Car audio company gets minority shares in new DJ audio company, Onkyo
Pioneer's vision for the future is shifting, as it was announced this week that the company is spinning its disk-jockey audio line off into a new company. Through an agreement with Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR), the private equity firm will acquire a majority share in the new company, tentatively titled Pioneer DJ. News follows a change in the previously-announced venture, that would see the home audio division splintered from Pioneer, selling it to Onkyo in its entirety.
More then half of Pioneer division being offloaded to Baring Private Equity
Electronics manufacturer Pioneer has agreed in principle to a deal that will see most of its struggling audiovisual hardware business sold to rival Onkyo and an investment firm. Pioneer will sell a 51 percent stake in Pioneer Home Electronics to Baring Private Equity Asia. The remaining 49 percent will be split between Onkyo and the Pioneer parent company -- Onkyo and Pioneer will continue to sell products under separate banners.
Audio specialist Onkyo has announced two new sets of headphones aimed at iOS users, the ES-CTI300s and the IE-CTI300s. The ES-CTI300s use an over-the-ear design, and come in black or silver. Built into the cable for them is a three-button iOS remote with volume, play/pause, track skip, and call answer/rejection functions, and a microphone for calls, recording, and voice commands. The set uses two 40mm titanium drivers, with bass chambers to improve low-end sound.
New mini system designed for integration with new Apple iOS devices
Onkyo has unveiled the CS-255 CD Hi-Fi Mini System, with Lightning charging dock. This new CD receiver includes certified charging connections for new and legacy iPhone and iPod models, as well as audio playback from compatible smartphones and tablets by way of a USB port, with an integral FM/AM radio that offers a total of 60 memory presets.
Dock allows for automatic wake of receiver by iPhone
Onkyo is soon to release an iOS docking station with wireless capability for its receivers. As well as having a 30-pin connector which also charges an iPad, iPod, or iPhone, the DS-A5 will also allow receivers from other manufacturers to take advantage of the AirPlay wireless streaming, and the streaming of audio files from computers with iTunes installed.
Home cinema systems include internet radio options
Onkyo is to release two new home theater system packages that are equipped for 4K video resolution. The Onkyo HT-S7500 and HT-S6500 use Marvel Qdeo to upscale low-resolution video to 1080p, as well as the higher 4K resolution if a capable display is connected. Automatic Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding is also supported.
Dolby TrueHD added to 100 e-onkyo albums
Dolby has declared that e-Onkyo music will be the first online music distribution service to use Dolby TrueHD 5.1-channel surround sound. The music service, a subsidiary of Japanese electronics maker Onkyo, will be letting users download 1000 tracks from 100 albums in the audio standard later this year, with two Onkyo receivers supporting the service.
Top end Onkyo features THX
Onkyo has announced its 2012 line-up of mid-range audio/video receivers. The upper-end TX-NR616 and TX-NR515 support 7.2 surround sound, while the TX-NR414 and TX-SR313 are 5.1-channel receivers. All four provide a front-panel USB port to connect to an iPod, iPhone, or external storage like a flash drive.
Onkyo's latest speakers get Wi-Fi WPS setup, DLNA
Onkyo has introduced a pair of bookshelf speakers that are special in that they have built-in Wi-Fi and DLNA support for streaming audio files from a local network. The setup part of the equation is kept simple too, as the only way to connect them to a network is through Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) and a dedicated button. The GX-W100HV speakers can also connect using traditional inputs such as optical and RCA.
Gibson Guitar, Onkyo team up for audio gear
Gibson Guitar on Wednesday partnered with consumer audio maker Onkyo to build high-end home theater systems and other audio equipment. Gibson has recently formed a Pro Audio Division and will draw on the resources of Onkyo, while Gibson will share its marketing resources and other expertise. The dea will see Gibson get a controlling stake in Onkyo USA and thus become its second-largest shareholder, while Onkyo will also invest in Gibson.
Mobile devices charge while playing HD content
Onkyo has announced that it is set to introduce several new A/V receivers that are claimed to be the industry's first to support InstaPrevue and mobile high-definition link (MHL) technologies. The MHL standard, which is already utilized for a variety of tablets and smartphones, enables devices to transmit 1080p video with 7.1-channel digital audio across a dual-purpose Micro-USB port.
