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This story is part of CES, where our editors will bring you the latest news and the hottest gadgets of the entirely virtual CES 2021.

After taking a year off, Pioneer and Onkyo return to CES with brand new 2021 receivers offering up-to-date features including 8K video and Dolby Atmos.

All the AV receivers have HDMI 2.1 compatibility — with 8K video and gaming features such as VRR — while also offering Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. Onkyo has four models, the most notable being the NR6100 which is the replacement for CNET’s Editor’s Choice, the TX-NR696. Meanwhile Pioneer has three. 

Like the models Onkyo and Pioneer have released over the last few years, the products include a complete suite of streaming protocols: Apple AirPlay 2, Chromecast, Works with Sonos and DTS Play-Fi. FireConnect doesn’t appear to be available but Play-Fi can perform the same function, so it’s not missed. The receivers will also allow voice control via both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.

The receivers offer two-way Bluetooth communication for streaming from phones or listening on headphones. A powered second zone is included on all models. They can also connect a “headphone dock” for listening to two different sources in the same room, for example.

Here’s what we know about Onkyo’s 2021 receiver range.

Onkyo TX-NR5100

  • 5.2.2 channel 
  • 80 watts per channel (stereo)
  • Four HDMI inputs and two outputs (with eARC)

Onkyo TX-NR6100 

  • 5.2.2 channel
  • 100W per channel (stereo)
  • Six HDMI inputs and two outputs (with eARC)

Onkyo TX-NR7100 

  • 7.2.2 channel 
  • 100W per channel (stereo)
  • Seven HDMI inputs (one front) and two outputs (with eARC)
  • Dirac Live calibration

Onkyo TX-RZ50 

  • 7.2.2 channel 
  • 120W per channel stereo
  • Seven HDMI inputs (one front), two outputs (Main [eARC]) 
  • Dirac Live calibration

Meanwhile Pioneer’s models include the following receivers.

Pioneer VSX-LX105

  • 5.2.2 channel
  • Six HDMI inputs, two outputs
  • 80W per channel

Pioneer VSX-LX305

  • 7.2.2 channel
  • Seven HDMI inputs (one in front), two outputs
  • 100W per channel

Pioneer VSX-LX505

  • 7.2.2 channel
  • Seven HDMI inputs (one in front), two outputs
  • 120W per channel

After two years it’s good to see Onkyo return to one of its main strengths — AV receivers — and I have high expectations for the NR6100 in particular. Sony hasn’t updated its flagship STR-DN1080 since 2017 and so the main competition for the NR100 now comes from Yamaha’s excellent RX-V6A and the Denon AVR-960 

Pricing and availability on the range is yet to be announced.

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