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Onkyo TX-NR609

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

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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.

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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 aphono 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

    Love this product. I've had it for many years, and even after upgrading to the latest 4K TV I find that this product supports pretty much everything I need. It also produces good sound, has enough power, and lots of flexibility! I really can't think of any complaints.

    Ronald, Solon, OH

    What's in the Box:

    • 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

    Onkyo TX-NR609 Reviews

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    Onkyo TX-NR609

    Ronald from Solon, OH on 6/26/2017

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    Love this product. I've had it for many years, and even after upgrading to the latest 4K TV I find that this product supports pretty much everything I need. It also produces good sound, has enough power, and lots of flexibility! I really can't think of any complaints.



    Onkyo TX-NR609

    Anonymous from Channahon, IL on 12/12/2016

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    Just over 4 years old and it's about dead. Video output would stop working randomly, would have to hard-reset once or twice a month. Finally had the HDMI-out recall that I'd imagine every single NR609 would need. It was inconvenient but I figured these things can happen; it was free, turnaround was fast and easy. Some remote buttons stopped responding after a couple years. Barely a few months later the audio is flat like a (another) board needs to be replaced. I'm no audiophile or high-demand user. A receiver at this price point shouldn't need constant fiddling for basic operation. It was never top of the line but I'm not impressed with my ownership experience. Turned me off to Onkyo. Search for NR609 issues.


    Cons: There are way too many Onkyo 609 issues; look them up.

    Onkyo piece of junk- dead in 3 1/2 years.

    Darin M. from Jackson, WY on 4/2/2016

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    Pros: 1. Worked okay for The first year or so. 2. Looked good on the website, wish I would have left it at that.

    Cons: This receiver is not intuitive to use, lots of quirks, and died in just over 3 years of use. The USB input (from iPad) would work one day then not the next. Not worth the money- you could buy a better entry-level brand at a discount store. Crutchfield - looking at all these similar reviews maybe you should consider dropping this poor quality Onkyo brand before it tarnishes your reputation.

    Product worked less than 3 years

    Dave H from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania on 6/14/2015

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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

    Joe from SF, CA on 5/17/2014

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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

    Johnm07 from Sebastopol ca on 12/31/2013

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    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!

    Todd from Houston, TX on 9/16/2012

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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.

    A Great Receiver with One Limitation

    Joe B from North Carolina on 7/28/2012

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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

    Richard NZ from New Zealand on 6/29/2012

    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

    Eddie from Houston, Texas on 5/13/2012

    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.


    MWL from Sacramanto, CA on 5/11/2012

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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

    iansfury from Lexington, KY on 5/10/2012

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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

    James from Dayton, OH on 5/8/2012

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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

    dbs from Durham, NC on 5/2/2012

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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

    ScottC from Chesterfield, MO on 4/19/2012

    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

    stewartwb from NC on 4/2/2012

    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

    Great system for the price

    John2John from Indianapolis, IN on 3/30/2012

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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 $$$

    RickG from Charlotte, NC on 3/25/2012

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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

    Jeremy from Greenville, SC on 3/19/2012

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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

    T. Arroyo from Virginia Beach on 3/15/2012

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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


    BugFreak from Cocoa, FL on 3/12/2012

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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

    Les from Denver CO on 3/12/2012

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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!!!!

    Onkyo TX-NR609

    Anonymous from Madisonville,Tn on 3/7/2012

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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

    mac777bos from Boston, MA on 3/6/2012

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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

    JoeC from SW Florida on 3/4/2012

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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

    tommy8917 from NY on 3/3/2012

    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!

    BBERLING from Jacksonville, FL on 3/1/2012

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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

    wc from Brattleboro, VT on 2/29/2012

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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

    frank from md on 2/29/2012

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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

    Good Choice in Receiver

    Mr Bravo from Portland, OR on 2/28/2012

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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

    LouisN from Cabot, AR on 2/23/2012

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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

    Darrel C from Macon, GA on 2/19/2012

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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

    3McK3 from Alabama on 2/15/2012

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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

    Luke from Cherokee, IA on 2/11/2012

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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

    Keith S from South Kingstown, RI on 2/11/2012

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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

    TomK from Sacramento. CA on 2/10/2012

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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!

    Onkyo TX-NR609

    Frank from Rosalia, WA on 2/10/2012

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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.


    Mark D. from Appleton, NY on 2/10/2012

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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

    Russ from MA on 2/8/2012

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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

    John D. from Pearland, TX on 2/7/2012

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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

    Walt from Cocoa, Florida on 2/7/2012

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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

    Danny L from Hornbeck La on 2/6/2012

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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!

