Add high-impact surround sound to your favorite entertainment with this convenient system from Onkyo. The HT-S5100 teams up a dedicated home theater receiver with seven speakers and a 10", 290-watt subwoofer to deliver powerful audio that fills your room. Each of the front three speakers features a separate woofer and tweeter for detailed sound with movie soundtracks, video games, and music.

High-definition HDMI switching
The receiver's HDMI inputs let you connect up to three high-def video sources — like a game system, a Blu-ray player, and a satellite receiver or cable box — and switch easily among them. These HDMI connections support high-definition video resolutions up to 1080p, ensuring pristine picture quality. (Separate audio cable connections are required for playing sound through the receiver.)

Dock your iPod and browse your tunes
Place your iPod in the included dock, and it will seamlessly integrate into your home theater system. Enjoy your songs through the 'S5100's speakers while the dock charges your iPod, and control playback with the system's remote. You can also listen to SIRIUS® satellite radio by adding an optional SiriusConnect™ home tuner kit.

Auto calibration for easy setup
The intuitive Audyssey 2EQ™ automatic speaker calibration system makes it a snap to adjust the surround sound settings to your specific room and furnishings. Using the included microphone, the receiver analyzes sound from two different listening positions, then optimizes its own speaker distance and delay settings in a matter of seconds. Plus, color-coded inputs, outputs, and cables make it a cinch to hook up this system.

Product Highlights:

  • home theater system with receiver, 7 speakers, and subwoofer
  • includes iPod dock
  • satellite radio ready (requires SiriusConnect home tuner)
  • remote control
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • Audyssey 2EQ™ with mic for easy speaker calibration
  • 1080p-compatible HDMI digital video switching (3 in, 1 out) — pass-through only (a separate cable connection is required for audio)
  • built-in Dolby® Digital EX, Dolby Pro Logic® IIx, DTS-ES® Discrete/Matrix, DTS® Neo:6, and DTS® 96/24 processing
  • 192kHz/24-bit digital-to-analog conversion for all channels
  • 65 watts x 7 into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.9% THD
  • digital tuner with 40 AM/FM station presets
  • 2 coaxial and 2 optical digital inputs
  • 4 audio/video inputs, including 3 S-video, 2 component video, and 1 front-panel input
  • 2 audio-only inputs
  • video output for TV (composite, S-video, and component)
  • 17-1/8"W x 5-7/8"H x 15-1/4"D
  • 2-way center speaker and two 2-way front speakers for dynamic sound
  • compact surround speakers with full-range drivers
  • 10", 290-watt (maximum power) down-firing powered sub
  • speaker wire and subwoofer cable included
  • 2 front speakers: 6-1/8"W x 14-5/8"H x 7-3/4"D
  • center channel speaker: 17-1/8"W x 4-1/8"H x 5-3/16"D
  • 4 surround speakers: 5-15/16"W x 10-11/16"H x 3-13/16"D
  • subwoofer: 11-3/16"W x 19-5/8"H x 17-1/8"D

Transform your TV experience

Enjoy rich, robust sound that puts you right in the middle of your favorite movies, TV shows, and video games. Powered home theater systems come with speakers and a subwoofer plus the amplification to drive them. Many of these systems feature low-profile consoles and ultra-compact speakers for minimal visual clutter. Some include a built-in Blu-ray/DVD player for enjoying movie and concert discs.

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Got em, Luv em, Gotta buy em

Written By Anonymous, Broomfield, CO on Saturday, May 02, 2009

WOW!!!! This sound system works GREAT!! The 4 small speakers have built in wall hookup things, so do the 2 bigger speakers and the center speaker. I guess the only thing you can't hang up is the sub, which by the way is AWESOME. I have no clue why Crutchfield discontinued this amazing system.

Always an admirer....

Written By Mike, Phila., Pa on Tuesday, March 17, 2009

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This review is for anyone thumbing through the pages of Crutchfield or any other electronics catalog. I have received Crutchfield magazines for as long as I can remember. Even received assistance from an online representative even though at that time I made it clear at that time I was not purchasing from Crutchfield. That said I will say Crutchfield has made a believer out of me!! Their integrity, reputation and customer service is and should be model for other retailers both online and off. The HT-s5100 was my purchase. The only thing I say is that this Home theater system is and AMAZING machine!! I also purchased the Samsung 42 inch plasma which absolutely fits my entertainment room. The room (basement) is an audiophiles dream come true as the room entombs the perfect sound that is emitted from the HT-S5100! I enthusiastically recommend Crutchfield to any consumer seeking advice, information, and eventually a purchase.

Still lovin' it

Written By Rob, Grand Rapids, MI on Thursday, March 05, 2009

I've had this system since last Summer, and the sound quality never ceases to amaze me. I show it to my friends and they're just as blown away.

