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ONKYO TX-NR809 HDMI v1.4 Home Cinema Receiver
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Onkyo's TX-NR809 is the replacement model for the TXNR808. Offering THX Select2 Plus certification it is also compatible with Audyssey DSX and Dolby ProLogic IIz for inclusion of addition spatial front speakers. Seven channels of amplification provide a multitude of setup options including 5.1, 7.1, 5.1 with bi-amped fronts or the aforementioned Pro-Logic IIz. Utilising the HQV Vida video processing chip, the 809 offers some of the best video upscaling to 1080p, supplemented by Marvell's Qdeo video scaling up to 4k. An Ethernet port for audio streaming and iPod Digital enabled USB inputs round off a superb array of inputs, and the supplied learning remote control means the TX NR 809 is a serious contender for any home cinema setup.
7x180wpc 7.2 A/V Receiver
THX Select2 Plus certifiedMore Info...
THX Select2 Plus certified▲
THX Select 2 Plus
THX certified products are sent to the THX test facility for rigorous testing. Often this will mean revisions must be made to
the design or components used in order to pass the tests. THX certified products show that exact standards set by THX have been
met. Select2 Plus is given to products that are ideally designed for medium sized rooms (approx. 2000 cubic feet) with a 10 foot
viewing distance from the screen.
Dolby True HD, Dolby Digital Plus and DTS HD decodingMore Info...
Dolby True HD, Dolby Digital Plus and DTS HD decoding▲
The ONKYO TXNR809 has
Dolby TrueHD which is a next-generation lossless technology developed
for high-definition disc-based media. It delivers sound that is bit-for-bit
identical to the studio master at a bit rate of up to 18 Mbps. It also supports
up to 8 full-range channels of 24-bit/96 kHz audio (although TrueHD can support
more than 8 channels, HD-DVD and Blu-Ray standards limit it to 8) and extensive
metadata including dialogue normalization and dynamic range control all through
an HDMI connection. Dolby TrueHD is compatible with existing and future AV
The ONKYO TX-NR809 has DTS-HD which has been selected as an optional audio technology for Blu-Ray
Disc and HD-DVD. DTS-HD is a set of extensions to DTS' Coherent Acoustics audio
coding system which encompasses DTS Digital Surround, DTS-ES 6.1 discrete, DTS
Neo:6 and DTS 96/24. As a mandatory technology in the next generation standards,
a DTS decoder will be built into every HD-DVD or Blu-ray Disc player. A single
DTS-HD data stream on a disc can carry everything from standard DTS 5.1 playable
on virtually all existing 280 million plus DTS decoders, all the way to lossless
for next-generation systems.
Dolby Digital Plus
The ONKYO TX-NR809 has Dolby Digital Plus decoding. Dolby Digital Plusis a next-generation audio technology for all high-definition programming and media.
Dolby Digital Plus was designed for the delivery formats of the future, but remains fully compatible with all current AV amplifier/receivers.
Dolby Digital Plus is capable of supporting data rates of up to 6Mbps and having a bit rate performance of at least 3Mbps on Blu-ray.
Dolby Pro-Logic IIzMore Info...
Dolby Pro-Logic IIz▲
Dolby Pro-Logic IIz
Taking a 5.1 or 7.1 mix, Dolby ProLogic IIz is able to expand it by creating four new (non-discrete) channels for up to 9.1
surround sound. The system is flexible so you can add new speakers where you want. For example, if you currently have a 5.1
set-up then you can add height channels above your current left and right speakers or you can have them behind you for a more
traditional set-up. Of course, you can always have both and take full advantage of what ProLogic IIz has to offer, with 9.1
A standard 5.1 with newly created height speakers as a 7.1 system.
This new 7.1 set-up can then be expanded by adding two further channels as surround sides for 9.1 channels.
Dolby VolumeMore Info...
Dolby Volume allows for on-the-fly volume equalisation. This can be useful when watching TV with large differences in volume such as when a TV program has loud adverts
Audyssey DSXMore Info...
Audyssey DSX can add up to four new (non-discrete) channels to your home cinema. It does this by using an algorithm to
find the relevant information in the pre-existing soundstage and then distributing it amongst the new channels. These
channels are processed and checked simultaneously for any inconsistencies or potential clashes with the discrete channels.
A number of different combinations are possible. Audyssey DSX allows for up to an 11.2 system by adding front width and
height speakers to a 7.1 mix.
Audyssey MultEQ® XT for Room Acoustic CorrectionMore Info...
