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Onkyo HT-S5400

7.1 home theatre audio system with 3D-compatible HDMI video switching

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Item # 580HT5400B

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Give your home theater the power to thrill you
3D entertainment is fun to watch at home, but it's even better when you've got dramatic, room-filling sound to match. Onkyo's HT-S5400 audio system teams up a powerful receiver with seven compact speakers plus a potent 10" powered subwoofer to help bring movies to life. The receiver's HDMI connections can pass 3D video signals, making it a great choice if you already own or plan to purchase a 3D Blu-ray player and a 3D HDTV.

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Give your home theater the power to thrill you
3D entertainment is fun to watch at home, but it's even better when you've got dramatic, room-filling sound to match. Onkyo's HT-S5400 audio system teams up a powerful receiver with seven compact speakers plus a potent 10" powered subwoofer to help bring movies to life. The receiver's HDMI connections can pass 3D video signals, making it a great choice if you already own or plan to purchase a 3D Blu-ray player and a 3D HDTV.

HDMI switching for the best picture and sound from your high-def components
The receiver's HDMI inputs let you connect up to four high-def video sources — like a game system, a 3D Blu-ray player, and an HD satellite receiver or cable box — and switch easily among them. The receiver can also decode the latest high-def audio formats available on Blu-ray, for incredible, wraparound sound. And with advanced Dolby® sound processing, you can even use two of the included speakers as "height" speakers for a larger front soundstage with an expanded vertical dimension. Or connect them as back surround speakers instead, creating a more seamless rear soundstage for movie effects that envelop you.

Connect your iPod® and play your tunes
Plug your iPod or iPhone® into the front-panel USB input to enjoy your favorite songs through the 'S5400's speakers. This direct digital connection helps you get cleaner sound with your music, because it bypasses the iPod's internal audio circuitry and takes advantage of the receiver's higher-quality digital-to-analog conversion. You can also listen to HD Radio by adding an optional tuner.

Great system to introduce the lay person to home theater setups. I love the fact that you get a real 7.1 system with a true subwoofer that actually sounds really good. The receiver is beefy enough for any room less than 1500 sq ft.

Mark F, South Florida

What's in the Box:

  • 7.1ch AV receiver (HT-R590)
  • 2 Front speakers (SKF-590N)
  • Center channel speaker (SKC-590N)
  • 2 Surround speakers (SKR-590)
  • 2 Surround back speakers (SKB-590)
  • Powered subwoofer (SKW-580)
  • Remote control (RC-799M)
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • Setup microphone
  • Two 11' lengths of speaker wire with bare tinned wire on each end (Red/White)
  • Four 26' lengths of speaker wire with bare tinned wire on each end (Blue/Gray/Brown/Tan)
  • One 10' length of speaker wire with bare tinned wire on each end (Green)
  • 10' Mono-RCA cable for subwoofer
  • FM wire antenna
  • AM loop antenna
  • 4 Small square self-adhesive feet
  • 4 Large square self-adhesive feet
  • Instruction Manual
  • Speaker Package Instructions
  • Quick Setup
  • Important Safety Instructions
  • Product Registration/Warranty card
  • Note regarding USB connection
  • Note regarding file names on USB devices
  • RIHD-compatible note

Product Highlights:

  • home theater system with receiver, 7 speakers, and powered subwoofer
  • remote control
  • speaker wire and subwoofer cable included
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Receiver:
  • 80 watts x 7
  • 1080p-compatible HDMI video switching (4 in, 1 out)
  • HDMI version 1.4a — supports 3D video and Audio Return Channel
  • built-in decoding for Dolby® TrueHD, DTS-HD™ Master Audio, Dolby® Digital Plus, and DTS-HD™ High Resolution Audio
  • Dolby Pro Logic® IIz processing lets you use front "height" speakers instead of back surrounds, for a taller soundstage
  • four DSP gaming modes, including Rock, Sports, Action, and Role Playing
  • Audyssey Dynamic Volume™ mode keeps listening levels steady to avoid overly loud peaks such as on TV commercials
  • Audyssey Dynamic EQ™ for clearer surround sound at lower volumes
  • audio inputs include 6 analog RCA, 2 coaxial digital, and 2 optical digital
  • video inputs include 4 composite, 2 component, and 4 HDMI
  • video outputs for TV include 2 composite, 1 component, and 1 HDMI
Speakers:
  • overall frequency response: 25-20,000 Hz
  • two front speakers each have a 1" balanced-dome tweeter and a 5" woofer
  • center speaker has a 1" balanced-dome tweeter and dual 3-1/4" woofers
  • four surround speakers each have a 3-1/4" full-range woofer
  • 10", 120-watt (maximum power) down-firing subwoofer
Dimensions:
  • receiver: 17-1/8"W x 5-7/8"H x 12-15/16"D
  • front speakers: 6-1/8"W x 14-13/16"H x 6-11/16"D (each)
  • center channel speaker: 16-9/16"W x 4-1/2"H x 4-3/4"D
  • surround speakers: 4-1/2"W x 9-1/16"H x 3-3/4"D (each)
  • subwoofer: 12-1/2"W x 18-1/4"H x 15-11/16"D
Reviews

