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Onkyo HT-S3500 660 Watt 5.1-Channel Home Theater Speaker/Receiver Package
- 4 HDMI Inputs and 1 output with support for 3D and Audio Return Channel
- WRAT Amplifier Technology, 2-Year Warranty, Total System Power: 660 Watts
- Direct Digital Connection of iPod/iPhone via Front USB Port
- Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio
- Easy Settings Change with On Screen Display via HDMI
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Welcome to Immersive, Affordable and Complete Home Theater. For small- to medium-sized rooms, you can’t go past the well-balanced and affordable HT-S3500 home theater package. Newly equipped with Onkyo’s WRAT (Wide Range Amplifier Technology), the AVR and six-speaker set will surprise and delight with audio performance you would expect from a more expensive system. The package is easy to set up right out of the box, thanks to the intuitive HDMI®-overlaid On-Screen Display and wall-mountable speakers. Four HDMI inputs provide connectivity for BD players and gaming consoles, and there’s an Audio Return Channel to send TV audio through the receiver. Plug your iPod®/iPhone® into the front-panel USB and enjoy clear, powerful sound with an inbuilt optimizer enhancing the quality of compressed digital music. The AVR decodes Dolby® TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio™, and is ready for 3D games and movies. Perfect for replacing an aging system, or for your first foray into the world of home theater, the package is rounded out with a subwoofer to boost bottom-end sound.Power Output Front: 110W/Channel (6 ohms, 1 kHz, 1%, 1 channel driven, FTC), Center: 110W (6 ohms, 1 kHz, 1%, 1 channel driven, FTC), Surround L/R: 110W/Channel (6 ohms, 1 kHz, 1%, 1 channel driven, FTC).Power Requirements: AC 120 V, 60Hz.What's in the box: Onkyo HT-S3500 Home Theater Package, Remote Control, 2 x Front Speakers, Center Speaker, 2 x Surround Speakers, Subwoofer and 2-Year Warranty.Dimensions (W x H x D): Front 01 x 200 x 114 mm, Center 240 x 102 x 121 mm ,Surround 101 x 200 x 114 mm and Subwoofer 295 x 345 x 368 mm.
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Bring Immersive, Affordable Home Theater Into Your Own Home
For small- to medium-sized rooms, you can't go past the well-balanced and affordable HT-S3500 home theater package. Newly equipped with Onkyo's WRAT (Wide Range Amplifier Technology), the AVR and six-speaker set will surprise and delight with audio performance you would expect from a more expensive system. The package is easy to set up right out of the box, thanks to the intuitive HDMI®-overlaid On-Screen Display and wall-mountable speakers. Four HDMI inputs provide connectivity for BD players and gaming consoles, and there's an Audio Return Channel to send TV audio through the receiver. Plug your iPod®/iPhone® into the front-panel USB and enjoy clear, powerful sound with an inbuilt optimizer enhancing the quality of compressed digital music. The AVR decodes Dolby® TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio™, and is ready for 3D games and movies. Perfect for replacing an aging system, or for your first foray into the world of home theater, the package is rounded out with a subwoofer to boost bottom-end sound.
| 3D Video and Audio Return Channel via HDMI |
Four HDMI inputs on allow seamless integration of high-definition devices such as Blu-ray players, cable/satellite tuners, and gaming consoles. HDMI implementation on this receiver also supports an Audio Return Channel, allowing TV audio to be sent upstream to the A/V receiver. That means you can enjoy television programs in magnificent Onkyo sound. HDMI also supports 3D video and other popular high-resolution formats.
| Direct Digital Connection: The Cleanest Your iPod Can Sound |
The front-panel USB port lets you play MP3 and AAC stored in an iPod/iPhone, and MP3, WMA, AAC, and FLAC audio files stored on a flash-memory device, using the system's own remote for track selection and playback. Your music will also sound much cleaner and clearer, as the audio signal is transported in digital rather than analog form through the direct digital connection.
| ONKYO's Proprietary WRAT Technology |
WRAT improves the fidelity of amplified audio and reduces noise across the frequency range, guaranteeing a well-balanced performance even with the most dynamic soundtracks. It achieves this by employing a low negative-feedback amplifier design; using "closed" ground-loop circuitry to cancel noise from individual circuits; and by ensuring high instantaneous-current capability. Also Onkyo uses discrete transistors, which help guarantee a consistent, stable supply of current to the speaker system for an open and assured performance.
| Easy Access For Settings Changes |
The overlaid On-Screen Display (OSD) feature makes changing the settings on your A/V receiver quick and easy. On-screen set-up menus appear over the video image you're watching so you can adjust the settings immediately, without having to stop the program and switch to a different screen to access menus.
