HDMI eARC and Amazon Music support comes to Pioneer and Onkyo AV receivers

posted on Monday, 15th October 2018 by Steve May

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Onkyo Pioneer has issued a firmware up to enable eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel) on a number of recent AV receivers, and simultaneously introduced native support for Amazon Music.

The eARC rollout has landed on the 9.2-ch Onkyo TX-RZ830 and Integra DRX-5.2, as well as the 7.2-ch Pioneer SC-LX502 and 9.2-ch VSX-LX503.

Standard HDMI ARC supports LPCM, plus Dolby Digital and DTS bitstream formats from ARC-compatible TVs or devices connected to the TV. The introduction of eARC enables HD audio and multi-channel PCM signals from eARC-compatible TVs. The eARC standard can transmit object-based audio formats such as Dolby Atmos and DTS:X as well as Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio lossless audio formats.

Support for Amazon Music is now available from a variety of components from each brand, including stereo receivers, network audio players, mini-system receivers, soundbars, AV systems and lifestyle audio products.

The update brings native support for the Amazon Music streaming service for users with a Prime Music or Amazon Music Unlimited account.

Onkyo products getting Amazon Music are:

TX-8270, TX-8250, and TX-L20D Network Stereo Receivers
NS-6170 and NS-6130 Network Audio Players
LS7200 3D Soundbar Systems
CR-N775, CS-N575, and CS-N575D Network CD Receivers
R-N855 Network Stereo Receiver
NCP-302 Wireless Audio System
AV components including PR-RZ5100, TX-RZ3100, TX-RZ1100, TX-RZ830, TX-RZ820, TX-RZ730, TX-RZ720, TX-NR686, TX-NR676E, TX-NR575E, TX-NR474, TX-L50, BASE-V60, HT-S9800THX and LS7200.
Integra components including DRC-R1.1, DRC-R1, DRX-R1.1, DRX-R1, DRX-7.1, DRX-5.2, DRX-4.2, DRX-3.2, DRX-3.1, DRX-2.1, and DSX-3.

Pioneer products getting Amazon Music are:

SX-N30AE, SX-S30, and SX-S30DAB Network Stereo Receivers
N-70AE, N-50AE, and N-30AE Network Audio Players
NC-50, NC-50DAB, XC-HM86, XC-HM86D, XC-HM76, and XC-HM76D Network CD Receivers
FS-W50 and FS-W40 Network Music Systems
XC-HM86, XC-HM86D, X-HM86D, X-HM76, and X-HM76D Network Micro Systems
MRX-5 and MRX-3 Wireless Audio Systems
AV products including SC-LX901, SC-LX801, SC-LX701, SC-LX502, VSX-LX503, VSX-LX303, VSX-LX302, VSX-933, VSX-932, VSX-832, VSX-S520D and VSX-S520

Updates for the SX-S30 and SX-S30DAB models will be announced at a later stage.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology journalist, who also writes for T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice and ERT (amongst others).

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