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Good AV setup for a beginner - been looking for setup a system on the cheap and this could do the job.

Price dropped from a few weeks ago - with 5 year G = £175.90

Not sure how it will compare to other models including sony in the budget entry for AV - I guess it will depend what specs you need from your system.

Once again, Onkyo has raised the bar, making the TXSR309 the ultimate starter AV receiver.

Building on the already class-leading TX-SR308, the new TX-SR309 adds an iPhone/iPod compatible USB port, enhanced jitter reduction technology and sleek new styling.

As before, though, what truly marks the TXSR309 out from its competitors is the inclusion of both 3D compatibility and high-definition audio processing; many rivals still only provide one or the other. With 3D compatibility you can run your 3D Blu-ray player, PS3 and Sky 3D box via the receiver and in to your 3D compatible TV; all with the minimum of fuss. The latest and most powerful processing has always been at the heart of Onkyo's receivers, and the TXSR309 is no exception. It will handle high-definition lossless audio codecs from Dolby and DTS. This high resolution surround sound processing makes it the perfect partner for Blu-ray with all the potential for audio excellence this source provides.

It's not just the processing power but quality, too, that makes Onkyo receivers stand out. Burr-Brown 192/24 DACs for all channels, an advanced 32-Bit Processing Chip and a high power transformer help to give the TXSR-309 class-leading sound quality and an equally impressive 85 watts power output (dynamic measurement at 8 ohms).

This may be the baby of the Onkyo range but, when it comes to connecting up, there's a surprisingly comprehensive range of sockets - as good as many mid-range receivers from just a year or two ago. Three HDMI inputs and an output let you route your Blu-ray, digital TV and games console through to the TV. Added to this are a wide range of other sockets including twin component inputs for older DVD players and three digital audio inputs. New to the TX-SR309 is a front-mounted USB socket. It might not look much, but this little socket will transform the sound quality from your iPod or iPhone. By connecting to the USB, you'll benefit from a digital connection. This gives a direct signal and, hence, purer sound quality than using a conventional dock or analogue input. If you don't have an iPod or iPhone, the USB socket will also accept music signals from other MP3 players or multi-media devices.

Finally, one of the features we like most about the Onkyo AV receivers is how easy they are to set up. With an overlaid On-Screen Display, adjusting settings is straight-forward, while the simple menu logically takes you through the fine-tuning of your system.

As budget AV receivers go, the TX-SR309 is a gem and, yet again, if you're looking for a path into proper home cinema then the Onkyo TX-SR309 is still the number one route.



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#41
S-Hunt
Would this be better instead of buying the amp and seperate speakers? http://www.richersounds.com/product/1-box-home-cinema-systems/onkyo/hts3405/onky-hts3405-blk

I know the amp has an active sub connection on the TX-SR309 and not on the hts3505 package, but my lounge is quite small so it may be overkill.

Any opinions would be greatful (apart from the usual uneducated 'Buy a different brand etc' which don't really help....and a waste of time reading)

I bought this setup last month but not from here, I paid £248 from a company on Amazon its a great setup
#42
benjai

Not a sony fanboy but rather get a sony or pioneer than some random unknown brand at this price range.

http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk132/rusty_u/temporary-2.jpg

Edited By: Rusty! on Feb 03, 2012 15:51
#43
I had an Onkyo 606 which I replaced with Sony DA2400ES. Although the Sony is good but Onkyo was much powerful.
1 Like #44
Onkyo and Denon ARE serious players;

their flagship models seem better than Sony's,

andymagic has the right idea
#45
checking some of the specs on the flagship models, wishing I had more funds to spend
banned#46
Not as good as the Pioneer VSX-1020-K. Cold.
#47
Hmmm i have a nice set of surround speakers quite large though and never got round to buying the amp tempted to buy this or just get an amp with the little speakers like the yamaha one thats around hmmm.

Quite tempted by this deal though! hot!

