Manufacturer: Onkyo Part number: TX-NR809
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- Average user rating: 3.5 stars out of 6 reviews
- With its processing and fabulous array of connections, the TX-NR809 is ready to lift the roof off. Eight HDMI inputs handle all your high-def content, from master-quality audio to upscaled 4K video. Home network capability lets you bring streaming Internet radio and PC audio to your living room. And the drop-down front panel conceals a plethora of one-touch audio controls ... Read more
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Would Buy It Again
by Kingingaaa on December 25, 2012
Pros: Great Features, Great Sound, Look Beautifull, Work Great, Connection Very Easy
Cons: The AVR still runs HOT (like my old SR-604), it is not that bad but still
Summary: This receiver replaced my Onkyo 705 which is moving to an upstairs entertainment room. With this, installation couldn't have been simpler. Simply set this next to my other receiver ...
Summary: This receiver replaced my Onkyo 705 which is moving to an upstairs entertainment room. With this, installation couldn't have been simpler. Simply set this next to my other receiver and reconnected the wiring. As this uses all the same remote codes as my 705 there was no need to re-program my learning remote.
The reason for my purchase was primarily the iPhone and network features. First of all, while the Onkyo wireless USB seems so simple (no wires...), don't waste your time and money. Despite being fairly close to my wifi I could do no better than 34% connectivity. With this, the wireless radio stations skipped and stopped playing continuously. About forty bucks in parts from Lowes and a couple hours in my crawl space later I had this hard-wired with Cat 5e cable to my modem, and what a difference! Now the streaming audio is continuous and flawless. If you can't hardwire I would consider buying a better USB tether than Onkyo's.
The iPhone app was a bit of a pain, took it a while before it would "see" my receiver on my iPhone, worked instantly on my wife's. Seems to disconnect every so often, but so far I've been able to get it to work again. And when it does work it is amazing. I can turn on my Zone 2 from upstairs, change the volume settings, or play songs (or playlists) from my iTunes library right through the receiver. I had previously connected my 705 to my computer, but the sound quality with this 809 just blows it away. No more muffled sound; music is now a much more vibrant CD-quality. I can even see the song titles on the receiver face or on my TV! Online support for the app is next to impossible to find- if you have problems go to the hardware and network settings and make sure the settings are "enabled." Also, input the IP address to a web browser, you should be able to "see" your receiver there too if it's online.
While I was optimistic about the various video chips that this offers I didn't notice much of a difference from my 705 which had its own upscaling (I think it used a Faroudja chip). In fact, some of the features seemed to make the picture look overly "digitized" and I left them off or turned to the low settings. Still, a very good picture.
The Audyssey MultiEQ seemed to adjust the receiver settings perfectly. This seems much improved over the 2Eq available on the 7 series and below. After spending the 20 minutes going through the full setup everything seems appropriately balanced.
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Bottom line: at the current pricing for this receiver (below the 709 even!) you can't go wrong, and you won't be disappointed. Very powerful receiver, great remote, and excellent sound, and ample connectivity options to include networking.
4 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
Unit failed in less than six months plus failed repair
by spease on June 7, 2012
Pros: Esthetics. It worked (for a while)
Cons: Failed HDMI card, flicker & black screen of LG BluRay, finally black screen. Tried Other blue ray, other cables, reset. Shipped for repair (at $42 out of pocket) Came back and still flickers. ONKYO seemingly indifferent. Supervisor never called back
Summary: About five months after purchasing and installing the ONKYO TX-NR809, the BlueRay DVD image began to flicker with the screen ocassionally going black. I changed cables. No difference. I hooked ...
Summary: About five months after purchasing and installing the ONKYO TX-NR809, the BlueRay DVD image began to flicker with the screen ocassionally going black. I changed cables. No difference. I hooked the BlueRay player directly to the TV. It played fine, but without benefit of the receiver and speakers. I also hooked up a different BluRay player. Same problems. The problems got worse with the screen ultimately simply staying black. I reset the receiver as recommended by ONKYO's technical support staff during a telephone call. Nothing worked and eventually the ONKYO reciever HDMI froze up so I could not change the HDMI input source at all.
Onkyo techical support then told me I would have to unhook, box up, and pay to ship the unit from Sonoma, where I live to Huntington Beach, California (My out of pocket cost $42 to ship the unit though it was only five months old and still in warranty).
I did that. Three weeks later it was shipped back to me with what I was told was a replacement HDMI card. I plugged it in. I could switch HDMI input sources fine, but the BlueRay DVD still flickered and the screen would go black for seconds and minutes at a time. I changed the HDMI cables again. I changed BluRay to a different ONKYO HDMI input source. Nothing worked. It still flickered and all this despite, the replacement HDMI board put in by the authorized repair shop in Huntington Beach. They believed they had solved the problem. It did solve the HDMI lock up but not the BluRay DVD flicker, black screen problem.
