Onkyo integrates eARC and Amazon Music into selected components, enriching entertainment for movie and music Lovers

Press Release dated: 11 Oct 2018

October 11, 2018

OSAKA, JAPAN. Industry-leading hi-fi and home entertainment specialist Onkyo, in the vanguard of bringing cutting-edge audio-visual technologies to enthusiasts worldwide, debuts eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel), as specified in the HDMI 2.1 standard, on selected network A/V receivers via a firmware update due on October 11. The rollout will initially activate eARC on the 9.2-ch Onkyo TX-RZ830 and Integra DRX-5.2 network A/V receivers.

ARC (Audio Return Channel) technology currently supports transmission of audio signals including LPCM, Dolby Digital, and DTS formats from ARC-compatible TVs or devices connected to the TV. The introduction of eARC now enables transmission of HD audio and multi-channel PCM signals from eARC-compatible TVs. Specifically, eARC 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. By virtue of this new technology, users can experience the benefits of these various high-quality audio formats from A/V components connected to the TV via a single HDMI cable between AVR and display.

Smart TV apps, or smartphone/PC apps streaming video to dongles connected to the display, can now unlock the multi-dimensional entertainment experience from video encoded with object-based audio or other high-bitrate formats, with audio routed through eARC-enabled Onkyo A/V receivers for amplification and playback through surround-sound or Dolby Atmos-enabled speaker systems. Similarly, apps and Blu-ray Discs can feed content to an eARC-enabled display via a Blu-ray player’s HDMI output set to bitstream output, with the display sending audio through to an eARC-enabled Onkyo A/V receiver for amplification and playback. Users can enjoy their favorite streaming apps and Blu-ray discs direct from their playback devices with premium audio quality.

In addition, this October 11 firmware update will also allow owners of selected products to enjoy native support for Amazon Music, available to those with a Prime Music or Amazon Music Unlimited account. Prime Music is an on-demand music streaming service available free of charge for Amazon Prime subscribers and features a library of about two million tracks. Amazon Music Unlimited, meanwhile, offers a discounted monthly subscription to Amazon Prime members and boasts tens of millions of songs. Prime Music and Amazon Music Unlimited also feature thousands of professionally curated playlists and personalised music stations playback. Amazon Music is accessed, and playback managed, via the free Onkyo Controller App for iPhone, iPad, Android devices, or via a remote controller and the OSD/front panel display on selected products.

The firmware rollout will enable Amazon Music on the following products:


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.

An update for the TX-L20D will be announced in the near future.


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.

With this firmware update, Onkyo extends and enhances the enjoyment of music, movies, games, and more via the user’s home entertainment component. For information and instructions on how to update your compatible Onkyo product, visit Note that an Ethernet-compliant HMDI cable and firmware update is required for eARC functionality.

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