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Onkyo TX - NR609 7.2 Channel Network THX Certified A/V Receiver

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Pros: BiAmp support, THX Select2 Plus, Audyssey DSX auto-setup. 100W, Direct/Pure mode, Burr-Brown DACs, 4K upscaling

Cons: Can't feed surround-back/front-high when BiAmp, No digital optical/coax OUT, No component video upconversion, No Google or Amazon streaming

This is a full featured A/V receiver that does everything an entry-level++ system could want. Like all Onkyo systems I've ever owned, it runs relatively cool (for the equivalent output power) and in BiAmp mode, you can't fault the bass power. I love the Onkyo Android remote application for easy control of the less-often used features.

We are a single-TV household, so this receiver has to be easy for the kids. A simple setup on my DirecTV remote and everything just works. The large number of HDMI inputs (5 in back, AUX one in front), plus a VGA input and 2 digital audio inputs in BOTH coax and optical means I'm set for whatever I connect. I have had NO problem sourcing all these to a Samsung DLP TV:
  • HTPC (homebrew) running XBMC over HDMI (only)
  • DirecTV HR-20 over HDMI (only)
  • Google ChromeCast over HDMI (only)
  • Samsung BD-E5300 Blu-ray Play over HDMI (only)
  • Sony 5-disc CD changes over Digital optical

Amp Features:
  • 7.2 Channels (if BiAmping, you lose Zone 2)
  • 100W / channel (8ohms 20-20kHz, 0.08%THD half-power) or 125W / channel (6ohms 1kHz, 0.1%) on all channels
  • THX Certified
  • Continuous 6Ohm rated (you can run lower impedance speakers without burning it up)
  • All-discrete "darlington" amps
  • 40 channel AM/FM presets

Processing features:
  • DOLBY True HD, DD Plus, PLIIz
  • DTS-HD Master Audio
  • THX processing modes
  • Audyssey DSX (with front-high speakers)
  • Audyssey Dynamic EQ (includes calibrated mic)
  • Audyssey Dynamic Volume
  • Direct/Pure decoding
  • 192/24 bit Burr-Brown DACs
  • Analog video upconversion
  • 1080p upscaling via Marvel Qdeo chip
  • 4K (3840x2160) upscaling via Marvel Qdeo chip

I/O Connections
  • 7 analog stereo inputs, 2 analog stereo outputs
  • 2 Digital Coax inputs
  • 2 Digital Optical inputs
  • 5 Composite (RCA) inputs (4in back, 1 in front)
  • 1 Composite (RCA) output
  • 2 Component inputs
  • 1 Component output
  • Front-panel USB (for flash-drives)
  • 5 HDMI inputs in back
  • 1 HDMI AUX input in front
  • 1 HDMI output, supports HDMI-CEC with audio return channel
  • VGA (15-pin DSub) PC video input
  • Wired ethernet port
  • Onkyo-RI system control
  • Screw-in/Banana plugs for all main speakers (Zone 2 uses push-type)
  • Dual subwoofer pre-amp output RCA

Networking features
  • Internet radio via vTuner, Pandora, Rhapsody, Sirius/XM, Slacker, Mediafly, Aupeo!, Spotify
  • Local media streaming from Windows 7/8 and DLNA devices
  • USB/flash drive streaming of MP3 files
  • iPod/iPhone streaming via USB port.

Things I wish it did:
  • Amazon video and music streaming
  • Google video music streaming
  • Hulu / Netflix video

Things I hate
  • Grey print on black case makes buttons completely unreadable
  • No digital optical output
  • Will not upscale/upconvert component video inputs

NOTE: Like many of these units, my receiver stopped outputting any audio from any source (though the video was preset) about 22 months into the 24 month warranty. This is a common defect that Onkyo is repairing without any arguments from people that experience the problem AFTER the warranty expires (I was lucky and it died "early").

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Pros: Great sound quality, integrated internet audio services, excellent build quality, ROHD commands over HDMI to compatable devices

Cons: Not as small as some receivers. Airplay would be nice if I had a Mac.

Onkyo has a formidable track record in the field of home cinema amplifiers, and the TX-NR609 got off to a flying start when I got it back in 2011. Back then, it was a mid level in price but high quality in features that roped me in.

Even after upgrading my home theater system with more HDMI devices, a Panasonic Viera plasma TV and TiVo Premier 4 DVR my opinion hasn’t changed. This is still one heck of an amp for the money – a real show-stopper. Fed the DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the Onkyo serves up surround sound of the highest order.

