Onkyo LS7200 3D Soundbar System

Onkyo recently announced a new sound system setup, suitable for your home entertainment system whereby you can enjoy great sound while watching your favourite TV shows, movies or listening to music. The Onkyo LS7200 3D Soundbar System is a three piece equipment setup that is not too big and obstructing as your home entertainment system.

During a recent Onkyo event, I got the opportunity to take a look at the Onkyo LS7200 3D Soundbar System and listened to them in action, while watching a short movie trailer on the TV screen. The sound produced by the Onkyo LS7200 3D Soundbar System was solid, sharp and clear, in the midst of the noise of the people checking out the other Onkyo products, the Onkyo NCP-302 Wireless Audio System and Onkyo DP-X1A portable music player at the event.

If you are looking for a solid and powerful sound system for your home entertainment, that is not too big in size, do check out the Onkyo LS7200 3D Soundbar System.

Let me share with you more information and details on the Onkuo LS7200 3D Soundbar System –

LS7200 3D Soundbar System that combines Dolby Atmos® and DTS:X™ playback with user-friendly wireless audio features including support for DTS Play-Fi® technology*, AirPlay®, and FireConnect™* multi-room distribution built in.

Part of the growing Envision Cinema product family, the three-piece LS7200 offers key advantages over other soundbars, starting with a low 53 mm profile for an unimpeded view of the TV screen.

The wall-mountable soundbar connects to a separate AV Center via Multichannel Audio Cable, with full-scale power delivered to precision drivers (comprising two speakers each for the left, right, and center channels, plus single height speakers) by a discrete digital amplification system.

Together with wireless subwoofer, this single-cable soundbar design results in neat and clean installation under the TV display.

The AV Center includes four HDMI® inputs to connect media players and game consoles, with all components and cabling easily concealed in an entertainment unit. TV connection comes via single 4K/60p HDMI cable with Audio Return Channel, allowing the LS7200 to enhance broadcast TV audio.

AccuEQ Room Acoustic Calibration tailors sound to individual spaces, adjusting essential speaker conditions such as output level, distance, and crossover while preventing standing waves inside the room for clear and well-focused image presentation.

As well as object-based sound for movies, the LS7200 offers deeply satisfying stereo performance with a choice of network audio options.

The soundbar supports DTS Play-Fi technology, a free app for iOS and Android™ that collects music (streaming services, local files, or network-attached audio) into a simple interface for casting to any Wi-Fi®-enabled speaker. Fast, stable, and easy to use, DTS Play-Fi technology supports multiple streams to different speakers simultaneously without interruption.

AirPlay® and selectable 5 GHz/2.4 GHz Wi-Fi® are also included for stable app-based music casting, while Spotify® Connect lets subscribers stream direct from the Spotify® application. Bluetooth® connectivity completes a comprehensive suite for of wireless music streaming features.

Onkyo Controller app brings together wireless casting technologies, simplifies access to included TuneIn and TIDAL services, and centralizes house wide audio distribution to optional FireConnect™-compatible wireless speakers. The easy-to-use app compliments on-screen GUI with system remote controls for each zone.

As well as discrete dialog volume adjustment for DTS:X™ soundtracks, DTS Neural:X™ is included to up mix standard multichannel audio to 3D sound.

Dolby Audio™ adds a new Surround Enhancer technology that wraps sound around the audience by creating virtual rear speakers. Other practical inclusions are Direct Mode for high-quality stereo sources, Late Night Mode, and custom DSP programs for games and music.

Rounded out with 40-preset FM tuner, AV sync function, and L/R tone controls, LS7200’s feature set approaches that of a full-sized home cinema component in a decor-friendly package that’s tailor-made for passionate listeners.

* Firmware must be updated before operation.

Pricing and Availability 

The LS-7200 speaker system is retailing at all authorized retailers at $1,799

* Information and details courtesy of Hwee Seng Electronics and Brand Cellar *

Onkyo NCP-302 Wireless Audio System

The Onkyo NCP-302 wireless audio system was recently introduced, it’s a standalone speaker that produces pretty good sound quality, looks sleek and nice in design, it would fit it nicely with the furnishings in your home.

During a recent Onkyo event, I had the opportunity to see the Onkyo NCP-302 wireless audio system and listen to the quality of the sound produced from this system. With my short time there listening to the music played by the Onkyo NCP-302 wireless audio system, it was pretty good and enjoyable even in the midst of the noisy crowds at the venue.

