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Onkyo TX-NR509 (USA version)

SCORE:
66

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

Onkyo TX-NR509 was introduced in 2011. It is equipped with 5 channel amplifier with 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) power per channel and is capable of 5.1 maximum channel processing. It passes 1080/60p video signal.

We evaluated the a/v receiver and gave 66 overall score out of 100. Our ranking system is based on the amplifier specifications, audio and video features, connectivity, multizone capabilities, radio and many other details.

AMPLIFIER
74
VIDEO FEATURES
46
AUDIO FEATURES
68
CONNECTIVITY
73
MULTIZONE
64
MISCELLANEOUS
56
RADIO
93
OVERALL
66

Pros and Cons

In this section we present pros and cons of Onkyo TX-NR509.

PROS
  DSD via HDMI
  Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
  Ethernet
  Wi-Fi
  USB Input
  Many Analog Audio Line Inputs
  Composite Video Inputs
  Component Video Inputs
  Analog Pre-Outs
  Zones
  Analog Tuner
  Digital Radio
  Pandora
  Spotify
CONS
  5.1 Channel Processing
  No Dolby Atmos
  No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
  No DTS:X
  No IMAX Enhanced
  No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
  No eARC
  No HDR10
  No HDR10+
  No Dolby Vision
  No 4K or 8K Video Passthrough
  No 4K or 8K Video Upscaling
  No Chromecast Built-In
  Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
  No Bluetooth
  Few HDMI Inputs
  Few HDMI Outputs
  Few 8K Inputs
  No Phono Input
  No Tidal

Audio Section

5 channel Amplifier

Onkyo TX-NR509 features 5 channel power amplifier. It is rated at 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven).

    Speaker Configurations

    Onkyo TX-NR509's 5 channel amplifier can be assigned for different speaker configurations.

    • Configurations: Available configurations are:
    • 5.1 with internal amplifier.

    Sound Processing

    • Audyssey: Onkyo TX-NR509 comes with Audyssey Dynamic EQ and Dynamic Volume.
    • Dynamic EQ: selects the best possible frequency response and surround volume levels moment-by-moment. This ensures that the bass response, tonal balance and surround impression remain constant despite changes in volume. This is the first technology that carefully combines information from incoming source levels with actual output sound levels in the room, a pre-requisite for delivering a dynamic volume solution.
    • Dynamic Volume: Your Listening experience can be greatly diminished when there are significant shifts in volume between television programs, commercials and within the program material itself. When this happens you must constantly adjust the volume to maintain your desired listening level. Audyssey Dynamic Volume monitors the volume of program material moment-by-moment and automatically adjusts it, maintaining the desired listening level for all content while optimizing the dynamic range to preserve impact.
    • Advanced Music Optimizer: Compressed music enhancement in 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.

    Room Calibration

    Onkyo TX-NR509 comes with Audyssey 2EQ room correction system and includes the calibration microphone.

    • Audyssey Room Calibration: Audyssey is an acoustic measurement technology which automatically restores the acoustic distortion caused by the acoustic behaviour of a room with only a push on a button. Audyssey equalization provides an clear, accurate, natural sound with voices and dialog that become focused and intelligible, restoring the musical balance. Musical instruments and sound effects become precisely localized and the surround soundstage is made seamless and enveloping.

    Video Section

    HDMI

    Onkyo TX-NR509 features 4 HDMI inputs. It has 1 output.

    • 1080/60p Passthrough: All inputs pass up to 1080p video signal.
    • 3D Ready: Onkyo TX-NR509 is able to pass 3D video through HDMI.

    Multi-zone Playback

    Onkyo TX-NR509 offers multi-zone playback which allows you to play different input sources in 2 different rooms.


    Zone 2

    • Audio Line Output: If you have a dedicated integrated amplifier for Zone 2 you can connect it to the a/v receiver via line outs by sending fixed signal and then control volume on the Zone 2 amplifier.

