Summary: In looking for a first home theater, I sort of stumbled across this one and liked it because it did NOT have a DVD player included. Sounds strange but I have DVD players already and found that so many offerings of HT systems made you take one with the package. So much for my idiosyncracies.
Summary: We replace an old Sony system with this system and it is great. Box is 70lbs, so, still having problems getting undamaged parts but, I think Amazon will come through and get it to me. First shipment had hole through bottom of box through top of subwoofer.
Summary: I bought the system one grade above this, the Onkyo HT-S780 ($499 vs. $399) system. But the spirit of my comments apply to the HT-S680 as well, and it looks like a decent option if you want to spend less money, so I'm posting for this system also. Or drop one grade down to the HT-S580 ($299).
Summary: I decided to go against some recommendations and try out the HTIB because I'm by no means an audiophile but I like to save money where I can. This system sounded pretty good for about 20 days but then I started hearing a loud hissing sound coming out of the speakers when I enabled surround.
Summary: After heavily researching all of the home theater's in the 300 dollar range I found this one seemed to be the best bang for the buck. After receiving the stereo in only 3 days with the Shipper Saver! I was completely impressed with the clarity of sound and the theater like sound.
Summary: Purchased for use in a small room which opens out to a larger area. The system performs admirably in "encapsulating" the experience and has enough power and quality to be used at lower volumes while still providing theater-like sound. Easy set-up, including volume balancing.
Onkyo HTS680S 6.1 Channel Component Home Theater Audio System (Silver)
Berwick Babin, Amazon
20 October 2005
Summary: This is better than a 5.1 and a lot more feasible than a 7.1 today. It's compatible with my 6 disk Onkyo DVD player and hooks up to just about any new TV for great surround sound system. Terrific versitility and the best bang for a buck I could find.
Summary: Wow! Im a teenager and an audiophile. This system has the makings of an excellent buy. The price point is wonderfull for starters! The only problem would be the lack of HDMI imputs. I, however use the system as a audio system and never hooked up the video so thats never been a problem.