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post #151 of 1093
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Originally Posted by advantix00 View Post

does anyone know what the best format should be when it comes to the audio settings? I have the system set up and there's so many different settings to pick from im confused. THX Cinema TrueHD PLIIX, THX Surr EX, Neo 6, ect... I put in Transformers and turned it up and just kept flipping through the options. Some i was able to eliminate right off the bat but others I could only notice subtle differences. What would be the best setting to have it at, given the 20 something choices, in order to enjoy what this system can really do?

I agree as well that it's confusing. So far, i like THX Surr EX while watching TV. I also noticed that you need to pick a setting while the show is on and not while a commercial is on
post #152 of 1093
I want to get a hi fidelity card like the zonar d2 for my PC. Will I will be able to hook this card up to the reciever for game audio and music? I also will have blue ray and hdmi from the video card. Can I connect them to the reciever? any advice is welcomed.

Thanks
post #153 of 1093
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Originally Posted by TNT9100 View Post

Can someone help me out with this system? I just purchased it and I am having some problems. I ran the calibration system. When I play a music cd with all the speakers going it is very loud at a setting of -61. If I play a dvd you can't hear anything at -61 and have to set it much higher around -30. Is it normal for a cd to be so much louder than a dvd if the same # of speakers are being used? I am also having problems hearing the subwoofer. I have switched back to my old subwoofer which was very loud on my old receiver and it is also hard to hear with the Onkyo receiver. Any help is very much appreciated.
Thanks

I tried it last night. I use my DVD player (an older DVD/VHS combo player) as a CD player. Same volume (around -40) works for both DVDs and CDs...which kind of makes sense.

Sounds like you may need to adjust an output level on your CD player?
post #154 of 1093
thx surround ex does sound pretty good. i noticed that on a few settings sometimes the side surrounds will only play just the background music while the back surrounds will play the music and effects. thx surround ex i found lets the side and back surrounds play music and effects which i like, gives kind of a sweeping sound when bullets or what not are flying around.
post #155 of 1093
Has anyone noticed if the receiver runs a little hot? I only have an inch clearance on an open shelf.
post #156 of 1093
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Originally Posted by Whatnow View Post

Has anyone noticed if the receiver runs a little hot? I only have an inch clearance on an open shelf.

I think it gets as hot as any other receiver. I watched transformers on it the other day and it felt warm afterwards. you're going want to have some room for it the heat can disipate somewhere.
post #157 of 1093
Wow. A HTiB that people actually like!?! I guess I know what I am buying this Christmas.

I have a 12 x 11 room that has slowly evolved into a modest home theater. I have managed to squeeze a 72 inch HD TV, a HD Tivo, Xbox 360, WII, PS3, and a Tvix into wall (literally a wall to wall) unit. I am very proud of my set up except for 1 tiny detail... the 10 year old budget Sony HTiB with bookshelf speakers providing the audio.

Since space is a luxury I need to stay within the small footprint of a bookshelf type system. I have been looking for months hoping to find "big sound" from a small package; this HTiB may fit the bill. I just gave it a listen at J&R and have to admit that I really liked what I heard. I know it is not going to deliver the same range and performance of a floorstanding KEF but thats ok. It's lightyears better than what I have now.

The cheapest I found this for is $800 at J&R and at B&H video. However, with shipping it is $930. Onecall has it for 890, no tax or shipping but does not have it in stock. Anyone have a reputable source which can beat that price?
post #158 of 1093
Try newegg. Mine was delivered today under $800.
post #159 of 1093
How do you think the surround speakers (4) with the Onkyo system would look mounted on the ceiling with this speaker ceiling mount.

http://www.bracketsandstands.com/BTE...NT_p/bt-34.htm

The 2 side surrounds would be about 3 feet out from the back wall tilted down slightly and the 2 back surrounds would be as close to the back wall as possible. The speakers would "sort of" surround a 4 seat theater style couch with the back surrounds almost directly overhead.


..................BS............BS....................

SS.............Couch in this area.............SS
post #160 of 1093
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Originally Posted by gxer View Post

How do you think the surround speakers (4) with the Onkyo system would look mounted on the ceiling with this speaker ceiling mount.

http://www.bracketsandstands.com/BTE...NT_p/bt-34.htm

The 2 side surrounds would be about 3 feet out from the back wall tilted down slightly and the 2 back surrounds would be as close to the back wall as possible. The speakers would "sort of" surround a 4 seat theater style couch with the back surrounds almost directly overhead.


..................BS............BS....................

