Summary: Besides supplying tremendous power to all the six channels, it is important that an AV receiver has a balanced tonality. As we said before, this receiver had an amazing tonal response, this feat was highlighted every time Harvey Dent flipped his coin. The metallic timbre and texture of the sound was simply brilliant. We could literally feel the raw grainy surface of the coin. To experience this kind of sonic performance in a 5.1 soundstage was really commendable.
Excerpt: Onkyo’s TX-NR709 ups the audiophile ante of the much-loved TX-NR609, and has a back panel busier than Oxford Street at Christmas. In come binding posts for all speaker terminals, bi-amping capability, 7.1 phono inputs and 7.2 pre-outs, which is strictly speaking 7.(1 x 2). You can hook up a grand total of 11 speakers, with the option to enjoy 7.1 sound at any one time through the usual 5.1 configuration, plus either surround back, front high or front wide expansion.
Pros: Networking including online audio access; multichannel inputs; ease of use; dynamic sound
Cons: Online interface lacks finesse; lacks Apple AirPlay and built-in wi-fi