Pair Onkyo's HT-S790 with your existing DVD player and start enjoying enveloping, realistic home theater sound. This system includes a receiver, seven surround sound speakers, and a powered subwoofer. Its high-performance receiver provides strong, clear audio. By reducing signal noise in the early stages of processing, before the signal is amplified and passed on to the speakers, the 'S790 delivers noticeably more precise sound. Plus, a high-current amplifier design enables the receiver to give intense sound effects the punch and power they're meant to have. You'll enjoy accurate, natural sound for all your movies, music, video games, and more.

The 'S790 is a great choice for XM Satellite Radio fans, since it can tune in over 170 XM channels full of music, sports, news, and more. Just add an optional XM Mini-Tuner package and an XM subscription.

Product Highlights:

    • 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)
    • Dolby Digital Plus and DTS-HD ready with 7.1-channel analog inputs
    • XM Satellite Radio Ready (requires XM subscription and optional XM Mini-Tuner package)
    • XM HD Surround-compatible
    • 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 video)
    • 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" cone woofer 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 230-watt amplifier
    • 10-7/8"W x 20-7/16"H x 16-13/16"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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    Written By Trent, Maine on Wednesday, May 02, 2007

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    This is my first home theater system. I consulted with a buddy of mine who is an audiophile, and a Crutchfield regular, and he reviewed the specs for this system and said for the money, it's the best I could buy. After consulting with the Crutchfield sales team, I made the purchase. Unbelievably - I had the system 3 days later. The only thing I did was buy 16ga speaker wire (future proofing, and I needed some longer wire).

    The sound is unreal - and the size of the speakers keeps the other half very happy if you catch my drift! My buddy came over to hear the system and he couldn't believe it - he said this system sounds as good, if not better than his system - and I will tell you he spent a liberal amount of money on his.

    My overall experience with this system and Crutchfield could not be better.

    Amazing Sound Quality ( From Computer Media Center)

    Written By Nate, New Hampshire on Saturday, April 28, 2007

    AMAZING sound quality. I experienced problems at first because my computer's sound card didn't support 7.1 channel surround sound. A $50 surround sound card fixed everything and now I'm enjoying full multi channel surround sound. It's just incredible. By far the best value for what you get. The listening modes are amazing. You can customize every aspect of the speakers from their default Db Levels and their 'distance' from center. Very versatile! I'm no less than 110% impressed with what I got.

    "The" perfect system

    Written By ryan06, Ohio on Monday, April 23, 2007

    I bought this system to replace a 3 piece speaker system on my computer nad wow, what a difference. I have read other reviews that this system had blown away some Bose models and I certainly believe it. The cables are color coded and very easy to hook up. The receiver itself is very user friendly (to me anyway). The subwoofer is powered so it has tons of kick to it. The nice thing about the system is that yes, it can take up to 1000 watts to run, but when you turn it off, its off, no power used. It also has an auto tuning function built in for the FM radio tuner so you get true stereo and the best reception possible. And for the price, this is a great deal. But just a warning, the box was huge, but you would expect that of a system with a lot of parts :-).

    Best Buy. Period.

    Written By Bill, Canandaigua, NY on Saturday, April 14, 2007

    I purchased this system on 4-11-07. It arrived three days later. To make it brief, you're not going to find many (if any at all) HTIB's that defeat this system for it's price. But it's not just 'price'. The sound quality is right on par with that of a few thousand-dollar systems out there. Like many others, I do recommend that you upgrade to a 16ga or better wire to fully appreciate the sound quality. It was easy to hook-up and has many adjustments/settings to suit anyone's needs. 7.1 HTIB with 770 satellite watts and 230 more going to the subwoofer that sounds excellent for under $500. Need I say more?


    Written By BUD, NORCO, CALIF..(WHERE?) on Monday, April 09, 2007

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    Great music, TV and DVD's--takes a little time to set up, but once you get what you need and have a plan it goes together very well. Sound it alive and exciting. I recomend the both the System and the service provided by Crutchfield's

    Onkyo HT-S790

    Written By Zach, West Milford, NJ on Monday, April 09, 2007

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    This system is great. The sound quality and performance surprises me everytime. I love watching movies on it or just listening to music. This system has definately surpassed my expectations!!! Now I just need to get a better TV and new DVD player to match the exceptional quality of this system.

