Great sound is half the battle

You understand that proper rendition of a movie maker’s masterfully constructed soundtrack makes the difference between a powerful home theater experience and a couple of hours spent merely watching TV.

If you’ve tried a home theater receiver or two and still aren’t completely satisfied, then maybe you’re ready to graduate to Onkyo’s flagship PR-SC5508 preamp/processor and the companion PA-MC5500 9-channel power amplifier.

Have a large room and a really big screen? You’ll love 9.2-channel surround sound. With nine speakers and two powered subwoofers, you’ll hear and feel Blu-ray soundtracks in all their glory.

Say you’re watching a battle scene. With 5.1-channel sound you hear the mortar rounds exploding closer and closer to the soldier in the foxhole. You may even hear one sail over his head. With 9.2-channel sound, you are the soldier in the foxhole. The audio grabs you and pulls you into the action. Think of it as 3D for your ears.

Speaking of 3D, you get a state-of-the-art video engine, too

The Silicon Optix Reon-VX HQVT video processing chip inside the PR-SC5508 provides cutting-edge video scaling and deinterlacing capabilities – including digital upconversion of all your video sources to an HDMI signal with up to 1080p resolution.

Eight HDMI inputs accommodate 3D video, and two HDMI outputs let you feed two different high-resolution displays simultaneously.

ISF (Imaging Science Foundation) video calibration gives you sharp focus and accurate color balance from all of your video sources. An ISF-certified technician can adjust the brightness, hue, contrast, saturation, and gamma levels on all video inputs, to ensure a consistently excellent picture. ISF calibration can also improve energy savings in TVs and projectors by up to 50 percent.

Digital music options

A modern preamp/processor wouldn’t be complete without A/V networking capabilities, and the PR-SC5508 has an impressive suite of digital music options. Browse your PC-based music collection, explore Internet radio, or access your favorite online music service. Rhapsody™, Pandora®, Napster®, Mediafly™, and Slacker are all here. Connect your iPod® or iPhone® through the receiver’s front USB port. You’ll get control, charging and even album art using USB alone (video requires the optional UP-A1 dock).

Product highlights:

  • THX® Ultra2 listening modes for optimized surround sound at any listening level
  • ISF video calibration
  • Dolby® TrueHD, DTS-HD™ Master Audio, Dolby® Digital Plus, DTS-HD™ High Resolution Audio, THX Surround EX®, Dolby® Digital EX, DTS-ES™ and DTS Neo:6 decoding
  • Dolby Pro Logic® IIz expands the soundstage’s vertical dimension (requires an additional pair of “height” speakers)
  • analog-to-HDMI video upconversion (up to 1080p) with HQV Reon-VX video processing
  • Audyssey DSX processing for enhanced surround sound height and width effects using additional front speakers
  • Audyssey Laboratories’ MultEQ® XT32 eight-point auto setup and room calibration system (microphone included)
  • Audyssey Dynamic EQ for fuller sound at lower listening levels
  • Audyssey Dynamic Volume mode keeps listening levels steady to avoid overly loud peaks such as on TV commercials
Digital music options:
  • streams music from your PC and the Internet, including Pandora, Napster, Slacker, Rhapsody, and vTuner Internet radio (broadband connection required)
  • plays music stored on MP3 players and flash drives via USB inputs
  • HD Radio ready (requires optional Onkyo UP-HT1 tuner)
  • SIRIUS satellite radio capable (requires SIRIUS subscription and optional SiriusConnect™ home tuner kit)
  • iPod®/iPhone® integration (video playback requires optional Onkyo UP-A1 dock)
  • DLNA certified to ensure optimal compatibility with other network-enabled equipment
Multi-room audio/video:
  • three-zone audio output
  • composite video output for 2nd room
  • only analog sources can be played in the 2nd and 3rd rooms
Audio performance features:
  • 192kHz/32-bit Burr-Brown digital-to-analog converters for all channels
  • direct mode and pure audio mode switch off unnecessary circuitry to provide cleaner sound
  • Music Optimizer function enhances the sound quality of compressed music files
  • back surround channels re-assignable for bi-amping front left and right speakers
  • detachable power cord
  • 1080p-compatible HDMI switching: 8 in, 2 out (including 1 front-panel input)
  • HDMI version 1.4a with support for Deep Color, x.v.Color, lip-sync, 1080/24p video, 7.1 uncompressed 24/96 audio, DVD-Audio, SACD, and HDMI-CEC with compatible video sources and TVs
  • component video switching (3 in, 2 out)
  • digital audio inputs: 4 optical (including 1 front panel), 3 coaxial
  • front- and rear-panel USB inputs for audio playback from USB flash drives, hard disk drives, and portable MP3 music players
  • 5 audio/video inputs, including:
    • 1 front-panel input with composite video
    • 4 rear-panel inputs with composite and S-video
  • 4 audio-only inputs (including phono)
  • 7.1-channel analog audio preamp input
  • 9.2-channel analog audio preamp output (RCA and balanced XLR)
  • Ethernet port for music streaming from a PC network
  • RS-232 port for automated control systems
General features:
  • on-screen display for easy setup and operation
  • 40 AM/FM/SIRIUS presets
  • learning/multibrand remote
  • 17-1/8″W x 7-7/8″H x 19-5/16″D
  • weight: 30.9 lbs.