Enjoy impressive home theater performance with Onkyo's HT-S894. This system features a DVD player, a separate receiver, five surround speakers and a powered subwoofer to provide engaging, wraparound sound.

Onkyo designed the DVD player to produce a crisp, detailed picture from your favorite movies, TV box sets, and concert videos. If you have an HDTV with an HDMI input, the DVD player upconverts the signal from standard DVDs to match your set's high-definition display. And if your television has only one HDMI input, you'll really appreciate the receiver's HDMI switching capability. This lets you hook up the DVD player and a second high-resolution video component and switch between them easily, while maintaining the best possible picture quality for both.

Digital music fans can add XM Satellite Radio and take advantage of advanced iPod® integration. Get an optional XM Mini-Tuner package and an XM subscription for access to more than 170 digital channels of music, news, talk, and sports. With the addition of Onkyo's DS-A2x dock, you can connect your iPod to the receiver and enjoy your digital music and video library through your home theater system. You can even operate your iPod with the receiver's remote, using menus that display on your TV screen.

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Product Highlights:

    DV-SP404 DVD/CD player:
    • plays DVD-Video, DVD-R & DVD-RW, audio CD, CD-R & CD-RW, and MP3 and WMA CD
    • plays CDs encoded with JPEG digital photos
    • selectable 720p/1080i output via HDMI digital interface (separate adapter available for TVs with DVI input)
    • selectable progressive-scan playback for smoother video with HD-compatible TVs (via the component video output)
    • coaxial digital output for Dolby® Digital/DTS®/PCM
    • 1 set of A/V outputs (composite, S-video, and component)
    • 17-1/8"W x 2-3/8"H x 8-1/2"D
    • designed for use with "Region 1" coded DVDs
    Receiver:
    • built-in Dolby® Digital, DTS® & Dolby Pro Logic® II processing, for surround sound from DVD, VHS, and stereo sources
    • 5-channel amplifier (110 watts x 5, plus 230-watt powered subwoofer)
    • Optimum Gain Volume Circuitry minimizes noise
    • Wide Range Amplifier Technology for high instantaneous current capability
    • 192kHz/24-bit digital-to-analog converters for all channels
    • XM Satellite Radio Ready (requires XM subscription and optional XM Mini-Tuner package)
    • XM HD Surround-compatible
    • iPod compatible with optional DS-A2x iPod dock
    • Audyssey EQ auto calibration (from included remote)
    • 5.1-channel audio input for connecting an SACD or DVD-Audio player
    • HDMI switching capable (2 in, 1 out)
    • high-definition-capable component video switching (3 in, 1 out)
    • 5 A/V inputs (including 5 S-video and 1 front-panel)
    • video output for TV (composite, S-video, component video, and HDMI)
    • digital inputs: 4 optical, 2 coaxial
    • color-coded speaker connectors
    • 17-1/8"W x 6-7/8"H x 14-13/16"D
    Front speakers:
    • video-shielded
    • dual 3-1/8" woofers and a 1" tweeter
    • 6-5/8"W x 13-3/8"H x 3-11/16"D
    Center speaker:
    • video-shielded
    • dual 3-1/8" woofers and a 1" tweeter
    • 13-3/8"W x 6-5/16"H x 3-11/16"D
    Surround speakers:
    • video-shielded
    • dual 3-1/8" woofers and a 1" tweeter
    • 6-5/8"W x 13-3/8"H x 3-11/16"D
    Powered subwoofer:
    • 10" driver
    • bass-reflex enclosure
    • built-in 230-watt amplifier
    • 10-7/8"W x 18-5/8"H x 16-7/8"D
    General:
    • color-coded cables included for 5 speakers and subwoofer
    • audio/video and HDMI cables included
    • remote controls for receiver and DVD player
    • warranty: 2 years (1 year for DVD player)
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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    • HT-R640 A/V Receiver
    • DV-SP404 DVD player
    • 2 SKF-640F Front speakers
    • 1 SKC-640C Center channel speaker
    • 2 SKM-640S Surround satellite speakers
    • 1 SKW-540 Powered subwoofer
    • RC-668M Wireless remote control for receiver
    • RC-616DV Wireless remote control for DVD player
    • 4 "AA" batteries
    • 5' HDMI cable
    • One 36" composite A/V cable
    • One 36" coxial digital cable
    • 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
    • Two 29.5' lengths of speaker wire
    • 20 Self-advhesive padded feet for speakers
    • Plastic center channel base
    • A/V receiver instruction manual
    • Remote control code list
    • Quick Set-up guide
    • DVD player instruction manual
    • Speaker package instruction manual
    • 2 Product Registration Cards
    • XM Satellite radio information
    • DS-A1 iPod dock information
    • Speaker terminal tool information

