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7.1-channel home theater audio system (Silver)

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by Amanda P.
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Buying your DVD player and audio components separately usually means that your system will have greater hookup flexibility and better sound quality. That's certainly true with Onkyo's HT-S780. Its receiver, 7-speaker system, and 150-watt powered subwoofer work together to produce enveloping, high-impact surround sound. Just add a DVD player and you've got a complete system for movies and music.

The receiver sports high-end circuitry that reduces noise early on, before the signal is amplified and sent to the speakers. With that strong, clean signal, the speakers can produce clearer, more detailed audio from your DVDs, CDs, and more. Plus, a high-current amplifier design enables it to reproduce powerful sound effects better than many other receivers. From the deep rumble of a passing freight train to whispered dialogue and subtle effects, you'll appreciate the 'S780's precise, natural sound with every film.

The 'S780's receiver also includes component video switching, which allows you to connect and enjoy up to three High-Definition video sources without having to change the inputs on your TV. This is also very useful if your TV only has 1 or 2 component video inputs. Plus, an extensive array of inputs and outputs lets you hook up additional components as your system grows.

Highlights:

    Receiver:
    • built-in Dolby® Digital EX™, DTS®-ES™ Discrete/Matrix 6.1, DTS Neo:6, DTS 96/24, & Dolby Pro Logic® IIx processing, for surround sound from DVD, VHS, and stereo sources
    • 7-channel amplifier (110 watts x 7)
    • 5.1-channel audio input for connecting an SACD or DVD-Audio player
    • 2 stereo analog audio inputs
    • component video switching (3 in, 1 out)
    • 4 A/V inputs (including 3 S-video and 1 front-panel)
    • video output for TV (composite, S-video, and component)
    • digital inputs: 3 optical, 1 coaxial
    • full-size headphone jack
    • color-coded speaker connectors
    • 17-1/8"W x 8-15/16"H x 15-5/16"D
    Front speakers:
    • video-shielded
    • dual 5" midrange drivers and a 1" tweeter
    • 6-1/4"W x 17-1/8"H x 8"D
    Center speaker:
    • video-shielded
    • dual 5" midrange drivers and a 1" tweeter
    • 17-1/8"W x 6-3/16"H x 7-15/16"D
    Surround speakers:
    • 4 identical satellites for left, left back, right back, and right surround channels
    • 3-1/8" midrange driver and 3/4" tweeter
    • keyhole slots for wall mounting
    • 6-15/16"W x 10-1/2"H x 4-3/16"D
    Powered subwoofer:
    • 10" driver
    • bass reflex enclosure
    • built-in 150-watt amplifier
    • 10-7/8"W x 20-7/16"H x 16-13/16"D
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    • HT-R530 A/V Receiver
    • 2 SKF-530F Front speakers
    • 1 SKC-530C Center channel speaker
    • 2 SKM-530S Surround satellite speakers
    • 2 SKB-530 Surround Back satellite speakers
    • 1 SKW-530 Powered subwoofer
    • RC-608M Wireless remote control
    • 2 "AA" batteries
    • 1 AM loop antenna
    • 1 FM wire antenna
    • 9.75' Mono subwoofer cable (RCA)
    • One 9.75' Length of speaker wire (each length of wire has tinned bare wire on each end)
    • Two 14.75' lengths of speaker wire
    • Four 29.5' lengths of speaker wire
    • Instruction Manual (English)
    • Instruction Manual (French/Spanish)
    • Remote control code list (English/French/Spanish/German/Italian)
    • Quick Set-up guide
    • Product Registration Card

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    Receiver Features
    Speaker System Features
    Inputs and Outputs Notes

    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-R530 receiver is equipped with 192kHz/24-bit DACs for all channels to decode and play high-resolution recordings.

    Adjustable Crossover: This receiver has a built-in crossover for the subwoofer output. This setting is also used when you set your other speakers to Small. The frequencies that you can choose from are: 60, 80, 100, 120, and 150Hz.

    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.

    Assignable Digital Inputs: The HT-R530 has 4 assignable digital inputs (3 optical, 1 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 5.1 multi-channel input for use with external multi-channel decoders (DVD-Audio, SACD, etc).

    Speaker Levels: Along with adjustments for the front, center, surround and surround back speaker levels, the B channel (2nd front) outputs can be adjusted from -12dB to +12dB relative to the A channels. This essentially gives you independent volume control for the A and B speaker outputs.

