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Onkyo HT-RC260 7.2-Channel Home Theater Receiver (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
- 100 Watts per Channel at 8 Ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.08%, 2 Channels Driven, FTC
- HDMI (Version 1.4a to Support 3D and Audio Return Channel
- HDMI Video Upscaling to 1080p with Faroudja DCDi Cinema
- Audyssey DSX and Dolby Pro Logic IIz for New Surround Channels
- Powered Zone 2 and Zone 2 Line-Out for Playback of Separate Source in Another Room
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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.
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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® 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Just a few random notes:
- the display on the receiver is very bright, but the remote has a dimmer button on it which can dim the display until it is almost off.
- the microphone set-up was VERY easy. Just place it in 3 locations and hit a few buttons. It does the rest of the calibration for you.
- the sound (even through my old sony speakers) is better than what my old sony and denon receivers could produce.
- hdmi pass-through is available, as is on board up-scaling and analog to digital up-converting to 1080p out via HDMI (a very nice feature at this price point)
Keep in mind that I'm no expert, but i have set up a number of systems (from cheap home-theaters-in-a-box up to $50,000 custom home theater rooms) and this product really impresses me on its feature set as well as its ease of set up. If anyone has any questions, please don't hesitate to ask via amazon.
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.
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.
Room calibration is an important feature that's not always understood by the innocent consumer. Real rooms have all sorts of problems. The placement of your seat, the relation between speakers and walls, and the size and shape of the room can make a good system sound bad. A good receiver will have a way of compensating for this by measuring the room and the applying EQ (fancy term for tone controls) that corrects the problem. Onkyo has done a very good job with this. Simply place the provided microphone right about where your head would be and then plug it in to the front of the unit. The onscreen display will automatically walk you through the process. It only takes a few minutes, and the difference in sound is really striking. I've dealt with this process with many different pieces of equipment, and I think Onkyo does as good a job of making it simple as can be done.
The remote is a fairly typical programmable remote. You can provide codes (Onkyo walks you through suggested codes) to control most of the other devices in your system. As you might expect this sometimes works and sometimes doesn't. It controls my Toshiba HD-DVD (yes, I actually have one) perfectly well, but is a few buttons short of controlling my satellite box. On the other hand, I was able to program my DirectTV remote to control the mute and volume of the Onkyo, so most of my bases are covered. Be prepared to spend an evening with a lapful of remotes, seeing what you can do.
The manual is fair, but not outstanding. There are a lot of undefined terms that only have meaning to experienced audio/video people. And there are others that even I--with decades in the field--scratch my head over. This raises an important issue. It's easy to find complaints about the complexity of a unit like this. That's true--there are features in here that were only recently restricted to professionally-installed systems. Any person who's not confident about their knowledge would be advised to get schooled. There must be "Home Theater for Dummies" or something like it. Once you understand how this unit works, you will be quite happy with it. A few nights of setting it up, and it will easily support whatever you throw at it.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: There appears to be a flaw in this product. After a few weeks of operation, the 5 HDMI inputs on the rear of the unit failed suddenly. The only video signal coming out was a blue screen. The auxiliary HDMI on the front continued to work. Amazon replaced the unit. After a couple of months, this second unit has just failed in the same way. It's clear there's some sort of problem--either a bad lot of parts or a design flaw. I'll report back to this review when and if I get an answer directly from Onkyo. I really like the sound and functionality of the unit, but I'm afraid that I must knock off a few stars until there's a satisfactory resolution.
CLOSURE: After another couple of months, the HDMI board failed completely. It was replaced under warranty, and has performed quite well since that time. It appears that there was either a faulty lot of boards or the design has been corrected. I'm happy with the warranty service and I'm happy with the receiver.