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5.0 out of 5 stars A Sweet A/V Receiver from Onkyo, September 19, 2011
This review is from: Onkyo TX-NR1009 THX Certified 9.2-Channel Network A/V Receiver (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer) (Electronics)
Note: I purchased this receiver from a local vendor due to its weight as it will cost me an arm and a leg to ship this to Saudi Arabia (350$) and I'll lose the warranty.

I got this a month ago, and I tell you, it is a lovely new achievement from Onkyo. It will satisfy any gadget'ey, high-tech user who has a passion for high quality audio and video.

- Menus/OSD

Menus/OSD are better than older Onkyos... and yes, you can use your Apple iPad to 'remote control' it. There is a free app, but I purchased 'oRemote' which is a bit more advanced.. seamless and tech'ey... in addition to all other gadegt'ey remote control features using the iPad; you can do functions without turning ON your TV, especially for zone 2/3 via your home's network, like selecting DLNA audio tracks, internet radio and my wife's favorite: turn it off remotely so the kids can go back to their study or me stop watching a movie while lunch is being served (evil laugh here).

- Sound

The sound is incredible and sound flow through the channels is superb. I had the Onkyos 875 and 876 previously as well as a Yamaha, but this one is a symphony by itself.
I am using Pioneer/Bose speakers combo inherited from my old setup and they sound great. If you want, you can settle down for 7.1 speaker setup from your old receiver until you get the front-wide and front-high ones. All are automatically configured with Audyssey. My advise is not to rush those speakers and look for a good deal on them ;) continuing to use your old setup.

- Neo: X

DTS Neo: X is an experience by itself.. you will have to hear it working.

- THX

THX Select 2 Plus is excellent for its class and it is included with the TX-NR1009 (please note that THX Ultra 2 is meant for rooms with size 3000 cubit feet and it is not included with the TX-NR1009 but also, it is not needed here).

- Video

I am using it with a Samsung 3D LED 55" 7000 series on an ARC HDMI port. PS3, HD cable-sat, xbox 360, Two high-end Windows machines, and a Samsung 3D Blu-Ray player, etc (the list goes on) are all running fine with an eye-relaxing picture.

- Remote

The remote control is only half back lit. Unlike the 875. Not a major issue though.

- DLNA

DLNA only plays AUDIO files, no photos and no videos. Look at the fine print. However, if you own a PS3, xbox 360 or one of those network media players that everyone else has, you won't have an issue.

- Front Panel

The front panel shows enough info regarding the status and track/source being streamed. So, again, you won't need a TV to see what is going on when listening to audio tracks.

- Summary:

Video: as advertised.
Audio: as advertised.
Sound modes: as advertised.
Remote: half back lit - not all buttons.
DLNA: audio only.
Network/LAN: nice - wifi optional.
HDMI ports: Plenty! 8 in/2 out
Front panel: informative enough.
Front buttons: adequate.
Mobile device remote control: Yes - I used oRemote on iPad, but others will do. Check you mobile device application store.

Enjoy!
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Initial post: Oct 6, 2011 2:57:50 PM PDT
neurotome says:
The NR-1008 wouldn't send a digital audio source to Zone 2 or Zone 3. Does the 1009 also suffer this flaw?

Posted on Oct 27, 2011 1:51:55 PM PDT
J. Robinett says:
Curious how many channels you are using. the amp module in the unit supports the 9 channels, but states it only produces 130 +Max Watts when running in stereo. So that is really a max wattage of 260 watts, divided by 9 channels is not too promising. On a side note the THD is a little on the high side at .08 I would normally like it to be lower .06 or .05 Denon has accomplished this on their product line in this price range. I would recommend any buyer to look at the specifications of the product before making a purchase to make sure it meets the needs. If 30 watts a channel in a 9 channel or 52 watts in 5 channel is enough to drive your speakers, then this unit is ok. Remember total watts and RMS power are different. RMS is normally about half or less then the total power allowed. which really means 15 watts a channel in 9 channels.

Posted on Jan 11, 2012 4:53:15 AM PST
almawdah says:
How is the power voltage of the device?
Do accept all the electricity ((110 ~ 220) V

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2012 12:29:31 AM PDT
M. King says:
Its per channel, not total.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 17, 2012 11:37:56 AM PDT
ACTUALLY, M king; as stated on the comment right above yours as well as the specs it says:
135 Watts per Channel at 8 Ohms, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 0.08%,*" 2 Channels Driven", FTC

Posted on Oct 3, 2012 10:16:40 PM PDT
Gram says:
Osama, good review! Have you had any of the hdmi issues other Onkyo nuts are experiencing, such as the 616 model? It seems it is really just a firmware issue but Onkyo is slow (or simply isn't going to) to release a fix. The problem typically shows up about 1-2 months after initial use.

Can you also confirm if the unit puts out 135 watts per channel to each of the 9 speakers, I can't imagine it being limited to that level at only 2 channels and sub-dividing the power as speakers are added - b/c it wouldn't be worth the $1,000 price tag.

Posted on Feb 24, 2013 4:33:21 AM PST
Hi, Osama! Thanks for a great review!
Couple questions here:
- what about the second HDMI output? Is it the same as the main one? on the picture of back side of the unit it's kind of in gray shaded area or something like that. I need it for my projector so that I stop using a HDMI-splitter
- where did you buy it in Saudi? I live in Al-Hasa area and I dont want to order via Amazon and pay huge money to Aramex for shipping it here, easier to buy locally in Khobar or so
thanks again!
Ruslan
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