Summary: Well, this is one serious piece of work! The sound is unbelievable.....crystal clear even @ higher volumes...... Easy to operate remote, user friendly OSD and theres multiple THX fields. Beautiful light display wraps around volume nozzle, which you can turn off if you choose too. Banana plugs in rear is a nice touch. This unit also has a built in cooling fan; you dont hear it if it engages. Unit can get semi-heated but nothing to worry about.
Summary: Well, I wanted to wait at least 60 days to post my review, so I could deal with any defects or faults with the receiver first. I first attempted to buy a 609 from a refurbished seller here on Amazon. It didn't work. The HDMI communication (CEC and RHiD) failed after just a few weeks and so I sent it back and purchased a new one direct from Amazon.
Summary: Pros: easy to setup, easy to use, powerful, assignable inputs, video up-conversion, HDMI signal bypass when receiver is off. Cons: OSD could be improved with a better look with icons overlay, instead of full screen text menus.
Summary: I purchased this receiver after about a month of research on internet forums and in local stores. I've owned the receiver for a week now and i'm very pleased with my purchase. I upgraded from a Sony STR-K700 home theater in-a-box (5 years old), which was a bottom-of-the-line receiver and speaker system.
Pros: Sound quality was excellent,, Superb Video up-conversion,, Menus are very easy to navigate,, Remote is very easy to use,, 6x HDMI inputs, one in front, one output,, DLNA, THX certification,, Ability to upgrade firmware via internet easily.
Pros: Plenty of hdmi inputs for all ur devices, plenty of sound modes to choose from as well. Setup is quick and easy. You also have plenty of online music choices as well. 4 someone that doesn't have a infinite budget the 609 is defiantly deserves a look.
Cons: No AirPlay obviously, BUT with no complaints I use an apple tv. These other receivers don't AirPlay video so you still need an apple tv so you aren't missing out. Use the USB plug in if you don't have apple tv. That is my only issue with the 609.
More Features Than Any Other Mid Range Priced AV Receiver
D. A. Paulon, Amazon
27 January 2012
Summary: Other reviewers have taken the Onkyo TX NR609 down the road of disaster, but that is simply not the case. I've used this receiver for well over a month, and have found no weaknesses. The HDMI hand shake performs flawlessly with all 4 of my HDMI components as well as a VCR that we still use occassionaly. Let's be honest about the most popular AV Receivers whether it is a Onkyo, Yamaha, Pioneer or Denon. They are all good to excellent in their features and quality.
Summary: This receiver has all the features I wanted, it is low cost, and it works great. I am using it with Samsung 3d DVD player, UN46D7000 3D TV, Nintendo Wii, and apple TV. All of the sources are able to send video and audio through cleanly. I have a 35 ft HDMI cable between the receiver and the TV display, and the 3d movie quality is perfect. The receiver integrated easily with Samsung DVD and TV over the HDMI cable. It automatically configures itself.
Summary: So I started out just looking for something that would be decent. I'm not a huge home theater guru by any means. Heck, on our old TV the AT&T guy disconnected the HTiB system when he plugged in the U-Verse receiver and I never bothered to hook it back up. But the wife wanted a new couch, which led to a new entertainment center, which led to a new 60" LED, which meant I needed to finally buy a Blu-Ray player, which meant I needed new HT equipment.