Manufacturer: Onkyo Part number: TX-NR509
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- Average user rating: 5.0 stars out of 1 review
- The networking ability of the TX-NR509 takes you one step closer to fully integrated home entertainment. Audio files on your computer and streaming Internet radio can both now be played through your main system, with fidelity far beyond what you're used to on a PC. When it comes to setting up the TX-NR509, Audyssey 2EQ works to adapt the ... Read more
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Very Good Receiver Overall, but Know All Features!
by Normand_Mcnelly on August 30, 2011
Pros: + Sound quality is great
+ Setup and configuration were very simply
+ Great On-screen display
+ vTuner is a nice option for Internet streaming audio
Cons: - No have for cons
Summary: Overall, this is a good receiver and I have come to be very happy with it. However, there are some very important things that a prospective buyer needs to know ...
Summary: Overall, this is a good receiver and I have come to be very happy with it. However, there are some very important things that a prospective buyer needs to know about it first; I didn't know these things when I bought it but fortunately I was able to work around them.*** P.S. If you will buy this Onkyo TX-NR509 I suggest you have compare prices before you decide at: www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B004O0TRCO?ie=UTF8&ref_=dp_olp_new_map&condition=new#?ie=UTF8&tag=***************&********=ur2&camp=1789&creative=390957
The receiver doesn't covert between video formats. This may be a standard thing with receivers, but it was unbeknownst to me when I bought it and then read about it with dismay in the manual. What this means is if you have, say, an HDMI cable in the video out source on your cable/satellite/DVD running into the receiver, and then a composite video cable going out from the receiver to your TV, you won't get any video because it won't convert between the HDMI and composite connection.
The above is very important because the receiver's on-screen display menus will ONLY work over an HDMI connection, meaning you must be running an HDMI cable out from the receiver to your TV as well as out from your video source devices. I have an older TV without HDMI and was initially unable to do this.
I was ultimately saved because my TV has a DVI input, so I bought an HDMI->DVI converter and now all is well. But be aware of these things before you buy!
The receiver's on screen menus are great and it makes it easy to configure the set up items as well as listen to Internet music sources or an iPod.
I have a Verizon iPhone 4 and I can listen to any audio source from the phone whether it's mp3 music via the phone's iPod app or streaming audio from the TuneIn radio app. You control the iPod music from the receiver, but control the TuneIn app from the phone. It also charges my phone when it's plugged in and I now use the receiver as my main charging source (the receiver has to be on of course though to charge the phone).
I've been using Pandora a lot and it works well. The on-screen menus let you pick a station, add new ones, and like/not like a song. You can do all of this from the receiver itself if the TV is off, but it's not quite as convenient as doing it on the TV screen. Entering the account information the first time through the receiver was hell; you had to type each character individually through a tedious scrolling menu (this was before I discovered my DVI input and got the on-screen menus working), but I discovered later that you can also input account information for Internet audio sources through the receiver's web interface. I would definitely recommend the latter for setting up your Web accounts.
vTuner is a nice option for Internet streaming audio too. The way I've mostly used this is I went onto the vTuner web site, I found stations I wanted to save for listening, and then I went into the receiver web interface using a computer on my local network (you just type the receiver's IP address into a web browser), and under the "my favorites" tab in the web interface you can copy and paste the URL's of the stations into a saved list of favorites that you can then play from the receiver. Not every URL I used worked (some would just fail to play for whatever reason), but I was ultimately able to find some of my favorite shows on different stations that had working URL's. You can save up to 40 favorite stations in this manner.
One thing I wish the receiver had is a screen saver for the on-screen TV interface. I have an older plasma TV that is subject to screen burns and if you leave music playing with the on-screen stuff on the TV, it will never go into a screen saver mode. For this reason I generally listen to music with the TV off.
I've played with the iPhone app for controlling the receiver some too. It was easy to set up. It offers more limited functionality compared to the receiver's actual remote but is a nice option for controlling from another room. When playing Pandora, it will show the artist/track information from within the app too which is cool.
I hope this information helps prospective buyers!
Updated on Aug 30, 2011
10 out of 10 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: Onkyo
- Part number: TX-NR509
- Description: The networking ability of the TX-NR509 takes you one step closer to fully integrated home entertainment. Audio files on your computer and streaming Internet radio can both now be played through your main system, with fidelity far beyond what you're used to on a PC. When it comes to setting up the TX-NR509, Audyssey 2EQ works to adapt the soundstage to the unique dimensions of your room. On-the-fly adjustments to audio and video settings are simple, thanks to the user-friendly overlaid on-screen display. The receiver's four advanced HDMI inputs handle stunning high-definition audio from Dolby and DTS, as well as dynamic 3D video. Further connectivity highlights include front-panel USB port that offers a clean digital link for both iPod/iPhone and USB storage devices, and Zone 2 line-outs that let you send a stereo audio signal to a second room equipped with an amp and speakers. All in all, the TX-NR509 offers a superb feature set for the value-conscious home cinema fan.
- Product type Home Theater Receiver
- Dimensions (WxDxH) 17.1 in x 12.9 in x 6.9 in
- Color Black
- Surround System Class 5.1 channel
- Amplifier Output Details 110 Watt,
8 Ohm - 20 - 20000 Hz - THD 0.7 % - 5 channel(s) ( Surround ),
6 Ohm - THD 0.9 % - 5 channel(s) ( Surround )
- Sound Output Mode Surround Sound
- Audio D/A Converter 24bit / 192kHz
- Built-in Decoders Dolby Digital Plus,
DTS-HD Master Audio,
- Digital Sound Processor (DSP) Yes
- DSP Presets Action,
Role Playing Game (RPG),
- Input Impedance 47 KOhm
- Input Sensitivity 200 mV
- Response Bandwidth 20 - 50000 Hz
- Signal-To-Noise Ratio 100 dB
- Total Harmonic Distortion 0.08 %
- Bass Control Yes
- Treble Control Yes
- Additional Features 3D ready technology,
iPod and iPhone compatible,
Networking & Digital Media
- Connectivity Ethernet ,
Wi-Fi ready, adapter sold separately
- Internet Streaming Services Pandora,
Slacker Personal Radio,
Sirius internet radio
- DLNA Yes
- Network audio standards AAC,
- USB features USB flash drive playback
- Tuner Type Radio tuner - AM/FM - Digital
- Tuner Frequency Range AM: 530 - 1710 kHz,
FM: 87.5 - 107.9 MHz
- Preset Station Qty 40
- AM Preset Station Qty 40
- FM Preset Station Qty 40
- Total Harmonic Distortion 0.08%
- Equalizer type Built-in
Inputs & Outputs
- Connections 4x(HDMI inputs)-Rear,
Composite video/audio input,
Component video input,
Component video output,
Composite video input,
Composite video output,
Audio line-out (multi zone),
Surround speakers output,
- Headphone Jack Yes
- Coaxial Digital Input Yes
- Optical Digital Input Yes
- HDMI features Supports 3D video ,
Audio return channel (ARC)
- Type of remote control Universal remote control - Infrared
- Included accessories [Jul 2, 2008 from CDS: Miscellaneous] Auto calibration microphone,
Universal remote control
- Microsoft Certifications Compatible with Windows 7
- Power Device Power supply - Internal
- Service & Support 2 year warranty