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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NR509 - great connectivity, great sound and excellent value,
This review is from: ONKYO TX-NR509B 2011 Model 5.1 Networking AV Receiver (3D Ready, iPod/iPhone Ready USB Port) (Electronics)Pros
- Integrates the "next generation" of connectivity through an iPhone-optimised USB port and interface and built-in ethernet access, something that up to now has been has only been seen in more expensive receivers.
- Sound quality is very good (maybe a trifle bright and a notch below true audiophile standards, but at this price point it is as good as you're going to get)
- Audyssey set-up saves you a lot of time and effort
- iPhone integration is pretty good
- Firmware upgrades
- Remote does not recognise my Numericable cable box (Scientific Atlanta) (none of the codes work)
- Some bugs in the internet radio connectivity (some of my favorite stations started showing "Cannot Play", which I managed to fix by deleting them and refavoriting them)
- OSD could be a little prettier, but does the job
I have most of my music stored on a DLNA ready NAS. Previously, I used to stream media through my PS3, which worked OK but meant I had to turn the TV on to navigate and that the PS3's fan was whirring in the background. When my Denon 1803 receiver died, I swapped it for an Onkyo NR509. It has been one week and I'm very happy with it. There were some initial issues with image stuttering on the TV but this was cured by a firmware update. The connectivity means, for example
- My PS3 and TV stay off when streaming music
- I can control the unit through my iPhone through the Onkyo app
- Easy internet radio access, either built-in or through a plugged in iPhone and Tunein app.
I can recommend this to anyone who has a standard 5.1 setup and an HDMI equipped TV and does not have legacy equipment needing video upscaling or video format conversion into HDMI.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Multmedia Upgrade,
This review is from: ONKYO TX-NR509B 2011 Model 5.1 Networking AV Receiver (3D Ready, iPod/iPhone Ready USB Port) (Electronics)Great purchase. This unit now replaces my old Yamaha 5.1 AV receiver. For me the main reasons for chosing this product was Network conectivity. It can connect to radio stations on the internet, connect to spotify, and it also connect to your own NAS (network drive).
The unit is very capable of producing great audio from the 4 HDMI inputs, just wish it would stream video from a NAS drive, however
I would still rate this "best value for money unit in its price class".
For me this unit's ace card has to be the reciently released app for smartphones. The audio levels on the TXNR509B can be controlled by your phone as well as accepting music streamed from your phone/tablet.
This prduct should have 6 stars................RECOMMENDED
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does the job, easy setup.,
This review is from: ONKYO TX-NR509B 2011 Model 5.1 Networking AV Receiver (3D Ready, iPod/iPhone Ready USB Port) (Electronics)Good enough for watching TV, Video, Music video. Blu ray audio is good. Not as good as my old Yamaha Reciever (110 volt, had to go) does not have the functionality or features. I feel there is something missing. I have Yamaha powered sub woofer, Celestion Centre and 4 Klipsch book shelf speakers. I find I need to crank up the volume before I get depth and vitality to the sound. Setup was easy. It does everthing I need. Easy connection via HDMI, easy connection for iPod. For the price, I'm happy.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Onkyo tx-NR509B,
The amplifier is not able to operate BOSE 901 speakers as it does not seem to have a preamp connection or Tape record which would be a major problem if you do not have conventional speakers.
The USB front connection can connect directly to an external hard disk but you need to have a TV screen if you want to explore the disk. Can be done on the amplifer display but difficult.
The ethernet connection uses DLNA which is like stepping back to DOS 3 in user interface. As a user interface it is very unsatisfactory - not a fault of the amp a fault of the technology. It does not seem to be possible to control the amp from your computer only to access music ( not video) that is stored on your hard disks (external or your computer) using the amplifers poor user interface. The manual suggests that iphones can control the amplifer but I do not have one so i do not know. The Internet access is equally as poor only pre picked web sites and again a poor user interface. To use a computer with the amplifier I would suggest a direct connection using the AV inputs / outputs of the computer.
Overall I like the sound ( most important) and the number of inputs. But the network connection and USB access while desirable is not what I would have expected - user interface and functionality is really back in 1986 ( old amstrad 8086 computers). Is the additional cost for the network connection worth it ? ?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suns 40th Birthday Gift.,
4.0 out of 5 stars OK with limitations,
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellence,
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Network Receiver,
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ONKYO TX-NR509B 2011 Model 5.1 Networking AV Receiver (3D Ready, iPod/iPhone Ready USB Port) by Onkyo