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ONKYO TX-NR509B 2011 Model 5.1 Networking AV Receiver (3D Ready, iPod/iPhone Ready USB Port)
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TX-NR509 5.1-Channel Network A/V Receiver
Affordable Home Cinema Centerpiece with Audio Network Capability
New at the entry level, 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 new 3D video. Further connectivity highlights include a new 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 valueconscious home cinema fan.
HDMI™ Support for 3D Video and Audio Return ChannelThe four HDMI inputs on the TX-NR509 let you simultaneously connect high-def sources such as a Blu-ray player, a gaming console, and a cable/satellite tuner. A single output then sends a pristine signal to your connected high-resolution display. The HDMI implementation on this receiver supports both 3D video and an Audio Return Channel, along with numerous high-resolution formats. 3D video brings exciting possibilities to home entertainment, with movie, game, and broadcast content on the increase and 3D-compatible TVs now on the market. Meanwhile, the Audio Return Channel allows audio content received directly by your HDTV’s tuner to be sent “upstream” via HDMI to your A/V receiver, without the need for a separate S/PDIF audio cable.
Network Capability Delivers Internet Radio and Network Audio Streaming via EthernetAs one of Onkyo’s new breed of receivers that can link directly to the internet or to your home PC via a local network, the TX-NR509 takes streaming audio and internet radio to a whole new level. MP3, WMA, WMA Lossless, FLAC, WAV, Ogg Vorbis, AAC, and LPCM audio files can now be played back through your main system with unprecedented power and fidelity. The TX-NR509 also brings to life a huge array of internet radio channels from Last.fm* and vTuner, plus on-demand music streaming from Napster*. As well as being compatible with earlier platforms, the receiver is compatible with Microsoft’s Windows™ 7 platform, which includes the DLNA 1.5-specified “Play To” media-streaming feature. The TX-NR509’s internet connectivity has the added benefit of making firmware updates simpler than ever. *Availability of services depends on region.
Direct Digital Connection of iPod/iPhone via Front-Panel USB PortThe TX-NR509’s front-panel USB port lets you access MP3, WMA, WMA Lossless, FLAC, WAV, Ogg Vorbis, and AAC audio files stored on a USB flash drive or iPod/iPhone. As the audio signals are transported in digital form, rather than analog, there is much less chance for signal degradation. End result: your music sounds cleaner and more faithful to the original. A further benefit of the USB input is that it lets you use the system’s remote controller to play back audio files on the connected device.
Convenient Overlaid On-Screen Display via HDMIChanging your A/V receiver’s settings is now more seamless than ever, thanks to the TX-NR509’s overlaid On-Screen Display (OSD) feature. On-screen set-up menus appear overlaid on the video image you’re watching. This means you can adjust the settings immediately, without having to switch back and forth from a blank screen background.
A Suite of Audyssey Technologies for the Ideal Listening Environment(1) Audyssey 2EQ™ tailors multi-channel audio for your home cinema speaker set-up by measuring three room positions and applying a resolution filter to the satellite speakers to correct for room acoustics.
(2) Audyssey Dynamic EQ™ maintains a consistent bass response, tonal balance, and surround-sound effect at different volume levels, so you can enjoy the natural dynamics of your content regardless of the volume.
(3) Audyssey Dynamic Volume™ automatically compensates for volume fluctuations in different audio content—for example, during commercial breaks—while optimizing the dynamic range.
Universal Port for Single-Cable Connection of Optional Onkyo Dock for iPod/iPhone or DAB+ Radio TunerA proprietary Universal Port located on the rear side of the TX-NR509 lets you connect an optional UP-A1 Dock for iPod/iPhone or UP-DT1 DAB+ Radio Tuner. A key advantage of the Universal Port is that it accepts video and audio signals through the same cable that sends a power supply from the receiver to the devices. Net result: more connectivity, less cable clutter.
Playback of Different Audio Sources in Two Different ZonesZone 2 line-outs on the TX-NR509 allow you to enjoy surround-sound entertainment in the main room, while playing back a different stereo source in a second zone equipped with an amplifier and a pair of speakers.
Advanced Music Optimizer to Enhance Compressed Digital Music FilesWhile MP3 or AAC files may sound fine through the headphones of your portable digital player, the limitations of these files can be exposed when played back through a quality home entertainment system. This is because a significant amount of high-frequency bit information is lost during the file-compression process. To counter this, Onkyo has designed the Advanced Music Optimizer to compensate for lost bit information and improve the quality of compressed audio signals. This results in a clearer and more expansive sound. Also included in this technology is a loudness correction feature that further improves the audio character of compressed files.
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- 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.
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
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 ? ?
Upon installing it (in 2011), there was a buzzing sound. Which upon investigation, turned out to be the top panel. The noise was obviously mechanical, as opposed to electrical. The solution ... to depress the top panel slightly, and voila ... no more buzzing! As yet, I haven't experienced any HDMI failures (I hope by typing this, I haven't jinxed it!) Other than that, as I said earlier, it is coming up to 3 years old now, and still performing to spec. If I upgrade in the future, I will probably go for another Onkyo, as the sound quality is quite reasonable, and unless you go for a flagship model, not too expensive. Yes, it is now discontinued, but, for those who might be after a second hand bargain, or find old stock elsewhere ... you can't go far wrong with one of these.
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Firstly, it won't transfer video (just takes audio) over the Network...Read more
Same on Onkyo, poor quality and no support!
Waste of money!