Just checked out the link S-hunt did for the amp with the speakers - nice - think i'll go with that.

Edited By: mix69 on Feb 03, 2012 17:13: new info
2 Likes #48
Interesting to think people dont recognise Onkyo. Thats like seeing Yamaha speakers for the first time and saying, rubbish as they only make keyboards and motorbikes.
Unless you have heard/seen the quality of Onkoy then i'd be very surprised you said Sony or Pioneer over them.

People who know audio, will know Onkyo.
1 Like #49
benjai
godzillafan
Been shopping around like mad for a av setup, have to say, back in the day, sony separate systems were top notch, but fingers in every pie going sent them downhill.

some of their av systems are not bad, ratings hold up well on some models and even hit 5 stars on what hifi.

Fot me its down to the amount of cash and top specs I can get for the cash.

I know sony fanboys will just go out a get the badge (like my brother), but onkyo and others are well worth the look.


Not a sony fanboy but rather get a sony or pioneer than some random unknown brand at this price range.

X)
are you serious?
becausde Onkyo is a well established and well known high-end audio brand from Japan.
it is not a "regular" brand like sony,samsung etc.it's more high end.
#50
OK I am going to go against the grain here, sure there is a lot of Onkyo love and if you love listening to Bright sound then the Onkyo AV receivers will probably suit you just fine. They are very good for movies, top and bottom heavy but Onkyo are known to not be very musical.

My advice get a demo - I was going to buy an Onkyo until I visited Superfi at the insistence of a friend and got a demo of an Onkyo vs a Denon - couldn't tell the difference in movies but in musical playback (I took Orbital Insides with me) wow... amazing difference.

Edited By: tahir2 on Feb 03, 2012 17:56
#51
mix69
Hmmm i have a nice set of surround speakers quite large though and never got round to buying the amp tempted to buy this or just get an amp with the little speakers like the yamaha one thats around hmmm.

Quite tempted by this deal though! hot!

Just checked out the link S-hunt did for the amp with the speakers - nice - think i'll go with that.


Going back to the speakers the yamaha nsp40s have been mentioned a few times.

anyone tried to get RS to price match amazon or they dont price match them

I saw this £119

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Yamaha-NS-P20-Channel-Speaker-Package/dp/B005ITVV5Q/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1328291991&sr=1-1

RS have them for £140

http://www.richersounds.com/product/speaker-packages/yamaha/nsp40/yama-nsp40-blk

Do you think there is scope to to get a extra package discount for the amp plus nsp40

I am 90% sure this is the package I want
#52
bilo999
JetBrink
Onkyo is quite a big brand when it comes to AV equipment like this. Just because they dont put out phones, tv's, computers and god knows what else doesn't mean theyre random or rubbish. Nobody thinks Ferrari's are rubbish because they dont build a family hatchback! :)

If you can grab a 5 year guarantee I think you're golden. Just wish I had some dosh!!


Actually Ferrari do now - it's called the FF - not sure how well know this is, but Onkyo is owned by Siemens, and Siemens build everything e.g. Powerstations, trains, light bulbs, medical equipment, kitchen appliances etc...


Have you two been locked away in a dungeon for a couple of years ?

When will this ever end ?:D
#53
battez
Better getting a proper brand like Panasonic or Pioneer than a no-make brand like Oknyo. Seems like a good price till you take this into account.


Nobody's mentioned Arcam whom have made great strides into the AV market. I mean come on you bozo's :p whats a matter with British gear?

BTW: Surely the best buy is the one that gives you the best sound and features for your money, no?
#54
Bought this a while ago when it was bundled with an onkyo sub and 5.1 speakers, no problems whatsoever and very adequate for my uses.
#55
tahir2
OK I am going to go against the grain here, sure there is a lot of Onkyo love and if you love listening to Bright sound then the Onkyo AV receivers will probably suit you just fine. They are very good for movies, top and bottom heavy but Onkyo are known to not be very musical.