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    Receiver Features
    Speaker System Features
    DVD Player Features

    Receiver Features

    System Overview: The Onkyo HT-S894 is a complete 5.1 channel home theater system that includes a Dolby Digital/DTS receiver, a single disc DVD player, five matching surround sound speakers and a powered subwoofer. The system provides HDTV connectivity through HDMI and component video with upconversion. The system also features XM Radio and iPod capability.

    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-R640 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 160 digital 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.

    XM HD Surround: XM Satellite Radio offers XM HD Surround, which provides 5.1-channel surround sound on selected programming

    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.

    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.

    Component Up-Conversion: The feature converts incoming composite & S-Video signals (like a VCR to S-Video equipped TV) all the way to component-video. A Time-Base Correction circuit prevents picture distortion due to instabilities in the video source signal.

    HDMI: HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) This high-bandwidth interface supports not only brilliant digital video, but digital audio as well. Up to 5 Gbps of data-more than twice what's needed for a high-definition movie with surround sound-can be handled, with room for future requirements. All this data is kept in the digital domain, as there are no D/A or A/D conversions needed, to ensure the highest sound and video quality available

    Assignable Digital Inputs: The HT-R640 has 7assignable digital inputs (3 optical, 2 coaxial, and 2 HDMI) allowing you to tell the unit which input source is connected to which digital input jack.

    Assignable Component Video Inputs: The receiver features 3 assignable component video inputs allowing you to tell the unit which input sources is connected to which component video input.

    Multi-channel Input: Although this unit features built-in Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II, and DTS processing, it also has a 5.1 multi-channel analog input for use with external multi-channel decoders (DVD-Audio, SACD, etc).

    Audyssey EQ:  In any home theater space, walls, furniture and other objects reflect and absorb sound creating distortion. Designed to work with systems that include speakers, Audyssey EQ is activated by pressing the dedicated button on the accompanying remote control. This pre-calibrated solution helps counter-act the room effect to give you the best sound quality possible. While most systems only address frequency response, Audyssey EQ also focuses on the time domain (where most of the problems lie) in the entire listening area. The results are immediately obvious to the listener.

    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 movie modes.

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

    Dolby Pro Logic II Music Modes: While listening in the Dolby Pro Logic II 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.

    T-D Listening Setting: In this mode you can enjoy a virtual 5.1 surround sound even with only two or three speakers. You can specify the angle of the front left and right speakers relative to the listening position. You can select between Narrow (listening angle is 20 degrees or less) or Wide (listening angle is 40 degrees or more).

    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.

    Listening Mode Assignment: You can assign a default listening mode to each input source that will be selected automatically when you select each input source.

    Speaker Levels: You can adjust the level of individual speakers during playback. You can adjust the level of each speaker from -12 to +12dB and the subwoofer from -15 to +12dB.

    Note: These adjustments are temporary and will be cancelled when the AV receiver is set to Standby.

    Speaker Distance: You can specify the distance from each speaker to the listening position so that the sound from each speaker arrives at the listener's ears as the sound designer intended. You can adjust the distance from 1 to 30 feet in 1-foot increments.

    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.

    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.

    IntelliVolume: You can set the input level for each input source. This is useful if some of your AV components are louder or quieter than others. The level can be adjusted between -12 to +12dB.

