Onkyo and Pioneer add DTS Play-Fi ‘Critical Listening’

Onkyo & Pioneer Corporation has released a firmware update for certain network A/V receivers and stereo receivers enabling DTS Play-Fi’s ‘Critical Listening’ mode supporting Hi-Res Audio streaming up to 192 kHz/24-bit in resolution, via services such as Amazon Music HD and Qobuz. Content from Media Servers (NAS) or local storage on Android and iOS devices can also be played via compatible Play-Fi Apps such as Onkyo Music Control and Pioneer Music Control.

Firmware for DTS Play-Fi Critical Listening mode is available for these models:


Network A/V Receiver TX-RZ840, TX-RZ740, TX-NR797, TX-NR696

Network Stereo Receiver TX-8390


Network A/V Receiver SC-LX904, SC-LX704, VSX-LX504, VSX-LX304

Play-Fi usually plays music streams in their native format and encoding. Hi-Res Audio, however, is down-sampled to CD quality to maintain compatibility across products within the ecosystem. When using Critical Listening mode with supported products, Hi-Res Audio, up to 192 kHz/24-bit resolution, is streamed without down-sampling or re-sampling, delivering “bit-perfect audio with full signal integrity.”

Firmware can be downloaded and installed directly on network-connected components, or downloaded to USB memory from the Onkyo or Pioneer website and installed via the receiver’s USB input.

Visit the Onkyo firmware support page by clicking here. (https://www.onkyousa.com/downloads/)

Visit the Pioneer firmware support page by clicking here. (https://www.pioneerhomeusa.com/downloads/)

Martin, a seasoned journalist and AV expert, has written for several notable print magazines. He’s served in key roles at Lucasfilm’s THX Division, NEC’s digital cinema division, and has even consulted for DreamWorks. Despite his illustrious career, Martin remains rooted in his passion for cinema and acting, with notable appearances in several Spielberg films, Doctor Who, and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. He currently resides in San Francisco.

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