• Onkyo TX-NR3009
Our Verdict 
A seriously desirable, sonically rewarding machine – and feature-packed to boot
Elegant design
built to last
refined, fluid sound
immense scale and dynamics
Some rivals serve up a touch more detail
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We’ve been making steady progress through Onkyo’s range of home cinema amps over the past few months, And each one has hit the surround-sound spot.

The TX-NR3009 is a hefty slab of home cinema gorgeousness, and weighing in at the best part of 30kg, you’re going to need a friend (and a sturdy kit rack) to install it.

As you’d expect at this money, the Onkyo is packed to bursting point with sockets and full to the brim with features. If your system is overrun with high-definition sources the Onkyo’s eight 3D-compatible HDMI sockets should more than suffice.

Twin HDMI outputs are included for connecting to different displays, and one of them can also act as an Audio Return Channel so you can feed sound from a TV with a compatible input back into the amp.

It’s Windows 7 and DLNA certified, ready to stream all manner of files, including FLACs and WAVs.

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Streaming and internet radioThere’s also a wealth of internet radio stations on tap and connectivity to music streaming services including Last.fm and Spotify.

The front USB socket will take a feed straight from an iPod or iPhone or USB hard drive. ISF video calibration ensures you can tinker with the picture yourself or get a pro to come in and set it up for you.

There’s even built-in Marvell 4K upscaling and a top-notch HQV video processor. It will be a while before a compatible screen is available to make full use of this.

However, it will still manage 1080p upscaling for standard-def sources. The results are as good as we’ve seen at this money, and worth a look.

Detail backed by masses of powerThere’s scope to power 11 audio channels, including front-height and -width speakers in addition to twin subwoofers. Audyssey’s MultEQ XT32 calibration system configures the amp to cope with room acoustics and multiple seating positions.

Spin The Expendables, and the Onkyo doesn’t hold back. Explosions are delivered with bone-jarring weight and equally impressive precision.

There’s texture and detail aplenty, together with dynamic dialogue as the main characters attempt to shout over the volleys of gunfire expertly placed in the soundstage.

That expert precision and dynamic ability helps with music too. Whether you’re streaming one of your Spotify playlists or spinning a high-definition multichannel music Blu-ray, the driven delivery ensures you’re duly entertained.

And so, Onkyo’s consistent run of form continues with the TX-NR3009. For the money, its spectacular specification and performance will be tough to beat.

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