Onkyo TX-NR515 vs Onkyo TX-NR509 Detailed Comparison
SCORE:
33
SCORE:
26

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Overview

Here we are comparing Onkyo TX-NR515 to Onkyo TX-NR509 to reveal their common strengths and weaknesses as well as the differences between them which will help you in making a correct decision before the purchase. The Onkyo TX-NR515 has 7 channel and the Onkyo TX-NR509 has 5 channel and equally powerful amplifiers.

Let us have a look at some highlights of the models.

Onkyo TX-NR515 Highlights

Onkyo TX-NR509 Highlights

  • 7.2 channels
  • 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • 4K Upscaling, 1080p Passthrough
  • DLNA
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi
  • USB input
  • 5.1 channels
  • 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • 1080p Passthrough
  • DLNA
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi
  • USB input

We have evaluated both receivers. Onkyo TX-NR515 gets higher overall score in our ranking system which is based on the amplifier specifications, audio and video features, connectivity, multizone capabilities, radio and many other details.

Onkyo TX-NR515

Onkyo TX-NR509

AMPLIFIER
38
VIDEO FEATURES
20
AUDIO FEATURES
25
CONNECTIVITY
34
MULTIZONE
41
MISCELLANEOUS
33
RADIO
64
OVERALL
33
AMPLIFIER
37
VIDEO FEATURES
5
AUDIO FEATURES
22
CONNECTIVITY
31
MULTIZONE
24
MISCELLANEOUS
22
RADIO
72
OVERALL
26

Amplifier score is based on power ratings, minimum impedance load, power supply, transformer type, total harmonic distortion, damping factor, signal to noise ratio and other small details. Audio score depends on the number of channels, front wide channel support, maximum channel processing, support of audio formats, DAC specifications, room calibration algorithm... Video score is based on HDR, Dolby Vision and 4K passthrough, upscaling, analog to HDMI upconversion. Connectivity score is defined from all wired and wireless inputs and outputs, internet and bluetooth connections, HEOS, SONOS and others. Multizone score depends on the number of zones with their outputs. Radio score is evaluated form digital radio support and analog tuner with its frequency range, signal to noise ratio, harmonic distortion...

Advantage of Onkyo TX-NR515 over Onkyo TX-NR509

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Onkyo TX-NR515 over Onkyo TX-NR509.

Onkyo TX-NR515 has more channels, more channel processing and bigger power supply. It has bi-amp capability.

Onkyo TX-NR515 Onkyo TX-NR509
More Channels 7.2 5.1
WRAT (Wide Range Amplifier Technology)
Bi-amp capability
More Channel Processing 7.1 5.1
Dolby Pro Logic PLIIz PLIIx
Higher Resolution Music Playback via USB up to 192 kHz up to 96 kHz
Video Signal Upscaling up to 4K/30p (Marvell Qdeo)
Analog To HDMI Upconversion Component**, Composite
MHL Input Front HDMI
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevue
More HDMI Inputs 8 (1 front) 4
More HDMI Outputs 2 (simultaneous) 1
USB Input 1 Front (for iPod/iPhone) and 1 Rear 1 Front
Front A/V Inputs HDMI/MHL, USB, Composite Video USB, Composite Video, RCA Audio
More Powered Zones 2
On-Screen Display Advanced "Home" GUI Basic Overlay
On Screen Remote Programming
More Speaker Terminals 9 5
More Large Speaker Terminals 7 5
Bigger Power Supply 540 W 410 W
Higher Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC) 125 W (0.1% THD) 110 W (0.9% THD)

Advantage of Onkyo TX-NR509 over Onkyo TX-NR515

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Onkyo TX-NR509 over Onkyo TX-NR515.

Only Onkyo TX-NR509 supports Napster. It has analog pre-outs.

Onkyo TX-NR515 Onkyo TX-NR509
More Analog Audio Line Inputs 5 6 (1 front)
More Analog Audio Line Outputs 1
More Composite Video Outputs 1 2
More Component Video Inputs 1 2
More Analog Pre-Outs 0.2 2.1 (Surround Back and Sub)
uport
Digital Radio DAB/DAB+ Radio via optional UP-DT1 Tuner (sold separately)
Napster

Common Strengths of Onkyo TX-NR515 and Onkyo TX-NR509

Onkyo TX-NR515 and Onkyo TX-NR509 share common strengths such as DLNA 1.5 support, ethernet connection, wi-fi, internet radio, Pandora and Spotify.

