From the Manufacturer
Let The Show Begin! The TX-NR609 is an immediate Onkyo classic, showcasing all the latest in matchless technology. This THX® Select2 Plus™ Certified network A/V receiver handles so much content- from disc-based media, to internet radio, iPod®/iPhone®, and PC and Android devices. Six HDMI® inputs- including one on the front panel- provide support for 3D video and ultra-high resolution display technology. 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. All this and more makes the TX-NR609 an irresistible choice: it’s the best bang for your buck. Let the show begin! Onkyo has more THX-certified A/V receivers than any other manufacturer.
With a THX-certified Onkyo A/V receiver, you know you’re experiencing movie soundtracks the way they were recorded and produced to be heard. You’re getting the power and nuance the director made for the cinema, the very best sound quality available, in your own home. This THX Select2 Plus certification is specified for rooms where the screen to-seat-viewing distance is 10 to 12 feet and the room volume is around 2000 cubic feet. THX Loudness Plus is included in the specification.
Onkyo network A/V receivers give you access to more internet radio stations than any other brand…period.
Streaming your choice of internet radio through your Onkyo A/V receiver gives you unsurpassed sound quality and access to a virtually infinite selection of world class music. Enjoy your own personal concert from anywhere in the world… right in your own living room. All Onkyo network receivers are also compatible with Microsoft’s Windows® 7 platform, which includes the DLNA 1.5-specified “Play To” media-streaming feature so you can easily stream music store on PCs connected to your home network. This internet connectivity has the added benefit of making firmware updates simpler than ever.
UWF-1 Wireless LAN adaptor
Onkyo’s UWF-1 Wireless LAN adaptor removes unwanted cables. This small, optional unit is worth way more than its tiny price. Connect the UWF-1 to the USB port on any compatible 2011 Onkyo network receiver, and bring your music through your wireless router into your Onkyo system. Now internet radio and audio files stored on your PC can be played back with the superior fidelity of your main Onkyo system — with no cable clutter. A sensible and inexpensive solution.
Onkyo’s Remote Apps
Onkyo’s Remote Apps for Android and iPod/iPhone turn your cell phone into a remote control. The Android app lets you Stream audio files from your Android to your Onkyo home network receiver. Set tone, volume levels and control input selection, as well as a number of other key features like controlling internet radio stations… The Onkyo app for iPhone/iPod will allow you to set tone, volume levels and control input selection.
Made for iPod®/iPhone®
Onkyo receivers allow you to and play audio files stored on your iPod/iPhone or even a USB flash drive. The on screen display lets you see exactly what is playing. As the audio signals are played back in digital form, rather than analog, there is much less chance for signal degradation. Onkyo’s exclusive Advanced Music Optimizer also compensates for lost bit information and improves the quality of compressed audio signals. End result: Your music sounds cleaner and more faithful to the original.
Crisp and Clean 1080p Upscaling… and Ready for Next Generation Displays, NOW!
Onkyo’s A/V receiver provides the finest, most beautiful and pristine 1080p upscaling you can find, thanks to the Marvell Qdeo™ video-processing chip that erases video noise and artifacts such as jaggies and feathering. The result: astoundingly crisp video. Played back on a compatible widescreen display, your Blu-ray Discs and standard DVDs will look AMAZING: more detailed and cinematic than ever. While deftly handling the most current high-def display formats, Onkyo’s also the first in the world to support the coming full 4K upscaling (3840 x 2160) of standard video sources such as 480i/p, 720p, and 1080i/p. Interlaced-to-progressive conversion and scaling are performed by a high-quality Marvell Qdeo video-processing chip.
3D and ARC
All Onkyo A/V receivers support the latest in 3D technology. Play 3D movies, games, and broadcast content in cinematic quality in your own home and be amazed by the realistic quality. The HDMI® inputs let you connect multiple high-def sources, such as a Blu-ray player, a gaming console, and a cable/satellite tuner. The HDMI output, on the other hand, lets you send a pristine signal to a compatible high-resolution display. Audio Return Channel allows audio content received directly by your HDTV’s tuner to be sent “upstream” via HDMI to your A/V receiver, without the need for a separate S/PDIF audio cable.
A Suite of Audyssey Technologies Audyssey MultEQ XT is an advanced room-correction technology with high-resolution filters for satellite speakers and subwoofers. MultEQ XT gathers frequency and time-domain measurements from up to eight positions in the listening area, to deliver a clear, well-balanced, and natural sound. Audyssey Dynamic EQ maintains a consistent bass response, tonal balance, and surround-sound effect at different volume levels, so you can enjoy the natural dynamics of your content regardless of the volume. Audyssey Dynamic Volume automatically compensates for volume fluctuations in different audio content (for example, during commercial breaks) while optimizing the dynamic range. Dolby® Pro Logic® IIz
Allows reconfiguration of the surround back channels to deliver “front height” channels. These channels carry ambient, non-directional audio that adds a new vertical dimension to your movies and games. Audyssey DSX provides a similar front-height speaker option that likewise works to create a more enveloping home theater experience.
