Onkyo TX-NR1009

If you are looking for an amplifier that will push entertainment space deeper into realism, the Onkyo TX-NR1009 is what you might be looking for. The TX-NR1009 was the first in the world to feature the DTS Neo: X to expand your surround channels.

Onkyo TX-NR1009

The Onkyo TX-NR1009 is a 9.2 channel receiver that also features bi-amping capabilities and powered Zone 2 and Zone 3 Audio. This receiver is also a step up from the TX-NR809. It also has support for 3D video.

This receiver uses the Marvell Qdeo processor instead of the HVQ Vida. It also has independent block construction, which uses separate power supply. It also includes a V Tuner as well. It also features 4 Gaming Modes that caters to avid gamers.

This beast of a receiver easily covers the basic needs of amplifying sounds and video data. It also gives you the added features that make your home cinema experience more complete and powerful.

Design and Connectivity

At first look, the Onkyo TX-NR1009 is a strong, solid piece of machine. Its brushed metal finish gives this monster a contrasting luxurious feel. Buttons are placed in a clean, neat manner. The volume control gives off a glow. This looks quite good when you are watching movies in a dim environment.

The center display lights up green and shows you your current selection. The TX-NR1009 offers you to integrate your music from your iPod or iPhone. The display will show you the title and artist of the current track. When setting up your sources, you can change the name that will be displayed.

The TX-NR1009 is also DLNA compatible. With this interface, songs you stream from your other DLNA machines are displayed on the receiver. There is no need to turn on the TV to look for track information.

This receiver is loaded with connectivity options. You will get 8 HDMI inputs and 2 HDMI outputs. You will also get an HDMI and USB port that is located on the front panel. This will ensure easy plug and play from any devices with the appropriate interface.

You also have the option to stream your media wirelessly with the Wi-Fi network. You will need to buy an additional Wi-Fi dongle for it to be complete.

If you have an Ethernet connection, you will be able to access Internet Radio Services. Popular services like Spotify, Pandora, Rhapsody, vTuner, MediaFly and SiriusXM is at the command of your fingertips. You will also be able to be up to date with firmware versions with the Ethernet or USB connection.

This receiver can decode a number of file formats. They range from the popular MP3, WAV, WAV Lossless, and FLAC to Ogg Vorbis, ACC or LPCM. You also have the option of connecting to your PC or media server for an expanded network. The TX-NR1009 is compatible with earlier operating systems and Windows 7.

The Onkyo TX-NR1009 comes equipped with a learning remote. You can have an all-in-one remote when you program it to ‘learn’ your other Onkyo equipment. You can program it to for use of basic functions for non-Onkyo machines.


The Onkyo TX-NR1009 offers you 9.2 channels of amplification. It gives you a whopping 135 watts per channel for each speaker. The 9 high-current WRAT (Wide Range Amplifier Technology) is responsible for driving your speakers. When you have twin outputs for bass, you will have a more even result. The TX-NR1009 has a huge transformer that performs drives all channels when you need. It also has separate power and pre-amp outputs.

The Onkyo TX-NR1009 also uses the Inverted Darlington Circuit. A regular amp will usually reduce distortion and output impedance by controlling the amount of feedback. The Inverted Darlington Circuit decreases the rate of distortion and output impedance at the power amp section. There is better non-linear distortion between the base voltage and collector current. There is also less feedback and lower output impedance.

There are 2 processors supporting this receiver. The HQV Vida VHD1900 made by Marvell. The Qdeo (refers to QuietVideo) processor enables you to upscale to a 4K resolution. This will be useful if you have a 4K TV now or in future. You will find that your video output will be less noisy or degradation when content is converted. Shadow details are enhanced and preserved.

The Onkyo TX-NR1009 is the first in the world to feature a new audio processing format. The DTS Neo:X has the ability to extract a 11.1 channel surround field from various sound source. This means additional front height, width and back surround channels.

The Dolby Pro Logic IIz is now a standard feature. This processor offers you the option of placing 2 or more speakers above the main spatial speakers. The Audyssey DSX lets you add side speakers or height and width between the front and surround sound speakers.

The Audyssey MultEQ XT will help you set a more expansive sound stage. It will help you calibrate your speakers and sorts out the acoustics. The mic that is included will help with the set up. This receiver is ISF and THX Select2 Plus Certified.


Solid detail is one of the many advantages of when watching content in blu-ray. The TX-NR1009 will help deliver the smallest detail when you are The Pirate of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides 3D. Textures of leaves and hair and fabric were clear and sharp.

Depth and separation was exceptional. The background and foreground, in a small way, made you feel like you are part of the scene. It really pushes you further into realism. Ropes and trees popped out of the screen. Some objects looked like it flew past from behind you.

Color and contrast was excellent and vibrant. The blue ocean sparkled, and jungle was lush and green. Skin tone was very realistic as well. The black rendered was rich and luscious. There was very little noise and picture degradation rendered by the TX-NR1009. Picture quality was superb.

Audio performance of AC/DC Live at the River Plate was fantastic. The opening song, ‘Rock n Roll Train’ was breathtaking. The soundstage was like right in your home. Voices were authentic (or raspy). Guitars and keyboards were clear and solid. Drums and basses were deep, but do not overpower the other sounds or voices of fans. Directionality was excellent. The TX-NR1009 rendered a total immersive experience.


If you are looking for a powerful and feature packed receiver, the Onkyo TX-NR1009 is it. There are a lot of connectivity and features that will keep you on track with current and future technology. You have 3D pass-through, 4K Upscaling and connections for your other devices including game consoles. Picture and sound quality is superb with the DTS Neo: X. The Onkyo TX-NR 1009 is receiver of choice for powering your home theater for your whole family.

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