The latest from Onkyo feature iPhone interfaces, networking capabilities and more at entry level prices.
Onkyo is known for high quality receivers but, just as it is with all companies, the low-end entry- level product lines felt lacking. They were about as bare-bones as you can get, but this year that all changes.
The TX-SR309, TX-NR509 and TX-NR609 bring higher end features to the common man. The 309 and 509 offer 5.1 channel sound while the 609 gives you 7.2, but all three give you a front USB port designed to offer a direct connection from your iPod or iPhone.
The 509 and 609 bring some extra functionality to the table in the form of advanced networking options like the ability to control your receiver through an iPhone. For an extra $39 you can go wireless with the UWF-1 wireless adapter.
The TX-SR309 will run you $299, while the TX-NR509 will come in at $399. At the higher end is the TX-NR609 which runs $599. All three receivers will be out in early April.