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Onkyo HT-S590

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Item # 580HTS590S

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Onkyo's HT-S590 system gives you powerful, room-filling sound with your favorite movies and music. It comes with a capable home theater receiver, five speakers, and a subwoofer. Just hook up your existing DVD player and you're ready to experience detailed, wraparound audio. Color-coded speaker connections ensure that setup is a breeze, too.

Onkyo's HT-S590 system gives you powerful, room-filling sound with your favorite movies and music. It comes with a capable home theater receiver, five speakers, and a subwoofer. Just hook up your existing DVD player and you're ready to experience detailed, wraparound audio. Color-coded speaker connections ensure that setup is a breeze, too.

Great sound starts with a strong, clean signal. The 'S590's receiver reduces noise in the early stages of signal processing, before the signal is amplified and sent to the speakers. The result is noticeably clearer, more accurate sound — from whispering dialogue to on-screen explosions.

The HT-S590's receiver includes component video switching, which allows you to connect up to three High-Definition video sources without having to change the inputs on your TV. A total of four audio/video inputs means you'll be able to hook up additional components as your system grows.

Product Highlights:

    • built-in Dolby® Digital, DTS®, DTS Neo:6 5.1, & Dolby Pro Logic® II processing, for surround sound from DVD, VHS, and stereo sources
    • 6-channel amplifier (105 watts x 5, plus 125 watts for subwoofer)
    • Optimum Gain Volume Circuitry minimizes noise
    • 192kHz/24-bit digital-to-analog converters for all channels
    • adjustable subwoofer crossover
    • 32-bit DSP processing
    • AM/FM tuner with 30 station presets
    • component video switching (3 in, 1 out)
    • digital inputs: 2 optical, 1 coaxial
    • 2 audio and 4 A/V inputs
    • 2 sets of main speaker outputs
    • 17-1/8"W x 5-7/8"H x 14-1/2"D
    Front speakers:
    • video-shielded
    • 3-1/8" mid-range woofer
    • 3/4" tweeter
    • 4-9/16"W x 8-9/16"H x 5"D
    Center channel speaker:
    • video-shielded
    • dual 3-1/8" mid-range woofers
    • 3/4" tweeter
    • 11-13/16"W x 5-1/16"H x 4-5/8"D
    Surround speakers:
    • 3-1/8" mid-range woofer
    • 3/4" tweeter
    • 4-9/16"W x 8-9/16"H x 5"D
    • 8" woofer
    • 9-1/4"W x 18-1/8"H x 16-1/8"D

    This product offers a many inputs for all your components. The only complaint I have is the clicking noise when switching from channels with digital audio output to channels with analog output. Aside from that I am extremely happy with it.

    Noah, Boston, MA

    What's in the Box:

    • HT-R340 A/V Receiver
    • 2 SKF-340F Front satellite speakers
    • 2 SKM-340S Surround satellite speakers
    • 1 SKC-340C Center channel speaker
    • 1 SKW-340 Passive subwoofer
    • RC-646S Wireless remote control
    • 2 "AA" batteries
    • 1 AM loop antenna
    • 1 FM wire antenna
    • Three 15' lengths of speaker wire (each length of wire has tinned bare wire on each end)
    • One 10' length of speaker wire (has tinned bare wire on each end)
    • Two 30' lengths of speaker wire (each length of wire has tinned bare wire on each end)
    • 20 Rubber stoppers
    • Instructions Manual
    • Quick Set-up sheet
    • Product Registration Card
    • "Do more with your iPod sheet
    • Caution sheet

    Onkyo HT-S590 Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (10 Reviews)

