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Onkyo TX-NR709

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

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Great home theater is just the start
The Onkyo TX-NR709 is an outstanding home theater receiver. Of course, with a THX® Select2 Plus™ badge of certification you can expect excellent performance. 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. Plus eight HDMI inputs — including one in front for easy access — let you connect all your high-def equipment. And let's not forget that there are two parallel HDMI outputs to connect to your TV and projector. But movies, video games and TV are just the beginning.

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Great home theater is just the start
The Onkyo TX-NR709 is an outstanding home theater receiver. Of course, with a THX® Select2 Plus™ badge of certification you can expect excellent performance. 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. Plus eight HDMI inputs — including one in front for easy access — let you connect all your high-def equipment. And let's not forget that there are two parallel HDMI outputs to connect to your TV and projector. But movies, video games and TV are just the beginning.

Teeming with entertainment options
Just plug your iPod® or thumb drive into the front-panel USB port to get the beat started. Use the Ethernet port to connect the 'NR709 to your broadband home network, or if you have a wireless network, you can use Onkyo's optional Wi-Fi® adapter. Either way, you'll get easy access to the music files stored on your networked computers. Then dive in to thousands of Internet radio stations — so you can tune into Tunisia or dial into Dallas. Your potential playlist just went exponential.

Real ease of use
The 'NR709 comes equipped with Audyssey® sound-shaping tools, to automatically balance and equalize the sound based on your room's acoustics. Plus Dolby® volume maintains optimum dynamics, so gone are the commercial sponsor's surprise attacks of sound. You also get a graphic user interface to make control easy and intuitive with overlays on your TV screen. And you can download a free app to use your iPhone®, iPad® or Android™ device as powerful Wi-Fi® 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
    • 110 watts per channel into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.08% THD, with 2 channels driven
    • THX® Select2 Plus™ certification guarantees pristine home theater sound
    • Dolby® TrueHD, DTS-HD™ Master Audio, Dolby® Digital Plus, DTS-HD™ High Resolution Audio and Dolby Pro Logic® IIz
    • analog-to-HDMI video upconversion (up to 1080p) with Marvell Qdeo™ video processing
    • Audyssey MultEQ® XT auto speaker calibration (microphone included)
    • Audyssey DSX™ processing for enhanced surround sound height or width effects using additional front speakers
    • THX® Loudness Plus 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
    • iPod®/iPhone® control (requires optional Onkyo UP-A1 dock)
    • DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) certified to ensure optimal compatibility with other network-enabled equipment
    • Wi-Fi ready, requires separate adapter
    • Internet streaming capabilities for Internet radio, Spotify®, SIRIUS/XM® Internet radio, PANDORA® Internet radio, Rhapsody® and more (may require registration and subscription fees)
    • 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: 8 in(including 1 front-panel input), 2 parallel out
    • 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 3 coaxial
    • 8 audio/video inputs with composite, S-video and component
    • 3 audio-only inputs, including a phono input for hooking up a turntable
    • 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 14-15/16"D
    • weight: 26.9 lbs.
    • warranty: 2 years
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

    This thing is great! My picture and sound quality have improved for my projector screen 10 fold! I have yet to experience all the bells and whistles available. I'm loving it!!

    Anonymous, Belleville, NJ

    What's in the Box:

    • Dolby Digital/DTS 7.2ch AV receiver
    • Wireless remote control (RC-807M)
    • 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 (Eng)
    • Instruction Manual (Fre/Spa)
    • 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-NR709 Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (37 Reviews)


    Anonymous from Belleville, NJ on 6/2/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This thing is great! My picture and sound quality have improved for my projector screen 10 fold! I have yet to experience all the bells and whistles available. I'm loving it!!

    Pros: Sound & picture quality. Many options!

    Cons: None

    Lots of bang for the buck!

    Dave from Jamestown, ND on 5/25/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Awesome receiver that provides a lot of bang for the buck. This is my 3rd Onkyo receiver and it doesn't disappoint! I have this powering my 7.1 system and use a Denon 1612 to power Zone 2. It's very easy to setup and the Audyssey MultEQ is worth it's weight in gold.



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    EricB from Palm Desert, CA on 4/15/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This was my first purchase from Crutchfield - no problems; good price; fast delivery. Have only lived with the Onkyo for a couple of weeks but so far, so good. Very adequate power (B&W speakers, Sunfire sub); easy setup; lots of home theater options.

    Pros: Fairly comprehensible owners manual; lots of bang for the buck; setup was easy.

    Cons: None that I can see so far.


