Summary: Hi, So far I've bought 2 809's and they both have failed with the same problem, no HDMI output video. I was directed to a forum for Onkyo and found that a lot of people have been having the same problem. It seems to happen after your 2 year warranty runs out so what you then have is a $200-300 repair bill or a stereo audio only receiver and not a HT unit. I would advise anyone looking to buy any Onkyo product to look at Yamaha, Denon or Marantez.
Less than two years with very mild use and no audio
Roger Carlson, Amazon
7 March 2014
Summary: I have had this unit for less than two years and I have no audio. The unit is under warranty so I will modify the star rating up if everything works out. Prior to this little debacle it was the best receiver I have ever owned in my short 44 year existence. We will see...
Summary: I had this unit for 2 years 4 months and the HDMI board failed. This model has a long history of failures just after the 2 years of use. Onkyo will not address the problem on a global basis. Had an older Onkyo that failed after a few years for a component failure that was well known to Onkyo. This was my second and last Onkyo product of any kind.
Summary: Really enjoy this receiver after having established familiarity with the operation and menus. I have been into pro audio and Hifi for 45 years and have owned many receivers. I really enjoy the network capability although the apps are static and probably won't ever be upgraded. The only apps that I use are Spotify and Rhapsody. These apps only allow you to search and play the playlists that you have created.
Summary: I used to love Onkyo as I felt like I was getting such a good bang for my buck since they routinely sell well under MSRP and well under the price of comparable competitor models, but I have now learned the hard way that you truly get what you pay for. And the Onkyo Customer Support is pretty much nonexistent. Save you self future headaches and just stay away from Onkyo products as they are not built to last much longer than their warranty.
Summary: Since the time that this came out, Onkyo has come out with several newer generations. In some ways, the features have improved, but in many ways they haven't. You can go to the Onkyo website to compare multiple models to see how the features compare to something like the newer 828 model. For practical purposes, this has the features I need, is far more capable than lesser models of its generation, and lesser models of the current generation.
Summary: I have an Onkyo that is over 20 years old. I purchased a Yamaha HTR 6080 at the time of my purchase it was a great bargain for a very well designed receiver that is equipped with state of the art features. Then I purchased a Yamaha RX-1065 because again it offered great features, connections and the reliability of the brand. I love Yamaha, but I also love Onkyo. So, after considering Yamaha once again, and Denon, I looked at Onkyo.
Summary: I have had this receiver for about 3 weeks now and I have to say, I'm impressed. There are so many features and options with this receiver, I haven't had time to go through them all. I haven't had much time to "mess" with it, but with the little that I have tuned and played with, I am totally blown away. One thing that is really impressive is the upscale ability of this receiver. Everything looks crisp and clean on the TV.
Summary: Gone are the days of listening to tones on vinyl while checking a sound pressure meter and adjusting separate equalizer frequencies. Now one only needs to plug in a precision microphone and let the tuner do the rest. The first tuner had a problem with the right rear speaker during calibration. I reported the defective unit online on Thursday, UPS picked up the defective unit on Monday and my new unit was delivered the following day.
Summary: I have had this for almost 1 month and so far its been great I have it run through a set of ss k30ed speakers for my mains and I have never heard them sound so good. The only thing I would recommend to someone considering getting this or any of the other onkyo receivers in this form factor is make sure you have the right furniture for this thing haha its tall almost 8 inches and heavy 40 lbs so buyer be ware. Its performance however is stellar.