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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.
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.
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 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™.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I gave this only 3 stars because of the lack of Onkyo support and distance to the closest authorized Onkyo repair shop. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Richw
I purchased new from amazon a few years ago. As soon as I got it after a few months the HDMI card burned up. Called the company and it was under manufacture warranty for repairs. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Chris S
Remember when you used to upgrade when your components were no longer compatible? No need to worry about that with this item... Read morePublished on July 5, 2013 by ol' WC
Amazingly priced, this Onkyo is now providing MORE than ample sound in a home theatre application with a 52 inch LED HD TV. Read morePublished on February 28, 2013 by Joseph G. Utasi
As someone who started collecting vinyl LP records in the 1960s, then audiocassettes in the 70s and 80s, VHS tapes in the 80s, then CDs in the 90s, and DVDs in the 00's, I have a... Read morePublished on February 22, 2013 by HGW
I have had this one for over a year and like it for my 55" TV but still can't get the zone 2 to work. Read morePublished on February 6, 2013 by Daniel M. Patoyian
The first receiver died within a week of arrival. Contacted Amazon and they immediately sent a replacement. I've had this now for over a year. Read morePublished on November 30, 2012 by Vivian
Received this Onkyo receiver within a few days from the order date from Amazon. The setup for the Onkyo was very easy even for me being somewhat green when it comes to this. Read morePublished on January 4, 2012 by Richard Bittner
Lots of power, flexible design for setting up different configurations, I will use the bi-amp capability for my Vandersteens. Read morePublished on January 3, 2012 by Guy