Just thought I would post the latest from Onkyo. (http://www.whathifi.com/news/onkyo-l...0-av-receivers
). I'm a little disappointed because I don't think it will be able to do 7.1.4.
The TX-RZ800 (£1050) and TX-RZ900 (£1350) are the second batch of 2015 surround amps to come out of the new Onkyo and Pioneer AV collaboration and they come with a fresh new look...
We've already brought you news on Onkyo's budget AV amp offerings
for this year, but now it's time for the manufacturer's premium models to take centre stage.
The first thing you'll probably notice from the pictures is that Onkyo seems to have moved on from the 'industrial' design of its most recent models such as the TX-NR3030
, with a cleaner, dare we say more Pioneer-like approach to styling.
Besides the new look, the TX-RZ800 (185W per channel) and TX-RZ900 (200W per channel) are Dolby Atmos-enabled and DTS:X-ready. "Ready" because the amps will work with DTS:X straight out of the box only if the relevant firmware update is ready roll before the new models go on sale. Otherwise they will have to be updated in situ.
The 'RZ900 gets custom-designed electrical components honed for optimum sound quality, and a high-grade 32-bit/384kHz Asahi Kasei DAC.
The new receivers are also THX Select 2 Plus-certified and feature 4K-ready HDMI inputs and outputs, plus wi-fi, AirPlay and Bluetooth. Spotify
Connect and Deezer
are both built in as well. And, as you'd expect at this level, there's full high-res audio support via DLNA, including playback for DSD and 24-bit/192kHz FLAC files.
Onkyo has fitted dedicated speaker outputs for 'Height' effects should you want to put together a 5.1.2 Dolby Atmos configuration. There are also dedicated Powered Zone 2 outputs, so you can fire audio out to speakers in another room.
Both the TX-RZ800 and TX-RZ900 are due to go on sale in August.