    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:

    • Surround Modes:
      • Dolby Digital
      • Dolby Digital EX
      • Dolby Pro Logic IIx (Movie, Music, and Game)
      • Dolby Pro Logic II (Movie, Music, and Game)
      • DTS
      • DTS-ES (Discrete and Matrix)
      • DTS 96/24
      • DTS Neo:6 (Cinema and Music)
    • DSP Modes:
      • Mono Movie
      • Orchestra
      • Unplugged
      • Studio-Mix
      • TV Logic
      • All Channel Stereo
      • Full Mono

    Direct Mode: This mode delivers pure sound with minimal 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.

    CinemaFILTER Circuitry: This circuitry provides a subtle high-frequency rolloff for proper playback of soundtracks in the home. It provides the means to easily remove excess treble response from soundtracks that were originally equalized to sound best in a large theater. This function only works in the Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital EX, Dolby Pro Logic II Movie, Dolby Pro Logic IIx Movie, DTS, DTS-ES, DTS Neo:6, and DTS 96/24 surround modes.

    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.

    OptiResponse Equalizer: When using the HT-R530 with the speakers included in the HTP-430 Home Theater Speaker Package, by turning on the OptiResponse equalizer, you can enjoy a powerful sound with movies or music.

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

    • Panorama: Extends 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 format, 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).

    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.

    Input Display: The name displayed for most inputs is fixed (DVD, Video2, etc), but the Tape input can be displayed as Tape, MD, or CDR.

    Display Dimmer: The display illumination can be set to Dim, Dimmer or Normal.

    Wireless Remote: The RC-608M remote 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, and PVRs (Personal Video Recorders).

    Speaker Outputs: The speaker terminals for the front left, front right, center, surround left, surround right, surround back left, and surround back right 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.

    Speaker System Features

    Powered Subwoofer: The 150 watt powered subwoofer features a 10" down-firing woofer in a bass reflex enclosure. 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.

    Front Speakers: The front speakers each use a 1" balanced dome tweeter and two 5" cone woofers in a bass reflex enclosure. Each speaker has a set of spring clip terminals for use with the supplied speaker wire. Each enclosure has a removable silver cloth grille. The speakers' sensitivity is 86 dB (1 watt/1 meter), crossover point is 4.5 kHz, and it is magnetically shielded.

    Center Channel Speaker: The matching center channel speaker features the same 1" balanced dome tweeter and two 5" cone woofers in a bass reflex enclosure. It has a set of spring clip terminals for use with the supplied speaker wire. The enclosure has a removable silver cloth grille. The speaker's sensitivity is 86 dB (1 watt/1 meter), 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 3/4" ceramic tweeter and a 3-1/8" cone woofer in a bass reflex 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, silver cloth grille. The keyhole slot on the back of each enclosure allows you to wall-mount the speakers without any wall brackets. The speakers' sensitivity is 82 dB (1 watt/1 meter), crossover point is 10 kHz, and they are not magnetically shielded.

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

    Inputs and Outputs Notes

    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.

     
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    5 out of 5

    Never heard anything better than this for the price

    Written By jeremeyg, San Antonio, TX on Monday, February 27, 2006
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    I purchased this system in December of 05'. Read the other reviews and thougt this might be a good system. Wow, I sure got my money's worth. I think this is very comparable to top end Bose systems that I have heard, and those cost about two grand.

    The only problem I had was the sub didn't work when I received the system. Crutchfield promptly sent a new sub to me. I played the system with out the sub for a couple of days, and was very happy with how everything sounded. This left me thinking how much better it is going to sound with the sub-woofer.

    Bought Monster speaker wire for the speakers, just need to upgrade the sub and toslink cables. Great system, it will be worth the purchase.
    5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Totally Hypnotized, just love it

    Written By Satyen, NJ on Thursday, February 23, 2006
     
    There's just one word WOW. I am an audiophile and had a BOSE Lifestyle 30 Series II over last 7 years. That system did not have any optical inputs and only one co-axial input. I worked so hard on the system to get it working right but always there was a lot of surround sound and less conversational sound, I could not figure out why after scouring through lots of sites and techies. Also that was a Radio remote one, where I could never use my Harmony 880 Universal remote. Bass was very in-audiable and never felt impressed by that, wasted $3500 back then.
    Decided to upgrade and did a lots of research last 6 months, bought BENQ 6100 projector, HP LC2600N HDTV and Samsung 330 Recorder/Player. Well took me a long time to find suitable audio system. BOSE was out of question, tested YAMAHA, Component, Dennon etc, looked like Dennon could impress but was not sure. Then came across this beautiful Onkyo 780, just heard it in the store and felt good, when bought it and set it up in my basement, it was "WOW", could not believe my ears. BOSE just sounded CRAP in front of it. I did even use the speaker cables that came in the box, now I am upgrading the speaker cables and bought Monster Original 80 ft from Crutchfield. Cructhfield have been very very helpful in answering questions and helping me choose the right product always. Their support knows what we are talking about in one shot. they just know.
    Speakers are little big but not ugly, manual is perfect, set-up is fast, 7.1 NEO mode sounds too good, feels much better than actual Dolby 5.1. FM is too good, guys 499 bucks are very less for such impressive system, I would say GO FOR IT. All thumbs up!
    3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    This System Rocks for the Price