Audyssey MultEQ® XT for Room Acoustic Correction▲
Audyssey MultEQ XT
MultEQ XT attempts to calibrate your system to perform as best as possible given the often less-than-ideal room shaped and
materials (such as glass) present in your home cinema. All this is done in a matter of minutes with the included microphone
and the results may range from sharper vocals to a better spatiality to the soundstage. The XT improves on the original MultEQ
to give a better performance with higher-resolution equalization filters.
Audyssey Dynamic EQ and Dynamic VolumeMore Info...
Audyssey Dynamic EQ and Dynamic Volume▲
Audyssey Dynamic EQ
Dynamic EQ ensures that when you turn down your surround sound, channels don't drop out completely. It calculates the
difference between reference and playback level to keep the surround channels in check when the volume is turned down.
Using the information collected by MultEQ/XT/XT32, the volume is corrected according to the particular acoustic properties of
Audyssey Dynamic Volume
Soundtracks are often recorded with volume spikes, and switching between sources can lead to big differences in volume;
setting the volume at any given time does not take these differences into account. Having Audyssey Dynamic Volume on will
set the volume at a steady constant and will increase or decrease depending on the content, ensuring you are not troubled
by spiking volume late at night.
8x HDMI v1.4 inputs including one front HDMI input More Info...
8x HDMI v1.4 inputs including one front HDMI input ▲
High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) v1.4
The HDMI v1.4 connections on the ONKYO TX-NR809 allows for the transmission of 1080p 3D content between a
3D-compatible Blu-Ray Disc player and a 3D HD display. It also brings in
an audio return channel allowing for two-way transmission of audio. This
allows your television, for example, to send audio back from its
integrated tuner to the receiver, solving the problem of having to run
more than one cable between your A/V receiver and TV.
HDMI video upscaling to 4k with Marvell Qdeo video processingMore Info...
HDMI video upscaling to 4k with Marvell Qdeo video processing▲
Video content comes in many different shapes and sizes. A DVD, for example, could come in a 4:3 aspect at 480p whilst a
Blu-ray or computer game may come in a 16:9 aspect at 1080i. Thse signals must first be processed by either an A/V
receiver or by your television in order to display correctly. In the first instance, when upscaling from 480p to 1080p,
an algorithm is used to interpolate the original pixels. The end result is a largely new frame; many of the pixels displayed
are an average of those around them. In the second instance, from 1080i to 1080p, the image is simply deinterlaced. This
process precedes any upscaling, so if you upscale from 480i to 1080p, it will first be deinterlaced before being upscaled.
Qdeo is a video processor which seeks to remove any errors inherent in the source and to improve the overall picture quality.
It removes noise, artefacts and "jaggies" on a pixel-by-pixel basis to get the very best from the source itself. It then applies
contrast enhancement, colour remapper and depth expansion technologies with the aim of achieving a more natural image than previously
Dual HDMI outputsMore Info...
Dual HDMI outputs▲
The Onkyo has two HDMI outputs; HDMI Main and HDMI Sub. The HDMI Main has Audio Return Channel and the GUI (Setup menus). The HDMI Sub just displays the selected video source. Dual outputs are useful if you have two display devices such as a Plasma/LCD TV & a projector or if you wanted to run the video signal to another room.
HQV Vida VHD1900 video processing chipMore Info...
HQV Vida VHD1900 video processing chip▲
HQV Vida VHD1900 Video Processor
This processor attempts to enhance the viewing experience because it is the first truly integrated video processing integrated circuit.
This sets the standards for processing performance in high quality video and it does this with four-field motion adaptive de-interlacing,
multi cadence tracking, expanded 12-bit colour processing and detail enhancement. This aims to transform standard definition sources to
near-HD quality and can even be used to try and clean up HD images. The device provides real-time clean up of compressed video, reducing
compression artefacts of block and mosquito noise from lower quality sources.
Ethernet port for streaming audio across your home network and internet radio functionality
DLNA 1.5 compatible with Windows 7 for streaming audioMore Info...
DLNA 1.5 compatible with Windows 7 for streaming audio▲
Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA)
DLNA is an agreed standard for sharing media from your computer across your home network to devices like this. This can be
digital photos, music and videos. Not all devices are capable of playing back all media, some only playback audio.
Napster, last.fm, Spotify and vTuner compatibility
Built in RDS FM/AM Tuner with 40 presetsMore Info...
Built in RDS FM/AM Tuner with 40 presets▲
The ONKYO TX-NR809 has an RDS Radio Data System Radio Tuner.
RDS is Data piggybacked on analogue FM radio allowing RDS tuners to display the names of stations.
Used in most car stereos the feature is also useful in the home to let you know which station you are listening to
Dual USB inputs with iPod DigitalMore Info...
Dual USB inputs with iPod Digital▲
The USB inputs (1 Front/1 Rear) can be used to play music (MP3/WAV/WMA etc..) back from a USB flash pen or external HDD/SSD. It is also compatible with "iPod Digital" allowing for direct connection of modern iPods digitally with no need for an external docking station.
