Disc Compatibility: The Onkyo BD-SP309 is compatible with multiple
||BD-ROM, BD-R/DL (BDMV format), BD-RE/DL (ver.2.1)
||DVD-Video, DVD+R/DL DVD-RW, DVD-R/D,
||CD-Audio, CD-R, CD-RW
Blu-ray Disc Overview: Blu-ray Disc (BD) is a new
high-definition disc format designed to take advantage of today's high quality
HDTVs. The resolution is up to 1920 x 1080 (1080p) and the data transfer rate is
up to 54 mbps. Blu-ray Disc discs and players offer several advantages over the
standard DVD format:
- Better Picture Quality: Blu-ray Disc is a true
high-definition format offering video at 720p, 1080i, or 1080p resolution.
While standard DVDs look very good on an HDTV, they don't provide a
high-definition signal (not even when you use an up-converting DVD player).
Blu-ray Disc delivers an extraordinarily sharp, clean, detailed picture,
with deeper, richer colors.
- Better Sound Quality: In addition to the same
multi-channel sound formats you're accustomed to with DVD (Dolby Digital and
DTS), Blu-ray Disc offers Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS-HD Master
Audio, DTS-HD High Resolution, and uncompressed 7.1 channel PCM.
- Greater Storage Capacity: What makes Blu-ray
Disc's superior picture and sound possible is the much higher storage
capacity of Blu-ray Disc discs. A single-layer Blu-ray Disc can hold 25
gigabytes of data, over five times the amount a standard DVD can hold.
Dual-layer Blu-ray Discs hold 50 gigabytes, which equates to nine hours of
High Definition or 23 hours of Standard Definition video, plus
high-resolution multi-channel audio and the added features and material that
require multiple discs with standard DVD.
- Backward Compatible: To ensure backward-compatibility
with your existing library of discs, Blu-ray Disc players use a dual-laser
mechanism: a blue laser for playing high-definition Blu-ray Discs, and a
conventional red laser for playing DVDs and audio CDs.
Note: Like DVD, BD uses region codes. The region code on
your disc must match the region code on your player, otherwise the disc will
not play. The BD-SP309 is Blu-ray region A and DVD region 1. Blu-ray Disc
uses the Advanced Access Content System (AACS) to prevent unauthorized
recording of copyrighted material.
Firmware Updates: As Blu-Ray technology continues to evolve,
new disc types with enhanced functionality will become available. In order for
you to enjoy this new functionality, you will likely be required to update the
firmware in your player. These firmware updates will become available for
downloading from the Internet. The Onkyo BD-SP309 automaticallys check for
firmware updates through the player's Internet connection every time the player
is turned on. Visit
http://www.onkyousa.com/download/software.cfm for the latest firmware
Note: The tested Onkyo BD-SP309
contained Firmware Version: BP11040400 (as of July 2011).
Blu-ray Disc Java (BD-Java): The BD-ROM format supports Java
for interactive functions. BD-Java offers content providers almost unlimited
functionality when creating interactive BD-ROM titles.
AVCHD Compatible: AVCHD is a high definition digital video
camera format used to record in high definition or standard definition video on
DVD using an efficient data compression coding technology. The format is
designed to compress video and audio (Dolby Digital or Linear PCM) data,
enabling a high definition video signal shot on a digital camcorder to be
recorded on DVD.
DivX Certified: The BD-SP309 is DivX Certified to play DivX and DivX
Plus HD (H.264/MKV) video up to 1080p HD, including premium content, on DVD-R/RW
and DVD+R/RW discs.
MP3 Playback: The Onkyo Blu-ray player supports playback of MP3 music
files recorded onto DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, and CD-R/RW discs. The maximum MP3 file
should be 200MB or less. The player can recognize up to 256 folders/files.
JPEG Slide Show: The Onkyo BD-SP309 supports playback of JPEG
still-image files recorded onto DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, and CD-R/RW discs. The JPEG
files must have a picture resolution between 32 x 32 and 7680 x 4320 pixels
(File size: 20MB or less). The player can recognize up to 256 folders/files.
