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Pioneer HTS-GS1 5.1-Channel Surround Sound System for the Xbox 360 (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • MCACC microphone calibration technology automatically adjusts the surround sound to match your room
  • Front Stage option mimics surround sound without placing the speakers around the room
  • Powerful 600 watts of total RMS power and Dolby Digital/Pro Logic II and DTS decoding
  • Includes five satellite speakers (two front, two rear, and center), subwoofer, display unit, and remote control
  • 5.1-channel surround sound system matches the Xbox 360's design and style
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Product Specifications

Brand NamePioneer
RMS Power Range - Amplifiers600

Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Pioneer
  • Model: HTS-GS1

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 20.4 x 20.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 38 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B000H683YC
  • Item model number: HTS-GS1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,613 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 5, 2006

Product Description


If you've got an Xbox 360, then you're probably very happy with the system's fantastic graphics, bountiful title selection, and sleek design. Now, what about a high-performance sound system to enhance your gaming experience? Designed to match the style of the Xbox 360, Pioneer's HTS-GS1 5.1-Channel Surround Sound System may be just what you're looking for. After setting up this home-theater-in-a-box (HTIB) system, we sat back and enjoyed several hours of pure gaming bliss. Whether we were battling online against other Halo 2 gamers, or saving the planet in the Xbox 360 title, Prey, this system delivered awesome and inspired surround sound.

Easy Set-up and Configuration
Everything you need to set up the HTS-GS1 is included in the box. Using the handy Quick Start Guide, we had the entire system wired in less than an hour. The easy-to-follow instructions and color-coded wires made the set up of the center speaker, subwoofer, and two rear and two front speakers a cinch. One word of warning: the included wires are an adequate length for a small-to-medium sized room, but if you really want to spread out, you'll need additional wiring to complete the task. But for our purposes, the HTS-GS1 provided everything we needed to get the job done.

The HTS-GS1 is an ideal choice for any small-to-medium sized space that is dedicated to Xbox 360 gaming.

Once the speakers were in place, we took advantage of the system's auto MCACC microphone calibration technology. We simply placed the ultra high-end calibration microphone on the back of the couch -- directly behind our favorite gaming position -- and the HTS-GS1 automatically adjusted the sound for the distance, volume, speaker size, and equalization. Once the system calibrated the speakers to match the layout of our room, we were off to the races --literally -- tackling the toughest race tracks available on Project Gotham Racing 3.

Although all the connections were easy to distinguish and connect, we do have one complaint: there are loads and loads of wires to deal with. This is not a problem unique to the HTS-GS1, but we found it a bit ironic that a home-theater-in-a-box designed to complement the Xbox 360 -- a gaming system noted for its clean design and wireless capabilities -- would be so overloaded with wires.

Sleek, Xbox 360 Design
This surround sound system offers an attractive white design, accented with gray speaker grilles, and features five small satellite speakers (center, two front, and two rear), and a large subwoofer that is about the size of a standard CPU tower. Although the subwoofer is a bit bulky, it houses all of the system's electronics and connectivity jacks. And since this theater system lacks a DVD player (the assumption is you'll use your Xbox 360 for movies), the display unit is quite small; in fact, it's not much bigger than the included remote control. It features tiny, silver control buttons and a large, circular power button. The front panel delivered all the information we needed via a scrolling single-line display. The included easy-to-use remote control is packed with features, and, like the rest of the system, it also matches the Xbox 360 design. With it we could control all of the system's features, as well as our Xbox 360 gaming console.

Sound Designed for High-Performance Gaming
With the HTS-GS1 we could hear every audio effect the Xbox 360 had to offer -- from the lightest wind to bone-rattling explosions. The system delivers great audio performance with a powerful 600 watts of total RMS power, and dynamic 5.1-channel surround sound with Dolby Digital/Pro Logic II and DTS decoding. In addition to playing video games, the Xbox 360 also plays DVDs and MP3 files. We took advantage of both and spent an afternoon watching movies, and an evening listening to a stack of CDs. The system responded to every form of entertainment that we could throw at it -- games, film, and music -- with crisp, clear, and powerful sound.

