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Onkyo BD-SP309

Internet-ready 3D Blu-ray player

3 Reviews

Item # 580BDSP309

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Kick back, relax, and experience the latest Hollywood blockbusters in stunning high-definition with Onkyo's BD-SP309. You can enjoy the phenomenal detail and vivid color of Blu-ray movies, including the eye-popping realism of the latest 3D flicks (with your compatible 3D HDTV). It'll breathe new life into your movie nights! This player also does a fantastic job with DVDs and CDs, too, making it a great all-in-one digital media console for your home theater system.

Kick back, relax, and experience the latest Hollywood blockbusters in stunning high-definition with Onkyo's BD-SP309. You can enjoy the phenomenal detail and vivid color of Blu-ray movies, including the eye-popping realism of the latest 3D flicks (with your compatible 3D HDTV). It'll breathe new life into your movie nights! This player also does a fantastic job with DVDs and CDs, too, making it a great all-in-one digital media console for your home theater system.

Easy connection for HD video and audio
Just connect this player via a single HDMI cable to your TV or receiver to enjoy a "Full HD" 1080p picture. The 'SP309 can also decode the high-resolution Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks found on many Blu-ray discs. It means you can get the full impact of 5- or even 7-channel surround sound with your home theater system.

Get instant entertainment — and lots of it — with Internet movie and music streaming
Connect this player to your home network via an Ethernet cable, and you can explore a cornucopia of great audio and video content whenever the mood strikes you. Rent the latest movies and TV shows from Vudu™, or stream an unlimited amount of content from Netflix's ever-expanding selection of instantly available movie and TV titles. You can even listen to radio stations that you've created on PANDORA® Internet radio.

Key Features:

  • plays standard and 3D Blu-ray discs, DVDs, and CDs
  • Internet-ready — plays TV shows and movies from Netflix® (membership required) and Vudu™, and music from PANDORA® Internet radio
  • remote control
Technical Specs:
  • selectable output resolution: 480p/720p/1080i/1080p signals available through HDMI output (version 1.4 with support for 3D video)
  • selectable video upconversion up to 1080p for DVD video
  • built-in audio decoding for Dolby® Digital, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS™, and DTS-HD Master Audio™ Essential
  • high-resolution audio can be decoded in the player or in your compatible receiver (HDMI connection required)
  • optical digital audio output
  • Ethernet port for wired Internet connection
  • dual USB ports (1 front; 1 rear) for music/video/photo playback
  • detachable power cord
  • 17-1/8"W x 2-1/4"H x 9-11/16"D
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Blu-ray disc player
  • 6' AC power cord
  • Remote control (RC-825DV)
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • Owner's Manual (Eng/Fre/Spa)
  • Product Registration/Warranty Card

Onkyo BD-SP309 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(3 Reviews)

slower than slow

Mike A from Buffalo, NY on 12/14/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I hate this thing! It takes forever to do anything. Other than picture quality, I think my 45 dollar Sony DVD player is much nicer and I felt that was a piece of junk compared to others I have had. This is my first blue ray player, I thought part of the whole idea was convenience, so you could go directly to the movie. With this thing you have to sit through all the stuff at the beginning. Try to skip to the menu and you get " operation not allowed ". And then to get a disc out of the thing you may as well go make yourself a sandwich while it goes though its paces. I could have spent less on a player but thought ya get what ya pay for so bought one that was a little more expensive. For Christmas I bought my sister an LG BP620. Crutchfields blue ray shoot out lists it as a top seller and very fast. We will see how that works out.

Pros: Picture quality as good as any other player.

Cons: expensive and slow.

Onkyo BD-SP309

Hal from Lafayette, CA on 11/2/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Player would not play most non- Blueray DVD's. Contacted Onkyo support to get firmware updates and was told that I would have to take the unit to an authorized dealer for updates or repair. the closest authorized dealer, would not help since they do not sell this unit. Now stuck with player that does not play most of my library of DVD's. Would not purchase Onkyo products again.



Onkyo BD-SP309

jbmoose from allentown, pa on 8/1/2011

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

decent player with somewhat poor attributes. no fast forward buttons on player itself. Player is very slow to respond to commands (such as when you leave a disc in the player and shut it off. as soon as the power is turned on, it autoplays the disc, and takes a bit to resond to eject). the remote also controls basic functions on my Onkyo receiver (volume, modes, etc.) The USB port is handy for picture viewing. HDMI only hookup. No coax or composite. Vudu and Pandora work well. The most unwelcome, the Netflix doesn't work. Can log into account, see my queue, make a selection, start downloading, still retrieving, for like 20 mins. The firmware latest version still obviously has bugs. Ken and John at Crutchfield tech were very informative and courteous.




