s the first and most affordable of Onkyo’s new-season network-capable A/V receivers, the Onkyo TX-NR708 home cinema receiver brings the audio goldmine of internet radio to your living room. Now you can kick back on the sofa and surf all your favourite channels in superior fidelity. With seven HDMI® 1.4a inputs, the Onkyo TX NR708 offers copious connection possibilities, as well as 3D video compatibility. For your convenience, one of the HDMI inputs is located on the front panel, along with a USB input for flash memory devices and iPod models. If you want to connect a non-HDMI multichannel component say, a legacy SACD or DVD player-the Onkyo TXNR 708 sports a full complement of 7.1-channel analogue inputs. The Onkyo name connotes serious audio quality, so it’s no surprise to find low-jitter Burr-Brown DACs and sophisticated Audyssey MultEQ® room-correction onboard, along with lossless HD audio formats and the expansive surround dimensions of Audyssey DSX and Dolby® Pro Logic® IIz. All of this processing and connectivity power receives the coveted THX® Select2 Plus stamp of approval.
The seven HDMI 1.4a inputs on the Onkyo 708 AV receiver will let you simultaneously connect high-definition sources such as a Blu-ray player, a gaming console, and a cable/satellite tuner. A single output then sends a pristine signal to your connected high-resolution display. As the latest version of this connector, HDMI 1.4a adds the exciting possibilities of 3D video and an Audio Return Channel. 3D video is the next big thing in home entertainment, with movie, game, and broadcast content on the increase and 3D-compatible TVs entering the market. The TX-NR708 also offers the convenience of an Audio Return Channel via HDMI. Audio content received directly by your HDTV’s tuner can be sent “upstream” to your A/V receiver, without the need for a separate S/PDIF audio cable.
As one of Onkyo’s new breed of receivers that can link directly to the internet or to your home PC via a local network, the TX-NR708 takes streaming audio and internet radio to a whole new level. MP3, WMA, WMA Lossless, FLAC, WAV, Ogg Vorbis, AAC, and LPCM audio files- whether on your PC or from the internet-can now be played back through your main system with unprecedented power and fidelity. The Onkyo TX-NR708 AV receiver brings to life a huge array of internet radio channels from Last.fm, Napster, and vTuner (depending on location). As well as being compatible with earlier platforms, the receiver is compatible with Microsoft’s new Windows 7 platform, which includes the DLNA 1.5-specified “Play To” media streaming feature. Another benefit of having the TX-NR708 connected to the internet is that you can then easily update its firmware.
The Onkyo 708 receiver handles two new surround-sound technologies from Audyssey and Dolby that offer exciting new ways to set up the speakers in your home cinema system. Audyssey DSX lets you incorporate “front wide” speakers, in place of the usual surround back speakers, to expand the width of the soundstage. Set up at are commended 60° off centre, these channels help to produce a more realistic soundstage and a more immersive listening experience. Alternatively, Audyssey DSX can reconfigure the TX-NR708’s surround back channels to deliver “front height” channels. These channels carry ambient, non-directional audio that adds a new vertical dimension to your movies and games. Dolby Pro Logic IIz provides a similar front height speaker option that likewise works to create a more enveloping home cinema experience.
THX Select2 Plus certification is specified for rooms where the screen to- seat viewing distance is 3 to 4 meters and the room volume is around 56 cubic meters. To achieve THX Select2 Plus certification, the TX-NR708 had to meet the world’s most demanding standards for home cinema audio quality and performance, and play at reference volume levels with minimal distortion.