    Onkyo gives you bang for your buck

    Jason from Hopkins MN on 2/21/2007

    I have a small living room and i bought a 300 watt system. Thinking that was all i needed. I was so happy after only one week it self descruted. <BR>So I thought time to upgrade. So i went online to learn all i could about Surround Sound 5.1 and DVD players. Then it was time to do the foot work so i went to a local electronic store and compared the HT-S590 to Sony, Bose, and others. and gitting the Onkyo 650 watt system is awsome. For sound quality it compare to the big three on the market. I matched it with a Onkyo DV-SP404 DVD player this player has all the things you want and a few nice extras like a HDMI digital interface for hooking up to HD tv's. I can't comment on the hd picture quality because i only have an SD tv But the digital picture is sharp and clean. So i hooked them up like you would a cheep dvd player with audio R/L, video out. I put in a dvd that i new had a lot of surround effects and base notes. the system fell flat. very little surround and base. I new i heared more in the store when i was looking at it!!!!! So i went to the Ht-590 instruction manual and found i had to add the component video output and the digital coaxial cable and tried the dvd again there was the sound of Bullits flying every where in the room and the subwoofer was rattleing my collection of beer stines on my glass shielves in the corner of my living room. the adjustments were easy because you can adjust the channels sound levels while watching a dvd. and it has a nice setup menu for the rest of the critical settings. i am very pleased with the system i give it 5 stars***** buy the Ht-S590 also buy the DV SP404 DVD player.



    Great system in this range

    Suman from Brooklyn, NY on 12/14/2006

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is perhaps the best system under $270 or so. However, one should know what to expect from a HTIB. If you are an audiophile, and willing to pay &gt;$200 for receiver and $200 for speakers, you will get better sound. But hey, that is not the purpose here. Purpose is to play movies, TV Programs and music all at the same time. And it really excels in its versatality. There are many built-in listening modes which are not eyewashes. You DO FEEL the difference is sound. About the Sub, it allows you to send more power to the sub (default is low). Do that and you will feel the difference.<BR>Cons: having said that I would expect somewhat better bass and treble control from Onkyo. If you play music from DVD player and it does not let you tune, you are helpless.<BR>Overall, if your budget it below $300 and looking for a great system that is smart and easy to handle, buy it. And buy it from Crutchfield. You will not get a better deal.



    Incredible value system!

    Matthew from Richmond, VA on 12/11/2006

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    First off, as far as Crutchfield service goes, no complaints there. Website is incredibly easy to use and I received my email updates as stated. I ordered on Tuesday night and received my order on Thursday afternoon.<BR><BR>The system itself performs wonderfully. As others have mentioned, there is a clicking noise while changing channels, and sometimes randomly while not changing channels (seems to be when TV switches sources, like going from a show to a commercial, and from commercial to commercial, etc). That can be annoying, but it doesn't happen while listnening to a constant source, such as a movie or video game.<BR><BR>The dual optical inputs are great. I've got my TV and my Xbox 360 both hooked up via optical and the sound is crystal clear.<BR><BR>It should be noted that you will likely not love the sound right out of the box. Take some time to configure the speaker levels and tones until you get it just the way you like it. I was disappointed with the bass response until I turned up the subwoofer's level, and turned down all the satellites a bit in relation to the sub. I also kept the center channel a bit higher than the rest of the satellites in order to hear dialogue more clearly. There are a few other ways to tweak the sound, so like I said, play around with it until it sounds right to you.<BR><BR>Overall, I couldn't be happier. After configuring the system to taste, the sound is crystal clear and immersive, and the bass is also clear and deep. I highly recommend if you can't afford a more expensive system!



    A Smile

    Larry from Boston, MA on 10/27/2006

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Listening to the 590 reveals no surprises, It is easy to use and the sound is neutral and smooth. Power handling is good.<BR> The receiver compliments my HDTV television and dvd player/recorder. RCN cable service allows me to use an HDMI cable to my TV. The optical output of the cable box and the coaxial digital output of the tv are hooked into the 590. The sound is excellent. <BR> Thanks to Crutchfield, this is an excellent purchase.