    Written By Troy, Pocatello, ID on Friday, February 10, 2006
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    I got this system for Christmas and I love it! I followed others advise and chucked the packaged speaker wire. I installed 12 gauge all around and it sounds awesome. I don't think I could have been more pleased for the money. All my DVD's have become bran new to me. I can't believe what I have missed, sound wise.

    I had one problem with the 100 lb package that was sent. The subwoofer port tube was broken off and bouncing around inside the sub cabinet. I called Crutchfield and they sent a replacement subwoofer right away. I considered Crutchfield's service top notch all the way.

    Everything in the setup is straight forward. The manual is good as well as the remote. The only thing I am not sure about is the base from the Sub itself. I need to do more checking into my line level wiring. I'm running two subs and maybe It's affecting the line level to the Onkyo sub?

    Overall the price and free shipping, this system Rocks and you just can't beat it anywhere!
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Onkyo HT-S780

    Written By Perry, Jefferson, NJ on Friday, February 03, 2006
     
    I purchased the Onkyo HT-S780 Black from Crutchfield after buying a Sony 30" HDTV. This system was packed extremely well in one large box. Every component was protected very well.

    Setup was fairly straight forward. The included speaker cables are color coded. However the speaker connections are a bit difficult to use. I decided to use banana plugs to make it easier to remove and install the cables. The banana plugs are not really a necessity. I made several changes after my initial install - so I used them for convenience.

    This system is packed with features and the quality is top notch. The user can select from many different 'surround sound' and 'stereo' options. This system allows you to increase the volume of each speaker - you can even set the distance of each speaker from the listener.

    The surround speakers are a little bigger than anticipated - but it is not too much of an issue. The receiver does get very warm. To fix this, I placed a computer fan in the cabinet and plugged it into the "switched" outlet on the back of the receiver. This dropped the temps down about 70%!

    If you are looking for a Home Theater I would honestly look no further! This system is a great choice for those who have a budget but do not want to sacrifice sound quality.
    5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Great Choice!

    Written By Charles, Wilson, NC on Monday, January 09, 2006
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    I did a tremendous amount of research (thanks to the internet) before making a decision on purchasing this system. I have not been disappointed. The system was easy to setup, and I don't believe I could have purchased a better system for the price.

    I have watched a number of DVDs since purchasing the system and have been amazed at some of the sounds I'm hearing now that I didn't realize I was missing before. Watching movies has become a totally new experience.

    I highly recommend this system to anyone that doesn't have thousands of dollars to spend, but wants a system that sounds like they spent thousands of dollars. Only you and Crutchfield have to know.


    13 out of 14 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Onkyo HT-S780

    Written By Roger, Palmer, Alaska on Saturday, January 07, 2006
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    A 100# package sent FedX 2nd day air for FREE to Alaska. Wow! The quality of the individual products exceeded my expectations. Because of the Holidays (and limited space) I only have 4 speakers set up so far, but the sound is awesome. The only minor complaint I have is that the stereo options like radio station finding/setting are more awkward than I like. No direct dial, all digital. I can't wait to take down the Christmas tree to set the whole system up!!!

    [NOTE: The free 2-day air to Alaska was a limited-time offer that ended on December 23, 2005]
    4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Great bang for the buck!

    Written By Robert, Philadelphia PA on Saturday, January 07, 2006
     
    After lots of research, this is the best bang for the buck system I found. Lots of power, lots of features (too many if you can imagine) and it just sounds great, even without having the two rear 7.1 speakers installed. I have the system connected to my Comcast digital TV cable system a new Samsung 42" DLP TV and a new Samsung DVD player recorder. The sound is incredible! I've heard sounds and voices from movies I've seen a dozen times that I've never heard before. And it is crystal clear.