    Onkyo HT-S790

    Written By no, mark on Saturday, April 07, 2007

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    i bought this system its great the only thing i deed was through out the wire that they send it was way to small i bought 14 gauge wire 168 strands made all the different in the sound worth buying i am glad i bought it

    Awsome product

    Written By George, Long Island, NY on Sunday, April 01, 2007

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    Incredible sound, easy set up. Awsome price from Crutchfield with very quick (3 days till I received it) shipping.

    Only negative the speaker wires shipped are too thin. Upgrade to real speaker wire to fully appreciate what this product has to offer.

    Great Home Theater

    Written By Pleas, Gatlinburg TN on Saturday, March 24, 2007

    Easy to hook up sounds great...............

    Onkyo HT-S790

    Written By Hill, Elkins,WV on Friday, March 16, 2007

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    I am very Happy with our Onkyo HT-S790 Black purchase, after searching and looking at reviews bought this system and couldn't be happier. The price was in the range I wanted to spend and the sound is great we are really Enjoying it. the speakers are bigger than our older system but well worth it for it sounds super, I matched this to an Onkyo dv-cp704 6 disc dvd changer and we have Hours of Home theater Enjoyment. had to do over I would buy it again! Thanks.

    Onkyo HT-S790

    Written By Harry, Peachtree City, Ga. on Sunday, March 04, 2007

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    Before purchasing the Onkyo HT-790, I read the reviews on this and similar products. I installed the system myself and am very pleased with the quality of the sound both through viewing movies via DVD and music via CD's. I do recommend upgrading the speaker wires (I did not even try the ones that came with the unit) for top quality sound. I fished my wires through walls, etc and figured going thru that effort warranted the best wires!!

    Onkyo - HTS790

    Written By Randy, Williamsburg, Va on Tuesday, February 27, 2007

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    I purchased this system in the end of December 2006 after having read many other reviewers comments about other home theater systems compared to this one. They were all right on the money in terms of the outstanding quality sound this unit produces and how it makes watching DVD's even more enjoyable. While it took a little time to figure out the placement of all the speakers in an open floor plan designed room and calibrate the volume levels, it was worth every moment. I went along with the recommendation of upgrading the speaker wires to 16 gauge and an audio cable for the subwoofer.It made the sound performance even better, from what was already great. Overall, an excellent Home Theater system for the value under $500.

    The Crutchfield tech's and sales people were great to talk with and answered all my questions very well. My thanks to them and you will be hearing from me on my next HDTV purchase.

    Onkyo HT-S790

    Written By macandmall, Yellowstone on Monday, February 19, 2007

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    I was looking at building my own system, but read the reviews for the 790, and decided to try it. I have NO regrets. It sounds phenominal. Cars movie sounds awesome, and so does Nascar, just watched the Daytona 500. It sounds better than any music system I've had. Try all channel stereo for music.
    Steve C

    Onkyo HT-S790

    Written By Sean, Fort Worth, Texas on Monday, February 19, 2007

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    What an awesome system! This package sounds just like, if not better than the systems that cost 3 or 4 times as much. I watched a war movie and totally felt like I was on the battlefield. I could not be happier with this Onkyo product. The speakers really hit all of the levels of the audio spectrum. The sub woofer will make your bones rattle.

    Mind Blowing Loudness!

    Written By Brandon, Durango, CO on Monday, February 05, 2007

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    I just bought this system a week ago, had the opportunity to watch Reign of Fire as a demo. WOW! I had the subwoofer volume on the back turned up all the way and then backed off a bit, didn't want to take the chance of rattling my sub. Needless to say there was no rattling and the movie sounded so intense that it was scarry. Everytime the dragon would breath fire, the bass let me know that it,(the dragon), was there with me in the room. I have owned other surround sound systems before this one and the sound, bass and clarity of high frequencies do not compare. It also helps if you have good speaker cables, (Monster THX Certified), and a digital connection between the receiver and your source like an optical digital cable. I hands down recommend this product because of the capabilities of the speakers and a receiver that can dish out the wattage that they are meant to have. And oh, music, sweet music sounds awesome on this system too.

