Summary: We have the ultra-high end custom sound system in our main living area. In the game room I did not want to go through the hassle and expense of such a system so I purchased this compact system. The product does its job well and sounds very good for the price. It is easy to set up and is a good quality product with good sound. Quite an upgrade from the standard sound system that is embedded in our Samsung TV. Don't think you are going to get $5,000 sound out of it though.
Excerpt: I was looking for better sound from a flat screen TV in my bedroom and found the Onkyo Home Theater system to be a great solution. It rivals the Bose Cinemate II I have in the living room at 40 percent of the cost.
Pros: Clear Sound, Good Remote, Interfaces Well With TV, Thundering Bass
Summary: This has 2.1 speakers with an optical input and an HDMI input that will work with your typical HDTV. Even better, the subwoofer includes a receiver built into it, which is why this compact system will work right out of the box. And that also mean far fewer cables going every which way too. It has analog inputs too, if needed. The sound is very good though as others point out the satellites are the weakest part of the whole system.
Summary: This set of speakers produces very clear sound, a huge improvement over the native TV speakers. The system is very compact, but also has the option of expanding to 5.1 later on if you do decide to purchase few more speakers. The base is relatively weaker when compare to other larger system, however it still overall acceptable. Set up is easy. The base functions as a receiver and can handle all major video/audio input and then output to the TV.
Good starter system with surprisingly powerful sub
12 January 2012
Summary: Setup this system to replace a Panasonic system that died. This Onkyo set is perfect for our small living room and the fact that I didn't want a 5.1 system. The sub can produce a lot more rumble than I really expected from this system but it can also be as tame as you need it to be. I really like the on screen volume and it quickly and easily switches inputs. Another huge plus is that you can control volume, sound type, and inputs from the sub.
Summary: I've had my eye on this package for many months and when I saw it drop below $200 recently, I decided it was time to give it a try. What a great package and value at this price. I am using it in a 12'x12' bedroom with a 32" HDTV and it's just great. The sub/amp is small and easily hidden and the fronts work well on either side of the TV. Sound quality is good, but probably not as good as a Bose Cinemate system.
Summary: I purchased this system for use in my office/study to supplement the Vizio 26"LED Flat Panel I purchased earlier this month. Since the entire setup (TV, speakers/receiver, BluRay and cable box) sit on one corner of the desk/wall unit size is an issue. The small form factor was what attracted me to the unit. It is extremely simple to set up. The controls work well and the remote is powerful enough to operate the unit, even when placed behind the flat panel.
Best value buy for a 2.1 mini system to complement a HDTV - Beats Bose's HDTV audio/video replacements.
Jay Raju, Amazon
20 January 2011
Summary: I think with the 3 HDMI ins and 1 HDMI out, this 2.1 HTIB has helped simplify my wiring needs to enhance the audio for my HDTV in a fairly large living room which was not presenting itself well for me to fit a 5.1 or larger system. The audio quality is great and I would say better than what you would get from a Bose Cinematesystem. Buy a $ 100 Blu-ray Player to complement this and it even trumps the Bose 3.2.1 system.
Summary: Bought this for a vacation home which has large flat screen TV and Blue Ray player. Didn't really want 5 speakers and/or receiver due to space limitations. The unit is small but full featured. Sound is more than adequate for movies and regular TV. To augment a flat screen TV and hook up to the DVD player, this unit is a great fit. Cost is in line with similar quality items although there is no real direct competitor that I have seen.