HDMI (ver.1.4): The BD-SP309's HDMI output simplifies
A/V connections by carrying video and digital audio in one cable. The HDMI
output is version 1.4, which supports 3D video content. The HDMI resolution
can be fixed at 480p, 720p, 1080i, or 1080p, or set to Auto, which selects
the highest resolution accepted by your television.
Note: This player contains no component video, S-Video, or
composite video outputs.
1080p/24Hz Output: Through the HDMI output, BD-SP309 has a 1080p
(1920 x 1080 pixel) output option, at either the 60 Hz video or 24 Hz film frame
rates. Movies are typically recorded on film with a frame rate of 24 frames per
second. When a movie is transferred to Blu-ray Disc at 24 frames per second the
BD-SP309 will output that signal to the TV (if the TV will accept the 1080/24p
format) with no need for conversion.
1080p HDMI Output with DVD Upscaling:: The BD-SP309 Blu-ray disc player is capable
of scaling your standard 480p DVD to 720p, 1080i, or 1080p; via HDMI only.
Super Picture: This function enhances the
quality of video streaming images with pixel by pixel processing technology.
3D-Ready: The Onkyo BD-SP309 lets you enjoy 3D Blu-ray disc
movies in full HD 1080p.
Note: 3D viewing requires compatible 3D content,
3D-ready HDTV, 3D emitter & glasses, and a high-speed HDMI cable (supporting
at least 10.2 Gbps) connection.
Deep Color: The HDMI output supports Deep Color, increasing
the number of bits available for transmission, meaning more colors. This results
in greater color fidelity, smooth tonal transitions, and ultra-fine gradations
between colors. It also enables many times more shades of gray, for higher
x.v.Color: The BD-SP309 supports x.v.Color, meaning it's
ready for x.v.Color discs when they become available in the future (JPEG only).
BonusView: The BonusView feature provides picture-in-picture
capability with select Blu-ray Disc titles. You can view additional content
(such as director/actor commentary) in a small display window while the movie is
Surround Sound Decoders: The BD-SP309 has built-in Dolby
Digital and DTS surround processors. High Definition audio soundtracks (Dolby
Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, and DTS-HD) are output either as a bitstream or as
a decoded multichannel PCM signal through the HDMI or digital output jack (when encoded on the
||Dolby TrueHD is a lossless coding
technology that supports up to 8 channels of multi-channel surround sound
for the next generation optical discs. The reproduced sound is true to the
original source bit-for-bit.
|Dolby Digital Plus
||Dolby Digital Plus was developed as an extension
to Dolby Digital. The audio coding technology supports 7.1 channel
surround sound. Dolby Digital Plus also includes the standard Dolby
Digital bit stream and is compatible with all current Dolby Digital
processors using the optical or coaxial digital output.
||DTS-HD Mater Audio has a maximum
transmission rate of 24.5 Mbps and used lossless compression (Lossless), and
DTS-HD Mater Audio corresponds to a maximum sampling frequency of 192 kHz,
and maximum of 7.1ch.
|5.1ch (192 kHz)
|DTS-HD High Resolution
||DTS-HD High Resolution
Audio supports a maximum sampling frequency of 96 kHz, and 7.1 multi-channel
surround. DTS-HD High Resolution Audio has a maximum transmission rate of 6
Mbps, with a lossy compression.
Linear PCM is a signal recording format used for
Audio CDs and on some DVD and Blu-ray discs. The sound on Audio CDs
is recorded at 44.1 kHz with 16 bits. (Sound is recorded between 48
kHz with 16 bits and 96 kHz with 24 bits on DVD video discs and
between 48 kHz with 16 bits and 192 kHz with 24 bits on BD video
Dynamic Range Control: This lets you adjust the
range between the loudest and softest sounds (dynamic range) for playback at
average volume. Use this when it is hard to hear dialogue.
- Normal: The same audio
output range is played as the original recorded audio output range.
Shift: When Dolby Digital
audio is played back, the dynamic range of the audio is adjusted so that the
dialogue portion can be heard easily. (If the audio sounds abnormal, set to
Auto: When you play back
audio in the Dolby TrueHD format, the dynamic range is automatically
Digital Audio Output: The BD-SP309 is equipped with a
optical digital output. The Audio menu allows you to select the digital
audio format that is passed through the optical digital output. Settings
allow you to transfer Dolby Digital and/or DTS sound tracks, or down-mix
surround bitstreams to 2-channel PCM audio.
