ONKYO HT-RC260 Home Theater Receiver

If any of you have noticed.  Onkyo has been catering to price conscious clients for some time now.  This is one of their newer models in the entry level to mid range category.  The ONKYO HT-RC260.
Onkyo is one company that you can acquire good quality affordable bang for your buck home audio.

Not only does this receiver have the power as a 100wpc RMS 7.2 channel receiver.  This receiver comes with an impressive array of features for a receiver in its price range.

Firstly, with six(thats right six) 3D supporting 1080p capable HDMI inputs including one in the Front and full 1080p video upconversion by Faroudja DCDi cinema. We start off nicely.  DCDi stands for Directional Correlation Deinterlacing.  Its the chip or upconversion technology Onkyo receivers use.

 I`m reviewing this product because it has the features that make it a Futureproof investment.  It supports 3D as well as the latest high resolution audio decoders, including Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio and Dolby Pro Logic IIz.
For a Demo video and further explaination of Dolby PL IIz check here
Now Onkyo is well know for supporting THX.  While this is an excellent feature when you are blasting movies like Star Wars that are made with THX audio unfortunately for some reason Onkyo decided not to give this receiver THX decoders or support.

Other features this receiver supports are an iPod Dock / HDradio module via U.Port as well as Audyssey 2EQ w/ Dynamic EQ & Dynamic Volume and calibration.  If you want to understand what this Audyssey mic calibration system is check here.

HT-RC260 Rear Panel

As you can see here this receiver has more than enough connectivity for its price.  With several analog inputs, optical, coaxil and six hdmi inputs all with 1080i or 1080p upconversion your video needs will be met.  The RMS power this receiver outputs is solid for a set of good speakers.    It also has bi-wire connectivity for the front speakers and a Multi-Zone capability

Really, in this price range there only cons that are worth mentioning is the lack of THX and  a common problem I've encountered and noticed is that all Onkyo receivers use a lot of juice.  If you care about how much power you're using, either get a generator powered by wheat or some biodegradable gunk or suck it up.

Again at this price you really can't go wrong.
For full specifications look here

If you want a couple more features like THX and Network Connectivity that makes it Internet radio capable or stream audio from your PC or USB.  You can pay at least an extra $300 more for the next model up the ONKYO HT-RC270.  Power ratings and virtually everything else about these two models are the same.  Thing is, with the consoles, media center PCs and the other methods to perform these network tasks is it worth it?  Yes, it is a feature that adds to the Futureproof features of your investment, but with the current options available to connect media to your home theater, make sure you consider this.

The MSRP for the ONKYO HT-RC260 is $550 but I would say pay no more than $350 from what I researched.  The Onkyo HT-RC270 MSRP is $849