Onkyo HT-S5400 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(5 Reviews)

Nice stereo, can't say I love the sub.

cinghoa from Omaha, NE 68164 on 1/4/2014

Set up was easy, Audessy made it go by faster. This is obviously not Onkyo's top system, but it is one of the better systems I've found in this price range. System sounds great and is easy to learn. The part that kills it for me; the powered sub likes to take a break at random times, causing movies and music to sound flat and dull. I've looked into this problem and it's not uncommon, but the fixes I've found others have tried have not solved mine. If I could get that to stop I would be perfectly content with this system.

Pros: Audessy setup, multiple inputs for variety of connection types, 7.1 sounds great in any mode.

Cons: Sub issue.

Excellent Starter System

Mark F from South Florida on 7/2/2012

Great system to introduce the lay person to home theater setups. I love the fact that you get a real 7.1 system with a true subwoofer that actually sounds really good. The receiver is beefy enough for any room less than 1500 sq ft.

Pros: Great Price Good sound

Cons: At this price, I really can't complain.

Awesome bang for the buck!!

Mike from Exton, PA on 2/5/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Went conservative for my first complete home theater system and cannot believe the sound. I set this up in a 25x21 ft. basement. Teamed it with a 92" projector and the sound and is incredible. Friends with more expensive systems can't believe how crisp it is.

Pros: Initial set up was easy. Price was right!

Cons: Fm radio has some interferance. Need some knowledge on a/v to make all components work.

Product Review

leleon from Tehachapi on 1/31/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Excellent product to start your home audio/video environment.

Pros: Easy to set up and operate

Cons: Need to have some audio/video experience to set up the imamging.

Great Value!

TM from Montana on 1/25/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Purchased this system to replace one that cost 6 to 7 times as much $. Excellent sound and enough power for my entertainment room. Great value.

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Overview: The Onkyo HT-S5400 is 1000-watt (Peak), 7.1ch home theater system which consists of a 130-watt x 7-channel (6-ohm, 1kHz, 1% THD) A/V receiver, two large bookshelf loudspeakers, a two-way center-channel speaker, four matching small bookshelf surround/surround back loudspeakers, and a 120-watt (continuous) powered subwoofer. Also included, is an IR wireless remote control and setup microphone. The Onkyo HT-S5400 7.1ch home theater system supports the latest Dolby Digital (Dolby TrueHD), DTS (DTS-HD), and Dolby Pro Logic (DPL IIz) surround sound formats. The system is also 3D video compatible.

Audio Features
Video Features
Speaker System
USB/iPod Connectivity
Remote Control

Audio Features

130 Watts x 7 Channel: The HT-S5400's AV Receiver (HT-R590) is equipped with a 130 watt x 7-channel amplifier (6-ohms, 1kHz, 1% THD).

H.C.P.S. (High Current Power Supply): The Onkyo HT-S5400 home theater system's AV receiver (HT-R590) is equipped with a H.C.P.S. massive high power transformer.

Digital-to-Analog Converters (DACs): The Onkyo HT-R590 AV receiver is equipped with 192kHz/24-bit DACs to decode and playback high-resolution recordings with less jitter and clearer sound.

Optimum Gain Volume Circuitry: Optimum Gain Volume Control adjusts the gain so that less than half the amount of attenuation is needed, ensuring the signal never comes close to the noise floor. This protects the signal against noise, resulting in a dramatically clearer sound.