    In fact, one night my wife and I almost jumped out of our chairs while watching "Crossing Jordan" when she fired a bullet for testing. You could hear the sizzle of the bullet as it left the barrel of the gun from the rear speakers.

    The system was fairly easy to set up. I wasn't crazy about the speaker wiring and upgraded to 14-gauge Monster speaker wire. I also invested in banana plugs rather than fish the speaker wires through the holes in the speaker terminals.

    Pros:
    Great sound, and easy to use. What else do you want or need from a system like this?
    Speakers well built and have some weight to them
    Cost vs. value
    Universal remote that actually works
    The packaging this unit was shipped in should get an award, if they have awards for this type of thing.

    Cons:
    This puppy runs HOT! My wife likes to keep the doors to the entertainer center closed (it has glass doors), so I installed a 3" fan in the rear of the entertainment center to keep the receiver cool.
    Front speakers a bit large and they aren't what my wife calls "pretty." This wasn't a problem for me, but if you're looking for something unobtrusive, this may not be for you.
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    5 out of 5

    Great HTIB system

    Written By brentrynn, Los Angeles, CA on Monday, January 02, 2006
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    Great System for a HTIB you can't beat it. you should buy new wires since the ones included are flimsy.

    Bottom line is if you need to buy everything to build a great home theater then this is what you need.You can always upgrade later since it is a 7.1 system. This is a real Home theater setup not like many other systems out there.


    If you have great speakers look for a great reciever or if you have a great reciever then look for new speakers you probaly already know what you want. Everyone else should buy this setup. It is worth every penny and has everything you could ask for especially if you are new to home theater. This was a great purchase I would do again the sound is very very good out of this system. to get better sound you would have to spend thousands more.
    6 out of 6 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Overall, a pretty good set

    Written By Jay, San Jose, CA on Tuesday, December 27, 2005
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    I researched a lot before I bought this. I was actually planning on buying the Bose receiver. Lets face it -- Bose is good for just 2 channel sounds. This Onkyo receiver is far superior if you dig multichannel sound, especially DVDs and SACDs. It is simply awesome. The channels are distinct. The DSP is pretty good (excellent for Dolby Digital, Prologic, ES, Neo). Overall, here are some pros and cons.

    PROS:

    * Amazing sound and clarity. Very powerful (110 w per channel).
    * Bass is just right -- given that Subwoofer is 250 watts, it just doesn't blare. It is a bottom firing subwoofer.
    * Perfect surround.
    * Equalizer rocks - And, there is a night mode, CinemaFilter and an OptiResponse equalizer. They are all good. Note: you also have complete control over the bass and treble.
    * Remote looks awkward, but it actually works right.
    * I can even control my iPOD using my remote (thanks to the RI interface). Buy the iPod dock (DSA1) and you are good to go.


    CONS:

    * Clumsy wiring at the rear of the receiver (inspite of color coding, etc) -- especially when you do the initial wiring.
    * The back and side surround speakers follow the traditional design. But sounds good though. Front and center speakers have a newer design.
    * FM reception is just okay. May be it is just the antenna.
    * Wish there were more digital coax audio inputs. There is just one Coax. But there are three optical... so better if your devices support optical cables.

    In short, this system is really worth the money. Eventually, I might upgrade my speakers to something even nicer (say Polk, Bose). But the receiver is just top notch.
    14 out of 14 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Onkyo HT-S780

    Written By richard, Kernersville, NC on Sunday, December 18, 2005
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    I purchased the HT-S780 to replace a stereo system which was 18 years old in which the floor standing speakers finally gave out. I read reviews about several systems. I found that most people were overwhelmingly favorable to Onkyo and in particular this system. I found that this system also had the most reviews. I received the system in two days from Crutchfield. As all say the box is heavy, over 100 pounds. That is because the receiver is well built and made of steel and speakers are wood (not plastic). For those who remember when things were made of quality steel and not plastic.

    I took the advice of the reviewers and upgraded to coax and 14 gauge speaker wire. I read the instructions first then started the task of putting it together and connecting it to my HDTV. I turned it on and it worked the first time. Then made minor adjustments.

    I am not an "audiophile" but I know what I like and this system was not a disappointment. Sound on the DVD "Timeline" and "The Time Machine" was fantastic.

    I found that most of the reviews were correct: System runs very hot, the speakers are "blockish," not pretty but heavy and have good sound (not made of plastic) considering the price for the system and that upgrading the wire is a good choice.

