It's a possibility, but Sound United announced their 8K receivers last year with July/August/September availability, and they delivered on time. Yamaha took even longer.With no/low stock of existing models, I wonder if there's any chance of seeing these new models earlier than promised.
So far Dirac required the use of a PC to set up. You use whatever microphone you have along with its calibration file, and run calibration.I jumped off the Onkyo bandwagon after several generations with them (805, 1007, back to a 905) after they dropped Audyssey. Something like the RZ50, for use as pre/pro and to drive Atmos channels, is likely to bring me back after several years with an XT32 Marantz model.
I'll mainly be waiting to see what Dirac version/capabilities are included, microphone compatibility (I already have a UMM-6, so 🤞🤞), and what up-charges are required.
So far Dirac required the use of a PC to set up. You use whatever microphone you have along with its calibration file, and run calibration.
I see two potential problems here.
1. Bundling a really good microphone will be expensive. Bundling a hockey puck mike for Dirac will still require to include a calibration file, but those microphones are notorious for uneven quality, so you can't make one calibration file and running calibration for all of them gets expensive.
2. Dirac room correction is not simple. You need a PC, you need a lot of time and it has a steep learning curve. It's not fire and forget like AccuEQ or MCACC. There's a chance O&P anticipated this and worked with Dirac to simplify the process, which raises another point: if it's simplified, can you still do the full measurements like you normally can with Dirac?
The video wasn't posted by Onkyo. It's ridden with advertisements (no self-respecting brand would monetize a youtube video) and it's just a slideshow of available pictures of previous generation equipment.
The YouTube video Onkyo posted outlined that a puck microphone for basic calibration through a phone app is included, while more in-depth calibration is available with an optional calibrated microphone and Dirac Live PC software. The optional mic looks like a UMIK or the like, so it seems reasonable that it's the traditional Dirac Live software and process, or some derivative of it.
Yea how about the rz740. I would think they would release 640/740 first then comes the flagship models later?Maybe, but the 840 is $1199 and the new RZ50 is $1099. Rarely do the direct model replacements drop in price, particularly now that they’re adding Dirac (licensing fee).
With Onkyo/Pioneer hanging by a thread (and inventory of existing models depleted), you’d think they’d want to prime the pump with info and get potential buyers juiced up for the new models rather than buy from a competitor. I need a new receiver for a home theater revamp and I don’t know if it’s worth a 5-month wait. Convince me, Onkyo.I've not seen anything new, and I've been searching every couple of days. So far just the CNET post, the click-bait-bot-reposts, and the (apparently questionable) YouTube video.