Feature rich, loads of connectivity options, well sized speaker drivers, HDMI processing works better than most Onkyo systems, Audyssey makes it even more perfect.
1. System's speakers cannot drive full volume, and over a period of time, one can find downsides there.
2. Speaker wiring is a compromise in quality.
The Onkyo HT-S6100 is a really good system for the price. The 4 HDMI inputs, and other connectivity options, and the RIHD (Onkyo's jargon for CEC, which helps control other CEC devices through HDMI), the 1080p, that is lacking in many Onkyo's systems, etc. make it worth the ... Read full review
The Onkyo HT-S6100 is a really good system for the price. The 4 HDMI inputs, and other connectivity options, and the RIHD (Onkyo's jargon for CEC, which helps control other CEC devices through HDMI), the 1080p, that is lacking in many Onkyo's systems, etc. make it worth the buck.
However, there are two constraints that I experienced:
Firstly, full volume is not totally clear for a long stretch of listening.
Solution: Replace only the Front channel speakers (and centre could be replaced too). I attached the Bose 301, as front speakers, and the system performance increased by 10-15%. Though I'm NOT a liker of Bose, the 301 is one of its very few speakers with gives balanced sound output in required frequencies as a front chanel speaker. The advantage of adding Bose - sound now fills the room more completely, and the sweet spot (area of the room where sound is the best) seemed to have enlarged. Also, the full volume is no more a problem, even when the system is played for long.
Secondly, speaker wires are the only part that show a compromise on quality.
Solution: Replace them if you feel the need. Purchase a wire of suitable gauge for the length you require.
I did that, and my system is now perfect for my room - 10'x12'. With the help of Audyssey, the set-up was a jiffy, and the sound quaity improved noticeably (even in the case of the Bose speaker's output).
It is clearly the best system in this price out there. I compare the sound quality to THX certified systems, and this system does not lack much. For example, after the changes I made, my HT-S6100 is as good as my brother's HT-S9100THX, which is costlier, even after the extra money I spent on the Bose 301 and speaker wires.