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schwag ‘stache: ONKYO & Cerwin-Vega! Launch Contest With Country Star Chase Rice

November 20, 2013 Leave a comment

Onkyo and Cerwin-Vega! are proud to announce the Chase Rice “Ready Set Roll” Contest starting today and running through December 15th. The contest invites all active Greek organizations and chapters to submit YouTube videos utilizing country artist Chase Rice’s current hit single “Ready Set Roll” in a creative and interesting way. The top five most-viewed videos on YouTube will be seen and reviewed by Rice, who will ultimately crown the winning submission.

The winning chapter will be awarded a visit from Chase Rice at their house to watch a sporting event in addition to an Onkyo TX-NR828 7.2 Ch. Network A/V Receiver and a Cerwin-Vega VE Series 5.1 Home Theater Speaker Package. The runner-up chapter will receive an Onkyo LS-T10 EnvisionCinema TV Sound Base System.

Visit www.myredmusic.com/chaserice for official rules and to learn more about the Chase Rice “Ready Set Roll” Contest.

Chase Rice Onkyo

About Onkyo:

Since 1946 Onkyo has been passionately committed to developing audio products that deliver uncommon performance, quality and value. Bundling proprietary technologies and innovations with other sound-enhancing exclusives, Onkyo continues to created award winning products that are lauded by many of the industry leading audio publications. The company’s philosophy is to deliver products that are superbly designed and built to a consistently outstanding standard of excellence. The results can be seen in the obviously high quality of any Onkyo-manufactured product, even before it is turned on. Visit Onkyo’s website at www.onkyousa.com. Follow Onkyo USA at www.facebook.com/OnkyoUSA.

 

About Cerwin-Vega!:

A member of the Stanton Group of companies, Cerwin-Vega!, Inc. is a leader in the design, manufacture, and distribution of loudspeakers for the home and professional audio markets.Designed in the pursuit of dynamic, accurate sound reproduction since 1954, Cerwin-Vega! products are distributed throughout the world via a network of distributors and dealers in more than 75 countries. For additional information on all Cerwin-Vega! products, please visit us online at www.cerwin-vega.com.

About Chase Rice:

Within a few short years of moving to Nashville, Tenn.; country music artist Chase Rice has already built a loyal fan base across the country through his energetic live shows and gained the attention of industry professionals with his edgy, eclectic sound. Rice first made waves as a co-writer on Florida George Line’s massive 2012 crossover hit “Cruise,” and his star continues to rise with the chart-topping success of his new digital EP Ready Set Roll and single of the same name. A physical album will be released November 26, 2013 on Rice’s own Dack Janiel’s label in partnership with T8 Records. For more information, please visit http://chaserice.com.

Onkyo’s Free HF Player App Offers Precision Equalizer, 192/24 Playback on iOS Devices

October 24, 2013 1 comment

In a move that could revolutionize how iOS users enjoy music on headphones and other compatible hi-fi systems, Onkyo-the world leader in home theater, hi-fi, and personal audio components-has announced an innovative HF Player app that enables playback of high-resolution audio files while granting users unprecedented control over how their music sounds.

The free, full-featured audio player app features an intuitive interface that includes album artwork display, playback controls, and an organizational structure that will be familiar to any iOS user. Once the app has been pointed to the device’s music library via a synch with an iTunes-equipped computer (an auto synch function is included), the user can start exploring the benefits of the phase-linear FIR equalizer, which offers 16,384 discrete bands of equalization with zero loss in audio quality. The user simply shapes their desired frequency curve with a finger on the touchscreen to manipulate bass, mid-bass, mid-range, and treble response. Presets may be created to suit a particular musical genre, artist, album, or pair of headphones and can be saved, swapped, and loaded in moments.

Onkyo HF Player

Onkyo also enlisted a team of respected musicians to personally design EQ presets optimized specifically for Onkyo in-ear and on-ear headphones. The team comprises Chris Traynor (Helmet, Bush), Scott Ian (Anthrax), Jim Ward (Sparta, At the Drive-in), Leo Nocentelli (The Meters), Tim Lopez (Plain White T’s) and Steven McMorran (Satellite), along with groups Midi Matilda, Buckcherry, and Strange Talk. The Presets from these artists are included in the app.

