Onkyo announces new streaming apps, Bluetooth dongle
Posted on 18 Jul 2012 at 10:36, by Gareth Halfacree
Audiovisual giant Onkyo has announced the impending launch of an upgraded app for iOS and Android devices which will allow for audio streaming to its current-generation networked AV receivers, along with a Bluetooth USB adapter for other devices.
The upgraded Onkyo Remote 2 app for iPhone, iPod, iPad and Android smartphones and tablets allows for audio streaming directly over a home wireless network in 44.1KHz 16-bit CD quality, with all metadata - including track name, album name, artist name, album art and time data - transferred alongside the audio stream.
For those without Wi-Fi support on their preferred mobile playback device, an add-on dongle - the UBT-1 adapter - provides Bluetooth support to the company's AV receivers. Unlike the Wi-Fi streaming of the Onkyo Remote 2 app, audio streamed over Bluetooth will benefit from CSR aptX technology - a codec which is claimed to reduce the loss of dynamic range caused by the use of lossy recording formats. According to Onkyo, the system provides a flat frequency response over a 10Hz-22KHz bandwidth, a dynamic range of 92gB and algorithmic delay of under 1.89ms.
The result of CSR's atpX technology, Onkyo claims, is Bluetooth streaming quality which approaches that of a compact disc. Connected to the front USB port of Onkyo's network receivers - compatible with all models from TX-NR414 upwards - the device supports the AAC streaming format.
The Onkyo Remote 2 apps are due to appear in Google Play and iTunes for Android and iOS respectively later this month, and will be free for all Onkyo customers with compatible receivers. The UBT-1 dongle, meanwhile, has been priced at £45.99 and is available now.
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