    AV Sync: This feature corrects synchronization between audio and video signals by delaying the audio signal from 0 to 100 milliseconds in 10 millisecond steps.

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

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

    Tuner: The receiver is equipped with a built-in AM/FM tuner that you can store up to 40 presets from. You can tune radio stations by auto-tune, manual tune, or preset tune.

    Wireless Remote: The RC-651M 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.

    Rear Panel Inputs/Outputs:

    • Speaker Outputs: The speaker terminals for the front left, front right, center, surround left, surround right are binding posts. A plastic collar prevents using spade terminals, but bare wire, pin connecters, banana plugs and dual banana plugs will work. It has a mono preamp RCA output for the subwoofer connection

    • Digital Input/Output: The receiver is equipped with 2 coaxial digital inputs, 3 optical digital inputs and 1 optical digital output.

    • HDMI Input/Output: The amplifier features 2 HDMI inputs and 1 HDMI output.

    • Component Video Input/Output: The amplifier is equipped with 3 component video inputs and 1 component video output.

    • S-Video Input/Output: The receiver features 4 S-video inputs and 3 S-video outputs.

    Front Panel Inputs:

    • Video 4 Input: This input on the front panel consists of one S-video input, one composite video input, one stereo composite audio input, and a single digital optical input.

    • Headphone Jack: The 1/4" headphone jack is for connecting a standard pair of stereo headphones for private listening.

    Speaker System Features

    Powered Subwoofer: The 230 watt powered subwoofer features a 10" front-firing woofer with a 25 to 150Hz frequency response 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.

    Five Speakers: The system contains five identical speakers for the front, surround and center channels. Each speaker contains a 1-inch balanced dome tweeter and two 3-1/8" cone woofers in a bass-reflex cabinet. The speakers have a frequency response of 65 to 35kHz and can handle up to 110 watts each. All five speakers are video shielded so they can be placed close to your TV without causing distortion. Each speaker has 2 key-hole slots and one 1/4" threaded insert on the back for mounting the speaker to a wall. You can mount the speakers either horizontally or vertically. The center channel speaker also comes with a horizontal base. The center channel can be tilted 15 degrees front to back when set in the base.

    Speaker Wiring: Color-coded speaker wire is provided for all 5 satellite speakers. Standard speaker wire can be substituted if longer lengths or thicker gauge speaker wire is desired. A subwoofer RCA cable is also provided.

    DVD Player Features

    Disc Compatibility: The DV-SP404 is a single disc DVD player that can play the following discs.

    • DVD-video
    • DVD-R, DVD-RW (DVD-video format)
    • Video CD (including PBC)
    • Audio CD (PCM and DTS)
    • CD-R, CD-RW (video CD, audio CD, MP3, WMA, JPEG, DivX video)
    • JPEG CD

    MP3 Compatible: This audio format achieves about a 10:1 compression over conventional CD audio. You can store many more songs using the same amount of space. For example, a standard 650MB CD can hold more than 200 songs in MP3 format. Various bitrates allow for higher or lower quality, depending on the desired sound quality of the final recording.

    WMA Compatible: This audio compression format from Microsoft allows you to reduce the size of your audio files for storage on your computer's hard drive or portable devices. This allows you to store many more songs than with uncompressed CD audio, using the same amount of disc space or memory. For example, a standard 650MB CD can hold more than 200 songs in WMA format. Various bitrates allow for higher or lower quality, depending on the desired sound quality of the final recording.

    JPEG Compatible: JPG is a standard image format used in today's digital cameras and personal computers. DVD players that carry this logo are able to read CD-R/RWs that contain JPG image information and display slide shows on your television (such as recent vacations, family photos, etc.).

    DivX Video Compatible: DivX is a compressed digital video format. This player can play DivX video files burned on CD-R or CD-RW.

    Progressive Scan: By ""painting"" an entire frame at once, scan-lines commonly associated with interlaced video are drastically reduced. The result is a spectacularly clear image with no motion artifacts, and details so sharp they seem as if they're etched onto the screen.

