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Old 10-20-2008, 08:16 AM   #1  
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Default Onkyo HT-S6100 - Review

Onkyo HT-S6100

http://www.us.onkyo.com/model.cfm?m=...ss=Systems&p=i




I am a middle of the road consumer. Not really a noob, but by no means an Audiophobe. I was looking for a new system to replace an old Prologic JBL setup that only had 2 inputs and only handled audio.

I purchased the 6100 from Newegg.com for $550 to my door. Which I thought was a good price. The Box is Huge and heavy. (87lbs). Everything inside was packaged nice, which was a good thing because my box was soaked on one side. Eveything on the inside was okay thank God...thanks UPS.

The 6100 is a 7.1 system. The speakers are huge. 14" long and 5" wide. The fronts and center have 2 - 3-1/8" speakers and 1 tweeter. the surrounds have 1 - 3-1/8" speaker and 1 tweeter. The sub is a 10" down firing front port sub. All of the speakers are incased in a glossy black box and the sub has a glossy black front.

The speakers sound good to me. Decent mids and good highs. The sub I am glad to say is much better then I was expecting. I have it turns up only to a 1/4 power and the auto calibrate mic turned it down a little more. It may be because I have in on hard wood floors but it booms and rumbles.

The reciever is a 667 (i believe) Almost Identical to the 606. There is no Zone 2 on the 667. The important part is that it has 4 HDMI ins and upconverts everything to the HDMI out. No more crazy wires and inputs on the TV. The reciever does get a little hot, probably not a big deal if you have a decent amount of space around it. I didn't so I put 2 computer fans on it and it stays cool as a cucumber.

My room is about 18' x 12' and this thing puts out plenty of power and sound for my liking. Currently I have a 360, HD-A3 and a SA 8300HD all plugged into it through HDMI and 1 HDMI out to the TV. Do to my room setup I am running this thing as a 6.1 system and am contimplating dropping it to a 5.1.

In short this system does everything I want it to do and more. I wish I could take the grills off of the speakers but that is a minor bitch. Also setup is a bit of a pain, but the OSD(when using HDMI) is nice. The auto Setup mic got me close to perfect with minor tweaks on my part. All and All...I give it a 9 out of 10.

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Glad to hear you like it. It is a very nice system and 5.1 should do you just fine, in fact you probably won't even notice a difference changing from 6.1.

Do make sure to set the receiver up with the extra channel turned off once you disconnect it and run through the audio calibration again otherwise it might not sound as good as it could/would.
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http://reviews.cnet.com/av-receivers...?tag=mncol;lst

http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Onkyo...oductDetail.do

Cool! my 5.1 died on me so plan on getting the 6100 also, I was thinking about the 9100, but it's way out of my means, http://www.us.onkyo.com/model.cfm?m=...ss=Systems&p=i

How did you set up the cooling fans? did you get those flat ones you put under and blow the air up?
Did you use speaker stands?


Do you think they will have it on sale at circuit city on Black Friday?
I'm kind of stuck buying it at circuit city because I don't have that kind of cash to spend before X-mas and I already have a credit card with CC so I'll buy it with that and it's kind of urgent since my 5.1 died on me, I miss it so much with my 360 and movies that I feel like buying it today, but I would be pissed if on Black Friday they have for $450-$500, so I'm forcing myself to wait.

BTW: I plan on buying a PS3 to use it as a dvd/bd player http://www.samsclub.com/shopping/nav...440&pCatg=9378 do you think the PS3's will be on sale on Black Friday?

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I built a 3.5" tall bax with an open bottom. I then Routered 2 arches in each end that are about the size of the fans actual blades ( 4 total)

I put it on top of the reciever, then then the HD player on top of that. Then the 2 fans are on 1 end of the box and blow across it. Kicks out all the hot air. Works pretty well for costing me $0.00.
Also as a side note. I did this to save my HD-A3 from the heat...not so much to save the reciever. From what I have read these things are built to handle the heat.

I did not get speaker stands. I actually bought Cheap wall mounts from Walmart, a 5 pack was like $20. I also bought wall mounts from MonoPrice...the wallmart ones work better if you plan on hanging on a wall. If you hang from a ceiling then the monoprice ones are nice.