SS.............Couch in this area.............SS

I have been racking my brain thinking how best to incorporate these speakers into the decor. I am expecting my Wife to give me a hard time about these big surrounds protruding from the walls. I was considering "complementing" the speakers with a wall shelf like this one: http://www.shop.com/Loughborough_Wal...68760-p!.shtml Based on the speaker dimensions I think this may work perfectly.

As for those mounts you are considering, I can't help to think the speakers would look odd. The surrounds overshadow the mounts, the net effect would be that they would seem to be suspended, almost hovering, inches from the wall.
post #161 of 1093
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Originally Posted by DMONTY View Post

I have been racking my brain thinking how best to incorporate these speakers into the decor. I am expecting my Wife to give me a hard time about these big surrounds protruding from the walls. I was considering "complementing" the speakers with a wall shelf like this one: http://www.shop.com/Loughborough_Wal...68760-p!.shtml Based on the speaker dimensions I think this may work perfectly.

As for those mounts you are considering, I can't help to think the speakers would look odd. The surrounds overshadow the mounts, the net effect would be that they would seem to be suspended, almost hovering, inches from the wall.

There is no way my wife lets me have the wall space behind the couch for speaker shelves, she has that space filled with family/friend photos, so I have to use the ceiling or I am SOL.

However, I do think you are correct, those big ass-ed surround speakers would probably not look good suspended from the ceiling. I need smaller surround speakers so I guess I will keep looking.

Thanks
post #162 of 1093
I could really use some advice on floor-stands for the two rear speakers in this set. I've seen several other posters ask the same question, to no avail... is ANYONE using stands for these surrounds?! If so, what are they?

I really need some black stands...
post #163 of 1093
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Originally Posted by palehorse View Post

I could really use some advice on floor-stands for the two rear speakers in this set. I've seen several other posters ask the same question, to no avail... is ANYONE using stands for these surrounds?! If so, what are they?

I really need some black stands...

The sales rep at J&R where I gave this system a listen recommended these stands. http://www.consumerdepot.com/products.asp?id=WS31R&referer=google
Very basic, only 31 in tall. J&R sell them for $30 a pair. (I gave you a link to another site since J&R did not have pics)

Here is a link to J&R http://www.jr.com/omnimount/pe/OMN_WS31/

These will not work for me since in my layout the speaker need to be behind my couch and these stands are not tall enough.
post #164 of 1093
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Originally Posted by palehorse View Post

I could really use some advice on floor-stands for the two rear speakers in this set. I've seen several other posters ask the same question, to no avail... is ANYONE using stands for these surrounds?! If so, what are they?

I really need some black stands...

I bought these (http://www.sanus.com/us/en/products/...layout/layout/) and they work fine. I put Velcro between all 6 of the speakers & stands so the speakers don’t fall off if they are bumped. I bought 3 pairs of stands.
post #165 of 1093
One these get back in stock I'm going to buy one. I had the HT-SR800 and then went to the HT-SP908 and I just didn't like the slimmer speakers at all. I'm going to be using it in a 16'x16' room...what size rooms are you guys using the 9100THX in?
post #166 of 1093
Anyone using a Harmony One remote with this system ?

Thanks
post #167 of 1093
need some advice on placing the side surrounds; I dont think I can sell them on the wifey unless I mount them on the back wall along with the regular rears - should I even bother? It's physically posssible to mount them on the sides but installing them will be tough and the aesthetic appeal will be even harder to deal with
post #168 of 1093
Can somebody tell me which mode i need to use to get 7.1 audio from 5.1 truehd audio and dont to lose quality??? I was reading manual and i found this "THX listening modes can be used with 48 kHz TrueHD, but not 96 kHz or higher." so now i am confused. Or maybe i dont understand something?

P.s This HTiB sound quality is really awesome!!!
post #169 of 1093
Didn't even unpack the included speaker wire. Used 12 AWG from Monoprice with Banana Plugs on both ends. Had house pre-wired when we built it...for 5.1. with 14 AWG in-wall wire. So, purchased the Onkyo AS240(B) speaker stands and they are not made for these speakers, but if you pull out the slide and flip them upside down they work just fine by hanging the speaker...they are not "securely" mounted but they work and do not vibrate.

The speakers are big for HTIB bookshelfs, be prepared. The fronts weigh over 11#.

Make sure when you do the auto setup you turn up the output of your Subwoofer. It sounds awesome. Very pleased with the purchase. I could have saved money by waiting but I was enjoying instead of waiting. It is $100 cheaper today then when I purchased.

Monoprice rocks...speaker wire, HDMI 1.3a w/ ferrite cores, optical, banana plugs and wall plates....they are awesome.

