As HD media becomes more and more accessible to the average Joe, consumers are finding that its just as important to get a HD capable home entertainment system as it is in getting a HD capable wide-screen display. Vendors like Onkyo have listened and responded with affordable yet high performance systems like the Onkyo HT-S3200 5.1 Channel Home Entertainment System. Although the Onkyo HT-S3200 is just the entry-level model in the company’s current line-up, the system boasts plenty of features including HDMI video and the ability to switch up to three HD sources and three audio-only sources.
Although the Onkyo HT-S3200’s setup is manual, the system’s out-of-the-box sound is good enough to not require the usual speaker volume-leveling. The system can accept up to three HDMI sources with one digital coaxial, two optical inputs, and the choice to use analog inputs (RCA) for any selected source. This means you can hook up to three HD video devices and up to three audio-only devices with space for two component sources as well. The system is optimized for users who already have a few video sources such as a next-gen game console or Blu-ray player so it doesn’t include a disc player of its own.
Audio decoding offers standard DVD modes such as Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic IIx, DTS, DTS 96/24, and DTS Neo:6. Other features include an AM/FM radio with up to 30 presets and an optional port for an iPod dock on the receiver’s rear that must be purchased separately. You can also plug a portable device into the receiver’s front-panel 3.5-millimeter line-in jack.
The Onkyo HT-S3200 can also make use of a B speaker system turning it into the perfect party player. The Onkyo HT-S3200’s receiver also features Audyssey EQ and Audyssey Dynamic Volume without an auto-setup option that results in a fuller and richer sound with three levels of dynamic range compression. Overall, the Onkyo HT-S3200 5.1 Channel Home Entertainment System offers great sound and a nice feature-set at an even better price.