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Top Customer Reviews
This system sounds good and it has 5 speakers and 1 sub woofer. Hence 5.1 home theater system. The 5 stands for the amount of speakers and the .1 stands for the sub woofer. The front, surround and center speaker are about 6-7" big and the sub woofer is a big box looking thing about 1 1/2ft. on all sides. This system comes with its own speaker wire too but it's very thin. I suggest picking up 16 gauge speaker wire for it. The smaller the gauge the wire is the thicker it is. Do not buy higher than 14 gauge wire because if you do it will not fit into the clips properly. Also 16 gauge is more than enough for most situations unless you have a ginormous room and I'm talking gymnasium big. If you have a small room around 15-20ft. by 15-20ft. A 100ft. spool of wire should suffice. Make sure to measure the amount of wire you need 1st though before you buy it if that's possible. The speaker wire that comes with it is color coded so it is extremely easy to hook the speakers up to the right clips. If you order your own wire it will be a bit more confusing to hook up because the wire will be a different color. The length of the wire that comes with is as follows: 10ft. front speaker wire for ea. speaker, 10ft center speaker wire, 26ft. surround speaker wire and 10ft. wire for sub woofer. It has 2 extra speaker hook ups for another room. These are for the channel B speakers that do not come with the system. Channel A is the 5.1 channel speakers. Meaning if you have 2 extra speakers and you hook them up to the front B clips on the back you can listen to this system in a different room using channel B. Keep this system on channel A if you do not have these extra speakers as it will degrade your sound quality if you don't.
It has 4 HDMI inputs and 1 HDMI output, 2 component video in, 1 Component video out, 4 AV in, 1 AV out, 1 AV audio from TV in, a monitor out coaxial whatever that is..., a R1 remote control hook up again unknown to me..., A.M. and F.M. radio antenna hook ups with the antenna wires, 2 digital audio optic in, 1 digital audio coaxial in, a USB port, and the speaker clips for channel A speakers (12 clips) and front channel B speakers (4 clips).
The component connections on this device are video only. If your hooking a component device/ system into your TV you can still listen to its audio on this home theater system if you have a digital audio coaxial or digital audio optic cable that can hook up to both your TV and this system.
I love this system for the amount of connections it has. You can also hook up a MP3 player I-phone or I-pod device that has music on it and listen to your music using a USB cable on this home theater system. You can also hook headphones up to it if you want to listen quietly but I have yet to discover what kind of head phones to use with it as the head phone jack is big. Bigger than a ear buds plug in. It will take some time getting used to all the settings and some research if your new to home theater systems but its so much better having the sound all around you than just in front. It's a great learning experience. This device is CEC or RIHD compatible if you know what that means. I prefer to keep these settings turned off though. It annoys me when I'm trying to listen to music from one device and I go to turn my TV off to listen to just the music using my home theater system and it turns my home theater system off with it...
All in all this device is definintley worth the price and I suggest that if your new to home theater system this is a good place to start. The top does get a little hot when it's in use but the manual that comes with it states that this is natural. It also states to give the system at least 20mm of breathing room and keep it in an area with good ventilation. I assume this is to keep the system cool. I use this device with my PS1, PS2, and Xbox 360. It's supposed to be 3D compatable but I would't know I don't have a 3D TV so I could not put this to the test. It works with 720p and 1080p among other resolutions. It also has an on screen setup menu using the HDMI out.
If you find this review helpful or not please vote. It took me alot of time to write this.
If you use it to play loud music on a regular basis, the speakers will die on you in a few months. When mine died, I took them apart to see what the internal construction was like and how they were made. My advice would be to not use any wire smaller than 18 or 20 gauge to wire this system (like the ones provided) because the wires on the inside are very very thin and cheap.
