Google Cast has been pretty heavily in the news in the past couple of weeks. We had the new JBL Playlist speaker followed by Vizio's SmartCast Crave 360 and Crave Pro, all of which come with Google Cast capabilities built-in, then we got the Chromecast Preview Program announcement, followed by news of Sony's speakers finally getting multi-room and Hi-Fi audio support. Now there's another speaker joining the fold: the Onkyo NCP-302.
Behind that sexy name lies one of the most interesting Google Cast speakers we've seen to date. We knew Onkyo was a Google Cast partner (it has been listed on the site for a few months already), but we didn't expect it to come out swinging with its first product. Yet here we are. The NCP-302 supports Google Cast, but also Apple's Airplay, DTS' Play-Fi, and Onkyo's own FireConnect, and can stream from apps and devices that are compatible with any of these.
The NCP-302 also has an Ethernet port for a better connection, Bluetooth, and a 3.5mm auxiliary port for wired input. Is there anything it doesn't have?
There are media controls and a volume knob on the top, as well as an Input button to choose which audio source you prefer. As for the audio capabilities, the specs aren't released but it has dual 3-inch woofers and a 1-inch tweeter in a wood cabinet that either comes in all black or a lighter beige and white combination.
The exact availability date and pricing haven't been revealed yet, but start saving up that casheesh if you want one of these.
2016/09/09 ONKYO UNVEILS PRODUCT LINEUP FOR CEDIA 2016
PRODUCTS INCLUDE ADVANCED HOME THEATER UNITS FROM CUSTOM RZ SERIES
AND PREVIEW OF NEW ‘NCP-302 WIRELESS MULTI-ROOM SPEAKER’
UPPER SADDLE RIVER, NJ, September 9, 2016 – Displaying the power and innovation that has been the hallmark of the company for 70 years, Onkyo USA today unveiled its lineup of home theater products that will be on display during CEDIA 2016 in booth #5121.
Chief among those products is the introduction of the new NCP-302 Multi-Room Wireless Speaker. Available later this year in both black and white, the Wi-Fi®-certified NCP-302 offers consumers a wide variety of options to wirelessly stream audio throughout the home with FireConnect™1 and Play-Fi®2 technology, as well as enjoying music using Google Cast®2, AirPlay, and Bluetooth™ technology. Built-in support of top streaming services including Spotify®, Pandora® and TIDAL™2 give nearly limitless access to music. Best of all, through the use of the new Onkyo Controller app (iOS, Android), owners can control their 2016 Onkyo network A/V receiver with FireConnect™, and direct virtually any connected music source – including CD players or turntables – to individual speakers, groupings of speakers, or even a whole-house mode.
The NCP-302 is outfitted with dual 3-inch woofers and a 1-inch tweeter housed in a wood cabinet. Direct access buttons include play/pause, input select and a volume knob, which sit atop the speaker. Ethernet and 3.5mm auxiliary inputs allow for wired connections to a home network and for quickly connecting devices lacking wireless connectivity.
Joining the NCP-302 will be the latest in the Onkyo RZ Series of A/V receivers and controllers, including the 11.2-Channel TX-RZ3100 Network A/V Receiver and the 9.2-Channel TX-RZ1100 Network A/V Receiver, as well as the 11.2-Channel PR-RZ5100 Network A/V Controller. Onkyo previously announced the inaugural RZ Series products back in March, which included the TX-RZ810, TX-RZ710 and the TX-RZ610 A/V Network Receivers.
Built with custom integration in mind, each Onkyo RZ Series receiver contains features to make installation and integration with control systems easy, and the entire RZ Series is backed by a three-year warranty with priority customer support.
Other products being displayed at CEDIA by Onkyo include:
• TX-8160 & TX-8140 Network Stereo Receivers
• M-5010 2-Channel Amplifier
• A-9010, A-9050 & A-9070 Integrated Amplifiers
• C-7070 CD Player
• DP-X1 Digital Audio Player
*1 Multi-room audio enabled by FireConnect™, a wireless technology of Blackfire Research. Optional wireless speakers are due for release in 2016. Onkyo cannot guarantee operation with all FireConnect™-compatible products.
*2 Some services and functionality including Tidal, Google Cast and Play-Fi enabled via firmware update. Details TBA. Please check regional availability. Some services may require a subscription.