Checking in... purchased a 709 a few weeks ago on Amazon for $520 w/ free shipping. Loving every minute of it so far. LOVE the Audessey mic setup vs. the older mic and software on my SR607. Looking forward to reading posts, learning a lot about our amp, and contributing when I can.
Originally Posted by DeeJayK
I'm leaning toward getting a 709
to replace a 10+ y.o. receiver and bring my HT setup into the internet/app age. I'm particularly interested in hearing your experiences (good or bad) with Onkyo's Android app. I've searched the site and this thread and I haven't seen anything to in-depth on the performance of the app.
I have not been able to get my android app to work and/or operate my receiver. I'm sure I'll figure it out sooner or later.
Originally Posted by c-eling
Don't make the mistake I did by getting something without pre-outs, that's why I bought this model, very happy with it, great price also!
I payed $60 less than that 3 weeks ago on Amazon and they SHOULD be coming down in price very soon even more, not going up... lol. I would not have payed $579 for it nor would I have downgraded to the 609 just to save a little. For me the difference in price between the 609 and 709 ($445 vs $520) was WELL worth the extra money. The Audessey upgrade to MultEQ vs. 2EQ, 10 watts per channel more power, dual HDMI outputs, 2 more hdmi inputs, etc, made the 709 the obvious choice of the two.
Honestly, I would have bought the 809 if I could have found it for less than $700. The upgrade between the 709 and 809 gives 25 watts per channel more, a front usb input, and the flip plate front look of the high end Onkyo's. Other than that there really wasn't much difference so not worth $255 more than I payed for my 709 (Amazon prices were $520 and $775 respectively) when I was deciding on which amp to purchase. Hope that helps.