    Chris from dallas on 4/4/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I got this to replace my aging Onkyo tx-sr605. I figured that I would get the same sound and impact that I have enjoyed for the past 5 years, I was wrong. All I did was replace it the rack do the calibration and then sit back. The first thing I notice is a sterile and brittle sound stage (running this through my same set of speakers that I have had for 5 years). I did some more tweaking and got the low bass up but the mid bass just is not there. I played scenes from moves I have seen 50 times and they sounded "laid back" lacked so much upper and mid bass. I still have some adjusting to do before I decided whether or not to send it back. I do also have a new set of speakers coming as well so I will see what happens then. At this point it looks like my old one is going back in the rack. Rather have sound quality than features

    Pros: features out the wazoo

    Cons: to my ears the sound is just to brittle

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    Sean from Michigan on 3/28/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    What I didn't know I was getting has ended up being some of the best things about this receiver. Could do most of the hookup myself and Crutchfield tech support is always right-on and helpful. Connected this to my router and now I get Internet streaming radio, Pandora music, and also set my computer up for DNLA server and the receiver connects to that and plays music stored on my PC. I didn't buy this for any of that , but now that I have discovered this I am loving all of it. PLUS it has improved the video quality from my Dish TV box to my TV tremendously. I didn't think my TV could look so good until I ran the Dish box thru this receiver. One terrific little thing is the remote has a TV On and TV Off, with one button it turns on the TV , Dish box, and sets receiver to TV. Off button turns it all off. A little thing, but great if you have been living with turning three things on and off and switching a receiver to the right input manually. Dual subwoofer outputs again I didn't know, but improves your sound from your subwoofer. This also has the center channel out, which I wanted and my advisor knew this unit had it and the 609 did not, so he knew to recommend this one - - that's a bit reason to deal with Crutchfield, they know this stuff when you don't. Advisor also told me what I needed to get to hookup Zone 2, which is nice to have. Needless to say the sound options on this are great, it sounds terrific, plenty of power. I got more than i thought with this.

    Pros: Many things; great remote, good sound options (Neo 6, etc.), network connection opens many options for playing music from your computer, pandora, and Internet streaming radio stations; mostly painless hookup, Great (!!) video performance, overall more than I expected. Of course Crutchfield advice and support from the advisor and tech support personnel, for the same price you would pay somewhere else and you're on your own there.

    Cons: I'm still trying to figure out how some of the configuration stuff works as far as the audio setup; assigning the inputs and things like that are challenging but may be that's just me. I'm sure a call to crutchfield will help if I need it.

    It Launches Nuc's

    transmaster from Cheyenne, Wyoming on 3/24/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    First off I have been a customer Crutchfield since 1974, I well remember the tiny classified ad's in Road & Track magazine. My Onkyo TX-NR709 replaces a 25 year old decrepit Sony AV receiver. When I unboxed this Onkyo I was impressed by it's weight which is centered in it's impressive power supply. The Onkyo is the first part of a new Home theater system. right now I am using is in stereo mode as I make decisions for the rest of the stuff. I am feeding a set of vintage Polk Monitor 10B's. I setup a digital feed from my computer to tap into the several terabytes of music and video's that reside there. To test things out I started with Mars Lasar, wow the clarity, the 10B's are in heaven, Then I put on some classical music and I had to keep telling myself that I didn't have a center speaker hooked up, the Onkyo has superb phasing, fantastic sound stage. Then I went to the Orchestral Heavy Metal band NIghtwish. This is when I found out the Onkyo can launch nuc's I purchased the Polk Monitor 10B's in 1989 in all of those years I have never, ever heard them do what they did when I started NIghtwish Amaranth. A musical fusion explosion, massive undistorted bass this is a testimony to a power supply is up to the job. Crystal clear guitar riffs, vocals at center stage on not swamped by the orchestra, and that orchestra's individual sections, strings, brass, woodwind, percussion all clear in ensemble. Next new speakers, Polk Audio of course.

    Pros: A power supply that is up to the job, The vTuner Internet Radio is fun. The DLNA system once setup is nice, It has every kind of capability you could want or need. The receiver is very complex and could be hard to setup but take your time and things will be fine. Crutchfield tech support not with standing Onkyo has a technical support forum that affords you direct access to Onkyo engineers the forum in monitored continuously. If you have a question Crutchfield can't answer, Onkyo will.

    Cons: Front panel controls Impossible to read, without a flashlight. The Onkyo is designed to be used via it's remote but it would nice to be able to see what the buttons do in case the remote is across the room. The remote control is complex and some of the ways it operates makes no sense, at least to a new Onkyo owner.

    Just as Expected!!

