Onkyo and Pioneer, now part of the same company, today announce various updates. Both companies provide various components of support for MQA files and HDMI eARC.
Onkyo and Pioneer announce various updates – MQA and eARC
Via a firmware update that is being rolled out on October 11 – today – both brands are offering a number of AV receivers from HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel). With this new standard, which is part of HDMI 2.1, it is possible to send high resolution audio formats such as DTS:X and Dolby Atmos via HDMI from the TV back to the receiver. For example, if you stream a series with Dolby Atmos via Netflix, you can send the Atmos audio signal from the TV to the receiver via the HDMI cable. The same applies to content played from a dongle on TV or a Blu-ray player or game console connected via HDMI. Initially, this update will be rolled out to the Onkyo TX-RZ830 and Integra DRX receivers. At Pioneer, the update will be available for the SC-LX502 and VSX-LX503 AV receivers.
In addition, an update will be released later this month to support the display of MQA files. MQA was developed by the English audio brand Meridian to be able to distribute and stream high resolution audio files with limited bandwidth. This makes it possible to stream ‘Studio Master’ quality files without loss of quality, even over mobile internet connections. MQA aims to preserve music information that disappears from a CD recording but is recorded in a studio. Initially, the update will be made available for the N-70E and N-50E series from Pioneer. Nothing is known about an update for Onkyo products.