Onkyo expanded its already sizeable quota of 3D-capable AV receivers with the TX-NR5008 and TX-NR3008.
The pair bring the company's line-up of 3D-compatible receivers to nine, with the cheapest starting at just £240. Both are THX Ultra2 Plus certified and come with support for DLNA 1.5 network audio streaming, USB playback for iPhone/iPod, and they each come with eight HDMI 1.4a inputs packing 3D video compatibility and an audio return channel.
The more expensive TX-NR5008 comes with a large toroidal transformer and an improved power stage to justify its price. It can also provide audio for up to three zones while the TX-NR3008 can only supply two at a time, though it can be set up to switch between zones two and three.
Both models also have two HDMI outputs so they can be connected to two HD TVs at the same time. There's 1080p upscaling and an Ethernet socket for connection to the internet or a PC, plus they're fully compatible with Windows 7.
They both offer 9.2 channel surround sound, with Audyssey DSX for extra height and width channels, and Dolby Pro-Logic IIz for extra height channels. HD audio formats such as Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio are on board, as is a DSD Direct mode for SACD multichannel hi-fi.
The TX-NR3008 has a single side USB port, while the TX-NR5008 has a pair of USB ports with one at the front, and one at the back. Further options include the UP-DT1 DAB+ tuner module for £130 and the UP-A1 iPhone/iPod dock for £60.
The Onkyo TX-NR5008 and TX-NR3008 will be on sale in August for £2,400 and £1,700 respectively.