    Inputs and Outputs

    Audio

    • Analog Pre-Outs: Onkyo TX-NR509 has 2.1 preamplifier outputs which allow you to connect the a/v receiver to the external power amplifier. You may want to use a high quality external amplifier for certain channels, usually for front L/R and center, and use the a/v receiver to power the rest.
    • Analog Line Inputs and Outputs: There are 6 line inputs and 1 line output for analog audio connection.
    • Digital Inputs: 2 optical inputs and 2 coaxial inputs are available for digital audio connection.
    • Headphone Output: There is a 6.3 mm (1/4") headphone output jack on the front panel.

    Video

    • HDMI:
    • Inputs: 4   Outputs: 1
      8K Inputs: 0
    • Composite Video: Connect you VCR, Laserdisc player and other old video equipment with composite video cables.
    • Inputs: 5   Outputs: 2
    • Component Video: Component video connection gives you the higher quality video compared to the composite video connection. So in case your old DVD player and other equipment do not have an HDMI output but have Component video output use this connection over the composite one.
    • Inputs: 2   Outputs: 1
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    Specifications

    Here we list all the available features and specifications of Onkyo TX-NR509.

    BASICS
    BrandOnkyo
    ModelTX-NR509
    TypeA/V Receiver
    CountryUSA
    Release Year2011
    AMPLIFIER
    Channels5.1
    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
    Digital Processing Crossover Network
    Digital Signal Processing (DSP) EngineAdvanced 32-Bit Processing DSP Chip
    DACBurr-Brown
    DAC Specs192 kHz/24 Bit
    Maximum Channel Processing5.1
    Air Studios Monitor Certification
    Dolby Atmos
    Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
    Dolby Atmos Music
    Dolby TrueHD
    Dolby Digital Plus
    Dolby Surround Upmixer
    Dolby Pro Logic PLIIx
    Dolby Digital EX
    Surround EX
    DTS:X
    DTS Neural:X
    DTS Virtual:X
    DTS Neo Neo:6
    DTS-HD Master Audio
    DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
    DTS 96/24
    DTS Express
    DTS-ES Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1
    IMAX Enhanced
    Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
    PCM 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
    Music Playback via USBFLAC, WAV, WMA, WMA Lossless, Ogg, MP3, LPCM, AAC
    High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network up to 96 kHz
    High Resolution Audio Formats via USBFLAC, WAV, WMA Lossless, LPCM, AAC
    Multi-Channel Music File Playback via USB
    Gapless Playback
    DSD via HDMI 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
    DTS Dialog Control
    Dialog Enhancement
    Dialog Level Adjustment
    Dialog Normalization
    Dialogue Lift
    Tone Control Front L/R Channels
    Compressed Music Enhancer 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)
    Independent Subwoofer Outputs
    CALIBRATION
    Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. Audyssey 2EQ
    Audyssey App Support
    VIDEO
    Enhanced ARC
    HDR10
    HDR10+
    Dynamic HDR
    Dolby Vision
    HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)
    BT.2020 color space
    QMS (Quick Media Switching)
    ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode)
    VRR (Variable Refresh Rate)
    QFT (Quick Frame transport)
    3-D Ready
    Video Signal Passthroughup to 1080p
    Video Signal Upscaling
    Analog To HDMI Upconversion
    Component Video Upscaling
    Analog to Analog Video conversion
    isf Certified Calibration Control
    CONNECTIVITY
    MHL Input
    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 USB or optional UP-A1 Dock (sold separately)
    Remote App iPod touch/iPhone
    InstaPrevue Input Source Prevue
    Ethernet
    Ethernet Switch
    Wi-Fi via Front USB (optional UWF-1 sold separately)
