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Onkyo TX-NR609

Home theater receiver with 3D-ready HDMI switching, Internet-ready

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Our take on the Onkyo TX-NR609

by Marshall Chase
Onkyo

Receivers: Your ticket to sensational sound

Your receiver powers your speakers and lets you connect and select your entertainment sources. But a great receiver does a lot more — it ignites your emotions. From the passion of a favorite musical artist, to the crossfire of a super-charged movie soundtrack, to the intensity and immersion of a fast-paced video game, your receiver is the key to experiencing and enjoying it in full.

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The Onkyo TX-NR609 is a first-rate home theater receiver. Of course, with THX® Select2 Plus™ certification you expect excellence. You also get the latest surround sound options, including Dolby® TrueHD and DTS-HD™ Master Audio — two high-resolution formats found on many Blu-ray movies. Six HDMI inputs — including one in front for easy access — let you connect all your equipment. But movies, games and TV are just the beginning.

Overflowing with possibilities
Start off by plugging your iPod® or thumb drive into the front USB port to get the beat going. You can use the Ethernet port to connect the 'NR609 to your compatible home network. Or if you have a wireless network, you can use Onkyo's optional Wi-Fi® adapter. Next comes the flood of music files stored on your networked computer. Then open your home to thousands of Internet radio stations, from Tulsa to Timbuktu. The list continues with a wide variety of optional streaming services including Sirius/XM®, PANDORA® Internet radio, Rhapsody®, and more. Clearly, boredom is no longer an option.

Easy to set up and control
With a full suite of Audyssey® sound-shaping tools, the 'NR609 will automatically balance and equalize the sound based on your room's acoustics. It also maintains optimum dynamics, so whether it's the filmmaker or commercial sponsor dropping a surprise sonic bomb, neither your senses nor sensibility will be harmed. The 'NR609 also features a graphic user interface to make control easy and intuitive with overlays on your TV screen. And you can download a free Onkyo app to use your iPhone®, iPad® or Android™ device as powerful system remotes.

We heard something new
Onkyo recently announced that the Spotify® streaming service is now available on this receiver, along with several others in Onkyo's 2011 line. We decided to try it out. Our Onkyo receiver's on-screen display showed our Spotify Premium play lists, including our synced iTunes® library. We were able to search for more music via the receiver remote and virtual keyboard. Spotify is a cloud-based service with a music library of over 15 million songs that has only recently become available in the U.S.

You will need to download a free firmware upgrade. Go to Onkyo's website for instructions. Requires a wireless home network. Receiver requires wired connection to the router. Works only with Spotify premium service. Subscription fees apply. Broadband service required.

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    Power and Processing:
    • 7-channel amplifier
    • 100 watts per channel into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.08% THD, with 2 channels driven
    • THX® Select2 Plus™ certification for more theater-like sound
    • Dolby® TrueHD, DTS-HD™ Master Audio, Dolby® Digital Plus, DTS-HD™ High Resolution Audio, Pro Logic® IIz
    • analog-to-HDMI video upconversion (up to 1080p) with Marvell Qdeo™ video processing
    • Audyssey 2EQ auto speaker calibration (microphone included)
    • Audyssey DSX™ processing for enhanced surround sound height or width effects using additional front speakers
    • Audyssey Dynamic Volume mode to maintain steady listening levels
    • Audyssey Dynamic EQ™ for fuller surround sound at lower volumes
    Digital Music Options:
    • direct digital connection of iPod®/iPhone® through front-panel USB port, bypasses iPod digital-to-analog converter
    • DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) certified to ensure optimal compatibility with other network-enabled equipment
    • Wi-Fi ready, requires separate Onkyo adapter
    • optional streaming services include Spotify®, Sirius/XM® Internet radio, PANDORA® Internet radio and Rhapsody® (registration and subscription may be required)
    • HD Radio ready (requires optional Onkyo UP-HT1 tuner)
    Multi-room Audio:
    • dual-room/dual-source output
      • powered and line-level stereo audio output for 2nd room (using powered 2nd-room output allows 5.1 home theater in main room)
      • only analog sources can be played in the 2nd room
    Audio Performance Features:
    • high-current amplifier design with large power transformer
    • 192kHz/24-bit Burr-Brown digital-to-analog converters for all channels
    • direct mode switches off unnecessary circuitry to provide cleaner sound
    • back surround speaker channels re-assignable for bi-amping compatible front left and right speakers
    • Music Optimizer function enhances the sound quality of compressed music files
    Connections:
    • 1080p-compatible HDMI switching: 6 in, 1 out (including 1 front-panel input)
    • HDMI version 1.4 with support for 3D video, Audio Return Channel, Deep Color, x.v.Color, auto lip-sync, and HDMI-CEC
    • Audio Return Channel function receives digital audio signals from a compatible HDTV's tuner via HDMI
    • component video switching (2 in, 1 out)
    • analog RGB video input (D-sub, 15 pin) for connecting a PC
    • digital audio inputs: 2 optical and 2 coaxial
    • 6 audio/video inputs, including:
      • 1 front-panel input with composite video
      • 4 rear-panel inputs with composite video
    • 1 audio-only input
    • no phono input — to connect a turntable you'll need to add a phono preamp
    • Ethernet port for music streaming from a PC network
    • 2 audio outputs for powered subwoofers
    • 1 pair of main speaker outputs
    General features:
    • overlaid graphic on-screen display via HDMI for easier setup and operation
    • 40 AM/FM/SIRIUS presets
    • multibrand remote
    • Onkyo's free remote app lets you use your iPod touch®, iPhone® or Android™ device as a Wi-Fi remote
    • 17-1/8"W x 6-13/16"H x 13-9/16"D
    • weight: 24.7 lbs.
    • warranty: 2 years
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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    Features and Specs
    General
    Number Of Channels
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    7
    Stereo RMS Power (watts)
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    100
    THD in Stereo
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    0.08 %
    Frequency Bandwidth (stereo)
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    20-20k Hz
    FM Sensitivity
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    Not Given
    HD Radio Tuner
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    Optional
    On-Screen Display
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    Thru HDMI
    Auto Speaker Calibration
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    Y
    HDMI Standby Pass-through
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    Yes
    Composite Video Conversion
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    From Composite to HDMI
    S-Video Conversion
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    No
    Component Video Conversion
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    From Component Video to HDMI
    HDMI to HDMI Upconversion
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    Yes
    Internet-ready
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    Apple AirPlay
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    App Remote Control
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    Yes
    Bluetooth-compatible
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    USB port for iPod/iPhone
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    Yes
    DLNA Certified
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    Audio
    MHL-compatible
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    Multibrand Remote Control
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    Yes
    Learning Remote
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    LCD Remote
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    No
    Width (inches)
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    17-1/8
    Height (inches)
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    6-13/16
    Depth (inches)
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    13-9/16
    Weight (pounds)
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    24.7
    Parts Warranty
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    2 Years
    Labor Warranty
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    2 Years
    Multi-room Audio--Video
    Powered Multi-room Audio Output
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    Yes
    Preamp Multi-room Audio Output
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    Multi-room Video
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    No
    Multi-room HDMI Output
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    No
    Surround Processing
    Dolby Digital
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    DD, TrueHD, DD+
    DTS
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    DTS, ES, HD, HDMA, Neo6
    Inputs & Outputs
    Phono Input
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    No
    Audio-Video Inputs
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    5
    Audio-only Inputs
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    1
    S-Video Inputs
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    None
    S-Video Outputs
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    S-Video Monitor Outputs
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    Component Video Inputs
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    2
    Component Video Monitor Outputs
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    1
    Optical Digital Inputs
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    2
    Coaxial Digital Inputs
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    2
    Optical Digital Outputs
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    None
    Coaxial Digital Outputs
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    None
    HDMI Inputs
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    6
    HDMI Monitor Outputs
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    1
    Subwoofer Outputs
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    Multi-Channel Analog Input
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    Multi-channel Preamp Output
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    Main Speaker Output Pairs
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    Main Speaker Terminals
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    Ethernet Port
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    USB Connections
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    1 Front
    Removable Power Cord
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    What's in the box?

    Download owner's manual

    • Dolby Digital/DTS 7.2ch AV receiver
    • Wireless remote control (RC-803M)
    • 2 "AA" batteries
    • Audyssey microphone (with attached 19.5' cable terminated by a 3.5mm connector)
    • AM loop antenna
    • FM wire antenna (with push-on "F" connector)
    • Instruction Manual
    • Quick Setup Guide
    • Using Internet Radio booklet
    • Remote Control Codes booklet
    • Important Notice Regarding Software
    • Product registration card/Warranty information
    • RIHD-compatibility note
    • Sheet of adhesive labels
    • Onkyo add-on iPod Dock/HD Radio brochure

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    Audio Features
    Video Features
    Network Functions
    USB/iPod Connectivity
    Multi-Zone Capability
    Radio Functions
    Convenience Features
    Remote Control

    Audio Features

    WRAT (Wide Range Amplifier Technology): This technology uses low-negative-feedback circuit topology for accurate signal reproduction, improved dynamic signal-to-noise ratio, and better delivery of power peaks.

    3-Stage Inverted Darlington Circuitry: The TX-NR609 employs 3-stage inverted Darlington circuitry for ultra-low distortion and less jitter.

