New Onkyo Home Theater in a Box
2008 model line has power and style

The Onkyo Home Theater in a Box line offered three new models for 2008 that blend style with full-featured functionality. The top-of-the-line 7.1 HT-S5100 offers plenty of power, HDMI switching and automatic room calibration/equalization -- basically all that is needed in a home theater system except the HDTV and video sources. Comparatively -- the entry-level model HT-S3100 is a 5.1 system with component switching (no HDMI), its subwoofer is powered by the receiver, and it does not offer the iPod dock present in the two other models.

The middle model HT-S4100 features a 200 watt powered subwoofer and includes an iPod dock to differentiate itself from the HT-S3100.

The real gem of the three new models is the HT-S5100. It's a real beauty both in style and performance.

Onkyo HT-S5100 Home Theater in a Box image The Onkyo HT-S5100 features 110 watts per channel with a 230 watt 10" powered subwoofer, 7.1 Dolby Digital and DTS decoding, 3 to 1 HDMI switching, an iPod dock and is Sirius satellite radio ready with 40 available Sirius/FM/AM presets. At the heart of the system is the HT-R560 receiver which offers the latest in Onkyo technology including -- H.C.P.S. (High Current Power Supply), 192 kHz/24-bit D/A converters and accurate 32-bit DSP processing, and also Onkyo's Music Optimizer for Compressed Music. Along with the HDMI switching a generous assortment of conventional A/V inputs is offered including four digital audio inputs - two optical and two coaxial inputs for convenient flexibility.

MSRP for the new Onkyo Home Theater in a Box units is $379, $479 and $579 respectively but the best of the bunch - and perhaps the best deal I've seen on such a powerful and full featured all-in-one system - the HT-S5100 can be had from Amazon for under $500 with free shipping.




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