As far as BF.....who knows what will be on sale!
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I just bought this receiver as well. IF you have the mode on auto will it automatically adjust for different programming. I guess what i'm trying to say is I don't have to adjust the receiver at all (dolby, mono,etc) as long as its on auto.I did the auto mic setup. I am new to the home theatre setup.thanks
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I built a 3.5" tall bax with an open bottom. I then Routered 2 arches in each end that are about the size of the fans actual blades ( 4 total)

I put it on top of the reciever, then then the HD player on top of that. Then the 2 fans are on 1 end of the box and blow across it. Kicks out all the hot air. Works pretty well for costing me $0.00.
Also as a side note. I did this to save my HD-A3 from the heat...not so much to save the reciever. From what I have read these things are built to handle the heat.

I did not get speaker stands. I actually bought Cheap wall mounts from Walmart, a 5 pack was like $20. I also bought wall mounts from MonoPrice...the wallmart ones work better if you plan on hanging on a wall. If you hang from a ceiling then the monoprice ones are nice.

As far as BF.....who knows what will be on sale!
So the monoprice ones were no good??? I was just about to order these? What is the issue? I plan on facing both speakers at eachother parallel to the wall.
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Also, i know ive asked this question before on this board, but this is a true hdmi reciever right? NONE of the video passthough only. This reciever will process the audio from say a blue ray player and play it over the speakers right?
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Also, i know ive asked this question before on this board, but this is a true hdmi reciever right? NONE of the video passthough only. This reciever will process the audio from say a blue ray player and play it over the speakers right?
Yes you are correct.
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Thanks L2W. Im actualy going to purcahse this system in the next 2 or 3 days. I know ive been talking about it for awhile, and id like to that you and the others for helping me out.

For the OP, do you know what gauge wire came with the system?
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So the monoprice ones were no good??? I was just about to order these? What is the issue? I plan on facing both speakers at eachother parallel to the wall.
#1 I had a bolt snap on me in the actual mount.
#2 They sag with just 8lbs on them...I would hate to see what they would do with 10lbs on them
#3 the pressure system they use to stay in place is kind of dicey. it is a bolt putting pressure on a hollow plastic piece.
#4 they do not look as good as the cheap ones at walmart believe it or not! LOL

If you are going to hang Bose speakers or those small sony's then they are more then fine. For these big old honkin things not so much. I purchased 6 of them and ended up using 2.

These are the walmart ones I am talking about.
http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...uct_id=4978453
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And oddly enought walmart now has the monoprice ones.
http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...uct_id=9189689
NOT SO GOOD


Hope this helps.
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For the OP, do you know what gauge wire came with the system?
Thin I would say 22 gauge. I ended up just using it and everything seems fine to me. I am no dumby but the color coding makes things go alot faster also. Especially making multiple runs to the same area.

My room is like 18'x12' and the wires are just long enough for what I needed. And I mean Just! In a smaller room with exposed wire you should have plenty. if your room is larger and you plan on hiding it...you might need longer sections. I ran all of mine under the floor(along the ceiling of my basement) and then back up in the rear of my room.

If I think about it I will get pictures of my setup tonight to show everyone.
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Also, i know ive asked this question before on this board, but this is a true hdmi reciever right? NONE of the video passthough only. This reciever will process the audio from say a blue ray player and play it over the speakers right?
My question is, if anybody knows, will HDMI out of the PS3 process 7.1 sound thru the 6100, or will only an optical cable be able to do that?
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^^^ Good question. But im guessing that depends on the PS3. If the PS3 will handle 7.1 then it should pass fine through the hdmi. If the PS3 does not decode the 7.1 then it wouldnt work on the reciever, because the ps3 cant bitstream a raw signal.

Dont listen to me because im still learning, and im not sure i have all these facts straight. Can anyone confirm and clarify?

ICUDOGG. What speakers were you mounting on the monoprice mounts that were 8lbs? The rear speakers in the s6100 are only supposed to weigh like 3 lbs right? Do you have your speakers mounted on the ones from wallmart now? Can you tell me with those walmart mounts can you turn the speakers perfectly parallel to the wayy, so the rear speakers would face eachother?
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My question is, if anybody knows, will HDMI out of the PS3 process 7.1 sound thru the 6100, or will only an optical cable be able to do that?
Optical cables only support up to 5.1. The PS3 processes up to 7.1. Therefore it has to do so through the HDMI cable
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Optical cables only support up to 5.1. The PS3 processes up to 7.1. Therefore it has to do so through the HDMI cable
Damn! I had not idea the optical could only do 5.1, HDMI has to be v1.3, will v1.1 do 7.1?

Also I have a 360 with component and optical for now but it has the HDMI plug, so if I connect the 360 to the 6100 will I get 7.1 out of the games!
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