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Features and Specs

Surround Sound Decoding Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby TrueHD
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
DTS-HD Master Audio
4K Ultra HD
3D Capable Yes
Internet Movie Streaming Netflix 5.1ch, Vudu
Built-in Wi-Fi N/A
DLNA Certified No
Smartphone App Control No
DVD Video Upconversion 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
Multibrand Remote No
Parts Warranty 2 Years
Labor Warranty 2 Years
CD-R Capable Yes
CD-R/W Capable Yes
SACD Playback No
DVD-Audio Playback No
Digital Optical Output Yes
Digital Coaxial Output None
HDMI Outputs Yes
HDMI Version 1.4
Ethernet Ports 1
Analog Audio Outputs None
1080p Video Output Yes
Component Video Outputs None
RS-232C Port None

Product Research

Disc Compatibility
Video Features
Audio Features
USB/Network Functions
Convenience Features
Remote Controls

Disc Compatibility

Disc Compatibility: The Onkyo BD-SP309 is compatible with multiple disc types:

Disc Type Disc Description
Blu-ray BD-ROM, BD-R/DL (BDMV format), BD-RE/DL (ver.2.1)
CD CD-Audio, CD-R, CD-RW

Blu-ray Disc Overview: Blu-ray Disc (BD) is a new high-definition disc format designed to take advantage of today's high quality HDTVs. The resolution is up to 1920 x 1080 (1080p) and the data transfer rate is up to 54 mbps. Blu-ray Disc discs and players offer several advantages over the standard DVD format:

  • Better Picture Quality: Blu-ray Disc is a true high-definition format offering video at 720p, 1080i, or 1080p resolution. While standard DVDs look very good on an HDTV, they don't provide a high-definition signal (not even when you use an up-converting DVD player). Blu-ray Disc delivers an extraordinarily sharp, clean, detailed picture, with deeper, richer colors.
  • Better Sound Quality: In addition to the same multi-channel sound formats you're accustomed to with DVD (Dolby Digital and DTS), Blu-ray Disc offers Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-HD High Resolution, and uncompressed 7.1 channel PCM.
  • Greater Storage Capacity: What makes Blu-ray Disc's superior picture and sound possible is the much higher storage capacity of Blu-ray Disc discs. A single-layer Blu-ray Disc can hold 25 gigabytes of data, over five times the amount a standard DVD can hold. Dual-layer Blu-ray Discs hold 50 gigabytes, which equates to nine hours of High Definition or 23 hours of Standard Definition video, plus high-resolution multi-channel audio and the added features and material that require multiple discs with standard DVD.
  • Backward Compatible: To ensure backward-compatibility with your existing library of discs, Blu-ray Disc players use a dual-laser mechanism: a blue laser for playing high-definition Blu-ray Discs, and a conventional red laser for playing DVDs and audio CDs.

Note: Like DVD, BD uses region codes. The region code on your disc must match the region code on your player, otherwise the disc will not play. The BD-SP309 is Blu-ray region A and DVD region 1. Blu-ray Disc uses the Advanced Access Content System (AACS) to prevent unauthorized recording of copyrighted material.

Firmware Updates: As Blu-Ray technology continues to evolve, new disc types with enhanced functionality will become available. In order for you to enjoy this new functionality, you will likely be required to update the firmware in your player. These firmware updates will become available for downloading from the Internet. The Onkyo BD-SP309 automaticallys check for firmware updates through the player's Internet connection every time the player is turned on. Visit for the latest firmware updates.

Note: The tested Onkyo BD-SP309 contained Firmware Version: BP11040400 (as of July 2011).

Blu-ray Disc Java (BD-Java): The BD-ROM format supports Java for interactive functions. BD-Java offers content providers almost unlimited functionality when creating interactive BD-ROM titles.

AVCHD Compatible: AVCHD is a high definition digital video camera format used to record in high definition or standard definition video on DVD using an efficient data compression coding technology. The format is designed to compress video and audio (Dolby Digital or Linear PCM) data, enabling a high definition video signal shot on a digital camcorder to be recorded on DVD.

DivX Certified: The BD-SP309 is DivX Certified to play DivX and DivX Plus HD (H.264/MKV) video up to 1080p HD, including premium content, on DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW discs.

MP3 Playback: The Onkyo Blu-ray player supports playback of MP3 music files recorded onto DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, and CD-R/RW discs. The maximum MP3 file should be 200MB or less. The player can recognize up to 256 folders/files.

JPEG Slide Show: The Onkyo BD-SP309 supports playback of JPEG still-image files recorded onto DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, and CD-R/RW discs. The JPEG files must have a picture resolution between 32 x 32 and 7680 x 4320 pixels (File size: 20MB or less). The player can recognize up to 256 folders/files.

