Great Features, Great Sound, Look Beautifull, Work Great, Connection Very Easy
The AVR still runs HOT (like my old SR-604), it is not that bad but still
This receiver replaced my Onkyo 705 which is moving to an upstairs entertainment room. With this, installation couldn't have been simpler. Simply set this next to my other receiver and reconnected the wiring. As this uses all the same remote codes as my 705 there was no need to ... Read full review
This receiver replaced my Onkyo 705 which is moving to an upstairs entertainment room. With this, installation couldn't have been simpler. Simply set this next to my other receiver and reconnected the wiring. As this uses all the same remote codes as my 705 there was no need to re-program my learning remote.
The reason for my purchase was primarily the iPhone and network features. First of all, while the Onkyo wireless USB seems so simple (no wires...), don't waste your time and money. Despite being fairly close to my wifi I could do no better than 34% connectivity. With this, the wireless radio stations skipped and stopped playing continuously. About forty bucks in parts from Lowes and a couple hours in my crawl space later I had this hard-wired with Cat 5e cable to my modem, and what a difference! Now the streaming audio is continuous and flawless. If you can't hardwire I would consider buying a better USB tether than Onkyo's.
The iPhone app was a bit of a pain, took it a while before it would "see" my receiver on my iPhone, worked instantly on my wife's. Seems to disconnect every so often, but so far I've been able to get it to work again. And when it does work it is amazing. I can turn on my Zone 2 from upstairs, change the volume settings, or play songs (or playlists) from my iTunes library right through the receiver. I had previously connected my 705 to my computer, but the sound quality with this 809 just blows it away. No more muffled sound; music is now a much more vibrant CD-quality. I can even see the song titles on the receiver face or on my TV! Online support for the app is next to impossible to find- if you have problems go to the hardware and network settings and make sure the settings are "enabled." Also, input the IP address to a web browser, you should be able to "see" your receiver there too if it's online.
While I was optimistic about the various video chips that this offers I didn't notice much of a difference from my 705 which had its own upscaling (I think it used a Faroudja chip). In fact, some of the features seemed to make the picture look overly "digitized" and I left them off or turned to the low settings. Still, a very good picture.
The Audyssey MultiEQ seemed to adjust the receiver settings perfectly. This seems much improved over the 2Eq available on the 7 series and below. After spending the 20 minutes going through the full setup everything seems appropriately balanced.
*Note: You check for discount for the Onkyo TX-NR809 at: Networkav-receivers.blogspot.com/p/onkyo-tx-nr809.html
Bottom line: at the current pricing for this receiver (below the 709 even!) you can't go wrong, and you won't be disappointed. Very powerful receiver, great remote, and excellent sound, and ample connectivity options to include networking.