    MBB from Oshkosh,WI on 3/18/2012

    What can I say other than WOW! Bought this to replace my older Onkyo,this receiver exceeded my expectations. The onscreen display makes setting up much more user friendly,DTS-HD and DOLBY-HD makes a big diffrence in sound seperation (with Klipsch speakers).The remote was self learning for my cable box and blu-ray player. Have not tried the auto speaker setup yet,I like to tweek myself. As for the HDMI problems others have reported,I did have a problem when turning it on the receiver would be stuck on "HDMI startup". So I did a firmware update and the problem was fixed,hopfully for good.

    Pros: Great sound,Lots of 'tweeking' options

    Cons: Remote not backlit

    Terrible Receiver

    JohnP from Florida, United States on 3/9/2012

    HDMI pass through to monitor never worked. Big problem with this receiver which I realized after I bought it. Many issues on other sites. Go with Denon.

    Pros: None

    Cons: HDMI


    BOBG from Houston TX on 3/3/2012

    I have a nr-708, purchased one year ago. I am experiencing the same problems that many have written about on other sites. With the help of Crutchfield, I did get Onkyo to repair the problems with HDMI and input circuit boards including the HDMI pass through at no charge last fall. This is a known problem with the 708. However, just today, we turned on the receiver and there is absolutely no sound output at all, no matter whether the input is cable box, BD/CD or tuner. Needless to say, I am not happy with the nr-708. Hopefully, Crutchfield can help again in working with Onkyo. However, I know I cannot trust their brand. If I replace this receiver, it will not be with another Onkyo.



    Does it all at a modest price

    Rob C from New Mexico on 2/28/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    First off you can't go wrong with Crutchfield service and support. I picked up this to replace an older Yamaha RXV1200 which I was quite happy with for sound, except for the remote which 80% no longer worked. I was using it as a control (pre) amp and so it's replacement was also to be used as well. To fill this roll it needed to meet certin requirements, 1. It had to have pre outs. 2. I also wanted a phono input for the old vynyl That was a lot harder to find and remain in a budget without 4 digits. Well my search led me to the Onkyo NR709, the first in the line up with preouts. This is the first Onkyo I have owned and am very pleased with the thought and quality that has gone into this product. It does all it says, and it does it well and without effort. For the price it might be the last great deal! The Yamaha sounded good, the Onkyo sounds Great! I am only using it as a preamp but the preamp in the Onkyo is THX certified and has a higher standard and you can hear it. It will get better with time. I didn't run any video though the old Yamaha because it didn't look as good as straight fome the Sat box. Not so with the Onk, all video runs though it and it looks better than from the box, had I not seen it with my own eyes... So the picture is great, and sound is great. It has a lot of convienient features which work to make life easier, almost everthing is adjustable. It's a no brainer, unless you have to spend more I'm sure you can find something.

    Pros: Good sound, picture, internet aps, home LAN

    Cons: remote is not backlit and is cluttered

    Great receiver

    kor from St. Cloud on 2/25/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a great receiver, I love all the options and expandability. It was a little confusing at first, alot of information. But it took about 45 minutes to get everything in order and now I think everything sounds better then the movie theater.



    Best Deal on the market

    KevinM from SLO, CA on 2/15/2012

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    The Onkyo TX-NR709 is the best receiver money can buy. The low price tag and options make this a steal. Only concern I had was the volume control, it seamed low but the volume is based on an exponential scale not like the old Onkyo's. I used the inteilivolume to boost the level. My normal volume level is around -30. The on-screen menu is really neat. Be sure to not put this unit in an enclosed cabinet, it does get hot, all new receivers do. The assignable inputs are great for older components, really easy to use. I am powering Definitive BP8 (Front), Definitive BP-1.2X (Rears), Definitive Procenter 100, and the beast Velodyne DEQ-15R (Sub). Plenty of crisp clean power. HDMI video is also great, upconversion and passthrough both key options......Options to add front highs and fron wides as part of the 7.2.

    Pros: THX options, numerous listening environments, every option imaginable

    Cons: None

    Great receiver, great price

    Mike W from Minneapolis, MN on 2/9/2012

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    I replaced a Yamaha RX-v1200 that had volume control problems. I am impressed with this receiver. I have a computer connected with SPDIF, 3 HDMI components, and an older component video DVD player. It had enough inputs for all and has worked flawlessly since setup. Renaming the inputs is nice, since they never anticipate everyone's needs. I decreased the dynamic range and leveled the volume for commercials and that seems to be working well. Setup was a breeze. The graphic overlay is easy to use. Unfortunately when you mute it puts a translucent blue bar overlay across the screen which is irritating if you want to continue watching. The internet connection is really nice. I tried Pandora (great) and there's a nice Android app that works, too. Overall a better receiver at half the price.

