The Top Rated AV Receiver Of 2011

Onkyo TX-NR609 Receiver

The Onkyo TX-NR609 Receiver was the top rated AV Receiver of 2011. The receiver garnered praise for its audio reproduction, which is said to be almost as good as audiophile-level receivers. Reviewers also liked the receiver’s THX certification and wide range of features.

Sound & Vision Magazine lists the previous model of this receiver, the TX-NR509, as one of their “2011 Certified and Recommended” products. About this line of receivers, they say “Onkyo’s new value quotient is off the charts”. They conclude:

Onkyo’s aggressively priced new A/V receiver produced stunningly good bench results on all the low-level tests: Noise, distortion, and frequency response were all excellent, and digital-to-analog performance — as shown by linearity, excess noise, and more — were simply superb. The Onkyo also had plenty of clean, multichannel-mix subwoofer output, something that even expensive receivers don’t necessarily manage.

CNET lists the Onkyo TX-SR609 receiver as one of the four best of 2011, giving it a “Very Good” rating. The other (more expensive) receivers that made their list were: Denon AVR-1912Pioneer’s VSX-1012-K and the Yamaha RX-V671.

The Onkyo TX-NR609 is available from Amazon for about $390. The Onkyo TX-NR509 sells for about $230.

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