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Just received my Onkyo HT-S7300 system and spent past couple of nights connecting everything. This system is a vast upgrade from an older, more basic HTIB system I had. I chose this system based upon features, reviews, and price. However, I honestly haven't found much information on which settings to use and what options are available. The manual only covers the basics and is poorly written as well.

The goal of this thread is to cover questions specific to the 7300 system and helping others get the most from it.

My first question is optimizing video game and DVD playback when using an XBox 360 connected via HDMI. I will get a BD player eventually, but for now this is my DVD player. So, for video games, which video and audio mode? What settings should I select on the 360 and on the 7300? How about when watching DVDs?

Secondly, I have chosen to use my speakers as FRONT HIGH instead of SURROUND BACK. When I go to make manual adjustments to sound levels, the FRONT HIGH setting is grayed out, so how do I set the volume level?
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Old 01-07-2011, 08:06 PM - Thread Starter
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I have my speakers setup to FRONT HIGH since I don't have wiring run for SURROUND BACK setup. I connected them to the zone 2 connections and ran the Audessy setup. I have to say the Audessy setup was so flippin' simple! As soon as I plugged in the mic I receive a prompt on the display and followed the instructions. I haven't made any manual adjustments as of yet, just amazed at how well it sounds. I will preface this statement and say that 1) I don't have any idea how it is supposed to sound, but that it is pleasing and my movies/games/music sound great. And 2) I have some hearing damage from years of guns, air wrenches, running equipment, etc.
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I am trying to decide which one of these system would be better. With a BB 10% coupon, both of these systems would cost me the same. The Denon is a 5.1 and then Onkyo is 6.1.

Any help would be greatly appreciated because the Onkyo price might not last long.
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The Onkyo HT-S7300 is a 7.1 system vs. 5.1 for the Denon. Both have Audessey. Not sure about comparison on the speakers though. Will say I have been very impressed with mine and still feel I made the right decision.

EDIT: Onkyo sub is powered, 290 watt
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I can buy the Onkyo for $569 including shipping. The Denon has Boston Acoustics speakers.
My TV is the Panasonic TCP54VT25 and it has 3D

Denon DHT-591BA[*]5.1-channel home theater receiver/amplifier with 375 watts of total power (5 x 75W)[*]Special package includes Boston Acoustics 5.1-channel speaker system, with 100-watt subwoofer, 4 satellite speakers, and 1 center channel speaker[*]3D-enabled HDMI pass-through technology (HDMI 1.4a); all sources are up-converted to HDMI[*]Audyssey MultEQ dynamic room acoustic correction system with included microphone[*]Measures 17-3/32 x 6-47/64 x 15 inches (WxHxD); weighs 20 pounds, 4.5 ounce

Onkyo HT-7300[*]7.1-channel home theater system with receiver, subwoofer, center channel speaker, and six satellite speakers (including two tall boy front speakers)[*]1200 watts of total power (130W x 7 channels plus 290W subwoofer)[*]Four 1080p capable HDMI inputs (V1.4a) supporting 3D video and Audio Return Channel[*]1080p scaling via Faroudja DCDi Cinema[*]WRAT technology and discrete amp construction for cleaner sound
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375 watts vs. 1200 watts of power. A better question will be where and how you will be using the system.
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375 watts vs. 1200 watts of power. A better question will be where and how you will be using the system.

I am installing it in my family room. I will use it my 3D Blu ray player and panasonic TV. I also will play Pandora from the Viera Cast
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I will be installing it in my Family Room. I will be watching TV and movies with my 3D Blu Ray and Panasonic TV. I will also listen to Pandora from the Viera Cast app.

The only problem I have is I have not heard the Onkyo. I called and the place I would be ordering from said I have 30 to return and they will pay for the shipping.

What do you think?
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That's gonna have to be your call. I ordered mine based upon features, recommendations, and price; didn't have a chance to listen to it. Plus, each system will sound different in each location (home, store, etc.). My guess is that if you get the 7300 and set it up, you won't return it.
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Is $569 including shipping a good price?
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Is $569 including shipping a good price?