32-Bit Processing DSP: The Onkyo AV receiver is equipped with a powerful and highly accurate 32-bit processing DSP (Digital Signal Processor) for better surround sound reproduction.

Listening Modes: This receiver incorporates a wide variety of listening modes to bring you maximum enjoyment from your audio and video software. You can assign a default listening mode to each input source so that listening mode will be selected automatically when you select the corresponding input source. The following audio formats are supported by the receiver's Listening Mode - Mono, Stereo, 5.1-channel, and 7.1-channel.

Listening Mode Description
Direct In this mode, audio from the input source is output without surround-sound processing. This mode delivers pure sound with minimum sound quality adjustment and filtration.
Stereo Sound is output by the front left and right speakers and subwoofer.
Mono Use this mode when watching an old movie with a mono soundtrack.
Multichannel This mode is used with PCM multichannel sources.
Dolby Pro Logic II Dolby Pro Logic II transforms high-quality stereo sound into 5.1-channel surround sound. Thanks to its full-range performance, you will hear all the detail and subtleties of a compelling five-channel Dolby surround sound mix from a stereo signal.
Dolby Pro Logic IIx Dolby Pro Logic IIx transforms high-quality stereo and 5.1ch sound into 6.1- or 7.1-cchannel surround sound. With Dolby Pro Logic IIx you experience engaging, natural surround sound. Special effects are more realistic than you ever thought possible. Your movies and television programming sound richer, with more depth.
Dolby Pro Logic IIz

Providing a dramatic listening alternative for 7.1 systems, Dolby Pro Logic IIz brings the added dimension of height to create an immersive 7.1-channel surround sound experience from any stereo, 5.1, 6.1, or 7.1 movie, music, TV, or game audio source. Dolby Pro Logic IIz identifies and processes ambient sound energy and directs this information to front height speakers in a 7.1-channel environment.

Dolby Digital Dolby Digital has been selected as the default format for DVD video, standard 2 channel audio playback and HDTV Digital broadcasting. Dolby Digital features two independent surround channels giving same full range as the three front channels. Plus it adds a Low Frequency Effect channel LFE. Dolby Digital accomplishes this by using a technique called compression.
Dolby Digital Plus Dolby Digital Plus is based on core Dolby Digital technologies. Dolby Digital Plus is an advanced surround sound audio codec designed specifically for evolving media. Dolby Digital Plus brings cinematic sound to Blu-ray, broadcast, online, game, and mobile phone entertainment (up to 7.1ch)
Dolby Digital TrueHD Dolby TrueHD produces audio that is identical to and every bit as spectacular as the master recording. It lets you experience the full potential of Blu-ray Disc (up to 7.1ch), and is even ready for future HD delivery formats.
Dolby EX Dolby Digital EX takes the Dolby Digital 5.1-channel setup one step further with an additional center surround channel (reproduced through one or two speakers) for extra dimensional detail and an enveloping surround sound effect.
DTS DTS (Digital Theater Systems) uses the same concept as Dolby Digital, but implements a lower compression rate. This leads to more dynamic range, improved channel separation, and more subtle nuances.
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio DTS-HD Audio delivers sound quality that matches the clear and vivid images of high-definition video. Blu-ray and HD-DVD discs deliver five times the video resolution of standard DVD and produce images with stunning realism. But that's only half of the story. You need incredible sound to complete the high definition experience and DTS-HD Audio provides the highest quality multi-channel (7.1ch) sound possible. Movies come alive with sound as lifelike as the picture, and music becomes as real as a live performance.
Master Audio
DTS 96/24 DTS 96/24 offers a higher quality level of multi-channel audio (up to 5.1 channels) for standard DVDs. The "96" refers to a 96kHz sampling rate (compared to the typical 48kHz sampling rate.) The "24" refers to 24-bit depth, compared to 16-bit depth used for CD sound, which means there is more audio information present.
DTS-ES (Discrete/Matrix) DTS-ES (Discrete/Matrix) delivers 6.1 channels of discrete or matrixed audio. Movies encoded in DTS-ES will dramatically intensify the DTS surround effect with the addition of a surround center-channel speaker.
DTS Express DTS uses a system called DTS Express to deliver Secondary or Sub Audio to your player. The DTS Express audio is mixed with the Primary Audio, giving you an intensely great interactive surround experience.
DTS Neo: 6 DTS Neo:6 takes 2-channel (stereo) audio and completely transforms it into up to six full-bandwidth matrix channels of surround sound. Your home theater system will produce six and five separate channels, respectively, to match your speaker layout. DTS Neo:6 can also generate a center surround channel from 5.1 material.
DSD Audio signals are stored as single-bit values at a high-frequency sampling rate of 2.8224 MHz, while noise shaping and oversampling are used to reduce distortion - providing a better audio quality with a dynamic range of up to 128 db.

