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post #241 of 784
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Originally Posted by Tolik View Post

I turned off RIHD as it said in the manual but it still happens. I'm pretty sure its the STB since every time I switch inputs on the receiver the STB flashes some thing. I'm hoping I can find some type of fix for this.

Is the STB power cord plugged into a Power Strip (Smart)? Where the STB completedly turns Off when other other equipments are turned Off.

Normally the STB should be in Standby mode when turned Off.
post #242 of 784
Just an FYI, when I used the PLIIx Movie processing on Terminator Salvation last night -- it still registered on the display that it was using the DTS-HD signal.
post #243 of 784
I have a samsung c-6900 blu ray and onkyo 5300. I tried to bitstream DTS-HD to the onkyo 5300, but that is not working. Issue seems to be only with samsung. I connected a sony blu ray and it bitstreamed fine. Do guys have any inputs to fix the issue.? Contacted samsung tech support, but havent heard back anything(i didnt expected anything different also)
post #244 of 784
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Originally Posted by madisonraj View Post

guys ,

do you recommend this system for others ?

I am looking to buy a new HT.... not sure if need to buy a HTIB or buy separate.
My budget is ard $450 - $500

if that's your budget you don't really have a choice for 7.1 HDMI 1.4. if i had to do it all over again, i wouldn't buy the Onkyo 5300. Music sounds terrible.

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Originally Posted by LCDLP Guy View Post

Just an FYI, when I used the PLIIx Movie processing on Terminator Salvation last night -- it still registered on the display that it was using the DTS-HD signal.

the receiver will display whatever signal is coming in.
post #245 of 784
I don't think I saw this answered yet, but what does the receiver do if you play back a 7.1 source and have it set up in "front high" mode?
post #246 of 784
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Originally Posted by Pepelutivruski4 View Post

leave it in "direct" my friend. by doing so you are telling the receiver to be the PS3s bitch and letting the PS3 control what goes on what speaker and at which codec. this way you'll get all your lossless and HD codecs to do their thing. dont bother with bitstream unless you are insane and MUST see the the codec being used on your receivers display. letting the PS3 send the PCM is optimal.

also, go into your video settings and turn off dynamic range. that will fix your "dialogue" issue in any mode. Dynamic range should be off unless you need some sort of compression. which the audyssey will execute at a better rate anyway.



i've reviewed this a few pages back saying that if you expect to sit back and listen to music on this HTiB you are going to be dissapointed. i've even put a pair of ushers as in the front and music still sounds terrible.

i've run 3 diff versions of ipod and and 2 iPhone 3Gs and i have not had the clicking.

i agree w/ you about the volume, but again it's only when listening to music. put a multichannel source in and you'll find that 50 is too loud. i played several video games and can't comfortably go past 55.

lastly, you definitely want to put the provided speaker wire in the trash or recycle bin if you have a copper recycle in your town. with 30' you shouldn't need more than 16 gauge, but 14 gauge if you can afford the extra bucks.

you'll find multichannel sources to be much more pleasing. earthshattering? not from this HTiB, but impressive nontheless. specially if you are upgrading from a receiver that doesn't do the HD audio.

I ordered the HT-S5300 from JR.com yesterday and I just saw your review about this system. Now I'm thinking that I should cancel my order. You mentioned that if you were to do it again then you would not buy the 5300. Can you suggest another HTiB under similar price range($500) which might be better.
post #247 of 784
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Originally Posted by xiaonjohn View Post

perhaps some of you saw my post above but i am having serious problems trying to use this 5300 with my blu-ray player. my other components seem to work fine, but when i switch to the blu-ray the screen starts to flicker with a colored snow. i bought a second blu ray player to test if that was the problem, i tried different cables, and different inputs, also i exchanged the onkyo unit itself so this is my second unit. onkyo cust service cant seem to help me, actually they don't even really respond.

tv is a samsung lnt5271f
blu-ray is a samsung bdc5500c
obviously onkyo ht5300

im really hoping someone here can help me because no one else seems to be able to. thanks in advance

UPDATE:
i just tried to set the blu-ray player to 1080i as suggested previously and that solved the problem, so what does that mean? is the receivers video processor at fault or something else?