    H.C.P.S. (High Current Power Supply): The Onkyo TX-NR609 is equipped with a H.C.P.S. massive high power transformer to keep your music sounding great at low and high volume levels.

    Optimum Gain Volume Circuitry: Optimum Gain Volume Control adjusts the gain so that less than half the amount of attenuation is needed, ensuring the signal never comes close to the noise floor. This protects the signal against noise, resulting in a dramatically clearer sound.

    Burr-Brown DACs (Digital-to-Analog Converters): This receiver is equipped with 192kHz/24-bit Burr-Brown DACs to decode and playback high-resolution recordings with less jitter and clearer sound.

    32-Bit Processing DSP: The Onkyo TX-NR609 is equipped with a powerful and highly accurate 32-bit processing DSP (Digital Signal Processor) for better surround sound reproduction.

    THX Select2 Plus Certified: The TX-NR609 is THX Select2 Plus certified. THX surround technology was founded by George Lucas and utilizes stringent standards that ensure movies are reproduced in movie theaters and home theaters just as the director intended. THX Select2 Plus requirements define hundreds of parameters, including - amplifier performance, preamplifier performance, and operation for both digital & analog domains.

    THX Loudness Plus: THX Loudness Plus is a volume control technology featured in THX Ultra2 Plus and THX Select2 Plus certified receivers. With THX Loudness Plus, home theater audiences can experience the rich details in a surround mix at any volume level. THX Loudness Plus compensates for the tonal and spatial shifts that occur when the volume is reduced by intelligently adjusting ambient surround channel levels and frequency response. The THX Loudness Plus feature can be applied when listening in any THX listening mode.

    Listening Modes: This receiver incorporates a wide variety of listening modes to bring you maximum enjoyment from your audio and video software. You can assign a default listening mode to each input source so that listening mode will be selected automatically when you select the corresponding input source. The following audio formats are supported by the receiver's Listening Mode - Mono, Stereo, 5.1-channel, and 7.1-channel.

    Stereo/Mono Modes
    Stereo Sound is output by the front left and right speakers and subwoofer.
    Mono Use this mode when watching an old movie with a mono soundtrack.
    Direct Modes
    Direct In this mode, audio from the input source is output without surround-sound processing. This mode delivers pure sound with minimum sound quality adjustment and filtration.
    Dolby Pro Logic
    Dolby Pro Logic II Dolby Pro Logic II transforms high-quality stereo sound into 5.1-channel surround sound. Thanks to its full-range performance, you will hear all the detail and subtleties of a compelling five-channel Dolby surround sound mix from a stereo signal. You can select between PLII Movie, Music, and Game modes.
    Dolby Pro Logic IIx Dolby Pro Logic IIx transforms high-quality stereo and 5.1ch sound into 6.1- or 7.1-cchannel surround sound. With Dolby Pro Logic IIx you experience engaging, natural surround sound. Special effects are more realistic than you ever thought possible. Your movies and television programming sound richer, with more depth. You can select between PLIIx Movie, Music, and Game modes.
    Dolby Pro Logic IIz

    Providing a dramatic listening alternative for 7.1 systems, Dolby Pro Logic IIz brings the added dimension of height to create an immersive 7.1-channel surround sound experience from any stereo, 5.1, 6.1, or 7.1 movie, music, TV, or game audio source. Dolby Pro Logic IIz identifies and processes ambient sound energy and directs this information to front height speakers in a 7.1-channel environment.

    Dolby Digital
    Dolby Digital Dolby Digital has been selected as the default format for DVD video, standard 2 channel audio playback and HDTV Digital broadcasting. Dolby Digital features two independent surround channels giving same full range as the three front channels. Plus it adds a Low Frequency Effect channel LFE. Dolby Digital accomplishes this by using a technique called compression.
    Dolby Digital Plus Dolby Digital Plus is based on core Dolby Digital technologies. Dolby Digital Plus is an advanced surround sound audio codec designed specifically for evolving media. Dolby Digital Plus brings cinematic sound to Blu-ray, broadcast, online, game, and mobile phone entertainment (up to 7.1ch)
    Dolby Digital TrueHD Dolby TrueHD produces audio that is identical to and every bit as spectacular as the master recording. It lets you experience the full potential of Blu-ray Disc (up to 7.1ch), and is even ready for future HD delivery formats.
    Dolby EX Dolby Digital EX takes the Dolby Digital 5.1-channel setup one step further with an additional center surround channel (reproduced through one or two speakers) for extra dimensional detail and an enveloping surround sound effect.
    DTS
    DTS DTS (Digital Theater Systems) uses the same concept as Dolby Digital, but implements a lower compression rate. This leads to more dynamic range, improved channel separation, and more subtle nuances.
    DTS-HD High Resolution Audio DTS-HD Audio delivers sound quality that matches the clear and vivid images of high-definition video. Blu-ray and HD-DVD discs deliver five times the video resolution of standard DVD and produce images with stunning realism. But that's only half of the story. You need incredible sound to complete the high definition experience and DTS-HD Audio provides the highest quality multi-channel (7.1ch) sound possible. Movies come alive with sound as lifelike as the picture, and music becomes as real as a live performance.
    Master Audio
    DTS 96/24 DTS 96/24 offers a higher quality level of multi-channel audio (up to 5.1 channels) for standard DVDs. The "96" refers to a 96kHz sampling rate (compared to the typical 48kHz sampling rate.) The "24" refers to 24-bit depth, compared to 16-bit depth used for CD sound, which means there is more audio information present.
    DTS-ES (Discrete/Matrix) DTS-ES (Discrete/Matrix) delivers 6.1 channels of discrete or matrixed audio. Movies encoded in DTS-ES will dramatically intensify the DTS surround effect with the addition of a surround center-channel speaker.
    DTS Express DTS uses a system called DTS Express to deliver Secondary or Sub Audio to your player. The DTS Express audio is mixed with the Primary Audio, giving you an intensely great interactive surround experience.
    DTS Neo: 6 DTS Neo:6 takes 2-channel (stereo) audio and completely transforms it into up to six full-bandwidth matrix channels of surround sound. Your home theater system will produce six and five separate channels, respectively, to match your speaker layout. DTS Neo:6 can also generate a center surround channel from 5.1 material.
    Audyssey Surround
    Audyssey DSX Audyssey DSX lets you augment a standard 7.1-channel surround set-up with two "front-high" and two "front-wide" channels. These extra speakers expand the height and width of the soundstage and help to produce a more realistic and immersive listening experience. These channels carry non-directional audio that add a new vertical and horizontal dimension to your movies and games. The soundstage of Audyssey DSX can be adjusted between -3dB to +3dB.
    THX Certified
    THX THX Select2 Plus AV receivers feature proprietary THX technologies which accurately translate movie soundtracks for home theater playback.
    Onkyo Original DSP Modes
    Orchestra For classical or operatic music.
    Unplugged For acoustic instruments, vocals, and jazz.
    Studio-Mix Suitable for rock or pop.
    TV Logic Adds realistic acoustics to TV shows.
    Game The receiver offers four different Gaming modes - RPG, Action, Rock, and Sports.
    All Channel Stereo Stereo sound from all speakers. Ideal for background music.
    Full Mono All speakers output the same sound in mono.
    Theater Dimensional Theater-Dimensional circuitry takes the complexity out of conventional surround-sound setups and lets you experience the excitement of surround sound from as few as two ordinary speakers. Theater-Dimensional's unique multi-speaker modes let you place up to five speakers conveniently by the TV, for the most realistic virtual-surround sound possible.
    Other Listening Modes
    DSD Audio signals are stored as single-bit values at a high-frequency sampling rate of 2.8224 MHz, while noise shaping and oversampling are used to reduce distortion - providing a better audio quality with a dynamic range of up to 128 db.
    Multichannel This mode is used with PCM multichannel sources.

    Note: Dolby Digital and DTS listening modes can only be selected if your audio source is connected to the A/V receiver via a digital audio connection (HDMI, optical, or coaxial). To enjoy true 7.1ch Dolby Digital TrueHD and DTS-HD surround sound, the receiver must be connected to your Blu-ray player via HDMI.

    Dolby Pro Logic II Music Settings: While listening in the Dolby Pro Logic II Music format, there are three further enhancements you can adjust:

    • Panorama: Broadens the front stereo image to the surround speakers to provide a wraparound effect, especially effective when there is limited output from the surround channels, panorama can be turned on/off in the menu.
    • Dimension: Allows you to move the sound field forward or backward.
    • Center Width: Allows you to adjust the width of the center channel.

    Center Image: In the Neo:6 Music mode, the Center Image feature adjusts the output of the left and right channels relative to the center channel, allowing you to make the center channel more or less dominant as needed. This improves the image of the center channel, especially when the listener is off-center. Adjustment varies from 5 (nothing subtracted from the L/R channels) to 0 (L/R channel output is cut in half).

    Listening Angle: While listening in the Theater Dimensional mode you can adjust the listening angle to either Wide (if listening angle is 40-degrees) or Narrow (if listening angle is 20-degrees).

