Onkyo BD-SP809 review

Top selling AV receiver brand Onkyo puts the case for feature-light Blu-ray players

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Onkyo BD SP809 review

The Onkyo BD-SP809 is unlikely to win any awards for its user interface. The GUI is rudimentary stuff, with a couple of blobby graphics and some text. Graphical verve it has not, but at least you won't get lost when navigating it. Simple text menus are provided to configure the player.

The remote control seems similarly antiquated, being both insubstantial and peppered with buttons.

The only way left for the Onkyo BD-SP809 to earn its keep is with audio visual performance. The portents are good. The chassis has been crafted along classical lines. There's an anti-resonance top plate, as well as separate blocks for audio and video circuitry.

Onkyo BD SP809 review

The highly rated Marvell Qdeo video processor ensures all HD images are worthy of a West End premiere. 3D per-pixel motion-adaptive video noise reduction significantly reduces fizz and digital grain, while Qdeo's content adaptive Compression Artefact Reduction deals withmosquito noise.

The Onkyo BD-SP809 does a generally terrific job of cleaning up vintage Blu-ray titles, such as Goldfinger, that sometimes exhibit a fair amount of ingrained noise.

The Blu-ray player also offers quite a contrast pop. Shadow detail, sometimes lost on lesser players, gets a visible boost, and textures from stonework to fabrics have well-defined edges. Colour fidelity is also excellent, with no unwanted banding.

Onkyo BD SP809 review

The Onkyo BD-SP809's DVD upscaling talents are considerable. If you have a large collection of SD discs, this deck will dense them up to 1080p in convincing fashion.

The price you pay for this clarity, though, is painfully slow loading speeds. Goldfinger takes a turgid one minute 15 seconds to load. Mainstream models from other brands can do the same disc in 50 seconds.

The difference may not seem much on paper, but it's a lifetime when you've run out of cookies. Even Java-lite Blu-rays take a yawn-tastic 45 seconds to reach their menus.

As a CD player, the Onkyo BD-SP809 does a decent - rather than outstanding - job. It has a clinically detailed presentation via the optical audio output, which is rather agreeable

Tech Specs

Product TypeBlu-ray Disc Player
Scan Format1080p
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
Media FormatsBD-RE, DVD-RW, DVD+RW, CD-RW
Digital Audio Optical OutYes
Sound SystemTHX, Dolby TrueHD, DTS HD, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS
Number of Discs1
Brand NameOnkyo
Audio FormatsCD-DA, MP3, WMA
Features1080p Upscaling, BD Live, Bonus View
Video FormatsBD Video, DVD Video, AVCHD, DivX Plus HD, DivX HD, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, PS, TS, MPEG-4
Scanning ModesProgressive Scan
Green CompliantYes
Country of OriginChina
Height104 mm
Width435 mm
Depth313 mm
ManufacturerOnkyo Corporation
Product ModelBD-SP809
Product NameBD-SP809 Blu-ray Disc Player
Manufacturer Part NumberBD-SP809/B
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.eu.onkyo.com
Marketing Information

Now you'll never be short of content. As Onkyo's top Blu-ray player, the THX certified BD-SP809 provides a wide range of playback functions to complement your high-quality home cinema. As well as playing CDs, DVDs, and 3D-encoded BDs, the BD-SP809 handles videos, music, and photos sent from a DLNA 1.5-certified media server. On top of that, it also features a USB port that lets you play back audio and video files from a thumb drive. Image quality is superb, whatever the source. Onboard Qdeo technology from Marvell ensures pristine deinterlacing, noise-reduction, and 1080p upscaling. Twin HDMI outputs allow you to switch between two displays - say, your main TV for daily viewing and a projector for movies and sports. And whether you're playing high-def DTS and Dolby formats or compressed MP3s, your audio benefits from a high-precision clock, separate blocks for video/audio circuitry, and a vibration-reducing top cover. It all adds up to a virtuoso playback solution for the dedicated fan of quality entertainment.

Package Contents
  • BD-SP809 Blu-ray Disc Player
  • RCA Audio/Video Cables
  • CD-ROM (Instruction Manual)
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Remote Controller
  • 2 x AA (R6) Batteries
Weight (Approximate)4.70 kg