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Onkyo’s got something up their sleeve – Ethernet. Introduced at CEDIA, their Net-Tune components offer an easy way to get audio from one point to another over a wired or wireless LAN. Up to 12 “clients” can access a single media “server”, which has an 80 gigabyte hard drive that can hold nearly 1300 hours of MP3 music. The NAS-2.3 Net-Tune server also has a built-in CD drive and MP3 encoder for ripping CDs to disk, or files can simply be transferred to it from a PC over 10/100 Ethernet. The NAS-2.3 also includes two USB ports, an onboard modem, VGA, composite and S-Video outputs and a pair of digital inputs and outputs. The NAS-2.3 will retail for $2000.
To access files remotely from the NAS-2.3, users can purchase the $500 NAC-2.3, a compact client designed to be the centerpiece of a traditional mini system. It features a 15-watt per channel stereo amplifier and built-in AM/FM tuner. Optional external devices include a CD player, MiniDisc or cassette recorder.
Or, for those with more demanding tastes, there’s always the $2200 Integra DTR-8.3 receiver, a THX Select receiver with a whopping 145 watts into each of 7 channels. Other receiver features include THX Surround EX 7.1, Dolby Digital EX and Pro-Logic II, DTS-ES, DTS-Neo:6 and DTS 96/24 audio decoding, 192kHz/24-bit audio D/A converters, HDTV compatible component inputs with up-conversion of composite and S-Video to component, eight digital inputs, 7.1-channel analog inputs and a “Powered Zone 2” multi-room feature. The DTR-8.3 ships with a CHAD touchscreen remote control (AKA Pronto).
Onkyo’s new TX-SR800 THX Select receiver features 7 x 100 watts power handing and digital processing of every multichannel format currently in use, including THX Surround EX, Dolby Digital EX, Dolby Pro Logic II, DTS ES and DTS 96/24. It features 192kHz/24-bit DACs, HDTV compatible component inputs and offers multi-room capabilities. Other features of the $1000 receiver include a 7.1-channel analog inputs and 7.1-channel preamp outputs, six S-Video inputs and composite to S-Video conversion. The unit comes with a backlit learning remote with macro capabilities.
Also on Onkyo’s new technology plate is the DV-SP800 DVD player with DVD-Audio, SACD and MP3 compatibility. The $1000 single disc model also sports THX-Ultra certification, 108MHz/12-bit video D/A converters, 192kHz/24-bit audio converters and progressive scan output.