“Onkyo headphones have an incredible sound for both the studio and for leisure,” says Stephen Docker, Lead Singer of Strange Talk. “We’re also finding out more ways of customizing the sound to fit the different genres we’re listening to using the Onkyo EQ app. You should definitely check it out.”

Strange Talk Onkyo

Additional functionality includes an automatic upsampling function (from 44.1 kHz to 48 kHz) and selectable track crossfading.

Onkyo hopes the friendly interface and audio flexibility will turn casual listeners, who may have only just begun to rediscover their favorite music with a pair of quality headphones, into budding hi-fi enthusiasts. As their confidence grows, so too does HF Player. Users seeking the ultimate in high-resolution audio performance can make an in-app HF Player Pack purchase (US$9.99) to enable FLAC, DSD, WAV, and AIFF playback of up to 192 kHz with 24-bit sampling (these files are loaded via a simple drag-and-drop operation on an iTunes-equipped PC prior to synchronization). This in-app purchase also enables selectable upsampling from 44.1 kHz to a possible 192 kHz, and an HD phase-linear equalizer with an incredible 20,000 bands of adjustment in 64-bit mode.

As well as the flexibility and control offered by the precision FIR equalizer, HF Player introduces SACD (Super Audio CD) and better-than-CD audio quality into the portable domain. Paired with a set of quality headphones, such as Onkyo‘s award-winning ES-HF300 on-ear or IE-HF300 in-ear models, HF Player lets audiophiles enjoy premier high-resolution sound while they’re on the road.

The release of the HF Player app demonstrates Onkyo‘s ongoing commitment to portable hi-fi. Complementing the company’s growing range of premium on-ear and in-ear headphones-which have gathered significant momentum both critically and commercially since their release-this new app will allow listeners to discover how truly great their personal audio setup can sound.

* Note: DSD-IFF and DSF formats are converted to PCM before playback. Playback of high-resolution files places high demands on CPU and battery resources. For optimal playback results, Onkyo recommends closing other applications and placing your device on Airplane Mode.

About Onkyo:  

Since 1946, Onkyo has been passionately committed to developing audio products that deliver uncommon performance, quality and value. Bundling proprietary technologies and innovations with other sound-enhancing exclusives, Onkyo continues to create award winning products that are lauded by many of the industry leading audio publications. The company’s philosophy is to deliver products that are superbly designed and built to a consistently outstanding standard of excellence. The results can be seen in the obviously high quality of any Onkyo-manufactured product, even before it is turned on.

Onkyo is a trailblazing force in the home entertainment industry, anticipating market trends with intelligent, user-focused products. This new release joins a stable of acclaimed audio and A/V components, and will introduce more music lovers to the iconic Onkyo sound

schwag ‘stache: Enter To Win An Onkyo TV Speaker System With SMACK Guide & Kaskade

September 12, 2013 Leave a comment

SMACK Guide-the free monthly music and entertainment publication geared to college students- is teaming with electronics brand Onkyo and EDM artist Kaskade to give readers the chance to win an LS3100 TV speaker system with Bluetooth, in addition to a prize pack that includes an autographed copy of Kaskade’s brand new album, Atmosphere.

Enter to win an Onkyo LS3100 EnvisionCinema system as well as a Kaskade prize pack here.

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The Onkyo LS3100 is a neat 2.1 channel TV speaker system with Bluetooth that’s great for people who enjoy super sound quality but also take space and budgets into consideration. Your days of experiencing thin sound will be over, with SRS processing technology creating an immersive 3D soundfield using just two speakers- perfect for movies, music, and games. But the real beauty of the system lies in its convenience. For example, the control center is pre-programmed for use with most TV remote controllers. It turns on automatically with your television and responds to volume commands from your TV remote. The system is also great for music, with Bluetooth 2.1 allowing you to stream from your smart phone, tablet, and laptop. Analog and digital connections are included to connect a PC or CD player. Wireless implementation extends to the powered subwoofer, which can be placed anywhere in the room you like- another handy feature in what is an exceptionally useful home theater system.

