Receivers

Onkyo PR-SC5508 9.1 SSP and PA-MC5509 Nine-Channel Power Amplifier

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Introduction

Onkyo has been on a roll with their professional line of preamps recently. Starting with their 885 model, and continuing through the 886 and 5507 they have managed to hit a previously weak area in the home theater market. The current model PR-SC5508 includes all of the features you would expect in a top line receiver, such as Audyssey MultEQ XT32, a Reon VX video scaler, individual input settings, and networked audio playback, and then adds features you might only expect on a far more expensive model: balanced inputs and outputs, THX Ultra2 Plus certification, and ISFccc calibration controls. To try out the fully THX certified setup, Onkyo sent along their PA-MC5509 9 channel amplifier to use as well.

Specifications

  • PR-SC5508
  • Design: 9.1 Surround Sound Processor (SSP)
  • Codecs: All, including Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Connections: 7 HDMI In, 2 HDMI Out, RCA In, RCA Out, XLR Out
  • Dimensions: 7.8" H x 17.1" W x 17.5" D
  • Weight 30.9 Pounds
  • MSRP: $2,199 USA
  • Onkyo PA-MC5509
  • Design: Nine-Channel Power Amplifier
  • Power Output: 150 Watts RMS into 8 Ohms (0.05% THD, Two Channels Driven)
  • Video Connections HDMI 1.4a (7 rear in, 1 front in, 2 out), Component (3 in, 2 out), Composite (5 in, 1 out), S-Video (4 in, 1 out), PC Input
  • Audio Connections RCA Stereo (9 in, 2 out), Balanced Stereo (1 in), Optical (3 in, 0 out), Coaxial Digital (3 in, 0 out), Multichannel (7.1 in, 9.2 unbalanced preout, 9.2 balanced preout), USB (1 front, 1 rear), Phono (1 in)
  • Other Connections Ethernet (Internet Radio, Firmware), 12V triggers (1 in, 2 out), RS-232, IR (2 in, 1 out), 2nd Zone (Component Video, Stereo Audio + Sub), 3rd Zone (Composite Video, Stereo Audio + Sub), Headphone Jack (6.3mm)
  • Dimensions: 7.9: H x 17.1" W x 17.9" D
  • Weight 50.7 Pounds
  • Price $1,699 USA
  • Onkyo