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I see that there was a thread about this HTiB a few days ago, but I didn't want to steal that poster's thread.

Onkyo HT-S3300

So I'm looking at this system for gaming and Blu-ray movies as an upgrade from my current Sony HTiB, which doesn't support any of the HD audio formats. I can only assume that for $280 you aren't getting anything spectacular, but would the differences between said HD formats and DD/DTS be clear even on entry-level equipment?

Also, would there be any issues upgrading the speakers/sub later on down the road, and would it be worth it with this receiver? It's only $80 more expensive than the standalone Onkyo receiver that I was looking at a few months back (SR308) and at a glance does everything I'd like it to, so if I could enjoy this setup while I save up for some decent Polk speakers then that'd be great.

Thanks
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I bought this unit back in Christmas as a gift for myself and the two months I have owned it, I have been more than satisfied. For an entry level system, you get more than what you paid for.
This HTIB is actually for my own personal room which has a dimension of 18x25 feet. Not all that big but perfect for a 5.1 surround sound system. My initial reaction when I had configured everything to my liking was of surprise and shock. I was shocked that a $300 dollar system with a passive subwoofer can literally shake my room and even knock a glass from a table. I even had to set my subwoofer level to -6 because my roommate was complaining about the bass. The bass is a solid bass, not that thumping bass you hear from cheap boom boxes.
I borrowed my roommates Avatar Blu-Ray and watched the end fight and was blown away from its sound quality. Sound is loud and crisp. For me, the speakers are loud enough and decent enough for me not to upgrade since I have such a small space to enjoy and yes, the speakers and wires are the weakest link in the package but what do you expect for an entry level system.
If I ever wanted to upgrade my speakers, it will have to be a set of these:
http://www.parts-express.com/pe/show...number=300-652

and for the subwoofer:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-035-_-Product

The only problem is that the manual is pure crap. Onkyo expects you to know everything and setting the receiver to produce 5.1 sound was like brain surgery. I had the hardest time configuring the receiver for 5.1. I don't know what I did, but after several hours of trial and error, I finally manage to get 5.1 and have not touch the settings since then. I have everything hooked up with HDMI and this unit supports the latest HDMI 1.4 which is 3D. I do believe there are two versions of the HT-S3300, the regular HT-S3300 and the revision HT-S3300(B) which supports the iPod docking. I have the (B) version but I don't have an iPhail/iPod to test it with.

You can't go wrong with this entry level unit. Onkyo has really set the bar for entry level HTIBs.
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For small budgets you will NOT notice dtsHD / DolbyHD vs DTS/DD. No way around it, save some cash, buy a new receiver (assuming your sony's will transfer), save some cash and buy some fronts (center and fronts) and keep going till you got them all. It will probably sound better than your sony but if eventually you actually want good sound save. I will post some pics of what my original onkyo had for surrounds when I get a chance.
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Paradox,
Let me know if you grab one, I'm planning on getting one in the couple weeks and would like to hear your first impressions.
     
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Thanks for the input Nexus6 and hick.

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Paradox,
Let me know if you grab one, I'm planning on getting one in the couple weeks and would like to hear your first impressions.
Will do, though I'm leaning towards just saving up for an above average setup later on down the road. It drives me crazy knowing that I'm not getting the most out of my Blu-rays, but I don't wanna jump the gun and end up posting another one of these threads.
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I feel ya, this is actually higher then my budget for sound, but I'm reaching for it anyhow. It'll be much better then our tv's speakers we've been running for 2 years now, and since the speakers are barely an addition to the price of the receiver alone I think it's a good deal. Once we have more spare change I can always upgrade the speakers and use them with this more then capable receiver, I personally don't want 7.1, so this is all I'll need for a very long time to come.

Good luck with your choices Paradox!
     
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You could grab a refurb SR-TX508 for about ~$200+ shipping and reuse your old speakers for now(if they have speaker wire for hookups) and save up for some solid front channels, and then a sub, and lastly rear surround.

Accessories4less has some great deals on refurb Onkyo receivers and they carry the same manufacture warranty plus you could grab an extended warranty from them.
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Originally Posted by Invidiafanboy View Post
Accessories4less has some great deals on refurb Onkyo receivers and they carry the same manufacture warranty plus you could grab an extended warranty from them.
I had seen you state this before and didn't question, but I must this time. On A4L they list them all as having a 1 year warranty, the new versions on NewEgg all have two year warranties. So I'm either looking at the wrong thing or they've revised their warranty since the last you glanced at that part of it.

http://www.accessories4less.com/make...eceiver/1.html

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-165-_-Product
     
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Pao View Post
I had seen you state this before and didn't question, but I must this time. On A4L they list them all as having a 1 year warranty, the new versions on NewEgg all have two year warranties. So I'm either looking at the wrong thing or they've revised their warranty since the last you glanced at that part of it.

http://www.accessories4less.com/make...eceiver/1.html

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-165-_-Product
Hmm maybe they did. Sorry about the wrong info on warranty. I do know that you can buy an extended one from a4l. I bought a 3 yr on my S5300 system for 3 yrs at about $35 I believe.
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Originally Posted by Invidiafanboy View Post
You could grab a refurb SR-TX508 for about ~$200+ shipping and reuse your old speakers for now(if they have speaker wire for hookups) and save up for some solid front channels, and then a sub, and lastly rear surround.

Accessories4less has some great deals on refurb Onkyo receivers and they carry the same manufacture warranty plus you could grab an extended warranty from them.
I would have done that, but my speakers (like many HtiB) are 3 ohms, and I've come to the conclusion (or as quite a few folks have told me) that if I were to try and use my Sony speakers in an 8 ohm receiver, the receiver and/or speakers would fry.

I was also told that it would possibly be alright for a little while, so long as I didn't turn the volume up too high, but I'm not gonna take that chance.
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