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    Arrow Onkyo adds the HT-9300THX to the top of its HTIB line



    We're not the biggest fans of home theaters that come in a single box, but out of all of them we recognize the value and versatility of the Onkyo offerings. The latest addition is at the top of the line adding to the HT-S7300 and HT-S6300 we told you about earlier this month. The HT-S9300THX is 3D ready and features four HDMI 1.4a inputs as well as the latest lossless HD decoders, Audyssey 2EQ room acoustics correction technology, and is the first THX I/S Plus Certified (newly created for HTIBs). The 7.1 system also happens to include a Faroudja DCDi Cinema video processor for upconverting those old standard def sources to 1080p. Certainly not what you think of when you think of a HTIB, but it will start shipping this week for $1099 if it's up your alley.


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    Onkyo really does own the HTIB market. I wonder, do more people go that route than go with separates? Being an A/V freak, I find it hard to gauge where the average Joe or Joline is with this stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidjschenk View Post
    Onkyo really does own the HTIB market. I wonder, do more people go that route than go with separates? Being an A/V freak, I find it hard to gauge where the average Joe or Joline is with this stuff.

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    I think alot of J6Ps buy the HTiBs due to the convenience and cost. I hear many buy into the Bose hype.


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    Quote Originally Posted by bravestime View Post
    I think alot of J6Ps buy the HTiBs due to the convenience and cost. I hear many buy into the Bose hype.
    See, that was my hunch, but I didn't want to prejudge. Bose--what drek!

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    I have an old hippie friend who used to be an audio geek. Back in the mid 70's. Now, he's living nearly as a recluse, and I'm trying to get him back into it cause I know he misses being in touch or at least being able to listen to his Woodstock era music on a decent system.

    Anyway - I steered him to an Onkyo HTIB system a year ago. He seemed pleased that in one simple motion, he could at least claim he's back in the game. I also just sold him my first blu-ray player. I got $50 for it. He is so happy. Now if I could just get him to take the HTIB out of the box and set it up.
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    I ordered the Onkyo 9300 and it comes in on Monday 4/4/2011. I'll post some impressions once everything is all setup. Any particular info people might be interested in?

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    I am definitely looking hard at this or the one step down, the 7300. I know this one is THX certified but still not sure its worth the extra money. I would like to hear your review of them though.

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    Ok...

    Got this system from Amazon for 779.99 free shipping, no tax. Box came a week later in perfect condition. The guys at CEVA shipping did an awesome job. They brought it in for me, even wanted me to open the box so they could see it and make sure its in good condition!

    I prewired all the places in my 16 x 23' living room, so setting it up did not take too long. With the 9300, I also ordered a 16' thx monster sub cable ($17) and 200' of 16 gauge mediabridge speaker wire. Everything is set up the way dolby's website recommends and is a few inches above ear level. With the back rears being a little taller. Did the Audyssey setup and it took a few tries because the stupid neighbor's dog kept barking right when I was about to finish. The result was a real accurate distance and speaker levels. I ended up pumping up my back surrounds a little bit as personal preference and was ready to give this thing a whirl.

    The first thing I tried was putting my ps3 on LPCM 7.1 and playing 3:10 To Yuma. The sub is on the THX recommended setting and the receiver is set to multichannel (PS3 is doing the decoding). Man...this system ROCKS! I've had some pretty cruddy surround sound systems in my day, so getting something like this is a huge difference. To hear the bullets whiz around you, the echo of a gunshot permeate throughout the room, deep and clean bass sweep over you as music plays. And what is great, is that I can still hear the dialogue perfectly! No more rewinding to hear what the person said or having to turn down the system so the surround does not drown out the center. Ambient noises like night critters and a fire make you feel immersed in the movie more than ever.

    I do not consider myself an audiophile by any means, but I do have an appreciation for quality sound. I record music, game, and watch movies on a regular basis, so I know the difference between crap and good stuff. The only real negative I can say about this system, is be prepared for some big speakers. Luckily I have a good living setup room and an understanding wife to allow me to set this thing up the way it is supposed to be. After adding some decor (in the middle of a home renovation) and playing around with the speaker placement, I almost think small speakers would be off putting to me.

    As a side note, I could crank the bass up more. But I really do not have or want to. Bass is plenty big enough at the THX setting (about 1/3 up) for me. I just love how crisp the sound is. I had a buddy over today and he was like, "Wow, this is better than the movie theater!" I hooked this up to my cable box and was a little underwhelmed at first. Then I realized my box was set to MONO. lol Put it to surround sound and now I can watch my beloved cleveland sports team suck in great audio! I am waiting on my panasonic ST30 too, so I am sure everything will just get even better when gets here.

    Let me know if any one of you have any additional questions or want to see some pictures. Ok, I'm going to go watch something. It's like old movies are new again. Thanks Onkyo/Amazon/CEVA!

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    you think this one is worth the extra money over the 7300?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sinistersix View Post
    you think this one is worth the extra money over the 7300?
    My brother actually has the 7300. I think it is, depends how much you're gonna use it and how much extra cash you got. But...a very noticeable difference in quality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay Nova View Post
    My brother actually has the 7300. I think it is, depends how much you're gonna use it and how much extra cash you got. But...a very noticeable difference in quality.
    What is the main difference between the 9300 and 9400 coming out ? Worth the wait?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sinistersix View Post
    What is the main difference between the 9300 and 9400 coming out ? Worth the wait?

    Looks like the main difference is the receiver. New one includes network capabilities (pandora etc..), PLIIz surround mode, better video upscaling, better auto setup utility, front usb slot and a new remote control for ipod specific controls. Still 3d (HDMI 1.4a), same speaker setup and same amount of inputs.

    My tv will have viera cast for network steaming media, dont have an ipod, PLIIz isnt a huge difference to me, did auto setup and manual tweaks myself, and upscaling is perfectly fine already IMO. So waiting for the 9400 and probably paying a few hundred dollars more when it first releases was definitely not worth it to me.

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    Onkyo Introduces Home Theater Systems With 4K Upscaling

    Three of the four new models use the new upscaling chip.
    The HT-S7400, HT-S8400, and HT-S9400THX home theater systems from Onkyo have one thing that most home theater systems don't - the Marvell Qdeo 4K video processor. The inclusion of this processor means that if you end up with a 4K television before you pick up a new home theater system, you won't have to worry about upgrades.
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    Quote Originally Posted by elwaylite View Post
    Onkyo Introduces Home Theater Systems With 4K Upscaling



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    awesome..if only I knew what that meant

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    Quote Originally Posted by sinistersix View Post
    awesome..if only I knew what that meant
    Heheh. Hi sinistersix,

    "4K" refers to the increased resolution on some TVs planned for the near future. Instead of having 1920 pixels across and 1080 down, they'll have 3840 across and 2160 down (four times the current maximum resolution). I've not seen it in action yet myself, but I'm definitely looking forward to it.

    Now, the 4K upconversion on these Onkyos means they'll take a regular 1080p BluRay picture and upconvert it to a 2160p picture for those lucky souls that will have 2160p TVs.

    Yours,

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    Thats insane. I wonder how much those will be?

    I was at Frys and saw the 9300 going for 699 so I told my friend to get it. We installed it and damn its insane. Sub could be louder though, but overall a crazy nice system.

    I want to wait for the 8400 though.

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