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