Service to be added via firmware update
Onkyo has announced that its 2011 lineup of network-attached AV receivers will support Spotify's music streaming service. The feature is already available for the TX-NR609 via a firmware update. Other receivers in the series will eventually receive similar updates to expand the range of supported music-streaming services.
Spotify Premium gets our test in the US
With the US launch of Spotify, many are experiencing the music service for the first time. As such, we'd like to give a run-down of the feature for those who aren't familiar with it from Europe. Read on for an overview as well as how it stacks up -- and what's missing.
Microsoft anti-Android patent deals targets Onkyo
Microsoft continued on its third straight day of trying to squeeze Android by landing a patent licensing deal for Onkyo's Android tablets. As with earlier deals this week with General Dynamics and Velocity Micro, Onkyo will pay royalties for every Android device it sells. The Japanese firm had no comment on the deal, most of whose terms remain secret.
New Onkyo TX-NR809 receiver gets 4K upscaling
Home theater audio gear maker Onkyo has just introduced a replacement for its TX-NR808 receiver with the TX-NR809. The new model gets network compatibility, support 7.2 channels and is THX Select2 Plus Certified. Its highlight is Marvell's Qdeo video upscaling and processing circuits, enabling it to upscale 1080p videos to an almost unprecedented 4K (3840x2160) resolution for high-end projectors and future TVs.
Onkyo readies 1GHz TA117 tablet in Japan
Onkyo has revealed its latest tablet, the TA117, in its home market of Japan. It's now the country's first locally available tablet with NVIDIA's dual-core, 1GHz Tegra 250 chipset and gets Android 2.2. Its 10-inch, 1024x600 screen is mated with a front 1.3-megapixel camera, a microSD memory card slot, an HDMI output and two USB ports.
Onkyo shows Win 7 tablet with 3G in Japan
Onkyo in Japan has just released its latest Windows 7-powered tablet, the 11.6-inch TW317A7. The slate is nearly identical to the TW317A5 released in September but adds a KDDI 3G module for a broadband data connection. Processing power comes courtesy of Intel's 1.66GHz Atom CPU paired with 2GB of RAM.
Onkyo brings three Atom Win 7 tablets to Japan
Onkyo has just introduced three new tablets for its home market in Japan. Each gets Windows 7 for the OS, but the TW117A4 and TW217A5 get a 10.1-inch display rather than the 11.6-inch screen on the TW317A5. The former pair also gets the 1.66GHz Atom N450, while the larger model gets the 1.6GHz Atom Z530.
HT-9300THX to ship in July for $1,100
Onkyo has released an updated version of its flagship home-theater system, the HT-S9300THX. The latest model offers many of the same features as its predecessor, but adds compatibility for 3D components. Users can connect 3D-enabled source hardware, such as 3D Blu-ray players, to supported televisions without sacrificing the 3D signal through the theater system.
Onkyo intros high-end receivers with 3D, Win 7
Home theater manufacturer Onkyo on Tuesday detailed the upcoming release of two new high-end receivers, the TX-NR3008 and TX-NR5008. New features include 3D-compatible HDMI 1.4a inputs, DLNA 1.5 media sharing with Windows 7 support, and media streaming. The receivers otherwise share three-zone support, HQV Reon VX video processing, two HDMI outputs and a maximum of 9.2 channels.
Devices offer DLNA streaming, Pro Logic IIz
Onkyo has introduced three new receivers, each featuring support for 3D video and iPhone/iPod connection. The TX-NR1008, TX-NR808, and TX-NR708 offer an Ethernet port for integration with home networks, enabling DLNA streaming and access to additional content such as Pandora.
Onkyo outs higher-spec dual-screen netbook
Japanese PC maker Onkyo has released the second dual-screen netbook PC on the market, the DX1007. It appears to be a near identical copy of the first dual-screen netbook, the Kohjinsha DZ6HKE16E, but improves on the formula. The differentiators include 2GB of RAM instead of 1GB, as well as 1366x768 resolution 10.1-inch screens for Onkyo's DX1007 as opposed to 1024x600 in the Kohjinsha version. There is also twice as much hard drive space, at 320GB instead of 160GB.