    Audyssey 2EQ Automatic Speaker Setup: With the supplied speaker setup microphone, Audyssey 2EQ can measure the number of speakers connected, their sizes, crossover frequencies and distances front he listening position and calculate the optimal speaker setting for you automatically. The supplied microphone includes an attached 19.5' cable that plugs into the Setup Mic input on front of the receiver. There is a threaded insert on the bottom of the microphone so it can be mounted on a tripod for accurate listening position placement. Three listening position measurements are taken, one primary and two secondary, to optimize the surround effect for a broad area. You can also setup your speaker system manually using the receiver.

    • Subwoofer: Yes or No for subwoofer connection.
    • Crossover: Set the crossover point for each set of speakers (front, center, surround, surround back/front high) and the subwoofer individually. The speaker crossovers can bet set to full bandwidth, 40 Hz, 50 Hz, 60 Hz, 70 Hz, 80 Hz (THX standard), 90 Hz, 100 Hz, 120 Hz, 150 Hz, or 200 Hz. The subwoofer crossover can be set to bypass, 80, 90, 100, or 120Hz.
    • Equalizer Settings: With the Equalizer settings, you can adjust the tone of the speakers and subwoofer individually with a 5-band EQ. You can adjust each frequency band (63, 250, 1000, 4000, and 16000Hz) for each speaker from -6dB to +6dB. You can also adjust each frequency band (25, 40, 63, 100, and 160Hz) for the subwoofer from -6 dB to +6 dB.
    • Speaker Distance: The distance from the listening position to each speaker can be set from six inches to 30 feet in six inch increments.
    • Speaker Levels: The output level of each speaker is adjustable +/-12dB; -15dB to +12dB for the subwoofer.

    Audyssey Dynamic EQ: Audyssey Dynamic EQ solves the problem of deteriorating sound quality as volume is decreased by taking into account human perception and room acoustics. Dynamic EQ selects the best possible frequency response and surround levels moment-by-moment as volume is changed. The result is bass response, tonal balance and surround impression that remain constant despite changes in volume. Audyssey Dynamic EQ combines information from incoming source levels with actual output sound levels in the room, a prerequisite for delivering a loudness correction solution. Audyssey Dynamic EQ works in tandem with Audyssey 2EQ to provide well-balanced sound for every listener at any volume level.

    Audyssey Dynamic Volume: Audyssey Dynamic Volume solves the problem of large variations in volume level between television programs, commercials, and between the soft and loud passages of movies. Dynamic Volume looks at the preferred volume setting by t he user and then monitors how the volume of program material is being perceived by listeners in real time to decide whether an adjustment is needed. Whenever necessary, Dynamic Volume makes the necessary rapid or gradual adjustments to maintain the desired playback volume level while optimizing the dynamic range. Audyssey Dynamic EQ is integrated in Dynamic Volume so that as the playback volume is adjusted automatically, the perceived bass response, tonal balance, surround impression, and dialog clarity remain the same whether watching movies, flipping between television channels, or changing from stereo to surround sound content.

    Bass And Treble: You can independently adjust the Bass (50Hz) and Treble (20kHz) of the TX-NR609 from -10 to +10 dB.

    Double Bass: This setting boosts the bass output by feeding bass sound from the front left, right, and center channels to the subwoofer.

    Music Optimizer: The Music Optimizer function enhances the sound quality of compressed music files. The Music Optimizer function only works with PCM digital audio input signals with a sampling rate below 48kHz and analog input signals.

    Re-EQ: With the Re-EQ function, you can compensate for harsh high-frequency content, making it more suitable for listening.

    Late Night Feature: The Late Night feature limits the dynamic range of Dolby Digital recordings. Limiting the dynamic range makes it easier to find a volume that ensures the quiet sounds are not too quiet and the loud sounds are not too loud for night time listening. This allows you to comfortably listen to without the need to constantly adjust the volume to keep from waking family/neighbors. The choices are: Off, Low, and High.

    Note: This feature only works with Dolby Digital Encoded software and the depth of the feature will vary based on the individual software package.

    Bi-Amping Front Speakers: The Surround-Back/Front-High speaker terminals can be reassigned and used along with the Front terminals to bi-amp the front speakers, providing improved bass and treble performance. When bi-amping the front speakers the receiver is limited to a 5.1ch speaker system in the main room.

    ARC (Audio Return Channel): This feature allows audio to be sent from your compatible HDTV to your receiver through the same HDMI cable already being used to send audio and video to your HDTV. This eliminates the need for extra cables connected to your television.

    Assignable Digital Inputs: The Onkyo receiver is equipped with two optical digital inputs and two coaxial digital inputs. All four digital inputs are assignable. You can choose auto decoding , PCM, or DTS for the digital audio inputs. Auto will decode the signal in its original form (Dolby Digital, DTS, PCM, etc), PCM decodes the signal to 2-channel, while DTS decodes only DTS formatted sources.

    Binding-Post Speaker Terminals: There are color-coded binding-post terminals for the following speaker connections - Front, Center, Surround, and Surround Back/Front High. The binding post terminals will accept bare-wire, pin-connectors, and banana plugs (single/dual). The Zone 2 speaker outputs use color-coded spring-clip terminals, which will accept bare-wire or pin-connectors.

    Headphones: When headphones are plugged into the full-size 1/4" jack on the front panel, all the main speakers are automatically muted (the Powered Zone 2 speakers are not muted).

    Note: When you connect an iPod or iPhone to the USB port on this receiver, no sound will be output from the headphone jack.

    VideoFeatures

    HDMI (v1.4): The TX-NR609 has six assignable HDMI v1.4 inputs (5 rear/1 front) and one HDMI v1.4 output for connecting DVD players, HDTV set-top boxes, and other video components to your TV or projector. The receiver's HDMI circuitry allows the receiver to output an HDMI audio signal from its speaker outputs, headphone out, and HDMI out so you don't have to run and additional analog or digital cable. The HDMI inputs can accept and switch 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, and 1080p video signals to a HDTV. The HDMI inputs will support uncompressed standard or high definition digital video along with the following audio signals: 2-channel linear PCM, Multichannel linear PCM, and Bitstream. Each HDMI input is assignable.

    Marvel Qdeo Video Chip for 4K Upscaling: The Onkyo TX-NR609 utilizes a Marvel Qdeo Video Chip for 4K Upscaling and video processing. The Marvel Qdeo Video Chip produces quiet and natural video, free from noise and artifacts. Analog video signals (composite/component/PC) are converted to HDMI and can be scaled to the resolution set in the menu: Through (no scaling), Auto (automatically scaled to the highest resolution supported by the display), 480p, 720p, 1080i, or 1080p.

    HDMI Through: When enabling the HDMI Through function, regardless of whether the AV receiver is "on" or in "standby" both audio and video streams from an HDMI input will be output to your television, via the receiver HDMI monitor output. You can select between 3 HDMI Through functions modes.

    • Auto: Detects the signal and automatically selects the input sources.
    • Source: Selects the input source (BD/DVD, VCR/DVR, CBL/SAT, Game, PC, Aux, TV/CD, Port) for which the HDMI Through function in enabled.
    • Last: The HDMI Through function is activated on the input source selected at the time of setting the AV receiver to the "standby" mode.

    3D-Compatible: The TX-NR609's HDMI v.1.4 connections will accept 3D video from your 3D-ready Blu-ray player and output the video signal in 3D to your 3D-ready HDTV.

    x.v.Color: The AV receiver supports x.v.Color, offering a wider color range than the current broadcast standard. For the x.v.Color feature to be useful, the entire video production chain must be compatible (camera-editing-format-player-display).

    Deep Color: The Onkyo receiver also supports Deep Color which allows the color depth of video signals passing through HDMI to be raised. The number of colors that could be expressed by 1 pixel was 24 bits (16,777,216 colors) with a standard HDMI jack. However, the number of colors which can be expressed by 1 pixel is 36 bits with a Deep Color enabled HDMI jack. Since the gradation of the depth of a color can be expressed more finely with more bits, continuous color changes can be more smoothly expressed. For the Deep Color feature to be useful, the entire video production chain must be compatible (camera-editing-format-player-display).

    Note: x.v. Color and Deep Color technology are supported only when source product, HDMI cable, media and HDTV all support those features.

    Auto Lip Sync: The Lip Sync function can automatically synchronize HDMI audio and video that has gotten out of sync due to the complex digital video processing being performed by your HDMI-compatible TV. With HDMI Lip Sync, the audio delay required to synchronize the audio and video is calculated and applied automatically by the AV receiver.

    A/V Sync Control: Occasionally, you may need to manually adjust the audio/video signals that are not properly synchronized manually. Typically when using a progressive scanning DVD player. You can correct this by delaying the audio; options are 0 (no delay) to 800 milliseconds, in 10 millisecond steps.

    Component Video: There are 2 component video inputs and 1 component video output. The component video inputs and outputs have a bandwidth of 5Hz to 100MHz.

    Picture Adjust: Using the Picture Adjust feature, you can adjust the picture quality and reduce any noise appearing on your TV screen.

