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Onkyo TX-SR309 5.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • 65 Watts per Channel at 8 Ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.7%, 2 Channels Driven, FTC; 90 Watts per Channel at 6 Ohms, 1 kHz, 0.9%, 2 Channels Driven, FTC
  • 3 HDMI Inputs and 1 Output, HDMI Support for 3D, Audio Return Channel, Deep Color, x.v.Color, LipSync, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio, DVD-Audio
  • Direct Digital Connection of iPod/iPhone via Front-Panel USB Port
  • Advanced Music Optimizer for Compressed Digital Music Files
  • Mass Storage Class USB Memory Playback Capability
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Product Specifications

Brand NameOnkyo
Output Wattage65 watts
Color NameBlack
Specification MetRepeater

Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Onkyo
  • Model Number: TX-SR309
  • Output Wattage: 65 Watts
  • Surround Sound Channel Configuration: 5
  • Color: Black

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Customer Rating 3 out of 5 stars (72) 4 out of 5 stars (112) 4 out of 5 stars (262) 4 out of 5 stars (449)
Price $299.95 $349.88 $249.95 $299.00
Shipping FREE Shipping $41.99 FREE Shipping FREE Shipping
Sold By superior sales Electronics Expo superior sales
Connectivity Technology USB Wireless;Bluetooth Wireless Wired
Color Black Black Black Black
Special Features Information not provided Internet music sounds amazing Scene buttons, ipod;iphone compatibility, front panel mini jack Network ready
Warranty Description 2 Years Parts and Labor 2 years warranty on parts and labor 2 years warranty on parts and labor 2 years warranty on parts and labor
Product Site Launch Date Mon Feb 14 00:00:01 UTC 2011 Thu Mar 14 07:00:01 UTC 2013 Mon Apr 04 00:00:01 UTC 2011 Mon Mar 28 00:00:01 UTC 2011
Item Weight 16.5 pounds 18.7 pounds 15 pounds 19 pounds
Dimensions 5.88 inches x 12.94 inches x 17.13 inches 6.81 inches x 16.63 inches x 17.13 inches 8.88 inches x 21.38 inches x 15.63 inches 5.88 inches x 12.94 inches x 17.13 inches
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Product Description

Product Description

Continuing our mission to bring quality to every level of home entertainment, Onkyo presents the TX-SR309—an entry-level A/V receiver fine-tuned to power your system right out of the box. Set-up is simple and adjustments are easy, thanks to a new overlaid on-screen display. Also new at this level is PLL jitter-cleaning circuit technology to reduce distortion, and a front-panel USB port that provides a high-quality digital link to your iPod/iPhone. To get the best from your compressed audio files, the TX-SR309 employs Onkyo’s proprietary Advanced Music Optimizer. Naturally, the receiver also handles high-def, lossless audio in the form of Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio. These are carried by three HDMI inputs that also support immersive 3D video content. And whether you’re gaming in 3D or not, you can choose from four customized audio modes to match your gaming content. It all adds up to one high-value proposition.

From the Manufacturer

Made for iPod®/iPhone®

Onkyo receivers allow you to and play audio files stored on your iPod/iPhone or even a USB flash drive. The on screen display lets you see exactly what is playing. As the audio signals are played back in digital form, rather than analog, there is much less chance for signal degradation. Onkyo's exclusive Advanced Music Optimizer also compensates for lost bit information and improves the quality of compressed audio signals.
End result: Your music sounds cleaner and more faithful to the original.

3D and ARC

All Onkyo A/V receivers support the latest in 3D technology. Play 3D movies, games, and broadcast content in cinematic quality in your own home and be amazed by the realistic quality. The HDMI® inputs let you connect multiple high-def sources, such as a Blu-ray player, a gaming console, and a cable/satellite tuner. The HDMI output, on the other hand, lets you send a pristine signal to a compatible high-resolution display. Audio Return Channel allows audio content received directly by your HDTV’s tuner to be sent “upstream” via HDMI to your A/V receiver, without the need for a separate S/PDIF audio cable.

Change Your Receiver's Settings Seamlessly

Thanks to Onkyo's overlaid graphical on-screen display (OSD), set-up menus appear on top of the video image you're watching, so you don't have to switch to a blank screen background. Easily navigate intuitive menus to maximize all of the features and benefits of your Onkyo A/V receiver. The OSD and Graphical User Interface (GUI) both operate over HDMI, making excellent use of that versatile interface.

Comparison Chart

3D Capable/
Front Direct USB
for iPod®/iPhone®
OSD Setup Advanced
Network Function
THX Certified
Dolby Volume
Wireless Ready
65 x 5
80 x 5
100 x 7
Select2 Plus™
110 x 7
Select2 Plus™


Number of Channels
65W/Ch (8Ω, 20Hz-20kHz, 0.7% THD)
3 in / 1 out
Overlay On-Screen Display
Yes via HDMI

Made for iPod®/iPhone®

Yes (direct USB input) with GUI for navigation via HDMI)
Component Video I/O
2 in / 1 out (HDTV capable)
Composite Video I/O
5 in (1 front)/ 1 out
Digital Audio Input
2 Optical / 1 Coaxial
Analog Audio I/O
6 in (1 front) / 1 out
Subwoofer Pre-out
Speakers A/B
Color-coded Speaker Terminals
AM/FM Presets
Onkyo Exclusive Gaming Modes
Advanced Music Optomizer
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 17.1 x 5.9 inches ; 16.5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 20.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B004O0TRCE
  • Item model number: TX-SR309
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,190 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at February 14, 2011
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Customer Reviews

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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Brett on May 16, 2011
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This is a nice receiver overall and a welcome replacement to my ageing Sony unit which was struggling with newer audio formats such as DTS.