    Rocker from Colorado on 2/6/2012

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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!

    Onkyo TX-NR609

    Mike D from Victor, NY on 2/5/2012

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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

    watches from Boston, Ma. on 2/4/2012

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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

    Jack from Valparaiso IN on 2/1/2012

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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

    TimG from South Carolina on 1/31/2012

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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.


    FredA from Rochester, NY on 1/30/2012

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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

    KCR from Overland Park, KS on 1/29/2012

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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

    Onkyo TX-NR609

    Anonymous from Corry, Pa on 1/29/2012

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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

    Chuck G from Versailles, IN on 1/28/2012

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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

    Perry Z from Los Angeles, CA on 1/27/2012

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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

    Ed from Virginia Beach, Virginis on 1/27/2012

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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!

    Booth from Ellicot City, Maryland on 1/27/2012

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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

    ron from south carolina on 1/24/2012

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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

    Anonymous from Honolulu, HI on 1/24/2012

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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.


    John from Mass on 1/24/2012

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    You will not be disappointed!! This is not Junk

    Pros: To many to mention worth every penny!!!!!!

    Cons: Owners Manual Layout needs improvement


    Mike W from Whitehall,Pa on 1/23/2012

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    The Onkyo TX-NR609 has been great.Crisp clean sound with many kinds of music.My wife plays video games using the tv the onkyo is hooked up to and the games sounds are fantastic.The ability to hook up several sources to one receiver and one hdmi cable to the tv is great for the neatness of the area around it.

    Pros: Good sound, ease of setup with hdmi cables

    Cons: Attaching speaker wires was a little difficult

    OK device, But Not What I Expected

    Dan from New York on 1/20/2012

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    First - you'll have a hard time finding a receiver with all of these features at this price point. It probably won't happen. I did a lot of research before and after purchasing this unit. It compares with similar products from Denon and Pioneer in that price range, but there is one major flaw that I could not get over. The sound quality just isn't there. I used the Audessy setup and tried it manually (I have a solid 5.1 polk/bose speaker setup) and I simply didn't get the clarity or power that I had from my previous Sony STR-DE697 ($300, 6 years ago) receiver. If I cranked the Onkyo, it sound OK - but again, not the quality I had expected. Also - a previous reviewer mentioned the color of the display (a noticeable blue/green). I agree that it stands out too much and is a visual distraction. I may have returned this item on that fact alone - once aware of it, I couldn't NOT notice it. I returned this and got a Denon 2112ci and could not be more satisfied. Thank you, Crutchfield for being so understanding :) One last point - initially, I had no interest in Airplay as a feature (I don't listen to music in my living room and I am not an iPhone user). Once I tried it with my Denon, I will never be without it. Awesome, awesome feature (not just usable by Apple products FYI - Google it). This Onkyo DOES NOT have Airplay.

    Pros: Cheap, feature rich

    Cons: sound quality is not up to par for the price (yes, I realize how inexpensive it is), display text color distracting

    Great receiver at a great price!

    gabyr from Washington DC on 1/19/2012

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    I have owned a number of Onkyo receivers over the years and always have been happy. This is my favorite so far. Set up was easy. I enjoy having pandora and sirius radio on the receiver itself. Obviously, it would be nice to have airplay, but it is also very easy to connect Apple TV or Airport express for this purpose.

    Pros: Well priced. Easy setup. Great surround sound for blu ray movies and HDTV broadcasts.

    Cons: No airplay built-in to the receiver

    Onkyo TX-NR609

    Steve M from Lewisburg, WV on 1/17/2012

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    Nice reciever

    Ken from Long Island NY on 1/16/2012

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    I like everything about the new reciever except the poorly lit face. its hard to manually select anything. Although most of my work is done through the/a remote i would have liked a better liy face. It is the same as my last reciever which was an Onkyo also. Other than that i love the unit.

    Pros: on screen programming, internet capability

    Cons: poorly lit face

    Satisfied, Very

    Infrequent Buyer from Houston, TX on 12/22/2011

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    This replaced my 1991-purchased Sony Receiver, also from Crutchfield (which means I'll be expecting to replace this Onkyo in 2032). I was hooking up my HD TV & Blue-Ray to the older Receiver and got fed up with the nonsense and purchased the Onkyo. 1 day after the online purchase Crutchfield rang me up for a confirmation. A couple days later it was my doorstep and I had it hooked up as soon as I saw the box. I have home-designed/constructed 400-Watt capable speakers and it punched 'em up nicely during sound checks. The network setup was a breeze, I use Static IP via wireless, allowed it to download a firmware refresh, and voila she was humming (in a good way). I remotely accessed its local website (port 80, not the one specified) from my local PC, added some Internet Radio stations (Soma FM for Chill), and setup Pandora. All was solid, no flakiness. HDMI switching is great and I use high-quality cables. Plan on adding additional speakers to fill out its capability plus those for a second room. And if I had my druthers, I'd get another Onkyo, from Crutchfield at that.

