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Onkyo HT-RC260 7.2-Channel Home Theater Receiver (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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Product Description

Product Description

While we may define it as an entry-level A/V receiver, the HT-RC260 gives you performance and features that leave class-competitors gasping in its wake. Six of the latest HDMI® 1.4a inputs provide easy connection for all your high-def sources and compatibility with the eye-popping new 3D video format. Another connectivity highlight is a handy Universal Port that allows you to hook up Onkyo peripherals such as a Dock for iPod/iPhone. Meanwhile, if you want to distribute music to another room, the HT-RC260 provides Zone 2 line-outs and speaker outputs. Regardless of their resolution, all video sources can be upscaled to stunning 1080p via HDMI and Faroudja DCDi Cinema . High-quality Burr-Brown DACs work alongside jitter-cleaning technology and three-stage inverted Darlington circuitry to minimize distortion and deliver extremely realistic audio for movies, music, and games. The HT-RC260 also offers compatibility with lossless Dolby and DTS codecs, as well as the expanded surround formats of Audyssey DSX and Dolby Pro Logic® IIz. Quality home theater has never been more affordable.

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Onkyo HT-RC260 7.2-Channel Receiver: Power for Any Home Theater Application

The HT-RC260 gives you performance and features that leave class-competitors gasping in its wake. Six of the latest HDMI 1.4a inputs provide easy connection for all your high-def sources and compatibility with the eye-popping new 3D video format. Another connectivity highlight is a handy Universal Port that allows you to hook up Onkyo peripherals such as a Dock for iPod/iPhone. Meanwhile, if you want to distribute music to another room, the HT-RC260 provides Zone 2 line-outs and speaker outputs. Regardless of their resolution, all video sources can be upscaled to stunning 1080p via HDMI and Faroudja DCDi Cinema. High-quality Burr-Brown DACs work alongside jitter-cleaning technology and three-stage inverted Darlington circuitry to minimize distortion and deliver extremely realistic audio for movies, music, and games. The HT-RC260 also offers compatibility with lossless Dolby and DTS codecs, as well as the expanded surround formats of Audyssey DSX and Dolby Pro Logic IIz. Quality home theater has never been more affordable.

HDMI allows you to simultaneously connect multiple high-def sources
The HT-RC260 features six HDMI inputs (including one front input) Cliock t view the back panel HDMI ports
HDMI® 1.4a Support for 3D Video and Audio Return Channel

The HT-RC260's six HDMI inputs let you simultaneously connect high-def sources such as a Blu-ray player, a gaming console, and a cable/satellite tuner. As the latest version of this connector, HDMI 1.4a adds the exciting possibilities of 3D video and an Audio Return Channel. 3D video is the next big thing in home entertainment, with movie, game, and broadcast content on the increase and 3D-compatible HDTVs on the near horizon--the HT-RC260 gets you ready for this next generation of content at a surprising value.

The Latest Hi-Def Audio Decoders for Rich, Lifeike Movies and Music

The Onkyo HT-RC260 A/V receiver can decode Dolby® TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio™—two lossless formats that enable delivery of a bit-for-bit soundtrack identical to the studio master track. Previously available only on mid-range and high-end receivers, now you can take full advantage of your Blu-ray movies for a true cinematic audio experience. The HT-RC260 also handles Dolby® Digital Plus and DTS-HD High Resolution Audio™.

Audyssey DSX and Dolby Pro Logic IIz add new dimensions to surround sound
Audyssey DSX and Dolby Pro Logic IIz work together to create a more enveloping home theater experience
Audyssey DSX™ and Dolby® Pro Logic® IIz Add New Dimensions to Surround Sound

The HT-RC260 offers two new surround-sound technologies from Audyssey and Dolby that offer exciting new ways to set up the speakers in your home theater system. Audyssey DSX lets you incorporate "front wide" speakers in place of the usual surround back speakers to expand the width of the soundstage. Set up at a recommended 60° off center, these channels help to produce a more realistic soundstage and a more immersive listening experience.

Alternatively, Audyssey DSX can reconfigure the HT-RC260's surround back channels to deliver "front height" channels. These channels carry ambient, non-directional audio that adds a new vertical dimension to your movies and games. Dolby Pro Logic IIz provides a similar front height speaker option that likewise works to create a more enveloping home theater experience.