The HTS-GS1 also features Front Stage Surround Sound, a virtual surround-sound feature. To test this function, we moved all the speakers to the front of the room. Through its sophisticated digital sound processing and directional speakers, the system can mimic surround sound without the hassle of running wires to additional rear speakers. Although the traditional surround sound set-up delivered the best audio surround sound quality, the Front Stage option was still much better than our regular, old television speakers.

The HTS-GS1 can be a bit pricey when compared to other home-theater-in-a-box systems, but Pioneer's design may trump the cost for those who want an attractive, surround-sound option that matches the Xbox 360's style. And even though his system may not be the optimal home-theater system choice for a large family room, the HTS-GS1 is an ideal choice for any small-to-medium sized space that is dedicated to Xbox 360 gaming.


  • Attractive, Xbox 360 design
  • Simple set-up and great sound
  • Ideal for any small-to-medium sized gaming room
  • Lots and lots of wires
  • A bit pricey when compared to similar HTIBs
What's in the Box
Receiver/subwoofer, five satellite speakers (two front, two rear, and one center), display unit, remote control, two AA batteries, two display unit stands, AM loop antenna, FM wire antenna, display unit cable, optical cable, power cord, five speaker cables, microphone (for Auto MCACC setup), non skid pads (small and large), mounting brackets, screws, operating instructions, and warranty card.

Product Description

Maximize Your Gaming Surround Sound Experience!The HTS-GS1 is the 5.1 Surround Sound System you need because it has...$50 Rebate FormPurchase an audio system for the X-Box 360 from November 16, 2006 through December 25, 2006 and be eligible to receive a $50 rebate. Rebate Form and Details.-->High Power 6 channel digital amplification that delivers futurized clean, efficient, powerful, full-range, quality sound reproduction Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 Surround sound processors create amazing sound fields by immersing you in the action using Front Stage Surround Sound Option. Auto MCACC with microphone calibration technology automatically adjusts multiple audio characteristics specifically to your own home for clean, accurate sound. Sound Retriever DSP brings life back into compressed audio formats Remote Control puts you in full command of both your home theater and gaming systemWith intelligent design, power and processing can come in a small package.By placing the amplifier and electronics in the base of the subwoofer, this system delivers all of the power andfeatures of a traditional surround sound system - without cluttering your space. And, all of the connections you'll need are integrated into the subwoofer and color-coded , allowing quick and easy installation and set-up. With three digital inputs, this system is ready for DTS and Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound audio tracks found in games, video and music. Powerful, compact and custom-designed to match the Xbox 360 video game console.A complete digital entertainment center designed with the same sleek finish as the Xbox 360 video game console; the HTS-GS1 delivers a lot of power and sound processing without taking up a lot of space.You don't have to be surrounded by speakers to get amazing surround soundWhile the HTS-GS1 has front and surround sound speakers for conventional 5.1 surround sound, a Front Stage Surround Sound option provides a veryrealistic surround sound experience evenwhen all of the speakers

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Sound Quality: VERY GOOD!
The front and rear speaker are actually "stackable" which allows a front surround stage 5 channel sound speaker placement arrangement.
It has gorgeous true 5.1 surround sound as well.
Jesse R. Dufault

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Dsinned on February 1, 2007
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I shopped and priced around extensively, and the Pioneer HTIB system was the clear choice to add on to my Xbox 360. First, and foremost, this is a well designed "compact" home theater system that goes very well with a 360. It's color scheme blends right in with the Microsoft game sytem. Pioneer got all the details right, even down to the XBOX-like "univeral" remote control.

