Onkyo TX-NR515 vs Onkyo TX-NR509 Detailed Comparison

Onkyo TX-NR515

Onkyo TX-NR509

SCORE:
74
SCORE:
67

Highlights

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

Highlights

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

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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.

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
75
VIDEO FEATURES
71
AUDIO FEATURES
72
CONNECTIVITY
77
MULTIZONE
77
MISCELLANEOUS
71
RADIO
85
OVERALL
74
AMPLIFIER
75
VIDEO FEATURES
45
AUDIO FEATURES
69
CONNECTIVITY
74
MULTIZONE
64
MISCELLANEOUS
61
RADIO
89
OVERALL
67

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

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 vs Onkyo TX-NR509
More Channels 7.2 vs 5.1
WRAT (Wide Range Amplifier Technology) vs
Bi-amp capability vs
More Channel Processing 7.1 vs 5.1
Dolby Pro Logic PLIIz vs PLIIx
Higher Resolution Music Playback via USB up to 192 kHz vs up to 96 kHz
Video Signal Upscaling up to 4K/30p (Marvell Qdeo) vs
Analog To HDMI Upconversion Component**, Composite vs
MHL Input Front HDMI vs
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevue vs
More HDMI Inputs 8 (1 front) vs 4
More HDMI Outputs 2 (simultaneous) vs 1
USB Input 1 Front (for iPod/iPhone) and 1 Rear vs 1 Front
Front A/V Inputs HDMI/MHL, USB, Composite Video vs USB, Composite Video, RCA Audio
More Powered Zones 2 vs
On-Screen Display Advanced "Home" GUI vs Basic Overlay
On Screen Remote Programming vs
More Speaker Terminals 9 vs 5
More Large Speaker Terminals 7 vs 5
Bigger Power Supply 5 A vs 3.9 A
Higher Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC) 125 W (0.1% THD) vs 110 W (0.9% THD)

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

Common Strengths and Weaknesses

Here we list common strengths and weaknesses of both receivers.

PROS
👍   Dolby TrueHD
👍   Dolby Digital Plus
👍   Dolby Pro Logic
👍   Dolby Digital EX
👍   DTS Neo
👍   DTS-HD Master Audio
👍   DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
👍   DTS 96/24
👍   DTS Express
👍   DTS-ES
👍   High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network
👍   DSD via HDMI
👍   Compressed Music Enhancer
👍   Audyssey Dynamic EQ
👍   Audyssey Dynamic Volume
👍   Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
👍   3-D Ready
👍   DLNA 1.5
👍   Ethernet
👍   Wi-Fi
👍   USB Input
👍   Composite Video Inputs
👍   Composite Video Outputs
👍   Component Video Inputs
👍   Component Video Outputs
👍   Zones
👍   Detachable Power Cord
👍   Analog Tuner
👍   Pandora
👍   Spotify
👍   H.C.P.S. (High Current Power Supply)
CONS
👍   Not Certified 4 Ω Performance
👍   No Dolby Atmos
👍   No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
👍   No Dolby Surround Upmixer
👍   No DTS:X
👍   No DTS Neural:X
👍   No DTS Virtual:X
👍   No IMAX Enhanced
👍   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
👍   No Gapless Playback
👍   No DSD via USB
👍   No DTS Dialog Control
👍   No High-resolution Music Enhancer
👍   No Audyssey App Support
👍   No HDR10
👍   No HDR10+
👍   No BT.2020 color space
👍   No Dolby Vision
👍   No Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG)
👍   No 4K or 8K Video Passthrough
👍   No Chromecast Built-In
👍   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

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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Side by Side Comparison

