Summary: I purchased this receiver in April 2012. It has been an excellent receiver until last night when suddenly the main HDMI out to the TV quite working. There was no picture but there was sound. Same with all the other input sources. I had read about the HDMI problems with this receiver so thought the HDMI was fried. I call Onkyo customer support after doing some checking into the problem online. They recommended unplugging the receiver. I did this for about 10 minutes.
Summary: Awesome features. The only problem is that you have to turn volume to almost 60 to get good volume. This is even after running audyssey. I have owned two other onkyo receivers and volume was good at 25-30. Don't know if this is a big problem but it is bothering me a bit. Otherwise sound is good. It just hasn't blown me away. Great price from onecall and amazon.
Summary: I bought the Onkyo TX NR709 because of the many inputs, network connection and price. The processor does a fine job of producing good channel separation in the many modes to choose from. So far it is the best receiver, as far as the processor goes, I have even had. The internal channel amplifiers work OK. I hooked up mono block amplifiers to the right, center, and left preouts and the sound is way more clear. The universal remote is somewhat limited in the learning mod.
Summary: I found this receiver at a great price. It shipped right away and arrived in great condition. It was perfect for the room I wanted to use it in but I could see needing a receiver with more power in a larger room. My room is 20'x20'. Setup was a snap. I'm very happy with this purchase.
Summary: This receiver was much, much more than I needed, but as I have a few records (remember, the flat, usually black things with a hole in the middle? Bigger than CDs, too) I got it. Excellent. I haven't been able to get everything working, and the back of the darned thing looks like a panel off the space shuttle, but to the extent it is operating, it is doing so excellently. The Amazon price made it a value, too.
Summary: PROs: LOTS of inputs and outputs, iPhone app for controlling, multiple zones (so now the kitchen and living room can have the same or different audio)... but most of all, great sound for this price. CONs: doesn't fit our audio console so now this component will have to sit on top until we get a new one.
Pretty much as expected, but a little disappointed with Net features
B. Goldstein, Amazon
23 December 2011
Summary: I can rave all day long about the quality of Onkyo and the feature list of this receiver, but I'll leave that to the past reviewers. Let's just say I've always loved Onkyo and their features and quality are generally second to none. I'd really like to give this 4.5 stars with 1/2 star being lost to a mild disappointment. I was really hoping that Internet radio listening would be almost as seamless as regular radio station listening.