Onkyo TX-NR609 AV network receiver

Multichannel maestro

Sonic boon

Streamable formats over a local network include MP3, WMA, WMA Lossless, FLAC, WAV, Ogg, AAC and LPCM, which covers most audio bases (photos and videos are not supported). You can also play sound files from hard disks and memory sticks attached to the USB port, which also accepts iOS devicess and not just the newest models.

Onkyo TX-NR609

Also available in silver

Its performance with Blu-ray sound is slick and substantial, from the grittiness of gung-ho alien invasion flick Battle: Los Angeles or the swirling, engrossing surround mix of Tron Legacy. More understated cinematic fare, such as The Road, is conveyed with smooth and compelling quality. Given its sturdy feature set on the pure audio side, too, it's no surprise to find its music handling is also admirable, especially with lossless and uncompressed sources but also with the likes of AAC and MP3 (at fair bitrates) or Spotify playback.

Verdict

RH Recommended Medal

Overall the TX-NR609 is a hugely adaptable receiver that acts as a high-calibre AV hub for home cinema and HD video upscaling, as well as masterful radio and music listening, which enlivens even modest sized speaker systems. ®

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Onkyo TX-NR609

Onkyo TX-NR609 AV network receiver

7.2 channel AV network receiver with Spotify and THX Select2 Plus certification.
Price: £500 RRP