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 vs Onkyo TX-NR509
BrandOnkyovsOnkyo
ModelTX-NR515vsTX-NR509
TypeA/V ReceivervsA/V Receiver
CountryTaiwanvsTaiwan
Release Year2012vs2011
AMPLIFIER Onkyo TX-NR515 vs Onkyo TX-NR509
Channels7.2vs5.1
WRAT (Wide Range Amplifier Technology)vs
VLSC (Vector Linear Shaping Circuitry)vs
Optimum Gain Volume Circuitryvs
THX™ Certificationvs
Continuous 6 Ω Ratedvs
Certified 4 Ω Performancevs
Discrete Output Stage Circuitryvs
3-Stage Inverted Darlington Circuitryvs
PUSH-PULL Designvs
Independent Block Construction (Amp/Preprocessor)vs
Bi-amp Capabilityvs
BTL (Bridged Transless or Bridging)vs
AUDIO Onkyo TX-NR515 vs Onkyo TX-NR509
Digital Processing Crossover Networkvs
Digital Signal Processing (DSP) EngineAdvanced 32-Bit Processing DSP ChipvsAdvanced 32-Bit Processing DSP Chip
DACBurr-BrownvsBurr-Brown
Maximum Channel Processing7.1vs5.1
Air Studios Monitor Certificationvs
Dolby Atmosvs
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualizationvs
Dolby TrueHDvs
Dolby Digital Plusvs
Dolby Surround Upmixervs
Dolby Pro Logic PLIIzvs PLIIx
Dolby Digital EXvs
Surround EXvs
DTS:Xvs
DTS Neural:Xvs
DTS Virtual:Xvs
DTS Neo Neo:6vs Neo:6
DTS-HD Master Audiovs
DTS-HD High Resolution Audiovs
DTS 96/24vs
DTS Expressvs
DTS-ES Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1vs Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1
IMAX Enhancedvs
Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixervs
PCM 2-ch/Multi-ch Inputvs 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
Music Playback via USBFLAC, WAV, WMA, WMA Lossless, Ogg, MP3, LPCM, AACvsFLAC, WAV, WMA, WMA Lossless, Ogg, MP3, LPCM, AAC
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network up to 192 kHzvs up to 96 kHz
High Resolution Audio Formats via USBFLAC, WAV, WMA Lossless, LPCM, AACvsFLAC, WAV, WMA Lossless, LPCM, AAC
Multi-Channel Music File Playback via USBvs
Gapless Playbackvs
DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Inputvs 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DSD via USBvs
DSD to PCM Convertervs
USB DACvs
Jitter Reduction PLL (Phase Locked Loop) Jitter-Cleaning Circuit Technology for S/PDIF Audiovs PLL (Phase Locked Loop) Jitter-Cleaning Circuit Technology for S/PDIF Audio
DTS Dialog Controlvs
Dialog Enhancementvs
Dialog Level Adjustmentvs
Dialog Normalizationvs
Dialogue Liftvs
Tone Control Front L/R Channelsvs Front L/R Channels
Compressed Music Enhancer Advanced Music Optimizervs Advanced Music Optimizer
High-resolution Music Enhancervs
THX Processing Modevs
Audyssey Dynamic EQvs
Audyssey Dynamic Volumevs
Audyssey LFCvs
Audyssey Sub EQ HTvs
Audyssey DSXvs
Phase-Matching Bass Boostvs
Direct Modevs
Pure Audio Modevs
Pure Direct Analog Path Modevs
Virtual Speakers T-D (Theater-Dimensional)vs T-D (Theater-Dimensional)
Independent Dual Subwoofer Outputvs
CALIBRATION Onkyo TX-NR515 vs Onkyo TX-NR509
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. Audyssey 2EQvs Audyssey 2EQ
Audyssey App Supportvs
VIDEO Onkyo TX-NR515 vs Onkyo TX-NR509
HDR10vs
HDR10+vs
BT.2020 color spacevs
Dolby Visionvs
HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)vs
QMS (Quick Media Switching)vs
ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode)vs
VRR (Variable Refresh Rate)vs
QFT (Quick Frame transport)vs
3-D Readyvs
Video Signal Passthroughup to 1080pvsup to 1080p
Video Signal Upscaling up to 4K/30p (Marvell Qdeo)vs
Analog To HDMI Upconversion Component**, Compositevs
Component Video Upscalingvs
Analog to Analog Video conversionvs
isf Certified Calibration Controlvs
CONNECTIVITY Onkyo TX-NR515 vs Onkyo TX-NR509
MHL Input Front HDMIvs
DLNA 1.5vs
FireConnectvs
FlareConnectvs
Chromecast Built-Invs
DTS Play-Fivs
Works with Amazon Alexavs
Works with SONOSvs
AirPlayvs
Apple Product Connection iPod and iPhone via front USBvs iPod and iPhone via USB or optional UP-A1 Dock (sold separately)
Remote App iPod touch/iPhone and Android-Powered Devicesvs iPod touch/iPhone
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevuevs
Ethernetvs
Ethernet Switchvs
Wi-Fi via Front USB (optional UWF-1 sold separately)vs via Front USB (optional UWF-1 sold separately)
