Less than two months after unveiling
Read on to find out more about Onkyo's latest additions and see some of their key features.
Key features of the Onkyo HT-RC360:
- 7.2-channel AV receiver with Audyssey 2EQ room correction
- Marvell Qdeo 4K video upscaling processor
- Six HDMI inputs, including one front-panel HDMI input
- Advanced HDMI features like , and
- Ethernet port
- Wi-Fi-ready (requires $40 UWF-1 USB adapter, sold separately)
- Networking functionality including Internet radio and DLNA compatibility
- Can be controlled by iPhone/iPod Touch using Onkyo's free Remote app
- Can directly connect iPod/iPhone via front-panel USB port
- Powered second zone audio
- $549 list price; available in April
Key step-up features of the Onkyo HT-RC370:
- 7.2-channel AV receiver with Audyssey MultEQ XT
- Front bi-amp capability
- Support for Audyssey DSX (7.1 + front-high and front-wide), Dolby PL IIz (7.1 + front-high)
- Seven HDMI inputs, including one front-panel HDMI input
- Earned THX's Select2 Plus certification for sound quality
- VGA-style PC input
- S-video inputs/outputs
- Built-in phono pre-amp
- 5.1 analog inputs
- Pre-amp outputs
- $849 list price; available in April
At $849, the HT-RC370 definitely skews towards the high-end of today's AV receiver market, but it's loaded with a lot of bells and whistles not found on lower-end models. Among them: pre-outs; a whopping eleven pairs of powered speaker terminals (for elaborate Audyssey DSX andsetups, which support "front high" and/or "front wide" speakers); a dedicated phono input for vinyl fans; and even good old-fashioned S-video connections, which are quickly from most AV products.
At $549, the Onkyo HT-RC360 seems to be very redundant to Onkyo's own
The HT-RC360 will also be competing against the recently announced
However, while both the Onkyo receivers and the Pioneer offer plug-and-play USB compatibility with iPhones and iPod Touch handhelds, the Pioneer receiver includes one feature that's conspicuously missing from all of Onkyo's 2011 products to date:. Thanks to AirPlay, VSX-1021 owners can wirelessly stream content from their iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad to the receiver. (AirPlay is also available on more expensive 2010 Denon and Marantz receivers, which means we're likely to see it on that company's soon-to-be-announced 2011 products as well.)
We're glad to see that the new Onkyo models eliminate the need for a separate iPod dock (though that support still exists if you want it), and that they deliver the latest HDMI features (standby pass-through wasn't supported in the predecessor models.) But we hope the 2011 HT-RC models exhibit better sound quality than the HT-RC260, which lagged among its competitors in our.
Editors' note: This post was updated after its original publication with additional information on the Onkyo HT-RC370.