Onkyo TX-SR309 / TX-NR509 5.1 Affordable Receiver Reviews

 Now this is for those of you on a tight budget looking for bang for your buck home theater technology.  This is the Onkyo TX-SR309 5.1 Digital receiver, below is the Onkyo TX-NR509 which has a couple of added features you can see below this review.

Onkyo TX-SR309

This is the most affordable entry level receiver that Onkyo has targeted at users who do not require networking, Zone 2(which can really be acquired by other means), or Audyssey equalization features, but who still seek a modern and budget-friendly theater receiver. It features three HDMI inputs and high-quality TI Burr-Brown audio DACs, along with Onkyo's proprietary advanced music optimizer and gaming audio modes.

Product Features

The TX-SR309 is configured to act as the center of your Home Theater system right out of the box.  The OSD Menu (Onscreen display) looks great and it makes configuration simple. Naturally, the receiver also handles high-def, lossless audio in the form of Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio. These are carried by three HDMI inputs that also support immersive 3D video content. And whether you're gaming in 3D or not, you can choose from four customized audio modes to match your gaming content.

iPod with avrUSB, iPod/iPhone Connectivity
The TX-SR309 / TX-NR509 front-panel USB port lets audio files stored on your iPod/iPhone or USB flash drive . Also new at this level is PLL jitter-cleaning circuit technology to reduce distortion, and a front-panel USB port that provides a high-quality digital link to your iPod/iPhone.  The convenient on screen display lets you see exactly what is playing. As the audio signals are transported in digital form, rather than analog, there is much less chance for signal degradation. The TX-SR309 / TX-NR509 also incorporates Onkyo's exclusive Advanced Music Optimizer to compensate for lost bit information and improve the quality of compressed audio signals.
End result: your music sounds cleaner and more faithful to the original.

  •     65 Watts per Channel at 8 Ohms, 20 Hz?20 kHz, 0.7%, 2 Channels Driven, FTC; 90 Watts per Channel at 6 Ohms, 1 kHz, 0.9%, 2 Channels Driven, FTC
  •     3 HDMI Inputs and 1 Output, HDMI Support for 3D, Audio Return Channel, Deep Color, x.v.Color, LipSync, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio, DVD-Audio
  •     Direct Digital Connection of iPod/iPhone via Front-Panel USB Port
  •     Advanced Music Optimizer for Compressed Digital Music Files
  •     Mass Storage Class USB Memory Playback Capability

 In conclusion.  If you don't want or require network or 7 channel capabilities and the 65W of high current True power is adequate. The Onkyo TX-SR309 is ideal for your home theater, at the price.  It can decode and support all audio formats required and it really is the most affordable 3D capable receivers on the market.  It it is now available (as of April).

If you're looking for more? Look below at the Onkyo TX-NR509 or Check out the Onkyo TX-NR609 here.

Onkyo TX-NR509

Now as mentioned previously, the next level up is the Onkyo TX-NR509 5.1 Digital receiver
Which retains all the same features as the  Onkyo TX-SR309 receiver above however, it has the added capability of networking, additional HDMI port as well as a couple other features.  Take a look.

  • 4 HDMI Inputs and 1 Output, HDMI Support for 3D, Audio Return Channel, Deep Color, x.v.Color, LipSync, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio, DVD-Audio
  • Direct Digital Connection of iPod/iPhone via Front-Panel USB Port
  • Network Capability
 Audyssey 2EQ
Another added feature that can prove valuable for configuration and callibrating your receiver for your place is the Audyssey 2EQ works to adapt the soundstage to the unique dimensions of your room.

Network Capabilities

For those that are interested, the network connectivity gives receivers like The TX-NR509 the ability to support a wide range of Internet Radio sources such as Pandora, Rhapsody, Napster, Slacker, Sirius Internet Radio, MediaFly and vTuner with unprecedented power and fidelity. Adding to its tremendous versatility is the TX-NR509's compatibility with Microsoft's Windows7 platform which includes the DLNA "Play To" media-streaming feature. Having your receiver connected to the internet also means you can easily update its firmware. To interact, it has an on screen guide!

This is definately a better buy if you can afford it. With all you iPod/iPhone fans out there...An additional system control is provided by Onkyo’s Remote App, which lets you use your iPod/iPhone as a remote controller.  Now at this price, I could confidently say you would be purchasing a futureproof product you could use for many years to come. If you still need more from Onkyo?  Check out the  Onkyo TX-NR609 here.