High instantaneous current is needed to maintain control of the speaker drivers for precise yet musical audio reproduction, from delicate piano passages to the thunderous roar of an action movie soundtrack. Backed by a massive high-output transformer, the amplifiers feature a discrete low-impedance output stage not a cheap integrated circuit with high-current transistors for instantaneous power and very low distortion. The resulting sound is detailed, dynamic, and highly realistic for both stereo and multichannel listening. Now add powerful 5.

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Onkyo HT-RC Manufacturers of home theater receiver products tend to release revised models every year. While the new features are normally minimal especially when you get to the entry-level, waiting for a new one to come out is rewarding because the new models that directly replace their predecessors cost the same price.

That should be a pretty good deal even for some minor improvements. We have reached a point where you can buy a fairly solid 7. Instead, you can find a row of input selector buttons across the middle the of receiver. This is a convenient way to switch to the appropriate input source although you have to make sure that you connect your devices to their proper labeled ports. Everything else about the front panel is pretty practical and you will find your usual arrangement of aux inputs, setup mic port and USB port.

It is just too bad that there is no HDMI port because more people are finding it convenient to connect their modern Android smartphones directly to the receiver through an MHL cable and charge it too. Below is the back panel layout.

Click on image to enlarge for a clearer view. Once you are connected with your Internet-connected router, you can immediately stream from a few online services including Spotify, Pandora and TuneIn Radio. This can be a valuable addition if your TV or other home theater components lack online connectivity features.

This app enables you to stream any music stored on the device to the receiver as long as your device remains connected to the same router your receiver is hooked up to. From the name, the app provides a remote control interface too so you can actually change the input source, adjust the settings and manage multiple zones wirelessly.

If you have other devices, Bluetooth is still an available option for wireless streaming although your device may have to be a bit closer to the receiver. AirPlay support is unfortunately absent though. Setting up the Onkyo HT-RC is pretty simple for beginners as there is a Quick Setup option that lets you run through the most frequently used settings. Experienced users can check out the Setup Menu where you can go through all sorts of options organized into 9 different categories.

One key part of the process is calibrating your speakers and much like other receivers, the HT-RC takes the Audyssey approach. In addition, you can choose between the Movie and Music modes to bring out the best audio quality for the active input source. A few other Audyssey-powered options are available too including Dynamic EQ which lets you enjoy clear sound even at the lower volume levels.

There are also a few Dynamic Volume level options that can tone down sudden transitions to higher volume levels. This technology can also bring up lower resolution input sources to p. This is the kind of receiver you can count on for handling all sorts of content from action-packed movies to smooth jazz soundtracks. But fiddling with the settings a bit more so you end up with a more manual setup can be more rewarding depending on your speaker arrangement. Once you set that part up, you can manage the Zone 2 quite easily with the Onkyo Remote mobile app.

Bottom Line Packing networking versatility and decent audio quality was unheard of in previous years so it is great for companies like Onkyo to step up and make sure that the high-end and flagship models are really for audiophiles with huge setups and expect studio-like sound quality. But models like the Onkyo HT-RC trim those hardware specs but keeps all the features that make AV receivers a lot more valuable in the home theater system.


Onkyo HT-RC360 Specs & Prices

Surely there is a room full of engineers somewhere in the bowels of Onkyo HQ, pasty and drained, looking more dead than alive. Now Denon and Yamaha will have to scramble to catch up. Their boss walks back in the room with his arms wide, "Good work boys! Onkyo has released the successors to the popular RC and RC Both receivers have the new Marvell Qdeo 4K video upscaling processor which can upscale video to p and beyond to as much as 4K of horizontal resolution, regardless of the source resolution, a technology in displays that has yet to hit the market. A nice out-of-the-box feature.


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