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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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
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
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.
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The system shipped in 4 days and was brand new in the box. Set-up was simple, everything is color coded and the speakers are labeled. They give u a cheapy 8 foot fiber optic cable with the system, but it works fine. The sound is incredable on this as well. Playing Alan Wake you can hear the footsteps of a taken sneaking up behind you from across the woods. You can hear the breathing of ghouls from far away in the metro in Fallout 3. And in FEAR 3 the floor shakes during the battles. Its crazy, and this is all with the volume at 20. The volume goes up to 50, but I've never needed to go that high.
The sound is real crisp as well. Watching a movie like star wars on blu ray is probably the best way to test it out. The system has dts, dolby digital and pro logic 2. So watching a movie like star wars with dts you can hear every shot fired in the battles clear as day. If you are looking for a system this is the one to get.
Out of the box, the sound quality was incredible, everything I heard was amazing: games, movies, music. The setup was very easy for anyone who knows anything about electronics. I have never set up a sound system before and did not have a single issue with this one. One possible issue you may encounter would be hearing a slight buzzing sound from one of the speakers, this happens if you do not get the wire in all the way.
ALSO: Make sure your Xbox is set to output at Digital 5.1, the default on mine is Digital Stereo, and there is a considerable difference between the two.
I use the system with my computer as well (I use a 3.5mm out to RCA (red/white) cable) and it may just be my settings or the fact that it is an analog stereo signal, but it definitely sounds different. I would not say worse, because I mostly listen to music and I think it still sounds incredible, just not the same as when outputed by the xbox.
Using the MCACC auto calibration worked fairly well, although I though it was somewhat harsh on the Rear speakers, but it is fairly easy to adjust any of the channel levels to a volume of your liking.
The only complaint (and the reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5) I could possibly have is that the display is somewhat difficult to use and understand at times. First, there are many different sound options to choose from, and the differences between them are not really explained anywhere but the manual, which is not very good about exactly what each sound mode is and when to use it. The display is small and has very limited information, so it is difficult to tell what sound mode you are in and what options you have enabled.