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MultEQ XT worth 150$? Onkyo TX-NR616 vs TX-NR709

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I have searched the forum but not found many threads comparing Onkyo 616 to 709. The 616 has nearly all the features of the 709 that I care about. The main differences seem to be:

1. 709 has the MultEQ XT instead of the 2EQ for 616.
2. 616 has wifi built in
3. Its not clear from the specs which one has higher power.

Is the 709 worth the 150$ over the 616? I have the Polk RT series in wall 5.1 speakers with an HSU STF-1 sub. I'll also use the powered second zone. My speakers are rated for upto 125 watts on 8 Ohms. The room is 13 feet by 20 feet.

How much difference will Multi-EQ make in sound quality? I am not an audiophile and will mostly play movies and not much music. Any other reasons to upgrade to the 709?

-Digvijay
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Not sure about the Audyssey MultEQ XT vs. 2 EQ, trying to figure out myself how much more that's worth.

As for item 2. I don't believe the 616 has wifi built in.

As for item 3. I believe that the 709 is a more powerfull unit.
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Originally Posted by bbuuzzzz View Post

I have searched the forum but not found many threads comparing Onkyo 616 to 709. The 616 has nearly all the features of the 709 that I care about. The main differences seem to be:

1. 709 has the MultEQ XT instead of the 2EQ for 616.
2. 616 has wifi built in
3. Its not clear from the specs which one has higher power.

Is the 709 worth the 150$ over the 616? I have the Polk RT series in wall 5.1 speakers with an HSU STF-1 sub. I'll also use the powered second zone. My speakers are rated for upto 125 watts on 8 Ohms. The room is 13 feet by 20 feet.

How much difference will Multi-EQ make in sound quality? I am not an audiophile and will mostly play movies and not much music. Any other reasons to upgrade to the 709?

-Digvijay

As I read the spec sheet the 709 has 10 watts more power per IEC60268 which is approximately "music power" The 10 watt different extends, more or less to RMS power as well. However this is an approximately 0.5 dB different which is barely audible under totally and exactly ideal conditions which means that you'll never notice the difference in real life usage.

Either AVR appears to be a good match with the speakers you have. Either one.

2EQ looks pretty humble on paper compared to MultiEQ XT. The difference that it makes will be partially dependent on how much the extra resolution is needed in your room with your speakers. I'd probably pay the extra bucks. You can probably claw back some of the difference if you can find a factory refurb receiver which seems to be a good bet.
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616 does not has wifi built in. About multieq vs 2eq. I tested both and honestly I didnt noticed a difference. About features both are more likely the same. So your call: save $150 or get multieq? I opt for save $150. You can sell the 616 later faster than 709.
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