Earth Day 2014 is on Tuesday, April 22nd - Get into the spirit by re-purposing or recycling all that old home theater gear that is cluttering up your garage.
This system combines Yamaha's RX-V475 5.1 channel home theater receiver, with a 10-inch 100-watt Subwoofer, and five space-saving bookshelf speakers.
On the video side, the system features both 3D and 4K resolution pass-through (no upscaling).
Also, one of the HDMI inputs is MHL-compatible allowing direct physical connection for compatible smartphones and tablets.
For control, you can use the included remote, or Yamaha's free smartphone AV controller app (iOS version - Android version). If you are looking for audio system that provides more that what you can get from a sound bar, check out the Yamaha YHT-799U. Image Provided by Yamaha Corporation.
For additional suggestions, check out my list of Home Theater-in-a-Box Systems.
In addition, just as just with their recently announced TR-NR636 home theater receiver, this new batch incorporates HDMI 2.0 (which enables the passing of 60fps 4K input signals), as well as HDCP 2.2 (which provides added copy-protection for not only current streaming content from both internet and content accessed through the receiver's MHL/HDMI port, but also for 4K streaming, broadcasts, or movie releases - when such sources become available).
Also, on all of Onkyo's 2014 receivers released so far, they have replaced the Audyssey MultEQ speaker setup system it has been using for several years, with a new home-grown "AccuEQ" system.
For connectivity, the TX-NR737 and 838 provide seven HDMI inputs and two HDMI outputs.
Media player and networking functions are provided on both receivers, including iPod/iPhone and Airplay compatibility (via optional DS-A5 docking station), DLNA certification, and internet access to a host of online content from services, such as Aupeo!, Pandora, Spotify, and more. On either receiver, network and internet connection access can be done via standard ethernet or WiFi, and also incorporate built-in wireless Bluetooth capability, making it easy to stream audio content from compatible portable devices.
However, there are some things neither receiver includes. There are no S-Video, 5.1/7.1 channel analog audio, or phono input options, which is becoming more of a trend in newer home theater receivers. On the other hand, 5.2/7.2 channel preamp outputs are provided on the TX-NR838.
The Onkyo TX-NR737 and 838 are both expected to be available in May, and a priced at $899 and $1,199 respectively.
There is a lot more to both of these receivers than I touched on in this short blog, such as their multi-zone capability, so for more details, Read the Official Onkyo Announcement, as well as the TX-NR737 and TX-NR838 Product Pages. Image of Onkyo TX-NR737 provided by Onkyo USA.
On the other hand, there has been a lot of progress in both speaker design and construction materials that allow for some good sounding smaller speakers. However, although good sound is OK, for home theater, great sound is better, and Anthony Gallo Acoustics delivers just that with their compact and stylish A'Diva SE 5.1 Speaker System.