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Onkyo TX-NR509 5.1 Channel Network A/V Receiver EXPIRED

kashtx 251 December 18, 2012 at 01:42 AM in Tech & Electronics (3) More Amazon Deals
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Promoted 12-19-2012 at 03:41 AM View Original Post
UPDATE: Price drop. Item is now $156.13 with free shipping.

Amazon.com has Onkyo TX-NR509 5.1 Channel Network A/V Receiver for $173.48 $156.13 with free shipping. Thanks kashtx

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Back in stock. Price has dropped now to $156.13 plus free shipping
Amazon has the Onkyo TX-NR509 5.1 Channel Network A/V Receiver [amazon.com] for $173.48. List price is $399.99.

Product Features
80 Watts per Channel at 8 Ohms, 20 Hz20 kHz, 0.7%, 2 Channels Driven, FTC; 110 Watts per Channel at 6 Ohms, 1 kHz, 0.9%, 2 Channels Driven, FTC
4 HDMI Inputs and 1 Output, HDMI Support for 3D, Audio Return Channel, Deep Color, X.V.Color,
LipSync, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio, DVD-Audio
Direct Digital Connection of iPod/ iPhone via Front-Panel USB Port.
Easy to Use On screen Display (OSD) via HDMI;

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I am not an electronics person, so I am unsure what other information I should put in this post. I just noticed the drastic price drop since my husband and I purchased this last week, and thought someone might be interested.

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#151
Quote from Indio22 View Post :
In terms of persons claiming to hear a difference between any of these receivers - I don't buy it. At least not in terms of the plain amplification of sound. Unless you got some real high THD, need for higher volume or other issues - in a blind test, persons will not be able to perceive a difference.
It's actually pretty easy to tell the difference in sound between receivers. And I'm just talking stereo audio, no effects or anything. It's not all THD. That effects the overall quality of the sound, but the sound processor, capacitors, output transformer/transistor, etc., all have bearing on the tone of the audio. Two different companies can use the same sound processor and still have different sounding amps. There's a lot more that goes into it than just amplifying the sound.

In a blind test, people are probably more likely to notice a difference in the sound between multiple amps than not, even if it's "that one sounds more warm than the last" or "I don't know what it is, but that one doesn't sound quite as good."
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#152
Bought one for my dad to replace his Pioneer that was purchased sometime in the early 90's. It was pretty fancy for the time i guess since it had pro-logic and is still going strong but he really needs hdmi support.

Ordered the first one from amazon for $173.48. I noticed the price change and chatted with a rep who told me they couldn’t refund the difference. I ordered a second one for $156.13 and called UPS to have the first one canceled. UPS said that they see it has been billed but have no record of it shipping yet. I called amazon who emailed me a prepaid return label incase the first one arrived and I couldn’t get delivery refused.
Kind of a pain in the ass as I am shipping it to my parents in another state but they are who I got my slick dealing genes from and would appreciate the effort.
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#153
Quote from pkolukula View Post :
what kind of speakers you guys hook up with these recievers?
When I bought my prior Onkyo in 2007, Amazon had a price mistake or just an abundance of these:

RCA SP2660 5-Satellite Speaker Package With Powered Subwoofer

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/imag...AA300_.jpg

http://www.amazon.com/RCA-SP2660-..._res_rtr_1

Hand to god, $49.88 shipped. And damn nice.
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#154
Does this have audyessy?
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#155
Thought about it last night, then the extra price drop this morning set the hook. I have a Sony HTIB now so I'll be looking for a SD on some new speakers.

Any out there now, or recommendations on what to look for?

