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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