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Onkyo SBT-A500

Onkyo SBT-A500 has arrived. Below I have posted pics of the unboxing. I will be making comparisons to the Yamaha Ysp-2700 even though the Yamaha is 7.1 and the Onkyo is 3.1.2.
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Hi Luis! Really excited about your new system! I'm looking at one of these for my living room as well. If you could tell me quick, what is the length of the cable that connects the main box to the speakers? I would really appreciate it.


Can't wait to hear more about your setup and review of the system too!
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Hi Luis! Really excited about your new system! I'm looking at one of these for my living room as well. If you could tell me quick, what is the length of the cable that connects the main box to the speakers? I would really appreciate it.


Can't wait to hear more about your setup and review of the system too!
I want to say the proprietary cable from sound bar to receiver is about 8-9 feet long.

I'm not quite ready for a review just yet. So far I've used Dolby Atmos 4k blu-rays and standard blu-rays with DTS-HD Master. Want to do some gaming with a PS4 pro and xbox one S and some Apple airplay for music. Will use netflix and youtube on the Lg oled to make sure the Hdmi (arc) is working correctly.

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Can I ask where you bought it? I am looking to get one of these myself. I see it up for pre-order on B&H and Amazon.

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Can I ask where you bought it? I am looking to get one of these myself. I see it up for pre-order on B&H and Amazon.

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Directly on Onkyo's website
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Thanks for the info on the cable length, Luis. Just needed to know if it could reach from my component shelf, through the wall, to the fireplace mantel. Hope you're enjoying it!
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For a 3.1.2 system, it is a very impressive sound bar. The quality is top notch. Once you get it calibrated, this system produces very good surround sound. For those wondering about the sub, it is very capable of producing very good LFE. Much more deeper than the Yamaha (Ysp-2700) I too was wondering if I could get good surround with a 3.1.2 system and it proved very satisfying. The key is good calibration. It took me 3 tries to get it right. Its important that you set the mic at ear level and seating distance. Finally decided to use a tripod and that worked to perfection. MAD MAX ATMOS was excellent. TRANSFORMERS AGE OF EXTINCTION ATMOS was a great test because of all the effects and rumblings in the movie. Again, this unit handled it with no problems. My last test was SUICIDE SQUAD and again, great audio. This system can get really loud. Calibration is key for this system. Will see how this system fairs with gaming. Below is a picture to give an idea of the size of the unit. Tv is an lg Oled 65"
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Have you been able to get any gaming done with this? I'm looking to pick one up.
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Have you been able to get any gaming done with this? I'm looking to pick one up.
For gaming it's great. I don't know why amazon and others have it for $999. I bought it through Onkyo for $899
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Hi Luis I also eagerly await your full review, this seems to be a great year to pick up a sound bar. I didnt even hear about this one I was waiting on a review of the Sony HT-ST 5000 but this unit looks very nice and checks all the boxes.

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I just ordered one on Amazon (sold by Electronics Expo in NJ) for the same price $899. Can't wait to try it out.
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I just ordered one on Amazon (sold by Electronics Expo in NJ) for the same price $899. Can't wait to try it out.
Definitely give us your impressions I'm just about to order one also. Looks like it is able to decode most of the major stuff. It does support HDR too right?

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On Onkyo's website it says it supports HDR I wonder if that's both Dolby Vision and HDR 10

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I ordered one today.
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So, do you have this hooked up to any cable services? What I am looking to do is connect the tv to the main, and everything else to the rest of the HDMI inputs. Hope that makes sense, but just ran into an issue with my current HT receiver. thanks,
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Hi Luis I also eagerly await your full review, this seems to be a great year to pick up a sound bar. I didnt even hear about this one I was waiting on a review of the Sony HT-ST 5000 but this unit looks very nice and checks all the boxes.