The ‘609 has a strong-armed, speaker-thrashing side which is all too ready to come out when a movie demands it, but this Onkyo is more than a bare-knuckle brawler.

Truly communicative with music.

There’s a level of gracefulness, subtlety and refinement that allows it to engage with the listener on many more levels. Harry Potter’s musical score sounds wonderfully detailed and dynamic. As Hermione erases her parents’ memories, the somber accompaniment leaves a lasting impression.

This natural tone, combined with excellent detail and dynamics, gives the ‘609 a real advantage with CD playback. There are very few receivers at this price that are as comfortable playing music.

In terms of socketry and features, it’s as well-equipped as any rival, and it’s arguably also one of the best-looking, thanks partly to a smoother, more sophisticated finish compared with previous generations of Onkyo amp. RIHD (Remote Interactive over HDMI) means my several year old Onkyo controls my new plasma's volume control via HDMI and automatically turns on and selects the correct input when the TV is turned on, great for the wife who wants one touch simplicity.

THX Select2 Plus certified
The ‘609 is THX Select2 Plus certified, opening up various THX-approved surround modes and settings. The provision of six HDMI inputs (five rear, one front) is in line with rivals, as is the vast array of video and audio inputs on the back – which include a couple of digital coaxial and optical inputs.

There’s an FM tuner built-in, though I never use it since off air reception is iffy in my canyon location.

The Audyssey 2EQ automatic speaker calibration is simple and succinct, while the inclusion of both Audyssey DSX and ProLogic IIz gives you the choice of front height, front width or surround back speakers as your sixth and seventh channels of surround sound.

A fully fledged network receiver

The ‘NR’ in its name indicates that this is a fully fledged network receiver. Via the ethernet socket on the back you can access Pandora and Spotify premium internet radio, while there’s DLNA compatibility for accessing music and video stored on other devices on your home network.

You can log-in to your Spotify account via the remote control and on-screen menus, and then play back your favorite tunes and playlists. You can connect and stream music directly from an iPod or iPhone, but Mac users will need to note, there’s no AirPlay functionality to take advantage of.

Still, this is hardly grounds for any major criticism – and nor should it be, given just how superb this home cinema amplifier sounds.

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Pros: 7.2 capability, 2 zone system, good apps, hdmi passthrough, honor their warranty passed 2 years

Cons: It runs hot, hdmi passthrough doesn't always change automatically, amplifier blew 2 years and 2 months after purchase

I have had a TX-NR 609 for 2 years and 2 months. The warranty on the product is 2 years, and luckily for me, they extended the warranty to fix the fact that I currently get no sound. The initial assessment is that the amplifier is blown. It is not sure why this is, but it could be because it runs hot and I have it in a cabinet. Regardless of this, I did enjoy the receiver before it stopped working, and assuming mine gets fixed up, I would assume that mine was somehow defective and not representative of all of them. With that said, I was happy with the receiver when it worked. I had a 6.1 setup and it worked great. I also had zone 2 speakers outside and I controlled the receiver with the O Remote app on my ipad, iphone or ipod touch. It was a $5.99 app but worth it. The zone 2 speakers will not transmit digital inputs, but I can play the radio, Pandora or my ipod from the app while I am outside. It is great. One drawback , is that when you have zone 2 speakers on, the surround setup reverts to 5.1. I wish turning off zone 2 would automatically turn 6.1 ot 7.1 back on, but it doesn't. It isn't to difficult to switch it back on though. HDMI passthrough is a nice feature because you can have your receiver off and still get sound and picture to your tv. This is great for my wife who doesn't care to have the surround sound on. Another nice feature is that it upconverts analog signals and transmits everything to the tv with one hdmi cable. I also like the audessey setup with the microphone. Another issue I sometimes have is that the lip sync is different for different inputs. I adjust them as needed, but it is hard to get it just write and it seems that different movies are off a little, which means I have tinkered with lip sync more than I want to.

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Pros: Flexibility - lots of features

Cons: Buggy firmware - often requiring a reset

This receiver had most all of the features I was looking for in a home theater receiver. 7.1, HDMI support from multiple sources, nice sound when listening to music, ability to hook up an iPod to the USB port and ability to add HD radio through the Port input. Unfortunately, the receiver has a lot of bugs that have not been addressed with firmware updates. Network streaming works well once you get logged in and I like the display on the TV. Sound setup is easy.

