You know that a name like Onkyo will rarely put a foot wrong, and that is what they have just done with their latest bunch of releases for your living room, although we will only concentrate on one of them while putting thoughts of an upgraded mid-line AV receiver and an affordably-priced 3D Blu-Ray player aside. The four home theater systems comprise of the HT-S6400, HT-S7400, HT-S8400, and HT-S9400THX.
This merry quartet will come with a front-panel USB port which delivers a direct digital connection for an iPod or iPhone, not to mention support for audio playback from USB mass-storage devices. With the top three models sporting Ethernet networking capabilities, they are able to support streaming PC audio and Internet radio from channels such as Pandora, Rhapsody, Napster, SiriusXM Internet Radio, Slacker, Mediafly, Last fm, and vTune, while playing nice with Windows 7 and DLNA.
The presence of an Internet connection will simplify the process of having future updates delivered to the receiver’s firmware, and we are pleased to note that these three models also come with the new Marvell Qdeo 4K video upscaling processor that will see action whenever the need for higher resolution video display arises.
The Onkyo HT-S7400, HT-S8400, and HT-S9400THX will be out in the markets later this May for $799, $899, and $1099, respectively.