    Pros: Works out of the box, quick speaker & network setup, HDMI integration and switching, power, sound quality, pretty lights, iPod integration, DLNA integration, on-screen setup, Android integration, great remote.

    Cons: Connects my HDTV & Blue-Ray so switching to/from Blue-Ray by default (Samsung) hunts for Blue-Ray on their own network whereas the Onkyo connects its HDMI via the assigned port. Not a biggie.

    Great features for the price

    Steve S. from Arvada, CO on 12/20/2011

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    I had a green vertical line on the right on my TV screen when watching non-HD channels. Crutchfield support told me to switch my HDMI cable from the receiver directly to the TV. Not a solution I wanted. I called Onkyo support - they told me to unplug the receiver, and the cable box HDMI cable, wait a few minutes then reinstall the cable and plug it back in. Problem solved.

    Pros: Great sound, fairly easy to set up. Movies and games on my PS3 sound fantastic. Internet radio via the wireless LAN adapter is a cool feature.

    Cons: I'm not crazy about the green display, but not a deal breaker either. I wish Crutchfield carried the silver color unit, it has a while display...

    NR-609 Onkyo

    ET from Kansas City on 12/3/2011

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    Just got everything set up and wired - so many features, it's too early to thing that bothers me is it seams you have to upgrade to a higher cost, more complex unit to get the latest technology, which in turn provides the highest quality sound. Quite honestly, I will let a my PS3 do all of the networking, surfing, blueray, etc. so many of the bells are not needed when going this route. One major observation on this receiver and it was noted on other reviews...very under-powered...having to "crank" the volume up to what I would consider a high level to get any decent sound. Seems like the basic Yamaha I have from yesteryear provides a more powerful experience for a 5.1 set-up. Unless I discover in the next couple weeks I can't live w/o this Onkyo, I will be returning it for something more basic but powerful.



    audio volume

    charlie from Columbus,Ohio on 12/3/2011

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    Over-all very nice receiver

    Pros: The versatility and features for price

    Cons: The volume knob needs to be set at 50 or above to have adequate volume. I may have something connected in error but I have checked everything I know to check and still have this issue. My previous receiver only required a small increase of volume to obtain loud audio.

    Very pleased

    hb from Port Orange, FL on 11/14/2011

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    I purchased a TX-NR609 a week ago to replace a 15 year old (but very reliable) Yamaha receiver. It is remarkable how the technology has changed. I have been looking at new receivers for over a year, and was waiting for the right combination of price and features. This new Onkyo fits those criteria quite nicely. The Audyssey speaker calibration was simple and effective. It sounds so good it's as if I bought new speakers. My old receiver didn't decode DTS digital, so listening to the Eagles Farewell I Tour DVD in DTS was like I was hearing it for the first time. On screen setup thru the HDMI connection was quick and easy. The network setup was easy, also. One caveat - if you have your wireless ESSID broadcast off (so no one sees your wireless network), the Onkyo obviously won't see it, and there is no provision for manually entering the network ID (at least that I could find), so temporarily turn the ESSID broadcast on and you can set it up, then turn the broadcast off again. I like a good manual, and Onkyo has done well with this one. One last thought - I don't usually write reviews, good or bad, about products that I buy. I'm making an exception for this receiver (and for the Sony BDP-S580 blue-ray player that I bought with it) because I've been very impressed with its performance. Crutchfield deserves a lot of praise for its service, pricing, and shipping (the shipping box was well packed and everything came thru the UPS ordeal nicely).

    Pros: features at this price level, quality build, ease of use

    Cons: nothing comes to mind

    Seems OK

    StevE from Pittsburgh, PA on 10/23/2011

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    Unit worked until I tried to update firmware and it would fail during the download (ethernet), lock up and had to be unplugged to get it functioning again but nothing worked, no sound etc. Crutchfield replaced the unit no problem. With the 2nd unit I updated firmaware before hooking anything up. It updated with no problem and the unit functions properly. Sounds pretty good powering a Polk 12 speaker sound bar and JBL sub.



