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Onkyo’s new stereo receiver offers unique HDMI switching

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Thomas Brazier
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For years I've asked manufacturers about that and all I got was a lot of blank stares.

So, I'm especially happy to report Onkyo's TX-8270 stereo receiver sports four HDMI inputs and a boatload of other features that you normally get with multichannel AV receivers.

The TX-8270's street price is $499, £539, AU$1,199.

It has ultra hi-resolution 384 kHz/32-bit digital converters, a moving-magnet phono input, Bluetooth, Chromecast, DTS Play-Fi, Spotify and AirPlay.

The TX-8270 is the first stereo receiver or integrated amp I've tested that not only has a subwoofer output jack, but also has bass management with selectable crossover settings -- from 40- to 200-Hertz -- to optimize your subwoofer-to-speakers blend.

I paired the TX-8270 with a few speakers starting with the KEF LS50 and two Magnepan models: the new MMGi (review to come) and the .7 flat-panel speakers.

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