    Terrific value for money

    Written By Dean, Lost in Suburbia on Wednesday, January 31, 2007

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    My wife hates "my" new Onkyo HTIB! And not because she thinks the speakers are too big (though she did grump at how I wired the surround speakers). No, she doesn't like the new sound power when the kids and I are watching a movie through this puppy (for that matter, the puppy doesn't like it either). But hey, I got it for me - and it was a long time in coming. This is my first home theater system, so it is difficult to compare, but I have watched the odd movie at vacation rental homes equipped with top brand name HTIBs - and been very unimpressed. None of those come even close to what I'm now loving in my Onkyo. And who'd have thunk you could get this kind of sound for under $500 (well, okay, by the time I bought all the cables and wall mounts for the speakers it might've been a bit over $500)! I'm not sure I'll bother with a movie theater again (at least not for the sound experience - certainly not for the popcorn).
    I do have a minor beef about the set up. Remember that I'm new to anything more than 2 speakers. I didn't think I was getting enough surround from the default settings, so I hunted through the manual to figure out how to adjust the levels. You need to choose the surround speaker size (so it sets the right low frequency cutoff). But the manual doesn't tell you what size the cones are, and you can't take the grills off the surround speakers to measure them yourself. Looks like the manual was written for the receiver independently of the speakers that are part of the HT-S790 package. If only I'd realized that that size info is right here on Crutchfield...

    Intuitive for novice

    Written By Rick, Rochester, NY on Wednesday, January 31, 2007

    This is the first stereo system I've ever owned for my house, and I'll say its a pretty sweet setup. I like the color coded wiring, and the test tone function. I wish the speakers weren't so big though...

    I'm not sure I like the Standby feature on the subwoofer. It makes a pop noise as it turns on and off, that gets distracting after a while.

    I'm glad that I went with Crutchfield, with the holiday discounts and the additioanl $20 refer a friend coupon.

    Overall, I'm very happy with my purchase, and probably dont appreciate it as much as the audiophiles out there.

    Sub Not 230W

    Written By Pablo, Minot AFB, ND on Tuesday, January 30, 2007

    I have the previous model (HT-S780) which has most of the same features as the HT-S790 and I love it. It definitely sounds like a more expensive unit. One thing I noticed the other day, when I was moving the sub around for some cleaning I heard something rattling inside so I opened it up and discovered that my kids had tossed in some toys. That's not all I discovered. When I disconnected the sub from the cables, I noticed that the sub's magnet was stamped with something like 80W MAX or some figure far from the 230W MAX it's supposed to be. Even though the bass is nice and strong, it's still wrong to advertise a sub as being 230W just because the amp can put that much out, even though the sub itself is not rated for that much power. I just figured both the sub amp and the subwoofer would both be rated at 230W MAX.

    Onkyo HT-S790

    Written By Sang, Los Angeles, CA on Saturday, January 27, 2007

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    My neighbor bought the Bose Lifestyles system yet seemed unsatisfied. He came over, I put in Saving Private Ryan in my DVD player, and after just minutes into the movie, he got up, went home, packed up his $1500 system and returned it the next day. Then he bought an Onkyo from Crutchfield!

    Great home theater system

    Written By Kit, Moses Lake WA. on Tuesday, January 23, 2007

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    I had previously purchased a JVC home theater system. It was about $80.00 less than the Onkyo HT-S790 however the difference in quality was at least worth double the price in my opinion. Everything on the Onkyo says built to last and built to perform well. Controlls are intuitive and easy. Hook up all makes sense for a non tech type person like me. Plain and simple the Onkyo did exactly what I bought it for and I think it will be with me for years to come. I recomend this system because I love it personally.

    Fantastic Value

    Written By Pat, Aiken, SC on Tuesday, January 23, 2007

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    Have had this system since mid-December 2006. I am currently using the reveiver; the left, right, and center speakers; and the subwoofer. I am continuing to use my existing surround speakers so I cannot speak for the surround speakers.

    This system well exceeded my expectations, both as a home theatre and music system. Tremendous sensitivity and separation. Hearing sounds I have never heard with my previous system. Outstanding power and accuracy even at high volume.