    HDMI: HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) This high-bandwidth interface supports not only brilliant digital video, but digital audio as well. Up to 5 Gbps of data-more than twice what's needed for a high-definition movie with surround sound-can be handled, with room for future requirements. All this data is kept in the digital domain, as there are no D/A or A/D conversions needed, to ensure the highest sound and video quality available

    Digital Out: The player uses a coaxial digital output or an HDMI digital output to transfer Dolby Digital/DTS surround information to your receiver.

    Resume: You can resume playback on any disc from where you left off last when your pressed stop. If you open the tray or hit the stop button twice the resume memory will erase.

    Last Memory: You can resume playback on a DVD from where you left off when you took the DVD disc out of the player when you put the DVD disc back in the player. This only works if the next disc you load is the last disc you took out.

    Scanning Discs: You can fast-scan disc forward or backward at four different speeds.

    Slow Motion: You can play DVDs a four different slow motion speeds forwards and backwards.

    Frame Advance/Reverse: You can advance or back up a DVD disc frame by frame.

    JPEG Slideshow: Pictures are automatically adjusted so that they fill as much of the screen as possible from each folder in alphabetical order.

    Navigator: Use the Disc Navigator to browse through the contents of a disc to find the part you want to play.

    Repeat Play: You can repeat a single track, single disc, a program list or an A-B section of a disc.

    Random Play: Use the random play function to play titles, chapters or tracks in a random order.

    Note: You cannot use random play together with program or repeat play.

    Program List: This feature lets you program the play order of titles/chapters/tracks on a disc. A program list can contain up to 24 titles/chapters/tracks.

    Zoom: Using the zoom feature you can magnify a part of the screen bay a factor of 2 or 4 times normal size.

    Angle: Some DVD disc feature scenes shot from two or more angles. This feature will allow you to choose between those different angles.

    Dialogue: This feature is designed to make the dialogue stand out from other background sounds in the soundtrack. You can select from High, Medium, Low or Off.

    Equalizer: The various preset EQ curves are designed to suit various styles of music. You can choose from Rock, Pop, Live, Dance, Techno, Classic, Soft, or Off.

    Audio DRC: This feature helps bring up the quieter sounds, while controlling loud peaks. You can choose from High, Medium, Low, or Off.

    Virtual Surround: Switch on Virtual Surround to enjoy realistic surround sound effects from just two speakers.

    Video Adjustments: From the menu you can adjust various video settings that affect how the picture is presented. You can adjust from the following six settings.

    • Sharpness: adjusts the sharpness of edges in the picture from Fine, Standard, or Soft
    • Brightness: adjusts the overall brightness from -20 to +20
    • Contrast: adjusts the contrast between light and dark from -16 to +16
    • Gamma: adjusts the warmth of the picture from High, Medium, Low, or Off
    • Hue: adjusts the red/green balance from Green 9 to Red 9
    • Chroma Level: adjusts how saturated colors appear from -9 to +9

    TV Screen Size: You can set the video output signal to match your TV screen's aspect ratio. You can choose from 4:3 (Letter Box), 4:3 (Pan & Scan), or 16:9 (Wide).

    Parental Lock: To give you some control over what your children watch on your DVD player you can setup the Parental Lock from level 1 to 8 along with a 4-digit password.

    Remote Control: The RC-616DV IR wireless remote control is designed to work only the DVD player. It is a full functional remote for the DV-SP404.

    Audio Outputs: The DVD player features one coaxial digital output and on set of composite analog stereo outputs.

    HDMI Output: The DVD player is equipped with a single HDMI output.

    Video Output: The DVD player is equipped with one component video output, one S-video output, and one composite video output.

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    Beware

    Written By Glind, Independence KY on Sunday, October 07, 2007

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The sound is great, easy to hook-up but very disappointed in the DVD player. For a Home Theater set-up the DVD player give the impression that it is a HD player. It upscales the normal DVD's but doesn't play any HD DVD's. The tech support guy said ONKYO doesn't have a HD player in any of there kits.

    Sweeeeeeet!!

