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Any advice on ONKYO HT-S9400THX 7.1-Channel THX Certified Network Home Theater System?

I'm upgrading from Sony STR-DN1000 receiver with small Sony speakers. It's 2-3 yrs old.

Room is 12x10. TV to viewing distance is 8ft.

Thanks for your advice!!
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Hi,

I do own a HT-S9100 THX which is the "grandfather" of the 9400. The only difference is the amplifier which is upgraded by Onkyo within each new generation. In the 9100, the amps was in a way similair to the Onkyo 606. I guess now they have something that, feature wise, is similar to a 608. Except that, the speakers are the same.

Back to my case. My living room is 18ft x 12ft and the set does its job nicely. The sound fills the room and the bass is more than adequate (at least to my neighbours taste).

I could get the system at a reasonable price (700€ instead of 990€: don't forget that EU prices are usualy higher the US ones).

I'd say if yoy can get it at a good price it's a good start point. You could easily upgrade the speakers later.

Now, some say that within the 800$-1000$ range you could pick the same amps (608,...) and get separate speakers with better reputation (and sound). It's now really up to you and depends on the price you can grab it..... Also, if you want to avoid the hassle of choosing separates elements and so, this kit might fit the bill.

Oh yeah, before I forgot. The wires provided suck. Take into account that you'd better off upgrading them right away....

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Hi,

I do own a HT-S9100 THX which is the "grandfather" of the 9400. The only difference is the amplifier which is upgraded by Onkyo within each new generation. In the 9100, the amps was in a way similair to the Onkyo 606. I guess now they have something that, feature wise, is similar to a 608. Except that, the speakers are the same.

Back to my case. My living room is 18ft x 12ft and the set does its job nicely. The sound fills the room and the bass is more than adequate (at least to my neighbours taste).

I could get the system at a reasonable price (700 instead of 990: don't forget that EU prices are usualy higher the US ones).

I'd say if yoy can get it at a good price it's a good start point. You could easily upgrade the speakers later.

Now, some say that within the 800$-1000$ range you could pick the same amps (608,...) and get separate speakers with better reputation (and sound). It's now really up to you and depends on the price you can grab it..... Also, if you want to avoid the hassle of choosing separates elements and so, this kit might fit the bill.

Oh yeah, before I forgot. The wires provided suck. Take into account that you'd better off upgrading them right away....

Oli

Thanks, it's on sale for $679. They also have HT-S8409 on sale for the same price.

Which one I should go with

Thanks again!
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Hmmmm,

Hard to tell. I went on the Onkyo website to compare both models. Differences spec wise seems tiny. I'd say the 9400 has bigger speakers, which might be a good thing. The 8409 has speaker stands for the front. This might be useful depending on how you want to set the all thing up.

Personally I'd go for the 9400 (you know, bigger is better.....;-) ).

Just my 2 cents

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Thanks,

After reading posts in the forum, I have decided to go with discrete setup.

Energy Take Classic 5.1 paired with Onkyo TX-NR515.

TX-NR515 will be available in March for $499. Energy Classic can get around $399.

Any advice?
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I am very interested in getting this set, but I would love to hear from actual owners of the HT-9400THX. Maybe this can be turned into an owner's thread...mods? There are a lot of opinion posts here, but not really from many owners that I can find. Can owners please voice your experience with this exact system so us potential buyers have sound advice to lean on? TIA

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My uncle has the 9100THX and my step-bro has the 9300THX as per my recommendation for them to buy them. That system is hands down the best HTiB all from one company on the market. It sounds great for the price. My relatives both bought refurb units for like $650 and love them, and for 7 THX speakers, 1 THX sub and a THX receiver $650 is a steal. The features of the receivers are nice, they support 3D and have DTS HD MA and Dolby TrueHD and it has Audyssey room correction software I think it only has 2EQ which is the lowest version but still better than nothing.... Also don't really pay attention to the freq resp listed for the speakers and sub. THX requires that a speaker go up to 20khz @ -6db and that a sub go down to 20 hz @ -6db.

Of course there are much better speakers, subs, and receivers out there but then you have to buy everything seperately and its going to be more expensive. So IMO if you have a very limited budget and want good sound this system is for you, if you can spend $1k-$2k then buy seperates and look elsewhere.

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I see that this line of Onkyo HTiB has a great history. That is making me feel good about them.

I would also like wall mounts that afford me the ability to angle the rear speakers. What are others using for these speakers?

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Which way do you want them to be angled? Up and down? or side to side? or both?

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At least "down", but prefer both. I'm reading that they are heavier, which I like, but don't want to choose the wrong angled wall mounts.

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Ok... I can't comment on wall mounts for them. In both the installs I did with these systems the speakers were mounted high with the top of the speaker only like 3" down from the ceiling. To me direct radiating (mono pole) speakers sound better when they are mounted high and NOT angled down. This helps them be a lil more ambient and subtle. You still hear everything from all the right places, but they aren't annoying firing right at your ears. But to each is own.

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Do you find it more difficult to dial the rears in when mounted high and straight vs angled? Or does the Audyssey 2EQ correct it for you? I presently have a 6.1 Yamaha systems that took some work to dial in, but it sounds amazing now. If it had HDMI inputs/outputs, I wouldn't be looking now.

