Japanese technology company Onkyo is soon to launch its new e-onkyo high resolution surround music service, which features Dolby TrueHD 5.1-channel audio.
The service goes live in Japan on May 30 via e-onkyo music. A global rollout is expected by the Autumn.
The e-onkyo site carries 60,000 titles in Japan. 1500 are in 96kHz/24-bit or higher. The new service will have 100 albums at the start available in 5.1-channel Dolby TrueHD, WAV and FLAC formats, and at 96/24 and/or 192/24 quality.
The service is expected to be priced at Y3000 (around £23.60) per album, and Y500 (about £4) for a single, roughly the price of new-release CDs in Japan. Downloaded files can be played back on the TX-NR717 and TX-NR818 receivers, which are due to go on sale at the end of this month.
e-onkyo will feature titles from Norwegian hi-res specialists 2L, whose Divertimenti set won 2009 Grammy Awards for engineering and surround sound, Japanese classical label Octavia, J-POP label Pony Canyon, and German-based Nishimura.
Commenting on the new service, Shinsuke Yamashita, president of Onkyo Entertainment Technology Corporation, said:
“We are very glad that we can begin Dolby TrueHD lossless audio distribution via e-onkyo music in collaboration with Dolby.
With the development of network audio and PC audio, high-resolution audio—which contains more information than CD—has become familiar.
‘We would like to pursue further growth in our music distribution business. In strengthening the relationship with Dolby, we hope to expand the variety of surround sound content available and improve the user experience.”