For the music enthusiasts, the Onkyo NCP-302 wireless audio system can also be connected to other units and compatible Onkyo master components. This might be a good opportunity to build/customise your home or personal audio system. Take a look at their latest Onkyo DP-X1A portable music player, these 2 music players do make a good pair!

Let me share with you more information about the Onkyo NCP-302 wireless audio system –

Multi-room audio enriched with limitless and accessible music is now a reality as Onkyo unveils its NCP-302 Wireless Audio System, a standalone speaker that can link with other units and compatible Onkyo master components, such as AVRs, to mirror home entertainment sources around the home over FireConnect™ powered by Blackfire1.

FireConnect™, a network protocol based on Blackfire and provided by Blackfire Research, USA, operates over 5 GHz/2.4 GHz Wi-Fi® and offers 44.1 kHz and 48 kHz sampling.

The NCP-302 supports a variety of music streaming and internet radio services, such as Spotify®, TIDAL, Deezer, and TuneIn2, together with audio files stored on mobile or media server inside the Onkyo Controller application3.

With Chromecast built-in4, support for the Spotify® Connect app, and DTS Play-Fi®*4 technology, along with Bluetooth® wireless technology, the NCP-302 can be played to separately or grouped with other units using Onkyo Controller.

Chromecast built-in allows users to cast any music from smartphone, laptop, or PC to speaker or speaker network with ease. Control playback with regular audio apps for iPhone, iPad, Android™ phone or tablet, Mac® or Windows® laptop, or Chromebook™ with support for Google Play Music included.

NCP-302 speakers can also mirror network music playing through a master component as well as sources input via analog audio terminals*5, including vinyl records, CDs, and cassettes.

Onkyo Controller offers source selection and playback management for individual or multiple speakers within a single intuitive interface. Sound follows as the listener moves through their day, keeping them company and adding atmosphere when entertaining friends and family.

The control app can assign the listener’s preferred sources to NCP-302 speakers and save them for later recall. Adding or dropping speakers, changing music, or adjusting volume involves a swipe or tap on the touchscreen.

Product quality is evident in the solid MDF enclosure housing two 77 mm woofers and a 26 mm balanced-dome tweeter. The speaker is tuned for pleasant, non-fatiguing sound. Like the woodgrain or black hair-lined finishes, physical controls are minimalist to suit any interior design.

With NCP-302 and a FireConnect™-ready master component in the main living space, families can experience Onkyo’s Next Generation Network Audio: an ecosystem of technologies that coalesce in smartphones to deliver audio anywhere, any time.

Next Generation Network Audio grows with the user, adapting to changing listening habits. It delivers what’s important: enjoyment of sound, enjoyment of control, and enjoyment of life.

Pricing and Availability

The NCP-302 speaker is retailing at all authorised retailers at $599.

Notes

*1 FireConnect™ is enabled by a firmware update.

*2 Service availability depends on region.

*3 Available for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Android devices. Check App Store or Google Play™ for OS and device requirements.

*4 Enabled with a future firmware update.

*5 Enabled with a future firmware update. Transmission via external analog inputs is not supported on the TX-NR555 Onkyo products compatible with FireConnect™.

* Information and details courtesy of Hwee Seng Electronics and Brand Cellar *

Onkyo DP-X1A portable music player

The Onkyo DP-X1A portable music player was one of the three new audio products introduced in March 2017. During a recent Onkyo event, I had the opportunity to view, feel, touch and listen to the new Onkyo audio products in action. For this article post, I would be sharing information and details on the Onkyo DP-X1A.

The Onkyo DP-X1A is a small, handy, pocket sized portable music player, aesthetically speaking, it doesn’t look fanciful, yet it is packed with some pretty powerful technical specifications and capabilities. Pair the Onkyo DP-X1A with a good headphone, the music lover in you would love this combination, a high quality portable audio sound system.

When I listened to music using the Onkyo DP-X1A with Sennheiser headphones, the listening experience was really good. The sound was excellent, sharp and clear. There is also a function inside the Onkyo DP-X1A that allows the user to change preset EQ, featured EQ or personalised EQ settings. This feature is something that I like and my personal opinion is that this feature can allow the music player and headphones to excel even better.

I would also be sharing on the technical aspects of the Onkyo DP-X1A for those serious and technically inclined music fans out there.

Let me share with you the information and details of the Onkyo DP-X1A from the press release information below –

As more Hi-Res audio titles become available in formats like DSD, FLAC, WAV, and MQA, there is a greater prevalence for player devices that support them and the desire to get closer to the source audio has grown, driving users toward balanced output and the use of more exotic parts to drive that sound. And with the advent of video and audio streaming, it has become easier to enjoy music on a more personalized level.