Here are my issues and hints:
When using the optional HD Radio through the Port input, the HD Radio requires constant resetting by flipping the switch on the front of the optional HD Radio back and forth. Sometimes you need to flip it while listening to an HD station. But you always have to flip it if you haven't listened to a station for a while.

Occasionally, Zone 2 will turn off and you have to manually select a zone from the front panel.

In order to log into Sirius you have to put in your password as all caps. Took me a year to figure that out. Found the solution posted on AVS forum.

Firmware updates take about 1 hour. Make sure you have a UPS hooked up to your receiver. And the update most likely won't do any good.

Often streaming on the network will stop working and it requires cutting power from the receiver to get it back. I put in a power strip with a power switch so I can reset it quickly

I have recently started using iRule with the receiver and it has gotten a little more stable using iRule for some reason. But occasionally it does require a reset.

Overall a good value if you can put up with the bugs.

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Pros: Packed with features, THX Certified, Versatile, Network Functions/Apps, Android/iOS Apps, Audyssey, Customization

Cons: Its hard to find anything wrong with this receiver at this price point, in my opinion I definitely got more than I paid for.

For the price, I could not be happier with my purchase.

Design:
Pretty much standard design, nothing fancy, standard run of the mill appearance for an AVR. Volume knob lights up when display is set to bright, I have this feature turned off.

Features:
Loaded with features, see product description. I only wish it came with a SoundCloud app.

Performance
In my setup, in my living room, this receiver is great, until approaching within -10db of "reference level". In my opinion, at louder volumes, the sound lacks headroom and warmth.

Quality:
I have zero complaints about the quality of this product.

Value:
One of the best, if not the best available AVR at this price point.

Overall:
I am very happy with my purchase, but I bought this product knowing that it is not a high end product, and I bought this product knowing it will be replaced in a few years when I start building my dedicated theater room (hopefully).
Onkyo TX - NR609 7.2 Channel Network THX Certified A/V Receiver
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Description:

Targeting the sweet spot where affordability meets superb functionality, the TX-NR609 looks set to be another Onkyo classic. This THX Select2 Plus Certified A/V receiver handles content from all your favorite disc-based media, as well as networked and wireless audio content from the internet, iPod/iPhone, and PC. Six HDMI inputs—including one on the front panel—provide support for 3D video and ultra-high resolution 4K video upscaling via Marvell Qdeo. HDMI also carries master-quality audio formats from Dolby and DTS, as well as the expanded surround sound of Audyssey DSX and Dolby Pro Logic IIz. Three-stage inverted Darlington circuitry and Onkyo’s proprietary WRAT ensure a clean and compelling amplifier performance. And when audio signals are output, the 7.2-channel configuration includes twin subwoofer pre-outs for added bass impact. Meanwhile, a user-friendly on-screen display and GUI make it easy to adjust settings and navigate your content. All this and more makes the TX-NR609 an irresistible choice for the value-seeking home theater fan.

Details:
DetailValue
BindingElectronics
BrandOnkyo
EAN0751398010002
Feature100 Watts per Channel at 8 Ohms, 20 Hz?20 kHz, 0.08%, 2 Channels Driven, FTC; 125 Watts per Channel at 6 Ohms, 1 kHz, 0.1%, 2 Channels Driven, FTC 6 HDMI Inputs and 1 Output, HDMI Support for 3D, Audio Return Channel, Deep Color, x.v.Color, LipSync, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio, DVD-Audio Direct Digital Connection of iPod/iPhone via Front-Panel USB Port Network Capability THX Select2 Plus
Item Height6.81 inches
Item Length12.94 inches
Item Width17.13 inches
LabelOnkyo
ManufacturerOnkyo
MPNTX-NR609
Package Height11.69 inches
Package Length22.44 inches
Package Weight29.2 pounds
Package Width16.63 inches
PackageQuantity1
PartNumberTX-NR609
ProductGroupSpeakers
ProductTypeNameRECEIVER_OR_AMPLIFIER
PublisherOnkyo
SKUB004O0TRD8
StudioOnkyo
TitleOnkyo TX - NR609 7.2 Channel Network THX Certified A/V Receiver
UPC751398010002
UPCList - UPCListElement751398010002
Item Weight24.7 pounds
CatalogNumberList - CatalogNumberListElementTXNR609
ModelTX-NR609
ColorBlack
Warranty2 Years Parts and Labor
ReleaseDate2011-02-14
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