Excerpt: The TX-NR709 is a high-spec, high-performance machine a clear gap above its £500 sibling, the awesome Onkyo TX-NR609 . Power is up from 100 to 110W per channel, which translates into a more muscular, authoritative sound. During the final scenes of Ninja Assassin , the Onkyo explodes into life, delivering round after round of punchy automatic gunfire. Effects soar and flit accurately and precisely between channels.
Pros: Authoritative, dynamic sound, subtlety and detail in abundance, nice to use, eight HDMI inputs, good network functionality