STRENGTHS Onkyo TX-NR515 Onkyo TX-NR509
DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Input 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
Audyssey Dynamic EQ
Audyssey Dynamic Volume
DLNA 1.5
Ethernet
Wi-Fi via Front USB (optional UWF-1 sold separately) via Front USB (optional UWF-1 sold separately)
USB Input 1 Front (for iPod/iPhone) and 1 Rear 1 Front
Composite Video Inputs 5 (1 front) 5 (1 front)
Component Video Inputs 1 2
Zones 2 2
Analog Tuner FM/AM with RDS FM/AM with RDS
Internet Radio vTuner vTuner
Pandora
Spotify

Common Weaknesses of Onkyo TX-NR515 and Onkyo TX-NR509

Onkyo TX-NR515 and Onkyo TX-NR509 share common weaknesses such as no Dolby Atmos support, no DTS:X support, no Auro3D support, no HDR10, no Dolby Vision, no ChromeCast, no DTS Play-Fi, no Amazon Alexa, no SONOS, no bluetooth, no phono input, no analog multi-channel input, no Tidal, no Deezer, no SiriusXM and no toroidal transformer.

WEAKNESSES Onkyo TX-NR515 Onkyo TX-NR509
No Dolby Atmos
No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
No DTS:X
No DTS Neural:X
No DTS Virtual:X
No IMAX Enhanced
No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
No DSD via USB
No DTS Dialog Control
No Audyssey LFC
No Audyssey Sub EQ HT
No HDR10
No HDR10+
No Dynamic HDR
No Dolby Vision
No Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through
No VRR
No QFT
No 4K or 8K Video Passthrough up to 1080p up to 1080p
No FireConnect
No FlareConnect
No Chromecast Built-In
No DTS Play-Fi
Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
Does Not Work with SONOS
No Bluetooth
No eARC
No Phono Input
No Multi-Channel Input
No Tidal
No Deezer
No SiriusXM Internet Radio
No Toroidal Transformer

Selected Features

Amplifier

Onkyo TX-NR515 has 7 channel and Onkyo TX-NR509 has 5 channel amplifiers. They both deliver 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)


Video Features

Both receivers support 1080p passthrough. Onkyo TX-NR515 can do 4K upscaling up to 30p.


WRAT

Onkyo TX-NR515 features Onkyo’s Wide Range Amp Technology (WRAT) circuit layout that prevents phase shifting by pushing the roll-off point higher than the listening-level frequency. Amplifying sound without phase shift creates an uncommonly well-focused and realistic audio image. If phase shift occurs and signal timing is not accurate, then neither is the resulting audio image.


Advanced Music Optimizer

Compressed music enhancement in Onkyo TX-NR515 and Onkyo TX-NR509 is done by Onkyo’s Advanced Music Optimizer. While MP3 or AAC files may sound fine through the headphones of your portable digital player, the limitations of these files can be exposed when played back through a quality home entertainment system. This is because a significant amount of high-frequency bit information is lost during the file-compression process. To counter this, Onkyo has designed the Advanced Music Optimizer to compensate for lost bit information and improve the quality of compressed audio signals. This results in a clearer and more expansive sound. Also included in this technology is a loudness correction feature that further improves the audio character of compressed files.


Connectivity


Onkyo TX-NR515

Onkyo TX-NR515 can be connected to internet using ethernet cable or wirelessly via Front USB (optional UWF-1 sold separately). It has 8 HDMI inputs with HDCP 2.2 copy protection.

Front panel has HDMI/MHL, USB and Composite Video inputs.

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Onkyo TX-NR509

Onkyo TX-NR509 can be connected to internet using ethernet cable or wirelessly via Front USB (optional UWF-1 sold separately). It has 4 HDMI inputs. There are 2.1 (Surround Back and Sub) channel analog pre-outs for external amplification.

Front panel has USB, Composite Video and RCA Audio inputs.

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Detailed Specifications

And in the end let us list the detailed specifications of the receivers side-by-side.

Note: The following table shows only those details which are applicable for both models and excludes the ones that are applicable for only one model. If you want to see a full list of specs for each model please visit their individual pages here - Onkyo TX-NR515 and here - Onkyo TX-NR509.

