Onkyo Receivers

Possessing a high quality receiver is integral to any true media lover’s home theater system. While the layman might not even be able to tell you what a audio receiver is, the audiophile (and, for that matter, cinephile) will talk about audio receivers in excruciating detail if you give him or her half the chance. One thing they will also tell you is that you can’t get much higher tech and high quality than purchasing an Onkyo Receiver for your home theater system.

But first, a little about Onkyo. Who is this company and how did they become so popular to home theater system owners everywhere? Onkyo was established in Osaka, Japan in 1946. This major consumer electronics company’s current product line specialties include home cinema and audio equipment, such as the aforementioned receives, and including audio networking equipment and surround sound speakers. It’s hard to go wrong with Onkyo when searching for anything home audio related.

Onkyo came to popularity in the United States in the 1970′s. This was about the time when people were moving their music listening from the clubs and concerts into their homes and were searching for high quality ways to duplicate the concert experience in their own homes. This was about the time that Onkyo diversified their product line to include Onkyo receivers and Onkyo loudspeakers, among other innovative improvements. By the 1980s the company’s line of home audio products had expanded to included cassette tape decks (at the time, the height of music appreciation technology), amplification, turntables, and tuners.

In 1974, Onkyo’s TS-500 with quartz stabilization set the new standard for receiving elements. To understand the significance of that accomplishment, it is important to understand why exactly an audio receiver is so important in the first place. These devices, also often referred to as audio visual receivers (or AV receivers) or home theater receivers, are integral to high sound quality with a home theater system. They are devices that provide most or all of the inputs that your home theater system needs to hook into to work properly and provide an experience that will parallel that of any moviegoer. Essentially, a surround sound receiver provides a simple and cost effective way for you to integrate your home theater system.

A surround sound receiver combines three types of functionality – a tuner, a preamp, and a built in multi channel amplifier. In many cases the tuner serves to pick up AM and FM signals, but increasingly they pick up satellite radio such as XM or Sirius, or internet radio signals. The preamp controls the audio or video source (in this case, usually a DVD player or Blu-ray player, but it can also be a CD player, iPod, etc.). It processes the incoming sound signals and distributes audio to the channels and subwoofer output. Also, the preamp serves as a sort of central processing system for audio and video but making sure that video is routed to the only place it is actually needed in a home theater system – the television. While the preamp does all that, the multi channel amplifier sends surround sound signals and power to the speakers. In effect, the surround sound receiver really does act as the heart and brain of a home theater system.

Onkyo has continued to lead the way for home theater receivers. Their latest, the Onkyo TX NR-1000 has been billed as the full potential for what a home theater receiver can be. These Onkyo receivers, of course, also include internet radio tuning in order to keep up with the newest technology. These are not your 1974 Onkyo receivers, and for home theater owners, they are likely a must buy.

This Onkyo Receivers Review is Written/Updated on Nov 11th, 2009 and filed under Consumer Electronics. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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