A Suite of Audyssey Technologies Crafts Your Ideal Listening Environment

Beginning with the TX-SR508 all 2010 Onkyo A/V receivers come with a suite of Audyssey technologies that help create the most suitable listening environment for your home.

  • Audyssey 2EQ™ tailors multi-channel audio for your home theater speaker set-up by measuring three room positions and applying a resolution filter to the satellite speakers to correct for room acoustics.
  • Audyssey Dynamic Volume™ automatically compensates for volume fluctuations in different audio content—for example, during commercial breaks—while optimizing the dynamic range.
  • Audyssey Dynamic EQ™ maintains a consistent bass response, tonal balance, and surround-sound effect at different volume levels, so you can enjoy the natural dynamics of your content regardless of the volume.

Faroudja DCDi effectivly removes video artifacts like jagged edges
Faoudja DCDi effectively removes video artifacts so you can enjoy smooth video quality
Advanced Faroudja Video Processing with 1080p Upscaling

Faroudja DCDi Cinema (Directional Correlational Deinterlacing) video processing offers several advantages. This processor can accept any video signal, regardless of the source resolution, and upscale it to 1080p to match the native resolution of your high-definition display. What's more, DCDi Cinema effectively removes video artifacts such as jagged edges during the video signal deinterlacing process. Enjoy smooth progressive-scan video images, even during fast-moving sports and action scenes.

Convenient Overlaid Graphical On-Screen Display via HDMI

Changing your A/V receiver's settings is now more seamless than ever, thanks to the HT-RC260's new overlaid graphical On-Screen Display (OSD) feature. Simply press the Home button on the included remote controller, and semi-transparent graphical set-up menus appear overlaid on the video image you're watching. This means you can adjust the settings immediately, without having to switch back and forth from a blank screen background.

The optional UP-A1 dock for iPhone/iPod
The optional Onkyo UP-A1 dock for iPhone/iPod lets you connect directly to your HT-RC260 receiver
Universal Port for Single-Cable Connection of Optional Onkyo Dock for iPhone™/iPod® or HD Radio™ Tuner

A proprietary Universal Port located on the rear side of the Onkyo HT-RC260 lets you connect an optional UP-A1 Dock for iPhone/iPod or UP-HT1 HD Radio Tuner (both sold separately). If you have both peripheral devices, they can easily be "daisy chained" via an input on the UP-HT1. A key advantage of the Universal Port is that it accepts video and audio signals through the same cable that sends a power supply from the receiver to the devices. Net result: more connectivity, less cable clutter.

Wide Range Amplifier Technology (WRAT)--A Total Design for Amplification Power

The cornerstone of any Onkyo A/V receiver, WRAT supports high-quality audio reproduction of the latest high-definition A/V formats. It comprises three key elements: A low negative feedback design for cleaner audio across the frequency range; a closed ground-loop circuit to cancel individual circuit noise and keep the ground potential free of distortion; and a high instantaneous current capability to handle speaker reflex energy and impedance fluctuations.

  • Onkyo's low negative-feedback design with audiophile-grade, close-tolerance components achieves a frequency response out to 100 kHz for high-definition and regular DVD formats, high-resolution DVD-Audio and Super Audio CD, regular CDs, digital music files and the latest gaming software.
  • A sophisticated closed-circuit design enables each circuit to go and return directly to the power supply which, coupled with the use of thick brass grounding plates, helps cancel any individual circuit noise and keeps the ground potential free of distortion.
  • The instantaneous current capability of Onkyo's WRAT receivers exceeds that of most conventional units, which commonly have less than half the current capability. An Onkyo receiver will deliver movie soundtracks with cinema-standard dynamics and clarity.

Additional Audio Features for the Most Versatile Home Theater Applications

Playback of Different Audio Sources in Two Different Zones

With Powered Zone 2, you can enjoy surround sound entertainment in the main room, while playing back a different stereo source in a second zone equipped with a pair of speakers. Alternatively, you can use the Zone 2 line out to send an unamplified audio signal to an amplifier (and speakers) in the second room.

