I'm planning on getting a new Home Theater System at the end of the year, probably around mid October. The Onkyo HT-S3300 is rated very good for sound quality by Consumer Reports. However, it seems this is an outdated/discontinued model. What is the 2012 equivalent of this model?
I want a system without a video player that can decode the latest Blu-ray high-resolution audio formats, such as Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD master Audio. I also want it to have an auto calibration feature w/mic that works well. I want to keep price around $250-$300 or less if possible and I believe this old model is listed around $280 on CR.org
This is from the review on CR.org:
This 5.1-channel HTIB from Onkyo has very good overall sound--making it a decent choice for the more critical listener for both movie and music playback--at a comparatively low price, making it a CR Best Buy. This model does not come with a disc player, so it's best for those who already have a Blu-ray or DVD player (or who'd like to add one at a later date), and who are interested in the latest Blu-ray high-resolution audio formats, such as Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD master Audio, which it can decode.
Detailed test results
Sound quality: Onkyo's HT-S3300 had very good overall sound quality, making it one of a handful of models in our Ratings to earn that score. The overall character is warm but slightly indistinct. Bass has good impact, but so-so definition and lower bass is lacking. Midrange is slightly nasal and a bit hazy. Treble sounds sizzly; lacks upper-treble extension and lower-treble detail. Sounds fairly open; but lacks fine detail and lower-midrange and lower-treble room ambience. The system can provide satisfying volume in a medium-sized room.
Ease of use: We found the system's console controls and ease of use to be excellent, and the remote control was judged very good for both features and ease of use."