    Pros: Many connection options, renaming the inputs, easy setup

    Cons: none of significance

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    JCH from Seattle, WA on 2/7/2012

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    I bought this receiver to replace a Sony DA-3200ES I had been using for six years. The multiple zone capability was important and the Onkyo looked up to the task. I wasn't disppointed. The setup we have is (to put it mildly) complex. Sony TV, Pany DVR, VHS, BR-DVD, Cassette Tape Deck, Phono, Wii, Cable box and Apple TV all hooked up just great. (Thank goodness for the Harmony remote). The sound is fantastic and the calibration went flawlessly. I can't imagine a better receiver for the price point. While I had it all out, I hooked up a thermistor to control the three case fans I have in the cabinet and it runs super cool. (When the temp gets above 85 F the thermistor closes and switches on the fans. One of them has a small LED so I can easily see when the cooling system is "on" and when it is not.)

    Pros: Super value, super quality.

    Cons: Took three days longer than expected due to a train being derailed in Montana! (I hate to wait.)

    Excellent receiver , great value

    Neale from Birmingham, AL on 2/7/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Quality receiver with excellent sound. Easy setup. Replaced a Denon receiver and older Sony XBR4 with the Onkyo TX-NR709 and a new Sony 52 inch XBR HX929 in less than an hour and a half before the BCS National Championship Game and everything worked flawlessly. Thanks Tim and Crutchfield for your excellent service.

    Pros: Plenty of HDMI inputs, Easy setup, Nice remote, Great sound quality, Excellent value

    Cons: Needs built in wireless capability

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    DOS from Athens, GA on 2/4/2012

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    With the help of Crutcfield's excellent tech support I have the unit operating as wanted and am very pleased with it thus far. The primary problem I had was with the speaker connections and using the Zone 2 capabilities. I agree with one of the earlier reviews regarding the speaker connection configuration, but once I got it set up, it works as hoped and as intended. The sound quality seems fine--comparable to my older Denon it replaced (same power level output, but no HDMI inputs/outputs) and it has much more flexibility, on screen information and options. Excellent value for the money--less than comparable units from other companies.

    Pros: Excellent remote, highly flexible controls, includes a phono input among its many input connections, overall performance thus far has been excellent. Speaker settings using Audyssey was easy and worked well. HDMI pass through operation works well.

    Cons: Speaker connection layout on rear of unit initially seemed confusing, compared to other units I have had.

    Good not great

    MBF from Lake Worth, Florida on 1/30/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very good receiver, does just about everything and the sound is very good. I can't get response that I was hoping for. Perhaps it is the speakers but I need to play the unit 70% of max to get good speaker response.

    Pros: Does everything you want, lots of HDMI's

    Cons: The unit needs a high percent of the total volume control to sound decent.

    Onkyo TXNR709

    DavidA from Mendocino CA on 1/30/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great receiver in just about every respect. Good sound, easy to use. Only two small complaints give it 4 instead of 5 stars. The layout is sort of cluttered, which is probably inevitable for the number of connection alternatives; but the speaker connection layout suffers, as having them stacked in pairs (L and R on top of each other) instead of all in one long row would be far easier to sort out. My main issue though is with the wireless connection device (the Onkyo UWF1): to use it you use up the only USB port. Why not make one with a ethernet port connection?



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    TomW from TN on 1/27/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this receiver because I wanted to upgrade my sound system. My two main issues were: 1) I only have one HDMI input on my six-year old, 720p tv, 2) I'm hooked on Pandora and Spotify. The NR-709 has 8 HDMI inputs (I only use 5). This really cleaned up my wiring and put everything on one remote. It all runs to a 3.1 Klipsch RF-82 II speaker system so the front towers are bi-amped. (I'm not sure how much difference it makes but it's cool to brag about.) I also bought the Onkyo UWF-1 USB adapter. This allows the reciever to tap into my wireless router and play Pandora and Spotify without having to run a 30' LAN cable from my computer. It took about 2 hours to set everything up and get the accounts set up for Pandora/Spotify. It has been online for a week and I am still tweaking the sound. The upgrade is so extreme compared to the $300 theater-in-a-box that I listened to for 15 years that my ears are not used to the clarity. Getting the center channel, towers and subwoofer all balanced out for each input is an ongoing experiment. Luckily, the remote for the 709 has become very intuitive and I can find my way around the speaker/audio settings very quickly now. I have not set up any macros yet but one-touch buttons for each input selected is my next goal. Unbelievable clean power. Pause a song and start running the volume to max. No noticeable hiss until 97. Even then, very faint. THX level on the volume is 82. Good luck with that.