I called Huntington Beach (again) and they were nice enough to say they would pay for FEDEX ground to ship it back to them (again), but when I suggested simply swapping out the defective unit for a replacent to simplify everything in the way HP typically does for its printers, they could not do that or authorize it. They suggested I talk directly to ONKYO, which I did. The technical support person with whom I spoke was polite, but he said ONKYO policy did not allow for changing defective units even though it was less than six months old and I had already spent the time and money to unhook it, set up a temporary way to play everything without the receiver, shipped it to Huntington Beach, gotten it back (after three weeks) and hooked it up, only to discover it still did not work. I asked if I could speak to a supervisor. He said yes.
I was switched to a line that just kept ringing till I finally got an answering machine that said I would be called back in 24 to 48 hours if I left my name and phone number which I did. I never received a call back.
$900 is not the end of the world, but ONKYO seems to treat customers like an inconvenience. Hold times are long and they have no ability to quickly rectify their product problems when they crop up. Why they cannot do with a $9000 product what HP does wiht a $250 product is mystifying.
I expected more from them and their product. Perhaps I should have simply stuck with a much cheaper Panasonic which worked flawlessley for more than seven years.
No more Onkyo.
One of the Best AVRs for the Money Right Now
by epkalbi on May 23, 2012
Pros: Tons of Features
Superb Sound Quality
Superb Video Up conversion
8 1.4a HDMI connections and 2 HDMI out
Supports 5.1, 7.1, 7.2 and 12 Channel Speaker configuration
Bi-Amp support for the front Speaker
Great universal Remote
Cons: The AVR still runs HOT, it is not that bad but still. the AVR has 2 fans to reduce the heat but I have not seen that they have kicked in to cool down the system.
Summary: I wanted to upgrade my old Onkyo system SR-604 to a newer system. I have been reading about many different brands such as marantz, Yamaha, Onkyo, Pioneer etc. The TX-NR809 ...
Summary: I wanted to upgrade my old Onkyo system SR-604 to a newer system. I have been reading about many different brands such as marantz, Yamaha, Onkyo, Pioneer etc. The TX-NR809 is one of the top models that Onkyo offers in their Mid-range AVR selection. I had the chance to test and play around with it in one of the stores locally and I just loved the Sound quality of this system.
I have connected the NR809 to the following Speaker system:
Polk Audio RTi8s as main
Polk Audio CSi3 center
Polk Audio PSW 505 sub
Polk Audio RM7400t Surround
The setup is very easy, Audyssey Auto-setup and On Screen display information guides you to setup the speaker system based on your configuration.
The On Screen set up is very easy to use and gives you many different options to tweak the settings in the AVR. you can actually change the setting for everything.
This system is THX certified and it offers many different DSP modes as well.
I am using Onkyo UWF-1 Wireless LAN USB Adapter to connect the system to internet. Just make sure that you upgrade the firmware to the latest one. it can be done once you have connected to the internet. using the OSD you can upgrade the firmware, it will take around 1h but it will add some new internet radio stations and correct some bugs.
The remote control is universal and it can be programmed once you are connected to the internet automatically, just type in the brand name and model nr and Bang, it is programmed. I love it
The video up conversion on this system is great as well. it supports up to 4K and I think it is future proof.
One of the features that I like about this system is that you can connect a USB flash drive with your music files directly to the system. The system supports and plays the following formats: MP3,AC3,FLAC etc.
I love music and playing music on this system makes me really happy, the system is very powerful and if you have good speakers you will love this unit.
This system has many features to offer, if you are looking to buy an AVR in this range I think you would need to spend a lots of money to get the same things with same quality with other brands. I would recommend this system to everyone, you will not regret it.
Awesome clarity and power for the money.
by slsmithsg on April 29, 2012
Pros: I have never heard better clarity. This unit exceeds my previous Denon 5803. It's power (into 6ohm speakers) is more than adequate for a 2000 cubic feet viewing room.
Cons: Not found any yet. Have only owned for several weeks.
More than I expected!
by RGare on April 17, 2012
Pros: I've owned it for 2 months and I still can't believe all this unit can do. Sound is what you'd expect from an Onkyo. It easily connects to the internet with the $25 USB modem.
Cons: I haven't found any Cons yet.
Recommended for Good Value
by Natter_Jang on October 6, 2011
Pros: + Very nice, powerful sound
+ Equipment Lush
+ Excellent workmanship
+ Overall very good and very good video section video EQ
+ Superior polishing (Music Optimizer) for compressed file formats
+ connector assembly Lush
+ Easy to use
Cons: - Only streaming audio files
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Updated on Oct 6, 2011
1 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: Onkyo
- Part number: TX-NR809
- Description: With its processing and fabulous array of connections, the TX-NR809 is ready to lift the roof off. Eight HDMI inputs handle all your high-def content, from master-quality audio to upscaled 4K video. Home network capability lets you bring streaming Internet radio and PC audio to your living room. And the drop-down front panel conceals a plethora of one-touch audio controls and A/V inputs. Video - whether standard or high definition - gets the royal treatment from a high-quality HQV Vida processor and independent ISF calibration for each source. Audio options include bi-amping, 7.2 multichannel pre-outs, and distributed multi-zone audio. As you'd expect from a receiver near the top of Onkyo's mid-range line-up, construction is first-rate. A massive transformer, symmetrical L/R channels, separate power and pre-amp blocks, and a highly rigid chassis provide the bedrock for a superlative audio performance. Built with the serious home theater fan in mind, the TX-NR809 offers a class-leading mix of power, features, and performance.
