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Onkyo HT-SP908 7.1 Channel Home Theater System (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

by Onkyo
63 customer reviews

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  • 90 watts per channel minimum into 8 ohms, 20 kHz, 0.05%, FTC (2 Channels Driven)
  • HDMI 1.3a audio and video processing (2 inputs, 1 output)
  • Faroudja DCDi Edge enhancement
  • DVD video, VCD, DVD+R/RW, MP3 CD, WMA CD, audio CD, CD-R/RW, JPEG encoded picture CD playback
  • Progressive scan video output
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Product Specifications

Brand NameOnkyo
Output Wattage1000
Built In DecodersDolby Digital Plus, DTS-HD decoder, Dolby TrueHD

Product Description

Product Description

Many home theater systems are designed as an add on to HDTV. With little thought or imagination, these systems detract from, rather than enhance high-definition home entertainment. With generic amplifier designs, limited playback capabilities, and inferior parts, they are little match for the range of A/V formats, sources, and technologies offered today. The HT-SP908 is a completely different proposition. With the TX-SR605 7.1-channel A/V surround home theater receiver and the DV-SP405 DVD/CD/MP3 player providing video and multichannel audio via today's ultimate transport, High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI), this system will effortlessly transport audio and video signals in the digital domain. Some stunning innovations, like Audyssey 2EQ¿ to correct room acoustics, multi-room playback, a full connectivity suite (with switching and upconversion), XM and SIRIUS capability, and integrated system control, elevate this system into a league of its own.

From the Manufacturer

Making Waves as one of the Best in High-Definition, Networked Home Entertainment

Meet the standout leader of Onkyo's new range of home theater systems. Embracing all of the technologies synonymous with the 2007 line-up - including HDMI 1.3a, Dolby® TrueHD, DTS-HD® Master Audio, and Audyssey 2EQ - the HT-SP908 7.1-channel home theater system has a number of advantages that propel it into the home theater super league. 7.1-channel A/V receiver and HD conversion DVD/CD/MP3 player combine to expertly handle DVD, broadcasts, CDs, digital music and video files from your computer as well as satellite radio to open up a huge reservoir of internet and computer-based audio resources.

HT-SP908's full-featured remote

Enjoy the cutting edge of technology with the1080p HDMI Simple Solution - just one cable to TV with HDMI video up-conversion in AV Receiver. In line with Onkyo's impeccable track record, under the hood of the HT-SP908 you will find an innovative power supply, remarkable amplification design, and high-performance parts from the likes of Texas Instruments. "Complete" is a tag not given lightly, but the HT-SP908 earns it in style.

Better Class of Home Theater Video and Sound System

Take a look at Onkyo's high end home theater system capable of passing 1080p video and studio-master-quality audio, such as DTS-HD Master Audio and Dolby TrueHD. With HDMI version 1.3a as your link, the HT-SP908 becomes a home theater dynamo with real versatility. The Audyssey 2EQ Auto Speaker Calibration system creates a larger listening 'sweet spot' by using multiple calibration points. It is ideal for larger area and family listening. This slim, wall mountable 7.1 speaker system includes a two-way dual woofer front speaker, a two-way dual woofer center speaker, a one-way surround speaker and a 10 inch 230W powered subwoofer for a total of 1000W of audio versatility packaged in an attractive wood cabinet.

Multimedia Center to Manage Digital Audio and Video Files

The 7.1-channel A/V receiver and HD conversion DVD/CD/MP3 player combine to expertly handle DVDs, broadcasts, CDs, satellite radio as well as digital music and video files from your computer. The HT-SP908, which is Microsoft Windows Media certified, can play DRM music downloads from Napster and CDquality files from MusicGiants with Windows Media Player serving as its command center. You can also bring your iPod® to the party with the included RI docking station, which neatly integrates the device into your home entertainment system.

The HT-SP908 is the home theater total package

For internet radio, you can access stations that use MP3 or WMA streaming. This system includes some stunning innovations like Audyssey 2EQ™ to correct room acoustics, multi-room playback, a full connectivity suite (with switching and upconversion), it is fully XM and SIRIUS ready, and has an integrated system control. These features elevate this system into a league of its own. With many of the features found in Onkyo's high-def A/V receiver line-up — Audyssey 2EQ™, Faroudja DCDi, RIHD, HDMI and component video upconversion — the HT-SP908 looks every bit the total solution.

1080p Video and High-Resolution Audio Processing via HDMI 1.3a

Multiple HDMI inputs and outputs enable you switch four of the latest high-definition components between either of the HT-SP908's two assignable HDMI inputs and one HDMI output. This offers a simple, one-cable solution for connecting your Blu-ray and HD-DVD players, satellite and cable boxes, media centers as well as gaming consoles. The High-Definition Multimedia Interface delivers the latest high-definition audio formats — Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby® Digital Plus and DTS-HD® High Resolution Audio — which are then processed by the HT-SP908's onboard DOLBY and DTS decoders. These new formats enable unprecedented quality, including bit-for-bit reproduction for TrueHD and Master Audio. Also, HDMI 1.3a gives you greater bandwidth to deal with higher resolutions, 36-bit Deep Color™ and high frame rates.