Video Features

HDMI (ver.1.4): The BD-SP309's HDMI output simplifies A/V connections by carrying video and digital audio in one cable. The HDMI output is version 1.4, which supports 3D video content. The HDMI resolution can be fixed at 480p, 720p, 1080i, or 1080p, or set to Auto, which selects the highest resolution accepted by your television.

Note: This player contains no component video, S-Video, or composite video outputs.

1080p/24Hz Output: Through the HDMI output, BD-SP309 has a 1080p (1920 x 1080 pixel) output option, at either the 60 Hz video or 24 Hz film frame rates. Movies are typically recorded on film with a frame rate of 24 frames per second. When a movie is transferred to Blu-ray Disc at 24 frames per second the BD-SP309 will output that signal to the TV (if the TV will accept the 1080/24p format) with no need for conversion.

1080p HDMI Output with DVD Upscaling:: The BD-SP309 Blu-ray disc player is capable of scaling your standard 480p DVD to 720p, 1080i, or 1080p; via HDMI only.

Super Picture: This function enhances the quality of video streaming images with pixel by pixel processing technology.

3D-Ready: The Onkyo BD-SP309 lets you enjoy 3D Blu-ray disc movies in full HD 1080p.

Note: 3D viewing requires compatible 3D content, 3D-ready HDTV, 3D emitter & glasses, and a high-speed HDMI cable (supporting at least 10.2 Gbps) connection.

Deep Color: The HDMI output supports Deep Color, increasing the number of bits available for transmission, meaning more colors. This results in greater color fidelity, smooth tonal transitions, and ultra-fine gradations between colors. It also enables many times more shades of gray, for higher contrast ratio.

x.v.Color: The BD-SP309 supports x.v.Color, meaning it's ready for x.v.Color discs when they become available in the future (JPEG only).

BonusView: The BonusView feature provides picture-in-picture capability with select Blu-ray Disc titles. You can view additional content (such as director/actor commentary) in a small display window while the movie is playing.

Audio Features

Surround Sound Decoders: The BD-SP309 has built-in Dolby Digital and DTS surround processors. High Definition audio soundtracks (Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, and DTS-HD) are output either as a bitstream or as a decoded multichannel PCM signal through the HDMI or digital output jack (when encoded on the Blu-ray Disc).

Audio Format Description Maximum Number of Channels HDMI  Digital Output (optical)
PCM Bitstream PCM Bitstream
Dolby TrueHD Dolby TrueHD is a lossless coding technology that supports up to 8 channels of multi-channel surround sound for the next generation optical discs. The reproduced sound is true to the original source bit-for-bit. 7.1ch (48kHz/96khz) 7.1ch 7.1ch 2ch 5.1ch
5.1ch (192kHz 5.1ch 5.1ch 2ch 5.1ch
Dolby Digital Plus Dolby Digital Plus was developed as an extension to Dolby Digital. The audio coding technology supports 7.1 channel surround sound. Dolby Digital Plus also includes the standard Dolby Digital bit stream and is compatible with all current Dolby Digital processors using the optical or coaxial digital output. 7.1ch (48kHz) 7.1ch 7.1ch 2ch 5.1ch
DTS-HD Master Audio DTS-HD Mater Audio has a maximum transmission rate of 24.5 Mbps and used lossless compression (Lossless), and DTS-HD Mater Audio corresponds to a maximum sampling frequency of 192 kHz, and maximum of 7.1ch. 7.1ch (48kHz/96kHz) 7.1ch 7.1ch 2ch 5.1ch
5.1ch (192 kHz) 5.1ch 5.1ch 2ch 5.1ch
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio DTS-HD High Resolution Audio supports a maximum sampling frequency of 96 kHz, and 7.1 multi-channel surround. DTS-HD High Resolution Audio has a maximum transmission rate of 6 Mbps, with a lossy compression. 7.1ch (48kHz/96kHz) 7.1ch 7.1ch 2ch 5.1ch
Linear PCM

Linear PCM is a signal recording format used for Audio CDs and on some DVD and Blu-ray discs. The sound on Audio CDs is recorded at 44.1 kHz with 16 bits. (Sound is recorded between 48 kHz with 16 bits and 96 kHz with 24 bits on DVD video discs and between 48 kHz with 16 bits and 192 kHz with 24 bits on BD video discs.)

7.1ch (48kHz/96kHz) 7.1ch *** 2ch ***
5.1ch (192kHz) 5.1ch *** 2ch ***

Dynamic Range Control: This lets you adjust the range between the loudest and softest sounds (dynamic range) for playback at average volume. Use this when it is hard to hear dialogue.

