Onkyo BD-SP809 Blu-Ray Disc Player

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Although the Onkyo BD-SP809 certainly costs less than it could, it remains nonetheless more of an enthusiast-focused niche product than an ideal general purpose product. Performance is excellent with isolated audio, THX-Certification, Qdeo video processing for upscaling of standard video, and a Dolby digital-to-analog converter. Upscaling works well, and movie sound is very good along with excellent video quality in all formats including 3D Blu-ray playback.

Although there’s no multichannel analog output, a quality AV will handle high-quality sound just as well. Streaming such as Netflix is supported but built-in Wifi is not included necessitating hardwiring, a wireless adapter, a networked PC or the rear USB port. The BD-SP809 is simple to operate with no complex menus or settings. Some users describe this unit as being reminiscent of an old school high-end unit, with its focus on quality, simplicity, and a tank-like build quality. While likely not the first choice for a casual user, the Onkyo BD-SP809 is a solid high-end choice for a Blu-ray player.Rating: 4/5

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