My 7300 was $599 with shipping through Amazon.
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I just bought mine from A for $580.

What recommendations for upgrading the subwoofer wire? I'm looking at upgrading with Monoprice cables.
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I am having my Mitsubishi 73838 delivered next week and was wondering what everyone thought about having this system with the big screen? will it be a good match?
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I will also have my HTPC connected and my ps3.
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also wondering about speaker stands for the rears...
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was wondering if anyone had the 7300 connected to a PC over optical? if so is anyone having the problem I'm having with not all the speakers sounding
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I'm looking at buying the 7300 and was wondering if anyone can shed some light on the 2nd zone. I'm wondering if you can put audio from HDMI out to the zone 2 speakers while using a seperate HDMI source simultainiously for the primary zone.
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Hey all, first post at AVS.

Just got the S7300 system earlier this week. Have DirecTV, BluRay and PS3 connected (all via HDMI with HDMI out to TV). The surrounds and Zone 2 spkrs aren't going in for a while, until I can get a 'spousally-acceptable' installation figured out.

I have two questions about the receiver, both related to video output, that don't seem to be addressed by the manual.

First, I was not able to get a picture on my TV via the component video output. The cable is fine, as it was how the BluRay had been connected to the TV minutes prior to setting up the Onkyo. I could not find anything in the manual that indicated the need for a special setting in the receiver, altho I confess to probably not reading the manual as closely as I maybe should do.

Second, regardless of source the picture now looks like complete crap. Not quite sure on the correct lingo/jargon to explain, but it appears as if the colors are bleeding badly and things with fine lines (like the pattern on a man's suit) sort of moray. Is there something I need to do with the receiver's settings to address this? The signal is going out to a Samsung 720p DLP with a brand new lamp, and the picture looked fine before I hooked everything up to the Onkyo. I've tried a couple different video settings on the receiver as well as changing the display format on the TV itself (all the iterations of 720 and 1080i available in the set).

Thanks in advance for your help and suggestions.
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Just to clarify my picture problem....

I did a bit more reading on the subject and found a suggestion to switch my HDMI output to 'Through'; some users were reporting a similar problem and found that turning off the automatic (factory setting) upconvert to 1080p resolved their issue.

Sadly, it did not work for me. The television display is set for 720p format and the DirecTV receiver is set to output a 720p picture, and the Onkyo is set to simply pass the video signal through with no upconvert. Still get the picture 'bloom'..... in fact, it looks like a standard def on a hi-def display. So it seems for all the world that, despite changing the settings, the R680 receiver is still upconverting the video signal to 1080p.

Any thoughts on possible alternative suggestions?
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Finally got around to setting up my 7300 with my Sony KDL-55NX810.

WOW, I knew that I was missing something, but WOW, what a difference

The only issues that I'm having a relatively minor ones. Such AM/FM reception. Minor detail, but my Onkyo's UP-HT1 HD Radio Tuner literally just arrived. See if this makes any difference. I've got a powered indoor AM/FM antenna, but I'm hoping that the extra cable length of the UP-HT1 will allow the antenna to reach my window.

I also have a PS3 and HD-DVD and I'm curious to see if everyone else is seeing the same thing when watching TrueHD and dts-HD Master Audio Blu-Ray and HD-DVD discs? Does everyone see Multichannel on the front display?
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I just set up my Onkyo 7300 system - hooked up to a Panasonic DMP-BDT210 Blu-Ray Player, an Xbox 360, and an Epson 8350 for video. I am really enjoying the sound, and as others have said, the Audyssey setup is very easy.

However, when watching some action scenes on Bluray and NEtflix, I expected the bass to be more "rumbling" than it has been so far. The light on my subwoofer turns blue and it seems to be properly powered, but even turning the knob on the back of the unit does not seem to have too much of an affect on the depth of the bass. I've played around a little bit with manually adjusting the bass frequencies even after running Audyssey, but wanted to see if anyone else had dealt with this before.

