Onkyo has just announced the launch of the TX-NR809 – a THX Select2 Plus Certified, 7.2-channel, network-capable home theater receiver. The successor to last year’s TX-NR808, the TX-NR809 now has both Mavell Qdeo and IDT HQV Vida video upscaling and processing circuits. It also includes Imaging Science Foundation’s ISF Video Calibration technology for the first time at this price point. It features Audyssey’s MultiEQ XT advanced automated calibration and Dolby Volume for the optimal audio listening experience at any sound level.

The TX-NR809 now packs front and rear USB ports for digital storage devices and Onkyo’s optional wireless USB adaptor. It supports the following formats: MP3, WMA, WMA Lossless, FLAC, WAV, Ogg Vorbis, and AAC audio files stored on USB drives or the iPod/iPhone. The Onkyo TX-NR809 is also THX-Select2 Plus Certified with its 135-watts per channel amplifier section. It also users several different audio processing technologies to help improve the room acoustics and to enhance the ambience dimension of the listening experience.

The AV receiver packs one front, and seven rear-panel HDMI inputs, dual HDMI outputs with lossless audio processing using Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding, legacy analog and digital connections, including multi-channel audio, stereo, optical and coaxial digital inputs, a phono input, two component video inputs, composite/S-Video inputs for four devices and multichannel analog preamp outputs for possible use with a separate component power amplifier.

It is also certified for Windows 7 and DLNA, and is capable of wireless connectivity via Onkyo’s optional UFW-1 wireless USB adaptor. When hooked up to the internet, the Onkyo TX-NR809 provides Internet radio and streaming music services, with preformatted service packages for Mediafly, Pandora, SlackerTM, Napster, Rhapsody, vTuner, SIRIUS XM Internet Radio, and Last.fm.

The Onkyo TX-NR809 will be available from Onkyo dealers in May with suggested retail price of $1,099. Find out more.

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