Part of Onkyo’s CES offering are throwbacks. They borrow styling from a time when Reagan was staring down Gorbachev. A time when cartoons were good and news nightly. A time when hair was long and stereo was in. Clearly Onkyo wanted to dial up some ’80s love for their latest release. And it’s awesome.
The line consists of the P-3000R pre-amplifier, M-5000R power amplifier, and C-7000R CD player — all done up in the retro digs but only on the outside. Inside is the latest and great Onkyo could manage.
The P-3000R pre-amp sports both analog and digital inputs, including a USB input for PC audio. Then inside is a 32-bit Burr-Brown DAC along with a PLL to minimize clock jitter and a bi-amping, which should get the audiophiles a bit excited. The C-7000R CD player employs the sort of good that only the audio nerds salivate over: “a thermally regulated, high-precision clock with a state-of-the-art crystal oscillator” and “a silent disc mechanism, a solid die-cast aluminum tray, and AES/EBU digital outputs”. Probably sounds good enough.
The big M-5000R Power Amp is the mainstay of the group with the large needle dials up front that will no doubt produce a harmonic dance to Twisted Sister or Justin Bieber. Onkyo’s AWRAT amp is at the core, with DIDRC technology present along with a low NFB design, closed ground-loops and the best Onkyo offers. There’s an 8-ohm FTV rating at 80 watts, but can drive speakers that have over a 450 watt @ 1 ohm rating.
All three should hit select Onkyo dealers in January for $1,699 for the pre-amp, $1,499 for the CD-player, and $2,499 for the beastly power amp.