    • Wide Mode: Auto, Full, Zoom, Wide Zoom, or 4:3.
    • Picture Mode: Custom (Brightness/Contrast/Hue/Saturation/Color Temp), Cinema (for movies), Game (for gaming), Through (changes resolution), Direct (no adjustment).
    • Picture Settings: Film Mode (video or film), Edge Enhancement (sharpens image), Noise Reduction (reduce noise)

    Network Functions

    NetworkReady: The Onkyo TX-NR609 A/V receiver is network-ready, which means you can connect it to your home network with a standard Ethernet cable and enjoy the music files stored on your computer or media server. If your network is connected to the Internet (broadband), you can also enjoy Internet radio.

    Ethernet Connection (LAN): Connecting the A/V receiver's Ethernet (RJ-45) port to a 100Base-TX switched Ethernet network is recommended for best results. Use a shielded CAT-5 Ethernet cable to connect the receiver to your home network.

    Note: The TX-NR609 is also compatible with Onkyo's Wireless LAN Adapter (580UWF1, sold separately), for a wireless (WiFi) connection to your home network. If you want use the UWF-1 with the Onkyo A/V receiver, you will first have to perform a firmware update via a hardwired Ethernet connection.

    Internet Radio: The Onkyo TX-NR609 lets you access various Internet Radio providers through its Ethernet network connection. The TX-NR609 will display station name and program-related information, such as - artist name, song title, and elapsed playing time. You can preset up to 40 of your "favorite" Internet radio stations for easy recall.

    Music Service Description
    vTuner vTuner offers easy browsing of internet radio stations and podcasts. vTuner enables access to web-based radio stations and  podcasts via an extremely reliable online database with a wide variety of content. You can browse content by Genre, Location, Language, and Favorites.
    Pandora Pandora is a free, personalized Internet radio service that plays the music you know and helps you discover music you'll love. You can select Internet radio stations by Artist, Song, or Genre.
    Rhapsody Rhapsody is a streaming music subscription service (starting a $10 per month) that allows you to play the full-length songs you choose on demand from a collection of over 10 million songs, without ads and without having to purchase or download the music.
    SiriusXM SiriusXM Internet Radio lets you listen to over 120 channels of commercial-free music, talk radio, news, sports, and more. The Onkyo AV receiver includes a free trial of SiriusXM Internet Radio.
    Slacker Slacker is a free, personalized Internet radio service that lets you choose the music you want to listen to. You can choose Internet radio stations by genre, or create custom station by Artist name or Song title.
    Napster Napster is a streaming music subscription service (starting a $5 per month) that allows you to play the full-length songs you choose on demand from a collection of over 12 million songs, without ads and without having to purchase or download the music.
    MediaFly MediaFly is your free source for personalized audio podcasts of news, sports, comedy, pop-culture, technology, and more.
    Last.FM Last.fm is a free music recommendation service that lets you discover new music you like, based on the music you already listen to. The Last.fm website is filled with tons of information on artists, albums and tracks; including more music similar to them, charts, and other statistics.
    Spotify Spotify is a digital music service that gives you on-demand access to one of the largest music libraries in the world (over 15 million tracks and counting). Spotify makes it easier than ever to discover, manage, and share music with your friends. You can browse music by artist, album, track, or most popular; create your own music library with customized playlists; as well as share your music via Facebook, Twitter, or Windows Messenger.

    Note: To receive Internet radio, your Ethernet network must have Internet access. Internet URLs in the following formats are supported: PLS, M3U, and podcast (RSS). However, depending on the type of data or audio format used by the Internet radio station, you may not be able to listen to some stations.

    Media Server Playback: You can play back music files stored on your computer or media server (the TX-NR609 is DLNA certified). Compatible music file formats include MP3 (8-320 kbps), WMA (47-320k bps), WMA Lossless (16/24-bit), WAV (8/16/24-bit), AAC (8-320 kbps), FLAC (16/24-bit), Ogg Vorbis (48-500 kbps), and LPCM (8/16/24-bit). Each folder on the server may contain up to 20,000 music files, and folders may be nested up to 16 levels deep.

    Media Server Requirements: The receiver can play digital music files stored on a computer or media server using the following technologies.

    • Windows Media Player 11 or 12
    • Windows Media Connect 2.0
    • DLNA-Compatible Media Server

    PC Input: The AV receiver is equipped with a rear-panel PC input (15-pin D-sub) which allows you to connect your PC to the AV receiver and use your HDMI connected television as a computer monitor. This is a video input only.

    Firmware Updates: Future firmware updates are available from the Onkyo website through the receiver's Network or USB connection. Visit http://www.onkyousa.com/download/software.cfm for the latest firmware updates.

    USB/iPod Connectivity

    Front-Panel USB Port: A USB MSC (Mass Storage Class) memory device can be connected to the USB (type-A) terminal located on the front-panel, allowing you to play music files through the receiver. Your USB MSC device must be formatted in FAT16 or FAT32. Compatible music file formats include MP3 (8-320 kbps), WMA (47-320k bps), WMA Lossless (16/24-bit), WAV (8/16/24-bit), AAC (8-320 kbps), FLAC (16/24-bit), Ogg Vorbis (48-500 kbps), and LPCM (8/16/24-bit). The receiver can recognize up to 20,000 music files in each folder. You can control basic playback functions of your connected USB device's music from the included remote control, such as - Folder/File Select, Play/Pause, Stop, Fast Forward/Rewind, Skip (next/previous), and Repeat/Random. MP3 players containing music files that are managed with special music software are not supported.

    iPod/iPhone Direct: The Onkyo TX-NR609 supports audio/video playback, metadata display, control, and charging of select Apple iPods and iPhones. The iPod/iPhone is controlled by the receiver's remote, or you can continue to control your iPod/iPhone from its clickwheel or touchscreen. Your iPod/iPhone's battery will be charged while connected to the receiver.

    • iPod/iPhone Audio Playback: Using a USB-to-iPod Dock cable plugged into the front-panel USB port, music can be played directly from an iPod/iPhone, bypassing the iPod/iPhone's DAC. Song/artist information and elapsed time are displayed on the receiver's front-panel display and your connected TV screen (via HDMI only). You can navigate your iPod/iPhone's music using the on-screen menu and remote control by Playlist, Artist, Album Genre, Song, or Composer. You can also shuffle the playback of your iPod/iPhone's music and view the Now Playing screen.
    • iPod/iPhone Video playback: Using an Onkyo DS-A4 (580DSA4, sold separately) or UP-A1 (580UPA1, sold separately) iPod Dock, photos and video can be played directly from your iPod/iPhone onto your composite video or HDMI connected TV.

    iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: Using the USB-to-iPod Dock cable or optional video dock, the Onkyo TX-NR609 supports the following iPod/iPhone models and functions (as of October 2011):

    iPod/iPhone Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Remote iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Info
    dock connector 3rd N/A N N N N N N N
    clickwheel
    color
    4th N/A N N N N N N N
    mini 1st N/A N N N N N N N
    2nd N/A N N N N N N N
    video 5th 1.3 Y O Y N Y Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y O Y Y Y Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y O Y Y Y Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y O Y Y Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y O Y Y Y Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y O Y Y Y Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y O Y Y Y Y Y
    6th 1.1 PC Y O Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y O Y Y Y Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y O Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd 5.0.1 Y O Y Y Y Y Y
    4th 5.0.1 Y O Y Y Y Y Y
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y O Y Y Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y O Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS 4.3.5 Y O Y Y Y Y Y
    4 5.0.1 Y O Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 5.0.1 Y O Y Y Y Y Y
    iPad 1 5.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    2 5.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y

    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the receiver and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to revert to the older software version or wait until a newer software update is available.

    Multi-Zone Capability

    Multi-Zone: In addition to the main listening room, you can also enjoy audio playback from a different source in another room of your home using the receiver's Multi-Zone function (Zone 2).

     Zone 2: The receiver features Zone 2 line-outputs, as well as Zone 2 speaker terminals .

    • Line Out: By using the line-level outputs on the TX-NR609 you can connect an external receiver or integrated amplifier in a second room, allowing you to listen to 7.1 surround in the main room and play a different audio source in another room of your home. The volume of Zone 2 is controlled by your optional integrated amp.
    • Speaker Out: By using the speaker-level outputs on the TX-NR609 you can directly connect a secondary pair of speakers in another room of your home, allowing you to listen to 5.1 surround sound in your main room and play a different audio source in the other room. The volume of Zone 2 is controlled by the TX-NR609 receiver.

    Compatible Zone Sources: Only Tuner, analog, USB, and Network audio sources can be sent to Zone 2. You must currently be listening to a USB device or Network audio source in the Main Zone to initially select USB or Network as a source in Zone 2. Then you can switch the Main Zone to any source you desire.

    Note: You cannot select different AM/FM radio stations or listen to USB and Network content in separate Zones at the same time.

    Incompatible Zone Sources: Optical/coaxial digital and HDMI audio sources are not output to Zone 2. You cannot output any video signal to Zone 2.

    Radio Functions

    AM/FM Tuner: With the built-in tuner you can enjoy AM and FM radio stations. You can store your favorite stations as presets for quick selection. You can store a combination of up to 40 of your favorite FM/AM radio stations as presets. You can name each radio preset for easier identification.

