The sound is good, but the controls could use a bit more definition
25 March 2013
Summary: We have the unit on all the time, main switcher, everything goes through it. Love all the HDMI ins and outs. But switching surround channels, etc, isn't so easy to figure out. Very few buttons and controls. We had one issue, and by simply resetting the operating system, everything came back to the original, working state.
i like the peformance and all the bells and whistles.
10 February 2013
Summary: works like a dream NOW....but i had HDMI start up problems during the 1st few months....then one night it caught fire while taking an update to the receiver..YES...i said...Caught FIRE! sent it to the manufacturer which cost me $22 up front but after 6 weeks or so...they did fix it...but in the process knocked out the back of the receivers pin plugs for the speakers sening it back to me....so...had to send it right back for another 2 weeks...
Summary: I bought this four months ago, has been a fantastic AVR. Onkyo has the most technology packed in an AVR with features that are not included in other AVR's anywhere near the price. Hardly any other AVR's are network WiFi ready; none have all the listening modes that this one has. THis worked great until a week ago when I got the dreaded and oft-mentioned "HDMI gremlin", where the HDMI out card fails.
Summary: Let me start out by saying that I really like the features on this receiver - almost impossible to beat for the price. BUT...I was hit by the HDMI issue mentioned by other people in the reviews. In my case, I could see the UI, but video output was blocked...probably a failure of security (HDCP) authentication. I did recover video output with a full reset, but obviously lost all my settings in the process.
Summary: The Onyko receiver that I purchased had to be returned because the right channel would not function. I found another replacement Onkyo receiver from another source that works well. I am very pleased with the Onkyo performance so far, but I am concerned that I may have a repete problem with the replacement. That is the reason I cannot give a better rating.I am also concerned that my credit card account has not been credited.
Summary: I am a long time Onyko AV receiver fan, having used these for the last ten years. When it was time to upgrade my TX-SR804, I picked the TX-NR709, because I have a TX-NR708 in use in another room and really like it's performance. However, although the two receivers are almost clones, Onyko made some changes in the calibration firmware that actually degrades performance, rather than improving it.
Summary: I have used the Onkyo 709 for 2 months now and the sound is excellent and menus are easy to navigate. I use my receiver in a 2 room/2 zone environment controlled with the android application. With recent updates it now seems to be stable and crashes rarely. However the receiver requires "network standby" to be selected if you wish to be able to turn on the reciever with you Iphone/Android device.
Summary: The unit works OK for the most part. I thought I would share the most disappointing aspect I have found so that future buyers might make a more informed decision. The feature that drove me to favor it over the 609 was that the 709 has two HDMI outputs. I thought they ought to both function completely, as I suspect most people would.
Summary: Ok well not as i expected it sounds much lower then my tx-SR608,what i am talking about is the volume i have to put it on 90 to hear it very theatre sound not farther to go it only goes to 97.5. Handshake problem with bluray unless i turn deep color OFF it is fine I have already upgraded to its latest firmware from onkyo. It get very hot the unit enough to burn your hand if you touch the top of it / there is 8" room from top and 4" each side of cabinet.