    The only thing I found awkward was connecting the speaker wires to the receiver. If you have arthritis it may be a bit frustrating since they are very close together.
    7 out of 8 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Excellent all in one

    Written By Jamie, Clemmons, N.C. on Saturday, December 17, 2005
     
    I purchased this system a couple of weeks ago and installed it instantly (very easy to hook it up). The sound is great the options are great. I have viewed several different movies to test the sound. I am impressed to say the least. The reason I did not get it a five star rating is the speaker size. The front, and center speakers are little bulky. The other four speakers are ok. In all system sounds great but if size is a concern you might not want this one.
    4 out of 6 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Review of Onkyo HT-780

    Written By Alan, Harrisonburg, VA on Friday, December 16, 2005
     
    After some extensive research on all in one systems I chose to go with the Onkyo unit because I have been pleased with products that I have purchased from Onkyo in the past. I was skeptical as to the quality of the speakers that I would be receiving in this unit because as a general rule, all in one systems usually do not have the best materials in their speakers. I can honestly say that I have been pleased with the quality. The front three speakers and sub are put together well and sound really good. As for the rears they are made of a little cheaper material but overall sound decent. You will definitely want to upgrade your speaker wire as the supplied cables are really cheap. I have played War of the Worlds and Lord of the Rings on this system and it will literally drive you out of the room. The bass is sharp and clean and the speakers sound good but are harsh at times. Overall for the price you can't beat this system and in the future if you want to upgrade your speakers the receiver is top notch. Great buy for the money!

    P.S. Good luck in getting it out of the box because it is packed in there good.
    11 out of 12 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Onkyo HT-S780

    Written By William, Florida on Friday, December 16, 2005
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    YOU ARE HERE! This unit is not going to be the loudest. Im not into goin deaf though. More then enough boom for my room 16'x20' and open to my Kitchen. Clean sound is what im so happy about. I did upgrade all my cables and wire by my own choice. I thank Crutchfield support for spending 30 mins or more with me going through every single piece of equipment i had to ensure we got the right stuff and correct amount. Its great to hear Star cruisers comming from Back right to front left as it moves like that on screen. Thank you again Crutchfield and also to the other ppl that sent in a review. Well worth $!!!
    4 out of 6 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Great Sound, Great Value, Great Service

    Written By bapsplat, Lincoln, NE on Monday, December 12, 2005
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    After doing extensive research I finally decided on this model. Then I started looking for the lowest price, Cruthfield came through on this one, plus free shipping. It arrived in three days. I set up the receiver and was a little worried that I'd never be able to figure out how to operate it. But, Onkyo provided excellent instructions. After getting everything hooked up I was extremely happy that the receiver automatically switches to the proper surround sound mode, and finer adjustments can be made by the listener if one chooses. The sound quality and the bass is exactly what I was looking for. I've started watching all my DVD's over again, just so I can enjoy them with a whole new auditory experience. It's like getting a bunch of new movies. Thank you Crutchfield for carrying such great products to choose from.
    7 out of 8 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    WOW!!

    Written By Chris, Michigan on Friday, December 09, 2005
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    THIS SYSTEM ROCKS!!! I had doubts about this system because of the price but listen, YOU WILL LOVE IT. My house is rumbling right now watching starwars.....Chris
    6 out of 8 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Onkyo for Home theatre

    Written By Phillip, Wilmington, NC on Saturday, December 03, 2005
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    Got this unit a few weeks ago and delayed the review until I could put it through its paces. Didn't install with the included wiring. Read some reviews that recommended thicker guage wiring and went with that.

    As for how this system, performs - Great! Tested initially with ROTS (Opening battle scene) and with LOTR. You can feel the ground rumble and the sound whiz by you. Great system for the price. Plenty of connections available for component, optical, and cable. Only complaint is the lack of HDMI/DVI but for the price, that's asking for a lot.

    Would highly recommend this system for sound quality and an excess of connections. In fact, the only real problem that I had was unpacking the pieces. Very well protected but wedged in the box tightly.
    8 out of 8 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    WHAT MORE CAN YOU ASK...???

