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The Onkyo TXSR578 offers high-end AV features at a bargain price.
Following on from the TXSR508, the TXSR578 offers video processing via Faroudja DCDi. In addition to improving the pass-through video quality, this gives the ability to upscale signals to 1080p. Added to that is HDMI Upconversion. What this means is that whatever you plug in to the TXSR578 will be converted in to 1080p HDMI - whether component or composite. This not only gives the highest resolution possible from all your sources but also the possibility of using just one HDMI connection between your AV receiver and TV.
The Onkyo TX-SR578 offers a highly competitive, four, 3D TV compatible HDMI inputs - many of its rivals still only offer the older non-3D compatible HDMI v1.3 sockets. Added to this excellent HDMI count you'll also find twin optical and twin coaxial digital inputs and the full complement of component, composite and RCA phono sockets that you'd expect. In addition to a front-mounted mini-jack for easy connection of any portable with a headphone output, the TXSR578 features a universal port at the back for Onkyo iPod dock connection or DAB+ tuner upgrade module. Finally, a second zone output that's either active (powered) or passive (requires powered speakers) gives the option of spreading the sound into another room. In short, given its cost, we still don't think you'll find a better connected AV receiver from another brand!
Just when you've caught your breath by taking in the connectivity, there's the processing power to consider. As you'd expect, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-HD High Resolution Audio, Dolby TrueHD and Dolby Digital Plus are all standard. In addition to this you'll also find Dolby Pro Logic IIz which is ideal for listening to many of the new HD TV broadcasts on TV.
When it comes to setting the TXSR578 up, the standard Audyssey 2EQ system is there to help out. This not only automatically calibrates speakers, but also corrects room acoustic issues. The upshot of this hi-tech processing is ideal sound quality, whatever the room.
Finally, there's the sound quality. There's little doubt here that the TXSR578 is still one of the best in its class. The powerful sound of this amplifier is helped still further by the high power transformer, WRAT (Wide Range Amplifier Technology) Pure Audio and Double Bass Function - not to mention the 100 watts available to each speaker.
For an AV receiver that not only sounds great but helps you get the best picture quality from every source, the TXSR578 offers more for less.