Onkyo HT-S9400THX - Home Theater in a Box

So those of us who have setup a home theater know.... While rewarding, it can be a complicated time consuming task.  This is a solution that gives you what you want without all that.

This system is an affordable all in one option that could save many people the hassle of getting all the pieces of a 7.1 system together while displaying outstanding performance.

According to THX, this THX certification indicates that the system will "have the power to fill a small home theater or dorm room where the viewing distance from the screen is 6-8 feet."  It seems that it is similar to the others (Select2+, Ultra2+) except for the size of the room. So, again, the dorm room or small home theater is the target for this specification.

THX certification aside, the Onkyo HT-S9400THX has a lot going for it. First, the price. It is certainly an affordable option for any consumer. In the box you'll find the speakers for a 7.1 system plus a receiver. The receiver is listed at 130 watts per channel but is rated at 6-ohms, 1 kHz, 1% THD, and 1 channel driven. Real world performance into 8ohms speakers is likely to be much different (and lower wattage).

The receiver has four HDMI version 1.4a inputs and one output supporting 3D video and Audio Return Channel. It has five composite video and two component video inputs as well. All video can be upscaled and upconverted to HDMI and 4K resolution via Qdeo Technology by Marvell.

All the latest HD audio codecs are supported and Audyssey's 2EQ room correction is on board. This will allow users to set up and calibrate their system easily. While the 2EQ system is a little long in the tooth, this is a Home Theater in a Box solution. Room correction of any kind is a huge boon. To assist users in setting up their new system, Onkyo has included an over-lay GUI via HDMI. While most HTiBs require you use an analogue video connection at best or the little display on the front of the receiver at worst, a GUI is unexpectedly wonderful. The HT-S9400THX also includes Dolby's new ProLogic IIz decoding on board. This means you should be able to move the surround back speakers to the front for height channels to expand the front soundstage (we say "should" because they didn't mention it in the press release and there is no information about it on the site). Audyssey Dynamic EQ and Dynamic Volume are included as well.

The speakers are all a 2-way acoustical suspension (i.e. sealed) design with the front three sporting an MTM driver layout and the surrounds a more traditional TM design. The speakers all sport a 1" soft dome tweeter and A-OMF diaphragm cone woofers. The front three speakers have dual 5" woofers and the surrounds all have a 5 1/8" driver. The sub is a downfiring 12" driver, again with an acoustical suspension design and a wood cabinet. The sub is 15" wide, 17.5" high, and nearly 17" deep. It weighs in a 34.2 pounds which is respectable for this type of product.

 What's really the selling point of this system is the streaming. With a wired Ethernet connection (or optional UWF-1 Wireless USB Adapter that provides an IEEE 802.11b/g/n connection) you can access PC audio and Internet radio from the likes of Pandora, Rhapsody, Napster, SiriusXM Internet Radio, Slacker, Mediafly, Last fm, and vTuner. The system is Windows 7 and DLNA compatible so those devices are supported as well. There is a front USB port which provides a direct digital connection for an iPod or iPhone, along with support for audio playback from USB mass-storage devices. Add to this the iPod/iPhone/iPad app for control and you've got a device your kids will even want to play with.

Just to break it down for you:

  • Network Capability Delivers Internet Radio and Network Streaming
  • THX Integrated System Plus Certified
  • HDMI V1.4a repeater (4 in/1 out, 1080p compatible) to support 3D and Audio Return Channel
  • HDMI Video Upscaling to 4K with Qdeo Technology by Marvell
  • Dolby PLIIz surround mode
  • Overlaid Graphical On-Screen Display (OSD) via HDMI
  • Powered Zone 2
  • Audyssey 2EQ for Room Correction and Speaker Calibration
  • Audyssey Dynamic EQ for Loudness CorrectionDirect Digital Connection of iPod/iPhone via Front-Panel USB Port
  • Onkyo Remote App for iPod/iPhone

Power Output 
  • Front L/R - 130 W/Channel (6 ohms, 1 kHz, 1%, 1 ch driven))
  • Center - 130 W (6 ohms, 1 kHz, 1%, 1 ch driven)
  • Surround L/R - 130 W/Channel (6 ohms, 1 kHz, 1%, 1 ch driven)
  • Surround Back L/R - 130 W/Channel (6 ohms, 1 kHz, 1%, 1 ch driven)
  •      Channels 7.1
  •      Total System Power 1035W
  •      Power (6 ohms, 1kHz, 1%)/Ch  - 130W/ch x 7ch
  •      Sub Power - 125W
  •      THX Certified       
  •      DOLBY Decoder  - TrueHD, DD Plus
  •      DTS Decoder - DTS-HD Master Audio, HD-High Resolution Audio, NEO:6
  •      Dolby PLIIz       
  •      ONKYO GAME Surround Modes       
  •      Audyssey Dynamic EQ (2EQ)
  •      Audyssey Dynamic Volume       
  •      Music Optimizer       
  •      Audio I/O - 6 (1 front)/ 1
  •      Digital Audio IN (OPT/COAX) - 2 / 2
  •      Composite I/O - 5 (1 front)/ 2
  •      Component Video I/O - 2 / 1
  •      Front-Panel Portable input (stereo mini jack)       
  •      HDMI I/O - 4 / 1
  •      HDMI Version - V1.4a (supports 3D Video and Audio Return Channel)
  •      Analog To HDMI UpConversion - (up to 4K via Qdeo Technology by Mavell)
  •      Powered Zone2       
  •      U-port       
  •      iPod Ready - (direct USB input)
  • Packs a punch!
  •      HD Radio Ready - (via optional UP-HT1)
Long story short.  At this price this receiver packs a punch and comes with a 7.1 surround speaker system to really give you that surround experience you're looking for.  It is a Home theater in a box technically but I would not classify it with others.  The receivers high current/true power will also make this a receiver that you can use for years to come, even power more expensive speakers if you desire an upgrade in the future(without buying another receiver, like you would have to with many low end Home theater in a box systems).  With the 12" Powered sub.  This will do it right if you're looking to get a 7.1 home theater system system.  It comes with everything you need.

• HTS9400THX Home theater receiver
• 7 speakers
• 12" Powered Subwoofer
• Setup microphone
• AM loop antenna
• Indoor FM antenna
• Remote controller with batteries

 Well maybe it doesn't have everything.  Maybe it could have included some Christmas Spirit?