Onkyo Debuts a THX Certified Preamp/Processor and Amplifier

Posted Wed Sep 1, 2010 at 07:00 AM PDT by Dick Ward

Both of Onkyo's massive new flagship models sport THX certification and more.

The PR-SC5508 is the latest preamplifier/processor to come from Onkyo. This 9.2 channel controller is the new flagship for the company and it's clear why. It's got a few web based features like Pandora and Napster capabilities and DLNA 1.5, but that's not where it really shines.

Inside the unit you'll find HQV Reon-VX processing that will take even the saddest resolution up to 1080p and ISF calibration abilities for each individual video source. It's also packed with features like Audyssey MultEQ XT 32 for the best possible sound in your room. Onkyo's PR-SC5508 will be out in September for $2,199.

The PA-MC5500 is a nine channel analog power amplifier that shares the same THX-Ultra2 Plus certification as the preamplifier it's made to complement. It's 8 ohm rated at 150 watts per channel, and can kick out as much as 400 watts at 3 ohms.

Onkyo's new flagship amplifier sports WRAT technology that keeps distortion low and frequency response wide. It's got custom transistors, a massive power supply with a toroidal transformer and a pair of 22,000 µF storage capacitors. You can pick up the PA-MC5500 when it launches this September for a price of $1,699.

Source: eCoustics

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Tags: THX, Amplifiers, Preamplifiers, Onkyo (all tags)