My advice get a demo - I was going to buy an Onkyo until I visited Superfi at the insistence of a friend and got a demo of an Onkyo vs a Denon - couldn't tell the difference in movies but in musical playback (I took Orbital Insides with me) wow... amazing difference.

Could be down to the speakers rather than the amp, were they the same speakers for both demos?
#56
What is it?
#57
protoceratops
What is it?


you connect your gearz and speakerz to it and soundz come out......

Edited By: Uridium on Feb 03, 2012 21:48
#58
Other sofa's are available :

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#59
stealthx
unrandomsam
benjai
godzillafan
Been shopping around like mad for a av setup, have to say, back in the day, sony separate systems were top notch, but fingers in every pie going sent them downhill.

some of their av systems are not bad, ratings hold up well on some models and even hit 5 stars on what hifi.

Fot me its down to the amount of cash and top specs I can get for the cash.

I know sony fanboys will just go out a get the badge (like my brother), but onkyo and others are well worth the look.


Not a sony fanboy but rather get a sony or pioneer than some random unknown brand at this price range.


Onkyo are known to be pretty damn good. (My soundcard is made by them and it sounds divine).

Sony and Pioneer are known to be total junk now. (Even in the 80's Sony was only just OK).

Of course the best make is Meridian. (861 reference is pretty much the best one of these money can buy).


Where did you buy your Onkyo sound card unrandomsam ? I'm interested in buying one for myself.
Do you have one of these cards link. These Onkyo - Pc audio cards look awesome with quality components fitted on them.



I got it brought from Japan when a family member came back home. SE-200PCI LTD dunno where to buy them in the UK
#60
Kulaak
battez
Better getting a proper brand like Panasonic or Pioneer than a no-make brand like Oknyo. Seems like a good price till you take this into account.


Nobody's mentioned Arcam whom have made great strides into the AV market. I mean come on you bozo's :p whats a matter with British gear?

BTW: Surely the best buy is the one that gives you the best sound and features for your money, no?


Meridian is British (With the price tag to match).
#61
Why are RS deals nearly always in store only? Don't fancy travelling over 200 miles just to pick one up.
#62
Sweet baby Jesus ....... are Matsui better than Bush ?
#63
smr1
Why are RS deals nearly always in store only? Don't fancy travelling over 200 miles just to pick one up.


Because once they get you in the store you can never leave.....oO
1 Like #64
Monkeybumcheeks
Sweet baby Jesus ....... are Matsui better than Bush ?


Rather partial to a bit of Bush myself.
#65
I went for the Pioneer set-up which seemed a good deal and probably a better option if you need a whole new package:
http://www.richersounds.com/product/speaker-packages/pioneer/htp071/pion-htp071

sounds damn fine to me and 3d ready to boot ...
2 Likes #66
Always so many kippers in an Onkyo thread like this that will always bite at a Loughbough guy quip.

Comon people that horse has been well and truly flogged and its not just dead its been cremated and scattered.
#67
robpears
Anyone know what the lowest priced airplay compatible receiver is?

Denon AVR 1912 £285 same retailer
1 Like #68
So is it like a Golf ??
#69
unrandomsam
Kulaak
battez
Better getting a proper brand like Panasonic or Pioneer than a no-make brand like Oknyo. Seems like a good price till you take this into account.


Nobody's mentioned Arcam whom have made great strides into the AV market. I mean come on you bozo's :p whats a matter with British gear?

BTW: Surely the best buy is the one that gives you the best sound and features for your money, no?


Meridian is British (With the price tag to match).


Tell me about it but you do get what you pay for (mostly).
#70
bigwelsh
What kind of speakers would you fit with these?


I run mine with 2 pairs of Wharfedale 10.4's (found on HUKD for £150 a pair no less) with a matching Wharfedale centre and a cheapo Eltax sub for a little extra low.