    Pros: 8 HDMI's, wireless Pandora/Spotify (with optional USB adapter), all the power I would ever use, already set up for 4K tv, firmware udates availabe through USB, easy to navigate remote/menu.

    Cons: I've read that it may run hot so I set up a thermostatically controlled fan to blow across the top vents of the receiver. No issues but would rather be safe than sorry.


    Paul from Sarasota, FL on 1/22/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Outstanding sound quality that exceeded my expectations. An outstanding receiver in every way.




    2112jb from Grapevine, TX on 1/9/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Two AVR's both have same problem. The fist unit arrived and i was beside myself with anticipation. simple hook up, blue ray player had handsake problems. Never would work called tech support, we trouble shot the system, and determined it was defective. New unit shipped out and returned the old one. Hooked it up same problem. The Hdmi connects are worthless. I got the TX Nr709 to work connecting it in the following manner. Hdmi from DVD to TV, coaxial cable from DVD to AVR. Hdmi from cable box to Tv, optical cable from cable box to AVR. works prefect so far. The unit sounds great and all other features seem to work fine. Just a shame to have all those HDMI inputs and outputs and they are worthless. I will keep it for now, but if anything else goes wrong, back it goes. Seems I have read a lot of articals where Onkyo and many others have this same problem.

    Pros: easy set up

    Cons: HDMI are worthless on this unit

    A great receiver!

    Steve T from Wolcott, CT on 1/5/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This product does everything I was looking for. I upgraded to the Onkyo TX-NR709 from the Onkyo TX-SR604 that served me well for 6 years. There are plenty of HDMI ports with the TX-NR709 which I felt was an important feature. Setup was very easy and nothing was complicated. I am completely satisfied and pleased with this Onkyo receiver and with Crutchfield. For the price, you can't go wrong.

    Pros: Plenty, including having a turntable port; the USB hub in the front is perfect for plugging in my Beatles USB FLAC stick; the number of HDMI ports on the unit was important too.

    Cons: None

    Awesome Unit

    dale from Nashville, TN on 1/1/2012

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    This model is a great value. I am coming off of a 14 year old Pioneer system that served its purposees quite well, yet it was time to move on to somethng better. Onkyo iives up to their claim. I'm well pleased with the performance improvements and vallue with this purchase.

    Pros: Very easy setup. i expected it to be more complicated (given all the features an functions) but found it to be quite intuitive.

    Cons: Switching times are a bit slow, tolerable, but annoying.

    Awsome HTPC companion

    Matt from MN on 12/29/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I used a Denon receiver which put me at wits end with the HTPC that I built... This receiver solved many issues including stopping Flickering 1080P video passthrough on HDMI.. Fixed allowing Windows Media Center to hear volume in live and recorded TV when allowing applications to control audio device and allow Dolby Digital Passthrough on TV instead of PCM output. It also allowed passthrough to receiver of DTS HD etc from Power DVD for blurays. I am soo happy I bought this receiver as it has made everything run very smoothly. I basically never write reviews for products even though I have worked with a great deal of electronics. I was just so pleased that I felt like I should write a review. I have yet to work out setting up playing pandora as it looked a little complicated, but I just got it today and will figure it out later. I assume that will work, but it could have been a little easier like it is with bluray players. You have to log onto PC throgh browser IP or something to set it up

    Pros: HDMI video overlay for volume and display info, Dual Monitor out, Undecoded acceptance of DTS HD Dolby etc audio from Nvidia 560TI Video card. 1080P OSD setup. Smooth transitional video switching and processing

    Cons: Switching Monitor requires a macro command on remote, and outputing to both doesn't allow for HDCP content which is expected. OSD setup doesn't go to Monitor 2. its only on the main display through HDMI.

    Review of Onkyo TXNR709

    Leigh J from Tampa FL on 12/2/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    First Onkyo, replacing a 12 yr old Pioneer Elite...moving in to the HDMI age and wanted an easy to use AVR with HDMI passthrough. Easy set up, perfect dimensions for the entertainment cabinet, simple hook-ups and an easy-to-use HDMI pass through. Great sound, excellent choice of sound modes and a very easy to use/program universal remote feature. Slight lag in HDMI passthrough 'warm-up'/'switching' (this may be inherint in all of them), but, nothing to stop me from raving about overall great quality! Great value for what's in the box and a GREAT experience with Crutchfield from pre-purchase ?'s to price to receipt! Very happy!

    Pros: Easy set up, perfect dimensions for the entertainment cabinet, simple hook-ups and an easy-to-use HDMI pass through. Great sound, excellent choice of sound modes and a very easy to use/program universal remote feature.

    Cons: Slight lag in HDMI passthrough 'warm-up'/'switching' (this may be inherint in all of them), but, nothing to stop me from raving about overall great quality!