    No problems with shipping or setup. You will need better speaker wire as others have pointed out. Using the receiver as a switcher for video did not work out well for me. Better picture on my Westy 47" LCD HD monitor with direct connections to the monitor from the DVD and HD cable box.

    All of my future business will be with Crutchfield. They are just so far ahead of the competition it's unbelievable.

    This system is a GREAT buy! You will not regret this purchase from Crutchfield.

    Great System, Excellent Deal!

    Written By TerryL, Albuquerque, NM on Tuesday, January 16, 2007

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    This amazing system is awesome! Onkyo truly gives value for the money and has the first-time home theater consumer in mind. Unless you are color blind, one can't mess up while connecting this system - the speakers, wire and receiver terminals are all color coded.
    A large, color map is included for hooking everything up. With the exception of the digital audio input selection everything is obvious! My wife and I had speakers, wire and AV components connected in less than 90 minutes. Another 45 minutes was needed to program the universal remote and calibrate the speaker gain and position.
    I tested the system with "The Matrix" DVD. Oh WOW!!! What a treat! My wife and I are so happy we chose this system and are completely satisfied with Cruthchfield's handleing of our order and free shipping.
    In my opinion you can't go wrong with Onkyo or Cruthfield.

    Great Product; Greater Value

    Written By Shaun, Kansas City, MO on Monday, January 15, 2007

    I received this system a few weeks ago for the holidays and have been extremely impressed. Re-wired speakers with 16-gauge Monster XP wire and am using a set of optical digital wires from my dvd player to A/V receiver for movies. The sound is sharp and crisp and the receiver supports many of the popular Dolby Digital/DTS 5.1 - 7.1 formats. Haven't really even had the need to adjust volume of subwoofer up beyond around 1/4 of the way up very rich sounds that fill up my small recreational room.

    A little annoying is the fact that you have to re-set each speaker channels settings every time you turn off the receiver to what you had before, but that's a minor complaint for such a great value.

    Can't beat it for an entry level system that will undoubtably sound better than quite a few of the more expensive custom component based systems out there.

    Even Better than 780

    Written By Javier, Lake County, IN on Wednesday, January 03, 2007

    The system is amazing the receiver is a power house, in fact i kept the receiver and upgraded the speakers. It is truly an amazing sound system that my house mates complain that the volume is too high but then i let them know i only have it at about 1/3 full power. This is a truly great buy.

    Onkyo HT-S790

    Written By 2006 Honda Accord, Charlottesville, Va on Tuesday, January 02, 2007

    I received this system for Christmas because I blew my system I had in my dorm room at college. I hooked the system up and for a room that is only about 15'X13' it really bumps. Being on a fraternity hall it is nice to drown out some of the other noise. I have been a customer of Crutchfield ever since I was little and bought my first mini disk player. The customer service is great, and when you go in the store, there is always someone there to help with plenty of knowledge. Thanks.

    A powerhouse of a system

    Written By Aaron, Bentonville, AR on Friday, December 29, 2006

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    This system unleashes a tidal wave of sound! I'm very impressed with this system. It took me about an hour to install, and I didn't even have to consult the manual for any help with installation. I played around with it for a few hours customizing all the sound modes and boosting the bass and treble, this system brings movies to life. This is my first Onkyo purchase, as well as my first Crutchfield purchase, so they both get an A+ in my book.

    Very Good Deal

    Written By Scooter, Hattiesburg, MS on Saturday, December 16, 2006

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    This is a very good bargain for the quality and sound you receive in this system.

    The only drawbacks thus far, are

    1)The surround speakers seem very directional. You need to have them mounted in the right position to hear correctly

    2)The surround speakers mounting brackets need to be slightly altered to mount them. The holes need to be slightly rasped out for a no.6 screw to fit thru the hole. I personally rasped the slide hole out, and had to take the bracket OFF the speaker to get the screw behind the bracket. Slightly bothersome, but not something that I would let deter me from purchasing this system.

    The front and center speakers seem to be very well shielded, and sitting very close to my TV, they give no interference or color blots. I have them sitting roughly 3 inches from the monitor.

