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Onkyo HT-S790

Home theater audio system (Silver)

Item # 580HTS790S

Pair Onkyo's HT-S790 with your existing DVD player and start enjoying enveloping, realistic home theater sound.

Pair Onkyo's HT-S790 with your existing DVD player and start enjoying enveloping, realistic home theater sound.

Discontinued item

Item # 580HTS790S

About the Onkyo HT-S790

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.

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.

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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)
    • 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
    General:

    What's in the box:

    • 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 silver 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 silver 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, silver 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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