New Onkyo TX receivers
Having only recently announced another collection, Onkyo has revealed details on three more TX-series receivers. These begin with the NR1007, which is capable of 135W of output across each of 9.2 channels. The unit handles decoding of Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio, and additionally supports formats such as Dolby Pro Logic IIz and Audyssey DSX. It is compliant with DLNA 1.5 and THX Ultra2 Plus standards.
Onkyo home theater amps
Home theater manufacturer Onkyo has recently announced the release of two new high-end home theater receivers, with the TX-NR807 and TX-SR707. Both are 7.2-channel systems, though the TX-NR807 has the ability to stream audio from Internet-based services such as Pandora, Rhapsody, Sirius and Internet radio from vTuner's database. Music on networked PCs and hard drives can also be played back as the receiver is DLNA 1.5-compliant. It supports MP3, WMA, FLAC, OGG Vorbis and AAC file playback from PCs.
Onkyo ND-S1 iPod dock
Onkyo has recently introduced its first iPod dock, the ND-S1, which can connect to home theater systems thanks to its digital optical and coaxial audio outputs or composite audio and video outputs. The dock will support 16-bit audio playback at up to 48kHz. It syncs with Macs and Windows PCs through USB and bundles a remote control to steer the iPod when it isn't attached to a computer.
Onkyo 7.1-channel systems
Onkyo has recently announced the upcoming release of two 7.1-channel home theater systems with advanced audio processing, including support for all current audio formats, including the vertical dimensions added by ProLogic IIz. The HT-S7200 and HT-S6200 surround sound systems are rated at the same 130 watts per channel, with a speaker system that includes an active 230W subwoofer. Onkyo's U-Port iPod dock is included with each system.
Onkyo BD507 in the US
Onkyo has announced it will soon begin offering its newest Blu-ray player, the DV-BD507, in the US. The device supports BD Live 2.0 content, enabling it to access bonus online content of compatible Blu-ray movies. The HDMI 1.3a connection delivers both high resolution mulit-channel audio and 1080p video to connected home theater systems and HDTVs, respectively. There is an SDHC memory card slot for playing back multimedia content stored on the storage cards, with support for AVCHD formats commonly used in HD camcorders.
Onkyo Sotec C204 netbooks
Normally known for home theaters, Onkyo has announced the release of three new netbook PCs under the Sotec brand that make up the C204 series. All of the 10-inch models are powered by Intel's 1.6GHz Atom N270 CPU on an Intel 945GSE Express mainboard and have 1GB of RAM. Relatively rare in the category, each uses a 32GB solid-state drive as standard rather than the rotating disks or smaller solid-state drives of rivals. Making the choice lets Onkyo drop the weight to just 2.1 pounds and slim the notebooks down to 0.9 inches thick.
Onkyo SR607 Receiver
Onkyo has launched a trio of new AV receivers that are topped by an industry first. The TX-SR607 is the first to include Dolby Pro Logic IIz support and can add a vertical dimension to the sound in movies that support it: the element lets home theaters with two extra, elevated front channel speakers register sounds that would appear above the movie viewer, such as an aircraft. It additionally brings support for 7.2-channel surround at 90W per channel with Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio as well as a rear port for add-ons like an iPod dock or HD Radio tuner.
Onkyo media center PCs
Onkyo on Thursday announced the nearing release of its E702A9 Sotec media center PC, which packages all hardware components into one enclosure, including the 21.5-inch, 1920x1080 resolution LCD widescreen display with a glossy coating and integrated 4X Blu-ray recorder. A dual-band TV tuner is also built-in, letting users simultaneously record two TV programs at once, as is an iPod dock, allowing quicker sync of the Apple devices as well as direct playback of their content.
Onkyo abandons HD DVD
High-end electronics maker Onkyo is the latest party to end support for HD DVD, a new announcement reveals. Although some limited production for the format is expected by other companies, in the wake of Toshiba's abandonment Onkyo says it has reconsidered, and will thus end all production for HD DVD in a short space of time. "As Onkyo manufactures HD DVD players with core parts supplied by Toshiba," the announcement states, "it will be difficult for Onkyo to continue its further development and production of HD DVD players."