The Best Home Theater System

Written By Chad, Newton, NC on Tuesday, February 24, 2009

I just wanted to let you know that the Onkyo surround home theater system I purchased is the best!!! I have all of my components running through it, Dish Network HD DVR, Toshiba VCR/DVD recorder combo, CD recorder/player, and Nintendo Wii. The owner's manual was very detailed, which made hooking up a breeze. It sounds Great! I helped my brother with his BOSE 321 system last year when bought it, and I can say, for a fraction of what that setup cost, this Onkyo system is much better! The sound is fuller and crisper as opposed to the BOSE which almost sounded too soft and fluffy. I am very pleased!!! It absolutely rocks is really the best way to say it. Oh, and if anybody ask, the AUX port on the front works awesome with my Wii. Especially on Guitar Hero World Tour which has the Dolby Pro Logic II soundtrack. The Onkyo system lets you feel like you are really on stage!!! Thanks again. I will recomend this item to everybody!!


Written By propeleric, Boulder, CO on Thursday, February 12, 2009

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Great sound and an incredible value for the money. The Bass really has a lot of power. I would definitely recommend!

A decent beginner's choice

Written By Itay, Syracuse, NY on Wednesday, February 11, 2009

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Like most of us, after researching and reading a leading consumer magazine which has ranked this 7.1 system as a #1, I went ahead and ordered it from Crutchfield's. The receiver is a good receiver; the subwoofer does an excellent job, my only concern so far has been the speakers. They are ok as far as mid's but are lacking high treble (the tweeters look and sound cheap.) You might want to consider spending a little more and buying a powerful receiver and a better set of speakers. Polk's are highly recommended, Klipsch are in a totally different league. Onkyo makes great receivers but speakers are definitely not their niche. Yet.
To summarize, the 7.1 (the extra pair of the rear surrounds) hardly makes a difference and I used the microphone to calibrate them all. As a first beginner's surround system it does an ok job. Consider saving up a little money and spend the money on a more powerful Onkyo receiver and a separate set of 5.1's from a different manufacturer. However, for the money, this 7.1 is a good bargain.

P.S. - Onkyo customer service is very poor, but lucky us, we have Crutchfield to back up their product with a superb customer service and product support.

Great Sounding System

Written By Patrick, VA on Wednesday, February 11, 2009

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I wanted a new surround system to replace my old Panasonic. Since I have a Sony Blu Ray player, I didn't feel the need to get a system with a built in DVD player. After reading numerous reviews and researching on the Crutchfield website, I decided on the S5100. I wasn't sure how it would stack up against the old Panasonic but it was like night and day. Watching old movies, playing XBOX 360 games and watching Blu Ray movies with the new system is a whole new experience. It's nice having 3 HDMI inputs. I have my Blue Ray and cable box going through the system and running into the HDMI input on my 50" Samsung DLP TV. I ran optical cables for the sound, since this model doesn't switch audio via the HDMI. One of the nicest features is the auto set-up microphone which does all of the calibration for you. Set-Up is a snap and it does come with color-coded wiring. I simply used my old 16 gauge wires because they are higher quality than the wiring it came with. The longest part of setting this system up is hooking up the wiring connections. I highly recommend this system.

Stop Looking

Written By Bill, From MO. on Monday, February 09, 2009

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Only had the system for two weeks but feel very safe in writing a review
about how good I think it is. Easy to setup and it sounds like one that cost
MUCH more. I'm impressed.
I have an older Bose center speaker (??100 something - I can't remember
the number) which I bought years ago because I was tried of not hearing
voices, the center sent with this system is equally as good ... maybe a
shade more "tin" sounding but not enough of a difference to ruin the look
of the system by sticking with that old Bose. I used all the speakers and
replaced all my old ones.

Whether you use it all, replace only parts of your old system as some other
reviewers have done it's worth the money. I'm moving my old speakers to
other TV's in the house, nice option to have! Pick what you want and swap
other stuff around to suit your own needs.

It's a bargain & worth the money. Buy it.

Onkyo HT-S5100

Written By thamibeag, saint cloud, FL on Saturday, February 07, 2009

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Awesome! totally worth the money!

Onkyo HT-S5100

Written By Obilio, Bronx , New York on Friday, February 06, 2009

System came just as promised, it arrived even earlier than I was told so that was great, My only complaint is the remote control u have to press the receiver button, a little too much when switching between HDMI's and sound fields. Other than that its all good.

Excellent buy

Written By Gene, Winslow, AZ on Sunday, February 01, 2009

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Great system at an excellent price. Easy to install with color coded wires on everything. Outstanding sound. Would definately recomend this system and always recomend Crutchfield for any AV purchase.

awesome system

Written By John, Raleigh, NC on Friday, January 30, 2009

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I purchased my S-5100 system about 2 months ago and just wanted to say how pleased I am with the quality of this system, it rocks! I was also pleased with the ease of installation and the great service I received. I would recommend this company and this system. Just by demonstrating this system to my brother inlaw, he purchased one.