    Almost exactly what I am looking for

    FelixG from San Juan, PR on 10/18/2011

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    Love this receiver, sounds great, video works well with everything hooked through it. I can go on and on what I like about the Onkyo, but that would be restating what you probably already know and have read about it, that it is pretty awesome. It is not without its faults however, these are things that trouble me down the road, and things I need to keep tabs on. For one, it gets very hot when running video, so hot that the glass that is about 3 inches above it feels extremely warm to the touch. The other thing that bothers and concerns me is that sometimes video seems to cut out when switching from regular and older tv channels to HD channels at times. Sometimes the video will not work at all, as if it has some sort of confusion or is on the wrong setting even though I know I have placed everything in correctly. Switching between the bluray to cable can cause this confusion in the receiver and you get absolutely no video coming out of it but you do get sound. So these things are worthy of mentioning as it happens every so often but it does eventually correct itself, ever so many minutes later. I still have to recommend it because for the price it is amazing, sound is great, and video does not degrade much at all when running it through the receiver.




    Matt Y from Roseville, Ca on 10/12/2011

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    Awesome receiver. Removed all old optical/coax connections and am now on all HDMI. HDMI input on front means I can plug in my tablet and watch movies/pictures from it. I have a 5.1 set up with built in celing speakers. I used the A2 feature to power my backyard speakers. It's like having 2 receivers in 1!



    Onkyo TX-NR609

    ccmdudy from Guam on 10/9/2011

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    Excellent product for the price. Very good Crutchfield service. Fast shipping compared to other online merchants.




    Eric from Fredericksburg, VA on 10/8/2011

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    Upgraded from the TX-SR304, and was quite impressed and satisfied with my decision. Excellent sound, plenty of HDMI ports, on-screen setup, LOUD...



    Good Investment

    Kandieman 47 from Maui, Hawaii on 10/4/2011

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    After some extensive research, I came to the conclusion that this receiver met all my expectations. Very versatile product and a trusted brand. From a price standpoint, the TX-NR609 is worth every penny. I've had it since March and no problems whatsoever. The network ability makes this receiver even more efficient than I originally anticipated. It was a pleasant surprise to discover shortly after I bought this receiver, that the firmware update added Spotify to the already impressive choices of internet radio. If you're looking for a Home Theater Receiver that delivers and is pretty much future proof, look no further.



    Best value for your money

    Jason from Winnebago, IL on 9/29/2011

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    The TX-NR609 is my 4th Onkyo receiver. I have been an Onkyo/Integra fan for over 10 years. For the money the TX-NR609 gives you the best value for your money. If you are looking to spend under $500 for a receiver with THX Cert, DTS, with Zone 2 outputs and apps such as Pandora, Slacker and DLNA Certification...this is your best choice.



    Exceptional Quality

    Mario from Manati, Puerto Rico on 9/23/2011

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    I recently make an update to my Onkyo TX NR607, really really impressed with the quite operation of the TX NR609, It's include an internal fan to make the unit run cool, the new options, make this model interesting, I like the style and all of it;s features. The excellent service and their fast delivery make Chrutchfield Unique... Bravo!



    Onkyo TX-NR609

    Anonymous from NC on 9/12/2011

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    It worked for a few days then started wanting to reset for no reason. Of course this is while I was away from home for 2 days so i got a bunch of calls from the wife and kids about why the tv would not work. i told them they were not usint the remote the way i showed them... It was the receiver. Wireless thing never worked. when i called crutchfield support it was a firmware issue. now i need to update firmware via ethernet. after it is all wired and in a hidden spot. couple of questions - Why is it not made clear that even though it has all these great digital source features and a zone 2 out - THAT YOU CANNOT PLAY ANY DIGITAL SOURCES ON ZONE 2? Why would i be allowed to order a receiver and a wireless adapter together without being told that i needed to update the firmware? Hmmm Guess I will return this and get a Sony or Pioneer that is less chic BUT WORKS



    I have been around and find this the BEST.

    Joe from Honolulu, Hawaii on 9/8/2011

    I am 44 this month. I first bought my stereo in 1983. It was poor quality, though all I could afford. When I made Petty Officer in the Navy, I purchased a nice stereo and Polk speakers. My stereo was broken while transfering and speakers stolen. For the past 20 years I've lived on inexpensive stereos. Now... I am successful in my retirement and can afford any stereo I want. I've researched for months what I wanted and "hands down" the Onkyo NR609 is the clear winner. With my Polk speaker system, TV monitor and game systems connected... this is such a piece of perfection in audio style, ease, and beauty. Take my experienced word for it.... this is a must buy.



