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    Default Onkyo shows off 2 new HTIB systems


    Onkyo's home-theater-in-a-box (HTIB) systems tend to be everything HTIBs usually aren't: big, boxy, and they actually sound pretty good. Today the company rolled out two new 7.1 HTIBs, HT-S7200 and HT-S6200, which are step-ups to the existing HT-S5200 and HT-S3200 (full review).

    Onkyo's new HTIBs have several upgrades, but the first thing we noticed is that the systems aren't stuck with the same "pass-through-only" HDMI inputs that plagued the step-down HT-S3200 and HT-S5200. Both the HT-S7200 and HT-S6200 can accept audio over HDMI (you don't need to run separate cables like on the step-down model), and have onboard decoding for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio.

    The included receivers also have Dolby ProLogic IIz decoding, which enables the use of "height" speakers placed above your standard front speakers. You can read our experience with the technology, but the short story is we didn't feel it was worth the hassle.

    Onkyo HT-S6200
    The included AV receiver looks to be nearly identical on both systems, with the major exception being the HT-S7200 has five HDMI inputs, while the HT-S6200 has four. Otherwise, both systems have 130-watt receivers that come with Audyssey 2EQ automatic speaker calibration, plus two Audyssey sound processing modes: Dynamic EQ and Dynamic Volume. The included AV receiver also features Onkyo's propriety universal port connection, which works with the included UP-A1 iPod dock.

    The other major difference between the two systems is the included speaker package. The HT-S7200 features two tall-boy speakers (dual 3.25-inch woofer plus a 1-inch tweeter), plus surround bookshelf speakers, a center channel, and a 230-watt subwoofer with a 10-inch woofer. The HT-S6200 includes nearly the same setup, except trading the tall-boy speakers for another pair of bookshelf speakers. The speaker package included with the HT-S7200 will also be available separately as the SKS-HT870 with $500 list price.

    Both the HT-S7200 and HT-S6200 are currently available, with list prices of $900 and $700, respectively.


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    One of my son-in-laws purchased the Onkyo S6100 7.1 rig 6 months back and he insisted on hanging the two additional speakers. If i remember he rented the latest Rambo flick that was produced with 7.1 sound and you could barely hear those rear two speakers ! That was with them fully ramped up in the speaker set-up we tweaked manually.

    I like the convenience of these HTIB rigs but because of the quality of the speakers i dont think i would buy a 7.1 system unless i bought a standalone receiver and handpicked my own speakers.

    There still isnt many movies with 7.1 sound and i really dont know which ones will hit the rears with any real audio impact.

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    Yea, I don't think I would buy any 7.1 system at this point, or in the near future. Not enough support from the major studios to warrant the upgrade. A solid 5.1 setup is more than adequate
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    Lots of love for the HTIB, I still actually use the speakers from my onkyo one I bought back in '03.....sad I know.
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