The Best Of The Best

Written By anthony, cheshire ct. on Friday, January 30, 2009

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This system is terrific,will outperform others at 3x the cost and is also "over the top in cutting edge technology".Onkyo and Crutchfield are truly an unbeatable team in all arenas of audio systems and service.

sincerly,and respectfully;

A. Chuck

What I expected from ONKYO

Written By Lester, Denver, CO on Saturday, January 24, 2009

I bought this system to upgrade to a 7.1 surround sound from a 5.1 Sony receiver after purchasing a Panasonic Blu Ray player. I reviewed this product prior to purchase and was not worried about the extra cables needed (optical or coaxial) for video. I hooked this up with my Bose Accoustimass 7 speakers for front left/right & center channels and my Bose Accoustimass 5 speakers for the side left & right channels. I then purchased two ceiling mount Mirage speakers for the back left & right channels and yes kept the powered subwoofer attached. WOW! WOW! WOW! Using the included speaker calibration system I now have the home theater speaker system that I have always dreamed of. I put on one of my favorites Close Encounter Of The Third Kind and boy when the mother ship scene was played my whole house shook at 45% of the receiver volume, it was awesome to say the least. The I POD dock is a great addition to!

You may ask why I purchased this as a complete system if I had speakers already? The ONKYO speakers were relocated to my basement for the Sony 5.1 system, so for me I got TWO set ups for the price of one! For the money great buy, THANKS ONKYO!

worth more than what I paid for

Written By Martin, New Braunfels Texas on Tuesday, January 20, 2009

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After doing a good amounth of research for a home theater system, all my leads kept leading me to this unit. Finally took the time to go to a retail store to hear what it sound was like. I was impressed. My only concern was to be able to make all the right connections on my own.
Though it was an easy task I was able to get a sound that really gives the feeling of a true surround sound system.
The price I was able to get on line here was much better than I saw listed at the retail store.
I am very impressed and very satisfied with this system.

Just as great as promissed

Written By Franklin, Pensacola, Florida on Sunday, January 18, 2009

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Great system everything as expected no surprises thanks

Not what was promised

Written By ARCHABALD, Buffalo, NY on Saturday, November 22, 2008

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I bought this based on reviews, and have had nothing but problems. Followed directions that came with unit and could not get audio from my TV. Right now I'm not getting any picture due o "intermittent" failure with the unit sending video signal to TV. Had to buy additional cable for audio from Verizion FIOS DVR box to unit. No clue why I am not able to get picture, jiggling HDMI cable conection "cures" problem temporarily! Not sure what problem might be cables were bought from Crutchfield as accessories for the TV a Toshiba. Not sure if I'd buy this again, hoping for a happy ending!

Onkyo HT-S5100

Written By addyj989, San Angelo, Texas on Monday, October 27, 2008

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I was very impressed with the ease of setup and the output of each speaker, mainly because they didn't appear that big. The down firing bass is huge and I LOVE feeling the power is puts out! This is my first surround system and I wanted to go for a fairly priced, great value 7.1 system and this hasn't disappointed. The Audyssey mic attachment that auto calibrates any setup you come up with is a pretty neat deal.

Plenty of connections. Got my cable box, xbox 360, wii and ipod hooked up and they all sound fantastic. Next to add- blu ray! I have the cable box go straight to the tv for video and digital coax thru to the receiver for fantastic HD audio. Only thing that it needs is the digital coax cable already in the package.

What else do you want?

Written By anthony, Visalia, CA on Tuesday, October 14, 2008

This is an awesome "All-in-One" for the money. There are things that I wish it had, but nothing that I would actually expect for this price. The sound this produces is simply amazing. I replaced the two front speakers with two very inexpensive Polk Audio tower speakers. Not only does this receiver push them, they sound better than they did before. Once you get the settings right, the powered sub can really hit!

It would be nice if you didn't need a seperate digital cable to utilize the audio from your Units using the HDMI inputs. It would also be nice if you could watch the vidio from your iPod through this system. But like I said, for the money, you are already getting more features than you should expect.

To add those features, I am sure ONKYO would have to remove something else.

Instructions could be better, but I didn't mind spending a little more time reading, considering all the money I saved on this unit. I definitley recomend this product.

Onkyo HT-S5100

Written By Brian, MS on Thursday, September 25, 2008

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For the money this was a win win situation for me. The system was very easy to install. I was amazed at the quality of the sound from this system. All in all I am very pleased with this product AND the crutchfield team and their support.

If you are on a tight budget(like myself) and want some good decent sound then by all means give this product a try.

Great Product for the Money

Written By Leonard, Camp Zama, Japan on Wednesday, September 24, 2008

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At first I was a little sceptical when I opened the box because the speakers seemed a little small, but the power and sound are awesome. This system is easy to set up and the Audyssey 2EQ microphone practically does all of the sound calibrations for you according to the size of your room. No need to try and adjust each speaker for that perfect sound effect, this system does it for you. I would definitely recommend this product.

