TX-NR1000 THX Ultra2 Network AV receiver with its key audio and video processing and interface features provided on plug-in circuit modules. Now consumers will be able to take advantage of future technologies by replacing a card instead of the entire receiver. The first new modules are scheduled for the Fall of 2004 with anticipated upgrades for new radio technology and for video interface sections. Of course Onkyo will also continue to provide appropriate software upgrades.

The first-production TX-NR1000s will also include two features new to home theater receivers. The first are a pair of iLink(TM) digital inputs that allow bit-for-bit digital transfer of DVD-Audio and SACD audio without violating copy-protection controls. The second is a high quality audio and video HDMI high definition multimedia interface with two inputs and one output for compatibility with the DVI digital video interface found on the newest high-end AV components.

As would be expected of a top of the line receiver, the Onkyo TX-NR1000 is THX Ultra2 certified, with 150 watts of power for each of the seven channels driving 8-ohm speakers. It has all the current THX, Dolby, and DTS processing modes, including Dolby Pro Logic IIx. The receiver has excellent build-quality and uses premium parts throughout, including state-of-the-art Wolfson 192 kHz/24-bit D/A converters for all channels.

The receiver can also be connected to a personal computer network (TCP/IP) via a rear-panel Ethernet port, and uses an included Onkyo Net-Tune(TM) client processor to access MP3 and WMA digital music files stored on a networked PC or to play Internet radio through a networked broadband connection. Up to 11 other Net-Tune(TM) client receivers can run simultaneously on the same network.

The Onkyo TX-NR1000 offers a remarkable level of compatibility and connectivity with more audio/video and audio-only inputs and outputs than almost any home system could ever need. In addition to the iLink(TM) and HDMI connections, there are optical and coaxial digital audio inputs and outputs, RCA stereo inputs and outputs, a phono input, and component, S-video, and composite video connections. The TX-NR1000 also has composite and S-Video upsampling to component video, which greatly simplifies switching and connections when mixing video source components from different generations.

All seven amplifier channels use Onkyo's exclusive WRAT Wide Range Amplifier Technology to provide the 5 Hz to 100-kHz bandwidth called for by today's wide-band audio modes. It has two complete seven-speaker sets of banana plug speaker terminals for two complete systems or for bi-wiring. The receiver has three-zone capability, five 12-volt triggers, three IR outputs, and a bi-directional RS-232 port for software upgrades and connection to home automation systems.

The Onkyo TX-NR1000 will be available in April, with a suggested retail price of $4000.


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