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Onkyo S5400 Surround System
Mar 11, 2012
Review by Wesley Deng
Rated a Helpful Review
Pros:great sound, audio decoding, Audyssey , nice-looking
Cons:Keyhole design, front speaker size, lack of airplay
The Bottom Line: Get this if your not bothered by lack of airplay and key-hole mounting. It beats even bose systems.
I bought the Onkyo HT-S5400 Sytem off of amazon for $400 w/ tax and it came in a very large, 75 pound box.
Recommend this product?
The front speakers are fairly large (larger than I expected) : 6*6*12 (l*w*h) inches and maybe 5 lb. The surround speakers would've been the perfect size: 4*5*9 and about 2.5 lb. The subwoofer is a big 10 inch, 25 pound powered unit and indeed sounds nice: it is 12*15*18. This entire package sounds very nice and a nice compliment to my Samsung UN60D8000 (please read my upcoming review for it). The built in speakers on the tv are horrible compared to this. The receiver on this package comes with a 4 hdmi in and 1 out. It supports the latest version (1.4a) with 3d and arc audio. It has several component ins, 2 optical and 2 coaxial ins. It also has a front usb port to plug in your iphone/ipad, which is really neat. The only complaint about connections is that it doesn't convert your normal RCA inputs to hdmi. You still have to connect it to the tv using normal RCA plugs.
It has a nice 7 speaker outlet (I should've bought bananna plugs to make my life easier) and a subwoofer pre-out. I mounted the 4 surrounds on the ceiling (for a 7.1 config.), leaving the fronts on speaker stands. The speakers only support a keyhole mounting style, which I hate compared to threaded insert, and was difficult to mount them with it.
Features and Performance:
The receiver comes along with a Audyssey mic for speaker callibration, which is really neat. It automatically corrects the speaker output levels and crossover freq. to match the room based off up to 3 locations in your listening area. The receiver supports the latest encoding tech. such as Dolby TrueHD and DTS-Master. There are several listening modes built in, designed for movies, music, or games. The best audio processing is Dolby PLIIx, processing 5.1 signals for playing on 7.1 config. I've played some shooter games on the xbox (halo reach, mw3, bf3) and it's awesome to hear explosions and people coming up from behind you, something that 5.1 wouldn't be able to do. For music, you can process a regular 2.1 (stereo) signal to be played on all the 7.1 speakers, not just the front. Watching movies is great w/ blu ray, like How to train your dragon and star wars. The only complaint about features is the lack of networking. Although my tv can already do internet radio and that stuff, the receiver lacks the ability to do airplay (remote viewing of ipad & iphone).
This is one of the best surround systems out there. Although there are minor annoyances, you will be hard-pressed to find a better sound system.
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