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on April 9, 2014
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So, ultimately, I really like this system but there were some headaches.

Firstly, I should mention that I feel like I stole this package when it came to price. I watched and waited and eventually got it for under $500. So waiting may very well get you a better deal.

While many people turn up their noses at HTIB packages, prefering to sort out their own components, if you just want a relatively high bang for your buck and easy way of great home theater sound, this is a great option. If you'd prefer to pick out and maticulously research each component, you're not looking at HTIB packages anyways, so don't worry about it. I think the speakers sound great and the reciever does a nice job of running everything through it.

Well...it does now, anyways...

I ran into a circuit board problem that some others have mentioned with this. The reciever had to get sent back to Onkyo to get fixed, which it was, and now it works fine. However, having bought the whole HTIB package could have been pretty problematic if you'd have to send the whole thing back because the whole thing weighs about #100. I talked to Amazon who did agree to take it back if Onkyo wouldn't help; as it happens the service rep I talked to was pretty helpful, sent me a box to send it back to him in, paid for the shipping, and at the end of the day, I didn't pay any extra money.

I had to wait 6 weeks...but didn't pay any money. Not quite ideal.

Once that was fixed, it worked really well. The sound is great, 3D movies and BluRays running through it have looked fantastic, gaming is fun, and the whole home theater seems to be working really fairly seemlessly. My friends and family have been really impressed with it and it has made watching movies much more enjoyable in my basement. Again, bang for the buck, this is a really great option. The 6 week delay was frustrating, but it's been working really well now for about a year with no problems. I like it (hence the 4 stars) but it does come with some reservations...I would probably recommend that people see about authorized Onkyo dealers and/or repair people who will service the reciever should you run into the same problems I did. There's no guarentee you'll get as helpful a customer service person as I did.
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on January 23, 2014
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Would I purchase this system again? Probably not. However for the price it performs well. Issues I have with the system are:
Controls are not very user friendly.
Internet connectivity is "just ok" (not great)
No iPod/iPhone/iPad connectivity
Cannot plug in USB and play video

Pros:
Sound is great.
Speakers are perfect size for my room
Many different speaker sound options (Music, movies, THX, stereo, etc.)
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on December 17, 2013
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I love the sound that this unit has it fills the room with clear crisp audio has all of the volume that I want and then some the only thing is that the wire that comes with the speakers seems light weight but it's a minor thing I'm going to replace it with 14 awg or 12 awg not sure which yet but the wire that comes with it I have been using for about a year now without any problems but I just like to have a heavier gauge wire
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on April 19, 2013
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Very nice receiver / speaker package. Sound it good and the system has plenty of power. I really like the wifi access.
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on March 27, 2013
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The receiver has excellent performance. It works as expected and according to manufacturer. By now, none problem at all. I'd recommend this product.
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on March 8, 2013
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I'll admit, this is my first stereo I've ever purchased (multi speaker anyway). I thought long an hard about which stereo system to purchase, and ultimately this was the one I bought for my home theater setup. I was shocked by how small the satellite speakers are, but they do make a lot of noise. I was especially intrigued by the included "calibration" microphone which figures out where all the speakers are in the room and sets the delay for each speaker appropriately.

Pros: Great sound, lots of bass, very powerful
Cons: This system almost has too many features if that's possible, it took about a month of study to really figure everything out. Now that I understand what everything means and does it's great.
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on March 3, 2013
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First: this thing was super easy to set up. The calibration was painless and sounded great (once I upped the power to the Bass a bit for personal preference).

Second: It has so many options and settings you can really dial in the sound you want on each movie. It also does a bang up job auto-detecting the DVD mix without you worrying about sorting through all the settings and options.

Third: It looks great and is not too large. Large yes, but not too large. It does nothing to hurt your sex appeal.

Fourth: It made my roommates exclaim "Whoa" as the bass shook the house and rattled every window. One roommate peed himself after how good it made Chuck Norris sound! He later exclaimed this system took Chuck to a new level he never thought possible!
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on February 26, 2013
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What a great combination of product. Receiver is excellent though aarguably not as beefy as the stand alone onkyo I bought a few years ago as that has 3 discrete amps for multipke room control. This has two, but makes up for the smaller power chasis in the internet conectivity and beefed up hdmi up link (5 or6 connections). The speakers are nicely designed and smaller than I thought they would be, which is nice. The sub nas a good sound and the design of all the units is sleek and refined. The towers stand about 3 feet hight so just keep that in mind when planning for space needs.
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on January 24, 2013
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I must warn you that although it is easy to hook up it does take some time to get everything set in the menu. The system sounds great. Lots of options for playback styles and configurations.
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on January 18, 2013
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My long research for a decent home theater sound system really paid off. After the sound calibrating with a tiny mike, it makes a wonderful accurate sound. This is one of my successful shopping experiences. I looooooooooooove it! Please, don't forget to have the calibrating job before you enjoy the wonderful accurate sound.
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