Thanks for any help!
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picked this up a few days ago but just able to set it up last night. pretty impressed with the sound thus far. setting it up is dead simple and fast to do. ive noticed on my sub ive got it at about half gain and its over powering when testing with bluray. its kind of like its out of phase in heavy bass scenes. When running xbox thru the sound is crisp and bass is solid. overall very happy so far.

i noted in a number of reviews that users have experienced excessive heat. So far my unit has kept pretty cool even under heavy load. I have it in a very open space and have not noticed cutting out or anything of that nature. I also noted that the cable supplied is very thin. i believe 22ga, i upsized to 16 and havent looked back.
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I've played around a little bit with manually adjusting the bass frequencies even after running Audyssey, but wanted to see if anyone else had dealt with this before.

Have you played around with the physical placement of the sub in your room?

What size and layout room do you have?
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New owner of an HT-S7300 that I got used from craigslist. The receiver is the HT-R680. Got everything set up last night and ran connections for 5.1. Ran out of speaker wire or I would have ran 7.1 anyway, I turned on my ps3 and decided to try to stream some mp3's from my computer through ps3 media server. Everything was working fine for awhile. I turned the tv on and off while the music was briefly interrupted when doing so otherwise all going good. However, after about 10 minutes the video/audio crapped out on me. I went to bed cause it was late and said I would deal with it today which I am trying to do now. Switched hdmi cables and hooked up to another input on the tv. PS3 displayed fine. Checked all setting in he XMB and it all looked ok. Tried my Xbox 360 which is hooked up to the hdmi 'game' input on the receiver. No display on the tv. Tried the wii which is hooked up via component. No dice there either. I switched the input on the tv thinking my hdmi3 might have been bad, but hdmi1 isnt displaying anything either. I even factory reset the receiver and that didnt help. P I haven't tried the cable going out from the receiver to the tv, but it was just opened yesterday. I have the receiver unplugged right now hoping that might 'fix' something. Please give me some advice. I am at wit's end! Thank you.
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I just set up my Onkyo 7300 system - hooked up to a Panasonic DMP-BDT210 Blu-Ray Player, an Xbox 360, and an Epson 8350 for video. I am really enjoying the sound, and as others have said, the Audyssey setup is very easy.

However, when watching some action scenes on Bluray and NEtflix, I expected the bass to be more "rumbling" than it has been so far. The light on my subwoofer turns blue and it seems to be properly powered, but even turning the knob on the back of the unit does not seem to have too much of an affect on the depth of the bass. I've played around a little bit with manually adjusting the bass frequencies even after running Audyssey, but wanted to see if anyone else had dealt with this before.

Thanks for any help!
I also have just recently purchased the 7300. I have noticed that the bass during some audio sequences becomes distorted if the bass is too high. I have calibrated it with Auddesey. To be honest I am disappointed with the amount of bass the sub outputs. It seems if I turn the bass too high it becomes distorted, making me have to keep the bass turned down low. I tried playing the same sequence of the movie with my Logitech Z-5500 speakers turned up pretty high and did not hear any distortion. I have noticed this bass issue in a number of movies such as Unknown and Casino Royale.
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Can anyone give me some advice?
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Start simply with one device at a time.

PS3: how is it connected? Does everything work properly with it - video out to the TV and audio to all speakers?
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The ps3 is connected hdmi1 in than hdmi out to tv. It worked fine when I was streaming mp3 through ps3 media server. I turned tv on and off. It took a sec for the receiver to pick up on the audio when the tv was turned on and odd, but the music was playing through all the speakers fine then after about 10 minutes I had turned the tv off, but audio was still playing and then mysteriously it cut out and I haven't green able to get it working since.
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So, if you play a DVD or a Blu-ray on your PS3, what happens with video and audio?
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I do not have any video or audio output to the tv.
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