Onkyo TX-NR616 vs Onkyo TX-NR609 Detailed Comparison
SCORE:
37
SCORE:
36

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Overview

Here we are comparing Onkyo TX-NR616 to Onkyo TX-NR609 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. Both receivers have 7 channel and equally powerful amplifiers.

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

Onkyo TX-NR616 Highlights

Onkyo TX-NR609 Highlights

  • 7.2 channels
  • 100 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • THX Select™2 Plus certified
  • 4K Upscaling, 1080p Passthrough
  • DLNA
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi
  • USB input
  • 7.2 channels
  • 100 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • THX Select™2 Plus certified
  • 4K Upscaling, 1080p Passthrough
  • DLNA
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi
  • USB input

We have evaluated both receivers. Onkyo TX-NR616 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-NR616

Onkyo TX-NR609

AMPLIFIER
52
VIDEO FEATURES
20
AUDIO FEATURES
26
CONNECTIVITY
35
MULTIZONE
50
MISCELLANEOUS
38
RADIO
57
OVERALL
37
AMPLIFIER
52
VIDEO FEATURES
20
AUDIO FEATURES
26
CONNECTIVITY
31
MULTIZONE
41
MISCELLANEOUS
38
RADIO
65
OVERALL
36

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-NR616 over Onkyo TX-NR609

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Onkyo TX-NR616 over Onkyo TX-NR609.

Onkyo TX-NR616 has more zones. It has bi-amp capability.

Onkyo TX-NR616 Onkyo TX-NR609
Bi-amp capability
Higher Resolution Music Playback via USB up to 192 kHz up to 96 kHz
Dialog Normalization
MHL Input Front HDMI
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevue
More HDMI Inputs 8 (1 front) 6 (1 front)
More HDMI Outputs 2 (simultaneous) 1
USB Input 1 Front (for iPod/iPhone) and 1 Rear 1 Front
More Zones 3 2
Whole House Mode

Advantage of Onkyo TX-NR609 over Onkyo TX-NR616

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Onkyo TX-NR609 over Onkyo TX-NR616.

Only Onkyo TX-NR609 supports Napster.

Onkyo TX-NR616 Onkyo TX-NR609
THX Processing Mode
More Analog Audio Line Outputs 1
More Composite Video Outputs 1 2
More Component Video Inputs 1 2
PC In
uport
Digital Radio DAB/DAB+ Radio via optional UP-DT1 Tuner (sold separately)
Napster

Common Strengths of Onkyo TX-NR616 and Onkyo TX-NR609

Onkyo TX-NR616 and Onkyo TX-NR609 share common strengths such as DLNA 1.5 support, ethernet connection, wi-fi, internet radio, Pandora and Spotify.

STRENGTHS Onkyo TX-NR616 Onkyo TX-NR609
DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Input 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
Audyssey Dynamic EQ
Audyssey Dynamic Volume
4K or 8K Signal Upscaling up to 4K/30p (Marvell Qdeo) up to 4K/30p (Marvell Qdeo)
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
Many Analog Audio Line Inputs 6 6
Composite Video Inputs 5 (1 front) 5 (1 front)
Component Video Inputs 1 2
Zones 3 2
Analog Tuner FM/AM FM/AM
Internet Radio vTuner vTuner
Pandora
Spotify

Common Weaknesses of Onkyo TX-NR616 and Onkyo TX-NR609

Onkyo TX-NR616 and Onkyo TX-NR609 share common weaknesses such as no front wide channel support, 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 analog pre-outs, no Tidal, no Deezer, no SiriusXM and no toroidal transformer.

WEAKNESSES Onkyo TX-NR616 Onkyo TX-NR609
No Front Wide Channel Support
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 Analog Pre-Outs 0.2 0.2
No Tidal
No Deezer
No SiriusXM Internet Radio
No Toroidal Transformer

Selected Features

Amplifier

Onkyo TX-NR616 and Onkyo TX-NR609 have 7 channel amplifiers. They both deliver 100 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)


Video Features

Both receivers support 1080p passthrough. They both do 4K upscaling up to 30p.


WRAT

Onkyo TX-NR616 and Onkyo TX-NR609 feature 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.


3-Stage Inverted Darlington Circuitry

Onkyo TX-NR616 and Onkyo TX-NR609 feature 3-Stage Inverted Darlington Circuitry. Standard amplifiers employ a negative feedback (NFB) design that counters distortion by feeding back the opposite phase of the output signal into the input stage. Unfortunately, NFB is easily affected by inverse electromotive forces from the speakers, leading to an increase in circuit noise. Three-Stage Inverted Darlington Circuitry is a core Onkyo technology incorporating a low-NFB design that makes the sound more natural. Sensitive to oscillations, this circuitry requires very advanced control technology in order to be incorporated into the amplifier.


