Pros Plenty of HDMI Inputs
3D Audio/Visual Passthrough (Mainly 3D Audio was what I wanted)
Great Look (Shiney Black Finish)
Great Sound for Level Entry HTIB
Simple Setup With Color Coded Connections
Cons So far I can't really think of any... but if I were to actually have to state something??.. I would probably say that I wish it came out earlier before I bought my other HTIB setup from SONY. lol
Summary I recently bought the Samsung UN55C7000WF (upgrading from my Sony 40KDL-XBR4) due to the optional 3D (and because I really just wanted to get a newer, better, bigger TV.. haha). I used to have a Sony HTIB that was a great beginner entry level system. However, when I upgraded the TV I would have to run the HDMI from all my sources (PS3, DirecTV) to my TV and it was for VIDEO ONLY. I ran the audio through an Optical cable because my amp at the time couldn't pass the 3D's audio content. People said that it wouldn't be too much of a difference between sounds and it would probably not be so noticeable. But there was a HUGE difference between HDMI and downgrading to an Optical cable. Not only the sound, but the inconvenience of having this awesome A/V system and having to walk all the way to the system to switch the cable back and forth.
So this HTIB fixes that. It passes both audio and visual for 3D content and sounds outstanding. Subwoofer is very punchy and sounds great/not overwhelming. speakers are fairly crisp and sounds great as well. Options as far as Dynamic EQ and Audyssey are available and add depth and extra adjustments that are nice to have.
The setup itself was really easy. Color coded connections, colored picture for "easy setup" that helps differentiating small "left" from "right" problems lol. On screen menu (very helpful as to not have to look at that tiny screen on the amp itself). Auxillary port for MP3 players in the front for easy access (also has a dock available, but must be bought seperately, that charges and has remote control and receiver control).
All in all... This system is great for the price, and a simple HTIB that's 3D ready. Sounds great, with plenty of ports, and looks great too.
Pros Plenty of HDMI inputs, Great Sound, Stylish Enough (they look like speakers), Plenty of Listening options for any and all!
Cons Advanced Setup for a novice will be a pain.
Summary After weeks of research on what i wanted in a home theater in a box i came across this nicely priced Onkyo. A brand, that honestly i did not know existed until my quest began. After finally finding a store that carried it, so i could hear the sound before i bought it, found 6th Ave Electronics the only physical retail store that had it.
Took about 20 minutes to setup all the speakers and sub, and quickly put an HDMI to use with my PS3. First game i played was Madden 11, setting the speakers in Game-Sports mode, which delivers a surround sound of the crowd, while focuses in-game commentary to the rear speakers, which sounded fantastic! Next was a blu-ray movie (Crank 2) set in Movie- Home Theatre mode (delivers the left to right sound on the screen) and then in All Channels Stereo mode. Both sounded great!!!
The number of HDMI inputs is perfect will be hooking up and HD cable box with it and then using optical input for my Xbox 360. Being HDMI 1.4 also meaning if i do decide to go with a 3D tv i will be totally supported a great +.
Auxiliary port in the front great for MP3 Players, they do sell an ipod dock (dedicated port on the back of receiver for it)separately that will charge and also give you control of it through the receiver and remote.
Personally, i couldnt go wrong, i wanted something that sounded great and that was not just "loud with a lot bass." Installation and setup (i had to go in and play with every setting to my liking) was not bad. There are still plenty of advance options that i have not played around with yet but intend to over time. Out of the box it sounds awesome, it will not disappoint for its price. Cant wait for football season to get here to really get the most out of it!
"Can't go wrong"on by BadCBX
Pros Out of the box ease of use.
Color coded connections take out the guess work
Cons I tried my best to find one con but could not!
Summary It is call the entry level system but let me tell you that it is more than that. It may not have a stand alone power sub woofer like my Yamaha system that it replaced but it would take a 1000 square foot room to make this thing whimper. The 8" down firing sub will be setting of car alarms in your neighbors driveway. I married this up with my new Panasonic 42" G25 Plasma and all I can say is WOW!
Pros Multiple HDMI connections.
Great customer service to aid when self installing.
Cons I have none.
Pros It's usual to have plenty of input connections in a home theatre system like this. But Onkyo has specially created a dedicated HDMI input for your set-top boxes, Blu-ray or DVD players and for your game consoles.
Cons There isn't a THX decoder only Dolby and DTS. Not suitable with microphone mixers. Does not display UI via the composite cables and only shows up the UI if I use the HDMI connection to my TV.
Summary The focus of buying this product is that I bought for a really good price. It's up to date and it supports v1.4 HDMI interfaces and that means I am 3D-ready. All I need to do is to buy a LCD, Plama or a LED / 3D television which supports and interact with this RIHD technology in the HT-S3300.
The RIHD technology only interacts with Panasonic's VIERA-Link or the Toshiba's REGZA-Link and some of the SHARP TVs but it does not support Pioneer's KURO-Link and Sony devices. It detects but it's useless. So if you have a Pioneer DVD player or a plasma TV with KURO-Link or any Sony devices, do not expect it to turn on the home theatre system by itself.
Overall I think that this HT-S3300 is a good model from Onkyo. The sound is very good with a soft-textured heavy bass from the subwoofer (adjustable). It has a dedicated sound enhancement for every device you plug in and features the new DTS function called Neo: Cinema.
Those who are just starting of on the HDMI revolution should start of with this system and continue to support Onkyo on their products if you want more from your home theatre system. Reason being is that it is very easy to use unlike Sory and Pioneer.