The sound you get from this system is really not bad considering how inexpensive it is. The satellites are very compact and almost completely lack the low end of the sound spectrum, which the subwoofer does its job to make up for. Taking the subwoofer apart after it blew out on me was the most disappointing part of the whole system. Theres no foam, the internal wires are very cheap and the speaker leads between the voice coil and the driver leads are uninsulated and kept shorting themselves out (which eventually fried the receiver).
Overall, its a decent starter system, but you could probably do better if you got a cheap receiver and set of speakers separately.
I am brand new to the surround sound system world, so I spent significant time shopping and reading an exorbitant amount of reviews on different products. I ended up going with this set because it had pretty good reviews, it was in my price range, and I saw a lot of high-end sets that were made by Onkyo. I didn't want to spend $1,500 on my first surround system and not have a clue how to set it up to my liking and operate it.
I also, on the advice of other reviewers, went ahead and bought a 100-foot spool of 16-gauge speaker wire. I hooked it up at first with the dummy-proof color-coded wires that come with the system, and let me tell you that they are ridiculously tiny. I think they are 22- or 24-gauge, even for the subwoofer. After using it for a few days I traded the stock wire with the 16-gauge, and it made a substantial difference. So my advice is go ahead and spend another $13 to get a larger wire. I went with "Mediabridge - 16-Gauge 100 feet Speaker Wire with Sequential Foot Markings".
I played with the crossover a bit, and I found that with it set at 150Hz there is a pretty good balance of low- and high-frequency speaker usage. If it is set to lower than 100HZ you will barely be able to tell that a subwoofer is in the system (perhaps this is desirable when people are trying to sleep), and if it is set to above 150Hz (which on this system there is only one option above, 200Hz) the subwoofer and low-frequency speakers try to produce sounds out of their capability and it sounds awful. Either way, the crossover is easily manipulated with a few button presses on the remote control.
The controls for this system are great. The system has an on-screen menu that shows up on the TV screen and is very logical. No fancy imagery or details, just the bare-bones, easy access functional menu. The remote allows you to easily navigate the menu, but it also has several direct buttons that allow you to control important features without having to scroll through the menu.
One thing that I noticed about the speakers that might bother some is that they are only set up for keyhole hang mounting. There are no threaded holes on the bottom or on the back, so if that is your plan, then beware. That is not an issue for me as I planned to mount them on stands. I got the "Atlantic Satellite 77305018 2 Speaker Stands (Black)" for about $35 per pair and they worked great, even came with some stout two-sided adhesive tape. These do the job, and they fit in with the speakers well enough that you don't constantly notice that they didn't come with the system.
Overall I think this is a great starter set for the audially immature such as myself, but I don't see myself getting rid of it any time soon because the sound is phenomenal. While I was hooking up the new 16-gauge speaker wire I had the sound playing through the TV, and it just sounded empty and dull. This system, at a great price, really woke my TV up and makes me feel like I'm right in the middle of the movie scene!
NOTE: THE FOLLOWING TWO PARAGRAPHS ARE NOT ABOUT A PROBLEM WITH THIS SYSTEM. I JUST THOUGHT IT MIGHT BE USEFUL INFORMATION FOR TROUBLESHOOTING.
I had an issue at first where there would be a hum coming from the subwoofer at low to medium volume that would also appear in the speakers at high volume. This, of course, annoyed me, and I immediately dreaded having to repackage the system and ship it back to Amazon. I then took a step back, said "woo-sah", and began looking for a solution. I found that it was the shielding on the cable input to my set top box (which is connected to the Onkyo system via HDMI, then an HDMI from the Onkyo to my TV) held a bit of potential to ground (a couple of millivolts), and that it was essentially grounding itself through the amplifier. The way I found this out was I selected an input channel on the Onkyo that had no input and listened for the hum. The TV screen turned blue, I turned the volume up to about 30, and there was that annoying sound. I then reached behind my set top box and unhooked the cable line, and the hum disappeared.
I solved the problem by disconnecting the cable from my set top box, plugging that into the "cable in" port on my surge protector, then running a line from the "cable out" port of my surge protector back to my set top box. The surge protector grounded the shielding and completely removed the hum at any volume all the way up to maximum with no noticeable effect on the cable signal.