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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
    • 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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    Product worked less than 3 years

    Written By Dave H, Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania on Sunday, June 14, 2015

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    As mentioned by other reviewers, this Onkyo receiver is not reliable. I purchased this unit in 2012 and was very pleased with it at first. After the first year, I begin having trouble with some of the digital inputs. Audio from my DVD/CD player would work one day and not the next. Last week, the unit would only work on tuner and now that appears to be dead as well. Very disappointed in the quality of this product from what I considered to be a premiere brand. Also disappointed that this problem is apparently well known and Onkyo will not stand behind it. I will never purchase another Onkyo product.

    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.

    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

    Onkyo TX-NR609 - Love it!

    Written By Todd, Houston, TX on Sunday, September 16, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

    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

    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.

    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.


    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.

    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

    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

    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.

    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.

    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

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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


    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.

    Awesome Receiver

    Written By Les, Denver CO on Monday, March 12, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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!!!!

    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

    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,

    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.

    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.

    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

    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.

    all in one reciever

    Written By frank, md on Wednesday, February 29, 2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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

    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

    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

    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.

    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

    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.

    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.

    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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    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.


    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

    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.

    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)

    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

    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.

    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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    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

    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

    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)

    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.


    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.

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

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    My last receiver was purchased over 20 years ago so I was worried about new technology and though the manual was a little difficult to follow with time it is helpful and I have been very pleased with the product. My onkyo is powering BL250 polk audio surround speakers with polk subwoofer and for a very reasonable expenditure we are enjoying a whole new level of theatre experience at home. Also Ziggy was very helpful at time of purchase thanks Crutchfield

    Pros: works great so far and excellent sound

    Cons: manual takes some review to get thru and understand

    Great Reciever

    Written By Chuck G, Versailles, IN on Saturday, January 28, 2012

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    I've been using the TX-NR609 for about a month. It was very easy to hook-up and I really like the automatic speaker balancing routine (couldn't be any easier). Sound is great and flexibility is terrific. Ipod connectivity is great feature.

    2 Issues I encountered: 1) Unit gets very warm (hot) in an enclosed home theater cabinet (even with an open front), so plan on installing cooling fans in your cabinet, 2)The unit come with a 3 prong plug and I immediately encountered the dreaded "ground loop hum" from my sub woofers, mine was cured with an isolation transformer on the antenna output from my amplified antenna (online availability good, installation easy).

    I definitely recommend this unit from my experience, just be ready to deal with the heat generated in an enclosed cabinet and be ready to solve a ground loop hum if your old receiver had a 2 pronged power plug. Outstanding value for the money.

    Pros: Ease on installation, iPod connectivity, great sound and flexibility of settings, terrific value for the money.

    Cons: Unit gets very warm during operation and requires cooling fans if used in a cabinet ( even if open in front). 3 Pronged power plug can lead to ground loop interference if using sub woofer(s) and requires isolation transformer to solve.

    Great receiver

    Written By Perry Z, Los Angeles, CA on Friday, January 27, 2012

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    This is a great receiver and I love the fact that I can run everything through it and only have one HDMI output into the TV. The internet radio and other stations are great. The ability to use the speaker calibration system is "worth it's weight in gold."

    Pros: It's a great entertainment control center. The sound and central control is great, especially to be able to connect it to the internet for internet radio and other apps like Netflix. I always buy and recommend Onkyo.

    Cons: I am driving 4 large tower speakers so I have had some afterthoughts about how I should have maybe bought the next more powerful receiver. I have also noticed that it has an Aux switch on the front (I am using RCA cables to run my Ipod through it but I cannot locate the Aux input on the back. Second I have to say that although the set up was reasonably easy it was no thanks to the manual because it lacks a clear step by step description of what is necessary to get it up and running.

    Onkyo TX-NR609

    Written By Ed, Virginia Beach, Virginis on Friday, January 27, 2012

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    Easy to hook up! I went all HDMI hookup. Cable DVR (HDMI to Receiver); Sony Blu-Ray (HMDI to Receiver); Receiver (HDMI to TV), Less wires GREAT!! Speaker calibration simple and effective! I read the instructions on the FIRMWARE update, It stated that it could take up to 60 minutes loading from a Thumbdrive, It only took about 2 minutes... QUICK!! My old ONKYO 6.1 receiver did not have HDMI and the remote would no longer control receiver, that's why I replaced it. This receiver really puts out and is cristal clear. It breaths new life in into my previous speakers. Four BOSE 161, front left/right, rear left/right; One front center Klipsch and One rear center Klipsch and 2 subwoofers! SOUNDS JUST LIKE THE MOVIE THEATRE!! I purcashed the ONKYO WI-FI adapter to listen to PANDORA Radio, Great addition! Eventually I plan on adde one more rear center speaker...

    Pros: EAST TO HOOK UP, SOUNDS AWESOME!! The receiver doesn't get hot like I read in many reviews! very satisfied. I would recommend this receiver to anyone, a lot of Bells and Whistles for your buck!!

    Cons: Can't think of any...

    Performs very well!

    Written By Booth, Ellicot City, Maryland on Friday, January 27, 2012

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    For the price, the sound quality, and the ease of set up, this is a great buy!

    Pros: Ease of set up and thoroughness of analyzing the speakers we had. We do not have a 7 speaker surround sound, but just two pair of speakers. And even with just two pairs of speakers the sound is extremely good. The functionality and ease of use of the remote is fantastic and has added so much to our viewing and listening pleasures.

    Cons: A very minor issue, is the interface with the NET function (internet radio, etc.) is good, though not as good as our Blu-Ray player.

    Onkyo 609 home theater receiver

    Written By ron, south carolina on Tuesday, January 24, 2012

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    I had a sonny receiver and up graded to this onkyo receiver it has every thing i wanted and more.I am still getting use to all the features.

    Pros: great style power and very good features,good price. set up was easy

    nothing special

    Written By Anonymous, Honolulu, HI on Tuesday, January 24, 2012

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    Has alot if BS setup to go through. Would be nice to just plug items in and walk away. No AC plug in the back. And no "internet out" option which requires running a internet cable to the receiver and then another internet cable to your tv or DVD player. All the RCA and component video inputs/outputs in the back are not needed. Unit should have HDMI in and out and internet in and out only. Whatever... price is good for what you get I guess. I've been an Onkyo man since 1996ish and this is my third receiver, 1st one is still working, 2nd one died, we'll see if this one lasts...

    Pros: Onkyo name. Sound quality is nice, just nice.

    Cons: No "internet out" to run to TV. No AC plug in the back of unit. HDMI reverse audio (TV audio back to receiver) through receiver's HDMI output from Receiver to TV doesn't work.


    Written By John, Mass on Tuesday, January 24, 2012

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    You will not be disappointed!! This is not Junk