Note: This player has no analog audio outputs.
Dual USB Ports (Front/Rear): The Onkyo
BD-SP309 Blu-ray player supports the
playback of DivX+HD video files (up to 1080p), JPEG still-image files (32x32
to 7680x4320), and MP3 music files (200MB
or less) stored on a USB mass storage class device through its front-panel or
rear-panel USB port. The player's USB interface can recognize up to 256
Ethernet Port: The Onkyo
BD-SP309 is equipped with a rear-panel RJ-45 Ethernet terminal
(10BASE-T/100BaSE-TX) to connect the player to your home network and broadband
Internet. By connecting this player to your home network and broadband Internet
service you can enjoy a variety of content on your TV using BD-LIVE functions,
video-on-demand services, PC streaming, and also perform
Note: This Player is not compatible with Wireless LAN connection.
Video On-Demand (VOD): With this Blu-ray player, you can
enjoy a variety of video-on-demand streaming content by connecting the unit to
the Internet via its Ethernet port. The BD-SP309 supports the following VOD
On-Demand (VOD) Services
||With more than 20 million members in
the United States and Canada, Netflix is the world's leading
Internet subscription service for enjoying movies and TV shows. For
$7.99 a month, Netflix members can instantly watch unlimited movies
and TV episodes streamed over the Internet. This unit supports
Netflix 5.1ch audio/video streaming. Netflix is available in the
United States and Canada.
||VUDU has the most HD titles on
demand and more are added every week. VUDU delivers a cinema-like
experience at home with HDX, featuring stunning 1080p True Digital
and rich Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround sound. VUDU is available
without a monthly subscription or contract. There are no late fees,
plus thousands of movies are available to rent for just $2 for two
nights. VUDU is only available in the United States.
Note: It is recommended to use a broadband line
connection with an effective speed of 1-2 Mbps (for 480p), 2.25-4.5 Mbps
(for 720p), and 4.5-9 Mbps (for 1080p).
PC Streaming: The BD-SP309 lets you stream DivX+HD video files (up to 1080p), JPEG still-image files 32x32 to 7680x4320), and MP3 music files (200MB or
less) stored on your UPnP compatible PC or digital media server.
BD-Live: BD-Live technology allows you to download and
stream bonus content such as additional scenes, shorts, trailers, movie-based
games, and more from a broadband Internet and home network connections (fees may
Note: You must have a minimum 1GB USB memory device
inserted in the unit's l USB port in order to download content from BD-Live.
Start Up/Play Back Time: The Onkyo Blu-ray player has a
start-up time of approximately 25 seconds. It takes approximately 43 seconds
for a Blu-ray disc to begin playback.
Note: The Start Up/Play Back Time tests were started
with the Blu-ray player initially turned off & in standby mode. The Start Up
Time test was stopped when the player's Home Menu screen appeared. The Play
Back Time test was stopped when the Blu-ray disc began playback.
Parental Control: The Onkyo BD-SP309 offers Parental Control
settings to limit BD and DVD video according to the age of the users. The
control settings are protected by a custom 4-digit password.
- Parental control level for DVD-video:
- 8 and Off: All DVD-video can be played.
- 1-7: Prohibits play of DVD-video with corresponding
ratings recorded on them.
- Parental control level for BD-video:
- No Limit: All BD-video can be played.
- 0-99 year(s): Prohibits play of BD-video with
corresponding ratings recorded on them.
Auto Power Off: This functions sets the Blu-ray player so
that power is automatically shut off if playback is stopped and you do not
perform any operations for approximately 10 minutes.
Remote Control: An IR remote control provides wireless operation of
the Blu-ray player. The remote can also be used to control basic functions of an
Onkyo AV receiver.
HDMI Control: HDMI CEC allows components compatible with the
HDMI Control function to be controlled via the HDMI connection.
When this player is turned on, your HDMI-connected TV is also turned on and the
appropriate external input channel will be selected automatically. The
appropriate external input channel can also be selected on your TV automatically
when you press when the player's "Play" button and the power is on.