    I'm finally satisfied

    DennyG from Charlotte, NC on 10/19/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I started with a lesser ONKYO that went on the fritz. I replaced with a Crutchfield recommended Denon that didn't sound as good and took an engineer to figure out the instructions. I replaced with the ONKYO TXNR709 that has great sound, reasonable instructions, and has PASS THROUGH HDMI, very important if your mate isn't into sound and remote controls. The TV can be viewed without turning on the ONKYO receiver. Also has a phono pre-amp for my turntable. It's perfect! I'm happy.



    THe Best for The Buck

    Mike from Clemson, SC on 10/15/2011

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    I just got this today. I can't speak for reliability on this model as I have just received it. However I have owned Onkyo receivers in the past with no issues at all. This AVR nails it. Plain and simple. I looked at Harmon Kardon, Pioneer, Denon, and Yamaha. The reality is no one really makes a bad receiver, but you have to do your home work to get the best deal. My goal was to get the best technology to fit my needs for the dollar. I looked at reviews, and noticed they put way too much into Apple air play. My big things where sound, video processing, Dolby Volume, and front panel USB for media. This AVR had the best of all options. The Reps here at Crutchfield helped a ton with no pressure. So if your looking for a receiver that will last and does all things very well, this one will not let you down. Cheers!



    Price and Performance

    Elias from Dorado, Puerto Rico on 10/9/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great receiver and affordable price. I hooked up a Acoutimax 10 and a pair of Bose 16 to complete the 7.1 and the sound is so great that sometimes I play pandora and jam with my drumset



    Very good value in a loaded AVR

    LarryM from Elkhart County, IN on 10/7/2011

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    While the first unit delivered had a defective speaker terminal, Crutchfield support staff was great in troubleshooting and then in making the return and delivery of a replacement VERY easy. I'll definitely think of them again when I'm in the market. The AVR itself lives up to the positive reviews and to my expectations. Easy to install, easy and flexible setup, lots of terminals, and great sound and picture.



    Better than Denon

    JT from Albuquerque, NM on 9/23/2011

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    I upgraded from a comperable DENON receiver I bout last year because it was not 3D compatable. The differance in the surround sound is obvious. The receiver does a much better job.




    CB from Windsor,VA on 9/22/2011

    I always considered Onkyo to sell high quality gear, evidently this is no longer true. I purchased TX-MR709 in March, great sound, loving life. After a couple months I noticed the receiver was turning it's self on. I didn't think much about it just figured someone had not turned it off after using. Problem is, no one had used it. Then one day I noticed it had come on and was cycling through modes all by it's self and would not accept input from remote, AND had to be disconnected from power to shut down. I started looking on line to find fix or info and ran across a press release about this on Onkyo's site. I called on 9.5.11 and was I needed to send unit in for repairs. I got shipping label but no box. Called again was told I would get box in 3-5 days. It's now the 22nd, still no box and shipping label has expired. Update - Sept. 22, 2011 : After 20-30 minutes on hold I spoke to someone and was told there was some kind of delay and the "email department" was closed for the day and he would call me back tommorow (9.23.11) and let me know what was going on. Sept. 23, 2011 : Same guy called and said that an order for a box and shipping label was placed and would be sent out in the next 48-72 hours. I asked what had happened to the original order 3 weeks earlier and he didn't seem to know or care.



    Onkyo TX-NR709

    LyleR from Salado,TX on 9/4/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The unit meets my individual needs and expertise level exactly. It was in my price range, does everything I want it to do. Instructions are simple and straight forward making installation and various devices connections fast and easy. The number of HDMI inputs and bridging function were important in my situation as well as the over all performance of the receiver. It meets and exceeds my requirements within my financial window.



    Excellent AVR

    Jim W from Skull Valley, UT on 8/27/2011

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    Crutchfield shipped the AVR very quickly, as usual. We have been buying from Crutchfield for at least 20 years and they always do well. We replaced an Outlaw Audio AVR that worked well, but lacked features we wanted. The Onkyo met all our criteria for an advanced AVR and Crutchfield had it available at an excellent price. Installation was simple, aided by a good instruction manual. Some of the tweaking adjustments took a bit of time to sort out before we were happy. The remote control is better than average and we prefer it to the universal remote control we were using. Overall, an excellent experience with Crutchfield and an excellent AVR.