The “DP-X1A” supports up to DSD 11.2MHz, FLAC/WAV up to 384kHz/24 bit, and the latest MQA technology, fully balanced circuit design from the DACs to its output. Based on Android OS, and with built in Bluetooth® and Wi-Fi, the “DP-X1A” portable digital audio player can connect to a plethora of peripherals.

We have poured our years of experience in audio components into the “DP-X1A”. Incorporating a pair of ESS Technology’s SABRE DACs, connected to a 2.5mm 4 pole balanced output. The balanced circuitry allows for the conventional BTL drive, and the more esoteric ACG (Active Control GND) allowing for greater stability and clear soundstage. Overall, the circuitry design prioritized the elimination of noise entering the audio signal via extensive management of grounding and cleaning of power supply, allowing for not only Hi-Res music to sound great, but elevating the sound quality of compressed audio as well.

With internal memory of 64GBs and 2 microSD card slots, up to 464GB of storage is available for all forms of entertainment. The class leading 4.7inch GorillaGlass touch screen and access to GooglePlayTM allow for app support beyond what is preloaded, such as music and video streaming services and games. Using the preloaded OnkyoMusic app, downloading High Res Audio files can be done without the need of a PC.

[DP-X1A features]

  • Designed to make the high res audio music shine

With playback support of up to DSD 11.2MHz, 384kHz/24 bit FLAC/WAV files, the “DP-X1A” was designed to bring out the best in your music.

  • Featuring dual ESS Technology SABRE DAC “ES9018K2M” and SABRE “9601K”amps for the highest possible sound quality and wide sound stage.
  • Along with standard BTL balance circuitry, Active Control GND allows the two DAC outputs to work in tandem for L-GND/R-GND “0V” lock to eliminate any distortion, broadening the sound stage while remaining clear.
  • Completely separated DAC/AMP and CPU circuit board allow for the audio circuitry to isolate digital noise effects from the Android board to the audio circuits.
  • Each device is separated into a block with its own independent power circuitry, allowing for close looped circuit design, allowing for the individual blocks to maintain separation from one another, keeping noise from entering the audio signal.
  • DAC local power uses Nippon Chemicon “MELODIO” series based custom audio grade capacitors for improved audio quality.
  • 3 times the capacity available allows for greater power stability
  • Low ESR, ESL allows for near instantaneous power with little fluctuation or noise
  • Purpose built lead wires are excellent at absorbing noise allowing for further speed up of digital signals
  • Robust build against swings in temperature
  • Low noise LDOs paired with each audio IC to limit noise
  • Vishay resistors incorporated in unbalanced and balanced output circuit patterns
  • Re-optimized circuit pattern for low impedance circuit board allows for smooth audio signal transfer.
  • Limit the entry of noise by consolidating the analog circuits close to the headphone jacks and distancing the switching power supply as physically possible within the body.
  • Isolated, and for an extra measure of protection from noise, independent local power supplies, closed loop circuit design, and board design tuned to the micron to eliminate grounding issues, all to keep noise from occurring, and what noise occurs, isolated from the audio circuitry.
  • Fast Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU for snappy operation of apps and music playback 
  • Multiple connectivity methods with high quality audio outputs and wireless functionality
    • Balanced output, digital output through Micro USB/OTG*1 support allows for both high quality output via the headphone jack and peripheral
    • The 2.5mm 4 pole balanced headphone(BTL balance mode/Active Control GND mode/Line out mode) allows for different kinds of high resolution sound depending on preference.
    • 5mm stereo mini output (w/Line out mode).
    • Micro USB/OTG digital output supports up to DSD 11.2MHz and 384kHz/24bit (DoP/Direct Transfer/PCM conversion).
    • WiFi, WiFi Direct, and Bluetooth® with apt-X for high quality wireless streaming.*2

     

  • Freedom of Google Play

    Access to Google Play will open the capabilities of the DP-X1A beyond what’s built in,*5 like streaming music, video, and games.*3

  • “MQA” audio support
  • Support for up to 464GB(64GB internal + dual microSD)
  • Direct download of music from OnkyoMusic service without the need of a PC
  • 6 built in sound adjustment (Lock range adjust, digital filter, up sampling to 384kHz, Realtime DSD conversion to 5.6MHz, High Precision EQ, Featured EQ)
  • Innovative new GUI with flick transport control (playback, track advance) circular progress bar and physical buttons for all transport controls for “no look” operation, and standard full album artwork playback modes available.
  • Easy music file transfers from your Mac or PC to the player “X-DAP link” *4
  •  Volume knob with 161 step positions for fine granular control
  • User selectable volume knob lock when screen is turned off
  • Wide range gain setting to accommodate wide range of headphones (Low2/Low1/Normal/High)
  • Rigid machined aluminum body design
  • Custom case “DPA-PUX1” option available

    *1 OnTheGo host function requires compatible cable(sold separately)

    *2 Compatible hardware required. Depending on Wi-Fi network speed, high res audio playback may be intermittent.