    Written By Karl, Clifton, VA on Monday, September 24, 2007

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Only had this HTIB for a bit more than a week, but so far, I really like it.

    Purchased this Onkyo HTIB (along with matching Onkyo speaker stands) to enhance my brand-new Sony 52" KDL-52W3000 HD LCD. Perfect match. This was my first venture into HTIB, and this one sounds terrific in my L-shaped family room.

    Something to check before you purchase: the top of the center speaker (horizontally) just barely makes it below line-of-sight of the lower edge of the Sony HD LCD's picture (when setting it on the same TV console top using the included Onkyo speaker dock and the Sony standard table/console stand). This model Sony HD LCD has its built-in speakers on the bottom, so the LCD screen itself sits higher than on other similar Sony HD LCD models (like the XBR series), which have their speakers mounted on the sides... which makes their LCD screens sit a bit lower. Just measure beforehand, or plan to mount the center speaker differently than just having it sit on the same console surface as the LCD TV.

    Even though the manual is pretty good, and Im using HDMI connections from the Cox HD cable box to the receiver, between the included Onkyo DVD player and the receiver, and between the receiver and my Sony HD LCD,... this was still a bit confusing to set up the first time. (Of course, part of that may be that I'm a geezer; your mileage may vary.)

    The receiver's remote was "deformed" as it came from Onkyo. It's warped, and the faceplate/label won't stay attached, so many of the remote's buttons stay stuck/depressed... confusing the heck out of it. Crutchfield is dispatching a replacement remote within the next ten days.

    Awesome system at an awesome price!

    Written By Christopher, Dallas, GA on Sunday, August 19, 2007

    Replaced my 8 year old Onkyo receiver and mismatched JBL / Kenwood / Infinity 5.1 speakers with this bad boy. Let me tell you that I am not one bit disappointed. The setup I had before was really good and blew away most of my friends and family's systems. However, with the addition of my HDTV, an upconvert HDMI DVD player, a component/HDMI DVD recorder, etc... the system just didn't have the connections that I really needed. Started looking at every system out there and found myself coming back to this home theater in the box deal. After looking at it first hand at a local store, I dropped my earlier decision to get a 5.1 JBL speaker system and separate Onkyo receiver and bought this puppy. I now have 2 upconvert DVD players due to the included unit from this system, but I do have to say that I really prefer the Onkyo DVD over my Samsung. It seems to have a lot less hang up's over different types of discs. The receiver puts out a bang and it was a breeze to set up. Still looking for a good set of speaker stands that I like and I'm still toying with replacing the included speaker wire with a better gauge. Other than that, if you're looking for a great system that doesn't require you to take out a second mortgage, you'd be a fool not to grab this system up at the price and quality combo that it has going for it.

    Thank You Crutchfield!!

    Written By Chris, Belle Chasse, LA on Wednesday, July 04, 2007

    I probably shopped for a nice Home Theater system for probably 2 months prior to moving back into our home after Hurricane Katrina. I looked at "Home Theaters in a Box" and Building my own system. After talking to Buck at Crutchfield I looked at this system and the infinite inpute and output's on this reciever I then started to look at the speaker system and dvd player. This system has all that I was looking for, I was just leary of the sound quality that it would have. Buck assured me that I would not be dissapointed. After already having my Media Room pre-wired for the Speakers and Sub, I Hooked all the Components through the Reciever leaving only 1 output going to my 60 inch LCD HD TV, I then tried the system out with my new Godsmack DVD, and Cranked it up. This System by far is the best sounding best package for the Dollar that you could buy bar none..Thanks to Crutchfield and to Buck for all your help. We are happy to be back in our home and letting everyone in the neiborhood that were back..lol Chris

    A match made in audio/video heaven

    Written By George, Olympia, Washington on Friday, June 08, 2007

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    I've had my unit a few weeks and is paired with my new 61" Samsung LED DLP. Initially I was confused about making connections and inputing that to the Onkyo receiver memory. This was a first for me. Crutchfield's tech people pulled my bacon out of the fire, however. After shopping a long time for an HTIB, I'm glad I bought this unit. The DVD up conversion is remarkable, the sound is excellent, and the many input/output options, make this a "more bang for the buck" product.

