“Flagship” may be a term that’s bandied about too frequently when talking about top tier audio products. However, the new THX Select2 Plus Onkyo TX-NR3030 11.2 channel receiver probably deserves that moniker.

 

The new TX-NR3030 has the same brutish exterior of most Onkyo receivers. However, what lies beneath it’s monstrous exterior is sure to put a smile on an audiophile’s face. The 3030 uses a separate “block” construction which is designed to reduce resonance and eliminate unwanted noise and interference.

 

The TX-NR3030 comes compatible with the fledgling Dolby Atmos surround format and also supports 4K Ultra HD video. Of it’s 8 HDMI 2.0 inputs, the 3rd one supports HDCP 2.2 DRM copy protection which makes the 3030 somewhat future proof.

Onkyo TX-NR3030 Rear

The Onkyo TX-NR3030 uses the latest Qdeo 4K upscaling technology which makes it capable of turning low-resolution video sources into crystal clear 1080p or even 4K.

 

Buried deep inside the 3030 are two 32-bit DSP engines designed to decode digital audio. These two processing engines help it to translate a wide range of high resolution audio files such as FLAC, WAV, ALAC and WMA. Onkyo also shows analog music lovers some love  by incorporating a pure direct analog path which is ideal for vinyl, SACD, or CD playback.

 

The TX-NR3030 includes both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Popular apps like Pandora, Spotify, Slacker, SiriusXM Internet Radio and TuneIn are pre-installed on the receiver. Anyone with a Spotifiy Premium membership can push more than 20 million tracks to the TX-NR3030.

 

With it’s boatload of features, the Onkyo TX-NR3030 is probably well deserving of the title “flagship”. The 3030 is available on store shelves now at the suggested MSRP of $2,399.

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