We reported on Monday that Pioneer’s 2014-model Elite SC series home theater receivers will, by the end of the year, be upgraded to add decoding capabilities for Dolby Atmos, the formerly commercial-only object-based surround sound technology that adds “voice of God” overhead channels and much more flexibility in terms of discrete speaker mixing. They’re not the only ones bringing Atmos home, though. This week, Onkyo and Integra also announced Atmos capabilities in their new AV receivers and preamps.
Onkyo will be delivering three new Atmos-capable products: the THX Select2 Plus-certified TX-NR1030 Network A/V Receiver and TX-NR3030 Network A/V Receiver, as well as the THX Ultra2 Plus-certified PR-SC5530 Network A/V Controller. This gives us a good indication of how many channels Dolby Atmos will support in the home, at least for now; the TX-NR1030 Network A/V Receiver offers up 9.2 channels of sound, whereas the TX-NR3030 Network A/V Receiver and PR-SC5530 Network A/V Controller deliver 11.2 channels. That breaks down into a traditional floor-bound 7.2 channel system plus four overhead channels.
Onkyo also announced that its TX-NR636, TX-NR737, and TX-NR838 Network A/V Receivers will be updated via firmware in September to add Atmos processing, and that its HT-S7700 and HT-S9700THX Home Theater in a Box systems, as well as its SKS-HT693 and SKH-410 speaker packages, will launch with Atmos.
The TX-NR1030 Network A/V Receiver, TX-NR3030 Network A/V Receiver, and PR-SC5530 Network A/V Controller are scheduled to ship in August for $1,699, $2,399, and $2,499, respectively. According to the company, all of the new models feature Marvell Qdeo video processing for UHD upscaling, along with the proprietary new AccuEQ room calibration system and “Dual 32-bit DSP engines to decode, scale and calibrate Dolby Atmos.”
Like the existing models, the new receivers and preamp-processor boast HDMI 2.0 connectivity, with a total of eight inputs and three outputs that can handle high-frame-rate UHD, as well as 21:9 widescreen aspect ratio. Next-generation HDCP 2.2 copy protection is also supported one on of the inputs and one of the three outputs.
Onkyo’s custom-installation-oriented sister company Integra is also unsurprisingly getting in on the Dolby Atmos game as well. The company’s upcoming DTR-60.6 and DTR-70.6 Network A/V Receivers, along with its new flagship DHC-80.6 Network A/V Controller, will launch with Dolby Atmos processing, and its existing mid-priced DTR-30.6, DTR-40.6 and DTR-50.6 Network A/V Receivers will also be getting an Atmos upgrade in the September timeframe.
“Some of the world’s leading filmmakers are using Dolby Atmos to transport audiences to the center of the action,” said Onkyo Corporation General Manager, Kevin Miyagi. “Dolby Atmos delivers a multidimensional sound experience with breathtaking detail and clarity. We are excited to be among the first brands to offer this technology to our customers.”
Pricing for the new DTR-60.6, DTR-70.6, and DHC-80.6 have yet to be announced, but the existing Integra DTR-30.6, DTR-40.6, and DTR-50.6 carry MSRPs of $1,000, $1,300, and $1,700, respectively.
For more detailed information as it becomes available, visit OnkyoUSA.com and IntegraHomeTheater.com. And for more in-depth information on Atmos at home, check out our previous story on Pioneer’s new receivers and speaker systems, as well as the Dolby Blog.