Onkyo is all about the entry level in early 2012.
The folks over at Onkyo are doing their best to ramp up entry-level components with features that you might not expect to see included. In addition to the newly announced receivers, Onkyo will be launching a pair of home theater systems complete with receiver, speakers and a subwoofer.
The HT-S3500 is the lower priced of the two and gives you 5.1 channels of audio. It decodes Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio, 3D video, Burr-Brown 192kHz/24-bit DACs and discrete output components instead of the integrated amps you’ll find on most HTiB solutions.
Onkyo’s HTS5500 bumps things up to 7.1 channels and offers features the S3500 doesn’t. You’ll find Dolby ProLogic IIz for height channels and Audyssey 2EQ acoustic calibration that adjusts your settings based on the room you’ve set your speakers up in.
The HT-S3500 will run $399 while the HT-S5500 will cost $649. Both will be available in March.