Onkyo expands HT-RC family of home theater receivers

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Everyone, say hello to the new Onkyo HT-RC370 and HT-RC360, where both of them will now be part of the HT-TC family of home theater receivers which will see off the HT-RC270 and HT-RC260 in the process. What makes these two new kids on the block all the more special would be them being among the first AV receivers that are equipped with the new Marvell Qdeo 4K video upscaling processor.

Additional shared features include a front-panel USB port which will deliver a direct digital connection for an iPod or iPhone, not to mention support for audio playback from USB mass-storage devices. Heck, the USB port itself even plays nice with album art from your iPod/iPhone, now how about that? As for the HT-RC360, you will find that it now has full networking capabilities while the HT-RC370 throws in Audyssey MultEQ XT processing to the final mix.

Both of these are network-capable receivers, so it makes perfect sense for them to support streaming PC audio and Internet radio from different service providers including Pandora, Rhapsody, Napster, SiriusXM Internet Radio, Slacker, Mediafly and vTuner – not to mention being compatible with Windows 7 and DLNA. Via an Internet connection, the process of providing future updates to the receiver’s firmware is made painless.

These networking models are also more than capable of taking advantage of Onkyo’s free Remote App for iPod, iPhone, or iPad to control the A/V receiver. They will also not shun the recently announced UWF-1 Wireless USB Adapter which delivers an IEEE 802.11b/g/n connection to access music on a home network.

If you happen to be a huge movie and home theater buff, then rest assured that these receivers will come with their fair share of HDMI inputs in order to accommodate any likely combination of cable TV, satellite, and disk player sources, 3D included. Other connectivity options on the HT-RC370 and HT-RC360 include USB, Ethernet, and Onkyo’s proprietary Universal Port (U-Port), not forgetting the full range of traditional audio and video sources.

The Onkyo HT-RC370 and HT-RC360 will be out later this month for $849 and $549, respectively.

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