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Onkyo 5.1CH 3D-Ready Home Theater System

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conanthelibrarian


quality posts: 3690 Private Messages conanthelibrarian

Very good reviews (4.3 out of 5.0) over at amazon

MOVMXRacer


quality posts: 3 Private Messages MOVMXRacer

Bought this one the last time it was on Tech.Woot. It won't be here until Wednesday, but I have found some useful information that I wanted to share.

-The receiver is wireless capable, but the adapter is not included. The Onkyo brand adapter is $25-30 on Amazon, but it uses the Atheros AR9271 chipset. Theoretically, ANY USB 2.0 wifi adapter with that chipset should work. Some more affordable examples are the TP-Link WN722N ($15-20) and the Rosewill rnx-n150hg ($10 on Newegg right now!). Both of these have been confirmed to work on Onkyo receivers. Also, to use an adapter, you will probably have to update the firmware (newest can be found on Onkyo's site), either through ethernet or a USB drive.

-The system comes with 24 gauge wire for the speakers. For a system as powerful as this one, 24 gauge is pretty thin. For best results, a lower gauge (thicker) wire would be best. I am heading to my local hardware store tomorrow to pick up 100 ft of 14 gauge wire for mine.

Woot!

NW

polysorbate


quality posts: 7 Private Messages polysorbate
MOVMXRacer wrote:Bought this one the last time it was on Tech.Woot. It won't be here until Wednesday, but I have found some useful information that I wanted to share.

-The receiver is wireless capable, but the adapter is not included. The Onkyo brand adapter is $25-30 on Amazon, but it uses the Atheros AR9271 chipset. Theoretically, ANY USB 2.0 wifi adapter with that chipset should work. Some more affordable examples are the TP-Link WN722N ($15-20) and the Rosewill rnx-n150hg ($10 on Newegg right now!). Both of these have been confirmed to work on Onkyo receivers. Also, to use an adapter, you will probably have to update the firmware (newest can be found on Onkyo's site), either through ethernet or a USB drive.

-The system comes with 24 gauge wire for the speakers. For a system as powerful as this one, 24 gauge is pretty thin. For best results, a lower gauge (thicker) wire would be best. I am heading to my local hardware store tomorrow to pick up 100 ft of 14 gauge wire for mine.

Woot!

24Gauge?
That's like the size of my neural synaptic connections!
obviously, they weren't thinking ahead!

daha


quality posts: 3 Private Messages daha

I've got a serious beef with whoever set up the photograph. Sure, all 6 of the speakers are visible in it, but but but they're all in the same plane. The two surround speakers should be off to the sides of the listeners, or even to the rear.

rvz


quality posts: 0 Private Messages rvz
daha wrote:I've got a serious beef with whoever set up the photograph. Sure, all 6 of the speakers are visible in it, but but but they're all in the same plane. The two surround speakers should be off to the sides of the listeners, or even to the rear.



I'm right there with ya. I was just going to post that as well. I thought this was new gimmick for those of us that can't run wires all over the place!

wooterhart


quality posts: 3 Private Messages wooterhart

I bought this on Woot in January. I can easily say its the best woot purchase I've made.

The system sounds amazing and is easy to setup. I love it! You can immerse yourself in the movies, music sounds amazing, and my son and I are having great fun playing MarioKart in surround sound.

The included microphone and "room tuning" software actually worked very well.

Two things to remember. It doesn't come with wall/ceiling mounting brackets so plan ahead and order some.

And as noted above the speaker wire is pretty thin. To get the most out of your system, especially if you have long wire runs, you should get a heavier gauge.

Finally, friends don't let friends do wireless surround sound. Avoid the temptation to get the most out of your system.

kazper


quality posts: 6 Private Messages kazper

I'm not saying this is an issue with this model, but pay attention to the receiver. I looked into buying the 5.1 version of this set and the only complaints I read mentioned the receiver becoming too hot and melting, destroying the entire setup.

Hopefully this system doesn't suffer from that problem, but be warned.

kabrune


quality posts: 0 Private Messages kabrune
kazper wrote:I'm not saying this is an issue with this model, but pay attention to the receiver. I looked into buying the 5.1 version of this set and the only complaints I read mentioned the receiver becoming too hot and melting, destroying the entire setup.

Hopefully this system doesn't suffer from that problem, but be warned.



I've got the 7.1 version of this and it works great. HOWEVER, make sure you turn the system off when not in use, my stereo cabinet isn't enclosed (open in both the back & front), but it still fried 2 different HDMI ports.

themikegrace


quality posts: 0 Private Messages themikegrace

I was looking to purchase the Onkyo TX-NR414 receiver this week on Amazon (http://amzn.com/B0077V88YU) so this deal is a welcome surprise. Excited to get it and set it up.

ThunderThighs


quality posts: 589 Private Messages ThunderThighs

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daha wrote:I've got a serious beef with whoever set up the photograph. Sure, all 6 of the speakers are visible in it, but but but they're all in the same plane. The two surround speakers should be off to the sides of the listeners, or even to the rear.



Vendor art. Obviously, they went for cool looks over accuracy



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dadrepus


quality posts: 4 Private Messages dadrepus

I'm really not impressed with the specs. The rating is for 1 channel driven. Who listens to 1 channel?
This is a much better deal (if you don't need speakers) and package speakers usually suck.
http://dealnews.com/Yamaha-7.2-665-W-3-D-Ready-Receiver-w-Wi-Fi-Adapter-for-480-free-shipping/688940.html
Just sayin!