    The receiver works great, although it does produce a LOT of heat. I would not recommend anyone putting this unit inside a small closed space. It needs plenty of ventilation and/or a fan. The top of the unit gets extremely hot to the touch.

    If you are going to use this system in a medium to large room, pick up some speaker wire. The speaker wire that comes with this system isn't very long for the surround speakers. Grab some 50 to 100 ft roles of 18 gauge and you should be good to go.

    Overall, great sounding unit for the price. Much better than spending for an 'all in one' system that has lesser sound. Get this, and then buy a dvd to accompany it, for much better sound for your system.

    High, High Quality... Low, Low Price

    Written By Wade, Ogden, UT on Wednesday, December 13, 2006

    I bought this system as a graduation present for college. I did a lot of research because I wanted a good system that would be upgradable, but only had about $500-600 that I could spend. I settled on this one after reading on Crutchfield, ConsumerReports, and various other online opinion sites. I also went to a few local electronics stores and tried different systems in their "theater rooms". The price was great and for 7.1 audio it cant be beat.
    I can honestly say that it was worth all the research time and money spent. I have a fairly small room (20x14) and the sound quality is amazing. I will try and list some pros and cons. I have had the system for 4 months now and have never regretted the purchase.

    1)Full-surround sound. Not only on movies, but TV and video games. I have optical (Monster) cables from my DVD and PS2 and the sound quality is great.
    2)Easy set up. I took the advice of many reviewers and used upgraded wire from that which came with the system (16ga) and the instructions made it very easy. [Its even easier with included wire as it is color coded].
    3)Many surround options and digital processing.
    4)User-friendly remote that operates many systems. The remote works with my Sony DVD, Sony TV and ComCast Cable without any trouble.

    1)As mentioned before, it does run a little hot. I am an avid gamer and play for 3-4 hours at a time sometimes and it never has gotten as hot that you wouldnt want to touch it though.
    2)Poor quality wires included.
    3)Takes a while to get used to switching sources, especially if Audio set up is independant of Video like mine. I didnt use my reciever for any Video feeds,

    Onkyo HT-S790

    Written By William, GARDEN GROVE, CA. on Saturday, December 02, 2006

    DVD'S AND CD'S JUST COME ALIVE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    LOVE IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    outstanding system and service!

    Written By harvey, fort worth,texas on Wednesday, November 08, 2006

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    I am no audio expert,but if you can find a better sound system for under 500 bucks,let me know!The room that I set this up in is a 20X22 den area.It completly fills the room with great surround ,with no hint of any distortion.
    i have been a little leary of really crankin it might blow the windows out.
    Crutchfield was very prompt with the order ( a 3 workday turnaround!).also i would like to say the Crutchfield web site is very helpful..chocked with a lot of information...thanks!!

    First HTIB - Great Experience

    Written By Michael, Cordova, TN on Sunday, November 05, 2006

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    1. Shipping: Well packaged - some damage to box and Styrofoam, but it protected the contents well.
    2. Installation: Instructions were simple to follow and wiring was dummy-proof (color-coded). Worst part was disconnecting existing equipment and dusting behind it all (LOL).
    3. Use: Up and running in no time. Operation of the receiver, as well as the remote was easy and intuitive. I took advantage of channel B by connecting up my six speaker pairs wired through the house. I used an external selector switch to make wiring simple. I can easily switch between CH A/B and really do not miss the 7.1 when using the B channel (receiver goes to 5.1 to power the B channel).
    4. Sound: I am a total novice at setting up the speakers, but even on the first try, was able to get a fairly good balance in our hearth room. I'll have to figure out how to get it just right, then will permanently mount the speakers. The sound is extremely good from these speakers. They are not as sexy as on other models I've seen, but would rather have the quality.
    5. Looks: I am grateful for the color choice between silver or black.
    6. FM: Only negative statement is the sad FM antenna that comes with the system. True, it isn't worse than what competitor's ship, so not really a bad mark. I simply added a non-amplified aftermarket AM/FM antenna and it did the trick.
    7. Overall impression: I got a great deal for a quality HTIB that is 7.1. It gives me the flexibility to drive the home speakers when I entertain and has other features we are not ready for (XM Radio). If you aren't sure, you most likely will not make a mistake by going with this one. I am very happy with our choice!