Great Surround System

Written By Travis, Gardendale, AL on Friday, September 19, 2008

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I bought this system to replace an older, cheaper surround system. This was very easy to install and set up. The controls are easy to understand and follow. The sound is great - crisp highs and deep base. I recommend this product!

Great Product!!

Written By Anonymous, Brookings, SD on Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Bought this product a few weeks back and Love it. It sounds amazing. The placing of the speakers took a little longer than what I had imagined but was totally worth it. The sub sounds amazing. The speakers can scream. Installation was a breeze, they had all the wires color coated with a diagram showing how everything is supposed to be. The receiver does get a tad bit warm after awhile, but In no way has it effected the sound quality or performance. I recommend this to anybody and everybody. You aren't going to get a better bang for your buck other than this, And the service from Crutchfield rocked!

Enveloping Sound!

Written By Jeremy, Jackson, MS on Thursday, September 04, 2008

Wow -- I have to say, I am really impressed with the Onkyo HT-S5100. I've had lots of experience with expensive component theatre systems, and this so-called "home theater in a box" will stand up to any of them. The sound truly does envelope the room, even when using only as a 5.1 system (I have the two additional speakers set up in a separate room on the B channel for multi-room listening).

Sound accuracy is spot-on, for every music genre I've listened to. High's are just right, not overpowering, with wonderful mids, and kick-butt bass from the sub woofer. Plenty of options for connecting all of your gizmos, and plenty of power and style to make you smile. :o)

Great product, but HDMI still needs audio cables

Written By Grant, Camano Island, WA on Tuesday, August 26, 2008

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I agree with the other reviewers here. This is an excellent system for the price. I only have 2 complaints: I still have to connect audio cables even
though it has HDMI. And the unit itself runs REALLY hot. You definitely need to give it plenty of breathing room - don't stack anything on top of it unless you want it fried.

incredible sound and value

Written By Daniel, MI on Friday, August 08, 2008

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Great surround sound system and awesome price. The subwoofer pounds pretty hard that I had to turn it way down. This is such a high quality system and came packed nicely.

The hardest thing about setting this up was figuring out where to put all the speakers. The most I've had was a 5.1 system before this, so 7.1 had me working even harder to place the speakers. Color coded speaker wire, great diagrams and easy auto-calibration got this system sounding perfect. The setup mic thing is actually pretty cool how it measures the distance between your speakers and adjusts the system for optimal setup. After this it was some small tweaks and I had my system up and running pushing all devices through high definition audio/video ports in about ~10 minutes. I've only had it setup for a day so I haven't had the chance to enjoy it fully. I'm really looking forward to docking the ipod and seeing how well it integrates into the system.

Onkyo HT-S5100

Written By Alex, Indianapolis, IN on Thursday, August 07, 2008

I love this system. The auto setup (Audessy) is great. The sound quality is amazing and the sub that comes with system for the price is great too. I reccomend this to anyone starting up a home theater. Sounds as good if not better than the BOSE store's theater room setup.

Almost perfect: lacks format conversion

Written By Aaron, Westminster, CO on Wednesday, July 30, 2008

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My only compaint about this setup is the lack of video format conversion. I have RCA, component, and HDMI devices connected to the receiver, and I have to change the input on my TV every time I switch devices. It's a pain. If it wasn't for that one frustrating annoyance, it'd be perfect.

Best Buy I Ever Made!

Written By pgray20, Austin, TX on Saturday, July 26, 2008

For the money this system is awesome; my nephew connected everything and had a little difficulty because not all cables were included. However, when we got everything connected, though, the sound was spectacular--just like sitting in the movie theater. I may never leave my recliner! I particularly like all the options to listen (there are at least 7 - 10) and gives a different sound to different media types (DVD, radio, cable, etc.).

Great service and shipping time! I will definitely purchase again from this company!

Just couldn't ask for better....

Written By John, Jacksonville, FL on Wednesday, July 02, 2008

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I had two small issues with the setup. Since I have cable TV, but don't have a cable box, I couldn't figure out if the cable from the wall went into the receiver first, or stayed plugged into the TV. The instruction book was not clear on this issue. So, I called Crutchfield's customer support. Within minutes, I was speaking to a live and very knowledgeable person who not only had the instruction book for this Onkyo, but also pulled up the instruction book for my TV (Westinghouse) using its model number. He told me to leave the cable plugged thru the TV and (based on the TV's manual) to use a digital coax cable to connect the TV to the receiver to maintain the best quality digital sound. And to think that this type of top-notch customer service is available for as long as I own this Onkyo....absolutely awesome. Also, when ready to purchase this receiver, Crutchfield had the best price anywhere -- online or in a store. After this purchase, I would recommend Crutchfield even if they didn't have the lowest price, because their prompt top-quality customer service is the best to be found. Mega kudos.

