Onkyo HTS-3300 -Recommended Starter Home Theater System

 Onkyo HTS-3300

Need a starter system?  After reviewing several options and taking into consideration those factors reguarding the power that I mentioned in the previous post.  Onkyo is a brand that does provide accurate RMS readings in their power ratings.  As a result, with the full HDMI capabilities and options available with this system at this price.  This is one of the best options available as a starter system today. For 399$cdn there is no question about it.  It has DTS/Dolby Digital decoder which is all you need in a starter system.  Unfortunately it doesnt support TRUEHD/DTSHD, THX or DTS ES/EX (good luck finding good power with these options at this price) but my review here was essentially for those looking to get a solid cheap system.  For the most part if you're looking for all these options or even lossless audio(PCM) with a 5.1 speaker system included its gonna cost you at least $200 more.

Specifications are as follows:
  • 5.1-channel home entertainment receiver/speaker package
  • 110 watts per channel with support for lossless HD audio formats from Dolby and DTS
  • 4 game modes include rock, sports, action or RPG for optimal surround sound gaming
  • Front panel stereo input lets you hook up your iPod or MP3 player; a music optimizer even supports compressed digital audio files
  • Audyssey EQ for system equalization removes much of the distortion caused by speaker enclosures and the typical room environment

This is currently on sale for $399cdn.  Excellent deal as I saw it on sale a few months ago for $499? However, you could probably find it cheaper.  Best Buy in my experience is one of the higher priced places for Tech. In the states Ive seen it even cheaper in the $250 range.
For a review on the newer version of the Onkyo Home Theater in a Box HTS7300 click here

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