    Hands down, best sound for the buck.

    Written By Brian, CT on Tuesday, May 22, 2007

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    I have had this system for about a month and wanted to truly test it out prior to reviewing. The sound is utterly amazing. I tested it with the storming beeches intro to "Saving Private Ryan", "Black Hawk Down", and many others. First off, the receiver has plenty of connections. The menus and settings offer plenty of customization. Once set up, the 5.1 is crisp. The Sub offers plenty of boom. Explosions really come to life. Bullets sound amazing wizzing by. Really puts you in the action. The only down fall was when I connected my set top box HDMI in to the receiver it gave a message saying I have to connect it component cables due to piracy. This was not a issue. I have 3 HDMI inputs on the TV, so I then went HDMI straight to the TV and optical to the receiver. The upscaling DVD player has a great picture, upscaling all the DVD's to 1080i. This home theatre package is well worth it. If you are consideriing upgrading I highly recommend it. It will really turn you living room into a Theatre.

    best performance for then money

    Written By kevin, fairbanks, alaska on Friday, March 23, 2007

    I wanted to upgrade by old Kenwood system. I looked for a couple weeks at local shops and online. All the new HDMI recievers we upwards of $1200 just for the reciever. With this sytem I got 5.1 and the HDMI which is great for my PS3 and for HDTV. It was very easy to set up, but the only thing is that you cant set the system up through HDMI.You have to set it up through AV cables. Another complaint with that it cm with a DVD player that had an HDMI out-put for what reason? Other then that its worth every penny I paid and would recomend it to any one.

    Onkyo HT-S894

    Written By sam, cuyahogafalls,OHIO on Wednesday, March 14, 2007

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    This is a amazing system. The sound it can create is amazing.I did alot of research,and this is one of the best all in one system's out there for price.The optional i-pod dock is great too.

    Bang for the Buck

    Written By Patrick, Santa Clarita,Ca. on Monday, February 05, 2007

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    This is a grat system for the money.It fills the room with sound and looks good with my Panasonic 50".The color coded wires are a Godsend.You better keep the book near by because there are many opions for listening style.

    Best Value for Money

    Written By Craig Batts, Graham, NC on Wednesday, January 24, 2007

    Did a lot of research before choosing this system, and I don't have any regrets! The sound is great, set-up is easy, and it looks good, too! I bought the Samsung 56" 1080p widescreen at the same time, and have enjoyed many hours of viewing and listening pleasure!
    The only problem I had with set-up was with the HDMI connections, and that was partly my oversight. Just remember that if the power is on when you plug in an HDMI cable, it may not recognize it. All you need to do is "reboot", and it will update the HDMI connections when it comes back on.

    Great package!

    Written By William, Truckee, California on Thursday, January 18, 2007

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    I recently purchased the HT-S894 system and am very happy! Set-up was a snap, great sound, great customization features and HDMI switching makes it a breeze to set up the receiver / DVD player with your HDTV.

    I was very impressed with the room filling sound provided with this system. For the money - especially with Crutchfield's shipping and price, you can't go wrong! You will not find better sound in the price range!

    Bill

    Great price - Great Sound !

    Written By Robert, Buffalo, NY on Tuesday, December 19, 2006

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    The Onkyo S894 was simple to set up with it's color coded wires and connectors. The manual explains everything very well and the system works perfectly with my Panasonic Plasma TV, Sony jukebox, and VCR. The Onkyo A/V receiver (and DVD,CD)remote work all of my equipment. I haven't used the HDMI imput since I like having the onscreen menu's for setting the audio outputs to the speakers. I think for Crutchfields price which I couldn't find anywhere else (or their service) this system is exactly what I needed. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this system to anyone if they decide that the speaker size fits their needs.