Amazing System at Amazing Price

Written By Travis, Louisville, KY on Tuesday, July 01, 2008

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I bought this system a few days ago from crutchfield and I'm incredibly impressed so far. The size of the speakers and the subwoofer impressed me out of the box and the black finish is attractive. It was a breeze setting up and having the auto EQ calibration is a major plus. There is plenty of connectivity in the back for my xbox360, bluray player, and hd-dvd player and I still have room to spare. Everything that I have listened to so far is amazingly clear and the bass from the sub is enough to shake my house at half volume. The only downside is that the HDMI is video pass through only, so I had to buy some toslink audio cables and coax digital cables for my sound. But besides that it's a dream, I definitely recommend this to any sound freak.

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  • HT-R560 A/V Receiver
  • 2 SKF-560F Front speakers
  • 1 SKC-560C Center channel speaker
  • 2 SKM-560S Surround speakers
  • 2 SKB-560 Surround back speakers
  • 1 SKW-560 Powered subwoofer
  • DS-A1L iPod dock
  • RC-707M Wireless remote control
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • AM loop antenna
  • FM wire antenna
  • Speaker setup microphone with attached 19.5' cord
  • 10' Mono subwoofer cable (RCA)
  • Three 10' lengths of speaker wire (bare tinned wire on each end)
  • Four 30' lengths of speaker wire (bare tinned wire on each end)
  • 4 Square self-adhesive feet
  • Instruction Manual
  • Quick Set-up guide
  • Warranty information/Product registration card
  • Remote Control Codes booklet
  • SIRIUS Satellite Radio brochure

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Receiver Features

WRAT (Wide Range Amplifier Technology): This technology uses low-negative-feedback circuit topology for accurate signal reproduction, improved dynamic signal-to-noise ratio, and better delivery of power peaks.

192kHz/24-Bit Digital-to-Analog Converters: The HT-R560 receiver is equipped with 192kHz/24-bit DACs for all channels to decode and play high-resolution recordings.

HDMI Switching: The HT-R560 has three HDMI inputs and one HDMI output for connecting DVD players, HDTV set-top boxes, and other video components to your TV or projector. The receiver's HDMI circuitry is a switching pass-through design, and will pass video and 2-channel (stereo) digital audio through to the TV. However, if you want to listen to the soundtrack through the speakers connected to your receiver, you must make a separate analog audio connection (for stereo listening) or digital audio connection (for Dolby Digital 5.1 surround). The HDMI inputs are compatible with DVI, so TVs and displays with a DVI input can be connected by using an HDMI-to-DVI adapter cable, along with audio cables. The receiver uses HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection), so only HDCP-compatible components can display the picture. The HDMI inputs can accept and switch 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, and 1080p signals to a TV, monitor, or projector. Each of the HDMI inputs can be assigned to any of the three rear panel A/V inputs (DVD, VCR/DVR, CBL/SAT).

Auto Setup: The receiver is equipped with an Auto Setup and Room Equalization function, to achieve the best sound field for your specific room. The Audyssey 2EQ function is designed to optimize the sound quality across three listening positions in the room. The included microphone is used to measure test tones at each listening position, the measured data is then analyzed using a program to improve acoustic characteristics in the listening area (correct the room's acoustic shortcomings). The main position is given more weight in the calculations. The Audyssey function makes adjustments based on the following measurements automatically: Speaker Configuration (5.1, 7.1, etc), Delay (to account for the variations in distance from speakers to listening position), Channel Level, Crossover Frequency, and Room EQ.

Speaker Setup: The receiver features the following manual speaker setup functions.

  • Speaker Configuration: You can set the Front speakers to small or large; the center, surround and surround back speakers to small, large or none; and the subwoofer to yes or no. For the HT-S5100 (B) system you will set the Front, Center and Rear speakers to small and the Subwoofer to yes.
  • Speaker Distance: You can specify the distance from each speaker to this listening position. You can adjust the Front speaker distance from 1 to 30 feet of the listener. The Center and Subwoofer distances can be set up to 5 feet more or less than the Front distance, while the Surround and Surround Back speakers can be set up to 5 feet more or 15 feet less than the Front distance.
  • Adjustable Crossover: This receiver has a built-in crossover for the subwoofer output. This setting is also used for any other speakers set to Small. The frequencies that you can choose from are 40, 80, 60, 80, 100, 120, 150, and 200 Hz.
  • Speaker Levels: You can adjust the level of each speaker while listening to an input source. You can adjust the front, center and surround speakers from 12 to + 12 dB and the subwoofer from -15 to +12 dB.
  • Equalizer: You can adjust the equalizer for each speaker. The front, center, surround and surround back speakers can be adjusted at 80Hz, 250Hz, 800Hz, 2500Hz and 800Hz; while the subwoofer can be adjusted at 40Hz, 80Hz and 160Hz.
  • Test Tone: The receiver features a test-tone to make sure that all the speakers are working properly.