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I never had any issues doing it that way.... I'm not necessarily telling you to mount them that way, you gotta know what you like. I just did it that way because its what I like.... To calibrate I used the Audyssey Mic on a tripod then after that was finished I went into the speaker calibration setup and played the pink noise thru each speaker and then used my Radio Shack Digital SPL meter on my tripod to get each speaker to 75db at the listening postion while the tone was playing. Then I set the center and subs 2db hot.

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If I do it flush, then what do you recommend to mount them and still have room for wires.

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Just use the keyhole mounts that are included/preinstalled on the speakers. Just leave slack in the wire and pull the slack thru the hole in the wall, hook the wires up to the speaker, then shove the excess wire back in the hole then hang the speaker. If you wanna buy a wall plate or something check out monoprice.com

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I prefer plates with the more finished look, as I can't stand leaving holes in my walls. I just can't find any recessed speaker plates or attached mounting fasteners.

Update: I found the recessed ones at Parts Express. However I need to know the mounting dimensions of the speakers.

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I'm considering buying this system. Do those that have this system recomend it? I havent been able to find a refurb, whats the best price?

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I'm considering buying this system. Do those that have this system recomend it? I havent been able to find a refurb, whats the best price?
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Here's a refurb for $600. Go for it!

http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/ONKHTS9400/Onkyo-HT-S9400-THX-7.1-Ch-Network-Home-Theater-Receiver/Speaker/1.html

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What type of connection is on the rear of the speakers (banana or pressure clips)?

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I believe pressure clips. Not totally sure but pretty sure.

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Thank you for the quick response.

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I believe pressure clips. Not totally sure but pretty sure.

FYI...I was able to see a video of one and they were banana plugs. I have plenty of the gold ones, so I will be good to go. It should be here next week.

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I need a pair of speaker stands that stands at least 48" high to clear the backs of a love seat and recliner for my L/R surrounds...can't mount on wall in the desired locations. I can't find stands that can hold the heavy Onkyo SKB-980's and are tall enough. Please help me guys! I have to place these ASAP.

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^^^ Can you provide a pic of your room and your setup to possibly come up with different ideas. 48" is very high for a speaker stand, and will probably be very top heavy with the speakers on it.

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I was able to find one at Sanus. It goes up to over 50" and is made for the type of speakers I have (7 lbs). I had to have the speaker hover over the back of a love seat and recliner due to being unable to wall mount them. They will be here on Thursday.

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Thinking of picking this up as I'm too overwhelmed by what is currently out there and at all price points.

This set is $729 on Amazon right now and no tax and free shipping, I think is a great deal.

I'm sure people have tried, but can anyone come up with something equal or better for the same amount of money OTD?

I think anyone would be hard pressed.

My room is 12' x 20' and is more of a sub-basement and I plan to match this up with a 60" TV (still researching LCD vs Plasma and best bang for the buck).
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I finally finished cabling and installing all of my surrounds (L/R & Rears) today. I then ran the Audyssey 2EQ setup and what a difference does it make! Movies sound so good...heck even some shows and commercials have new life now. What a great deal for a HTiB! Thanks everyone for the help.

Now I want to test some games with the new setup.

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Thinking of picking this up as I'm too overwhelmed by what is currently out there and at all price points.
This set is $729 on Amazon right now and no tax and free shipping, I think is a great deal.
I'm sure people have tried, but can anyone come up with something equal or better for the same amount of money OTD?
I think anyone would be hard pressed.
My room is 12' x 20' and is more of a sub-basement and I plan to match this up with a 60" TV (still researching LCD vs Plasma and best bang for the buck).

You will not be disappointed. I have owned pieced together systems mainly and this is only my second HTiB setup ever and is by far a must have. I would go for the 65" Panasonic VT50 rather than the LCD/LED offerings. I like a lot of Football and gaming so motion performance is very important to me. My 47" LCD (MBR) has been demoted to a kitchen TV due to this fact. It was replaced by a plasma.

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You will not be disappointed. I have owned pieced together systems mainly and this is only my second HTiB setup ever and is by far a must have. I would go for the 65" Panasonic VT50 rather than the LCD/LED offerings. I like a lot of Football and gaming so motion performance is very important to me. My 47" LCD (MBR) has been demoted to a kitchen TV due to this fact. It was replaced by a plasma.

Thanks for your feedback on the Onkyo. I'm actually surprised that something that is THX certified can come in at this price point. Now whether or not the THX certification makes a huge difference or not, it would mainly be up to the end user to decide if it sounds good or not.

Since the room is fairly narrow, I will definitely put 2 speakers in the rear.

I'm definitely leaning towards the Panasonic plasmas. Main use will be 50% movies, 25% TV, and 25% gaming.
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sorry if Im bring an old thread back to life but I have been searching and searching but couldnt fine an answer so instead of creating a new thread I would post here and try my luck...

okay so I just got this HTiB and for the life of me cant figure out how to configure the speakers to be small? I looked for crossover freq and so on but just cant find it, can someone who owns this unit who has done this tell me step by step how to configure?

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