All 144 pounds of the HT-S755DVC come packed in a rather large box. Inside, you'll find one of Onkyo's better six-channel receivers; a separate progressive-scan, five-disc DVD changer; and a seven-piece sub/sat system.
We've heard lots of wonderful little speakers, but they always sound, well, little. The S755's grown-up speaker set can fill large rooms with annoy-the-neighbors-type volume. The black-oak-finished system includes six large speakers. The two most imposing of the bunch, the 16.5-inch-tall left- and right-front speakers, are endowed with dual 5.25-inch woofers and a 1-inch tweeter. The center speaker is plenty substantial, as are the three surround speakers. A 150-watt powered subwoofer with an 8-inch driver rounds out the group.
The S755's full-fledged receiver is a good deal more evolved than typical kit fare. It has two up-to-the-minute 6.1-surround formats--Dolby Digital EX and DTS-ES (Matrix and Discrete)--along with the now-routine 5.1 Dolby Pro Logic II. The SR600 also boasts six 80-watt, high-current power amplifiers.
This receiver's 50MHz component-video switching can accommodate two HDTV sources. Connectivity choices far outstrip even those of the better kit competition: generous A/V inputs, a 5.1 input for DVD-Audio/Super Audio CD sources, four digital-audio inputs, A/B speaker switching, and front-panel audio/video connectors for video cameras and game systems.
The DV-CP500 DVD player's smooth-running, five-disc-changer mechanism handles DVDs, CDs, CD-Rs, CD-RWs, and MP3 CDs. This player's four-disc play-exchange capability allows it to swap discs without interrupting playback. The CP500 is a progressive-scan player--unusual for a home-theater kit--and the S-Video and composite parallel outputs are always active.