    HD Radio Ready: The Onkyo UP-HT1 HD Radio Module (580UPHT1, sold separately) sends high-quality digital AM/FM audio via a single proprietary cable to the Onkyo receiver's Universal Port. The same convenient cable also powers the tuner unit, saving on cable clutter. The tuner features 40 presets for FM and AM stations. A rear-side Universal Port input gives you the option of daisy chaining a second compatible device, such as the UP-A1 Onkyo Dock for the iPod

    Convenience Features

    On-Screen GUI (via HDMI): The Onkyo AV receiver offers an on-screen setup menu (GUI) through its HDMI output. The on-screen display offers multiple language text, such as - English, French, Spanish, German, and Italian. If your TV is connected to the composite video or component video monitor output, you will need to use the AV receiver's front-panel display when changing settings.

    Preset Input Names: You can enter a preset name for each individual input for easy identification. when entered, the preset name will appear on the display. This feature cannot be used for AM/FM tuner, or USB input.

    Display Dimmer: The display brightness has three settings; Dim, Dimmer, and Normal.

    Sleep Timer: From the remote, you can set the unit to automatically turn off after as much as 90 minutes or as little as 10 minutes; choices are presented in 10 minute increments.

    Auto Standby: The AV receiver will automatically go into Standby mode, if there is no operation for 30 minutes with no audio/video signal input.

    Remote Control

    Multi-brand Remote: The supplied RC-801M wireless remote is a multi-brand remote. The remote is pre-programmed to operate Onkyo components, as well as other popular brands of equipment, including DVD players, satellite receivers, cable boxes, VCRs, and televisions. The IR wireless remote control will operate up to 16-feet away from the receiver at an angle of 30-degrees left or right of the receiver as long as the remote is within the line of sight of the TX-NR609.

    HDMI Control: This function allows CEC-compatible components (Toshiba REGZA-LINK TV/Sharp TV) or RIHD-compatible components connected via HDMI to be controlled with the TX-NR609. The AV receiver offers the following CEC HDMI controls.

    • The AV receiver will enter Standby mode when the power of the TV is turned to Standby.
    • You can set on the menu screen of the TV to either output the audio from the speakers connected to the AV receiver, or from the speakers of the TV.
    • It is possible to output the audio/video from the antenna or from the input jack of the TV from the speakers connected to the AV receiver.
    • Input to the AV receiver can be selected with the remote controller of the TV.
    • Operations such as volume adjustment or similar for the AV receiver can be performed from the remote controller of the TV.

    RI Remote Control Jack: The 1/8" RI remote control jack allows you to connect this receiver to other compatible Onkyo components.

    Remote App for iPod/iPhone: Additional system control is provided by Onkyo's Remote App, which lets you use your iPod touch/iPhone as a remote controller. You gain control of the Onkyo A/V receiver via your iPod touch/iPhone over your home's wireless network. The Onkyo Remote App for iPod touch and iPhone provides an intuitive way to operate the Onkyo network A/V receiver.

    • Intuitive GUI: The Remote App's graphical user interface (GUI) lets you see menus for input source, network source, or radio station, and make your selection accordingly.
    • Menu Control: Selecting the Home Menu feature on your iPod touch/iPhone makes the receiver's main menu page appear overlaid on your home theater display. You can then access a variety of menus that let you adjust settings on the connected Onkyo receiver.
    • Volume & Tone Control: Onkyo's Remote App makes smart use of the accelerometer inside your iPod touch or iPhone. Simply tilt the iPod touch/iPhone right or left to turn the volume up or down. The app also lets you adjust bass & treble levels, and select dedicated listening modes, via your iPod touch/iPhone's touchscreen interface.
    • Audio/Video Information: Your iPod touch/iPhone offers a variety of useful information when you want to know more about the content playing back through your system. You can quickly check if your audio content is encoded as stereo or multichannel, for example, or whether your video content is in standard or high definition.

    Note: Available as a free download from the online Apple App Store. The Onkyo Remote App is compatible with most network-capable Onkyo A/V receivers released in 2009 or later and the iPod touch (3rd/4th gen) or iPhone (3GS/4), with iOS 4.2 or later. The receiver must be connected to your home's wireless (WiFi) network.

    Remote App for Android: The Onkyo Remote App for Android supports wireless audio and remote control functionality for all 2011 Onkyo Network AV Receivers. The app operates over a wireless LAN and enables a range of remote control functions, such as volume and tone control, as well as input selection from your Android device. The Onkyo Remote App for Android also allows you to stream wireless audio stored on your Android device to your Onkyo home theater system.

    Note: The Onkyo Remote App requires your Android device (2.1-up) and your connected 2011 Onkyo Network AV Receiver to be connected to the same wireless (WiFi) network. Support for WMA and FLAC formats depends on the model of Android phone.

     
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    1 out of 5

    Junk- Dead at 2.5 years

    Written By Joe, SF, CA on Saturday, May 17, 2014
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    The unit was nice while it lasted but began to act up at just over 2 years. Search for Onkyo problems on the internet and you will find that this is a very common problem with many Onkyo receivers and apparently they know about it. Board goes bad so no outputs will send to the speakers. The repair is over $200 plus shipping and Onkyo sticks to their 2 year warrantee to the day. Crutchfield should not carry their products. I will not buy another Onkyo again and I recommend you do your research before considering it.
    Cons:
    Board goes bad at two years like they put a clock on it.
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    1 out of 5

    dead at less then 2 years old

    Written By Johnm07, Sebastopol ca on Tuesday, December 31, 2013
     
    Purchased in Feb 2012 and now having all kinds of trouble getting it ti kick in to play audio on any input. Problems started on just the PC input now has moved to all inputs. If I let it warm up for 20 or 30 minutes I can usually get it to kick in and play audio. When its working you can hear the unit click when switching between inputs but you can tell when there is no click sound that the unit is not switching and no audio on any input. So sad but now its become necessary to buy extended warranties on all electronics. Junk!
    Pros:
    none
    Cons:
    poor quality product
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    5 out of 5

    Onkyo TX-NR609 - Love it!

    Written By Todd, Houston, TX on Sunday, September 16, 2012
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    I usually do not take the time to write reviews but in this case I felt compelled to do so. First kudos to Crutchfield for their pre-sales support I received. I picked out the unit online but they helped me confirm it would meet my needs. Besides the basics like connecting to a Blu-ray player, I wanted support for 2 Zones with separate volume control for each Zone and the ability to connect to the internet to do things like play Pandora. I've had the unit for 9 months now and it does all of the above beautifully. Hint, fortunately both my phone and LAN jacks use CAT5 cable so even though I only had a phone jack at the unit I was able to easily re-wire it for LAN/Internet. This eliminated the need to purchase the wireless USB Plug and has ensured consistent bandwidth at least within our house. Anyway, the 2 Zones work great, Pandora works awesome and it also comes with VTurner which allows you to play local and many other radio stations which is something we could not do previously with any clarity. Recently, we purchased Apple TV which has an HDMI connection that I plugged into the PC Port. So now any movies or music on our iPhones/iPad can be played through the receiver. It's pretty awesome to be able to play a song from my iPhone while at the same time flip through photos that I can display on our flat screen TV. You have to love technology when it works and for me it all works better than expected.
    Pros:
    Sound, video, support for number of devices, 2 Zone Support and Internet connectivity.
    Cons:
    No built in Netflix... granted I can get this through our apple TV but it would be nice if it was one of the options like Pandora. No support for a Zone 2 subwoofer... ideally this would be a wireless connection so I could place one on our outside patio without having to wire it.
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    3 out of 5

    A Great Receiver with One Limitation

    Written By Joe B, North Carolina on Saturday, July 28, 2012
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    This is an excellent receiver in all aspects but one. The clarity of sound is great, the number of connections in the rear is great and the operation of the unit is easy.

    What the unit is lacking is something that I missed in my evaluation. If you use this receiver as a 7.1 channel unit, you will not be able to use Zone 2: they are mutually exclusive. So I have a choice. I can either drop back to a 5.1 setup and then use Zone 2 (for outside deck speakers) or I use a second receiver to power my outdoor speakers. Either choice is bad because 6th and 7th speakers are already mounted in a wall and second, my A/V cabinet will not accommodate a 2nd receiver.

    Given that the TX609 unit is sold as a 7.1 system, it seems awfully peculiar, if not outright deceptive, that 7.1 and Zone 2 would be incompatible. For this reason, I question why Onkyo would even bother to put a Zone 2 pair of channels on a 7.1 unit with a limitation such as this.

    I contacted a Crutchfield support rep yesterday and was informed that Zone 2 and 7.1 are, in fact, mutually exclusive, so I'm not making this up. He went on to say that there are receivers with fully operational 7.1 and Zone 2 features but they cost about 6 times what I paid for the 609.

