Speaker System 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.
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
Note: A subscription is required in order to receive XM Satellite
XM HD Surround: XM Satellite Radio offers
XM HD Surround, which provides 5.1-channel surround sound on 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.
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 (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.
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.
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-ES (Discrete and Matrix)
- DTS 96/24
- DTS Neo:6 (Cinema and Music)
- Neural Surround
- DSP Modes:
- Mono Movie
- 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
- 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
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.
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
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
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
Speaker System Features
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-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,
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
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
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
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