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: Unrealistic price from Amazon as I've done extensive researches for over a month before purchasing and deciding on this Onkyo unit. Never tried this brand before but it is exceptional and weighs over 45lbs. which is a "Bonus" for any great quality amplifier. Used Cambridge audio before but it didn't have HDMI input nor output. Has a 5.1 setup and so don't really need the latest 9.2 configuration.
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.
Summary: This is my third Onkyo receiver having started with a TX-SR603 X, then a TX-SR 805 and now with the TX-NR809. Each has preformed great and given me fantastic Onkyo quality and sound. With the new TX-NR809 I now have network access and can enjoy high quality sound from internet radio, as well as being able to stream my music from my computer through DLNA.
Summary: This reveiver is amazing. Great sound with lots of power. The Audyssey calibration is impressive and very easy. Takes about 10 mins. It has what should be more than enough inputs for most people. If you need more inputs than this, then you'll probably be shopping for higher end units anyway. I really think this model is probably the very best "bang for buck" Onkyo you will find.
I tried Yamaha, Onkyo HT RC 460 and this one, and it clearly stands out as the best.
4 March 2013
Summary: This is one of the best receivers I have heard till date. I have heard that Denon's are better quality than these, so I went to Best Buy to compare the performance. I can say they both compete as you go up to High end receivers, but you can never get as many features as Onkyo for your buck compared to Denon while at the same time not compromising on quality. I can control the receiver from iPhone and Android as well stream music from both.
Summary: This receiver really has it all. The automatic "audessy" set up was very easy. Once auto set up is complete, I'd like a little more intuitive interface for manual tweaking, but I'm still learning this rather complex piece of gear. The point is that you can have a well tuned system in fifteen minutes. Getting it beyond simply "well tuned" is more of a challenge, but probably no more difficult than other brands. The sound is exceptional.