Change Your Receiver’s Settings Seamlessly Thanks to Onkyo’s overlaid graphical on-screen display (OSD), set-up menus appear on top of the video image you’re watching, so you don’t have to switch to a blank screen background. Easily navigate intuitive menus to maximize all of the features and benefits of your Onkyo A/V receiver. The OSD and Graphical User Interface (GUI) both operate over HDMI, making excellent use of that versatile interface. Extra Connectivity Options Use PC-IN to easily connect your notebook or mediacenter PC to your Onkyo AV receiver, and watch your movie files on your flatscreen TV. You can now easily watch internet videos, PC-stored movies and pictures on your TV. (Audio connectivity may vary depending on your computer hardware, but Onkyo A/V receivers support a wide range of different interfaces.) Comparison Chart Model Watts/Ch 3D Capable/ HDMI I/O Front Direct USB for iPod®/iPhone® OSD Setup Advanced Network Function THX Certified Audyssey Dolby Volume Wireless Ready TX-SR309 65 x 5 3/1 ✓ (Basic) – – – – – TX-NR509 80 x 5 4/1 ✓ (Basic) ✓ – 2EQ – ✓ TX-NR609 100 x 7 5+1/1 ✓ ✓ ✓ Select2 Plus™ 2EQ – ✓ TX-NR709 110 x 7 7+1/2 ✓ ✓ ✓ Select2 Plus™ MultEQ®XT ✓ ✓ Specification Number of Channels 7.2 Power 100W/Ch (8Ω, 20Hz-20kHz, 0.7% THD) Network Capable Yes THX Certification Select2 Plus™ Audyssey Room EQ 2EQ® HDMI I/O 5+1 in / 1 out Overlay On-Screen Display Advanced via HDMI Made for iPod®/iPhone® (Direct USB input) Front & Rear (Supports album art) Multiroom Powered Zone 2 Component Video I/O 2 in / 1 out (HDTV capable) Composite Video I/O 5 in (1 front) / 2 out Digital Audio Input 2 Optical & 2 Coaxial Analog Audio I/O 6 in (1 front) / 1 out Subwoofer Pre-out Yes Color-coded Speaker Terminals Yes AM/FM Presets 40 RIHD (CEC via HDMI) Yes Onkyo Exclusive Gaming Modes 4 Advanced Music Optomizer Yes © Copyright 2011 Onkyo USA Corporation. All rights reserved.
This review is from: Onkyo TX-NR609 7.2 Channel Network THX Certified A/V Receiver (Electronics)
It was time to upgrade and I wanted networking with my next receiver. That was my deciding factor along with a decent price for this NR-609. It had enough juice to power my Infiniti towers and surrounds and Polk center and sub. Plus, this was also my first reciever that featured HDMI (thus allowing all the TrueHD and DTS-HD formats), which cut back on awful cable clutter behind my HDTV (Samsung 64 D7000 Plasma).
So setting this up was a piece of cake if you have ever hooked up to any receiver for home theater before. Nice on-screen menu, easy to navigate and enough options to keep the casual audiophiles happy. After I made all the connections with HDMI and speaker wires.. I played Avatar on Blu-ray through the HDMI and was blown away by the picture and sound. First, the picture wasn’t messed with or degraded in any way that I could see, which is all I had hoped for with the video processor here. No jittering. No loss of sharpness or color. But, the sound was incredible. It improved dramatically from my SR-600 which I’d had from Onkyo for many years. The directionality was pinpoint and crystal clear. Bass was loud and room-shaking but not overpowering. And all I did for sound was use the Audessey set-up mic that’s included, and place it in 3 different listening points. That’s it. I tweaked the level of the subwoofer down a notch, and that was all. I finally get to hear what all the buzz is over this ‘lossless audio’. It does wonders for your speakers. It wakes them up for sure.
Networking is nice! No more worrying about how to do firmware upgrades to fix bugs and glitches. It’s right there on the menu. All you need is an ethernet cable into the reciever. I have a Slacker radio subscription and a Pandora radio account and they both synced up nicely. Sound is very good. There were some instances where it froze up and sometimes a song would load but not play for some reason. It then proceeded to the next song. This could be due to my internet connection through the plugs in the wall (Powerline adapters that carry internet through your home electric wiring). But, it works well enough.
The only problem I’ve encountered with this NR-609 is that occassionally, when flipping inputs, my center channel has gone silent. All other channels are playing but the center channel is off – no dialogue. A simple click to another input and then BACK, fixed it. The center channel would magically just come back on. It’s only happened 3 times in the few weeks I’ve had it, and it’s only a minor annoyance.
The remote isn’t really all that great either. It’s layed out in a way that is a little clunky to operate and it feels cheaply made compared to my old Onkyo. But it does the job, but I wouldn’t count on it to control all your devices. There are better remotes to do that anyway.
Other than those minor complains, this is a 4/5 star receiver easily. More like 4 and 1/2 stars out of 5… It’s not perfect but with 3D capability and 4K resolution capability, this pretty much ‘future proofs’ me for awhile. Most importantly, though, the sound is clean and powerful and the Qdeo processor does an awesome job handling all my HDMI inputs. I’m happy!
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