Just thought I'd add, there are 7 discrete amplifiers here. Each amp gets a channel, not so with the Onkyo. That is why the Onkyos overheat. they are working too hard!

CuzzinMerl


quality posts: 24 Private Messages CuzzinMerl
ThunderThighs wrote:Vendor art. Obviously, they went for cool looks over accuracy



I'm not sure in an environment like this it really matters. There would be so much reverb off the floor and walls that everything will sound muddy.

ManiacDan


quality posts: 4 Private Messages ManiacDan

I had this system. It's a decent setup, but you have a 50% chance of getting "the hum" that people complain about in the amazon reviews.

I ended up purchasing a NEW onkyo receiver specifically to get rid of this hum. Turns out, the onkyo home theater packages have different specs than their stand-alone receivers and amps. The subwoofer which ships with this setup is a weak, unpowered piece of garbage. If you buy a new receiver, expect to buy a new sub as well.

Buying the pieces separately or going with one of the links provided above will give you a better long-term value.

bsmith1


quality posts: 105 Private Messages bsmith1
daha wrote:I've got a serious beef with whoever set up the photograph. Sure, all 6 of the speakers are visible in it, but but but they're all in the same plane. The two surround speakers should be off to the sides of the listeners, or even to the rear.



If it were a 7.1 system, I would say it was for the Dolby Pro Logic IIz where you have extra front channels up high like that.See video here.
I've never seen this done with a 5.1 system.

bsmith1


quality posts: 105 Private Messages bsmith1
CuzzinMerl wrote:I'm not sure in an environment like this it really matters. There would be so much reverb off the floor and walls that everything will sound muddy.



Not to mention the poor seating/viewing locations.

rhybeka


quality posts: 0 Private Messages rhybeka

Not sure - the heat issue or humming could be a deal breaker for me...but I wouldn't mind working with Onkyo support - the price is a bit too good to pass up for my 12 x 13 room.

lordhep


quality posts: 1 Private Messages lordhep

Very happy with this purchase during the last Woot! off.

Had a little confusion setting up the receiver to work with the televisions ARC (audio return channel) with the hdmi. The instructions are very thin on helpful information and the tv instructions equally devoid of this information. After some fiddling we figured out that the audio going into the receiver goes in through the HDMI out jack when using the ARC HDMI jack on the television. I don't know why putting audio into the receiver through the out jack seemed counter-intuitive to me..... Must needed information if you only use netflix and amazon prime built into a smart tv as opposed to a separate box.

MOVMXRacer


quality posts: 3 Private Messages MOVMXRacer

Well, I received my system today a day early!

First impression: Dang, that is a big box, big subwoofer, big receiver, and big speakers.

I currently have it setup with the included wires while I am running 16 gauge through my walls.

I did a firmware update as soon as I powered it up, very smooth and simple process. Firmware can be found here:
Onkyo website. Via USB, it took about 10min.

I had already ordered the Rosewill rnx-n150 wireless adapter, and it is working great with my home network; Pandora is streaming right now!

Overall, the sound so far is FANTASTIC. This system is replacing a 3 year old Samsung blu-ray home theater that came from Best Buy. The big sub really adds a new dimension for me, because I can actually FEEL the bass, even when it isn't loud. My home theater room is 12'x20', and this system fills the room with clear, even sound, even before calibration. The HDMI passthrough is awesome for me since I have an Optoma projector with no audio out, and now I only need ONE cable running to it other than power!

Overall, I am EXTREMELY pleased with everything so far! If you're on the fence about this thing, GO FOR IT!

NW

pvandehey


quality posts: 1 Private Messages pvandehey

I'm not very knowledgeable about these things, as will probably be evident by my question. If I need to use component cables for my DVD player, will the HDMI output on this thing convert so that I don't need to connect component (and audio I guess) cables to my tv?

beastmd1


quality posts: 1 Private Messages beastmd1
pvandehey wrote:I'm not very knowledgeable about these things, as will probably be evident by my question. If I need to use component cables for my DVD player, will the HDMI output on this thing convert so that I don't need to connect component (and audio I guess) cables to my tv?



It should, you should only need the HDMI out to the TV for any video source. But you could get a decent Blu Ray player on the cheap and stay HDMI all the way and probably get a better picture. With the output from the component you will probably only get 480i or 480p.

beastmd1


quality posts: 1 Private Messages beastmd1
pvandehey wrote:I'm not very knowledgeable about these things, as will probably be evident by my question. If I need to use component cables for my DVD player, will the HDMI output on this thing convert so that I don't need to connect component (and audio I guess) cables to my tv?



It should, you should only need the HDMI out to the TV for any video source. But you could get a decent Blu Ray player on the cheap and stay HDMI all the way and probably get a better picture. With the output from the component you will probably only get 480i or 480p.

phishneslo


quality posts: 5 Private Messages phishneslo

FYI -
The Onkyo HT-S8409 is for sale on Moofi for the same price. It is a 7.1 setup that retails for a bit more (about $1000). The fronts are towers, and the fronts and center speakers have dual 3.5" drivers instead of single 4". The sub is also 10" but weighs 25.6 pounds instead of 21.4 pounds.

themikegrace


quality posts: 0 Private Messages themikegrace

Just got notice that mine has shipped. Woot!!! Not bad considering the woot deal was just yesterday.