    Best bang for the buck, and a top performer

    Ron L from Tuftonboro, NH on 9/7/2011

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    This is my third Onkyo receiver and for good reason. My other two are still working perfectly and relocated to other locations. This receiver has features I only dreamed about 10 years ago when I saw a top-of-the-line receiver in a high-end Home Theater store. Net-capable is huge. Software upgradeable as encoding specs change and interfaces with other devices are provided. Sound specs are the same or better than a higher-level model I purchased for much more 3 years ago. Operation is flawless with HDMI 3D switching making my home theater setup truly integrated for the first time. Playing online audio sources such as Pandora is very simple, even if you only use the receiver's display. It even remembers last station played and logs in and plays that automatically when you next select that source. The recent release of Onkyo's Android app was a very pleasant, unexpected, surprise and that works great as well, via wifi, from anywhere within wi-fi coverage. It even shows you what's playing on your phone and allows you to play music, playlists, and albums stored on your phone. I use iSynchr on my phone and all my playlists, songs, or albums are selectable via this Onkyo app for wi-fi streaming to my receiver. I thought I would miss the learning-programmable remote of my prior receiver, but found that this remote had all the codes needed to control all of my equipment, even the more obscure Channel Master OTA DVR (by using Dish net DVR code).



    Amazing Receiver

    Tony Z from Yokota AFB Japan!!! on 9/1/2011

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    This thing is everything it's hyped up to be. You can't imagine how blown away I was by everything, after having a sound bar and sub for sound. This is impressive!!! Don't even think about looking at something different. Buy it and don't look back. Also, big shout out to Crutchfield for shipping to an Air Force base in Japan. Perfect packaging and earlier than the estimated delivery date.



    Onkyo TX-NR609

    Paul B from Winnsboro, TX on 8/22/2011

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    Much improved over the 700 that I had. The zone 2 took a little working to figure out and get working. It takes an analog connection to make it work which seems odd since it already has the signal there. Still waiting on the connection for my network at home to see how well that part works. Very nice addition to my home theater.



    Great Receiver, only 1 issue noticed

    Damitched from Robesonia, PA on 8/21/2011

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    I agree wih all the positive reviews so I won't state them again to save time. The only negative issue relates to the use of the USB Wi-Fi dangle for the internet features. The USB dangle works great but updates have to be done with a USB thumb drive. I also have to unplug the unit every 2-3 weeks when the connection gets lost, then plug it back in to reset it. Hardwired set-up would eliminate this issue, but my router and receiver are 60 feet apart. Hopefully the updates will fix the issue soon, but since this is one of the newest units in 2011, it may be a few more months. Very happy with this purchae.



    Rough start

    Jeff from TX on 8/12/2011

    Got it tonight, started disassembling the current setup (TX-SR605) and putting in the new NR609. Checked all connections, rechecked, turned on, all works - except HDMI. Nothing HDMI works, not the out, not the ins, nada. Ran speaker setup from the front panel, all went well. Am running the firmware update now. As I have owned several Onkyos before, I know the setup, and I know how to wire my gear. HDMI on this, out of the box, was DEAD. Prior to firmware update (68%), I got "starting HDMI" on the front panel, never actually started, message never went away, no errors, nothing, just no HDMI. If the firmware fails, look for a brand new "open box" special soon as this will be going home to Crutchfield. I wondered why it was on sale, now I may know.



    awesome receiver

    pharmacyguy from charlotte nc on 8/4/2011

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    I have owned onkyo receivers in the past and have always been impressed by their performance and features. This receiver met my needs of multiple HDMI inputs perfectly. The setup was absolutely simple and worked easily with my programmable remote. As always Crutchfields was absolutely fantastic!!! Their service is second to none!!! The product arrived in 2 days in perfect condition and I am extremely pleased with my purchase. The features and sound quality is excellent and I would highly recommend this receiver to anyone looking to upgrade to a THX quality receiver at a great price. Job well done Onkyo!!!



    Other Excellent Equipment from Onkyo

    Ruben from Gurabo, PR on 7/30/2011

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    I buy this receiver to update to 3D and Network for my Home Theater. I buy with the Polks R150 and Center CSR. I like the good quality sound and video this receiver produce joined with my Samsung 46" LED TV. The option to listen music from Pandora and internet radio is amazing. The price for the value is very attractive, specialty to all the features it has. I like the new look of the 2011 Onkyo AVR line, the front is flat and it have many buttons to operate the unit without the remote control, but you can not notice because the form Onkyo organize them was very good. The OSD is spectacular on this range of receiver, this is able to control your iPod or iPhone via USB or using the dock adapter that let you also see videos on your stuff. In conclusion I make the best choice this time and am sure it will let me join for years to go. Crutchfield service is the best you can get on internet, free shipping, good advice and very kind treatment from sellers (Enrique, Hill, Cosmo, Anabella and Kinberly) thank you very much.