Onkyo LS3100

SMACK Guide is a FREE monthly music and entertainment publication, available at universities, book stores and record shops nationwide in over 800+ locations. With over 40 pages of exclusive artist interviews, campus trends and concert reviews, SMACK Guide has featured Paramore, Phoenix, The Summer Set, Gary Clark Jr. and more on its cover. To find out more about SMACK Guide, visit their Facebook page and be sure to check out SMACK’s monthly Spotify playlist

This month’s SMACK Guide features Ryan Raddon, better known as Kaskade. He is a GRAMMY-nominated DJ, producer and songwriter who has been in the trenches of the electronic dance music (EDM) scene as an original recording artist and in-demand DJ for more than a decade. Kaskade has released eight studio albums, including Atmosphere, which was just released on September 10th. He has been nominated for Grammy Awards, scored twelve Top 10 hits on Billboard’s Hot Dance Airplay Chart, created chart-topping remixes for everyone from Lady Gaga to Beyonce, appeared at all the major summer music festivals, and has performed between 150 and 200 headlining shows a year for the last 10 years.

Maximize Your Widescreen Experience With Affordable TV Audio Solutions From Onkyo

August 30, 2013 1 comment
Onkyo aims to bring cinematic sound to listening rooms where space or budget preclude use of a multi-speaker surround-sound setup by introducing two additions to its Envision Cinema line with a new soundbar system and an innovative all-in-one TV-base speaker system.ImageThe LS-B50 (soundbar with wireless subwoofer) and LS-T10 combine a multi-channel, multi-speaker array with powerful DSP technology to fill rooms with panoramic sound. As well as boosting audio from TV, gaming consoles and media players, these audio systems are among the easiest to use of any on the market requiring only a single digital cable to connect. Operating these units is simplified by using a regular TV remote control since both the LS-B50 and LS-T10 are preprogrammed with IR codes for nine major TV brands and learning ability for others. This feature is also available on the Onkyo‘s initial Envision Cinema offering, the LS-3100.Adding even further value, these products double as a powerful home hi-fi systems with Bluetooth technology for wireless audio streaming via mobile and PC. USB ports are also included to play audio from flash-memory-enabled media players such as smartphones, tablets, and mass storage-class devices.

For expansive sound in the living room, bedroom, or kitchen, the LS-B50 pack eight drivers (six full-range drivers and two ring-radiator tweeters) into very compact package. The LS-T10, meanwhile, features a total of six full-range drivers plus an powerful integrated subwoofer and is designed to slip neatly underneath the television base.

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Both models feature an efficient six-channel digital amplifier with audio output controlled by AuraSphere DSP from Onkyo. Advanced algorithms manage equalization and sound pressure levels in real time to create a realistic 3D immersion field from regular PCM stereo or Dolby® Digital sources.

Unlike rival DSP technologies, AuraSphere expands the traditional sweet spot (the area directly in front of the TV where audio sounds best) to create an all-enveloping 3D sound field that places the listener in the center of the action wherever they are in the room.

Three sound modes optimize playback of different content, with News Mode cleaning up and projecting dialog more intelligibly, Movie Mode shaping for greater realism and impact, and Music Mode equalizing for a more balanced and engaging listen.

The LS-B50 adds a wireless active subwoofer for deep-reaching bass impact from almost anywhere in the room, while the LS-B40 includes a subwoofer pre-out. Wall-mounting kits and IR flashers enable flexible soundbar placement.

With the release of the LS-B50, and LS-T10, Onkyo reaffirms its position as the leading supplier of home entertainment solutions to suit every lifestyle and budget, from compact TV audio systems to audiophile-grade 9.2-channel home theater installations.

The LS-B50 and LS-T10 Envision Cinema products will both be available in September and have suggested retail prices of $699 and $499 (U.S.) respectively.

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Onkyo Stereo Receiver Mixes Vintage Charm With Class-Leading Amplification Technology

August 8, 2013 Leave a comment

Onkyo is now shipping the TX-8020 to reinvigorate its stereo receiver line, stripping back unnecessary extras and focusing on delivering the rich, full-spectrum analog sound for which the brand is celebrated.

The 50 watt per channel TX-8020 is a high quality audio component aimed at users that don’t require video switching or A/V processing capabilities, but instead seek a powerful, versatile, and affordable amplification solution for all their home entertainment sources.

8020

To best equip it for this role, a total of five analog inputs accept audio from TV, BD/DVD players, CD players, and AirPlay-enabled devices such as Onkyo‘s DS-A5 RI Dock for iPod®/iPhone®/iPad®. An FM/AM tuner with 40-preset memory is also included, while a moving-magnet phono stage caters to the vinyl record collector.