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On Onkyo's website it says it supports HDR I wonder if that's both Dolby Vision and HDR 10

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I know the Oled I have supports both Dolby Vision and HDR10. The 4k player is connected directly to receiver sound bar and then HDMI to the TV (remember, connecting directly to receiver allows for the Atmos, Dts X and other formats to play. Hdmi over arc only support dolby and dts in its standard format. Don't know if this will change in the future with firmware) Anyways, the HDR signal is passed and shows notification.
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For those who are just buying this system, it come with a feature called Dolby Surround enhancer which creates virtual rear speakers. Also, it features the DTS neural X which creates a 3d sound field. Once these are activated, they create an awesome surround effect. Great for your movies. I love it for gaming (Especially Tomb Raider on PS4 Pro. The caves, tombs, etc come alive)
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For those who are just buying this system, it come with a feature called Dolby Surround enhancer which creates virtual rear speakers. Also, it features the DTS neural X which creates a 3d sound field. Once these are activated, they create an awesome surround effect. Great for your movies. I love it for gaming (Especially Tomb Raider on PS4 Pro. The caves, tombs, etc come alive)
Okay you've sold me! That's awesome to hear I live in a town home so rear physical surrounds are a definite no go.

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Just ordered mine

Just ordered this last night, along with 2 definitive tech W7s. Gonna give the DTS Play-Fi a try, as you should be able to create a surround system with wireless rears, if all goes well . I'll post on this once I have it set up.
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Just ordered this last night, along with 2 definitive tech W7s. Gonna give the DTS Play-Fi a try, as you should be able to create a surround system with wireless rears, if all goes well . I'll post on this once I have it set up.
Hate to burst your bubble but that is not a feature (as of yet). I think it will be part of a future firmware update. It's not an option on the receiver. If you go on their website, features and play fi, it's states *future firmware* I think when this firmware arrives, Onkyo might have its own set of rear add ons. Fingers crossed 🤞

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For those of you who ordered through Onkyo how quickly did you receive it? I can't find this in stock anywhere

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For those of you who ordered through Onkyo how quickly did you receive it? I can't find this in stock anywhere

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Order from Onkyo Monday night and it was shipped Tuesday. Should be delivered Thursday.
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Ordered on Sunday should have it on Thursday. California to Ohio.
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Ordered on Sunday should have it on Thursday. California to Ohio.
I ordered mine today straight from Onkyo so hopefully I'll have it early next week 😀

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For those who are just buying this system, it come with a feature called Dolby Surround enhancer which creates virtual rear speakers. Also, it features the DTS neural X which creates a 3d sound field. Once these are activated, they create an awesome surround effect. Great for your movies. I love it for gaming (Especially Tomb Raider on PS4 Pro. The caves, tombs, etc come alive)
Do you leave the Dolby surround enhancer and DTS neural X enabled most of the time? And it sounds like they work in tandem together is that correct?

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Do you leave the Dolby surround enhancer and DTS neural X enabled most of the time? And it sounds like they work in tandem together is that correct?

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Mostly for gaming and anything that isn't native atmos or dts x. I keep going back between the ysp-2700 and this unit and I'm still impressed how it creates this 3D field without any beam tech. Looks like this onkyo is a keeper
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Got mine today. Hooked everything up and really enjoying it so far. I was able to add it to my Logitech Harmony 650 but I had to teach it all the commands again.
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Okay this is my first post, but I am very very interested in possibly purchasing this system in a couple of weeks or so. Originally I was looking at purchasing the Onkyo tx-nr656 and was going to pair them with the polk tl1600, but space became a factor and is not a viable option.

So now after much research I am eyeing this system, but I do have a question I would like to ask. Currently I watch alot of movies on Vudu, and most movies are encoded in Dolby Digital Plus 5.1. I was really wondering does this soundbar do a decent job of still creating the surround effect when playing a 5.1 soundtrack despite the lack of rear speakers? Any input on this is highly appreciated.
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I know the Oled I have supports both Dolby Vision and HDR10. The 4k player is connected directly to receiver sound bar and then HDMI to the TV (remember, connecting directly to receiver allows for the Atmos, Dts X and other formats to play. Hdmi over arc only support dolby and dts in its standard format. Don't know if this will change in the future with firmware) Anyways, the HDR signal is passed and shows notification.
Hey Luis,

I just purchased this soundbar. It's awesome, but I have an LG OLED B6b55" and I can't seem to get ARC to work. Right now, I have a cable box, PS4 and Apple TV connected through HDMI into soundbar amp, and I have an HDMI cable from the amp output to the HDMI2 (ARC) input on the TV. When I put the amp to "TV" as the input, I'm getting picture but no sound. I tried to redo the initial setup, but in the "Audio Return Channel" display it says "TV may not support ARC." On the LG side, I have the "Sound Out" set to "Audio Out (optical/HDMI ARC)," "Digital Sound Out" set to "Auto" and SIMPLINK "On." Any help?
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