Summary: First - the box is HUGE and heavy (137lbs). The box was beat up pretty badly and the front right speaker had a fist-sized hole in it - thanks UPS. Fortunately, Newegg's customer service is good and they had me a new unit in 3 days.
Pros: Good price. Complete, easy to setup package. Remote is straight-forward and easy to use. Awesome sound.
Cons: Included speaker wire is thin and cruddy. Definitely get some 12 or 14 gauge wire. Receiver looks a little dated, but still nice.
Summary: This sound system is beyond comparison for a HTIB. I have heard some great systems and this one takes the cake for sound quality. At high volumes it does not distort and sounds as good if not slightly better then a theater (at least in my basement).
Pros: Excellent sound quality, easy setup, quality speakers made of real wood.
Cons: Subwoofer sounds like it has an internal defect - will be replaced. Speaker wire that comes with the system sucks
Summary: Onkyo must use funny math to rate receivers, the unit weighs maybe 25Lb and rated at 1250 watts, that's just nonsense. My music amp is rated 1400 watts and weighs in at over 100Lb. You can not cheat basic physics when it comes to amplifiers.
Pros: Easy to set up, sound is very good out of the box. Have not run the optimization program yet, even without any adjustment there is a nice sound stage and spacial effect. Sound may be a little harsh or bright for someone accustomed to a high end audio system but I have made any adjustments yet so ...
Cons: No Ipod dock, thought there was. Forget the included speaker wire, it's garbage. I used 12 gage, 14 or even 16 would be a big step up from the wire included. Speakers work OK but appearance is cheesy. Yes the enclosures are wood, but not really attractive. There is not enough recess or angle on t...
Summary: If you do most of your listening in HT mode, you're golden. If you listen mostly to music with the occasional movie (like me) consider the economy of regret. Buy pieces for the job, not a big 'ole one size fits all box. That's the way we learned to do this job before this marketing fad took hold.
Pros: As stated before, this is probably the best bang/buck combo out there. Upper-middle receiver with very good mid-sized speakers and a big, nice sub. Video upscaling is flawless to date. Panasonic TV sync issues appear to have worked out. Lots of sound field combinations. Very easy setup with inclu...
Cons: This is an HTIB...period. If you listen to a lot of music and have audiophile gear, don't play them side-by-side or you'll be disappointed. The sound quality is very good for theater, but has a thinness that big nice speakers will painfully highlight when doing A/B comparisons with music sources....
Summary: The hum I have only occures at fairly loud volume settings, so when there's action going on, you can't hear it, but if it's quiet, it's loud. It'd be nice if Onkyo would be a bit more helpful.
Pros: Audyssey is awesome! It sets your speaker levels to a "T". Very clear even when maxed out (see cons).
Cons: Every home theather in a box I've ever seen uses the same subpar speaker wire and it isn't worth a dime. I didn't even hook things up with it, I went straight to my Monster cables I had around. The biggest problem I have with this system sounds to be a ground loop problem I haven't been able to g...
Summary: I upgraded to 12 gauge speaker wire and it's still not as good as I'd have hoped.
Pros: I purchased this set back in November to replace a 5.1 channel Pioneer system. This is a good system and it sounds better than the Pioneer, but...
Cons: It's not worth $1000. Maybe my old Pioneer system ($200 shipped) was just exceptionally good, but I really don't feel like I got my money's worth with this system. The speakers and receiver are good (not great), but the speaker wire is trash and the sub is weak.
Summary: I will have to play with the unit and maybe try the to manually adjust it. Will try contacting Onkyo.
Pros: System has a lot of features, the auto setup is kewl, sound is pretty good for a package system
Cons: For 1200 watts (sub being 290watts) would expect the earth to shack if I crank it and the volume to be able to blast me away. It is marginally loud and that is about it. May have to look for a better receiver. I bought it for $100 dollars more before the instant rebate.