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.
DO NOT BUY FROM ONKYO. EVER. Should be ZERO stars.
I. Ubiles, Amazon
4 April 2014
Summary: Bought this unit in December 2011, and just recently (only 4 months out of warranty), the unit has no sound (radio, Blu-Ray - nothing). It is well documented all over the internet NOT ONLY that the HDMI board is faulty because it lacks proper cooling, but that even if Onkyo replaces the HDMI unit,...
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.
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.
Summary: My family has owned Onkyo AV products for more than 20 years. While the features of the TXNR-809 are superb, the quality is terrible. Twice since the Nov 2011 purchase date the HDMI connector board has failed. This has rendered the unit un-useable.
Summary: When doing research for a receiver most reviews raved about the tx-nr809 but there were a few outliers that said their reciever caught on fire. With every product line there are bound to be a few bad apples that skip QC. I figured/hoped this would not happen to me if I purchased the tx-nr809.
Summary: I will start by saying I have 2 other Onkyo receivers, 10 and 4 years old and both performed flawlessly. Unfortunately, the 809 was defective out of the box. After a fairly easy set up, my wife calls me to show me a blue TV screen... For no reason, after a few minutes the picture came back.
Summary: Before purchasing this item I read many reviews, and found that about 35% of the time this receiver had to be returned due to defective parts. I thought this was a fluke and was probably due to non-technical individuals just not knowing how to operate the equipment. WRONG!!!
First one was a bust, Second was perfect until died again.
B. Newell "Skijackz", Amazon
16 December 2011
Summary: UPDATE 5/1/2013 - Rated down to 1 star. All of the HDMI ports died today. Piece of junk. Went with a Yamaha and while the setup is a little clunky, the sound is just as good. UPDATE 12/22/2011 - Received my new 809 and set it up without issue. It's working perfectly (knock on wood).