    Bluetooth
    HDBaseT Compatible
    HDMI Inputs4
    HDMI Outputs1
    8K Inputs
    USB Input1 Front
    USB DC Out Port
    Analog Audio Line Input6 (1 front)
    Analog Audio Line Output1
    Phono Input
    Optical Inputs2
    Optical Outputs
    Coaxial Inputs2
    Composite Video Input5 (1 front)
    Composite Video Output2
    S-Video Input
    S-Video Output
    Component Video Input2
    Component Video Output1
    PC In
    Multi-Channel Input
    Analog Pre-Outs2.1 (Surround Back and Sub)
    XLR Inputs
    XLR Pre-outs
    Front A/V InputsUSB, Composite Video, RCA Audio
    Speaker A/B
    Headphone Out6.3 mm (1/4")
    ZONES
    Zones2
    Powered Zones
    Zone 2 OutsRCA Line Out
    Whole House Mode
    RS-232C Interface
    +12V Trigger Output
    Remote (IR) Input/Output
    MISC
    On-Screen Display Basic Overlay
    Detachable Power Cord
    uport
    ONKYO-RI System Control
    RIHD (Remote Interactive Over HDMI)
    Pre-Pro/Learning Remote /
    On Screen Remote Programming
    Bi-directional Remote Setup via GUI
    Activity Based Remote
    Smart Grid-Ready
    RADIO
    Analog Tuner FM/AM
    Presets40
    Digital Radio HD Radio via optional UP-HT1 Tuner (sold separately)
    Internet Radio vTuner
    Pandora
    Spotify
    Tidal
    Deezer
    Napster
    SiriusXM Internet Radio
    CONSTRUCTION
    Solid Aluminum Front
    Speaker Terminals5
    Large Speaker Terminals5
    Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
    Transparent High-Grade Speaker Terminals
    18mm Pitch High Grade Pre-outs
    19mm-Pitch Audio Inputs
    Gold plated RCA terminals
    POWER
    Power SupplyAC 120 V, 60 Hz
    Independent Power Supply
    H.C.P.S. (High Current Power Supply) Massive High Power Transformer
    Toroidal Transformer
    Power Consumption3.9 A
    No Sound Power45 W
    Standby Power0.2 W
    GENERAL
    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"
    Weight8.5 kg (18.7 lbs)
    Warranty2 Years
    SPECS
    Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 280 W (0.7% THD)
    Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2110 W (0.9% THD)
    Maximum Effective Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA)160 W
    Rated Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, IEC)130 W (1% THD)
    Dynamic Power per Channel (3 Ω, Front)180 W
    Dynamic Power per Channel (4 Ω, Front)160 W
    Dynamic Power per Channel (8 Ω, Front)100 W
    THD0.08% (20 Hz - 20 kHz, Half power)
    Damping Factor60 (Front, 1 kHz, 8 Ω)
    Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)200 mV/47 kΩ (Line)
    Rated Lineout Level and Impedance200 mV/2.2 kΩ (REC OUT)
    Maximum Lineout Level and Impedance2 V/2.2 kΩ (REC OUT)
    S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)100 dB
    Frequency Response (Analog In)20 Hz - 50 kHz/+1 dB, -3 dB (DSP bypass)
    DSD Sampling Rates via HDMI2.8 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)
    Video Frequency Response5 Hz - 100 MHz/+0 dB, -3 dB (Component)
    Ethernet Standard100BASE-TX
    FM Frequency87.5 MHz - 107.9 MHz
    AM Frequency522/530 kHz - 1611/1710 kHz

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

    Successor

    In 2012 Onkyo TX-NR509 was replaced by TX-NR515. Let us now have a look at some important changes that the successor brought.


    UPGRADES 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)

    DOWNGRADES Onkyo TX-NR515 vs Onkyo TX-NR509
    Less Analog Audio Line Inputs 5 vs 6 (1 front)
    Less Analog Audio Line Outputs vs 1
    Less Composite Video Outputs 1 vs 2
    Less Component Video Inputs 1 vs 2
    Less Analog Pre-Outs 0.2 vs 2.1 (Surround Back and Sub)
    uport vs
    Digital Radio vs HD Radio via optional UP-HT1 Tuner (sold separately)
    Napster vs

    For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Onkyo TX-NR509 vs Onkyo TX-NR515.

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