    Many audio and video inputs

    Noah from Boston, MA on 10/15/2006

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This product offers a many inputs for all your components. The only complaint I have is the clicking noise when switching from channels with digital audio output to channels with analog output. Aside from that I am extremely happy with it.<BR>



    A very good system

    Sreeni from Scottsdale, AZ on 9/9/2006

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I found the HT-S590 very easy to hook up and performance is very good, particularly clarity and depth in bass. <BR><BR>A nice home theater to have.<BR><BR>



    Onkyo HT-S590

    Matt from Champaign, IL on 8/27/2006

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The Onkyo HT-S590 is a prime example of the limitations of HTIBs (Home Theater In a Box). <BR><BR>I purchased this system about a month ago to replace my Kenwood home theater that I have owned for over 10 years. As soon as I hooked the speakers up (into the most cramped speaker terminals ever) to the receiver (with upgraded 12 guage speaker wire), there was a constant feedback hum coming from the speakers. When I turned up the speakers loud enough to not hear the hum, the sound had very little depth and sounded pretty crappy. Apparently, if you use the Onkyo supplied floss-like wire, the hum goes away, but right away, that indicated to me that the upgradability of this system was limited. <BR><BR>When I hooked up my old Kenwood speakers to the receiver, they sounded great, but the bass remained limited. I ended up returning the system and purchasing a Denon receiver and a Sony powered sub for just a little more than I paid originally. <BR><BR>So, I guess if you are just getting into a home theater system and don't want to spend too much money, the Onkyo is the way to go ... you can connect quite a few components to the receiver. However, if you already have speakers that cost more than $10 to make, I'd stongly suggest staying away from this HTIB.



    Onkyo HT-S590

    Heidi from Columbus, Ohio on 8/12/2006

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very good sound.<BR><BR>The bass is not boomy, but it is there when you need it to be.<BR><BR>My boyfriend loves the sound he gets while playing his x-box and I love the sound I get while watching movies.<BR><BR><BR>I am a very satisfied customer <BR>



    Plenty of BOOM for the Bucks!!!

    Brian from Boise, ID on 7/28/2006

    I am a techician for CableONE the cable company here in town and have installed many HTIB systems for customers, or simply educated them on how to use them. Never have I seen a system with this quality and ease of use in this price range.<BR><BR>I was impressed from the moment I opened the box with the quality and craftsmanship with which the system is built. It certainly doesn't look like a low-dollar system.<BR><BR>I got straight to connecting everything, which in my case I pre-wired a day or two after ordering. I connected all speakers with 16AWG rather that the 20AWG or whatever came with the system. After re-assigning optical inputs to match my steup and configuring the reciever for my room it was time to listen in less than 20 minutes!<BR><BR>PERMA-GRIN :) The sound of this system leaves nothing to be desired. The clarity and soundstage of all satellite speakers is impressive and the subwoofer has incredible bass response and extension(considering its passive and only 8" it sounds AWESOME). I am very pleased with the system and can't say enough about it. <BR><BR>Way to go Onkyo and Thanks again Crutchfield!!!<BR>



    Onkyo HT-S590

    David from Willshire , Ohio on 5/29/2006

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have had this Onkyo system for about 15 days and I am very pleased with the system itself. It was easy to set up and the manual was easy to understand. The only problem I have is with the bass ( Subwoofer ) as it fails to put out any resonable amount of sound. I know not to expect a lot from a $300.00 system but the 5 satellite speakers sound awesome for what they are and when you try and hear any bass it falls flat.<BR> I bought this for my small bedroom as I have a very nice system in my living room that puts out a lot of bass but it costs 10 times more than the Onkyo system. I guess I expect to hear bass without straining to do so. Especially on Dolby Digital 5.1 movies. My computer speaker system has a better sub (same size driver) in a system that costs $70.00<BR> I guess I will live with it or may send it back and upgrade to something better. But other than that it is a nice system. Just do not expect much low end from it.




    Hands-on research

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    Receiver Features
    Speaker System Features
    Inputs and Outputs Notes

    Receiver Features

    Overview: The Onkyo HT-S590 (S) home theater package includes a 6-channel A/V receiver, four matching satellites speakers for your front and rear channels, a center channel, and a 8-inch passive subwoofer. The unit also comes with a wireless remote control and speaker wire.

