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Onkyo to release first DTS-HD Master audio-capable receiver

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 09 May 2007 21:35 User comments (6)

Onkyo to release first DTS-HD Master audio-capable receiver Onkyo Electronics has announced that they will be releasing two new A/V receivers later this year, the TX-SR605 and the TX-S4806, each supporting full DTS-HD Master Lossless Audio and Dolby TrueHD decoding.
Both receivers are the first pieces of hardware capable "of decoding DTS-HD Master Lossless Audio at their full resolution, via HDMI V1.3A connections." Currently, there is no way for the home consumer to enjoy DTS-HD soundtracks on their nex gen HD DVD or Blu ray discs as, at best, current receivers have only been able to extract a standard DTS 1.5mpbs "core" audio stream from DTS-HD-encoded discs.

Both models have been added to the Onkyo website, and you can visit those pages for further technical details.

The TX-SR605 will hit shelves by late May, with a suggested retail price of $599 USD. The higher end THX Ultra 2-c certified TX-S4806 will be released later in the year with a hefty $1099 USD pricetag.

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6 user comments

110.5.2007 2:28

Nice piece of tech, but not something i will get soo soon. The sound quality i have now is pretty good already.

210.5.2007 3:38

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capable "of decoding DTS-HD Master Lossless Audio at their full resolution, via HDMI V1.3A connections."
That's the catch right there. Your source also needs to have HDMI 1.3 to take advantage of the receiver's DTS HD-MA and Dolby TruHD decoding capabilities.

To date the only HDMI 1.3 capable sources are the PS3 and Samsung BD-P1200 for BluRay and the Toshiba HD-XA2 for HD DVD.

The 605 Onkyo was discussed briefly here:

http://forums.afterdawn.com/thread_view.cfm/494479

310.5.2007 14:49

This makes me wonder if I should wait to upgrade my current audio system.

411.5.2007 13:27

Can't wait. Hope the US prices are similar.

512.5.2007 18:57

I'm already waiting to upgrade to a new video format, now the wait has been postponed due to needing new audio formats as well.

When all of these prices settle and everybody has "22.7 Super Surround" and "Ultra Realistic Display With Ambient Light" in their living room, the studios will really be complaining that movie theater attendance has dropped to zero.

Do they actually think that if I drop 5 to 10 grand on a completely next gen AV setup that I am still willing to go pay $10+ to see a new movie in a theater? Hell, their setup will then by inferior to what I've got at home.

613.5.2007 7:14

I've pretty much stopped going to the movies. Atmosphere is a lot better at home.

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