Easily select from four different game modes for a more realistic audio experience
Easily select from four different game modes for a more realistic audio experience
Four Game Modes for More Realistic Action

These four gaming modes create an audio experience with more realism and impact. You can select from Rock, Sports, Action, or RPG (Role Playing Game) modes to match your gaming content.

Onkyo's music optimizer improves the quality of compressed audio signals
Onkyo's Music Optimizer improves the quality of compressed audio siganls.
Music Optimizer to Support Compressed Digital Music Files

While MP3 or AAC files may sound fine on a portable digital player, the limitations of these compressed files can be exposed when played back through a home entertainment system. Onkyo has designed onboard Music Optimizer technology to improve the quality of compressed audio signals. Compressed music loses a substantial amount of bit information at higher frequencies, so the Music Optimizer technology works to overcome this limitation and enhance audio quality.

The TX-SR608 receiver offers compatability with HD radio and Sirius satellite radio
HD Radio broadcasts without the hiss or distortion of analog radio
HD Radio™ and SIRIUS™ Satellite Radio Ready

Onkyo's HT-RC260 offers compatibility with optional tuners for both HD Radio and SIRIUS Satellite Radio. HD Radio broadcasts your favorite AM and FM stations digitally, with none of the hiss, distortion, or station drop-off of analog radio. SIRIUS provides exclusive access to over 130 channels of commercial-free music, sports, news, talk, and comedy.

Theater-Dimensional circuitry easily puts surround sound anywhere
Onkyo's Theater-Dimensional cicuitry lets you experience surround sound with as few as two speakers
Theater-Dimensional Circuitry Easily Puts Surround Sound Anywhere

Onkyo's exclusive Theater-Dimensional circuitry takes the complexity out of conventional surround-sound set-ups and lets you experience the excitement of surround sound from as few as two ordinary speakers. Want more? Theater-Dimensional's unique multi-speaker modes let you place up to five speakers conveniently by the TV, for the most realistic virtual-surround sound possible.

Remote Interactive over HDMI (RIHD)

Onkyo A/V receivers offer integrated system control with certain HDMI-compatible high-definition displays, DVD and hard-disk recorders, and Blu-ray Disc players. With one remote control, you can control functions such as Standby, Volume, and Direct Change.

Front-Panel Audio Input for Portable Devices

If you have an iPod® or other MP3 player, you can connect it to the HT-RC260's front panel for quick and convenient audio playback. Your player's compressed digital music files can then receive a quality boost from the receiver's Music Optimizer technology.


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 17.1 x 6.9 inches ; 25.4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 30 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B003FSTAVY
  • Item model number: HT-RC260
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,538 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 26, 2010

Technical Details

  • Advanced faroudja video
  • Universal port
  • Wide range amplifier technology

Product Specifications

Brand NameOnkyo
Color NameBlack

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

The sound quality is very good.
Truth Teller
Would recommend this receiver to anyone looking for a lot of great sound for not a lot of money.
D. Heiser
Setup instructions easy to follow.
steven adams

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101 of 103 people found the following review helpful By Chris Henshaw on June 16, 2010
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I want to start off by saying that i'm no audiophile and that i don't have super fantastic speakers so this review won't be commenting on the nuances of sound quality of this receiver. But lets face it, if you are only spending $350.00 on a receiver, you are looking for a good receiver, not one that is going to blow you out of the water. That being said...

The Onkyo was delivered in one day (thanks Amazon Prime) and came well packaged. There was a serious dent in one side of the box, but nothing was harmed inside. The receiver is quite heavy (which i hope indicates decent internals). Set up was VERY easy. The 5 HDMI ports on the rear (plus one on the front) are, of course, the easiest to hook equipment up to. The speaker terminals are clearly indicated and there are two subwoofer pre-outs. Additionally, if you don't want to run a true 7.1 set-up, you can run either an extra pair of fronts or bi-wire your front speakers (if you have that option). This was unexpected at this price point.