Note: Dolby Digital and DTS listening modes can only be selected if your audio source is connected to the A/V receiver via a digital audio connection (HDMI, optical, or coaxial). To enjoy true 7.1ch Dolby Digital TrueHD and DTS-HD surround sound, the receiver must be connected to your Blu-ray player via HDMI.

Dolby Pro Logic II Music Settings: While listening in the Dolby Pro Logic II Music format, there are three further enhancements you can adjust:

  • Panorama: Broadens the front stereo image to the surround speakers to provide a wraparound effect, especially effective when there is limited output from the surround channels, panorama can be turned on/off in the menu.
  • Dimension: Allows you to move the sound field forward or backward.
  • Center Width: Allows you to adjust the width of the center channel.

Center Image: In the Neo:6 Music mode, the Center Image feature adjusts the output of the left and right channels relative to the center channel, allowing you to make the center channel more or less dominant as needed. This improves the image of the center channel, especially when the listener is off-center. Adjustment varies from 5 (nothing subtracted from the L/R channels) to 0 (L/R channel output is cut in half).

Onkyo Original DSP Modes: The Onkyo HT-R590 features its own proprietary set of DSP (Digital Signal Processing) modes to bring your movies and music more to life.

DSP Mode Description
Orchestra For classical or operatic music.
Unplugged For acoustic instruments, vocals, and jazz.
Studio-Mix Suitable for rock or pop.
TV Logic Adds realistic acoustics to TV shows.
Game The receiver offers four different Gaming modes - RPG, Action, Rock, and Sports.
All Channel Stereo Stereo sound from all speakers.
Full Mono All speakers output the same sound in mono.
Theater Dimensional Theater-Dimensional circuitry takes the complexity out of conventional surround-sound setups and lets you experience the excitement of surround sound from as few as two ordinary speakers. Theater-Dimensional's unique multi-speaker modes let you place up to five speakers conveniently by the TV, for the most realistic virtual-surround sound possible.

Listening Angle: While listening in the Theater Dimensional mode you can adjust the listening angle to either Wide (if listening angle is 40-degrees) or Narrow (if listening angle is 20-degrees).

Audyssey 2EQ Automatic Speaker Setup: With the supplied speaker setup microphone, Audyssey 2EQ can measure the number of speakers connected, their sizes, crossover frequencies and distances front he listening position and calculate the optimal speaker setting for you automatically. The supplied microphone includes an attached 19.5' cable that plugs into the Setup Mic input on front of the receiver. There is a threaded insert on the bottom of the microphone so it can be mounted on a tripod for accurate listening position placement. Three listening position measurements are taken, one primary and two secondary, to optimize the surround effect for a broad area. You can also setup your speaker system manually using the receiver.

  • Speaker Size: You can set Large or Small for your front speakers; Large, Small or None for your surround, surround-back/front-height, and center speakers; and Yes or No for subwoofer.
  • Speaker Distance: The front speaker distance can be set from 1 to 30 feet in 1-foot increments. The center and subwoofer settings can be up to 5 feet more or 5 feet less than the distance you set for the front speakers (30 feet max). The settings for the surround and surround-back speakers are each individually adjustable, and they may be adjusted up to 5 feet more or 15 feet less than the distance you set for the front speakers (30 feet max).
  • Adjustable Crossover: This receiver has a built-in high-pass crossover for any of the speakers set to Small. This setting is available when the subwoofer is set to Yes. The frequencies that you can choose from are 40, 50, 60, 80, 100, 120, 150, and 200 Hz. Frequencies lower than the set crossover point are output by the subwoofer.
  • Speaker Levels: You can manually adjust the level of individual speakers between -12dB and +12dB; -15dB to +12dB for the subwoofer.

