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Onkyo HT-S780

7.1-channel home theater audio system (Silver)

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Item #: 580HTS780S

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Onkyo HT-S780

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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.

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.

This is a very solid system, a great deal for less than 500 dollars.

justhere, Blacksburg

What's in the Box:

  • 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

Product 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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    Onkyo HT-S780 Reviews

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    13 Reviews

    This System Rocks for the Price

    Written by: Troy from Pocatello, ID on February 10, 2006

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.<BR><BR>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.<BR><BR>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?<BR><BR>Overall the price and free shipping, this system Rocks and you just can't beat it anywhere!

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    Great Choice!

    Written by: Charles from Wilson, NC on January 9, 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.<BR><BR>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.<BR><BR>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.<BR><BR><BR>

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    Great bang for the buck!

    Written by: Robert from Philadelphia PA on January 7, 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.<BR><BR>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.<BR><BR>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.<BR><BR>Pros:<BR>Great sound, and easy to use. What else do you want or need from a system like this?<BR>Speakers well built and have some weight to them<BR>Cost vs. value<BR>Universal remote that actually works<BR>The packaging this unit was shipped in should get an award, if they have awards for this type of thing.<BR> <BR>Cons:<BR>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.<BR>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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    Great HTIB system

    Written by: brentrynn from Los Angeles, CA on January 2, 2006

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great System for a HTIB you can't beat it. you should buy new wires since the ones included are flimsy.<BR><BR>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.<BR><BR><BR>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.

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    Overall, a pretty good set

    Written by: Jay from San Jose, CA on December 27, 2005

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.<BR><BR>PROS:<BR><BR>* Amazing sound and clarity. Very powerful (110 w per channel).<BR>* Bass is just right -- given that Subwoofer is 250 watts, it just doesn't blare. It is a bottom firing subwoofer.<BR>* Perfect surround.<BR>* 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.<BR>* Remote looks awkward, but it actually works right. <BR>* 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. <BR><BR><BR>CONS:<BR><BR>* Clumsy wiring at the rear of the receiver (inspite of color coding, etc) -- especially when you do the initial wiring.<BR>* The back and side surround speakers follow the traditional design. But sounds good though. Front and center speakers have a newer design.<BR>* FM reception is just okay. May be it is just the antenna. <BR>* 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.<BR><BR>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.<BR>

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    Excellent all in one

    Written by: Jamie from Clemmons, N.C. on 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.

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    Review of Onkyo HT-780

    Written by: Alan from Harrisonburg, VA on 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! <BR><BR>P.S. Good luck in getting it out of the box because it is packed in there good.

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    Written by: William from Florida on December 16, 2005

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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 $!!!

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    Great Sound, Great Value, Great Service

    Written by: bapsplat from Lincoln, NE on December 12, 2005

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    Written by: justhere from Blacksburg on November 21, 2005

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    This is a very solid system, a great deal for less than 500 dollars.

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    Excellent system....for the money

    Written by: Daniel from Gulfport, MS on 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.

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    Excellent system!

    Written by: bob from Yourtown,VA on 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!

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    Better than I expected

    Written by: James from Sebring, FL on August 1, 2005

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.

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    What's in the box?

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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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