Onkyo TX-NR509 Review and Specs
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Onkyo TX-NR509 (Taiwanese version)

SCORE:
67

Highlights

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

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Onkyo TX-NR509 Overview

Onkyo TX-NR509 was introduced in 2011. It is equipped with 5 channel amplifier and is capable of 5.1 maximum channel processing.

We evaluated the Receiver and gave 67 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
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 video signal passthrough and 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...

Pros and Cons

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

PROS
Dolby TrueHD πŸ‘
Dolby Digital Plus πŸ‘
Dolby Pro Logic πŸ‘
Dolby Digital EX πŸ‘
DTS Neo πŸ‘
DTS-HD Master Audio πŸ‘
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio πŸ‘
DTS 96/24 πŸ‘
DTS Express πŸ‘
DTS-ES πŸ‘
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network πŸ‘
DSD via HDMI πŸ‘
Compressed Music Enhancer πŸ‘
Audyssey Dynamic EQ πŸ‘
Audyssey Dynamic Volume πŸ‘
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. πŸ‘
3-D Ready πŸ‘
DLNA 1.5 πŸ‘
Ethernet πŸ‘
Wi-Fi πŸ‘
USB Input πŸ‘
Many Analog Audio Line Inputs πŸ‘
Composite Video Inputs πŸ‘
Composite Video Outputs πŸ‘
Component Video Inputs πŸ‘
Component Video Outputs πŸ‘
Analog Pre-Outs πŸ‘
Zones πŸ‘
Detachable Power Cord πŸ‘
Analog Tuner πŸ‘
Digital Radio πŸ‘
Pandora πŸ‘
Spotify πŸ‘
Napster πŸ‘
H.C.P.S. (High Current Power Supply) πŸ‘
CONS
Not Certified 4 Ω Performance πŸ‘Ž
No Bi-amp Capability πŸ‘Ž
Few Channel Processing πŸ‘Ž
No Dolby Atmos πŸ‘Ž
No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization πŸ‘Ž
No Dolby Surround Upmixer πŸ‘Ž
No DTS:X πŸ‘Ž
No DTS Neural:X πŸ‘Ž
No DTS Virtual:X πŸ‘Ž
No IMAX Enhanced πŸ‘Ž
No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer πŸ‘Ž
No Gapless Playback πŸ‘Ž
No DSD via USB πŸ‘Ž
No DTS Dialog Control πŸ‘Ž
No High-resolution Music Enhancer πŸ‘Ž
No Audyssey App Support πŸ‘Ž
No HDR10 πŸ‘Ž
No HDR10+ πŸ‘Ž
No BT.2020 color space πŸ‘Ž
No Dolby Vision πŸ‘Ž
No Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) πŸ‘Ž
No 4K or 8K Video Passthrough πŸ‘Ž
No 4K or 8K Video Upscaling πŸ‘Ž
No Chromecast Built-In πŸ‘Ž
Does not Work with Amazon Alexa πŸ‘Ž
Does Not Work with SONOS πŸ‘Ž
No Bluetooth πŸ‘Ž
No eARC πŸ‘Ž
Few HDMI Inputs πŸ‘Ž
Few HDMI Outputs πŸ‘Ž
No Phono Input πŸ‘Ž
No Multi-Channel Input πŸ‘Ž
No Tidal πŸ‘Ž
No Deezer πŸ‘Ž
No SiriusXM Internet Radio πŸ‘Ž

Selected Features

Amplifier

Onkyo TX-NR509 has 5 channel amplifier and delivers 80 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven).


Video Features

The Receiver has 1080p passthrough.


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.


Audyssey

Onkyo TX-NR509 comes with Audyssey Dynamic EQ and Audyssey Dynamic Volume.

Audyssey 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.

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.


Room Correction

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

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.


Connectivity

Onkyo TX-NR509 can be connected to internet using ethernet cable or wirelessly[y] 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