Audyssey Dynamic EQ: Audyssey Dynamic EQ solves the problem of deteriorating sound quality as volume is decreased by taking into account human perception and room acoustics. Dynamic EQ selects the best possible frequency response and surround levels moment-by-moment as volume is changed. The result is bass response, tonal balance and surround impression that remain constant despite changes in volume. Audyssey Dynamic EQ combines information from incoming source levels with actual output sound levels in the room, a prerequisite for delivering a loudness correction solution. Audyssey Dynamic EQ works in tandem with Audyssey 2EQ to provide well-balanced sound for every listener at any volume level.

Audyssey Dynamic Volume: Audyssey Dynamic Volume solves the problem of large variations in volume level between television programs, commercials, and between the soft and loud passages of movies. Dynamic Volume looks at the preferred volume setting by t he user and then monitors how the volume of program material is being perceived by listeners in real time to decide whether an adjustment is needed. Whenever necessary, Dynamic Volume makes the necessary rapid or gradual adjustments to maintain the desired playback volume level while optimizing the dynamic range. Audyssey Dynamic EQ is integrated in Dynamic Volume so that as the playback volume is adjusted automatically, the perceived bass response, tonal balance, surround impression, and dialog clarity remain the same whether watching movies, flipping between television channels, or changing from stereo to surround sound content.

Bass And Treble: You can independently adjust the Bass (50Hz) and Treble (20kHz) of the HT-R590 from -10 to +10 dB.

Double Bass: This setting boosts the bass output by feeding bass sound from the front left, right, and center channels to the subwoofer.

CinemaFilter: Using the CinemaFilter you soften overly bright movie soundtracks. Movie soundtracks are typically mixed for a large theater (relative to your home theater) with lots of soft seats and thick curtains on the walls. Home theater settings often lack these high frequency absorbing wall treatments, making the soundtrack sound too bright. CinemaFilter accounts for this and for many movies sounds more natural at home.

Music Optimizer: The Music Optimizer function enhances the sound quality of compressed music files. The Music Optimizer function only works with PCM digital audio input signals with a sampling rate below 48kHz and analog input signals.

Late Night Feature: The Late Night feature limits the dynamic range of Dolby Digital recordings. Limiting the dynamic range makes it easier to find a volume that ensures the quiet sounds are not too quiet and the loud sounds are not too loud for night time listening. This allows you to comfortably listen to without the need to constantly adjust the volume to keep from waking family/neighbors. The choices are: Off, Low, and High.

Note: This feature only works with Dolby Digital Encoded software and the depth of the feature will vary based on the individual software package.

ARC (Audio Return Channel): This feature allows audio to be sent from your compatible HDTV to your receiver through the same HDMI cable already being used to send audio and video to your HDTV. This eliminates the need for extra cables connected to your television.

Assignable Digital Inputs: The Onkyo receiver is equipped with two optical digital inputs and two coaxial digital inputs. All four digital inputs are assignable. You can choose auto decoding , PCM, or DTS for the digital audio inputs. Auto will decode the signal in its original form (Dolby Digital, DTS, PCM, etc), PCM decodes the signal to 2-channel, while DTS decodes only DTS formatted sources.

Binding-Post Speaker Terminals: There are color-coded binding-post terminals for the following speaker connections - Front Center, Surround, and Surround Back/Front High. The binding post terminals will accept bare-wire, pin-connectors, and banana plugs (single/dual).

Headphones: When headphones are plugged into the full-size 1/4" jack on the front panel, all the main speakers are automatically muted (the Powered Zone 2 speakers are not muted).

Note: When you connect an iPod or iPhone to the USB port on this receiver, no sound will be output from the headphone jack.

AM/FM Tuner: With the built-in tuner you can enjoy AM and FM radio stations. You can store your favorite stations as presets for quick selection. You can store a combination of up to 40 of your favorite FM/AM radio stations as presets. You can name each radio preset for easier identification.

Video Features

On-Screen Display (via HDMI): The Onkyo AV receiver offers an on-screen setup menu through its HDMI output. If your TV is connected to the composite video or component video monitor output, you will need to use the AV receiver's front-panel display when changing settings.

