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5.0 out of 5 stars Onkyo TX-NR609,
This review is from: Onkyo TXNR609 Home Cinema Receiver Black (Electronics)I bought this after reading the What HiFi reviews and many sites around the net (including the reviews on this page) and I am so happy I decided to get the NR609.
I previously had an Arcam AVR100 with the B&W 6 Series S2 floor stands, centre and surrounds. What HiFi had paired this with a set of (newer) B&W's and the Stereo sound when hooked up to my Arcam CD player is rich and detailed with lovely bass. I say this because its easy to tell the difference between CD and MP3 (but that's just not a fault of the Onkyo but the bit rate of the MP3/MU4 file).
I have this hooked up via the ethernet cable / switch to a Synology DS211 NAS drive and the Onkyo picked this up no problem and the menu system is not bad and reasonably quick. Using DNLA it pulls down the album cover as well. The internet radio is also very good, once you add your favourites. These two functions have been a god send for the wife as its so easy to skim through the hundreds of albums we have put on MP3 and the ability to listen to the radio. My only down point is that there is no screen dimming or screen saver so listening to a radio station for several hours leaves a temporary "print" on my plasma TV.
The universal remote control is excellent as I was able to setup and control my SkyHD+ box, TV and Blue Ray player. The main functions are usable for the Sky Remote (menu, navigation, pause, rewind).
The HTC (android OS) remote is amazing and gives an instant response. Updating the NR609 firmware was a doddle, via the internet and added a new internet radio tuner into the menu.
Can't fault the surround sound support (THX, DD etc) and the configuration set-up either.
You can configure the HDMI inputs to pair them with the optical and digital coaxial inputs so you can get the fully Dolby Digital feeds from Sky and the Blue Ray player. And you can also label the panel display to show anything you want - set mine to "SkyHD" for the CBL/SAT input.
This is an amazing bit of kit and recommend this to anyone! 5 STARS!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic value for money!,
I sits in perfectly with all of my other black AV equipment and I think it looks fantastic. The setup menus are easy to use, the auto sound setup with the calibration mic worked a treat and it's got more features than I will probably ever use. The internet radio is a godsend since my favourite music channel disappeared of Sky Radio a few months ago so I can now listen to it again first thing in the morning. Even better, I can turn the amp on and put on the radio from my bed using the iPad as a remote control! (BTW, don't bother with the free Onkyo app as it's rubbish (at least at the time of this review) but there is an amazing App called Oremote and is worth every penny if you have an iPad)
My only greivance is that when I save internet radio stations as "favourites" I can't get them to play again after turning the amp on and off, I need to search for them every time. If anyone knows a way around this then please let me know :-)
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very easy setup,
This review is from: Onkyo TXNR609 Home Cinema Receiver Black (Electronics)I've had the NR609 for a week now and I'm very happy with it.
I was expecting the network setup to be a nightmare- as they sometimes can be, but this was so easy. I opted for an Ethernet cable in the end, but there is a £50(ish) wifi dongle around. After plugging the 609 in, Internet radio & spottify were instantly available by pressing the NET button. Internet radio could be better - favourites sometimes say Cannot play and you have to go via the search engine to a link that works. A little annoying.
The real surprise cam with the remote app (apple). I downloaded the free one, which is ok, but doesn't do anything special. But I stumbled across one for £2.99 called oRemote, which is awesome and I would highly recommend getting if you have an IPhone or iPad. With this you can control pretty much the whole system and it automatically finds the 609 on your network.
The sound is great too. I have kept my crummy sony speakers from a pioneer setup I had because the quality of the sound the 609 kicks out is great. Fantastic surround sound on my 5.0 system.
Output is automatically upsclaled to 1080p, although it doesn't improve the SD channels on sky noticeably.
I have a 3d tv too (samsung d7000), and the amp has no problem sending this info to the tv and it has enough HDMI inputs to cope with Sky, PS3, bluray player and xbox elite.
Overall, very happy. Get the app though!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent piece of kit, little to criticise,
This review is from: Onkyo TXNR609 Home Cinema Receiver Black (Electronics)Onkyo TX-NR609 audiovisual receiver
I have started to use the Onkyo 609 receiver as the heart of media systems. It's a substantial beast and produces 100W rms for each of its seven amplifiers. You have to read the specification carefully to discover the true power as the headline value is 160W. Harmonic distortion is commendably low at 0.08%. Not equal to the best hi-fi amplifiers but very good. With good quality speakers the sound is sweet and unstrained.
Its a very flexible device, which is both its strength and its weakness.