    *3 Apps that require GPS, camera, gyro-sensor may not function properly.

    *4 Available on website(Mac OS10.10, 10.11, Windows 7,8,10/ 32 & 64 bit)

    [Specifications]

    Operating System Android OS 5.1
    APU Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 APQ8074 2.2GHz
    Display 4.7 inch capacitive touch screen(720 x 1280)
    Internal Storage 64 GB(including OS system)
    Expansion port micro SD x 2(SDXC)
    Wi-Fi 802.11b/ g/ n/ac??Wi-Fi direct / WPS?
    Bluetooth® support Profile: A2DP/ AVRCP/ HSP/ OPP/ HID/ PAN

    Codec: SBC/apt-X Low Latency (Transmit only)

    Supported Audio format DSD(DSF/DSD-IFF)/ FLAC/ ALAC/ WAV/ AIFF/ MQA/ Ogg-Vorbis/ MP3/ AAC
    Sampling rate and bits

     

    44.1k/ 48k/ 88.2k/ 96k/ 176.4k/ 192k/ 352.8k/ 384k

    16bit/ 24bit   (32bit float/integer will downcovert to 24bit)

    Supported playlist formats M3U/ PLS/ WPL
    Supported video codecs H.263/ H.264 AVC/ H.265 HEVC/ MPEG-4 SP/ VP8/ VP9
    Supported image formats JPEG/ GIF/ PNG/ BMP/ WebP
    Output 75 mW + 75 mW     Unbalanced

    150 mW + 150 mW   Balanced

     

    Total Harmonic Distortion Less than 0.006 %
    S/N ratio Over 115 dB
    Frequency Response 20 Hz – 80,000 Hz
    Impedance 16 – 300 ?(Unbalanced) 32 – 600 ?(Balanced)
    I/O ports 2.5 mm 4 pole Balance headphone output (From tip R-/R+ /L+ L-)

    3.5 mm 3 pole headphone output (Line out mode)(no microphone support)

    Micro USB /OTG output (for charging and data transfer)

    Gain Low2/ Low1/ Normal/ High
    Battery life 16 h (96kHz/24bit Audio unbalanced playback)
    Dimensions (HxWxD)mm 128.9 x 75.9 x 12.7 mm
    Weight (g) 205 g
    Language support Japanese/English/German/French/Spanish/Italian/Chinese(simplified)/

    Chinese(traditional)

    Accessories Screen protect sheet(affixed as factory default), Micro USB cable(1m)

    Pricing

  • The Onkyo DP-X1A is retailing at all authorized retailers at $999. 
  • * Information and pictures courtesy of Hwee Seng Electronics and Brand Cellar *

Christmas Gift Guide 2016 for audiophile

Christmas 2016 is getting closer and if you haven’t gotten your Christmas Gift yet or planning to do a last minute Christmas shopping, let me share with you some Christmas Gift Guide for the audiophile in you!

There is a gift for him or her, do check out some of the recommendations below –

* Information and picture courtesy of Brand Cellar *

Biggest Headphone, Powerbank & Audio Warehouse Sale – 27-29 August 2016

Warehouse sale alert for headphone, audio and powerbank fans! 
Up to 80% off top audio brands such as Beats, mophie, Onkyo, Paradigm, Jamo, Anthem, gogear & more!!! The biggest headphone, powerbank and audio warehouse sale taking place from 27th to 29th August 2016.
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Check out some of the offers below that you can find at the warehouse sale! It’s open to public and will be held from 11am – 7pm! First come first serve basis, while stocks last!
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Share this warehouse sale news with your family and friends! 
Date: 27 to 29 Aug 2016
Time: 11am – 7pm
Venue: 81 Genting Lane, #02-02, Everich Industrial Building, S(349566)
* Information and pictures courtesy of Hwee Seng Electronics Pte Ltd and Brand Cellar *