Onkyo who products have often been described as "massively" overpriced in Australia when compared to the USA has moved to drop the price of their US networking receivers and iPod USB interfaces.
Amber Technology the Australian distributor Onkyo is not saying whether they will come close to matching the US price drops.
Overnight Onkyo introduced 3 new models priced at $299, $399 and $599. Features found in these new models were previously available in U.S.-market Onkyo AVRs starting at $899.
In Australia a similar featured Onkyo receiver are selling for close to $2,000.
The two new networked models are the 7.2-channel TX-NR609 which sells in the US for $599 and the $399 5.1-channel TX-NR509. They stream Internet radio and networked-PC audio, feature DLNA certification, and provide Windows 7 compatibility. For these and future networked AVRs, the company will offer its first Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n dongle to provide a wireless connection to a home network.
The $39-suggested dongle will also enable remote control of the AVRs from an iPod Touch or iPhone equipped with a free new Onkyo app.
All three, models have HDMI 1.4a inputs and outputs, HDMI Thru and HDMI audio return channel. They also feature lossless Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding, an overlaid on-screen display and new front-panel design.
Consumers looking for cheap Onkyo products in Australia are best servede by Digital Cinema, who bypass Amber technology by buying Onkyo products from overseas distributors. They also offer full warrantly on the products.
Digital Cinema can be found at digitalcinema.com.au