Summary: well well well i got this system for a christmas present (12-25-11)and i am still happy with the onkyo clarity i had a sony 5.1 but this onkyo 7.1 i LOVE it it's ok it don't have hdmi hook ups but my TV have 3 all i want is clear sounds with my big screen when i am watching a movie or playin football on my ps3 but my wife hate that she bought because now when i am home it's onkyo time
Cost effective sound system that'll knock your socks off
S. Eggleston, Amazon
23 February 2006
Summary: I did plenty of research prior to buying this product. Depending on your specifications this is, in my oppinion, the best mid-range priced system available. It arrived in a 4 1/2 foot tall box and in good time from the distributor. Getting the unit put together is easy and took about an hour once I got started (everything is color coded). Once hooked up I was ready to roll.
Summary: OK, if you are looking at this review you are probably the owner of a room that you are calling your "theater room" or the like and you are looking for a good system for around $500 or less. Well, I have good news, you just found one. Before I go into more details about the highs and lows of my experience with this Onkyo system, let me address who this system is not indented for (and who will not be happy with this system).
Summary: The spirit of my comments may also be applied to the cheaper ($299 vs. $499) Onkyo HT-S580 system as well, and also I see there's an intermediate Onkyo HT-S680. I'll let others comment on their subjective reactions to this system versus other systems. Those comments are extremely important; however I don't feel qualified to offer contrasts, because I haven't carefully compared the systems.
Summary: Outstanding system for a modest budget. I purchased this system for 400 and tax from Circuit City. The handling of dvd surround is superb and it brings movies to life; as is stereo music from CD. The radio receiver is also outstanding. I'm listening to my CD collection with new ears. It's my first home theater purchase and this is a terrific system for under $500.
Summary: Ok, this is not a high end multi-thousand dollar system. It is a well priced, excellent sounding system for anyone. I installed the system in my "home theater" room and the sound it generates is excellent. When all 7 channels get to cranking in a movie or Xbox game (especially HALO2) well let's just its a complete immersive experience. The 5.1 to 7.1 converter capabilities really do a great job. The hookups are plentiful and well marked.
Summary: This was my first experience installing a pre-configured system. In the past it has always been individually picked components. I have to say for the price, this system is PERFECT. $439 frankly is too low of a price. The only thing I would change is that the bass could stand to be a little stronger, however I think it would be adequate for most people's taste. The reciever never stopped surprising me with what it offered, such as THREE Optical inputs, and 3 Video inputs.