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 95.2 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B000UN44HW
  • Item model number: HTSP908
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #246,985 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at September 27, 2007
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Dougie Fresh VINE VOICE on January 17, 2008
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I've been a big fan of Onkyo since I bought my first Onkyo receiver and CD player back in 1994. This is my third Onkyo purchase and an upgrade from an Onkyo 700 I bought about five years ago. I bought this HTIB because it had everything I was looking for to go with my new HDTV. I wanted HDMI switching, low profile speakers I could mount on the wall, a powered subwoofer, a DVD player with HDMI and to improve the whole sound experience. This package had it all and at a pricepoint well below the systems I was trying to put together by hand.

Being experienced with Onkyo and setting up HT systems of my own, I had little trouble getting this system setup. I wanted to "do it right" this time so I bought banana plugs to terminate the speaker wire (I did not use the wire that came with the system) which makes it SO MUCH easier to install. Besides the speaker connections, I have an HDMI cable going from my cable box and another from the DVD player into the Onkyo receiver and an HDMI out going to my HDTV. I also have a analog output from my cable box into the receiver for listening to on Zone 2 and a mini-jack to stereo RCA plug into the receiver for hooking up either my MP3 player or laptop for playing MP3s. This is by far much less cluttered than before thanks to the HDMI cables.

The sound of the system and all the options for adjusting the sounds blow away my Onkyo 700. The speakers sound better than the Bose 501s and Cambridge Soundworks surrounds I had setup with the 700. Both the new system and the old system were setup for 5.1 but the new system just blows the old system away in terms of sounds and 5.1 effects. I think a lot of that has to do with the subwoofer but the other part of it is that the sound just seems more "expansive" for lack of a better term.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Curtis Bard on January 18, 2008
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We are very happy with this Onkyo HT-SP908 7.1 system. Probably, the $2000-$3,000 systems are better, but this system is all most people will need. The discounted price helped make the decision for us. The iPod Dock works well for regular classic iPods and for iPod Nanos, but not for iTouch iPods. Some photos don't show the iPod dock, but it is included, and allows the user to play songs and videos in vivid color and vibrant sound on your flat screen TV/surround sound system.

We also purchased a Sony 52" LCD HD-TV, an Apple-TV unit, and a Playstation 3. Both the AppleTV and the Playstation can access the Internet if you have a router/modem setup in your location. Together all these units really complement each other, and provide a true home theater experience.

The HD channels are an excellent video and audio experience, and every day more stations and channels are switching over to HD. The regular SB source is ok, but HD channels (and Blu-ray DVDs with our Sony PS3) are fantastic. The Onyko DVD player is ok, but having a PS3 DVD / Blu-ray player is a better way to go.

I'm still confused about whether to use upgraded speaker cable gauge, or not. (We bought a roll of heavier gauge wire in case we want to replace speaker wires, and/or need extensions for some speakers.) We also purchased the recommended 1000 series Monster cables and a Monster outlet unit to be sure to get the best sound and picture and surge protection from our home theater system. We also intend to buy a relatively inexpensive SquareTrade extended warranty to help protect our investment.

It's a good idea to get 2 or 3 pairs of speaker stands, unless you will mount your flat panel TV and speakers on the wall. (We purchased the cheaper ones that worked out ok.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Shawn J. Power on March 6, 2008
I have mixed feelings about this product. I think the sound is OK, however I can't really judge it because the speakers have a comically low sensitivity rating. It is no wonder the product description does not include this info. The rating is 78db. making it a major power drain. I would have done much better getting different speakers and receiver separately. For every 3db. lower rating, you need twice the power to drive it. With a sensitivity rating of 91db. the Infinty Beta speakers would be 4 times louder than the Onkyo speakers at the same volume. Which means you drive your amp one fourth as hard and have much cleaner power. I have to put the receiver up past half way just to here the signal (pathetic). I have the Infinity's on order and will be throwing away these power draining Onkyo's when they get here. I can't recommend this package.
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Mark E. Robbins on December 1, 2007
To put it simply, I bought more system than I needed in this case. Granted, now that it's installed, I am thrilled with the sound quality and features this system promised...and delivered.

However, for a guy who has gotten used to everything working out of the box once it's all plugged in right, this was a frustrating experience. I KNOW it says to read through the manual "thoroughly" before trying to turn the bloody thing on, but who does that? As it turns out, once you plug the INCLUDED DVD player and TV into the receiver via the INCLUDED HDMI cable, insert a DVD, change the input to DVD on the receiver, and press PLAY...nothing happens. Well, the DVD spun up, and said it was playing, sound, no picture. I thought HDMI was supposed to make this simple. However, as the manual plainly states, you have to use let the receiver know you want to actually USE HDMI via a setting (which is defaulted to OFF) even if it's the only thing plugged in, even if it comes packaged to use HDMI out of the box. No "plug and play" here. Then, after reading the manual "thoroughly" I still had a two hour tinker session ahead of me to get sound working from my satellite receiver. It was an obscure setting buried in a sub-menu of the receiver, but I finally found it and got it working.

This is NOT a theater-in-a-box system designed for those who want as little agony from setting up a surround system as possible. With 7.1, you're already looking at devoting an afternoon to running and hiding wire all over your living room, but with this, plan on spending your night getting the settings to a point where it will all just function properly. It's like the AV version of installing Linux. It's great once you're done, but God help you if you run into any problems along the way.
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