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Could be better
on February 19, 2014
This unit replaced my Onkyo NR 509. The 509 lasted almost exactly two years and if you read the reviews you will see that this was a common lifespan for that model. I took a chance on this model because I really enjoyed the WiFi music applications on the 509. Primarily the V tuner app. Not being the smartest guy, I assumed this model would include that application, it does not. Spotify is included BUT only works with their paid subscription version. Despite numerous attempts I have not been able to log into Sirius. I get a prompt that indicates there is an issue logging in. No kidding. If you are interested in connecting to the internet for music using WiFi good luck. The Bluetooth works okay, but you can't access it from your remote. Perhaps it's me, but I can't figure out how to go from Bluetooth to any other app and back to Bluetooth without getting off my butt and returning to the unit. The menu functions are clunky. I don't know that Onkyo is any better or worse in this area but to an ignorant consumer it seems like this is area that could be greatly improved in all AV receivers. Password entry is via a highlight and enter method overlaying an alpha grid approach. If you use long passwords with varying characters it would be very frustrating.
The sound is very good. Good as in transparent, works well with my sub. Connecting to speakers and other hardware is easy and the unit has a phono input. You can listen to music while watching tv, a great asset when watching sports and you can't stand the announcers.
Since I don't have the ability to compare with it other makes it is difficult to say whether or not it was a good buy. Relative to my expectations, it get's 2.5 stars.
Update: If you use the Onkyo 2 app on your iPhone you can remotely control the Bluetooth as well as the other inputs.