Complete 3D Checklist

As many of you may have already noticed, 3D technology has been creeping into the entertainment scene slowly but surely. And one thing is for certain. Whatever the naysayers say, 3D is here to stay.

But having 3D video playback in your home is not as straightforward as you think. So to make it easy for you we have listed all the items you need to enjoy 3D playback:

  1. A 3D HDTV, 3D projector, or 3D computer monitor. These displays usually have a higher processing power as they need to display one image for each eye to create a 3D effect.
  2. A source to deliver 3D content. This source can be a cable box with a subscription to a 3D channel or a 3D blu-ray player.
  3. Content – In order to watch 3D, you will need to get some 3D content. This 3D content will come from the source mentioned above in the form of a 3D program, movie, or game. Please ensure that your 3D movies are in the Blu-ray 3D format, as this new format will provide the best 3D experience. Here are the some of the latest 3D blu-ray movies.
  4. 3D Glasses – All 3D HDTVs on the market require 3D Active Shutter glasses to create the 3D effect. You will need one pair of glasses for each viewer. Also make sure that the Active Shutter glasses you buy are compatible with your display. It is best to buy the glasses from the same brand as your 3D HDTV. Most HDTVs are sold bundled with a pair or two of these 3D glasses.
  5. HDMI Cable – To connect your source (such as a 3D Blu-ray player) to your display, you’ll need a high-speed HDMI cable that is ver 1.4 or later. Cables with this designation will be able to carry the 3D signals without any loss of quality.
  6. 3D AV Receiver – The AV receiver that you buy for your home theater setup will also need to have HDMI ver 1.4 (or later) inputs and outputs to allow 3D signal pass-through. Most of the newer AV receivers like the Onkyo TX-NR1008 are already 3D compatible.

There are also 3D starter kits that will give you some cost savings.

New Flagship AV Receivers From Onkyo

Onkyo launched two brand new top of the line networked home theater receivers that offer a wide range of the latest home theater features:

1. Onkyo TX-NR5008 (MSRP: $2699.00)
2. Onkyo TX-NR3008 (MSRP: $2099.00)

Onkyo TX-NR5008 AV Receiver

Onkyo TX-NR5008 AV Receiver

They are both THX® Ultra2 Plus™ certified and support network audio streaming, various multi-room set-ups, iPhone/iPod playback over USB, and fully 3D-compatible using HDMI ver 1.4a passthrough.

With 9.2 audio channels, 8 HDMI inputs and 2 outputs plus a multitude of connectivity options, they are ideal for those who want the most out of their home theater setups. The 9-channel configuration allows users to take advantage of the expanded surround dimensions of Audyssey DSX™ or Dolby® Pro Logic® IIz. The former adds extra height or width channels for greater spatial ambiance, while the latter provides the option of extra height channels.

For top quality video Denon utilizes HQV-Reon VX chipsets that enables 1080p upscaling of all video inputs, regardless of source resolution. Both also feature advanced ISF video calibration, audio networking and internet radio. The receivers are also Windows® 7 compatible and DLNA 1.5 certified to ensure optimal compatibility with other network-enabled equipment in the home.

Read the full Onkyo TX-NR5008 review and Onkyo TX-NR3008 review.

Source: Denon USA

Denon Adds Two New 3D Receivers In Their Lineup

Denon recently launched two mid-priced AV receivers that will be 3D compatible. They come with the latest HDMI ver1.4a that recognizes 3D video signals and will pass through 3D signals from your Blu-Ray player. It also recognizes signals from 3D television broadcasts.

Denon AVR-1911 AV Receiver

Denon AVR-1911 AV Receiver

The lower priced 7.1 channel Denon AVR-1911 (MSRP: $599.00) comes will less bells and whistles. Connectivity is basic to keep costs down but no corners were cut in making it a credible performer. In fact it sounds better than most receivers in this price range. Check out the full Denon AVR-1911 review.