    Very frustrating!
    Pros:
    noted in review
    Cons:
    noted in review
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    5 out of 5

    Wireless Remote

    Written By Richard NZ, New Zealand on Friday, June 29, 2012
     
    Im dont have alot of knowlegde with these but this thing is so easy to use. I wired the Lan port to my broadband and then through my broadband wireless router i can use the android app and the apple apple remote. awsome when the amp switches hdmi in other rooms.
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome Sound and High Precision Network AV Receiver

    Written By Eddie, Houston, Texas on Sunday, May 13, 2012
     
    When this unit arrive in my home, I set it up by connecting my Toshiba 55" 55WX800u LED 3D HDTV 240Hz refresh, Panasonic DMP-110DPT Bluray player 3D, 2 main front speaker 300W RMS 3-WAY JBL, 2x75W RMS Canton 2way speaker as surround speaker, 2x150W RMS JBL 2-way and 1-300W powered Subwoofer. The CINEMA sound effect from the DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1ch were distributed accurately and each speaker responded instantly in detail as they were assigned. I used Onkyo calibration mic. and it balances the sound distribution in response with my room size and the acoustic. I set up the system in our Master bedroom temporarily as the system is intended to be set at the living room. I tried to switch the sound effect in THX mode, it was very good but I still like the DTS-HD master audio. Plugging my IPOD, the sound is very good an I like the response of the low, mid and high. The instruments are clear and the response of all the speakers are well balance. FM stereo is ok and I feel warmess of the mid and high. I did not play the CD audio since I was to used the IPOD as it has more clarity than the CD. I tried to used my Samsung Galaxy tab 7.0 with the Onkyo Remote Apps and I hook up the LAN cable to the LAN port of ONKYO from my router. The response is good from my tab although some of the bottons I expect them to work but its not. The music albums from my galaxy was sent to ONKYO wirelessly and the sound is great although I experience some quick drop of the signal affecting the song.
    Pros:
    Excellent sounds in 7.1 DTS-HD Master audio and Dolby True HD. THX® Select2 Plus could be an add-on but it is a good feature ONKYO provided on this model. It's fun to use the ONKYO Remote Apps via my tab. I will use also my IPAD3 to remotely control this unit once I get back home again.
    Cons:
    No cover on the USB and audio ports on front. If ONKYO can provide flip down plastic cover, then it would be better to avoid dust entry.
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    5 out of 5

    Superior

    Written By MWL, Sacramanto, CA on Friday, May 11, 2012
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    Superior in every way the the two zoned 5.1 Denon that I replaced (the Denon burned out after 6 years, yes, smoke!). Much easier to install, much easier to select sources and outputs, much easier to understand the remote control unit. I am not talking about a little bit easier, I am talking an order of magnitude better. Excellent sound and video. Crutchfield sales rep was incredibly knowledgable and efficient. Crutchfield is my electronics provider from now on.
    Pros:
    Ease of installation and use.
    Cons:
    None noted.
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    5 out of 5

    Onkyo TX-NR609

    Written By iansfury, Lexington, KY on Thursday, May 10, 2012
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    Was trying to decide between this and Denon. Previously had an Onkyo which was a rock and never had a problem. Called customer service (hands down best on planet) and spoke with Bryce. After a very short and informative conversation, he had me convinced in my decision. Couldn't be more satisfied and setup was a breeze. Thank you to all the Crutchfield team - you all have gained a lifetime customer.
    Pros:
    Features, OSD, setup
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    5 out of 5

    Great Reciever

    Written By James, Dayton, OH on Tuesday, May 08, 2012
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    all the features you could ask for at a good price point. you would have to pay twice the price for more features. the andriod app gives you a streaming feature much like apple air play.
    Pros:
    too many to mention
    Cons:
    none so far
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    5 out of 5

    Great Receiver

    Written By dbs, Durham, NC on Wednesday, May 02, 2012
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    Sound is fantastic. Auto calibration with the mic is simple and great. Very happy with the system. Love the network music apps.
    Pros:
    The sound. Lots of connections. Driving zone 2 speakers.
    Cons:
    No digital inputs to zone 2. My CD player has a digital link. (Found a way around it - did both analog and digital links. Use the analog for zone 2). Also, timing between main source and zone 2 is off - for net radio, e.g., so can't play both at the same time.
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    5 out of 5

    One of the best for the money

    Written By ScottC, Chesterfield, MO on Thursday, April 19, 2012
     
    Originally I was leaning toward the new model Pioneer AV receivers and found the quality surprisingly lacking. Two receivers in a row defective. Deciding to go up a notch for 7.1 as opposed to 5.1, the Onkyo line provided good surprises rather than the bad when hooking this one up. Internet connectivity, computer network connection to Windows Media Player, a gamut of inputs. The only thing I felt this great system was missing was a preamp for the older turntables. Not a showstopper, knowing you can buy one very reasonably ($15-20). Now I see a new version is available that touts 3D. Well, the fact is, this model also has that feature. Perhaps they modified it. Beyond that is Dolby and...THX sound. A great receiver and very well made! The manual is rather good considering how often you find manuals deficient. It could still use some improvement, but I have no questions simply by playing with it. The receiver also features dual amplifier capability if you want music to be in another room. Outstanding clarity and punch. I am thrilled with the Onkyo, so very disappointed in a former favorite with Pioneer (going way way back).
    Pros:
    Internet streaming mode, home networking with Windows Media Player, a gamut of HDMI inputs/1 output, Computer connectivity cability by cable if not by internet, all metal construction. Wireless dongle option for wireless internet connection or with RJ45!
    Cons:
    I honestly can't think of any.
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    4 out of 5

    Fix for Low Audio Volume

    Written By stewartwb, NC on Monday, April 02, 2012
     
    Many reviewers mention the same CON - the volume must be cranked way up to reach their desired volume level. I had the same issue as well, until I realized that this is a feature of the Audyssey EQ surround sound processing modes. If you switch the surround mode to DIRECT, you'll find the levels are much higher, as the receiver just passes through the decoded channels (5.1 or whatever) directly through the amps to the speakers. I have found that when I'm showing off the receiver to friends, I often switch to DIRECT for the WOW factor. But for everyday use (with my wife at home), the Audyssey EQ modes provide a more balanced and enjoyable viewing experience.
    Pros:
    Awesome sound and features; excellent bang-for-the-buck.
    Cons:
    Some concerns about reliability, based on some reviews on Amazon.com
    3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Great system for the price

    Written By John2John, Indianapolis, IN on Friday, March 30, 2012
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    Packed with more features than I care to use, but there are no good recievers on the market with only the features I do want and use. I don't mind though because the price was right and who knows? I may decide that I want to use some of those other features in the future.
    Pros:
    Great sound quality, pretty easy to set up and use, plain, non-superficial styling and look.
    Cons:
    Only one. The remote control is clunky and doesn't feel good or secure in hand, but then I'll just use a universal remote and store the other in the Onkyo product box.
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Best Deal for the $$$

    Written By RickG, Charlotte, NC on Sunday, March 25, 2012
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    The Crutchfield Rep helped me select the receiver. I'm using it to push a 5.1 system in my main living area that has a vaulted ceiling. It can do 7.1, but I'm using those extra outputs to bi-amp my front speakers. I use it for 50% music and 50% tv/movies. I thought I may need to go with the 709, but after being quizzed by the Rep, we determined the 609 would be fulfill my needs and allow me to upgrade my rear surrounds. Great advice! The Audyssey calibration is awesome. I first spent an hour setting up the sound myself. Then I tried the Audyssey calibration (super easy) and the improvement was noticable. The HDMI output to my TV works great. I use the following inputs: sat box, DVD, xbox, and airport express. Everything works great. Thanks, Crutchfield!
    Pros:
    Audyssey cal is great. Easy to operate. TV pic is awesome.
    Cons:
    None.
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    5 out of 5

    Can't go wrong with this choice

    Written By Jeremy, Greenville, SC on Monday, March 19, 2012
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    Using this receiver for my home theater. Whether it's watching a movie or just sitting and listening to my Pandora account, it functions perfectly. So many options and inputs. more than I know what to do with them. Pairing it with my ipad was a breeze. Couldn't be happier. Thanks to Crutchfield for the great service too.
    Pros:
    Great sound, so many options.
    Cons:
    I didn't buy this 2 years ago.
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    1 out of 5

    Bad right out of the box

    Written By T. Arroyo, Virginia Beach on Thursday, March 15, 2012
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    Could not really give it an honest critique because it didnt work right out of the box. Set it all up and the HDMI circuit did not work. On Onkyo tech support's suggestion I returned it to crutchfield. No problems no hassles great customer service.
    Pros:
    quick delivery, good return policy, a 10 on customer service
    Cons:
    did not work
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    5 out of 5

    Amazing!

    Written By BugFreak, Cocoa, FL on Monday, March 12, 2012
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    I upgraded from a pretty old but good Pioneer 5.1 receiver. Even though I kept the same 5.1 speakers I had this thing sounds amazing! I've never heard so much from the rear speakers, so much in fact that during normal t.v. watching the rear sounds spook my whole family. The front sounds amazing as well but the biggest difference I've noticed is the rear sounds. The setup using the little mic was quick and easy but I did have to up my center speaker level a little but that might just be my taste. The HD colors seem much better after running them through the 609 than any other HD source I've had.