Universal Port for direct connection to optional UP-A1 iPod Docking Station or UP-DT1 DAB/DAB+ Module
Onkyo "Advanced Music Optimizer" More Info...
Onkyo "Advanced Music Optimizer" ▲
Compressed audio such as .mp3 files lose significant amounts of information during the compression process. The Advanced Music Optimizer from Onkyo aims to improve the quality of compressed audio, and also has integrated loudness correction technology which attempts to equalise the compressed audio file for a fuller-sounding playback.
Pure Audio Mode and Direct ModeMore Info...
Pure Audio Mode and Direct Mode▲
Pure audio mode turns off unnecessary circuitry and tone/EQ controls. This should mean the best possible sound quality from the unit.
Advanced 32-bit processing DSP chip
4 dedicated DSP modes for gaming (Rock, Sports, RPG or Action)
Independent Crossover AdjustmentMore Info...
Independent Crossover Adjustment▲
The Front, Centre, Surround & Surround Back channels can all have their crossover frequencies set independently at the following frequencies: 40/50/60/70/80/90/100/120/150/200 Hz
Burr-Brown 192kHz/24bit (PCM1690) DACs for all channelsMore Info...
Burr-Brown 192kHz/24bit (PCM1690) DACs for all channels▲
Digital to analogue converter (DAC)
Converts the digital data signal into analogue signal that can be amplified and reproduced using speakers or headphones so that our ears can hear it.
In the case of video the data is converted into a video signal that can be reproduced by a display device so that we can see it.
Once data is converted to an analogue signal it then can degrade and lose its quality every step of the way. Most modern equipment is designed to keep data in the digital (Lossless) domain as long as possible.
In an ideal world data would be kept digital right up until the point that you see or hear it avoiding degradation.
A negative feedback design circuit counters distortion by cancelling it out with an opposing phase of the output signal into the input stage. An inherent problem with this design is it is susceptible to interference from the speakers, causing more circuit noise. This Onkyo-designed circuit seeks to improve on this design with three transistors the signal must pass through. The negative feedback required is therefore less, and so there is less circuit noise.
WRAT (Wide Range Amplifier Technology) for DVD-Audio and SACD
RIHD (Remote Interactive over HDMI) communication protocol
HCPS (High Current Power Supply) power transformer
PLL (Phase Locked Looped) jitter-cleaning circuitry for all audio signals
Dual subwoofer preoutsMore Info...
Dual subwoofer preouts▲
If you have a large room sometimes one subwoofer isn't enough. The Onkyo allows you to add a second if required
Audio Delay (up to 800ms in 5ms steps)More Info...
Audio Delay (up to 800ms in 5ms steps)▲
Audio delay allows you to correct the sync between the sound and the picture. Sometimes because of excessive video processing in some televisions or some satellite broadcasts poor production methods the sound can become noticeably out of sync. On the Onkyo this can be adjusted per input to resolve this problem.
IR in/out and Zone 2/3 12v trigger outputMore Info...
IR in/out and Zone 2/3 12v trigger output▲
Useful for custom installation. IR Inputs and Outputs allow 3rd party RF (Radio Frequency) remote controls to connect at the rear of the receiver and pass the codes that would normally be transmitted via infrared directly to the receiver. The IR output allows this to be looped through to other equipment. The Zone 2/3 12v trigger outputs allows 3rd party items like a projection screen to be controlled.
VGA inputMore Info...
If you have an older PC that doesn't have HDMI or DVI-D, you can use this VGA monitor port to connect video only (Audio must be passed separately to the AV Receiver.)
Bi-Amping capabilityMore Info...
Bi-Amping allows you to use any spare amps you have on your A/V Amplifier to get the most out of your front speakers. To do this your front speakers need to be biwireable (Have two sets of terminals marked HF and LF) and you need to run bi-wire cable. You also need to have two spare channels. So for example if your are using only 5.1 speakers you can use the other two channels for Bi-Amping
Powered Zone 2 option and Zone 2/3 preoutsMore Info...
Powered Zone 2 option and Zone 2/3 preouts▲
Zone 2 allows you to be watch/listening to a separate input in another room. For example one person might be watching a Blu-Ray in one room and another could be listening to the radio. If you are only using 5.1 you can assign the extra channels of amplification to Zone 2.
Aluminium front panel and volume control
Overlaid on screen display GUI and setup menus (Main HDMI only)
Has the ability to learn and control functions of your other equipment. In the menus of the Onkyo it has a built in database of other manufacturers equipment that transmits the relevant codes back to the Onkyo's remote.