Bluetoothvs
HDBaseT Compatiblevs
Enhanced ARCvs
HDMI Input8 (1 front)vs4
HDMI Output2 (simultaneous)vs1
USB Input1 Front (for iPod/iPhone) and 1 Rearvs1 Front
USB DC Out Portvs
Analog Audio Line Input5vs6 (1 front)
Analog Audio Line Outputvs1
Phono Inputvs
Optical In2vs2
Optical Outvs
Coaxial In/Out2 / vs2 /
Composite Video Input5 (1 front)vs5 (1 front)
Composite Video Output1vs2
S-Video Inputvs
S-Video Outputvs
Component Video Input1vs2
Component Video Output1vs1
PC Invs
Multi-Channel Inputvs
Analog Pre-Outs0.2vs2.1 (Surround Back and Sub)
XLR Inputsvs
XLR Pre-outsvs
Front A/V InputsHDMI/MHL, USB, Composite VideovsUSB, Composite Video, RCA Audio
Speaker A/Bvs
Headphone Out 6.3 mmvs 6.3 mm
ZONES Onkyo TX-NR515 vs Onkyo TX-NR509
Zones2vs2
Powered Zones 2vs
Zone 2RCA Line OutvsRCA Line Out
Whole House Modevs
RS-232vs
+12V Trigger Outputvs
Remote (IR) Input/Outputvs
MISC Onkyo TX-NR515 vs Onkyo TX-NR509
On-Screen Display Advanced "Home" GUIvs Basic Overlay
Detachable Power Cordvs
uportvs
ONKYO-RI System Controlvs
RIHD (Remote Interactive Over HDMI)vs
Pre-Pro/Learning Remote / vs /
On Screen Remote Programmingvs
Bi-directional Remote Setup via GUIvs
Activity Based Remotevs
Smart Grid-Readyvs
RADIO Onkyo TX-NR515 vs Onkyo TX-NR509
Analog Tuner FM/AMvs FM/AM
Presets40vs40
Digital Radiovs DAB/DAB+ Radio via optional UP-DT1 Tuner (sold separately)
Internet Radio vTunervs vTuner
Pandoravs
Spotifyvs
Tidalvs
Deezervs
Napstervs
SiriusXM Internet Radiovs
CONSTRUCTION Onkyo TX-NR515 vs Onkyo TX-NR509
Solid Aluminum Frontvs
Speaker Terminals9vs5
Large Speaker Terminals7vs5
Color-Coded Speaker Terminalsvs
Transparent High-Grade Speaker Terminalsvs
18mm Pitch High Grade Pre-outsvs
19mm-Pitch Audio Inputsvs
Gold plated RCA terminalsvs
POWER Onkyo TX-NR515 vs Onkyo TX-NR509
Power SupplyAC 120 V, 60 HzvsAC 120 V, 60 Hz
Independent Power Supplyvs
H.C.P.S. (High Current Power Supply) Massive High Power Transformervs Massive High Power Transformer
Toroidal Transformervs
Power Consumption5 Avs3.9 A
No Sound Power65 Wvs45 W
Standby Power0.15 Wvs0.2 W
GENERAL Onkyo TX-NR515 vs 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"
vs435 mm x 173.5 mm x 328 mm
17-1/8" x 6-13/16" x 12-15/16"
Weight9.0 kg (19.8 lbs)vs8.5 kg (18.7 lbs)
Warranty2 Yearsvs2 Years
SPECS Onkyo TX-NR515 vs Onkyo TX-NR509
Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 280 W (0.7% THD)vs80 W (0.7% THD)
Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2125 W (0.1% THD)vs110 W (0.9% THD)
Maximum Effective Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA)160 Wvs160 W
Rated Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, IEC)130 W (1% THD)vs130 W (1% THD)
Dynamic Power per Channel (3 Ω, Front)180 Wvs180 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (4 Ω, Front)160 Wvs160 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (8 Ω, Front)100 Wvs100 W
THD0.08% (20 Hz - 20 kHz, half power)vs0.08% (20 Hz - 20 kHz, Half power)
Damping Factor60 (Front, 1 kHz, 8 Ω)vs60 (Front, 1 kHz, 8 Ω)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)200 mV/47 kΩ (Line)vs200 mV/47 kΩ (Line)
Rated Lineout Level and Impedance200 mV/2.2 kΩvs200 mV/2.2 kΩ (REC OUT)
Maximum Lineout Level and Impedance2 V/2.2 kΩvs2 V/2.2 kΩ (REC OUT)
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)100 dBvs100 dB
Frequency Response (Analog In)5 Hz - 100 kHz/+1 dB, -3 dB (DSP bypass)vs20 Hz - 50 kHz/+1 dB, -3 dB (DSP bypass)
DSD Sampling Rates via HDMI2.8 MHzvs2.8 MHz
Video Input Sensitivity/Output Level and Impedance1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component Y)
0.7 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component PB/CB, PR/CR)
1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Composite)
vs1 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)vs5 Hz - 100 MHz/+0 dB, -3 dB (Component)
Ethernet Standard100BASE-TXvs100BASE-TX
FM Frequency87.5 MHz - 108.0 MHzvs87.5 MHz - 108.0 MHz
AM Frequency522/530 kHz - 1611/1710 kHzvs522/530 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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