- Brand Name: Pioneer
- Model Number: HTS-GS1
Pioneer HTS-GS1 5.1-Channel Surround Sound System for the Xbox 360 (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
- 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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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 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.Read more ›
- 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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Everyone else had pretty well covered all the ins and outs of this system, so I will just say that I've owned this system for something like 6 years now and its great. Read morePublished 17 months ago by S. Hall
I spent weeks shopping surround systems before I settled on this one. The only reasonI held off was because of the price. Read morePublished on March 28, 2012 by Joe Ricciardi
I have had this system for 4 years and it is EXCELLENT. Like many, I got it for $99 from Buy.com, so it was definitely worth the money. Read morePublished on February 14, 2012 by Tyler
This product only cost me 40 bucks. It was a demo unit at the local BJ's and this system is unbelievable. Read morePublished on October 30, 2011 by Matt
Several years ago, I bought this system on sale for $99 plus shipping as a temporary replacement to my dead onkyo receiver sound system. Read morePublished on August 30, 2011 by Yodaman
I bought this 4 years ago. Gives realistic sound. As an example, while playing one of the Moto GP games on my Xbox 360, it sounds like I am at the race track on the motorcycle.Published on August 18, 2011 by Shocka
As the title states, I've had this sound system for a VERY long time. I saw it in a OXM magazine and it was listed as $400, shortly later closer to Christmas I found it at Best Buy... Read morePublished on July 21, 2011 by Austin
This surround sound system is an excellent choice for an entry level surround sound. The system self calibrates using the room microphone it comes with and sounds fantastic. Read morePublished on December 22, 2010 by amreason