    BEST PACKAGE FOR THE MONEY

    Written By Kathleen, CT on Monday, October 16, 2006

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I did a lot of research. First I purchased the 42 inch Panasonic plasma TV, then the sound system. Onkyo's home theater systems are equal to the quality of those you buy individually, but without the cost or hassle. It has great sound that includes a receiver, which gives you much more verstiliy; including a radio. (Panasonic's system is a DVD player & speakers) I had some trouble setting it up, but mostly because this is the first time I have hooked up a home theater sytem. The manual is extensive with many choices, so take the time to read it, then reread it again as you more clearly understand all of the choices with this package. Crutchfield's hotline quickly helped me out with any problems.
    NOTE: I decided not to purchase the seven channel system, because currently, cable companies do not send out this signal and I rarely buy DVD's.

    Get everything you’ll need to enjoy your new Onkyo HT-S894

    The DVD player in your new home theater system uses a coaxial digital cable to send surround sound to the receiver. Get a better cable for better sound.
    Have your new equipment installed by qualified professionals.
    Get a stronger radio signal with a new antenna.
    Replace all of your remotes with just one that is easy to use and easy to set up.
    Don't let your components go up in smoke. Use reliable power protection to keep them safe and improve their performance.
    Avoid hassle by purchasing speaker wire that already has the connectors attached.
    Keeping clean discs and routinely using a lens cleaning disc will prolong the life of your player.
    You need at least one audio cable going to and from your receiver for each analog component. (two if you want to run both analog and digital for recording purposes).
    A better cable will give your subwoofer the tools it needs to recreate the deep bass on your music and movies.
    Getting better cables will make a significant difference compared to the cables that come with your components.
    If you're connecting the audio signal from a digital component to your receiver using the optical digital output, you'll need a cable.
    The wire that comes free with some components is not the best quality. You can get dramatically more lifelike sound with better quality speaker wire.
    AudioQuest VDM-X

    AudioQuest VDM-X

    Coaxial digital audio cable (2 meters/6.6 ft.)

    Item #: 703VDMXR2

    (2)

    $44.99
    Add to Cart
    Monster Cable® 400dcx2

    Monster Cable® 400dcx2

    Coaxial digital audio cable (8 feet)

    Item #: 119140716

    $49.99
    Add to Cart
    Terk FM Pro (FM-50)

    Terk FM Pro (FM-50)

    Indoor/outdoor amplified long-range FM antenna

    Item #: 209FMPRO

    (15)

    $119.99
    Add to Cart
    Terk Tower

    Terk Tower

    Amplified indoor AM/FM antenna

    Item #: 209AFTOWER

    (43)

    $24.99
    Add to Cart
    Terk FM Edge

    Terk FM Edge

    Indoor amplified FM antenna

    Item #: 209FM4000

    (39)

    $39.99
    Add to Cart
    Universal® MasterControl™ RF-20

    Universal® MasterControl™ RF-20

    Multibrand remote with learning capability

    Item #: 554RF20

    (17)

    $79.99
    Add to Cart
    Logitech® Harmony®  Smart Control

    Logitech® Harmony® Smart Control

    Turn your smartphone into a powerful Wi-Fi® Harmony remote

    Item #: 596SMRTCTL

    (55)

    $129.99
    Add to Cart
    Logitech® Harmony® Home Control

    Logitech® Harmony® Home Control

    Remote control for home entertainment and automation devices (Black)

    Item #: 596HCNTROL

    (4)

    $129.99
    Add to Cart
    Logitech® Harmony® 350

    Logitech® Harmony® 350

    Universal remote with one-touch TV control

    Item #: 596H350

    (4)

    $34.99
    Add to Cart
    Logitech® Harmony® Ultimate Home

    Logitech® Harmony® Ultimate Home

    Remote control for home entertainment and automation devices (White)

    Item #: 596ULTMHMW

    (6)

    $299.99
    Add to Cart
    Logitech® Harmony® 650

    Logitech® Harmony® 650

    Universal remote with color screen

    Item #: 596H650

    (10)

    $79.99
    Add to Cart
    Logitech® Harmony® Ultimate One

    Logitech® Harmony® Ultimate One

    Universal remote with customizable swipe and tap touchscreen

    Item #: 596ULTONE

    (9)