    Simply the best sound for the money!

    Written By Jim, Thorne Bay, Alaska on Friday, November 03, 2006

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    This, by far, is one of the easiest systems to set up and run that I have ever seen. The remote truely is a dream to program and use to run all your components.

    I ran the system right out of the box for about a week with the cables included from the factory and quickly HEARD what other reviewers of this system have talked about: replace them with some good Monster speaker wire and a quality subwoofer in-line cable and get some terrific sound out of an already great system!

    I honestly don't think you can beat the quality sound and features of this HTIB without jumping into the $1200.00, or higher, price range.

    I cannot give the Crutchfield crew enough KUDOS! Adam in tech-support, Brian, Lex and Conrad in sales...Great Service!! I'll be back.

    Great deal, great sound

    Written By Anonymous, Boston,MA on Monday, October 02, 2006

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    Like other reviewers, I chose the Onkyo HT-S790 based on extensive research on HTIB's (Home theatres in a box). I had already spent most of my home theatre budget on a plasma tv (Panasonic 42", awesome by the way) and was not looking to pay alot for the audio system. Onkyo receivers have always been highly rated and the one in this package is usually $300 on its own. Throw in 7 speakers and a subwoofer and you've got an excellent deal for an HTIB. I'm still tweaking with the settings but have found the right ones for sports and concerts. The surround speakers are average so substituted some I've been using on a old system. The front and center speakers and sub are very responsive and loud! Great system on a nice budget!

    This is a spectacular deal.

    Written By pete, Newton, MA on Friday, September 22, 2006

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    For quite some time I've been hoping to get my hands on a good home theater system, so I've been doing research for quite a while. Onkyo was a brand I certainly had on my 'list' for receivers, and the reviews for this HTIB caught my eye. I opted to upgrade to MonsterXP speaker wire since the common weakness of an HTIB is the low grade wire included.

    I have to say, this system is fantastic. Installation was easy (though I stuck with 5.1, no room for the rear surrounds). I plan to run my spare satellites elsewhere in the house to use as the 'B' speakers. From DVDs to CDs to cable to my Ipod and even just FM reception, the sound produced by this system exceeds all of my expectations. Watching Braveheart and LOTR is a whole new experience, and I really do get that 'movie theater feel' at home now.

    I never expected such high power, clarity, and standard features from a HTIB. Kudos to Onkyo! And did I mention the crazy fast, free, 3 day shipping from Crutchfield? Outstanding.

    What a shocker

    Written By Andrew, Chesapeake, VA on Monday, September 18, 2006

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    When I was shopping for a home entertainment system I noticed all the others (well most of them) included a DVD player. I wanted a stand alone unit so if the DVD broke I was not up a creek. In this case I saw the price was really attractive and it did not have a DVD player. When I hooked it up I realized I got an INCREDIBLE piece of equipment for my money. This is one step under THX certification. The sound is pristine and clear. The remote is userfriendly enough that my wife has no issue using it at all. The display is clear and easy to read as well. I am shocked that it was as inexpensive as it was. Great job Onkyo and Crutchfield. This is why I am a repeat purchaser from here.


    Written By C-Dirty, Parkersburg, WV on Saturday, September 16, 2006

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    I was VERY against buying this surround sound. The main reason I was so against it was the price. I am a college student, and money can be pretty tough to come by. After searching for the "right" surround sound for about 2 months, this is the only one that exceeded my expectations. I went out on a limb and purchased it... For anyone wanting to by a new surround sound, PURCHASE THIS ONE. It is absolutely AMAZING.
    If you DO decide to purchase it, keep in mind that you should probably buy some monster speaker wire, a monster subwoofer cable and monster fiber optic (or hdmi) cable to hook the surround up with. The cables that come with the system are too weak for the system and you won't be able to get the fully potential out of it.
    So pretty much, if you're looking for a system to by, look no further! I am convinced that this is the best HT system on the market under $1000.