    Onkyo 609

    ROxios from PR. on 7/10/2011

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    Very good item.



    Overall review of the Onkyo TX-NR609

    Richard from Feasterville, PA on 7/8/2011

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    Overall, an outstanding receiver with mic testing upgrades easier to work with than the previous model of this level. Wish the zone 2 audio line out worked when HDMI used for transport to TV of all devices. (book says this is void if HDMI used)Don't understand it not always being on for 2nd amp use in another room.(Zone 2)Units like this need a small fan, but that is Onkyo's decision. Power is wonderful from all channels. Subwoofer outstanding line out, to just a standard stereo amp with treble off.(I don't own a powered sub, but have a huge 15" "old days" woofer needing power) A good deal for the $, but carefully read all parts of the manual if you really desire mastering this amp's abilities.



    Good sound/video, incomplete firmware

    JD from Charleston, SC on 7/5/2011

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    Set-up of the unit is straightforward and Audyssey makes such even easier. The D/A processor upgrade in the most recent generation Onkyos provides a decidedly better sound than older units when high quality sources, e.g., CD, are coupled with good quality speakers. There are, however, 2 issues I've noted in owing the unit for a month, and until Onkyo finalizes the firmware I'm assigning a 3 star rating. The first issue has been mentioned by a prior poster, the inabilty to play Zone 2 from most digital sources so the benefit of the unit's D/A convertors is lost. The second was a pain, and Onkyo support clueless. If you don't have the latest firmware update (6/22/2011; FIVE since recent product release), the mini-USB plug from Onkyo (UWF-1, extra cost option) can't communicate with a wireless router. OK, so I downloaded the cumulative updates from the Onkyo site onto my computer, placing such on a USB thumb drive and updating the unit's firmware that way. Nope, 'cause updates have addressed, among other things, USB port issues. I hauled the unit to the location of my DSL router, and used the "connect by NET" option for the firmware upgrades. That worked, and both the USB port and UWF-1 now function.



    Almost perfect

    SJC from San Jose, CA on 5/26/2011

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    I upgraded from an Onkyo HT-R510 receiver to this model because it offers THX and HDMI pass-through. I have a Sony XBR, DirecTV HR20/100, PS3, and Apple TV connected using HDMI cables. I'm using this model to provide A/V switching. The onscreen setup was easy to follow. I occasionally had to lookup functions in the manual (i.e. speaker calibration) but I'd still consider it easy to use. It comes with a microphone for auto calibration of the surround system. Pandora radio and Slacker radio works well and sounds great. Entering account information is a bit clunky and outdated. The firmware can be updated with just a few clicks via the internet connection. It does nearly take 60mins after downloading for it to complete the firmware upgrade. I did not opt for the iPOD/iPhone adapter. Personally I think it's a better value to spend $99 on the AppleTV than the Onkyo dock that cost the same. The USB port on the front of the unit will connect to your iPhone and sounds great. I noticed if I have the HDMI pass-through in AUTO, CABL/SAT or have RIHD enabled, the pass-through doesn't always work if the unit was left off overnight. I can still get a picture even with a different source (except Tuner), but no sound would pass through to the TV. The solution to getting the sound back was to unplug the power from the receiver for about 10secs and plug it back in. Then the pass-through function works again.



    Onkyo TX-NR609

    Robert from Greenville, SC on 5/24/2011

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    I haven't had it long enough to offer a valid opinion. I'm hoping to spend a little time with one of the gurus this afternoon so I may learn a lot. I thought it especially hard to follow the directions for setting up the speakers and I still don't know if I have it right. How many people just happen to have a tripod sitting around the house that can be used for the speaker setup?



    still man-made

    hylton from Welcome, NC on 5/22/2011

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    the original unit shipped to me sounded GREAT right out of the box. i painstakingly relabeled all the inputs to match my gear, setup internet radio and other things with the remote. sure wish i could have used a real keyboard for that ... pandora never worked for some reason. shortly i found that hdmi passthrough stopped working, and assumed i had tweaked the wrong bit somewhere. so i called crutchfield, and the only way they could help me was with a system reset. which worked, but then i lost all of my configs. so i set it all up again. and hdmi passthru stopped working. i performed another reset (5 in total over the course of a week) and stopped trying to reconfig. eventually it was evident that it just stopped working all by itself. same goes for internet radio. just didn't want to work, even after system reset. so i called crutchfield for a refund. they suggested that i allow them to send a new unit immediately, and send back whatever i wasn't happy with. i've only had the new unit in place 2 days, but it's already working better than the original unit - i just hope it keeps working and sounding this good. even though the remote is not a "learning universal" remote, it is able to control my pioneer/panasonic/scientific-atlantic gear. this seems like a great unit, and crutchfield rocks!



