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Onkyo TX-NR3009 and TX-NR5009 THX Ultra2 Plus A/V Receivers


Onkyo announced two flagship high-end network 9.2-channel THX Ultra2 Plus-certified A/V receivers–the TX-NR5009 and the TX-NR3009–to complete its line of products for 2011. Both receiver models include major upgrades from last year, including the use of the latest HQV-Vida and Marvel Qdeo video processors, new DTS Neo:X dimensional surround processing, Dolby Volume, and new streaming internet radio channels.

When it comes to input options, the TX-NR5009 and TX-NR3009 are extremely versatile, sporting eight HDMI inputs and two outputs, plus a full range of legacy analog and digital AV connections. New media connections include an Ethernet port, two USB ports, a Universal Port for Onkyo peripheral devices, and an RGB input for video content from a connected PC. Onkyo also offers an optional UWF-1 wireless LAN adaptor that turns the front panel USB port into a home internet access point. Users can also download and install free applications that turn their Android or iPod touch/iPhone into a full-function remote control to control the receiver.

Both receivers are designed to connect to the new generation of user-customized Internet radio stations and streaming music services, including those from Spotify, AUPEO!, Pandora,, Rhapsody, Napster, Mediafly, Slacker, Sirius XM, and vTuner. The receiver is also DLNA 1.5 certified; it can interface with USB-compatible portable music devices, such as iPods, and and play music straight off a USB thumb drive. Naturally, the unit can handle a wide variety of audio formats, including FLAC, WMA Lossless, WAV, AAC, Ogg, MP3, and, for audiophiles, Super Audio CD.

With terminals for 11 speakers, the nine amplifier channels can be tasked to power a wide variety of front, surround, height, bi-amped, or remote-zone loudspeakers depending on the users needs. Onkyo makes it easy to fine-tune all these speakers by providing the latest Audyssey MultEQ XT32 room-correction and equalization technology, which perfects audio performance regardless of a room's shape or acoustics.

Onkyo TX-NR3009 A/V Receiver - Back

Onkyo TX-NR5009 A/V Receiver - Back

DTS Neo:X allows users to augment a basic 5.1-channel set-up by adding speakers in various combinations of height, wide, and surround channels. As implemented on the TX-NR5009, Neo:X can bring out subtle ambient sounds or even work around the need to install rear speakers to deliver a cinema-like experience. Like last years' models, both receivers include the related surround processing of Audyssey DSX, and Dolby ProLogic IIz.

The next-generation video capabilities of these new receivers are the result of a tag-team effort from two extraordinary new video processors. The HQV Vida VHD 1900 processor lies at the heart of the system, and brings standard video images to life in high definition. The chip employs multi-cadence tracking, expanded 12-bit color-processing, and smooth, motion-adaptive de-interlacing to optimize quality and detail. Marvell's Qdeo technology upscales 1080p video to a full 4K (3840 x 2160), even from sources already upscaled by HQV Vida from lower resolutions to 1080p. This remarkable technology treats the viewer to spectacular images of unparalleled color and clarity, provides enhancement of low-resolution streaming video, and facilitates individual ISFccc video calibration capabilities for all video sources.

Onkyo RC-812M Remote Control

Onkyo includes a backlit remote control (model RC-812M) and an overlaid graphical OSD for swift, seamless, and simple adjustment of settings during a program, game, or movie.

Both receivers use Onkyo's proven WRAT (wide range amplifier technology) power stages and three-stage inverted Darlington topology to deliver high power with low distortion and exceptional high current capability. Audio signals on are refined by PLL jitter-cleaning technology and Onkyo's VLSC contributes to an extremely crisp digital-to-analog signal conversion. Separate aluminum panels encase the low-resonance chassis to help eliminate vibration and microphonics.

Onkyo's TX-NR3009 uses 24-bit TI Burr-Brown DACs for each channel and a high-current power supply with large 18,000 µF capacitors and a large EI transformer.

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The TX-NR5009's amplifier takes the whole issue of amplifier and power supply performance up a notch. Power flows efficiently from a massive high-current toroidal transformer through two 22,000 µF capacitors, with dedicated transformers for audio and video. The digital audio section employs Powerful 192 kHz/32-bit TI Burr-Brown DACs on all channels, coupled to a 32-bit DSP chip. These contribute to the receiver achieving prestigious THX Ultra2 Plus certification and a level of sound quality that rivals that of many separate component amplifiers.