BASICS Onkyo TX-NR515 Onkyo TX-NR509
BrandOnkyoOnkyo
ModelTX-NR515TX-NR509
TypeA/V ReceiverA/V Receiver
CountryOthersOthers
Release Year20122011
AMPLIFIER Onkyo TX-NR515 Onkyo TX-NR509
Channels7.25.1
WRAT (Wide Range Amplifier Technology)
VLSC (Vector Linear Shaping Circuitry)
Optimum Gain Volume Circuitry
THX™ Certification
Continuous 6 Ω Rated
Certified 4 Ω Performance
Discrete Output Stage Circuitry
3-Stage Inverted Darlington Circuitry
PUSH-PULL Design
Independent Block Construction (Amp/Preprocessor)
Bi-amp Capability
BTL (Bridged Transless or Bridging)
AUDIO Onkyo TX-NR515 Onkyo TX-NR509
Digital Processing Crossover Network
Digital Signal Processing (DSP) EngineAdvanced 32-Bit Processing DSP ChipAdvanced 32-Bit Processing DSP Chip
DACBurr-BrownBurr-Brown
Maximum Channel Processing7.15.1
Air Studios Monitor Certification
Dolby Atmos
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Surround Upmixer
Dolby Pro Logic PLIIz PLIIx
Dolby Digital EX
Surround EX
DTS:X
DTS Neural:X
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neo Neo:6 Neo:6
DTS-HD Master Audio
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
DTS 96/24
DTS Express
DTS-ES Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1 Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1
IMAX Enhanced
Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
PCM 2-ch/Multi-ch Input 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
Music Playback via USBFLAC, WAV, WMA, WMA Lossless, Ogg, MP3, LPCM, AACFLAC, WAV, WMA, WMA Lossless, Ogg, MP3, LPCM, AAC
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network up to 192 kHz up to 96 kHz
High Resolution Audio Formats via USBFLAC, WAV, WMA Lossless, LPCM, AACFLAC, WAV, WMA Lossless, LPCM, AAC
Multi-Channel Music File Playback via USB
Gapless Playback
DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Input 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DSD via USB
DSD to PCM Converter
USB DAC
Jitter Reduction PLL (Phase Locked Loop) Jitter-Cleaning Circuit Technology for S/PDIF Audio PLL (Phase Locked Loop) Jitter-Cleaning Circuit Technology for S/PDIF Audio
DTS Dialogue Control
Dialog Enhancement
Dialog Level Adjustment
Dialog Normalization
Dialogue Lift
Tone Control Front L/R Channels Front L/R Channels
Compressed Music Enhancer Advanced Music Optimizer Advanced Music Optimizer
High-resolution Music Enhancer
THX Processing Mode
Audyssey Dynamic EQ
Audyssey Dynamic Volume
Audyssey LFC
Audyssey Sub EQ HT
Audyssey DSX
Phase-Matching Bass Boost
Direct Mode
Pure Audio Mode
Pure Direct Analog Path Mode
Virtual Speakers T-D (Theater-Dimensional) T-D (Theater-Dimensional)
Independent Dual Subwoofer Output
CALIBRATION Onkyo TX-NR515 Onkyo TX-NR509
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. Audyssey 2EQ Audyssey 2EQ
Audyssey App Support
VIDEO Onkyo TX-NR515 Onkyo TX-NR509
HDR10
HDR10+
Dynamic HDR
BT.2020 color space
Dolby Vision
Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG)
Quick Media Switching (QMS)
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Variable Refresh Rate (VRR)
Quick Frame Transport (QFT)
3-D Ready
Video Signal Passthroughup to 1080pup to 1080p
Video Signal Upscaling up to 4K/30p (Marvell Qdeo)
Analog To HDMI Upconversion Component**, Composite
Component Video Upscaling
Analog to Analog Video conversion
isf Certified Calibration Control
CONNECTIVITY Onkyo TX-NR515 Onkyo TX-NR509
MHL Input Front HDMI
DLNA 1.5
FireConnect
FlareConnect
Chromecast Built-In
DTS Play-Fi
Works with Amazon Alexa
Works with SONOS
AirPlay
Apple Product Connection iPod and iPhone via front USB iPod and iPhone via USB or optional UP-A1 Dock (sold separately)
Remote App iPod touch/iPhone and Android-Powered Devices iPod touch/iPhone
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevue
Ethernet
Ethernet Switch
Wi-Fi via Front USB (optional UWF-1 sold separately) via Front USB (optional UWF-1 sold separately)
Bluetooth
HDBaseT Compatible
Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)
HDMI Inputs8 (1 front)4
HDMI Outputs2 (simultaneous)1
USB Input1 Front (for iPod/iPhone) and 1 Rear1 Front
USB DC Out Port
Analog Audio Line Inputs56 (1 front)