Listening Modes: This receiver incorporates a wide variety of listening modes to bring you maximum enjoyment from your audio and video software. The listening modes include:

  • Direct: This mode delivers pure sound with minimum sound quality adjustment and filtration. The sound recorded for the right and left front channels is output to the right and left front speakers only and not output to the subwoofer, center, or rear speakers.
  • Stereo: Sound is output from the front left and right speakers and subwoofer.
  • Mono: Monaural sound is output from the front left and right speakers and subwoofer
  • Dolby Pro Logic II: Dolby Pro Logic II technology processes any high quality stereo (two-channel) movie and music audio into five playback channels of full-bandwidth surround sound. A matrix surround decoding technology, Dolby Pro Logic II detects the directional cues that occur naturally in stereo content and uses these elements to create a five-channel surround sound playback experience. You can choose from the following Dolby Pro Logic II formats - Cinema, Music, or Game.
  • Dolby Pro Logic IIx:  Pro Logic IIx expands any existing stereo- or 5.1-channel audio for a 6.1- or 7.1- channel playback, creating a seamless, natural surround soundfield that immerses you in the entertainment experience. You can choose from the following Dolby Pro Logic IIx formats - Cinema, Music, or Game. Dolby Digital: decodes Dolby Digital soundtracks
  • Dolby Digital: Dolby Digital is a 5.1 multi-channel digital surround format.
  • Dolby Digital+PLIIx (Movie/Music): Expands 5.1-channel Dolby Digital sources to 6.1 or 7.1-channels.
  • DTS Digital Surround: DTS Digital Surround is a 5.1 multi-channel digital surround sound format used for both commercial/theatrical and consumer grade applications.
  • DTS 96/24: DTS 96/24 is a digital audio format enabling high sound quality playback in 5.1-channels with a sampling frequency of 96 kHz and 24 bit quantization of DVD-video.
  • DTS-ES Extended Surround:  DTS-ES features two 6.1 multi-channel formats.
    • DTS-ES Discrete 6.1: DTS-ES Discrete 6.1-channel is a 6.1-channel discrete digital audio format adding a surround back channel to the DTS digital surround sound.
    • DTS-ES Matrix 6.1: DTS-ES Matrix 6.1-channel is a discrete 6.1 channel digital audio format inserting a surround back channel to the DTS surround sound through matrix encoding.
  • DTS Neo:6 Surround: DTS Neo:6 is a matrix decoding technology for achieving 5.1-channel surround playback with 2-channel sources. You can choose from two  DTS Neo: 6 Surround formats - Neo: 6 Cinema and Neo: 6 Music
  • 5.1Ch Source + Neo:6: This mode uses Neo:6 to expand 5.1-channel sources for 6.1/7.1-channel playback.
  • Theater-Dimensional (T-D): Enjoy virtual 5.1 surround with two or three speakers Onkyo's exclusive. Theater-Dimensional circuitry takes the complexity out of conventional surround-sound setups and lets you experience the excitement of surround sound from as few as two ordinary speakers. Theater-Dimensional unique multi-speaker modes let you place up to five speakers conveniently by the TV, for the most realistic virtual-surround sound possible.
  • Onkyo Original DSP Modes:
    • Mono Movie: Suitable for old movies or other mono sources.
    • Orchestra: For classical or operatic music.
    • Unplugged: For acoustic instruments, vocals, and jazz.
    • Studio-Mix: Suitable for rock or pop.
    • TV Logic: Adds realistic acoustics to TV shows.
    • All Ch Stereo: Ideal for background music.
    • Full Mono: All speakers output the same sound in mono.

Dolby Pro Logic IIx  Music Modes: While listening in the Dolby Pro Logic IIx Music format, there are three further enhancements you can enjoy (available with 2 channel sources only):

  • Panorama: broadens the front stereo image to the surround speakers to provide a wraparound effect, especially effective when there is limited output from the surround channels, panorama can be turned on/off in the menu
  • Dimension: allows you to move the sound field forward or backward
  • Center Width: allows you to adjust the width of the center channel

Center Image: In the DTS Neo:6 Music mode, the Center Image feature adjusts the output of the left and right channels relative to the center channel, allowing you to make the center channel more or less dominant as needed. This improves the image of the center channel, especially when the listener is off-center. Adjustment varies from 5 (nothing subtracted from the L/R channels) to 0 (L/R channel output is cut in half).

CinemaFilter: Using the CinemaFilter, you soften overly bright movie soundtracks. Movie soundtracks are typically mixed for a large theater (relative to your home theater) with lots of soft seats and thick curtains on the walls. Home theater settings often lack these high frequency absorbing wall treatments, making the soundtrack sound too bright. CinemaFilter accounts for this and for many movies sounds more natural at home.

