Excerpt: It’s almost impossible to have a home-theatre special without having Onkyo feature in it. Right from the time they launched their first home theatre receiver, the Japanese manufacturer never seems to have lost any steam or enthusiasm. A case in point is the TX AV receiver series as every second or third quarter Onkyo brings out a new model in this series that adds to ever growing popularity of the company.
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