Onkyo has always been a strong leader in the Home Theater in a Box market, and with the 3D quickly taking over the home tech market, it’s no surprise that the company is right at the forefront. The new HT-S6300 and HT-S7300 Home Theater Systems both feature everything you’ll need to complete your AV system (assuming you’ve already dropped the coin on a new 3D-capable TV and Blu-ray player, that is). Both packages feature HDMI 1.4 for 3D, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master decoding, Faroudja DCDi Cinema video scaling, and Onkyo’s UP-A1 iPod/iPhone dock right out of the box, as well as and optional HD Radio tuner functionality. One of the coolest new features, though, is HDMI Thru: even with the receiver in standby mode, it will still automatically pass audio and video from your Blu-ray player or a game console through to the TV, for those times when you want to do a bit of viewing or playing at night and don’t want to crank the volume.
The HT-S6300 carries a suggested retail price of $749, while the HT-S7300 is $899. For that extra $150, the most noteworthy advantages of the more expensive SKU are larger floor-standing left and right front speakers an improved center channel. No matter which system you opt for, though, the speakers can set up in standard 7.1-channel configuration, or 5.1 with height channels for use with Dolby Pro Logic IIz. Throw Audyssey Dynamic Volume for late night listening and healthy 290-watt subwoofer into the mix, and either of these systems should be perfect for families that don’t need the whole hog, but don’t want to settle for Bacon Bits.
See Onkyo‘s website for complete specs.