Audyssey Dynamic EQ: Audyssey Dynamic EQ solves the problem of deteriorating sound quality as volume is decreased by taking into account human perception and room acoustics. Dynamic EQ selects the best possible frequency response and surround levels moment-by-moment as volume is changed. The result is bass response, tonal balance and surround impression that remain constant despite changes in volume. Audyssey Dynamic EQ combines information from incoming source levels with actual output sound levels in the room, a prerequisite for delivering a loudness correction solution. Audyssey Dynamic EQ works in tandem with Audyssey (2EQ, MultEQ, MultEQ XT) to provide well-balanced sound for every listener at any volume level.

Music Optimizer: The Music Optimizer function enhances the sound quality of compressed music files. The Music Optimizer Function only works with PCM digital audio input signals with a sampling rate below 48kHz and analog audio input signals.

Late Night: The Late Night feature limits the dynamic range of Dolby Digital recordings making it easier to find a volume that ensures the quiet sounds are not too quiet and the loud sounds are not too loud for night time listening. The settings are: Off, Low, and High.

Note: This feature only works with Dolby Digital Encoded software and the amount of effect will vary based on the individual soundtrack.

Bass And Treble: You can adjust the Bass and Treble for the receiver's Front A speakers from -10 to +10 dB in 2 dB increments.

Double Bass: With the double bass feature you can boost the bass output by feeding the low frequency signals from the left and right channels (when front speakers set to large) to both the front speakers and to the subwoofer.

AV Sync: Occasionally the audio and video signals are not properly synchronized, typically when using a progressive scanning DVD player. You can correct this by delaying the audio; options are 0 (no delay), 20, or 40 milliseconds.

Assignable Digital Inputs: The HT-R560 has 4 assignable digital inputs (2 optical, 2 coaxial) allowing you to tell the unit which input source is connected to which digital input jack.

Multi-channel Input: Although this unit features built-in Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic IIx, and DTS processing, it also has a 7.1 multi-channel analog input for use with external multi-channel decoders (DVD-Audio, SACD, etc).

Component Video Inputs/Output: This unit has 2 component video inputs and 1 component video monitor output. The component video inputs/output band width is 5 Hz to 50 MHz, so they will accommodate an HDTV signal.

Headphone Output: The receiver has a standard 1/4" headphone jack on the front panel. The speaker outputs are muted when headphones are plugged into the Phones jack. When you connect a pair of headphones, the listening mode automatically switches to Stereo, unless it's already set to Mono, Stereo, or Direct. When you disconnect the headphones, the previous listening mode is selected. The headphone volume for the left and right channels is adjustable (relative to one another) from -12 dB to +12 dB.

RI Remote Control Jack: The 1/8" RI (Remote Interactive) remote control jack on the receiver allows you to connect the receiver to other RI-remote capable Onkyo components. With RI, you can use the following special functions:

  • Auto Power On/Standby: When you start playback on a component connected via RI, if the AV receiver is on Standby , it will automatically turn on and select that component as the input source. Similarly, when the AV receiver is set to Standby, all component connected via RI will also go on Standby.
  • Direct Change: When playback is started on a component connected via the Remote Interactive (RI) jack, the receiver automatically selects that component as the input source.
  • Remote Control: You can use the AV receiver's remote controller to control your other RI-capable Onkyo components, pointing the remote controller at the AV receiver's remote control sensor instead of the component.

Satellite Ready: By connecting an optional antenna and tuner, you can easily add Sirius Satellite Radio to the receiver. Adding Sirius Satellite Radio requires either the Sirius Connect Home Tuner (item number 607SCH1), which includes the tuner and an indoor/outdoor antenna, or the Sirius Connect Home Tuner Pro Kit (item number 607SCH1P1), which includes the tuner and an outdoor antenna. Sirius Satellite offers a wide range of music, news, sports, comedy, talk, and entertainment channels to choose from--all in digital quality. During satellite playback, you can display the channel name, channel number and preset number, category, artist name, or song title on the front panel. You can store a combination of up to 40 of your favorite Sirius, FM, or Am radio stations as presets.

Note: A subscription is required in order to receive Sirius satellite radio service.

Sleep Timer: From the remote, you can set the unit to automatically turn off after a preset amount of time. The sleep timer can be adjusted from 10 minutes to 90 minutes in 10-minute increments.

Display Dimmer: The display illumination has three brightness level settings.

Wireless Remote: The supplied IR wireless remote control is programmed to operate this unit and other Onkyo equipment. The remote also includes the codes to control other brand DVD players and recorders, CD players and recorders, MD recorders, TVs, VCRs, Satellite and cable boxes, PVRs (Personal Video Recorders), TV/DVD combos, TV/VCR combos, Satellite/PVR combos, and cable box/PVR combos.

iPod Dock

iPod Dock: The supplied DS-A1L Dock for iPod provides an audio/control interface between an iPod digital media player and the HT-R560 receiver. Once an iPod is docked in the DS-A1L, you can control basic functions such as volume control, play, stop, and skip via the Onkyo receiver. The dock also charges the iPod's battery.

iPod Compatibility: The DS-A1L is designed for use with iPod models having a Dock Connector. The DS-A1L features an adaptor wheel that turns to adjust for the depth of your particular iPod. The DS-A1L currently supports the following iPod models.