HDMI (v1.4): The HT-R590 has four assignable HDMI v1.4 inputs and one HDMI v1.4 output for connecting DVD players, HDTV set-top boxes, and other video components to your TV or projector. The receiver's HDMI circuitry allows the receiver to output an HDMI audio signal from its speaker outputs, headphone out, and HDMI out so you don't have to run and additional analog or digital cable. The HDMI inputs can accept and switch 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, and 1080p video signals to a HDTV. The HDMI inputs will support uncompressed standard or high definition digital video along with the following audio signals: 2-channel linear PCM, Multichannel linear PCM, and Bitstream. Each HDMI input is assignable.

HDMI Through: When enabling the HDMI Through function, regardless of whether the AV receiver is "on" or in "standby" both audio and video streams from an HDMI input will be output to your television, via the receiver HDMI monitor output. You can select between 3 HDMI Through functions modes.

  • Auto: Detects the signal and automatically selects the input sources.
  • Source: Selects the input source (BD/DVD, VCR/DVR, CBL/SAT, Game, PC, Aux, TV/CD, Port) for which the HDMI Through function in enabled.
  • Last: The HDMI Trough function is activated on the input source selected at the time of setting the AV receiver to the "standby" mode.

3D-Compatible: The HT-R590's HDMI v.1.4 connections will accept 3D video from your 3D-ready Blu-ray player and output the video signal in 3D to your 3D-ready HDTV.

Auto Lip Sync: The Lip Sync function can automatically synchronize HDMI audio and video that has gotten out of sync due to the complex digital video processing being performed by your HDMI-compatible TV. With HDMI Lip Sync, the audio delay required to synchronize the audio and video is calculated and applied automatically by the AV receiver.

A/V Sync Control: Occasionally, you may need to manually adjust the audio/video signals that are not properly synchronized manually. Typically when using a progressive scanning DVD player. You can correct this by delaying the audio; options are 0 (no delay) to 400 milliseconds, in 20 millisecond steps.

Component Video: There are 2 component video inputs and 1 component video output. The component video inputs and outputs have a bandwidth of 5Hz to 100MHz.

Front-Panel AV Input: The Onkyo HT-R590 is equipped with a front-panel audio/video input which consists of a composite video terminal and stereo audio RCA jacks.

Speaker System

Front Bookshelf Speakers: The two bookshelf front speakers each use a single 5.0" OMC cone woofer and a 1.0" balanced-dome tweeter in a bass-reflex enclosure, with a front-firing port. Each speaker has a set of spring clip terminals for use with the supplied speaker wire. Each enclosure has a non-removable black cloth grille. A keyhole slot on the back of each enclosure allows you to wall-mount the speakers vertically without any wall brackets. The speakers' frequency response is rated at 55 Hz to 50 kHz with a sensitivity rating of 85 dB (1 watt/1 meter). The front speakers are not magnetically shielded.

Horizontal Center Channel Speaker: The horizontal center channel speaker (SKC-590N) features two 3-1/4" cone woofers and one 1.0" balanced-dome tweeter in a bass-reflex enclosure, with a rear-firing port. It has a set of spring clip terminals for use with the supplied speaker wire. The enclosure has a non-removable black cloth grille. Two keyhole slots on the back of each enclosure allow you to wall-mount the speakers horizontally without any wall brackets. The speaker's frequency response is rated at 65 Hz to 50 kHz with a sensitivity rating of 86 dB (1 watt/1 meter). The center channel speaker is not magnetically shielded.

Matching Surround/Surround Back Speakers: The Onkyo home theater system includes four matching, small-bookshelf surround/surround back speakers (SKR-590/SKB-590). The surround/surround back speakers use a 3-1/4" full-range driver (cone woofer) in an acoustic suspension enclosure. Each speaker has a set of spring clip terminals for use with the supplied speaker wire. Each enclosure is covered by a non-removable, black cloth grille. A keyhole slot on the back of each enclosure allows you to wall-mount the speakers vertically without any wall brackets. The speakers' frequency response is rated at 80 Hz to 20 kHz with a sensitivity rating of 81 dB (1 watt/1 meter). The surround speakers are not magnetically shielded.

