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The TX-NR609 does so much for the price it is amazing. Sound quality was very good, if a little less svelte than more expensive models, due to a little crossover distortion. But this wasn't such a big issue in the overall scheme of things. Once you get the hang of the way this receiver operates, and once it settles down after a firmware update, it provides great entertainment from a very wide variety of sources, now including i-pod and i-phone as well as the internet. So, as I've said many times with Onkyo receivers – a great product at a great price and a wonderfully entertaining one too because it has so much to offer.

verdict five globes

A low cost high quality AV receiver packed with facilities and with good sound quality.



ONKYO TX-NR609     £500

Onkyo UK

+44(0) 1494 681515





- handles all digital formats

- good VHF/FM tuner




- illegible front panel text

- no YouTube

- awkward to use

Comments (2)
Onkyo TX-NR609
2Wednesday, 06 July 2011 17:43
Noel Keywood (publisher)
Hi Daniel,

There is no problem using a 4 Ohm loudspeaker. All amplifiers can drive them nowadays and the Onkyo has plenty of reserve power, should you turn volume right up.
Onkyo TX-NR609
1Wednesday, 06 July 2011 17:33
Daniel Geal
Good morning,

I was just reading your review of the TX-NR 609 and found it really helpful, thank you for this. I’d like to ask one question but understand if you don’t answer as your website’s no forum!

It’s just that I’ve ordered this amp and wanted to buy some JBL Control One Pro speakers to go with it. They are, however, 4 ohms (whereas the JBL Control One speakers are 8 ohms). Following your tests, do you think it would be acceptable to use the One Pros or would I be ‘better off’ buying the standard Ones? Do I risk the system overheating and is there something I should beware of?

Personally I would like to get the Pros and my girlfriend would prefer it too as she wants white speakers (the Ones don’t come in white). Yet if I risk damaging the amp then of course I want to avoid that.

Many thanks!

Daniel in Cologne

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