  • iPod touch (1st/2nd generation)
  • iPod classic (80/120/160GB)
  • iPod video (5th generation)
  • iPod photo (iPod with color display)
  • 4th Generation iPod
  • iPod nano (1st/2nd/3rd/4th generation)
  • iPod mini (1st/2nd generation)

Note: The DS-A1L supports audio only with no video output. The DS-A1L does not support 1st, 2nd, and 3rd generation iPods.

iPod Controls: Once your iPod is docked in the DS-A1L and the DS-A1L iPod Dock is connected to the HT-R560 receiver via the proprietary dock port on back of the receiver you are able to control the following basic operations of your iPod.

  • System On/Off: when you turn your amp on or off, the RI dock and your iPod will turn on or off accordingly
  • Auto Power On: if you press Play on the remote control while the amp is in Standby, your amp will automatically turn on and select your iPod as the input source, then, the iPod will begin playback
  • iPod Alarm Clock: use your iPod's Alarm Clock function to automatically turn on your iPod and amp at a specified time, the amp's input source will automatically be set to the input to which your iPod is connected
  • Direct Change: if you start iPod playback using the remote control while listening to another input source, your amp will automatically select the iPod as the input source
  • Dimmer Link: when you use your amp's Dimmer function to change its display's brightness, the brightness of the RI Dock's Power indicator will change as well.
  • Remote Control: use the AV receiver's remote controller to control basic iPod functions such as Play, Pause, Stop, Fast Forward, Rewind, and Skip.

Connectors: The DS-A1L Remote Interactive Dock has the following connections:

  • Top of Unit: iPod dock connector for docking your iPod
  • Back of Unit: attached 56" cable terminated by a proprietary multi-pin connector which plugs into the proprietary Dock port on the HT-R560 receiver

Speaker System Features

Powered Subwoofer: The 290 watt powered subwoofer features a 9.842" down-firing woofer in a bass reflex enclosure with a front-firing port. The subwoofer has a single RCA line input for use with the supplied cable. The subwoofer automatically turns on when an input signal is received, and returns to standby mode when no signal has been input for about 5 minutes. An LED indicator on the front panel glows red when in standby mode and green when in operation. The volume control is on the rear panel. The sub's frequency response is 25 Hz to 150 Hz. The powered subwoofer is not magnetically shielded.

Front Speakers: The front speakers each use a 0.984" balanced dome tweeter and a 4.724" OMF cone woofer in a bass reflex enclosure with a front-firing port. Each speaker has a set of spring clip terminals for use with the supplied speaker wire. Each enclosure has a removable black cloth grille. A keyhole slot on the back of each enclosure allows you to wall-mount the speakers vertically without any wall brackets. The speakers' frequency response is 35 Hz to 50 kHz, sensitivity is 85 dB (1 watt/1 meter), the crossover point is 4 kHz, and they are magnetically shielded.

Center Channel Speaker: The matching center channel speaker features the same 0.984" balanced dome tweeter and two 3.149" OMF cone woofers in a bass reflex enclosure with a rear-firing port. It has a set of spring clip terminals for use with the supplied speaker wire. The enclosure has a removable black cloth grille. Two keyhole slots on the back of each enclosure allow you to wall-mount the speaker horizontally without a wall bracket. The speaker's frequency response is 60 Hz to 50 kHz, sensitivity is 85 dB (1 watt/1 meter), the crossover point is 4.5 kHz, and it is magnetically shielded.

Surround and Surround Back Speakers: The surround and surround back speakers each use a 3.149" full range cone driver in an acoustic suspension enclosure. Each speaker has a set of spring clip terminals for use with the supplied speaker wire. Each enclosure is covered by a non-removable, black cloth grille. A keyhole slot on the back of each enclosure allows you to wall-mount the speakers without any wall brackets. The speakers' frequency response is 80 Hz to 20 kHz and sensitivity is 81 dB (1 watt/1 meter). The surround and surround back speakers are not video shielded.

Speaker Wiring: Color-coded speaker wire is provided for all 7 speakers. Standard speaker wire can be substituted if longer lengths or thicker gauge speaker wire is desired.

Speaker Outputs: The speaker terminals on the receiver for the front (A), center, surround, and surround back speakers are binding posts. A plastic collar prevents using spade terminals, but bare wire, pin connecters, banana plugs and dual banana plugs will work. The B channel outputs are spring terminals.

B Speaker Outputs: The B speaker outputs can be used to power speakers in a different room, creating a second zone. When the B speakers are turned on, the amplifier for the surround back speakers is used to power them, so the connected surround back speakers are disabled and the main room becomes a 5.1 channel system. The B speakers can only play sources connected using analog cables.

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