I think it sounds nice both on movies and music, when playing Alexandre Desplat's Kings Speech soundtrack you can hear the orchestra breathing in the quiet sections - plenty good enough!
#71
Can anyone recomend a decent set of speakers sub £150 to match this amp ;-)
#72
crofter
I went for the Pioneer set-up which seemed a good deal and probably a better option if you need a whole new package:
http://www.richersounds.com/product/speaker-packages/pioneer/htp071/pion-htp071

sounds damn fine to me and 3d ready to boot ...



Right guys went to the store this morning and go this for £351 with the 5 year G

Pioneer VSX-521
Pioneer SHS100

The above setup with the 309 was £307

So for the extra 40 odd wI went foe a little extra power and hmdi

I know its not the onkyo but with the speakers the same I thought best to keep everything the same.

any thoughts - not opened the boxes just yet but reading the reviews to double make sure on the vsx521.

So far not bad reviews......
#73
benjai
Not a sony fanboy but rather get a sony or pioneer than some random unknown brand at this price range.


Unknown?
Bless ya cotton socks.
#74
Lovin the posts dissin Onkyo..........
Ironic or serious ?.............. A bit of both methinks.
#75
i tend to prefer to buy second hand..i got a much better deal on older but better sound equip for less then what i would pay for new budget equip...and these things dont tend to break much with age.... especially speakers (which i really recommend you buy second hand if your on a budget) a pair of second hand B&W 601s can be bough for around £100 a pair and they are much better then any pair you can get new for £100...
i got a older mid range receiver for cheap too and it works fine...
anyway hot deal if you want a new budget receiver..
#76
RS were quite up to date on the info and said that the onkyo was a great deal and stock was hit and miss in stores all over the UK

The thing which was a pain, the speaker packages they had on the website. There was hardly no stock of them up to the 199 range. So if you were building this budget system, you would need to order it in by ringing around the stores or order online.

I ended up with only Pioneer VSX-521 and Pioneer SHS100 in stock. It was a shame as the nsp40 and boston xs look good.

The two pioneers will go together quite easily and happy about the budget price of ther speakers as I know the kids are going to touch or bump into them (uness I stick them up on the walls - er wife said no).

Upgrading the onkyo to the pioneer - purely on spec ad power - there was minor difference, but will future proof it for a while and with the 5 years G.

not a brand fanboy in anyway, went for specs in the end shame the next model up for the onyko was out of the price range
#77
crofter
I went for the Pioneer set-up which seemed a good deal and probably a better option if you need a whole new package:
http://www.richersounds.com/product/speaker-packages/pioneer/htp071/pion-htp071

sounds damn fine to me and 3d ready to boot ...


On the Specifications page for this model, it says the HDMI sockets do NOT pass through 3d??
#78
smr1
Why are RS deals nearly always in store only? Don't fancy travelling over 200 miles just to pick one up.

they will deliver just call them
#79
adamsky
smr1
Why are RS deals nearly always in store only? Don't fancy travelling over 200 miles just to pick one up.

they will deliver just call them


How many people actually picked one up? The was a family from Bristol at the cardiff store picking up a setup and said bath and bristol were unless as they had no stock on the setup they wanted.

Anyway will be setting up the av this week - will update here
#80
I'm not sure why you would want a Sony over an Onkyo at virtually any price rangel! The Onkyo will wipe the floor with most of their competitors including Sony, who trade almost solely on their reputation from the 80's-90's in most areas barring Playstation. The only brands I would choose over Onkyo for a receiver are perhaps Denon or Yamaha, but Onkyo are definitely where it's at when it comes to receivers. The features you get, such as plentiful, 3D compatible HDMI's, lossless decoding etc, means that their more bigger named competitors find it very hard to compete on features, price or actual quality. This is one of the cheaper Onkyo's but has enough features and sound quality for most people on here, but might still baffle those not used to the complexities of setting up receivers or those that don't yet own a macro remote like the Logitech Harmony 1.

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