Price and Availability
Both receivers will be available September 2011 at the following prices:

Onkyo TX-NR5009 – $2,899
Onkyo TX-NR3009 – $2,199


TX-NR3009 & TX-NR5009 Only on TX-NR5009
THX Ultra2 Plus Certified
HDMI Support for 3D, Audio Return Channel, DeepColor, x.v.Color LipSync, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio, DVD-Audio, Super Audio CD, Multichannel PCM, and CEC
VLSC (Vector Linear Shaping Circuitry) for All Channels
One 18,000 µF Capacitor for Power Supply Two Customized 22,000 µF Capacitors for Effective Power Supply
Separate Anti-Vibration Panels
Massive Transformer and Two Separate Transformers for Audio and Video Processing
High-Quality HQV Vida VHD1900 Video Processor
ISF (Imaging Science Foundation) Video Calibration for Optimal Video Performance
HDMI Video Upscaling to 4K with Qdeo Technology by Marvell
DTS Neo:X, Audyssey DSX, and Dolby Pro Logic IIz for Expanded Surround Channels
Audyssey MultEQ XT32 to Correct for Room Acoustics
Direct Digital Connection of iPod/iPhone via Front-Panel USB Port
Supports Onkyo Remote Apps for Control of A/V Receiver via iPod touch/iPhone and Android Phone
Playback of Audio Files Through Local Network (MP3, WMA, WMA Lossless, FLAC, WAV, Ogg Vorbis, AAC, LPCM)
Internet Radio and Music Streaming Connectivity (vTuner,, Napster, Spotify, and AUPEO!)
Bi-Amping Capability
Powered Zone 2/3 and Zone 2/3 Pre-Outs, and Zone 2 Video Out for Distributed A/V Playback in Multiple Rooms
Machined Solid Brass, 19 mm-Pitch Audio Inputs (TV/CD and Phono) Gold-Plated HDMI Terminals (2 Inputs and 1 Output Only)
Gold-Plated, Machined Solid Brass A/V Terminals (19 mm-Pitch Inputs for TV/CD and Phono)
200 W/Ch at 6Ω , 1 kHz, 1%, 1 Channel Driven, IEC 220 W/Ch at 6Ω, 1 kHz, 1%, 1 Channel Driven, IEC
WRAT (Wide Range Amplifier Technology)
Three-Stage Inverted Darlington Circuitry
H.C.P.S. (High Current Power Supply) Massive High-Power Transformer
Linear Optimum Gain Volume Circuitry
PLL (Phase Locked Loop) Jitter-Cleaning Circuit Technology
Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio Decoding
TI Burr-Brown 192 kHz/24-Bit DACs (PCM1796 x 6) for All TI Burr-Brown 192 kHz/32-Bit DACs (PCM1795 x 6) for All Channels
Advanced 32-Bit Processing DSP Chip
4 DSP Modes for Gaming: Rock, Sports, Action, and RPG
Advanced Music Optimizer for Compressed Digital Music Files
Handles Playback of Mass Storage Class USB Memory
Theater-Dimensional Virtual Surround Function
Direct Mode and Pure Audio Mode
8 HDMI Inputs (1 Front/7 Rear) and 2 Outputs
Universal Port for Onkyo Peripheral Devices Such as UP-A1 Dock for iPod/iPhone or UP-DT1 DAB+ Radio Tuner
2 USB Ports (1 Front/1 Rear)
Compatible with UWF-1 Wireless LAN Adapter (via Front-Panel USB Port)
3 Component Video Inputs and 1 Output
5 Composite Video Inputs and 2 Outputs
4 S-Video Inputs and 2 Outputs
Analog RGB Input (D-sub, 15 pin) for PC Video
6 Digital Audio Inputs (3 Optical and 3 Coaxial),7 Digital Audio Inputs (4 Optical and 3 Coaxial)
8 Analog Audio Inputs and 1 Output
Phono Input
Color-Coded, 7.1 Multichannel Inputs
Color-Coded, 9.2 Multichannel Pre-Outs (Including 2 Independent Subwoofer Pre-Outs)
RS232 Port, IR Input/Output, and 12 V Trigger Out (Zone 2/3)
Overlaid Graphical On-Screen Display (OSD) and GUI Navigation via HDMI
Audyssey Dynamic EQ for Loudness Correction
Audyssey Dynamic Volume to Maintain Optimal Listening Level and Dynamic Range
Dolby Volume for Reference-Quality Listening at Any Volume
Independent Crossover Adjustment for Each Channel (40/50/60/70/80/90/100/120/150/200 Hz)
A/V Sync Control (Up to 800 ms in 5 ms Steps)
Tone Control (Bass/Treble) for All Channels
Light Dimming (Display: Normal/Dim/Dimmer; Volume Knob LED: On/Off)
40 FM/AM Random Presets
Certified with Windows 7 and DLNA Version 1.5
RIHD (Remote Interactive over HDMI) for System Control
Bi-Directional, Preprogrammed, and Customizable RI Remote Control with On-Screen Setup, Mode-Key LEDs, and Macro Presets for Four Activities
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