Summary: I've had my Onkyo 2.1 system for a couple of years before deciding that I should upgrade, and I only wish that I did it sooner. It takes a while to calibrate the speakers properly for the layout of your room, but the Onkyo receiver gives you plenty of control over this.
Summary: Bought this based on the reviews where on amazon. Having a 2.1 220HDX system, I've give it a go for the 3 add-on columns. Currently I'm only using the central one (3.1 configuration) and the difference is notorious, especially on the speech level. For any one that has the base system, the add-on set is highly recommended.
Summary: Do it. I live with Dolby 2.1 for three years and can't believe I waited so long to do the upgrade. You will not be disappointed the difference is spectacular! I just wish I'd done it ages ago. The one thing that I didn't realise is that sky only broadcast everything in Dolby d if you have the HD package so I upgraded but blue ray is awesome!
Summary: We got the 2.1 a few years ago, amazing. We then got the rear speakers and center speaker which made this even better. I would recommend this even without the rear speakers and center speaker, you will not be disappointed.
Essential upgrade for Onkyo HTX-22HDX, sounds great
Iwan Price-Evans "pimlicosound", Amazon
21 October 2013
Summary: Pros: - Expands sound to 5.1 surround, or strengthens stereo (depending on arrangement) - Massively improves mid-range and crossover with subwoofer - Unlocks new listening modes on the HTX-22HDX, but you'll want to stick with Dolby/DTS - In movies and TV, voices come through clearly on the centre speaker - Music sounds better all round Cons: - Stripping and attaching the cables is fiddly
Summary: This is the second time I have bought one of these. I sold the first one when I needed more space but have since re-organised my room so bought another. It is a huge step up over my old Panasonic soundbar. In particular the default settings are spot on in terms of how the bass is balanced with the speakers.
Summary: For a home theater this is in a class of its own! There is a tremendous number of inputs so I have my TV box, PS3 and laptop all hooked into this. The HDMI controls means I can control (most) of them with just one remote. Sounds quality is good, tons of features and tweaks. Easily upgraded to 5.1 if you can cope with the wires. Unfortunately I am struggling to find a quality center piece as it is not sold separately by anyone.
Summary: I bought this unit as my Sky box was producing quiet sound through my new Sony TV. All other sources were ok. I wanted a 2.1 unit as my room configuration wouldn't suit a 5.1 with trailing cables. It was very easy to set up and worked great straight away. Frankly I couldn't be bothered playing around with placement as it worked fine where I put it. The sound is a vast improvement on the TV and all sources.