    Great System

    Written By Ryan, New York on Thursday, August 24, 2006

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    The HT-S790 is a great system for the price. It delivers a loud and crystal clear sound through the 7 speakers. It has enough digital plugs in the back, 3 optical and 1 coax digital for all your equipment needs. I have a cable box, dvd player, computer, and a playstation2 all hooked up digitally. It is very easy to use and very customizable.

    They should include the hardware for hanging the 4 surround and rear surround speakers. Other than that, great system!

    Excellent sounding system

    Written By Jack, Raleigh, NC on Monday, July 24, 2006

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    Bought this system for my daughter's townhouse and found it to be excellent in sound and features. It actually sounds better than my home system costing over $10,000. Easy to use user interface and setup. 110 RMS into 7 channels requires a relatively small room, but otherwise, excellent sound. Only criticism is keyhole slots in rear of surrounds are two small for standard #6 screw requiring rasping slot to properly mount.

    What an Awesome Box of Home Theater

    Written By Roger, Onyx, CA on Sunday, July 16, 2006

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    Although I have researched and contemplated getting into a Home Theater system for quite a while, the Onkyo HT-S790, quite simply, blew me away.

    I have had an Onkyo receiver (TS-108) for probably 12 years and it has functioned flawlessly, it is now relegated to the garage. My new Onkyo HT System has skyrocketed my living room into an unreal theater surround experience.

    Although everything in the 100 pound box was color-coded, it took me a good 2 days to neatly wire all components and speakers into my existing DVD, HD Satellite receiver, etc. But, I was fairly anal about wiring the system entirely thru my basement so that no speaker wires are visable. The installation looks great and sounds even better.

    I give this system my unconditional endorsement!

    great system for the price

    Written By njbrideau, ithaca, ny on Wednesday, June 28, 2006

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    I was thinking about buying either an HTIB or assembling a seperate component system for a number of years, and when I saw the specs on the 790 system I had found my match.

    For the price, you will definitely get a good number of features. The unit does get quite hot, so be careful where you want to install it. The receiver has plenty of inputs and can be used with higher end speakers if you are not satisfied with the stock ones. The 4 surround speakers are weak, but I don't really expect much out of surround speakers anyway.

    The sound is unbelievable. I have it set up in my apartment and I can hear it word for word down the street. The many built in EQ options (including setting individual speaker distance and volume) allow you to customize the sound for your needs (movies, music, video games etc) and for the size of the room. The sub is impressive and I actually have it at about 60 percent volume most of the time. For a 10 inch sub, it handles a wider range of frequencies than I anticipated. I listen to many genres of music, and they all sound pretty good, though I agree with another reviewer that the midrange is weak.

    Overall I definitely recommend this product, and Crutchfield is great about shipping and customer service.

    Onkyo HT-S790

    Written By Bruce, Concord, CA on Friday, May 12, 2006

    I purchased this system in January '06. For the features and the price, it is hard to beat the system (i.e, 7.1 channels,Dolby® Digital EXT, DTS®-ES, etc.) I have it set up with a Panasonic LCD HD projector TV and an 81" electric projection screen. I was on a restricted budget and did the entire system for about half the price of a 50+" HD flat panel TV.

    I am rock/blues guitarist and a pro audio enthusiast, so I may be overly critical when it comes to audio sound mixes. The one area I feel this system falls short in is the midrange response. No matter how I configure the audio and EQ settings, the midrange seems to be lacking. I am not sure if this a function of the speakers or the reciever. My 15 Year old Yamaha prologic receiver, in combination with Polk surround sound speakers, had much better midrange response.

    With that said, other non-audiophiles that hear the Onkyo system with the 81" HD projector think it is great!

    Crutchfield Service is the Best & Quick shipping too!

    Onkyo HT-S790

    Written By Michael, Tucson, AZ on Thursday, May 04, 2006

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    I bought the HT-S780 and there were some issues with the product, so I waited for the HT-S790 to be released.

    The stellar performance of the HT-S790 is more than I expected. With the ability to adapt the sound through many different controls I have a sound system as good as being right in the theater.

    My father bought a Bose system at around $4000 and my $500 system blows it away. The sound from the HT-S790 is much more true than his and he has made his mind up to convert to Onkyo.

    You can not beat the HT-S790 performance verses price in a HTIB and it sounds as good or better than my friends systems that were put together with high end separate components (some systems professionally designed).