- Product type Home Theater Network Receiver
- Dimensions (WxDxH) 17.1 in x 17.2 in x 7.8 in
- Color Black
- Surround System Class 7.2 channel
- Amplifier Output Details 135 Watt - 8 Ohm - 20 - 20000 Hz - THD 0.08 % - 7 channel(s) ( Surround ),
160 Watt - 6 Ohm - THD 0.1 % - 7 channel(s) ( Surround )
- Sound Output Mode Surround Sound
- Audio D/A Converter 24bit / 192kHz
- Built-in Decoders Dolby Pro Logic IIx,
Dolby Digital Plus,
DTS-ES Discrete 6.1,
Dolby Digital EX,
DTS-HD High Resolution,
DTS-HD Master Audio,
DTS-ES Matrix 6.1,
Dolby Pro Logic IIz,
- THX certified Yes
- Surround Sound Effects Audyssey DSX,
Theater-Dimensional Virtual Surround
- Sound Effects DoubleBass
- Digital Sound Processor (DSP) Yes
- DSP Presets Action,
Role Playing Game (RPG),
All Ch Stereo,
- Input Impedance 47 KOhm
- Input Sensitivity 200 mV
- Response Bandwidth 5 - 100000 Hz
- Signal-To-Noise Ratio 110 dB
- Total Harmonic Distortion 0.08 %
- Bass Control Yes
- Treble Control Yes
- Additional Features Bi-Amplifying,
THX Select2 Plus certified,
Audyssey Dynamic EQ,
Sirius satellite radio ready,
Audyssey MultEQ XT,
Audio Return Channel (ARC),
HD radio ready,
Wide Range Amplifier Technology (WRAT),
Compressed music enhancer,
Audyssey Dynamic Volume,
Auto sound calibration
Networking & Digital Media
- Connectivity Ethernet ,
Wi-Fi-ready (requires dongle)
- Internet Streaming Services Aupeo!,
- DLNA Yes
- Network audio standards AAC,
- USB features USB flash drive playback
- USB audio standards WMA,
- Tuner Type Radio tuner - AM/FM - Digital
- Preset Station Qty 40
- Equalizer Yes
- Equalizer type Digital graphic
- Equalizer band qty 7 bands
- Equalizer center frequencies 16000 Hz,
Inputs & Outputs
- HD connectors HDMI connection(s) on this receiver make it a great choice for your High-Def home theater. One cable carries digital audio and video data directly to your display.
- Connections 1xHeadphones-Front,
1xComposite video/audio input(RCA phono x 3)-Front,
1xUSB(4 pin USB Type A)-Front,
1xHDMI input(19 pin HDMI Type A)-Front,
7xHDMI input(19 pin HDMI Type A)-Rear,
2xHDMI output(19 pin HDMI Type A)-Rear,
3xSPDIF input(RCA phono)-Rear,
1xPhono input(RCA phono x 2)-Rear,
2xAudio line-in(RCA phono x 2)-Rear,
3xComposite video/audio input(RCA phono x 3)-Rear,
4xS-Video input(4 pin mini-DIN)-Rear,
1xComposite video/audio output(RCA phono x 3)-Rear,
1xS-Video output(4 pin mini-DIN)-Rear,
2xComponent video input(RCA phono x 3)-Rear,
1xComposite video input(RCA phono)-Rear,
1xMonitor output(RCA phono)-Rear,
1xMonitor output(4 pin mini-DIN)-Rear,
1xComponent video output(RCA phono x 3)-Rear,
1x7.1 channel audio line-in(RCA phono x 8)-Rear,
2xAudio line-out (multi zone)(RCA phono x 2)-Rear,
1xUSB(4 pin USB Type A)-Rear,
1xSerial(9 pin D-Sub)-Rear,
11xSpeakers output(Banana/spade x 2)-Rear
- Headphone Jack Yes
- Coaxial Digital Input Yes
- Optical Digital Input Yes
- HDMI Switching Yes
- Upscaling via HDMI Up to 4K
- Video Conversion/Scaling Analog to HDMI up conversion,
HDMI to HDMI scaling
- DVD/Bul-ray upscaling Yes
- HDMI features Audio return channel (ARC) ,
Supports 3D video ,
Marvell Qdeo processing,
- Display dimmer Yes
- Type of remote control Universal remote control - Infrared
- Features Learning,
- Included accessories [Jul 2, 2008 from CDS: Miscellaneous] FM antenna,
Universal remote control,
Auto calibration microphone
- Microsoft Certifications Compatible with Windows 7
- Built-in clock Sleep timer
- Power Device Power supply - Internal