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post #170 of 1093
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Originally Posted by AaronChiles View Post

One these get back in stock I'm going to buy one. I had the HT-SR800 and then went to the HT-SP908 and I just didn't like the slimmer speakers at all. I'm going to be using it in a 16'x16' room...what size rooms are you guys using the 9100THX in?

22' width x 16' deep with the configuration in the above pictures. We sit approximately 13' from the TV.
post #171 of 1093
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Originally Posted by palehorse View Post

I could really use some advice on floor-stands for the two rear speakers in this set. I've seen several other posters ask the same question, to no avail... is ANYONE using stands for these surrounds?! If so, what are they?

I really need some black stands...

Onkyo AS240(B) stands will work. I'll post up some pictures later today on how I am using them. Purchased at TigerDirect for $79 and free shipping. They are very solid and heavy stands that hide the speaker wire.

There is the mounting bracket that is meant to be screwed together with the speaker...for use with the smaller 7100/6100/etc./etc/ speakers. But, if you flip it upside down you can hang the speaker "unsecured" on the stand.
post #172 of 1093
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Originally Posted by MAGICEJS View Post

Anyone using a Harmony One remote with this system ?

Thanks

I have the Harmony 550 but haven't even unpacked it yet. Maybe today. Will let you know how it works when I do.

It should work fine, but I will have to try what some of people here on AV are doing for the PS3 to work with a Harmony.
post #173 of 1093
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Originally Posted by balekwa44 View Post


What about using the PS3 as my Blu-ray player? Any issues there?

Thanks.


No issues. Works like one would hope. HDMI is a must.
post #174 of 1093
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Originally Posted by phxheat View Post

Hello all,
I am looking at the HT-S9100THX for my new HT room and I have a couple of questions.
I am wondering what type conections are on the backs of the speakers? See pictures above...I used Banana Plugs.
What have you done to hang your speakers on the wall and do you get any vibration and if so how did you adress that?Currently using some cheap Wal-Mart wall mounts...the speakers are heavy for most mounts and I tried directly on the wall and they tried to vibrate too much. Still open to a better way...until then $20 bucks at WallyWorld for 4 mounts.
What type of speaker wire comes with the system?Definitely plan on upgrading...the included wire is 22 gauge and crappy.
Last question...what type of conections are on the sub and what does Onkyo provide to hook up the sub?Standard RCA. The included wire is male/male RCA and works...will probably upgrade later but, not essential.

Thanks in advance for all the help.

Hope that helps.
post #175 of 1093
Are placing the back speakers together the recommended placement?

http://www.thx.com/home/setup/speakers/back.html

The Onkyo HT-S9100THX HTIB PDF manual also shows a picture which indicates the speakers are to be placed side by side to each other.
post #176 of 1093
THX also recommends placing the SR and SL apart when using a reciever that can decode TRUE HD or DTS-HD

See link

http://www.thx.com/home/setup/speakers/dolby.html
post #177 of 1093
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Originally Posted by Mr. Fuzz View Post

22' width x 16' deep with the configuration in the above pictures. We sit approximately 13' from the TV.

How's the sub sound placed next to the TV like that? I've always tried to place it in a corner and it makes a world of a difference.
post #178 of 1093
Please tell me which mode do you use to get 7.1ch sound from 5.1ch TrueHD soundtrack?

Thanks.
post #179 of 1093
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Originally Posted by AaronChiles View Post

How's the sub sound placed next to the TV like that? I've always tried to place it in a corner and it makes a world of a difference.

It works well. There are mutiple suggested placements with this system. One is the 1/3 x 1/3 x 1/3 setup and that is what I am using for now. Splitting the room up by 1/3's. Keep in mind that this a front-firing sub. My previous subs that were down-firing did sound better behind the listening position in a corner.

Keep in mind I have laminate wood floors. I may order a longer RCA cable and try it in the back right corner by the SR speaker just to see.

The only problem I have with the sub right now is it will not go to STANDBY mode. It is still receiving some sort of signal and will not go to STANDBY. So, it has a constant "hum" with everything turned off and the receiver in standby.

If anyone knows a fix for that.
post #180 of 1093
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Originally Posted by Saturnas View Post

Please tell me which mode do you use to get 7.1ch sound from 5.1ch TrueHD soundtrack?

Thanks.

Using a PS3 as the Blu-Ray/DVD player via HDMI hook up and set on DIRECT it automatically does it...or you can press the "THX" button on the remote and it might switch it for you.

Mine appears to be switching to 7.1 automatically with the DIRECT setting via HDMI.
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