    Great Value, But....

    Thomas from NEW YORK, NY on 5/18/2011

    This AV receiver does offer strong networking features, the GUI is excellent, the remote is universal (at least with my SONY/LG gear). The video processing is almost too good. The construction is very solid and attractive. The receivers room correction is easy to setup and works well. This product's weakness is its amplifier section. I serious doubt this receiver delivers 100wpc (20hz-20,000khz +/- 1db thd0.08%) times 8? Since this model lacks Pre-outs adding more power is not an option. Final note:runs very hot!



    Onkyo TX-NR609

    Bob from Kent, OH on 5/15/2011

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    I bought this receiver to go with a 60" Sharp Aquos that I recently purchased. All of my equipment (Sony Blu-Ray & Oppo DVD players, and digital cable box) have HDMI outputs, but the rear projection Sony 51" set that the Sharp replaced only had component inputs, which is what my old Sony A/V receiver was switching. I did a lot of research into A/V receivers and decided that the Onkyo was the best bang for the buck. I wasn't disappointed! It is very versatile and user-friendly. The only caveat I have is that it would be nice to have A/B speaker outputs instead of Zone 2 outputs. I use the Zone 2 output to run my deck speakers, and you are limited to only analog sources so I have to run L/R cables from the analog output of the Oppo to the Onkyo input. Not a deal breaker by any means. I do find it odd that the analog-only output for Zone 2 is mentioned in the manual. but you can run the built-in internet radio options in the Onkyo (Pandora, etc.) through the Zone 2 outputs with no problem.



    Onkyo still the best

    Archie from Quad Cities, Iowa on 5/5/2011

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    I've owned and played my Onkyo tx-sr800 for 10 years but a recent tv upgrade required me to upgrade the receiver to get the new tv's full potential. Let me tell you hooking up this receiver was pretty straight forward and the on screen menus were easy to follow but the difference in picture was astounding. The upconversion to 1080p really does make a difference even old westerns and black and whites look good. I didn't really notice a difference in sound because the old unit decodes most of the same formats (beautifully I might add)except for those found on blue ray which i don't have yet and may never get thanks to the great picture I have now. HD sports on cable are so clear they are borderline 3D. So my old receiver is off to a new home and i am off to watch a movie.



    Thumbs Up!

    EdP from Alpharetta, GA on 5/4/2011

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    This is an excellent receiver and is leagues beyond my older Pioneer with Dolby Pro Logic. Back in the day, I spent a great deal of money on the Pioneer believing that getting the best will last over the long haul .But, electronics progress so quickly that it was time to replace it with something more current. The Onkyo provides the value and flexibility without spending a great deal of money - actually costing less! The number of options are almost limitless and this receiver should fill the bill for the foreseeable future. Reading the printed directions is pretty daunting, but using the TV screen menu makes the setup process much easier. Crutchfield's tech assist team were great in troubleshooting set up issues and eager to help. There are two cons: lack of a switchable outlet and non-illuminated buttons to select different settings at night (going from cinema to music, etc). I have to use a flashlight when selecting... In my opinion, the comments made by others regarding regarding the "noisy" internal cooling fan are incorrect and a non-issue - you can't hear a thing with the volume turned low/off, and you certainly can't hear it with volume turned up... I'm satisfied with the purchase, content with the performance and abilities, and very satisfied with the Crutchfield experience!




    sanram from Seattle, WA on 4/27/2011

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    I am blown away with this receiver! I owned an Onkyo HTIB prior to this and after 6 years of loyal service, decided to retire it to upgrade to this networked amplifier that supported 3D via a single HDMI. The sound is deep and impressive, the video output upconverting my 720p DVD player is excellent and the coolest part is the ability to play Pandora via the internet radio. Connections are straightforward, there is a bit of learning curve with the unit given it has features galore and I love the Audyssey speaker set up that told the amp to correct the sound output it was sending to the speakers. Multiple device support including ipod and the ability to update firmware is a bonus. Not to mention the Onkyo 609 is "forward compatible" for future ultra HDTVs that will be outputting 4K display! The only one drawback is the lack of digital support for my zone-2 speakers...that does not allow me to connect my ipod to play digital music in my other rooms. I got around it to connecting it all to my zone-1 output and tweaking individual room volume controls as needed, but would have been nice if Onkyo made both the zones support digital audio. Overall, spectacular performance for a sub $500 unit...heartily recommend this unit!