    On another note, I also picked up the wireless adapter for it so I could listen to my Sirius Internet Radio and Pandora over it which I highly recommend. There are a bunch of other internet style music channels on it too but I don't know or use them. I plugged in the usb node, it picked it right up, entered my wireless info, clicked "net" on the remote and signed right in, it was that fast.
    Pros:
    Price, Fantastic sound, FAST setup. So many options I find a new one almost every day that I like better.
    Cons:
    Almost 8 inches tall so be sure it fits. Remote does not have DVR options for my satellite t.v. and the satellite t.v. remote will turn it off but not on.
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome Receiver

    Written By Les, Denver CO on Monday, March 12, 2012
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    This is my second Onkyo Receiver and they only get better I love all the new options on the TXNR609 that my earlier did not have on it.
    Pros:
    All the internet options for listening to online music connected to my acts quick and listening within minutes. 7HDMI ports and everything connected and working great. Love the OSD!!!
    Cons:
    None!!!!
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    5 out of 5

    Onkyo TX-NR609

    Written By Anonymous, Madisonville,Tn on Wednesday, March 07, 2012
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    Very nice equipment. Sets up well. Has a lot of features and clear sound even at high volume.
    Pros:
    thx certification and audessy set up.
    Cons:
    Was suprised that there is not any S video connections. Also a couple more optical connections would be nice
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    5 out of 5

    Onkyo TX-NR609

    Written By mac777bos, Boston, MA on Tuesday, March 06, 2012
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    Amazing for the price great customer service. I will buy again from Crutchfield.
    Pros:
    Great sound, easy setup,
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    4 out of 5

    Decent receiver, terrible documentation

    Written By JoeC, SW Florida on Sunday, March 04, 2012
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    Very easy to make physical connections but documentation on actual set-up is very poor. Spent about an hour doing hardware and software set-up. Called Crutchfield when I had a problem with Pandora. Tech instructed me to perform a factory reset, which turned out to be a needless operation. All my previously made settings were lost. A second tech finally resolved my issues but I then had to spend another hour resetting the options to my own preferences. Still having issues with Zone 2 operation. I have it working but I doubt that it should take as many steps as I now have to go through with the remote to actually use Zone 2. The A/B sellection on my old Denon receiver was much easier to use and understand. I know that Zone 2 allows you to have individual sources. But if you only use it to power outdoor speakers this receiver makes the operation much too complicated. Plus I haven't been able to find any level indation for Zone 2, meaning you have to run back and forth to see how loud things sound in that second zone and reset as needed. Sound quality appears to be very good. Once I have fine-tuned everything I'm hoping I can say this receiver is as good as advertised.
    Pros:
    Lots of inputs, good sound quality
    Cons:
    Terrible set-up documentation, use of Zone 2 is complicated, only a limited number of input names are available.
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    5 out of 5

    TX NR 609

    Written By tommy8917, NY on Saturday, March 03, 2012
     
    This thing jams! Hooked it up at 7.1 and used the ZONE 2 outputs for my outdoor speakers as well. Running two BIC 12" 475 watt subs. Best reciever ever!
    Pros:
    Multi speaker outputs and dual sub out. Many HDMI connections.
    Cons:
    So many tuning options may confuse beginers.
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    5 out of 5

    Onkyo - TXNR609 - Awesome!

    Written By BBERLING, Jacksonville, FL on Thursday, March 01, 2012
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    For the price, you cant beat it! I love it and the self adjusting speaker ranges were easy to do with the included mic.
    Pros:
    Love the Pandora built in app
    Cons:
    wish it has the wifi adaptor included.....I have mine hard wired
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    4 out of 5

    Nice for the Price

    Written By wc, Brattleboro, VT on Wednesday, February 29, 2012
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    This replaced an older Onkyo 602 which still works fine, but has no hdmi connectivity. That's the main reason I upgraded--hdmi. I wanted the HD audio available from blu-ray discs. Works great for that. Also you can't beat the features at this price level -- more features than I'll ever use. I do wish the various input selectors had an indicator light, though. In a darkened room, I can't see what input I'm on, or going to. But the biggest issue I've encountered is some hdmi handshake problems with my Cisco-Xfinity cable box. The display will hang on 'Starting HDMI', and then I have to actually unplug and restart the unit to get picture\sound back. In all fairness, though, I've read of this with other brands of AVR's. Overall, sounds good, and is relatively easy to configure. I've been liking all the streaming online music (Pandora, Spotify, etc) as well!
    Pros:
    Good sound, handles hdmi and converts other inputs to hdmi. Mine runs cool on an open shelf. Has network connectivity, and I control it using Onkyo's online app. Online music stations and apps. Standby and wake-up through my Sony tv.
    Cons:
    No input indicator lights. Hdmi hangs periodically talking to cable box.
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    5 out of 5

    all in one reciever

    Written By frank, md on Wednesday, February 29, 2012
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    i bought this receiver so i can hook up one hdmi to my tv and all my other components go through the onkyo in surround sound. i have ps2 ps3 wii a pc and directv all hooked using composite to component and hdmi. everything worked great. unpacked the receiver, hooked up speakers, hooked up sources, plugged it in the wall and turned it on. it is that easy. i ran the ethernet cable to it. then ran the speaker calibration.sounds better than the sony, even my wife agreed. this is my first onkyo product i was a sony man before but not anymore for home audio. another great add on is the android onkyo remote app. all you have to do is make sure the receiver is on the network, download and start the app, find the device and thats it. i am a very happy customer. love crutchfield and there support
    Pros:
    easy set up sound quality better than sony internet ready android remote app
    Cons:
    non
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    4 out of 5

    Good Choice in Receiver

    Written By Mr Bravo, Portland, OR on Tuesday, February 28, 2012
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    After researching for a few weeks I made a decision on this receiver, and I am pleased with it. Replaces my 1995 Pioneer, an old soldier that will take on duty in the rec room now. Sound from the Onkyo is top notch through the Energy RC Micro speakers I got at the same time. The net feature was the selling point for me, wanting to replace my Roku Soundbridge in the family room. The '609 does pretty much everything I wanted but does have a confusing user interface at times. I really like that the remote will control my Samsung TV and Sony Bluray player, a real bonus there. Like all Onkyo's, this unit makes a lot of heat, so it needs a lot of breathing room. The receiver has a huge cooling fan inside that comes on when the internal temp hits 50C (you can monitor the internal temp with a trick on the front panel: press "display" and "power" simultaneously, then quickly press "tone", and the temp will be displayed along with the fan speed). Given the way this unit heats up I opted for an extended warranty, purchased direct from Square Trade. As to Crutchfield, this is my first order and they were very helpful but process could have been better. I keep a private mail box since I can't be home to receive packages through the workday, but Crutchfield won't deliver to a PMB - which is silly since a PMB, by USPS requirement, is a commercial mail receiving agency... very irritating to have to stay home for a day. This will weigh heavily on any future consideration of buying here again.
    Pros:
    Sound quality, number of HDMI inputs, net enabled choices, 7.1 sound
    Cons:
    Heat generation, confusing array of preset sound selections, inability to add other online sources like grooveshark
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    5 out of 5

    Onkyo TX-NR609

    Written By LouisN, Cabot, AR on Thursday, February 23, 2012
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    Upgraded from Denon AVR-3803 Great older receiver but no HDMI. Onkyo very easy to hook up & set up. First impression was very noticeable in sound quality & clarity not just in theater room but throughout whole house. Speaker calibration very easy with calibration mic making ordinary speakers sound extra ordinary.
    Pros:
    Sound quality !!!
    Cons:
    The remote while it functions well is probably a bit small with small buttons. Could be larger with larger buttons & info
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    5 out of 5

    Fulfills all our receiver needs

    Written By Darrel C, Macon, GA on Sunday, February 19, 2012
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    The first unit sent was damaged in transit, but a call to a most helpful Ben at Crutchfield had the damaged unit picked up and a new one delivered in 48 hours. The hookup was a breeze and the unit has performed beyond our expectations. We have some older components without HDMI outputs, but finding an appropriate connection to the unit was easy. Needless to say, connecting the HDMI components was effortless.
    Pros:
    Easy hookup, great Crutchfield service keeps me coming back. Great audio qualities.
    Cons:
    I can't think of a thing.
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    5 out of 5

    Great Receiver

    Written By 3McK3, Alabama on Wednesday, February 15, 2012
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    Upgraded our unit after user error blew out the previous Onkyo unit. This unit is similar in price to our prior Onkyo, but the sound is SO much better. I research everything until the 9th degree and finally settled on the TX-NR609 after tons of research and help from Crutchfield support. Love the support we get from Crutchfield-Duke is our #1 man! Peviously we were never pleased with the quality of digital music. It just can't compare to CD quality. With the old unit, digital music from an Ipod sounded tinny with low quality. The TX-NR609 is greatly improved! We have an ipod dock, but prefer to connect via USB in front. This sound is much, much better! All other features work as described. Great unit for the price!
    Pros:
    Improved digital sound 2 Room speaker set up option
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    5 out of 5

    Newbie uprgraded

    Written By Luke, Cherokee, IA on Saturday, February 11, 2012
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    AMAZING! I had a Panasonic HTiB 5.1 and thought I had a descent system. I decided it was time to upgrade. I decided to buy this as it fit within my budget, a set of Polk speakers and sub. Received it, hooked it up and prayed that my wife wouldn't throw me outside for the decision. And BAM! Watched our favorite movie and she was so impressed. I was impressed as well. The clarity is awesome and was so easy to set up. I love the Audyssey setup feature makes it very easy. I have never owned a receiver like this and don't have anything to compare it to. I am sure that for an audiophile, there are models that have more options. The options this has are more than enough for me. All I have connected is an HDTV, Blue-ray player, DVR, and an Xbox. I have no need for anything else. I would tell people to buy this if they are wanting to upgrade from the cheesy Wal-Mart HTIB's. If you think your HTiB sounds awesome, you haven't heard really good sound from a good system. Buy it, love it, and enjoy it!
    Pros:
    Everything!
    Cons:
    Nothing.
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    4 out of 5