You can use the seven channels very flexibly. Most installations will start with the standard 5.1 arrangement, of front left and right, front centre and two surround speakers at the rear sides. One or two sub-woofers can be connected. They have to be self-powered or have their own amplifier, fed from one or two RCA phono sub-woofer sockets, which each carry the same signal. These can have the bass part of the other channels fed to them as well. The other two channels can be used for surround rear speakers, front high speakers to add height to the sound, or as the tweeter drivers on bi-amped front left and right main speakers if they are bi-ampable. If you are bi-amped and have a sub, you are effectively tri-amped. If you use a record deck for vinyl you will need to buy a phonograph pre-amp such as the Behringer PP400. The remote can be set up to control other equipment. However many functions are not supported.
Another strength is the Audyssey set up system. Once you have done the basic speaker set-up, you put a supplied microphone on a tripod in the central listening position and run some software. This measures distances to the speakers and responses and optimises the levels in the amplifiers. You then run it twice more to the left and right of the central position. Very clever and effective. If you prefer, you can set everything up manually.
The power is more than adequate. I have used it in a large room with dimensions of about 8 x 5 x 2.5 metres. Even when driven to high levels the sound is solid and clear. There is no audible noise and no sign of strain. The quality possibly wouldn't satisfy a dedicated hi-fi fanatic. I used to be one, but am now cured. Diminishing returns set in, and however good the sound got, it still wasn't as good as listening live. So now I listen to the music and don't strain to hear the faults. That said I am very happy with the quality from the Onkyo. The steps on the volume control are finely graduated so it is easy to find the correct level.
There is a mind-boggling array of tweaks that you can do manually and a huge range of options for when you view, or listen to, different sources. I haven't got to grips with this myself yet and perhaps never will. I might well want to remove all processing for stereo music by pressing the Pure Audio button on the front panel, but this switches off the sub-woofer. I think I will probably leave the rest alone. Audyssey seems to do a competent job.
And then there is the manual. Onkyo have a problem. There is a huge range of standards for the sound varying from mono, through stereo to umpteen versions of surround sound. Even within the 7.1 standard there is a wide range of speakers position options. Though a genuine problem, this is not an excuse for the confusing manual. The section on speaker positioning is reasonably easy to follow. Once you get on to set-up, the manual descends into chaos. A huge list of possible audio standards is presented without clear guidance about which to use in a particular set-up. Though it would add a few pages, it would be better to have a separate description for each of the most common set-ups, rather than a single route with many options at each stage. One option would be a disk or website download containing a set of common options and how to set them up.
To avoid un-necessary energy use, it is best not to use the main screen when only listening to music or radio, especially if your main screen is a projector where each hour costs money. There is only one output from the Onkyo. Whilst there is a monitor output for recording or a second screen, it is only composite video and cannot display menus nor any digital input. I will therefore have to add an HDMI splitter so I can place a small screen near the receiver. These are cheap but surely it would not have cost much to add a second HDMI output?
Overall all then an excellent piece of kit with very little to criticise.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A simply brilliant piece of kit,
Looks wise it obviously loses out against the Harman/Kardon (my wife has described the new box as a 'monstrosity') but then its there to be listened to, not looked at, and I quite like its slightly brutalist lines....
The remote control is pretty well laid out, and works reasonably well in controlling other components. I say reasonably well - the code for my Virgin box operates some basic functions but not important ones such as the favourites key, and I can't get it to control my HK screen at all. One other minor incompatibility was the fact that it doesn't have a subwoofer trigger like HK systems do - so shame, I will have to switch it on and off by hand.
There is of course an iPhone app, which if you're on the same network, connects automatically. That certainly works, but as they say, I look forward to added functionality in forthcoming versions! All in all a very fine piece of kit, which I am still only scratching the surface of.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AV dream,
This review is from: Onkyo TXNR609 Home Cinema Receiver Black (Electronics)This Onkyo is a must and completes my entertainments electronics package. again deleivered in good time with no problems. this unit is easy to set up and the instructions ok to understand. but do take time over this to get the best out of it.Superb sound control which gets the very best out of my music and tv system. you wont be disappointed with this kit.
5.0 out of 5 stars Has all the facilities you could need and more,
This review is from: Onkyo TXNR609 Home Cinema Receiver Black (Electronics)Sound is very good, set-up is easy, and the product is well made. Connections are a bit fiddly, but you only need to do this once. What more could you want?
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost excellent , just a support disappointment,
This review is from: Onkyo TXNR609 Home Cinema Receiver Black (Electronics)A good product. Of course it is complex, but then audio visual media is complicated. The set up is easy and I followed the firmware update via USB without problem. Quality is good video output on HD is superior to the Sony 720 that it replaced. The Sony having failed after just 18 mths. I am playing sound through Acoustics speakers and sound is good. I plugged in a wifi USB and it worked first time and Internet radio is excellent. My only reason for not giving 5stars is Onkyo UK support. I sent an email via their support site and never got an answer. Conversely there are a number of YouTube videos that provide excellent instruction. Remote control works well and I have programmed to control a number of inputs of differing manufacture
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