    High Current Amplifier: The Onkyo HT-R340 Dolby Digital home theater receiver uses a high current 6-channel amplifier that delivers 105 watts to the five speakers and 125 watts to the passive subwoofer in this system package.

    192kHz/24-Bit Digital-to-Analog Converters: The HT-R340 receiver is equipped with six 192kHz/24-bit DACs to decode and play high-resolution recordings. These extremely powerful digital-to-analog converters boast a dynamic range of 120dB and will process information fast and efficiently and are virtually resistant to clock jitter, to ensure the best possible performance from your audio source.

    Assignable Digital Inputs: The HT-R340 has 3 assignable digital inputs (2 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 II and DTS processing, it also has a 5.1 multi-channel input for use with external multi-channel decoders.

    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.

    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: 5.1 channel digital surround
      • Dolby Pro Logic II (Movie, Game and Music): adds 5.1 channel surround sound to stereo sources
      • DTS: six discrete digital channels of surround sound
      • DTS Neo:6 (Cinema and Music): provides 5.1 channel playback from 2-channle sources
    • DSP Modes:
      • Mono Movie: suitable for old movies or other mono sound sources
      • Orchestra: suitable for classical or operatic music
      • Unplugged: suitable for acoustic instrument sounds, vocals, and jazz music
      • Studio-Mix: suitable for rock and pop music
      • TV Logic: adds realistic acoustics to TV shows produced in a TV studio
      • All Ch Stereo: ideal for background music
      • Full Mono: all speakers output mono audio
    • Stereo Modes:
      • Direct: input sources is output directly with minimal processing for a pure sound
      • Stereo: standard 2-channel stereo
      • Mono: use for watching old movies with a mono soundtrack

    Direct Mode: This mode delivers pure sound with minimal sound quality adjustment and filtration. The sound recorded for the right and left front channels is output to the right and left front speakers only and not output to the subwoofer.

    DPL II Music Modes: While listening in the Dolby Pro Logic II Music format, there are three further enhancements you can enjoy:

    • Panorama: This mode extends the front stereo image to the surround speakers to provide a "wraparound" effect. This mode is especially effective when there is limited output from the surround channels. Panorama can be turned on/off in the menu.
    • Dimension: This mode allows you to move the soundfield forward (toward "0" setting) or backward (toward "6" setting). Default setting is "3".
    • Center Width: This mode allows you to move the center channel output totally to the center channel speaker ("0" setting) or divided between left and right channels, creating a "phantom" center channel ("7" setting). Default setting is "3".

    Center Image: In the DTS Neo:6 format, the Center Image feature adjusts the output of the left and right channels relative to the center channel, allowing you to make the center channel more or less dominant as needed. This improves the image of the center channel, especially when the listener is off-center. Adjustment varies from 5 (nothing subtracted from the L/R channels) to 0 (L/R channel output is cut in half [-6dB] making the center channel most dominant).

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

    Adjusting Speaker Levels: You can adjust the level of each speaker while listening to an input source to match volume levels for each speaker. You can choose from -12 to +12 dB for each speaker; including the B-speakers as well as the headphone output. The subwoofer level can be adjusted from -15 to 12 dB.

    Speaker Distances: To get the best from your surround sound, it's important that the sound from each speaker reaches the listener at the same time. This feature allows you to specify the distance from each speaker to the main listening position. Distances can be set from 1 to 30 feet in 1-foot increments for your front, rear and center speakers.

    Speaker Configuration: You can specify "Large" or "Small" for your speaker application. The "Large" setting gives you full bandwidth to your speakers while "Small"  gives you a high-pass crossover over 100 Hz. You should set the speaker to "Small" for the supplied speaker package.

    Subwoofer Adjustable Crossover: This receiver has a built-in crossover for the subwoofer output. This setting is available when you tell the receiver that there is a subwoofer being used, or when you set your main speakers to "Small." The frequencies that you can choose from are: 40, 50, 60, 80, 100, 120, 150 and 200Hz. For the subwoofer that is included with this package you should set this setting to 100Hz (default).