TIA
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#156
Quote from dasanii19 View Post :
Does this have audyessy?
Yes it does.
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#157
This is the price range I was looking for on a receiver, but it's hard to pull the trigger with so much bad buzz around it. I understand that Onkyo has released some garbage models, but is this one of them? Better yet, what is a better alternative without spending double or more?
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#158
Quote from Skorp1on View Post :
Is this worth an upgrade from my ONKYO HT-R550 (similar to TX-SR505)?
Amazon charges tax in NY, so it'll be about 170 shipped.
I like it for the network feature and hdmi pass-thru...other than that, my current receiver seems to work fine.
the pass-thru feature I believe will consume around 40W of electricity on standby mode. Yamaha receiver has better energy efficient feature on this case. I kept mine off if I was not using it. Anyway, the upgrade from your current model should be pretty significant.
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#159
Quote from newhunter View Post :
the pass-thru feature I believe will consume around 40W of electricity on standby mode. Yamaha receiver has better energy efficient feature on this case. I kept mine off if I was not using it. Anyway, the upgrade from your current model should be pretty significant.
thanks for the feedback...40w is alot of power to pass-thru measily hdmi video/audio source..
i pulled the trigger already. after i receive it, i'll have to try to sell my old one.
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#160
The price on their site keep changing on me -- I got there and it was $156, added to cart and it was $163, now it's $172 ??? This was all within a couple minutes?
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#161
Quote from bens_brother View Post :
bulbbulbbulbbulbbulb:
1. Get 5.1 surround sound while watching TV via my HDTV antenna (over the air - free) -- use optical audio out to feed the receiver
2. Get 5.1 surround sound while watching video from my WDTV Live Plus Media Player (I use this to watch my movie collection that I've backed up/ripped to my hard drive) - hdmi
3. Get 5.1 surround sound while streaming content with my Roku device (the Roku is where I watch Netflix, Hulu, etc.) - hdmi

hope this helps.
Even though I don't have ARC hdmi, I can still use my hdmi ports to get 5.1 surround sound?
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#162
Quote from Voldaddy View Post :
Thought about it last night, then the extra price drop this morning set the hook. I have a Sony HTIB now so I'll be looking for a SD on some new speakers.

Any out there now, or recommendations on what to look for?

TIA

How large is the room that you are filling? Will you be using it for movies/games/music?


Energy Take 5's are always a recommended 5.0 setup for smaller rooms, they often go on sale at Newegg for $130. I just bought the Jamo/Energy/Klipsch S426 from Amazon (currently $107).


You'll want to add a sub either route you go.

BTW, the Onkyo is back up to $180.xx.
Last edited by kuripot December 19, 2012 at 08:43 AM
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#163
Quote from Skorp1on View Post :
thanks for the feedback...40w is alot of power to pass-thru measily hdmi video/audio source..
i pulled the trigger already. after i receive it, i'll have to try to sell my old one.
yeah. that's why I kept mine off by plugged the receiver power into battery backup so I can turn it on/off at anytime. Yamaha only consume 3w on standby mode in this regard. that is the only drawback so far. a bit of inconvenience but as long as everything else work fine, this is a keeper. enjoy your new receiver.
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#164
Quote from proppat View Post :
It's actually pretty easy to tell the difference in sound between receivers. And I'm just talking stereo audio, no effects or anything. It's not all THD. That effects the overall quality of the sound, but the sound processor, capacitors, output transformer/transistor, etc., all have bearing on the tone of the audio. Two different companies can use the same sound processor and still have different sounding amps. There's a lot more that goes into it than just amplifying the sound.

In a blind test, people are probably more likely to notice a difference in the sound between multiple amps than not, even if it's "that one sounds more warm than the last" or "I don't know what it is, but that one doesn't sound quite as good."
I will have to disagree with you. I don't think listeners can perceive differences in capacitors or other such components. Controlled blind tests have been conducted, and they back up the notion that people can't reliably tell the difference between amps, as long as the amps are not driven to clipping or have exceedingly high THD or some other issue. Within the amps range of operation, I don't think anyone here could reliable tell the difference between this TX-NR509 or a premium priced amp. Here is one short summary of testing that was done, which basically concluded that people can't tell the difference:

http://www.mastersonaudio.com/audio/20020901.htm


Personally when shopping for a receiver, I would pay more attention to some of the following:
  • Get enough amp to power the selected speakers to the desired volume in the desired room size.
  • Look for history of reliability.
  • Make sure receiver has the connections to connect every desired component.
  • Look for useful features such as networking, sound enhancers, ease of use, etc.
  • And of course price.
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#165
I'm upgrading due to my old receiver Yamaha HTR-6030 not having hdmi, would a hear a significant difference in the sound?
Last edited by tremendazo December 19, 2012 at 08:49 AM
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