I have the following hooked up to the receiver. Sony PS3 slim, Xbox 360 (1st generation / component + toslink cables), WD TV (media player), and a comcast (motorala brand) cable box. Everything, other than the xbox 360, is hooked up via HDMI. The optical and coaxial audio inputs are assignable (once you get into the systems menu which is on-screen). I have everything running via a single 35 foot hdmi cable to my ceiling mounted Epson 8100 projector (which is a 1080p 3-lcd unit). I use a harmony remote, so i can't comment too much on the included onkyo one, but i did use it for setting up the receiver and it's fairly comfortable to hold and seems to have a complete set of function buttons on it.
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Kent on June 19, 2010
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I've had the past couple of days to enjoy my new receiver. It's what anyone would expect from an Onkyo. One item to note regarding the price is that the msrp is actually 499 and not 549, so that decreases the overall savings. The price of 349 is still great for what you are getting. The RC260 is essentially a slightly stripped down version of the SR608 offering from Onkyo. It lacks three items, the VGA 15-pin input, Sirius input and THX Select2 certification. For those that don't require those three features, you can save some money by opting for the RC260.

Unfortunately this unit because it's based off the SR608, it also has the 1080p video degradation because of the video processor that is built into the unit. This is used to perform up-conversion of your non 1080p sources. You can turn it off if you choose to, but you would lose the on screen display which is very useful. However, you can still configure everything through the one line display on the unit itself.

There are a total of 6 HDMI inputs, so there are plenty and I don't know if I will ever be able to consume them all. It helps to have it when you need it though.

It's audio/video processing options galore.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Schwartz VINE VOICE on July 5, 2010
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I was pleased to get a chance to review this product as I already have an Onkyo receiver to compare this to.

My other receiver is a Onkyo TX-SR705. I paid significantly more for it. When I look down the amplifier spec sheets they look almost identical. To look at the units they look almost identical with the 260 being 2 inches shallower. To me connectivity is now more about HDMI with the others being secondary. The 705 has 3 rear HDMI 1.3 inputs and 1 output and this was limiting me. The 260 has 5 rear and 1 front HDMI 1.4a inputs and 1 output which allows me to hook up everything I want at this time with 1 extra rear port. I have a PS3, XBOX360, PC, and Scientific Atlanta HD3800 cable box connected to the rear HDMI ports. The front HDMI input is really convenient allowing my wife to quickly connect her Kodak Playsport and play or review videos before messing with them on her PC. As far as the other ports the 260 has one less coax digital and component inputs, lacks the multi-channel inputs and surround pre-outs, and is totally missing any S-Video or phono connections. None of those missing ports are a problem for me.

I run my system with a 5.1 speaker setup from Aperion Audio. Hooking everything up was a snap. I use banana plugs on my speaker wire so it was literally plug and play to replace my old receiver. Once everything was connected I turned the system on and made sure it seemed to be working. I turned it onto a TV channel with DD sound and let it run for a few hours without adjusting anything. Once I was satisfied that it seemed to be working properly I connected the Audyssey mic and ran the setup. The mic setup was painless using 3 test points and was over quickly.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Personne VINE VOICE on October 20, 2010
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The world of home theater has come a long way in the last few years. It wasn't too long ago that $350 would get you only a bare-bones receiver. Now it will get you a unit that will cover most needs of a medium-sized setup.

Your basic 5.1 is easily covered, as long as you have a powered subwoofer. After that, there are two additional channels that may be put to work either as additional surrounds (your typical 7.1 configuration) or as height channels (new, but gaining popularity). You can actually even have both: additional surrounds AND height, but you'll have to come up with another two channels of amplification for that. All popular decoders are covered--the many flavors of Dolby and DTS--as well as a few additional modes that are unique to Onkyo. These decoders are implemented well.

I was also impressed with the 6 HDMI 1.4a inputs. Onkyo is ahead of the curve on this, since most devices out there still are only 1.3. The RC260 supports these older implementations well and provides support for 3D and for the interesting Audio Return Channel when it becomes more widely supported. The inputs are all easily nameable for what you really have connected. One important feature is that each input is configurable. If the incoming audio is DTS, for example, the receiver will support it by default. But in many cases, it may be only stereo. What does it do then? You can select the default decoder for that case, for each input individually. So perhaps you'll set your cable input to use Prologic Theater, and your CD input to a music mode. At the same time, you can elect to pass the video through unaffected, or to apply sharpening or upconversion. This is a very nice feature.
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