    I recommend this product 100%.

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    • HT-R540 A/V Receiver
    • 2 SKF-540F Front speakers
    • 1 SKC-540C Center channel speaker
    • 2 SKM-540S Surround satellite speakers
    • 2 SKB-540 Surround Back satellite speakers
    • 1 SKW-540 Powered subwoofer
    • RC-649M Wireless remote control
    • 2 "AA" batteries
    • 1 AM loop antenna
    • 1 FM wire antenna
    • Speaker terminal tool
    • 9.5' Mono subwoofer cable (RCA)
    • One 9.85' Length of speaker wire (each length of speaker wire has tinned bare wire on each end)
    • Two 14.77' lengths of speaker wire
    • Four 29.5' lengths of speaker wire
    • Instruction Manual
    • Remote control code list
    • Quick Set-up guide
    • Product Registration Card
    • XM Satellite radio information
    • DS-A1 iPod dock information
    • Speaker terminal tool information
    • Optical digital cable connection information

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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-R540 receiver is equipped with 192kHz/24-bit DACs for all channels to decode and play high-resolution recordings.

    XM Satellite Ready: You can listen to XM Satellite Radio by connecting an optional XM antenna designed for XM ready home receivers. A 50' extension cable is available (item # 220CNPEX50) if the antenna's cable is not long enough. XM Satellite Radio offers over 150 commercial-free channels of music, news, sports, comedy, talk, and entertainment to choose from--all in digital quality. During XM playback, you can display the channel number and name, category, artist name, and song title on the front panel. Note: A subscription is required in order to receive XM Satellite Radio.

    iPod Compatible: The DS-A1 or DS-A2 Remote Interactive Dock for iPod (item #'s 580DSA1 and 580DSA2) provide an interface between an iPod digital media player and Onkyo receiver. Once the iPod is docked you can control basic functions such as volume control, play, stop, and skip via the Onkyo system's RI-compatible wireless remote control. The dock also charges the battery in the iPod, and allows you to view digital photos and video on an Onkyo home theater system.

    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 40, 50, 60, 80, 100, 120, 150, and 200 Hz.

    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-R540 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 7.1 multi-channel analog input for use with external multi-channel decoders (DVD-Audio, SACD, etc).

    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.

    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)
      • Dolby Digital + Pro Logic IIx (Movie and Music)
      • Dolby Digital + Neo:6
      • DTS
      • DTS-ES (Discrete and Matrix)
      • DTS 96/24
      • DTS Neo:6 (Cinema and Music)
      • DTS + Dolby EX
      • DTS + Pro Logic IIx (Movie and Music)
      • DTS + Neo:6
      • Neural Surround
    • 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 and subwoofer only, not to the center or surround speakers.

    CinemaFILTER Circuitry: This circuitry provides a subtle high-frequency roll off 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 works with all the Dolby Digital and DTS modes, plus the Dolby Pro Logic II and IIx movie 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-R540 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: 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).

    Neural Surround: Neural Surround has been adopted by XM Satellite Radio for digital radio broadcasts of XM HD Surround recordings and live events in surround sound. Neural Surround employs psychoacoustic frequency domain processing which allows delivery of a more detailed sound stage with superior channel separation and localization of audio elements. Playback is selectable between 5.1 and 7.1 channels.

    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, Video1, etc), but the Tape and Video2 input displays can be changed. Tape can be changed to MD, CDR, or HDD. Video2 can be changed to HDD.

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

    Wireless Remote: The RC-649M 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, PVRs (Personal Video Recorders), TV/DVD combos, TV/VCR combos, Satellite/PVR combos, and cable box/PVR combos.

    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 230 watt powered subwoofer features a 10" front-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 black cloth grille. The speaker's sensitivity is 86 dB (1 watt/1 meter), the crossover point is 4.5 kHz, and they are 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 black cloth grille. The speaker's sensitivity is 86 dB (1 watt/1 meter), its' 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, black cloth grille. The keyhole slot on the back of each enclosure allows you to wall-mount the speakers without any wall brackets. The speaker's sensitivity is 82 dB (1 watt/1 meter), the 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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