THX™ Certification

Onkyo TX-NR616 and Onkyo TX-NR609 are THX™ certified which offers optimal performance, superior quality and seamless integration. THX works with partners from the ground up, so that certified products deliver professional quality audio-visual experiences right out of the box. They only certify the very best products with uncompromised quality, performance and consistency. They ensure that THX certified devices play well with lower performing devices and components. THX listening modes make the receiver to have one speaker set up for movies, music and games. They are tested for power output, bass management, signal-to-noise ratio and feature RE-EQ, timbre matching, boundary gain compensation and THX Loudness Plus.


Advanced Music Optimizer

Compressed music enhancement in Onkyo TX-NR616 and Onkyo TX-NR609 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-NR616

Onkyo TX-NR616 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-NR609

Onkyo TX-NR609 can be connected to internet using ethernet cable or wirelessly via Front USB (optional UWF-1 sold separately). It has 6 HDMI inputs.

Front panel has HDMI, USB and Composite Video 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-NR616 and here - Onkyo TX-NR609.

BASICS Onkyo TX-NR616 Onkyo TX-NR609
BrandOnkyoOnkyo
ModelTX-NR616TX-NR609
TypeA/V ReceiverA/V Receiver
CountryTaiwanTaiwan
Release Year20122011
AMPLIFIER Onkyo TX-NR616 Onkyo TX-NR609
Channels7.27.2
Front Wide Channel Support
WRAT (Wide Range Amplifier Technology)
VLSC (Vector Linear Shaping Circuitry)
Optimum Gain Volume Circuitry
THX™ Certification Select™2 Plus Select™2 Plus
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-NR616 Onkyo TX-NR609
Digital Processing Crossover Network
Digital Signal Processing (DSP) EngineAdvanced 32-Bit Processing DSP ChipAdvanced 32-Bit Processing DSP Chip
DACBurr-BrownBurr-Brown
Maximum Channel Processing7.17.1
Air Studios Monitor Certification
Dolby Atmos
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Surround Upmixer
Dolby Pro Logic PLIIz PLIIz
Dolby Digital EX
Surround EX also known as Dolby Digital Surround EX also known as Dolby Digital 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 Height Only Front Height
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-NR616 Onkyo TX-NR609
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. Audyssey 2EQ Audyssey 2EQ
Audyssey App Support
VIDEO Onkyo TX-NR616 Onkyo TX-NR609
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) up to 4K/30p (Marvell Qdeo)
Analog To HDMI Upconversion Component**, Composite Component, Composite, PC
Component Video Upscaling
Analog to Analog Video conversion
Component Video Maximum Resolution1080p1080p
isf Certified Calibration Control
CONNECTIVITY Onkyo TX-NR616 Onkyo TX-NR609
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)6 (1 front)
HDMI Outputs2 (simultaneous)1
USB Input1 Front (for iPod/iPhone) and 1 Rear1 Front
USB DC Out Port
Analog Audio Line Inputs66
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-Outs0.20.2
XLR Inputs
XLR Pre-outs
Front A/V InputsHDMI/MHL, USB, Composite VideoHDMI, USB, Composite Video
Speaker A/B
Headphone Out 6.3 mm 6.3 mm
ZONES Onkyo TX-NR616 Onkyo TX-NR609
Zones32
Powered Zones 2 2
Zone 2 OutsRCA Line OutRCA Line Out
Whole House Mode
RS-232 Interface
+12V Trigger Output
Remote (IR) Input/Output
MISC Onkyo TX-NR616 Onkyo TX-NR609
On-Screen Display Advanced "Home" GUI Advanced "Home" GUI
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-NR616 Onkyo TX-NR609
Analog Tuner FM/AM FM/AM
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-NR616 Onkyo TX-NR609
Solid Aluminum Front
Speaker Terminals99
Large Speaker Terminals77
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-NR616 Onkyo TX-NR609
Power SupplyAC 120 V, 60 HzAC 120 V, 60 Hz
Independent Power Supply
H.C.P.S. (High Current Power Supply) Massive High Power Transformer Massive High Power Transformer
Toroidal Transformer
Power Consumption6.3 A610 W
Standby Power0.15 W0.2 W
GENERAL Onkyo TX-NR616 Onkyo TX-NR609
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"
Weight11.0 kg (24.3 lbs)11.2 kg (24.7 lbs)
Warranty2 Years2 Years
SPECS Onkyo TX-NR616 Onkyo TX-NR609
Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC)100 W (0.08% THD)100 W (0.08% THD)
Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC)125 W (0.1% THD)125 W (0.1% THD)
Maximum Effective Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA or IEC)175 W175 W
Rated Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, IEC)160 W (1% THD)160 W (1% THD)
Dynamic Power per Channel (3 Ω, Front)240 W240 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (4 Ω, Front)210 W210 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (8 Ω, Front)120 W120 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)106 dB106 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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