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

BASICS
BrandOnkyo
ModelTX-NR509
TypeA/V Receiver
CountryTaiwan
Release Year2011
AMPLIFIER
Channels5.1
WRAT (Wide Range Amplifier Technology)βœ–
VLSC (Vector Linear Shaping Circuitry)βœ–
Optimum Gain Volume Circuitryβœ”
THXβ„’ Certificationβœ–
Continuous 6 Ω Ratedβœ”
Certified 4 Ω Performanceβœ–
Discrete Output Stage Circuitryβœ”
3-Stage Inverted Darlington Circuitryβœ–
PUSH-PULL Designβœ–
Independent Block Construction (Amp/Preprocessor)βœ–
Bi-amp Capabilityβœ–
BTL (Bridged Transless or Bridging)βœ–
AUDIO
Digital Processing Crossover Networkβœ–
Digital Signal Processing (DSP) EngineAdvanced 32-Bit Processing DSP Chip
DACBurr-Brown
Maximum Channel Processing5.1
Air Studios Monitor Certificationβœ–
Dolby Atmosβœ–
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualizationβœ–
Dolby TrueHDβœ”
Dolby Digital Plusβœ”
Dolby Surround Upmixerβœ–
Dolby Pro Logicβœ” PLIIx
Dolby Digital EXβœ”
Surround EXβœ–
DTS:Xβœ–
DTS Neural:Xβœ–
DTS Virtual:Xβœ–
DTS Neoβœ” Neo:6
DTS-HD Master Audioβœ”
DTS-HD High Resolution Audioβœ”
DTS 96/24βœ”
DTS Expressβœ”
DTS-ESβœ” Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1
IMAX Enhancedβœ–
Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixerβœ–
PCMβœ” 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 Networkβœ” up to 96 kHz
High Resolution Audio Formats via USBFLAC, WAV, WMA Lossless, LPCM, AAC
Multi-Channel Music File Playback via USBβœ–
Gapless Playbackβœ–
DSD via HDMIβœ” 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DSD via USBβœ–
DSD to PCM Converterβœ–
USB DACβœ–
Jitter Reductionβœ” PLL (Phase Locked Loop) Jitter-Cleaning Circuit Techβœ– logy for S/PDIF Audio
DTS Dialog Controlβœ–
Dialog Enhancementβœ–
Dialog Level Adjustmentβœ–
Dialog Normalizationβœ–
Dialogue Liftβœ–
Tone Controlβœ” Front L/R Channels
Compressed Music Enhancerβœ” Advanced Music Optimizer
High-resolution Music Enhancerβœ–
THX Processing Modeβœ–
Audyssey Dynamic EQβœ”
Audyssey Dynamic Volumeβœ”
Audyssey LFCβœ–
Audyssey Sub EQ HTβœ–
Audyssey DSXβœ–
Phase-Matching Bass Boostβœ–
Direct Modeβœ”
Pure Audio Modeβœ–
Pure Direct Analog Path Modeβœ–
Virtual Speakersβœ” T-D (Theater-Dimensional)
Independent Dual Subwoofer Outputβœ–
CALIBRATION
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.βœ” Audyssey 2EQ
Audyssey App Supportβœ–
VIDEO
HDR10βœ–
HDR10+βœ–
Dynamic HDRβœ–
BT.2020 color spaceβœ–
Dolby Visionβœ–
Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG)βœ–
Quick Media Switching (QMS)βœ–
Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-throughβœ–
Variable Refresh Rate (VRR)βœ–
Quick Frame Transport (QFT)βœ–
3-D Readyβœ”
Video Signal Passthroughup to 1080p
Video Signal Upscalingβœ–
Analog To HDMI Upconversionβœ–
Component Video Upscalingβœ–
Analog to Analog Video conversionβœ–
isf Certified Calibration Controlβœ–
CONNECTIVITY
MHL Inputβœ–
DLNA 1.5βœ”
FireConnectβœ–
FlareConnectβœ–
Chromecast Built-Inβœ–
DTS Play-Fiβœ–
Works with Amazon Alexaβœ–
Works with SONOSβœ–
AirPlayβœ–
Apple Product Connectionβœ” iPod and iPhone via USB or optional UP-A1 Dock (sold separately)
Remote Appβœ” iPod touch/iPhone
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevueβœ–
Ethernetβœ”
Ethernet Switchβœ–
Wi-Fiβœ” via Front USB (optional UWF-1 sold separately)
Bluetoothβœ–
HDBaseT Compatibleβœ–
Enhanced ARCβœ–
HDMI Input4
HDMI Output1
USB Input1 Front
USB DC Out Portβœ–
Analog Audio Line Input6 (1 front)
Analog Audio Line Output1
Phono Inputβœ–
Optical In2
Optical Outβœ–
Coaxial In/Out2 / βœ–
Composite Video Input5 (1 front)
Composite Video Output2
S-Video Inputβœ–
S-Video Outputβœ–
Component Video Input2
Component Video Output1
PC Inβœ–
Multi-Channel Inputβœ–
Analog Pre-Outs2.1 (Surround Back and Sub)
XLR Inputsβœ–
XLR Pre-outsβœ–
Front A/V InputsUSB, Composite Video, RCA Audio
Speaker A/Bβœ–
Headphone Outβœ” 6.3 mm
ZONES
Zones2
Powered Zonesβœ–
Zone 2RCA Line Out
Whole House Modeβœ–
RS-232βœ–
+12V Trigger Outputβœ–
Remote (IR) Input/Outputβœ–
MISC
On-Screen Displayβœ” Basic Overlay
Detachable Power Cordβœ”
uportβœ”
ONKYO-RI System Controlβœ”
RIHD (Remote Interactive Over HDMI)βœ”
Pre-Pro/Learning Remoteβœ– / βœ”
On Screen Remote Programmingβœ–
Bi-directional Remote Setup via GUIβœ–
Activity Based Remoteβœ–
Smart Grid-Readyβœ–
RADIO
Analog Tunerβœ” FM/AM
Presets40
Digital Radioβœ” DAB/DAB+ Radio via optional UP-DT1 Tuner (sold separately)
Internet Radioβœ” vTuner
Pandoraβœ”
Spotifyβœ”
Tidalβœ–
Deezerβœ–
Napsterβœ”
SiriusXM Internet Radioβœ–
CONSTRUCTION
Solid Aluminum Frontβœ–
Speaker Terminals5
Large Speaker Terminals5
Color-Coded Speaker Terminalsβœ”
Transparent High-Grade Speaker Terminalsβœ–
18mm Pitch High Grade Pre-outsβœ–
19mm-Pitch Audio Inputsβœ–
Gold plated RCA terminalsβœ–
POWER
Power SupplyAC 120 V, 60 Hz
Independent Power Supplyβœ–
H.C.P.S. (High Current Power Supply)βœ” Massive High Power Transformer
Toroidal Transformerβœ–
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 - 108.0 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 Onkyo TX-NR509
More Channels 7.2 5.1
Bi-amp capability βœ” βœ–
More Channel Processing 7.1 5.1
Higher Resolution Music Playback via USB βœ” up to 192 kHz βœ” up to 96 kHz
Video Signal Upscaling βœ” up to 4K/30p (Marvell Qdeo) βœ–
Analog To HDMI Upconversion βœ” Component**, Composite βœ–
MHL Input βœ” Front HDMI βœ–
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
Bigger Power Supply 5 A 3.9 A

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

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

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