Two sets of banana plug-compatible speaker A/B terminals on the rear panel allow the receiver to drive a single pair of 4-16 Ohm floor-standing or bookshelf loudspeakers (A or B), or two pairs of 8-16 Ohm speakers (A+B) in a distributed multi-room setup. The TX-8020 also provides a subwoofer pre-out for those looking for an enhanced low end.

The TX-8020 recalls the glory days of hi-fi with its bulletproof all-metal construction and clean, functional front panel. And just like the vintage classics, this receiver includes bass, treble, and balance controls to enhance the tonal characteristics of different source material, and to correct for room acoustics or speaker frequency response curves. These carefully designed circuits have no discernable impact on sound quality.

At the heart of the TX-8020 Stereo Receiver is Onkyo‘s Wide Range Amp Technology, WRAT, which is based around a high-current, low-impedance drive to handle speaker impedance fluctuations and sudden signal gains. Low-negative-feedback amp circuit topology improves dynamic range while preserving the lifelike quality of the original recording. Left- and right-channel power devices are fully discrete-not integrated into a printed circuit board-and closed ground loops are used to cancel circuit noise.

This combination of high instantaneous power and low distortion adds up to distinctively accurate and musical sound quality for all kinds of audio content.

Onkyo prides itself in creating high-performance products for movie and music fans, with solutions to suit every listening space and budget. This new addition carries Onkyo‘s 65-year hi-fi legacy forward to a new generation of passionate audio enthusiasts.

The TX-8020 has a suggested U.S. retail price of $199.

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Mike Heyliger 

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New Onkyo Mini System Brings Hi-Fi Sound To iPhone 5

June 25, 2013 Leave a comment

Adding connectivity for iPhone® 5 to a diverse selection of media input options, the new CS-255 CD Hi-Fi Mini System from Onkyo targets listeners seeking an authentic stereo experience.

This compact and stylish CD receiver includes certified charging connections for new and legacy iPhone/iPod models, as well as audio playback from compatible smartphones/tablets via USB, and an FM/AM radio with a total of 60 memory presets.

CS255With interest in hi-fi audio surging around the world, the CS-255 is ideally placed to offer a more satisfying stereo experience than similarly priced all-in-one designs can offer, while ensuring faster access to a wide selection of media.

The receiver features an efficient digital amplifier that drives a pair of robust two-way speakers. The cabinets include a large cone driver, balanced-dome tweeter, and non-parallel construction with rolled edges to prevent internal standing waves. Even at higher volumes, these compact speakers maintain excellent composure, with an airy, pleasant mid-range and punchy bass response-perfect for listeners with eclectic musical tastes.

Connectivity begins with a Lightning charging dock for iPhone 5, iPod touch® (5G), and iPod nano® (7G) in the receiver’s top panel, which enables simple navigation to albums and playlists using the system remote controller. Owners of legacy iPhone/iPod devices can connect, charge and play online and offline content via the front-panel USB port.

Playback of MP3 files from other compatible smartphones, tablets, and flash memory drives is also enabled via USB. A 3.5 mm stereo analog input is included to connect devices that don’t feature the appropriate USB connection.

Whether enjoying music through the system via iPhone audio app, or playing local MP3/AAC files, track selection is simplified by the playlist jump function and album/track repeat buttons on the remote controller. A selectable two-mode Super Bass function, meanwhile, helps get a firmer grip on kick drums and bass guitar without the muffled boominess sometimes associated with affordable mini systems.

Radio listeners are catered to with an FM/AM tuner with 30 memory presets for each band (60 in total). These allow users to program in their favorite stations, making channel selection quick and easy. A sturdy front-loading CD player rounds the package.

As with all Onkyo products, fit and finish is exemplary, with audio-grade components used throughout and a clean, uncluttered exterior style in classic hi-fi black.

From its Pure Audio reference-level components through to the more affordable entry-level offerings on release, Onkyo‘s goal is to turn casual listening into a high-fidelity experience, while making it easier to locate, load, and listen to a wide selection of audio entertainment from the latest mobile devices.

The Onkyo CS-255 will be available this August at a suggested retail price of $299.  

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Mike Heyliger 

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ONKYO at Afropunk Battle of the Bands

ONKYO recently partnered with Afropunk’s Battle of the Bands to showcase their soon to launch ES-FC300 headphone series. The week long event was held at Freecandy in Brooklyn, NY.

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