Onkyo TX-NR809 AV receiver | Onkyo AV receivers

By: Audio T  06-Dec-2011
Keywords: Video, Music Services, Wireless Lan

The Onkyo TX-NR809 AV receiver is  an outstanding AV receiver that packs features you would expect at a higher price mark. However, by just managing to squeeze under that thousand pound mark, it opens this unit up to the mid range market, bringing a whole host of features to tempt us!

There are so many features we could sing about it's hard to hit them all, so below find our key points which should give you some idea of how much we rate this receiver!


Where to start! Well, firstly there are 7 HDMI inputs on the back and an additional one under that handy front cover, as well as a host of other connections including S-Video, component and composite, plus of course digital optical and co-axial. Basically, we are struggling to see how you would have a problem with connectivity - you should be able to connect pretty much anything (and lots of them too!)

The TX-NR809 outputs via each of these formats, but also has two HDMI outputs making it incredibly easy to run two screens of this system (such as a TV with a drop down projector in front of it).

There's also a couple of USB ports, one on the front and one on the rear. The rear port comes especially in handy as you can use the Onkyo UWF-1 Wireless LAN adaptor to make this unit wireless - of course, we'd still recommend a wired ethernet connection as this will always give better sound quality.

Finally, there's a Universal port which Onkyo use to run one of two add on products - either the to give this unit DAB radio, or our preference, add on an to give yourself full control of your iPod through this unit.


Using either the ethernet port (recommended) or the oiptional wireless adaptor, the TX-NR809 can stream music, video and photos from your media servers, or it can stream internet radio and music services such as Napster, Last.fm and Spotify from the internet.


The Onkyo TX-NR809 features Burr-Brown DAC's to get the most out of your audio, and as well as providing excellent movie and music production, it is certified to THX Select2 Plus so used in conjunction with a certified source and speakers, you should be getting as close as possible to the Director's design for your audio.

Coupled with this is Audyssey MultiEQ XT to give you the best sound possible for your room, plus Audyssey DSX and Dolby Pro Logic IIz to give you the best possible emulation for 7.1 sound if your source is 5.1.

Finally, through its impressive networking features, you can also decode MP3, WMA, WMA lossless, FLAC, WAV, Ogg Vorbis, AAC and LPCM to give you the most impressive sound possible.


So, the most important aspect - the video! Well, the TX-NR809 seems to be geared at getting the best out of all your sources. As well as the ability to upconvert and upscale all your sources, the TX-NR809 is one of the very few receivers on the market that is capable of 4K upscaling. This impressive feature gives the best for now and for the future in video upscaling - see our article above for more information.

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