    Written By Rafael, Orlando, FL on Thursday, December 01, 2005
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    well, i just got this system about 3-days ago...as soon as i got it, i installed it and connected all the cables.
    after a little mishap with the sound (don't worry it was my own fault), in which a very nice CRUTCHFIELD Rep, help me in the problem...a little observance, when you finished connecting the cables dont forget to turn on the "speaker A" in the receiver!
    then i put star wars episode III as a test (the openning scene with the battle) and Terminator 2 (the opening scene) and Saving Private Ryan (the D-day battle)....wow! what a sound, my sister came to my room and she said that from her wall she can hear the sound...awesome!
    well, i just put the listening mode as DTS neo6...and its fantastic...very high-def...when i brought the system i also brought the sub-woofer thx cables...still slowly i will change the speakers to something more robust, but before i put the new cables, the cables that comes with the system will be more than enough....is an awesome system and the price, you can beat that!
    6 out of 7 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Onkyo HT-S780

    Written By justhere, Blacksburg on Monday, November 21, 2005
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    This is a very solid system, a great deal for less than 500 dollars.
    3 out of 6 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Onkyo HT-S780

    Written By Erich, San Antonio, Texas on Monday, November 14, 2005
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    Awesome in a box. When it's all setup and ready to go you're in for a real treat. Pop in any DVD you have on hand, crank it up, and prepare to be fully immersed in the experience! I can't believe the price I paid for it and the FREE shipping! Crutchfield, you rock!
    3 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent system....for the money

    Written By Daniel, Gulfport, MS on Monday, September 19, 2005
     
    I agree with a few aspects of another's review, but I would like to say that for the money this system has proven to be more than what one would hope to get for under $500. Onkyo is known for its fabulously built receivers, and this one is no exception. The optical switching for inputs was something that I think should have been changed, but it is a small quirk. The speakers handle exceptionally well, and yes they do sound underpowered. However, this is mainly due to their sensitivity; once you get into the higher wattage range they really kick in. The 10" subwoofer absolutely shakes the room I have it in, and beyond that if my wife is watching a movie in our den I am fully aware of it outside the house. The number of inputs and the speakers ability to reproduce some lower registers (especially compared to several other makes of home theater speaker systems) really make the system worthwhile, although it may not play as loudly as some other systems. I believe the speakers' range and their ability to tie action to the screen in realistic detail makes up for their low sensitivity. I firmly believe the pluses this system gives you overwhelmingly overpower the negatives. The only way you are going to beat this setup is to invest a much more substantial amount of money in a component system. In fact, I liked it so much I bought one for my brother and my parents.
    36 out of 36 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    dollar to quality ratio = unbeatable

    Written By goodrick75, Indianapolis, IN on Tuesday, September 06, 2005
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    I scoured the internet for about 3 weeks before purchasing this system. I've been convinced about Onkyo quality for years over other similarly priced products. I didn't, though, know about Onkyo Speakers. I have been very impressed with the HT-S780 system. These speakers seem to be an upgrade over previous Onkyo models. They truly deliver quality sound, and "vanish" in the darkness of Home Theater. They can take a beating too, with great response.

    Receiver is very functional. It won't be top-of-the-line forever, but it gives the novice room to grow in the future, with many spots for adding all kinds of digital audio and HD video equipment. I intend to own this system for 10 years +.

    I am very pleased with all aspects of this buy !
    Note: speaker wire is the only upgrade needed. Even the "cheap stuff" here and elsewhere is a GREAT improvement to the dental floss provided.

    Cheers Crutchfield and Onkyo !!!
    25 out of 25 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent system!

    Written By bob, Yourtown,VA on Friday, August 12, 2005
     
    I don't know what that other person is talking about, but I bought this system and it is awesome. It came with a 230W powered sub and that sub shakes the house.For the price nothing can touch this system!
    24 out of 30 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Better than I expected

    Written By James, Sebring, FL on Monday, August 01, 2005
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    I just recently put together a new entertainment center and was looking for the perfect sound system. This model absolutely was the right pick. For the money you cannot beat the sound quality and power that this system provides. It also has the inputs required to run just about everything so running the system is not complicated. Cruthchfield was very instrumental in helping me with this selection and my salesperson, Clay, really gave me the advice I needed. If you are in the market for a sound system and you have some space, this is the one to use.
    34 out of 42 people found this helpful
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    1 out of 5

    Not very happy

    Written By Star, Westchester, NY on Sunday, July 17, 2005
     
    This product fails to meet expectations. I can't believe the advertised specifications after trying this unit out for my self.

    Here are the low points:
    1) Speakers are definitely not high end
    2) The subwoofer is weak (yes I have it configured correctly). Where is the booming, house shaking bass that one would expect for a 150W powered woofer?
    3) Limited audio tuning
    4) Cannot toggle optical inputs with remote control
    5) Seems generally underpowered for 100+ watts per channel

    I would either go with a standalone onkyo receiver or Denon. This seems to be a watered down version (sorry to be so negative, but it's true)
    93 out of 196 people found this helpful
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