The nearest competitor to Pioneer's HTS-GS1 is the Spherex 51000 HTIB 5.1 Channel surround system, also license by Microsoft specifically for the Xbox 360. In a head to head comparison, to me, the Pioneer integrates best, mainly because it "looks" like it belongs with the Xbox and also has more user friendly system controls and by far is more flexible to set up whether used with the Xbox or not. I cannot comment on differences in terms of purely audio performance, but the Spherex is only rated for 300 watts total output. The latter may not be a fair comparison - read on for more on this.

These two systems are currently selling in retail stores close to the same price point (around $200). Since there introduction, both have been deeply discounted from original list price of $499. Overall, I feel the HTS-GS1 offers the most bang for the buck.

The surround speakers are uniquely and cleverly designed. The front and rear speaker are actually "stackable" which allows a front surround stage 5 channel sound speaker placement arrangement. This stacking feature is not possible on Spherex system with its omni surround satellite speakers which must have free air space above each speaker to work properly.

Front speaker stacking is an extremely useful feature for the non-purist audiophile.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By sabs on December 26, 2006
i have owned about three surround sound systems but none of them compares to this HTS-GS1 from pioneer.i was a bit skeptical about buying it after the review in the OXM but i went ahead and bought it anyway.some people say its not too loud but this system comes fully customizable with adjustable volume levels for both the surround and front speakers.it has plenty of power to make ur neighbours mad.i have a 2500 square foot house and it rattles the whole house.so guys go ahead and get urself one this baby is packed with features.hopefully u find this review helpful in ur shopping.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By M. Riddle on January 31, 2007
When you're looking at a surround sound system in the price range of $200-350, you know that you're in the "bargain section". That shouldn't mean you can't get a bang-four-your-buck system though, and this ones proves that.


- Included optical cable (almost unheard of these days)

- The nice remote

- The ability to calibrate the system via included mic

- The fact that you can run it as a true 5.1 -or- a virtual 5.1 (2.1) system

- The good sound (obvs)


- The amplifier being built into the woofer. While few people will argue in favor of a gigantic, amplified head unit, having it in the woofer does limit where you can place that piece. Fortunately, it's not THAT big, so for people like me, it's a nonissue.

This may not be the BEST 5.1 (v. Samsung, Klipsch, etc) or the BEST compact unit (v. Philips, Yamaha, etc), but if you're look for an afforable, reasonable compact, versatile surround sound system, you can't go wrong with this one.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. Galette on November 19, 2006
This Home theater is incredible. Picked it up for 230$ from circuit city! Sound is amazing... Not much else to say.. I was skeptical at first but thankfully my local CC had one on display hooked up to a 360. After playing for a few minutes I immediately knew it was coming home with me.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Subia on March 20, 2007
Okay, for those of you that are "Iffy" on buying this system and haven't decided yet this is the review for you. I am not an Audiophile as some people are when it comes to Sound. But I have had a couple of 5.1 surround setups in my time. So I do know what to expect when listening to a Surround Setup.

This Pioneer setup is by far one of the best I've had. I do have a small room so that might have something to do with it. But I cannot imagine this system not putting out enough power for the average joe like myself.

I actually enjoy playing my games so much more. And I have found myself watching movies more now too LOL Plus it has an extra Digital Port on the receiver. So I hooked up my Cable box (time warner) to it with an Optical Cable. Now Watching TV is a Blast too!

And as far as having control. You have the usual Treble/Bass controls. Then there are of course the usual EQ presets like Movie, Sports etc. But on top of that there are a couple of other cool features like the "Midnight" setting that adjusts all of the EQ settings so that if you are Playing/Watching something late night you will get all of the sound without having to turn up the volume and wake up everyone in the house.

Oh, and one last thing. One of the reasons I did end up getting this system was this. It does NOT come with a DVD player. I know that right now there is a battle between HD-DVD and Blu-Ray. So the cool part is that what ever player I decide to get in the end will not effect the usability of the sytem. I'll just be able to plug it right in and I'm off to the races.

So friends, if you are looking to up the FUN Factor of your Xbox 360 and Movie/TV watching, then this is the system to get. PERIOD!
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