    Onkyo TX-NR709

    Rick from Boca Raton, FL on 8/18/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    For the money, very good. I have a TX-NR906 that is a few years old, and this unit does just as well for surround sound, which is all I use it for. (Of course, the 906 does have the hi-def FM tuner built in.) I hesitated purchasing the 709 thinking it would not have enough power. And I doubt it could put out rated power on all channels at the same time due to its much smaller power transformer and power supply, but that is not needed in a typical surround sound installation and it does very well for me. I like that it has a 'direct' option for the video since I am a purist that likes to watch movies they way they were originally filmed. With this setup, I can watch an old movie filmed with a 4:3 aspect ratio without the receiver messing up the aspect ratio. I use DirecTV and have the DirecTV HD DVR set to send the video without modification, and with the receiver set with the direct option, it does not modify the video either. Also plenty of HDMI inputs for my AppleTV, OPPO BR player, and my Roku box.



    HDMI problems

    Rich from Atlanta on 8/14/2011

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    This product may work great for others, but I had a major problem with it. I've been running a 15-20' hdmi run straight from my blu ray player to my Epson projector. When I bought the Onkyo I was looking forward to finally having hdmi switching. I bought a short hdmi cable for the blu ray to Onkyo run and then used my existing long hdmi from the Onkyo to projector. I could see the blu ray menu, stream Netflix, and even watch dvd's. But why I put in a blu ray disc, the projector went to a black screen. I fould that if I waited for the Onkyo and blu ray to re-establish their hdmi handshake and then changed the projector to an empty input and then back to hdmi, I could watch blu ray. This obviously was not acceptable. I talked to Crutchfield, Onkyo, and Epson tech support. No one had a real solution, but all indicated I probably needed a better hdmi cable or hdmi signal booster. Keep in mind, this was the same hdmi cable I'd been using for years. But I bought a 6 meter Monster Cable 800 series cable to test with. It was even worse. So I returned the cable and bought a Pioneer Elite VSX 52 from a local shop and it worked fine with the old cable. While I had the Onkyo, I did run through the Audessy calibration. I was disappointed with the results. There were obvious mistakes like mismatched speaker levels (I say mistake because some speakers sounded noticably louder than others). I was much happier with the results of the proprietary Pioneer calibration software.



    Not reliable

    Jess from Vineland, NJ on 7/28/2011

    I bought this receiver along with BOSE Speakers as a Christmas gift for my husband. The look on his face when he opened the box was priceless! We connected the receiver and it was working great for the first 6 months. In June the receiver started acting up. The modes began changing on their own and we couldn't even power down the equipment. It is now on its second trip to an authorized repair shop (as recommended by Onkyo) and has been there for three weeks! This piece of equipment is Unreliable. I will never purchase an Onyko again.



    I could not be happier

    Deanna from Van Buren, MO on 7/21/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was looking for a receiver to replace my dated Denon 3803. After weeks of researching forums, and reading reviews I decided on the Onkyo TX-NR709. Setup was easy and the this receiver breathed new life into my Infinity Alpha 50's and 20's. They have never sounded better. I run mu TV, DVD, DirecTV, AppleTV throu the HDMI inputs. Fewer cables are required with this setup. Calibration of the 7.1 system couldn't be easier. I did the quick setup and it sounded better that my sound meter (spl) configured Denon 7.1 setup (which took an hour and I was never quite satisified with).




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    Features and Specs

    Number Of Channels 7
    Stereo RMS Power (watts) 110
    THD in Stereo 0.08 %
    Frequency Bandwidth (stereo) 20-20k Hz
    Minimum Impedance L/R 4 ohms
    Minimum Impedance Center 4 ohms
    Minimum Impedance Surround 4 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 Audyssey MultEQ
    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 Yes
    LCD Remote
    Width (inches) 17-1/8
    Height (inches) 6-13/16
    Depth (inches) 14-15/16
    Weight (pounds) 26.9
    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 1
    Audio-Video Inputs 8
    Audio-only Inputs 2
    Component Video Inputs 2
    Component Video Monitor Outputs 1
    Optical Digital Inputs 2
    Coaxial Digital Inputs 3
    Optical Digital Outputs None
    Coaxial Digital Outputs None
    HDMI Inputs 8
    HDMI Monitor Outputs 2
    Subwoofer Outputs 2
    Multi-Channel Analog Input Yes
    Multi-channel Preamp Output Yes
    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-NR709 employs 3-stage inverted Darlington circuitry for ultra-low distortion and less jitter.