Xiaonjohn, I have had the same (or at least a similar) problem. When switching to my PS3 I get a white snow and/or white flashes at times (sometimes the whole screen, sometimes in wide horizontal "bars" across the screen). It doesn't happen all the time and I can't really predict when it will (although it seems to do it whenever I mess with the PS3 output settings). Here's the interesting thing, I have a replacement slim PS3 because the first one I bought did this all the time (as in dozens of times an hour) with my Oppo DV-910HD upconverting DVD player. And this was on a 40" Samsung. My current Onkyo setup is with a 52" Samsung with a different HDMI cable so the only common thread, I was thinking, was the PS3. Who knows. You've had this with two Onkyo HT-S5300s? Let me know if you find a solution.
post #248 of 784
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Originally Posted by takyon View Post

I ordered the HT-S5300 from JR.com yesterday and I just saw your review about this system. Now I'm thinking that I should cancel my order. You mentioned that if you were to do it again then you would not buy the 5300. Can you suggest another HTiB under similar price range($500) which might be better.

I'd love your input on this question too, Pepelutivruski4! With my iPod dock clicking I can probably return my Onkyo w/o a problem. But I'm not sure if there's anything else in a nearby price range that I'll be happier with. I really like the look of the Onkyo and it's functionality... it's just the music :-/

6ave.com has some pretty good combo deals on a Denon AVR-1910 7.1 receiver and Klipsch HDT1000 speakers ($818). The Denon AVR-1610 5.1 receiver and Klipsch speaker combo is only $698. The combos save you a couple hundred bucks on a pretty killer setup. I assume that since Denon is in the receiver-making business and Klipsch is in the speaker-making business and with their reputations it would be a significantly better system. The also get great reviews. Anyone have any experience with either and know whether it's worth the extra three Benjamins?
post #249 of 784
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Originally Posted by GadgetFreeek View Post

I'd love your input on this question too, Pepelutivruski4! With my iPod dock clicking I can probably return my Onkyo w/o a problem. But I'm not sure if there's anything else in a nearby price range that I'll be happier with. I really like the look of the Onkyo and it's functionality... it's just the music :-/

6ave.com has some pretty good combo deals on a Denon AVR-1910 7.1 receiver and Klipsch HDT1000 speakers ($818). The Denon AVR-1610 5.1 receiver and Klipsch speaker combo is only $698. The combos save you a couple hundred bucks on a pretty killer setup. I assume that since Denon is in the receiver-making business and Klipsch is in the speaker-making business and with their reputations it would be a significantly better system. The also get great reviews. Anyone have any experience with either and know whether it's worth the extra three Benjamins?

i don't think there are any other HDMI 1.4 7.1 channel HTiBs for $500. i mentioned that on my last post. if you only have $500 and you gotta have 7.1 you're kinda stuck w/ this mediocre HTiB. i should clarify; it isn't the worst $500 i've ever spent, and movies and video games do sound great.

however, it's sad that for me to be SATISFIED with the 5300 i replaced the front speakers w/ Usher speakers which retail at about $750 for the pair.
and still, music is dissapointing. i should mention that i am an audiophile

i'm sure some people will be completely satisfied with what this HTiB can do, in fact some posters on this thread even used the 24guage speaker wire that came with the set... ouch...

very simple. you are paying $500 for a receiver, 7 speakers and 10" sub. you will get exactly what you pay for, and that does not include pleasant surprises from this package. The receiver is nothing short of an HDMI 1.4 switch with HD audio for me, and for some, it won't even work as that. on top of that, onkyo can't even help them.

if you want something nice. keep looking.

Denon is the name of the name of the game for consumer level receivers. and i've heard wonders from klipsch speakers, but it's still not $500.
if you have more than $500(i didn't) and want 7.1, don't waste your time with onkyo. if i didn't have these ushers, i'd more than likely be returning it.
post #250 of 784
I just finished my basement. Due to the positioning of walls, etc. I'm using in-ceiling speakers for my rears and surrounds (I know, not ideal, but it's what I can do with what I've got). I'm very interested in the HT-S5300 for the following reasons:

Price (~$450)
HDMI audio pass-through
Nice looking speakers (wood)
On-screen display

However, I'm concerned about some of the issues posted here:

Music sounds bad
Issues connecting to PS3
No automatic audyssey setup

So, I've been contemplating whether it's worth it to look at the HT-S9100 THX instead. I've seen it online for about $800. Obviously a bit more expensive and I'll only be using the front speakers and subwoofer.

So, is the HT-S9100 THX worth the difference in price? It's a year older, so I'm wondering if some of the advantages have been minimized?

