Onkyo TX-SR309

    Highlights

    • 5.1 Channels
    • 5.1 Channel Processing
    • 65 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)

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    1. Overview

    Onkyo TX-SR309 was introduced in 2011. It is equipped with 5 channel amplifier with 65 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 60 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
    71
    Audio Features
    64
    Video Features
    46
    Connectivity
    61
    Zones
    55
    Radio
    59
    OVERALL
    60

    For more details about the ranking please go to    Evaluation section.


    Here is a history of the series, where you can view and compare the main specifications of the receivers.

    Evolution of the series
    Model Year Chann. Power Dolby Atmos DTS:X HDR10 HDR10+ Dolby Vision Pass. Price
    TX-SR393 Image cannot be found 2019 5.2 80 W 4K
    TX-SR383 Image cannot be found 2018 7.2 80 W 4K
    TX-SR373 Image cannot be found 2017 5.2 80 W 4K
    TX-SR353 Image cannot be found 2016 5.1 80 W 4K
    TX-SR343 Image cannot be found 2015 5.1 65 W 4K
    TX-SR333 Image cannot be found 2014 5.1 65 W 4K
    TX-SR313 Image cannot be found 2012 5.1 65 W 1080p
    TX-SR309 Image cannot be found 2011 5.1 65 W 1080p

    You can view their side-by-side comparison here: Onkyo TX-SR393 vs TX-SR383 vs TX-SR373 vs TX-SR353 vs TX-SR343 vs TX-SR333.

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    2. Pros and Cons

    In this section we present pros and cons of Onkyo TX-SR309.

    PROs

    •   DSD via HDMI
    •   USB Input
    •   Many RCA Line Inputs
    •   Composite Video Inputs
    •   Component Video Inputs
    •   Analog Tuner

    CONs

    •   Few Channels - 5.1
    •   Low Power Output - 65 W
    •   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 Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
    •   No HDR10
    •   No HDR10+
    •   No Dolby Vision
    •   No eARC
    •   No 8K Passthrough
    •   No Wi-Fi
    •   No Bluetooth
    •   Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
    •   3 HDMI Inputs
    •   1 HDMI Outputs
    •   0 8K Input
    •   No Phono Input
    •   No RCA Pre-Outs
    •   No Ethernet
    •   No Zones
    •   No Digital Radio
    •   No Pandora
    •   No Spotify
    •   No Tidal

    3. Onkyo 2011 Lineup

    In 2011 Onkyo released 8 new receivers. Here is the lineup:

    Onkyo 2011 Lineup
    ModelChannelsPowerMax. Ch. Proc.Pre OutsZones Price
    TX-NR5009 Image cannot be found 9.2145 W9.19.23
    TX-NR3009 Image cannot be found 9.2140 W9.19.23
    TX-NR1009 Image cannot be found 9.2135 W9.19.23
    TX-NR809 Image cannot be found 7.2135 W7.17.23
    TX-NR709 Image cannot be found 7.2110 W7.17.22
    TX-NR609 Image cannot be found 7.2100 W7.12
    TX-NR509 Image cannot be found 5.180 W5.12.12
    TX-SR309 Image cannot be found 5.165 W5.11

    You can view their side-by-side comparison here: Onkyo TX-NR5009 vs TX-NR3009 vs TX-NR1009 vs TX-NR809 vs TX-NR709 vs TX-NR609.

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    4. Amplifier

    5 channel Amplifier

    Onkyo TX-SR309 features 5 channel power amplifier. It is rated at 65 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven).

      AMPLIFIER
      Channels5.1
      Power Output65 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
      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)

      5. Speaker Configurations

      Onkyo TX-SR309's 5 channel amplifier can be assigned for different speaker configurations.

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

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      6. HDMI

      Onkyo TX-SR309 features 3 HDMI inputs. It has 1 output.

      • 1080/60p Passthrough: All inputs pass up to 1080p video signal.
      • 3D Ready: Onkyo TX-SR309 is able to pass 3D video through HDMI.


      VIDEO FEATURES
      HDR10
      HDR10+
      Dynamic HDR
      BT.2020 color space
      Dolby Vision
      HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)
      HDBaseT Compatible
      Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)
      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

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      7. Inputs and Outputs

      Audio

      • Analog Line Inputs and Outputs: There are 6 line inputs and 1 line output for analog audio connection.
      • Digital Inputs: 2 optical inputs and 1 coaxial input 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: 3   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

      Front A/V Inputs

      • USB, Composite Video, RCA Audio
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      TERMINALS
      HDMI Inputs3
      HDMI Outputs1
      8K Inputs
      USB Input1 Front
      USB DC Out Port
      Optical Inputs2
      Optical Outputs
      Coaxial Inputs1
      RCA Line Inputs6 (1 front)
      RCA Line Outputs1
      XLR Line Inputs
      Phono Input
      Multi-Channel Input
      RCA Pre-Outs0.1
      XLR Pre-outs
      Composite Video Inputs5 (1 front)
      Composite Video Outputs2
      S-Video Inputs
      S-Video Outputs
      Component Video Inputs2
      Component Video Outputs1

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      8. Evaluation

      We evaluate Onkyo TX-SR309 and give score of 60 out of 100. We also give separate scores for 6 different categories according to the available features and specifications some of which are listed below. These evaluations are relative and may change each time a new receiver is added to the database.


      OVERALL
      60

      Amplifier

      GOOD
      71

      We give Onkyo TX-SR309 a score of 71 for Amplifier features.

      •   Few Channels - 5.1
      •   Low Power Output - 65 W

      Audio Features

      AVERAGE
      64

      We give Onkyo TX-SR309 a score of 64 for Audio Features features.

      •   Few Channels - 5.1
      •   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
      •   DSD via HDMI

      Video Features

      POOR
      46

      We give Onkyo TX-SR309 a score of 46 for Video Features features.

      •   No HDR10
      •   No HDR10+
      •   No Dolby Vision
      •   No 8K Passthrough

      Connectivity

      AVERAGE
      61

      We give Onkyo TX-SR309 a score of 61 for Connectivity features.

      •   No eARC
      •   No Wi-Fi
      •   No Bluetooth
      •   Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
      •   3 HDMI Inputs
      •   1 HDMI Outputs
      •   0 8K Input
      •   USB Input
      •   Many RCA Line Inputs
      •   No Phono Input
      •   No RCA Pre-Outs
      •   Composite Video Inputs
      •   Component Video Inputs
      •   No Ethernet

      Zones

      AVERAGE
      55

      We give Onkyo TX-SR309 a score of 55 for Zones features.

      •   No Zones

      Radio

      AVERAGE
      59

      We give Onkyo TX-SR309 a score of 59 for Radio features.

      •   Analog Tuner
      •   No Pandora
      •   No Spotify
      •   No Tidal

      9. Replaced by TX-SR313

      In 2012 Onkyo TX-SR309 was replaced by Onkyo TX-SR313. Let us now have a look at some important differences between Onkyo TX-SR309 and its successor.

      UPGRADES Onkyo TX-SR313 vs Onkyo TX-SR309
      WRAT (Wide Range Amplifier Technology) vs
      Discrete Output Stage Circuitry vs
      More HDMI Inputs 4 vs 3
      Bigger Power Supply 3.4 A vs 3.3 A
      DOWNGRADES Onkyo TX-SR313 vs Onkyo TX-SR309
      Lower Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, IEC) 100 W (1% THD) vs 100 W (1% THD)
      Lower Dynamic Power per Channel, 8 Ω, Front) 80 W vs 85 W

      For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Onkyo TX-SR309 vs TX-SR313.

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