Denon AVR-3311CI AV Receiver

Denon AVR-3311CI AV Receiver

Next up is the Denon AVR-3311CI costing almost twice as much (MSRP: $1199.00). But you do get a whole lot of extra features like higher power output of 125W per channel compared to 90W for the AVR-1911. It comes with 6 HDMI inputs and 2 HDMI outputs. One of the technologies exclusive to the new 2010 models including the AVR-3311CI is the Audyssey DSX. The approach is different than the competing A/V receivers that purely rely on bit rate. To vastly improve the sound experience, DSX makes better use of the 7.2 configuration by adding width and height channels for better coverage. Also new is the Anchor Bay ABT-2015 video processor which now provides Precision De-interlacing to eliminate artifacts along with the ability to up-convert any sources connected via HDMI to 1080p 24fps/60fps.

The New Onkyo TX-NR1008 Is Now Shipping!

Hot on the heels of the recent TX-NR708 and TX-NR808, Onkyo has released another network ready receiver – the Onkyo TX-NR1008. It replaces the TX-NR1007 and brings 3D video playback to the home. It is designed to be flexible such that you can watch a movie in the main room while the rest of your family can enjoy music in two other rooms.

Onkyo TX-NR1008

Onkyo TX-NR1008

The 9.2 channel TX-NR1008 outputs the same 135 watts /channel but it now has the latest HDMI ver1.4a standard that supports 3D playback and Audio Return Channel (ARC). It is also the first Onkyo to support FLAC files in addition to other more common file formats like MP3, WMA, WMA Lossless, FLAC, WAV, Ogg Vorbis, AAC, and LPCM. It can also access a wide range of streaming Internet radio services, from Pandora, Rhapsody, vTuner, and Sirius Internet Radio®, and newly expanded services from Napster, Mediafly, and Slacker internet radio.

All three receivers have an iPhone/iPod -compatible front-side USB port that allows on-screen display of album art and navigation via the included remote.

Video and audio circuitry are also upgraded. All video sources, regardless of resolution, are upscaled to 1080p by the Faroudja DCDi Cinema processor. The TX-NR1008 is equipped with advanced ISF video calibration controls for independent optimization and fine-grained adjustments of every video source. Other processing highlights include DTS-HD Master Audio and Dolby TrueHD for pristine lossless audio. Bi-amping capability and a huge array of connection options complete what is an outstanding home theater receiver.

You can check out the full details, specs and the Onkyo TX-NR1008 review. It lists for $1399.00 and is now on offer at Amazon.

With these new cutting edge models, Onkyo looks to consolidate its position as a provider of the most up-to-date home entertainment features backed by rock-solid performance and intelligent design.

Source: Onkyo USA

Onkyo Launches 2 New Networked Receivers: TX-NR708 & TX-NR808

Having already launched three budget receivers earlier this year, Onkyo has been busy again with the launch of 2 new networked models:

  1. Onkyo TX-NR708 (MSRP: $899)
  2. Onkyo TX-NR808 (MSRP: $1099)
Onkyo TX-NR708 AV Receiver

Onkyo TX-NR708 AV Receiver

Both of these receivers are 7.2 channels with copious amount or power enough to drive even low impedance speakers to realistic volume levels. They now support media streaming if you have a connected PC. And for the first time Onkyo’s receivers will be able to play FLAC files. Other compatible file formats are MP3, WMA, WMA Lossless, WAV, Ogg Vorbis, AAC, and LPCM.

They come with more than ample connectivity possibilities. You get a generous 7 HDMI 1.4a connections, an Ethernet port, full 1080p video upscaling using Faroudja’s DCDi Cinema technology, USB input for your iPod/iPhone and also multi-room setup options. Latest generation lossless codecs like Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio are also supported. There is also Dolby Pro Logic IIz and Audyssey DSX.

These models have earned the THX Select2 Plus stamp of approval from THX for their having passed quality and performance benchmarks.

Source: Onkyo USA

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