    Double Bass: This function allows you to boost the bass output by feeding bass sounds from the front left and right channels to the subwoofer.

    Note: This function should not be used with the supplied speaker package.

    OptiResponse Equalizer: When using the HT-R340 with the speakers included in the HTP-330 Home Theater Speaker Package, by turning on the OptiResponse equalizer, you can enjoy a powerful sound with movies or music.

    A/B Speakers: You can use two set of speakers with this receiver. Speaker A is used for 5.1 channel playback of your home theater system while speaker B can used in another room of the house for 2-channel stereo playback. A/B settings are as follows.

    • A and B Speakers On: Both sets of speakers will only play in 2-channel.
    • Only A Speaker On: Speaker A will play in 5.1 channel.
    • Only B Speaker On: Speaker B will still only play in 2-channel.
    • Speakers Off: No sound from any speaker.

    Bass and Treble Control: You can adjust the bass or treble for speaker set A's front channels, except when the Direct listening mode is selected. You can select between -10 to +10 dB in 2 dB steps.

    "Late Night" Feature: The "Late Night" feature limits the dynamic range of Dolby Digital recordings that have been encoded with dynamic range data. Limiting the dynamic range makes it easier to find a volume control setting that ensures the quiet sounds are not too quiet and the loud sounds are not too loud for night time listening. The choices are: "Off", "Low", and "High."

    Note: This feature only works with Dolby Digital Encoded software and the depth of the feature will vary based on the individual software package.

    A/V Sync: With this setting, you can correct out of sync a/v signals by delaying the audio signals by 0, 20 or 40 milliseconds.

    Tuner Presets: You can store up to 30 of your favorite radio stations as presets.

    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 three settings to choose from.

    Wireless Remote: The RC-646S remote is pre-programmed to operate this unit and Onkyo DVD players, CD players/recorders, MD players/recorders, and cassette decks.

    Speaker System Features

    Passive Subwoofer: The passive subwoofer features an 8" front-firing woofer in a bass reflex enclosure. The subwoofer has spring clip terminals for use with the supplied speaker wire. The subwoofer's frequency response is 30 to 150Hz.

    Front/Surround Speakers: The front and surround 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 1/4 inch threaded insert and keyhole slot on the back of each enclosure allow you to wall-mount the speakers using optional brackets.

    Center Channel Speaker: The matching center channel speaker features a 3/4" ceramic tweeter and two 3-1/8" cone woofers in a bass reflex enclosure. The center channel speaker has a set of spring clip terminals for use with the supplied speaker wire. The enclosure is covered by a non-removable, silver cloth grille. The 1/4 inch threaded insert and two keyhole slots on the back of the enclosure allow you to wall-mount the speaker using an optional bracket.

    Speaker Wiring: Color-coded speaker wire is provided for all 6 speakers. Standard speaker wire can be substituted if longer lengths or thicker gauge speaker wire is desired.

    Inputs and Outputs Notes

    Headphone Output: This receiver has a standard 1/4" headphone jack on the front panel. Speaker sets A and B are turned off while the headphone plug is inserted in 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.

    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.

    Digital Output: The receiver features two optical and one coaxial digital input.

    Component Video: The receiver is equipped with three sets of component video inputs and one component video output.

    Composite Audio/Video Input: The unit features four composite A/V inputs that include a composite video and composite stereo connections.

    Composite A/V Output: The unit is equipped with on audio/video output.

    Note: This unit does not feature a S-video connection.

    Monitor Out: The receiver features a composite and component video monitor output.

    Composite Audio In/Out: The unit is equipped with two dedicated composite stereo audio inputs and one stereo audio output.

    5.1 Channel Input: The front, surround, center, and subwoofer RCA jacks can be used to connect a component with an analog multi-channel audio output.

    Speaker Connections: The receiver uses spring clip terminals for all speaker connections.

    FM/AM Connection: The unit uses a set of spring clip terminals for the AM antenna and a threaded coax connection for the FM antenna.

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