    Onkyo TX-NR609

    Written By Keith S, South Kingstown, RI on Saturday, February 11, 2012
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    Loaded with features, lots of options. Only detractor is the analog only zone 2, but the built in apps like SiriusXM and Pandora will stream to the second zone. Power is ample for smaller speakers, size is great if you have limited depth. My older Yamaha could not fit in the new cabinets in our living room, so this became its replacement. It does not have the power to drive lower impedance speakers, but with our Boston Acoustics SoundWave system it works great.
    Pros:
    Feature rich. Internet streaming apps. Surf the web and control the receiver from your iPad without leaving the couch!
    Cons:
    Limited power for lower impedance speakers.
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    5 out of 5

    Does as promised

    Written By TomK, Sacramento. CA on Friday, February 10, 2012
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    I followed Crutchfield's consultant's recommendations and I couldn't be happier. I now have the system he suggested but bigger and cheaper. By shopping around I found the Polk speaker system @ $150.00 less and the TV a 73" Mitsubitshi for just $200.00 more than the 55" TV I was considering. But the Crutchfield reduced price on the Onkyo TX-NR609 couldn't be beaten!
    Pros:
    Good advice and prompt delivery as promised.
    Cons:
    No problems!
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    5 out of 5

    Onkyo TX-NR609

    Written By Frank, Rosalia, WA on Friday, February 10, 2012
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    Clarity & versatile. I can't even tell it's loud, but yet I hear it thoughout 2600 sq. ft. of house! Two old Kenwood full range speakers, two satellite Polkadio & center, and a subwoofer (infinity).
    Pros:
    Room to grow.
    Cons:
    More than I'll ever use ( or need ), but if I were to send it back for something even cheaper, I very well may shoot myself in the foot.
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    5 out of 5

    TX-NR609

    Written By Mark D., Appleton, NY on Friday, February 10, 2012
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    This is a great unit. 3-D capabilities work just fine. It does get rather warm.
    Pros:
    3- D compatible, two tuners.
    Cons:
    Getshot
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    5 out of 5

    Very Sastisfied

    Written By Russ, MA on Wednesday, February 08, 2012
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    Would highly recommend, great sound, great price.
    Pros:
    Easy connections and set up. USB works great for iPod direct connection with on screen song/artist display. Nice deep rich sound works well with Dynamo Subwoofer.
    Cons:
    Wish the receiver displayed song name/artist while playing radio as it does for the iPod.
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    4 out of 5

    Onkyo TX NR 609- Nice Unit

    Written By John D., Pearland, TX on Tuesday, February 07, 2012
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    Have only had the unit about a month and have not realized the potential of all it's benefits... Hence the 4 star rating... so far, so good... a little difficulty with the menu... Crutchfield's help was invaluable... sounds great... have not cranked up the volume yet due to small kiddos... waiting for everyone to leave the house... can't wait...
    Pros:
    sound, pass thru for all HDMI... 6 HDMI inputs...
    Cons:
    little difficulty with calibration of speakers (menu driven)
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    5 out of 5

    great home theater

    Written By Walt, Cocoa, Florida on Tuesday, February 07, 2012
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    This Onkyo has all the bells and whistles. You have ultra flexibility at your fingertips. The HDMI inputs are a great feature. The on TV display is very useful. This was a great buy.
    Pros:
    many input options (internet radio is great)
    Cons:
    non that I have discovered
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    5 out of 5

    Very Satisfied

    Written By Danny L, Hornbeck La on Monday, February 06, 2012
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    I recently ordered the Onkyo TX-NR609 with Polk RTiA3 mains, Blackstone TL3CC center, and DSW 550 Pro sub from Crutchfield. I know nothing about receivers, but based on features, price, and Tony's recommendation, I ordered the Onkyo to replace an old Sony. setup was surprisingly simple following the included instructions.

    Compared to my old receiver, there is no comparison. The receiver is whisper quite, fairly easy to use, and seems to have plenty of power for my listening preference.

    I'm saving my money to order my surrounds, so I hooked up my old sony surrounds for now, and was amazed at how much better they sound with the Onkyo compared with the old receiver. I cant wait for matching Polk surrounds.
    Pros:
    Bang for the buck, simple operation, clean sound.
    Cons:
    None so far.
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    5 out of 5

    Love it!

    Written By Rocker, Colorado on Monday, February 06, 2012
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    It took about 3-4 hours and help from Crutchfield tech services to get it set up just the way I wanted it, but it works and sounds AWESOME!!
    Pros:
    features and quality of sound are awesome - including Pass Through, auto speaker calibration, THX, Zone 2, PC input...
    Cons:
    I would have never figured out some of the fine tuning tips for configuring it if it wasn't for the the Crutchfield braintrust!
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    5 out of 5

    Onkyo TX-NR609

    Written By Mike D, Victor, NY on Sunday, February 05, 2012
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    I rate this as a 5. I replaced a very old Kenwood and I'm still using my old speakers. They sound so much better now. I will replace them at some point but the receiver just does an awesome job. I would highly recommend this product. Also the price and helpfulness of the folks at Crutchfield were top notch.
    Pros:
    Sound and picture is great.
    Cons:
    None
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    5 out of 5

    Onkyo TX-NR609

    Written By watches, Boston, Ma. on Saturday, February 04, 2012
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    As usual the sales rep was right on target, recommending this unit. The sound is suburb, extremely easy t set up and just an incredible unit..
    Pros:
    all as above
    Cons:
    none
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    5 out of 5

    A great hub fore your home theater

    Written By Jack, Valparaiso IN on Wednesday, February 01, 2012
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    This receiver was easy to hook up, even easier to calibrate and does a fantastic job. The surround (I have only 5.1) was excellent. I have a tv, cable DVR & and Blue ray and everything works with just 3 HDMI cables set up with the receiver as the hub.. So much easier than before.
    Pros:
    This is a fantastic price for the quality, sound and features (THX certified) you get. Get it while you can.
    Cons:
    even though the wattage is higher than my previous Onkyo 601 I must put the volume up a bit higher (65 out of 100)
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    5 out of 5

    excellent for newby's

    Written By TimG, South Carolina on Tuesday, January 31, 2012
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    I am not an audiophile. I selected the 609 as it was reputed to be easy to set up. IT WAS!!! Since most of my other equipment (TV, CD player, dvd player, satellite box) were HDMI compatible, wiring was a snap. The on screen menus for setup are perfectly clear. The microphone for setting up the speakers (5.1) worked easily, though I have made some balancing adjustments.

    I love the remote. It is simple to use and understand. It runs nearly all features of each of my components.

    No problems with performance so far.
    Pros:
    Setup. Remote. Peformance(so far).
    Cons:
    None.
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    5 out of 5

    Satisfied

    Written By FredA, Rochester, NY on Monday, January 30, 2012
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    I bought this 2 months ago after a decade old JVC receiver died on us. I find this has a brighter sound than the JVC but requires higher volume settings. It was not difficult to set up and has adequate inputs for a CD deck, DVD player, Apple TV and TV. I bought a preamp so I could also hook up a turntable. The receiver does not offer airport connectivity, but I knew this would be covered by my Apple TV. Labels on the receiver are hard to read as they are gray on black, but I have pretty well mastered the remote. I did not get the Onkyo wireless dongle as I had read reviews suggesting problems with it. Instead I purchased a TL-WN722N High-Gain 150 Mbps Wireless-N USB Adapter which connects the receiver to my home network, adding Pandora and other audio streaming sources. The receiver also supports speakers in another room, but some sources (the Apple TV for example) are classified as digital and will not play in the zone 2. Oddly, online stations through the TL-WN722N High-Gain 150 Mbps Wireless-N USB Adapter do play to zone 2.
    Pros:
    Lots of connectivity options, good sound. Did not have problems updating the firmware, which I did by downloading it to a thumb drive and doing before putting the receiver online.
    Cons:
    None so far.
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    5 out of 5

    Just what I expected

    Written By KCR, Overland Park, KS on Sunday, January 29, 2012
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    Overall the receiver functions great. Internet connectivity is great; Pandora and the firmware update work flawlessly. Plenty of inputs/outputs, including HDMI and optical toslink. The programmable remote is a plus since I can now get rid of my cable remote. Despite considerable discussion from other reviewers, I haven't noticed any excessive heating. After watching a 2 hour movie with a 5.1 channel setup at average to above average volume in a relatively confined space, the top is barely warm. I went to a considerable amount of effort to install thermal controlled fans in my entertainment center but now I think they are unnecessary. Perhaps I don't use my receiver as hard as others, but overheating has been a non-issue for me and glad it didn't scare me away from what is a great audio component with no noticeable downsides. Overall I am very pleased!
    Pros:
    Internet capability, overall design and quality
    Cons:
    remote is not illuminated
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    5 out of 5

    Onkyo TX-NR609

    Written By Anonymous, Corry, Pa on Sunday, January 29, 2012
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