    H.C.P.S. (High Current Power Supply): The Onkyo TX-NR709 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-NR709 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-NR709 is THX Select2 Plus certified. THX surround technology was founded by George Lucas and utilizes stringent standards that ensure movies are reproduced in movie theaters and home theaters just as the director intended. THX Select2 Plus requirements define hundreds of parameters, including - amplifier performance, preamplifier performance, and operation for both digital & analog domains.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Audyssey MultEQ Automatic Speaker Setup: With the supplied speaker setup microphone, Audyssey MultEQ determines the number of speakers connected, their optimum crossover frequencies, and their distances from the primary listening position, then adjusts each automatically. The room's acoustical properties are then measured and corrected over the listening area in both the frequency and time domain. There is a threaded insert on the bottom of the microphone so it can be mounted on a tripod for accurate listening position placement. Up to six listening position measurements are taken to optimize the surround effect for a broad area. If you prefer you can also setup your speaker system manually:

    • Subwoofer: Yes or No for subwoofer connection.
    • Crossover: Set the crossover point for each set of speakers (front, center, surround, surround back, front height, front wide) 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.
    • Subwoofer Phase: Switch between 0- or 180-degress.

    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 the 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-NR709 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.

    Dolby Volume: Dolby Volume provides comfortable listening, effectively controlling the volume level difference without unnatural changes in volume or sound quality to recreate the balance and nuance of the source audio. Dolby Volume automatically adjusts the difference in volume levels which can occur between different contents or source components, freeing you from having to make volume adjustments. Also, by adjusting the frequency balance according to the playback volume, it recreates the original source audio.

    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.

    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 three coaxial digital inputs. All five 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.

    7.1ch Multichannel Input: The receiver is equipped with one set of 8-channel RCA type inputs for use with an outboard 5.1 or 7.1 channel decoder; there are inputs for left front, right front, center, left surround, right surround, surround back left, surround back right, and subwoofer.

    Binding Post Speaker Terminals: There are color-coded binding post connectors for the left front, right front, center, left surround, right surround, left surround back, right surround back, left front high, right front high, left front wide/zone 2, and right front wide/zone 2 speakers. The binding posts are not 5-way because a plastic collar prevents their use with spade lugs.

    Note: You can select a speaker impedance of 4 ohms or 6-16 ohms

    Bi-Amping Front Speakers: The Surround-Back 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.

    7.2ch Pre Outs: The Onkyo TX-NR709 features 7.2ch pre-amp outputs (Front left/right, Center, Surround left/right, Surround Back left/right, and dual subwoofer) for connection of an external power amplifier.

    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.

    Video Features

    HDMI (v1.4): The TX-NR709 has eight HDMI v1.4 inputs (7 rear/1 front). The front jack is fixed as the Aux input, while the six rear panel jacks are assignable to any of the other inputs. There are two HDMI monitor outputs; both outputs can be active simultaneously and will pass digital audio and video. 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. 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 additional analog or digital cables. The HDMI inputs accept 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, and 1080p signals and the analog video inputs (composite/component/S-video) are converted to HDMI for transfer to the TV.

    Note: The 2 HDMI outputs display the same video signal and can be used simultaneously.

    Marvel Qdeo Video Chip for 4K Upscaling: The Onkyo TX-NR709 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/S-video/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 Trough function is activated on the input source selected at the time of setting the AV receiver to the "standby" mode.

    3D-Compatible: The TX-NR709'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.

    Note: The receiver also includes composite and S-video terminals.

    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

    Network-Ready: The Onkyo TX-NR709 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-NR709 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-NR709 lets you access various Internet Radio providers through its Ethernet network connection. The TX-NR709 will display station name and program-related information, such as - artist name, song title, and elapsed playing time. You can preset up to 40 of your "favorite" Internet radio stations for easy recall.

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

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

    Media Server Playback: You can play back music files stored on your computer or media server (the TX-NR709 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. The PC input is mated with a stereo RCA terminal for audio.

    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-NR709 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 to connect, the Onkyo TX-NR709 supports the following iPod/iPhone models and functions. (as of 1/11/2012):

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

    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the receiver and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to revert to 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-NR709 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-NR709 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-NR709 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 or Zone 3. 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.

    Name Input: You can enter a preset name for each individual input and radio preset for easy identification. when entered, the preset name will appear on the

    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

    Multibrand/Learning Remote: The supplied wireless remote is a multibrand/learning remote. The remote is pre-programmed to operate popular brands of equipment including DVD players, DVD recorders, Blu-ray players, VCRs, TVs, Cable boxes and Satellite receivers. Also, the remote can learn up to 32 commands from infrared remotes of other components.

    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-NR709. 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.

    IR Input: The 3.5mm IR input jack allows you to control the receiver without line-of-sight access using an optional IR remote control system and locating the remote sensor in sight.

    12 Volt Trigger: The 3.5mm mini-jack output can be connected to the 12-volt trigger input on a power amplifier in Zone 2. When the zone is turned on, a 12-volt trigger signal is output.

    RS-232C Port: The TX-NR709 has an RS-232C port for connection to external control systems from companies such as AMX or Crestron.

    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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