    $199.99
    Add to Cart
    Logitech® Harmony® Home Hub

    Logitech® Harmony® Home Hub

    Home entertainment and automation control interface for smartphones and tablets

    Item #: 596HMNYHUB

    $99.99
    Add to Cart
    Panamax M8-AV

    Panamax M8-AV

    Power line conditioner and surge protector

    Item #: 299M8AV

    (7)

    $119.99
    Add to Cart
    Monster Core Power® 600 AVU

    Monster Core Power® 600 AVU

    Surge protector with built-in USB charging

    Item #: 119121826

    $39.99
    Add to Cart
    Monster Core Power® 800 AVU

    Monster Core Power® 800 AVU

    Surge protector with built-in USB charging

    Item #: 119121828

    (1)

    $49.99
    Add to Cart
    Monster PowerCenter™ AV 625

    Monster PowerCenter™ AV 625

    Surge suppressor

    Item #: 119MPAV625

    (2)

    $29.99
    Add to Cart
    Monster Core Power® 1200 AVU

    Monster Core Power® 1200 AVU

    Surge protector with built-in USB charging

    Item #: 119121830

    (1)

    $59.99
    Add to Cart
    Monster Cable SuperFlat™ Mini

    Monster Cable SuperFlat™ Mini

    Decor-friendly speaker cable with gold pin connectors (50-foot spool)

    Item #: 119SFLM50

    (26)

    $34.95
    Add to Cart
    Maxell DVD-LC

    Maxell DVD-LC

    DVD Lens Cleaner with Dolby Digital system sound check

    Item #: 170DVDLC

    (1)

    $10.19
    After $1.80 Instant Rebate Add to Cart
    Monster HDTV Calibration Wizard

    Monster HDTV Calibration Wizard

    Easy-to-use TV setup DVD

    Item #: 119HDTVCAL

    (29)

    $19.95
    Add to Cart
    Maxell CD-335

    Maxell CD-335

    CD scratch repair kit

    Item #: 170CD335

    $8.49
    After $1.50 Instant Rebate Add to Cart
    Monster Cable Stereo Audio 200i

    Monster Cable Stereo Audio 200i

    Stereo interconnect cables with RCA plugs (2 meters/6.6 ft.)

    Item #: 119MC2002M

    (16)

    $29.95
    Add to Cart
    Monster Cable® 400sw2

    Monster Cable® 400sw2

    Subwoofer cable (24 feet)

    Item #: 119140712

    $89.99
    Add to Cart
    Monster Video® 2

    Monster Video® 2

    Composite video cable (2 meters, 6.6 ft.)

    Item #: 119R2002M

    (1)

    $29.95
    Add to Cart
    Monster Cable 400dfo

    Monster Cable 400dfo

    Optical digital audio cable (2 meters/6.6 ft.)

    Item #: 119DF4002M

    (22)

    $49.95
    Add to Cart
    AudioQuest Cinnamon OptiLink

    AudioQuest Cinnamon OptiLink

    Optical digital audio cable (3 meters/10 feet)

    Item #: 703COP3M

    (3)

    $108.99
    Add to Cart
    AudioQuest Vodka OptiLink

    AudioQuest Vodka OptiLink

    Optical digital audio cable (1.5 meters/5 feet)

    Item #: 703VOP15M

    (1)

    $228.99
    Add to Cart
    AudioQuest Forest OptiLink

    AudioQuest Forest OptiLink

    Optical digital audio cable (5 meters/16.4 feet)

    Item #: 703FOP5M

    (23)

    $74.99
    Add to Cart
    CableTruth 303T

    CableTruth 303T

    Optical digital audio cable (6 feet)

    Item #: 865OPT6FT

    (4)

    $19.99
    Add to Cart
    Arista 16-Gauge Speaker Wire

    Arista 16-Gauge Speaker Wire

    50 feet

    Item #: 043185882

    (1)

    $14.99
    Add to Cart