Thanks.
post #251 of 784
Quibbling about a $500 HTIB not being great for music playback seems a tad ridiculous.
post #252 of 784
Just an FYI -- This can be had at J&R.com for approximately $377 after bing.com cash back (25% cash back). I think for that price, I can live with all of the shortcomings that have been posted here, especially since this will be my first home theater anything!
post #253 of 784
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Originally Posted by pesoplaya View Post

Just an FYI -- This can be had at J&R.com for approximately $377 after bing.com cash back (25% cash back). I think for that price, I can live with all of the shortcomings that have been posted here, especially since this will be my first home theater anything!

Wow - I think that sealed the deal for me. Thanks.
post #254 of 784
frys electronics is selling below 5.1 configuration for $400. Do you think is better than S5300 ?

receiver : Sony STRDH510
speakers: Polk Audio RM6750
no ipod dock

i am newbie.... looking for first HT
post #255 of 784
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Originally Posted by madisonraj View Post

frys electronics is selling below 5.1 configuration for $400. Do you think is better than S5300 ?

receiver : Sony STRDH510
speakers: Polk Audio RM6750
no ipod dock

i am newbie.... looking for first HT

Do yourself a favor and get an STR-DH700/710! It has a bit more features which will suit a newbie better for the long run. Having the microphone along to set-up of position is well worth it along cause other wise you will be spending money on a demo disc and SPL meter to properly set it up

I have a Polk RM6750 5.1 speaker set and I love it in my living room with my STR-dh700
post #256 of 784
Does anyone know of a set of speakers stands that will work for the front speakers on this unit? They are much bigger then I expected.

I currently have these

http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...seq=1&format=2

They worked ok for the surrounds but the front speakers are to big and heavy.
post #257 of 784
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i should mention that i am an audiophile

And yet you bought a $500 HTIB system?
post #258 of 784
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Originally Posted by rblatchley View Post


So, is the HT-S9100 THX worth the difference in price? It's a year older, so I'm wondering if some of the advantages have been minimized?

Thanks.

from my short experience with onkyo and reading the unresolved issues rendering the unit useless to other posters, i would stay away from Onkyo altogether.

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Originally Posted by afrogt View Post

And yet you bought a $500 HTIB system?

thanks Mr Internet Warrior, for partially reading the post and showing us all that you like to belittle people with smaller budgets. what are you making up for? you can PM me if you'd like help.
post #259 of 784
I bought the Sanus B31b speaker stands for my HT-S5300 fronts. Looks great and only $35
post #260 of 784
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Originally Posted by madisonraj View Post

guys ,

do you recommend this system for others ?

I am looking to buy a new HT.... not sure if need to buy a HTIB or buy separate.
My budget is ard $450 - $500

I definitely recommend this system I am very impressed. I think music sounds fine also but that is not what i bought it for.
post #261 of 784
Music isn't great (especially lossless), but I found turning on the Audyssey Dynamic EQ settings helps. Supposedly the "Music Enhancer" will help with things like iPod music, but I didn't notice much of a difference.

Speaking of Audyssey, does it do anything if Dynamic EQ and Dynamic Level are both off? The "Audyssey" text appears on the receiver even if both settings are off. As long as "Audyssey" is turned on and the receiver isn't in "Direct" mode, the "Audyssey" text shows up (i.e. Audyssey is on).

According to Audyssey's web site:
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Audyssey EQ is our factory calibrated preset room correction solution. It is designed for systems that ship with their own speakers, such as 2.1 systems, Home Theater-in-a-Box (HTiB) systems, Table Radios or Televisions. Audyssey works directly with the manufacturers to precisely measure the systems' performance to simulate a typical room environment. Audyssey EQ removes much of the distortion caused by speaker enclosures and the typical room environment, producing improved sound.

What exactly do they consider a "typical room environment". Since does turning on "Audyssey" actually do any of the things it says on this system? It sounds like even if everything was set up correctly (speaker configurations, distances and levels (75 dB SPL according to the manual) all correct), it would only possibly work in the "typical room" that Audyssey tested with.

From what I've heard, any mode other than "Direct" mainly boosts the bass for 5.1 audio sources, usually too much so.
post #262 of 784
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Originally Posted by Pepelutivruski4 View Post

from my short experience with onkyo and reading the unresolved issues rendering the unit useless to other posters, i would stay away from Onkyo altogether.



thanks Mr Internet Warrior, for partially reading the post and showing us all that you like to belittle people with smaller budgets. what are you making up for? you can PM me if you'd like help.

