Onkyo has long been known as a great stereo component company, but their latest receiver truly takes the cake thanks to the multitude of things it can pull off.
The Onkyo TX-NR809 is a 7.2 channel THX certified receiver whose primary upgrade over last year’s TX-NR808 because this particular model, with all the many things it can do is also network capable. The addition’s to this year’s version of the receiver truly puts it at or near the top of the line of all receivers and the ability to network just boosts its popularity and functionality.
The TX-NR809 brings the Mavell Qdeo and HQV® Vida in order to perform top notch video up scaling and the very best in processing circuits. For the very first time at this price point this particular receiver offers up ISF Video Calibration technology, something customers have been hoping and clamoring for over the last few years. The TX-NR809 offers what has become an Onkyo trademark in the 135-watts per channel amplifier which is what makes this particular receiver reach the quality that is THX Plus certified.
While all the inner bells and whistles are nice when you are talking about the audio quality it is the ability to network thanks to seven rear HDMI input jacks as well as one located on the front. Thanks to the high quality HD software as well as being certified for both Windows 7 and DLNA the receiver can play back any number of different audio and video files. An iPod or iPhone can be very easily connected to the receiver in order to play music or movies contained on the device and the internet connection allows users to stream Pandora, Napster, Rhapsody, Sirius XM and Last.Fm to their devices with very little setup or fuss.
All of these wonderful features can be had from most Onkyo approved dealers later this month, and while it is not cheap, with an MSRP of $1,099 audio and videophiles the world over are going to want to get their hands on it. Pair this receiver up with a Mixamp 5.8 amplifier or a pair of Wireless Earphones and you’ll never want to leave your house again.