Analog Audio Line Outputs1
Phono Input
Optical Inputs22
Optical Outputs
Coaxial Inputs/Outputs2 / No2 / No
Composite Video Inputs5 (1 front)5 (1 front)
Composite Video Outputs12
S-Video Inputs
S-Video Outputs
Component Video Inputs12
Component Video Outputs11
PC In
Multi-Channel Input
Analog Pre-Outs0.22.1 (Surround Back and Sub)
XLR Inputs
XLR Pre-outs
Front A/V InputsHDMI/MHL, USB, Composite VideoUSB, Composite Video, RCA Audio
Speaker A/B
Headphone Out 6.3 mm 6.3 mm
ZONES Onkyo TX-NR515 Onkyo TX-NR509
Zones22
Powered Zones 2
Zone 2 OutsRCA Line OutRCA Line Out
Whole House Mode
RS-232 Interface
+12V Trigger Output
Remote (IR) Input/Output
MISC Onkyo TX-NR515 Onkyo TX-NR509
On-Screen Display Advanced "Home" GUI Basic Overlay
Detachable Power Cord
uport
ONKYO-RI System Control
RIHD (Remote Interactive Over HDMI)
Pre-Pro/Learning RemoteNo / No /
On Screen Remote Programming
Bi-directional Remote Setup via GUI
Activity Based Remote
Smart Grid-Ready
RADIO Onkyo TX-NR515 Onkyo TX-NR509
Analog Tuner FM/AM with RDS FM/AM with RDS
Presets4040
Digital Radio DAB/DAB+ Radio via optional UP-DT1 Tuner (sold separately)
Internet Radio vTuner vTuner
Pandora
Spotify
Tidal
Deezer
Napster
SiriusXM Internet Radio
CONSTRUCTION Onkyo TX-NR515 Onkyo TX-NR509
Solid Aluminum Front
Speaker Terminals95
Large Speaker Terminals75
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
Transparent High-Grade Speaker Terminals
18mm Pitch High Grade Pre-outs
19mm-Pitch Audio Inputs
Gold plated RCA terminals
POWER Onkyo TX-NR515 Onkyo TX-NR509
Power SupplyAC 220-240 V, 50/60 HzAC 220-240 V, 50/60 Hz
Independent Power Supply
H.C.P.S. (High Current Power Supply) Massive High Power Transformer Massive High Power Transformer
Toroidal Transformer
Power Consumption540 W410 W
No Sound Power65 W (230 V)/70 W (240 V)45 W (230 V)/50 W (240 V)
Standby Power0.2 W0.3 W
GENERAL Onkyo TX-NR515 Onkyo TX-NR509
Dimensions (W x H x D)435 mm x 173.5 mm x 328 mm
17-1/8" x 6-13/16" x 12-15/16"
435 mm x 173.5 mm x 328 mm
17-1/8" x 6-13/16" x 12-15/16"
Weight9.6 kg (21.2 lbs)9.3 kg (20.5 lbs)
Warranty2 Years2 Years
SPECS Onkyo TX-NR515 Onkyo TX-NR509
Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC)80 W (0.7% THD)80 W (0.7% THD)
Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC)125 W (0.1% THD)110 W (0.9% THD)
Maximum Effective Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA or IEC)160 W160 W
Rated Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, IEC)130 W (1% THD)130 W (1% THD)
Dynamic Power per Channel (3 Ω, Front)180 W180 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (4 Ω, Front)160 W160 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (8 Ω, Front)100 W100 W
THD0.08% (20 Hz - 20 kHz, half power)0.08% (20 Hz - 20 kHz, Half power)
Damping Factor60 (Front, 1 kHz, 8 Ω)60 (Front, 1 kHz, 8 Ω)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)200 mV/47 kΩ (Line)200 mV/47 kΩ (Line)
Rated Lineout Level and Impedance200 mV/2.2 kΩ200 mV/2.2 kΩ (REC OUT)
Maximum Lineout Level and Impedance2 V/2.2 kΩ2 V/2.2 kΩ (REC OUT)
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)100 dB100 dB
Frequency Response (Analog In)5 Hz - 100 kHz/+1 dB, -3 dB (DSP bypass)20 Hz - 50 kHz/+1 dB, -3 dB (DSP bypass)
DSD Sampling Rates via HDMI2.8 MHz2.8 MHz
Video Input Sensitivity/Output Level and Impedance 1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component Y)
0.7 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component PB/CB, PR/CR)
1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Composite)
1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component Y)
0.7 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component PB/CB, PR/CR)
1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Composite)
Video Frequency Response5 Hz - 100 MHz/+0 dB, -3 dB (Component)5 Hz - 100 MHz/+0 dB, -3 dB (Component)
Ethernet Standard100BASE-TX100BASE-TX
FM Frequency87.5 MHz - 108.0 MHz87.5 MHz - 108.0 MHz
AM Frequency522/530 kHz - 1611/1710 kHz522/530 kHz - 1611/1710 kHz

* - 480i/576i and 480p/576p only
** - 480i/576i only
*** - no 1080p/24 upconversion
**** - 1080p signal is not converted

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