Powered Subwoofer: The powered subwoofer features a 10 down-firing woofer in a bass reflex enclosure (black wood veneer) with a front-firing port, powered by a built-in 120-watt (continuous) amplifier. The subwoofer has a mono-RCA terminal on its rear-panel to connect to the system's A/V receiver using the supplied mono-subwoofer cable. The powered sub features a output level control on its rear-panel. It's low-pass crossover setting is controlled from the system's AV receiver. The sub's frequency response is 25 Hz to 150 Hz. The powered subwoofer is not magnetically shielded.

Speaker Wiring: Color-coded speaker wire is provided for all 7 satellite speakers and mono-RCA cable for the powered subwoofer. Standard speaker wire can be substituted if longer lengths or thicker gauge speaker wire is desired.

USB/iPod Connectivity

Front-Panel USB Port: A USB MSC (Mass Storage Class) memory device can be connected to the USB (type-A) terminal located on the front-panel, allowing you to play music files through the receiver. Your USB MSC device must be formatted in FAT16 or FAT32. Compatible music file formats include MP3 (8-320 kbps), WMA (47-320k bps), AAC (8-320 kbps), and FLAC (16/24-bit). The receiver can recognize up to 255 music files in each folder. You can control basic playback functions of your connected USB device's music from the included remote control, such as - Folder/File Select, Play/Pause, Stop, Fast Forward/Rewind, Skip (next/previous), and Repeat/Random.

iPod/iPhone Direct: Using a USB-to iPod-Dock cable plugged into the front-panel USB port, music can be played directly from an iPod/iPhone, bypassing the iPod/iPhone's DAC. The iPod/iPhone is controlled by the receiver's remote, or you can continue to control your iPod/iPhone from its clickwheel or touchscreen. Song/artist information and elapsed time are displayed on the receiver's front-panel display and your connected TV screen (via HDMI only). You can navigate your iPod/iPhone's music using the on-screen menu and remote control by Playlist, Artist, Album Genre, Song, or Composer. You can also shuffle the playback of your iPod/iPhone's music and view the Now Playing screen. Your iPod/iPhone's battery will be charged while connected to the receiver. Using the dock cable to connect directly, iPod/iPhone compatibility is as follows (as of 1/31/2012):

iPod/iPhone Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
Audio Video Remote iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Info
dock connector 3rd N/A N N N N N N N
clickwheel
color
4th N/A N N N N N N N
mini 1st N/A N N N N N N N
2nd N/A N N N N N N N
video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N Y Y Y
classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
6th 1.1 PC Y N Y Y Y Y Y
touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
3rd 5.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
4th 5.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
3GS 4.3.5 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
4 5.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
4S 5.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y

Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the receiver and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to revert to the older software version or wait until a newer software update is available.

Optional iPod/iPhone Video Dock: By connecting the optional Onkyo DS-A4 iPod Dock (580DSA4, sold separately) to the Onkyo AV receiver, you can view movies, music videos, TV shows, and video podcasts from your iPod/iPhone on your connected TV. Component or composite video connectivity ensures a stable, high-quality video signal output. The DS-A4 supports video output from the iPod video (5th gen), iPod classic (80/120/160GB), iPod nano (3rd/4th/5th gen), iPod touch (1st/2nd/3rd/4th gen), and iPhone (2G/3G/3GS/4).

Remote Control

IR Remote: The supplied RC-799M wireless remote is pre-programmed to operate Onkyo components. The IR wireless remote control will operate up to 16-feet away from the receiver at an angle of 30-degrees left or right of the receiver as long as the remote is within the line of sight of the HT-R590.

HDMI Control: This function allows CEC-compatible components (Toshiba REGZA-LINK TV/Sharp TV) or RIHD-compatible components connected via HDMI to be controlled with the HT-R590. The AV receiver offers the following CEC HDMI controls.

  • The AV receiver will enter Standby mode when the power of the TV is turned to Standby.
  • You can set on the menu screen of the TV to either output the audio from the speakers connected to the AV receiver, or from the speakers of the TV.
  • It is possible to output the audio/video from the antenna or from the input jack of the TV from the speakers connected to the AV receiver.
  • Input to the AV receiver can be selected with the remote controller of the TV.
  • Operations such as volume adjustment or similar for the AV receiver can be performed from the remote controller of the TV.

RI Remote Control Jack: The 1/8" RI remote control jack allows you to connect this receiver to other compatible Onkyo components.

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