For the first time at CES, Onkyo is lifting the veil around its innovative applications and partnerships to showcase the company’s emerging technological might in its Powered by Onkyo section.
The new section focuses on how Onkyo sound is being applied in a wide range of industries, from household appliances to furniture and more. Among the more fascinating applications are Onkyo transducers which allow sound to travel through solid surfaces without cutaways so that functionality like voice control can be applied to a wide variety of products.
Introduced at CES 2017 and available now for $249.99, the Amazon® Alexa-enabled Smart Speaker VC-FLX1 boasts the sound pedigree befitting Onkyo’s 70-year heritage and boasts a features list that makes it more of a family concierge than a simple smart speaker. To start, the VC-FLX1 comes with a wide-angle HD video camera for video/voice calls and room monitoring. The unit also comes with sensors to detect motion, light, sound, temperature and humidity, and can automatically manage connected and preconfigured smart devices, such as smart lighting and thermostats. And because it’s powered by Alexa, it can answer questions, play music, quote a recipe, set timers, read an audio book and more.Onkyo will also have the recently released VC-GX30 Smart Speaker “G3” ($199) with Google Assistant built-in and Chromecast built-in for voice-automated streaming.
Onkyo continues to astound with its digital audio players (DAPs) and the PD-S10 Digital Audio Player with Bluetooth® and Wi-Fi is no exception. Machined from a solid block of aluminum, the PD-S10’s accessible design includes a responsive touchscreen which allows owners to control the device with one-hand. The home screen features tile-based icons that can be easily arranged, while scroll bars let users quickly flick through vast amounts of music. A patent pending Index Display presents large volumes of music intuitively.
The quality of Onkyo’s PD-S10 DAP is evident in the hand-selected components such as the dual ESS SABRE® ESS9018C2M DACs and dual SABRE® ESS9601K amps, which are integrated on separate circuit boards to provide a fully balanced circuit structure. In addition to the new circuit-board design, new large-capacity conductive polymer chip capacitors double power supply capacitance, reducing the impact of noise particularly around the DSP and memory processing circuits.
The design approach for structure, parts, and circuit layout are all centered on achieving lossless source reproduction so users can enjoy Hi-Res Audio in native DSD 5.6 MHz, MQA, FLAC/WAV/ALAC up to 192 kHz/32-bit.
As well as a 3.5 mm jack for standard headphones, the PD-S10 features a 2.5 mm 4-pole balanced headphone jack, and Line-Out Mode enables analog output via both 2.5 mm and 3.5 mm terminals at 100% volume. USB/OTG terminal supports digital audio output to selected compatible audio components. The PD-S10 is scheduled to ship in March for $499.
Since 1946, Onkyo has been passionately committed to developing audio products that deliver uncommon performance, quality, and value. Bundling proprietary technologies and innovations with other sound-enhancing exclusives, Onkyo continues to create award-winning products that are lauded by many industry-leading publications. The company’s philosophy is to deliver products that are superbly designed and built to a consistently outstanding standard of excellence. The results can be seen in the obvious quality of any Onkyo-manufactured product, even before it is turned on.