The design is well laid out, very intuitive and quick to power on, snappy UI etc. It is of moderate build quality - the exterior surfaces are a bit sharp, with buttons and the volume dial feeling a bit thin / light / cheap :| Not a big concern however at this price point and remember it is the lowest model in the range.

I have mostly component gear (DVD and STB) plus a WD HD TV Live which uses HDMI. My expectations were that I could plug my old component gear into the receiver and use HDMI up to my TV via a DVI to HDMI converter (TV is pre-HDMI). This is not the case - it's like the receiver is actually 2 separate units internally - one analog (component) and one digital (HDMI): the component sources are only visible when using component out on the receiver and likewise, HDMI sources are only visible when using the HDMI out (to TV DVI in my case) - you can't combine all sources into one output so I have 2x sets of cables running up to my TV, no big deal really.

The OSD is also only visible over HDMI out - i.e. not on component out, you'll have to navigate via the single-line display on the receiver in that case (exact same menu).

I would recommend this unit to anyone after a decent receiver on a budget, just understand it might not do everything you expect .. and you likely won't know exactly what until you buy it / try for yourself.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Cicero on July 17, 2011
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I purchased this receiver to replace a 20 year old Yamaha stereo receiver which was failing and had no digital inputs or outputs. I highly recommend the Onkyo for use in an apartment or a small house (I'm in a one bedroom apartment) as it makes an excellent hub for all of your media center components and an A+B speaker setup. The Amazon price of $200 (including shipping) is an outstanding value for a receiver with so many features. Below are the features which I found most useful.
* You can select the A speakers only in 5.1 mode or A+B speakers in 2.1/2.0 mode.
* The digital inputs may be assigned to specific components. For example, I assigned the digital coax input for the VCR/DVR (which is my HTPC) to the HTPC's digital audio output.
* It's configurable with the built-in display or an external TV/PC monitor (via an HDMI cable).
* The front panel uses push-buttons for input selection, not a knob (which I prefer).
* My ancient One-For-All universal remote supports basic operations (power on, volume, mute, etc) with the Onkyo 0135 setup code.
* The USB port may be useful in the future.
* It sounds great!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By tom126 on June 14, 2011
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From the moment I opened the box to the completed install was less than 20 minutes. WIth an old OLIVIA HD TV 32 inches and bad speakers I wound up with a new set, all I had to do was hook up two shelf speakers I had on an old sound system and I was in seventh heaven. Saved the TV and got excellent sound quality from just two speakers. With HDMI cables the picture in HD is even better that old component cables. Way to go Onkyo.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. Castle on July 8, 2011
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I purchased the TX-SR309 to replace an ancient JVC receiver that had been in service since 1988, so my comments should be taken in perspective since I've entered a whole new world here! It has all of the right inputs to make for a media center hub. I no longer have individual components wired to the TV - it all runs through the Onkyo. The "assign" feature is handy for digital inputs - I happened to have both a fiber optic and digital audio coaxial cable that I was able to use to patch in my DVD player and cable box respectively. With some fiddling around, I was able to get my Comcast cable box remote configured correctly so that it turns on my entire system with one button (Cable Box, TV and Onkyo Receiver). I still use the Onkyo remote though to adjust the audio settings as I haven't quite figured all of that out - there are quite a few different settings and they are dependent on the signal coming into the unit. In addition to this receiver, I purchased a set of Sony bookshelf speakers and a Polk Center and Subwoofer, so I'm running this as 3.1 in a small condo and it sounds wonderful! Unfortunately my Samsung plasma TV is a pre-HDMI unit, so I'm not able to get the benefits of the HDMI outputs of the Onkyo, i.e. on-screen information for receiver settings and iPod data, but love knowing it's an option when the time comes. Overall, it's a very easy unit to set up and the price was right in my budget, so for me it's a home run!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Denise Crawford TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 14, 2012
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This is a good looking box with just one dial for volume. I have paired it with Polk Audio TL2600 speakers. The front display when turned on gives you the information you need to know -- it does not try to give you a light show. The overall footprint is a little large for the watts per channel. You would think modern electronics could shrink the size from something of the 60's tube receiver to a small toaster.

Well it's all about the quality of the sound. The Onkyo produces clean clear sound at any volume, with no distortion and no amp hum. The 65 watts of 5.1 sound are perfect for music and movie watching in a small to medium-sized living room. If you need big sound in your home you might need a lot more power to drive a bigger speaker system for a lot more cash. Some people live to damage their ears. The hdmi switching works well. It switches 3 inputs into 1 output to your hdtv. Everything works as advertised.

I can see why some people have a problem with the instruction manual. It is really easy to hook up and turn on, but adjusting the sound to perfection takes some tinkering with the different modes. That is where the manual is a little confusing, so tinker away, and consider it a science experiment.

I like the Onkyo sound system and would recommend it. I wish I could shrink it some, but that's it. Remember to purchase the best quality speakers you can afford to reproduce your sounds. Onkyo gives you good performance for your dollar. Time will tell about durability.
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