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    Features and Specs

    Number Of Channels 7
    Stereo RMS Power (watts) 100
    THD in Stereo 0.08 %
    Frequency Bandwidth (stereo) 20-20k Hz
    Minimum Impedance L/R 6 ohms
    Minimum Impedance Center 6 ohms
    Minimum Impedance Surround 6 ohms
    General Features
    Internet-ready Yes
    Bluetooth No
    Apple AirPlay No
    App Remote Control Yes
    USB port for iPod/iPhone Yes
    FM Sensitivity Not Given
    HD Radio Tuner Optional
    On-Screen Display Thru HDMI
    Auto Speaker Calibration Y
    HDCP 2.2 for 4K Video No
    HDR-compatible No
    HDMI Standby Pass-through Yes
    Composite Video Conversion From Composite to HDMI
    Component Video Conversion From Component Video to HDMI
    HDMI to HDMI Upconversion Yes
    DLNA Certified
    MHL-compatible ---
    Multibrand Remote Control Yes
    Learning Remote No
    LCD Remote
    Width (inches) 17-1/8
    Height (inches) 6-13/16
    Depth (inches) 13-9/16
    Weight (pounds) 24.7
    Parts Warranty 2 Years
    Labor Warranty 2 Years
    Multi-room Audio--Video
    Powered Multi-room Audio Output Yes
    Preamp Multi-room Audio Output Yes
    Multi-room Video No
    Multi-room HDMI Output No
    Surround Processing
    Dolby Digital DD, TrueHD, DD+
    Dolby Atmos N/A
    DTS DTS, ES, HD, HDMA, Neo6
    DTS:X No
    Inputs & Outputs
    Phono Input No
    Audio-Video Inputs 5
    Audio-only Inputs 1
    Component Video Inputs 2
    Component Video Monitor Outputs 1
    Optical Digital Inputs 2
    Coaxial Digital Inputs 2
    Optical Digital Outputs None
    Coaxial Digital Outputs None
    HDMI Inputs 6
    HDMI Monitor Outputs 1
    Subwoofer Outputs 2
    Multi-Channel Analog Input No
    Multi-channel Preamp Output No
    Main Speaker Output Pairs 1
    Main Speaker Terminals Posts
    Ethernet Port 1
    USB Connections 1 Front
    Removable Power Cord No

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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
    StereoSound is output by the front left and right speakers and subwoofer.
    MonoUse this mode when watching an old movie with a mono soundtrack.
    Direct Modes
    DirectIn 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 IIDolby 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 IIxDolby 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 DigitalDolby 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 PlusDolby Digital Plus is based on core Dolby Digital technologies. Dolby Digital Plus is an advancedsurround 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 TrueHDDolby 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 EXDolby 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.
    DTSDTS (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 AudioDTS-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 96/24DTS 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 ExpressDTS 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: 6DTS 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 DSXAudyssey 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
    OrchestraFor classical or operatic music.
    UnpluggedFor acoustic instruments, vocals, and jazz.
    Studio-MixSuitable for rock or pop.
    TV LogicAdds realistic acoustics to TV shows.
    GameThe receiver offers four different Gaming modes - RPG, Action, Rock, and Sports.
    All Channel StereoStereo sound from all speakers. Ideal for background music.
    Full MonoAll speakers output the same sound in mono.
    Theater DimensionalTheater-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
    DSDAudio 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.
    MultichannelThis 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.


    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 ServiceDescription
    vTunervTuner 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.
    PandoraPandora 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.
    RhapsodyRhapsody 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.
    SiriusXMSiriusXM 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.
    SlackerSlacker 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.
    NapsterNapster 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.
    MediaFlyMediaFly is your free source for personalized audio podcasts of news, sports, comedy, pop-culture, technology, and more. is a free music recommendation service that lets you discover new music you like, based on the music you already listen to. The website is filled with tons of information on artists, albums and tracks; including more music similar to them, charts, and other statistics.
    SpotifySpotify 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 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 ModelGenerationTested VersionMedia TypeControl TypeDisplay TypeCharge
    AudioVideoRemoteiPod/iPhoneSong/Artist TextTrack Info
    dock connector3rdN/ANNNNNNN
    mini 1stN/ANNNNNNN
    video 5th1.3YOYNYYY
    classic 80GB1.1.2YOYYYYY
    nano 1st1.3.1YNYNYYY
    6th1.1 PCYOYYYYY

    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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