  • Normal: The same audio output range is played as the original recorded audio output range.
  • Shift: When Dolby Digital audio is played back, the dynamic range of the audio is adjusted so that the dialogue portion can be heard easily. (If the audio sounds abnormal, set to "Normal".)
  • Auto: When you play back audio in the Dolby TrueHD format, the dynamic range is automatically adjusted.

Digital Audio Output: The BD-SP309 is equipped with a optical digital output. The Audio menu allows you to select the digital audio format that is passed through the optical digital output. Settings allow you to transfer Dolby Digital and/or DTS sound tracks, or down-mix surround bitstreams to 2-channel PCM audio.

Note: This player has no analog audio outputs.

USB/Network Functions

Dual USB Ports (Front/Rear): The Onkyo BD-SP309 Blu-ray player supports the playback of DivX+HD video files (up to 1080p), JPEG still-image files (32x32 to 7680x4320), and MP3 music files (200MB or less) stored on a USB mass storage class device through its front-panel or rear-panel USB port. The player's USB interface can recognize up to 256 folders/files.

Ethernet Port: The Onkyo BD-SP309 is equipped with a rear-panel RJ-45 Ethernet terminal (10BASE-T/100BaSE-TX) to connect the player to your home network and broadband Internet. By connecting this player to your home network and broadband Internet service you can enjoy a variety of content on your TV using BD-LIVE functions, video-on-demand services, PC streaming, and also perform firmware updates.

Note: This Player is not compatible with Wireless LAN connection.

Video On-Demand (VOD): With this Blu-ray player, you can enjoy a variety of video-on-demand streaming content by connecting the unit to the Internet via its Ethernet port. The BD-SP309 supports the following VOD services.

Video On-Demand (VOD) Services Description
Netflix (5.1ch) With more than 20 million members in the United States and Canada, Netflix is the world's leading Internet subscription service for enjoying movies and TV shows. For $7.99 a month, Netflix members can instantly watch unlimited movies and TV episodes streamed over the Internet. This unit supports Netflix 5.1ch audio/video streaming. Netflix is available in the United States and Canada.
Vudu HD Movies VUDU has the most HD titles on demand and more are added every week. VUDU delivers a cinema-like experience at home with HDX, featuring stunning 1080p True Digital and rich Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround sound. VUDU is available without a monthly subscription or contract. There are no late fees, plus thousands of movies are available to rent for just $2 for two nights. VUDU is only available in the United States.

Note: It is recommended to use a broadband line connection with an effective speed of 1-2 Mbps (for 480p), 2.25-4.5 Mbps (for 720p), and 4.5-9 Mbps (for 1080p).

PC Streaming: The BD-SP309 lets you stream DivX+HD video files (up to 1080p), JPEG still-image files 32x32 to 7680x4320), and MP3 music files (200MB or less) stored on your UPnP compatible PC or digital media server.

BD-Live: BD-Live technology allows you to download and stream bonus content such as additional scenes, shorts, trailers, movie-based games, and more from a broadband Internet and home network connections (fees may apply).

Note: You must have a minimum 1GB USB memory device inserted in the unit's l USB port in order to download content from BD-Live.

Convenience Features

Start Up/Play Back Time: The Onkyo Blu-ray player has a start-up time of approximately 25 seconds. It takes approximately 43 seconds for a Blu-ray disc to begin playback.

Note: The Start Up/Play Back Time tests were started with the Blu-ray player initially turned off & in standby mode. The Start Up Time test was stopped when the player's Home Menu screen appeared. The Play Back Time test was stopped when the Blu-ray disc began playback.

Parental Control: The Onkyo BD-SP309 offers Parental Control settings to limit BD and  DVD video according to the age of the users. The control settings are protected by a custom 4-digit password.

  • Parental control level for DVD-video:
    • 8 and Off: All DVD-video can be played.
    • 1-7: Prohibits play of DVD-video with corresponding ratings recorded on them.
  • Parental control level for BD-video:
    • No Limit: All BD-video can be played.
    • 0-99 year(s): Prohibits play of BD-video with corresponding ratings recorded on them.

Auto Power Off: This functions sets the Blu-ray player so that power is automatically shut off if playback is stopped and you do not perform any operations for approximately 10 minutes.

Remote Control

Remote Control: An IR remote control provides wireless operation of the Blu-ray player. The remote can also be used to control basic functions of an Onkyo AV receiver.

HDMI Control: HDMI CEC allows components compatible with the HDMI Control function to be controlled via the HDMI connection. When this player is turned on, your HDMI-connected TV is also turned on and the appropriate external input channel will be selected automatically. The appropriate external input channel can also be selected on your TV automatically when you press when the player's "Play" button and the power is on.

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