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Onkyo HT-RC260 7.2-Channel Home Theater Receiver (Black)

100% Positive Reviews


Pros: High value, 5 HDMI inputs, 3D support, moderate sound quality , calibration tools work effectively, can hook up 2 subs

Cons: No USB ports, No networking capabilities, no Satelite radio tuner built in, occasional video sync issues

I purchased this receiver to replace an older Sony model which only had optical inputs. I got it at what I believe to be a very good price of $319.99 on newegg.com. Onkyo has a reputation of offering good value receivers that sometimes have a high failure rate. I knew this going in and took a chance. Overall I have been pleased with the purchase. It will last me until I feel the uncontrollable urge to upgrade to a more feature rich receiver or it dies, the former being more likely. 


Things I like:

The Audyssey tuning microphone system helped me configure the setting to match my room and improved the audio quality.

Noise - the receiver is very quiet. No humming can be heard, a common issue on other Onkyos

Power - 100 watts per channel allows me to get as loud as I am comfortable getting in an apartment setting. The sound does not distort until you reach a level that would most likely make you uncomfortable.

Reliability - I have had no major issues with the receiver. I use it with multiple computers, a boxee box, cable TV box, and analog sound input from my phone. The inputs switch quickly and are all configurable. 

Features - can hook up 7.2 or even 9.2 channels. Video processing does produce a clean crisp image to my projector. The menus are also available on the AVR itself or using a nice onscreen GUI. 


Things I wish it had (but understand why it didn't given its price point):

Networking support - this receiver was one of the lower end Onkyos and as such did not include any wireless or hard wired networking capabilities. This means no internet music apps or support for the iphone/android app to control it. My roommate has a newer Onkyo with these features and they are very nice to have. 

Bluetooth audio - I feel the next receiver I purchase must have Bluetooth support. I use my smartphone for everything and I need a way to get better quality audio without a cord to the receiver

USB - usb would provide a port to plug in a charging cable

MHL - this would allow MHL type cables which you can use to hook up your smartphones/tablets

No return channel audio - this would be a great new features

Onkyo HT-RC260 7.2-Channel Home Theater Receiver (Black)

While we may define it as an entry-level A/V receiver, the HT-RC260 gives you performance and features that leave class-competitors gasping in its wake. Six of the latest HDMI® 1.4a inputs provide easy connection for all your high-def sources and compatibility with the eye-popping new 3D video format. Another connectivity highlight is a handy Universal Port that allows you to hook up Onkyo peripherals such as a Dock for iPod/iPhone. Meanwhile, if you want to distribute music to another room, the HT-RC260 provides Zone 2 line-outs and speaker outputs. Regardless of their resolution, all video sources can be upscaled to stunning 1080p via HDMI and Faroudja DCDi Cinema . High-quality Burr-Brown DACs work alongside jitter-cleaning technology and three-stage inverted Darlington circuitry to minimize distortion and deliver extremely realistic audio for movies, music, and games. The HT-RC260 also offers compatibility with lossless Dolby and DTS codecs, as well as the expanded surround formats of Audyssey DSX and Dolby Pro Logic® IIz. Quality home theater has never been more affordable.

Feature100 Watts per Channel at 8 Ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.08%, 2 Channels Driven, FTC HDMI (Version 1.4a to Support 3D and Audio Return Channel HDMI Video Upscaling to 1080p with Faroudja DCDi Cinema Audyssey DSX and Dolby Pro Logic IIz for New Surround Channels Powered Zone 2 and Zone 2 Line-Out for Playback of Separate Source in Another Room
Item Height6.94 inches
Item Length12.94 inches
Item Width17.13 inches
Package Height11.3 inches
Package Length22.1 inches
Package Weight29.95 pounds
Package Width16.8 inches
TitleOnkyo HT-RC260 7.2-Channel Home Theater Receiver (Black)
UPCList - UPCListElement751398009310
Item Weight25.4 pounds
CatalogNumberList - CatalogNumberListElementHTRC260
Warranty2 years parts and labor
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