No need to PM, we can talk about it right here. I read your previous post.

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however, it's sad that for me to be SATISFIED with the 5300 i replaced the front speakers w/ Usher speakers which retail at about $750 for the pair.
and still, music is dissapointing. i should mention that i am an audiophile

Since you own some nice Usher speakers you know that the speakers in the Onkyo 5300 are poorly made and bad sounding. Why would you even buy that system? The receiver is fine but the speakers in this and pretty much all HTIB systems are the weak point. Onkyo has to cut corners somewhere to package a decent receiver with 7 speakers and a subwoofer to make it affordable.

The surrounds in that system are awful and very cheap. The front speakers are at least 2 way but they sound pretty poor too. Acceptable for HT use I guess, but as you found they leave you wanting much more for music.

If one is just starting out, this isn't a bad first purchase. But for someone who really appreciates audio like yourself I'd get a seperate receiver and a couple of speakers and build as I go.
post #263 of 784
If someone is just starting out and wants better performance for $500 look at a discounted speaker system like this Jamo s413 and buy a seperate receiver. While not great speakers these Jamos will perform better than Onkyo HTIB speakers.

http://www.vanns.com/shop/servlet/it..._c=site_search

Then get yourself a receiver like the Denon 1610 which is on sale now under $300.
http://www.vanns.com/shop/servlet/it...key_id=5262142

Its not 7.1 like the 5300 but you'll appreciate it a lot more and it will be better sounding. Most people don't have the room to set up 7.1 properly so they'd be better off with a good 5.1 system than a poor implementation of 7.1.
post #264 of 784
Well I've only watched a few movies thus far with it, but I'm loving the Onkyo. I'm not an "audiophile" by any means -- don't have the budget to be one -- but if I'm wholly satisified with this purchase. 7.1 for $500?

Onkyo has always had a reputation of producing a better receiver over their speakers. The general consensus is their receivers will outlast the speakers -- in the sense people can upgrade their speakers later and still have a receiver that will work well with them.

Maybe this HTIB is the exception, but I for one have been very happy with it.
post #265 of 784
mfro,

Did you mean the Sanus BF31b? How does the speaker attach to the stand? Thanks for the info, I'll probably get a pair.
post #266 of 784
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Originally Posted by JChin View Post

Is the STB power cord plugged into a Power Strip (Smart)? Where the STB completedly turns Off when other other equipments are turned Off.

Normally the STB should be in Standby mode when turned Off.

No I do not have a smart strip.

I tried this "test"... I turned off just (receiver and STB on) the TV and then turned it back on and the STB reset to 720p.

I emailed Onkyo support and they responded to do a reset. I did the reset, nothing changed. I emailed them back saying that and the above test. I just received a response to ship or drop off the unit at a local shop. WTF?!
post #267 of 784
So I setup the front hieght speakers. I should use the "PLIIz Height" listening mode correct?
post #268 of 784
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Originally Posted by pesoplaya View Post

Just an FYI -- This can be had at J&R.com for approximately $377 after bing.com cash back (25% cash back). I think for that price, I can live with all of the shortcomings that have been posted here, especially since this will be my first home theater anything!

Whoa! How'd you get the 25% Bing cashback? I only see 5%. What was the search you did that pulled up that link?
post #269 of 784
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Originally Posted by jmoakk View Post

So I setup the front hieght speakers. I should use the "PLIIz Height" listening mode correct?

Yes. I would've installed wire for these had I known about it before the room was built.
post #270 of 784
Awesome thanks!

Has anyone else noticed that the center speaker isn't very loud?

I'm also having trouble using a sound meter to calibrate the speakers. I need to turn the receiver volume up to about 60 before I can even get a 75dB rating on my sound meter. Then in order for the surrounds (5ft away from me) to match the center speaker (15ft away) I need to turn the surrounds to about +11db on the receiver while the center speaker is at +7dB.

This doesn't make sense because the surrounds are closer. I shouldn't need to make them louder then the center speaker, which is my end result. The surrounds end up being way to loud. Why is this? Is audyssey EQ and dynamic EQ throwing off my readings?

I was using the receivers test tones. I'll try a calibration disc next with EQ on and off. I know I don't need to use to sound meter to determine what sounds best to me. Its just odd how incorrect the meter seems to be.
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