Summary: Onkyo is one of the Pioneer world class audio company. This system is well equiped with a powerful 7.1 Channels Pro-logic and XM satellite receiver technolgoy. The CinemaFilter cut down the noise level of the original audio/video sound track noise. The NeuralSurround produces the best ever surround sound beyond the price range of this system.
Summary: After 2 tons of research we bought the 790 and am very happy with it. A fantastic value for the money. Several reviewers mentioned how hot this unit runs.With this in mind I sealed the compartment on the entertainment center where the Onkyo lives and installed a 32 cfm "muffin" fan to pull air over the top of the unit and discharge the hot air out the back. Using a digital temp. probe the compartment temprature dropped from 105 to 76 degrees F.
Summary: I cannot believe all you get for such a low price. The speakers are not going to win any kind of beauty contest but (oh my) the sound is huge. I checked out a lot of speakers, and for the price, nothing can touch this system. I would highly recommend them.
Summary: My boyfriend and I made the decision to spend more on our TV (we bought a Panasonic 58' Plasma) than on our surround sound system. We were originally thinking of buying a system in the $250-$350 price range, but then we came across this 7.1 Channel system. I did a TON of research and you definitely get the most for your money with this Onkyo system.
Summary: No doubt this system is a great value. But some reviews I have seen are a bit too glowing. The sound quality is what you should expect at this price range. I shopped quite a bit and very much agree this is one of the best in a box systems for the money (389 on line at CC with coupons). I actually like that it does not have the DVD player included. System is very easy to use, which was a big selling point. The remote is good.