Onkyo today unveiled an LS7200 3D Soundbar System that combines Dolby Atmos and DTS:X audio playback with next-generation network casting via DTS Play-Fi technology*, AirPlay, and FireConnect* multi-room distribution.
Part of the growing Envision Cinema product family, the three-piece LS7200 offers a low 53mm profile for an unimpeded view of the TV screen. The wall-mountable soundbar connects to a separate AV Centre via Multi-channel Audio Cable,comprising two speakers each for the left, right, and centre channels, plus single height speakers. Together with wireless subwoofer, this single-cable soundbar design results in a neat installation under the TV display. The AV Centre includes four HDMI inputs to connect media players and games consoles, with all components and cabling concealed in an entertainment unit. TV connection comes via a 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. As well as object-based sound for movies, the LS7200 offers stereo performance with a choice of network audio platforms. 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. DTS Play-Fi technology supports multiple streams to different speakers simultaneously. AirPlay and dual-band 5 GHz/2.4 GHz Wi-Fi are also included for app-based music casting, while Spotify Connect lets subscribers stream direct from the Spotify application. Bluetooth connectivity completes a universal suite for wireless music streaming.
An Onkyo Controller app brings together wireless casting technologies, simplifies access to the included TuneIn and TIDAL services, and centralises housewide audio distribution to optional FireConnect-compatible wireless speakers. The app complements the on-screen GUI with comprehensive system remote controls. As well as discrete dialogue volume adjustment for DTS:X soundtracks, DTS Neural:X is included to up-mix standard multi-channel 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.
* To be delivered via a future firmware update.
Price: Onkyo LS7200 3D Soundbar System – £899, available in the UK in January 2017