FWIW I have read a lot of reviews stating that the receiver of this unit runs very hot and is problem prone. Just sayin...
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posted: Dec. 12, 2012 @ 2:21p
Ataristyle said: Sorry for miss information on the sub, it is not powered. It works how a regular speaker works by plugging into the receiver. If receiver goes the sub is just a speaker. For remote I have my dish remote setup to turn the onkyo on in TV room and but yes still nice to have a remote. So did you buy one that did not come with a remote?
posted: Dec. 12, 2012 @ 2:40p
Thanks for leading me back to the Club Onkyo site. That discount worked for the refurb'd TXNR515. $220 shipped!
UPDATE: ok, opted for the 616 instead for $260. Figured a little extra power and THX certification never hurt anyone!
posted: Dec. 12, 2012 @ 2:41p
I am the owner of the HT-S3400 (got it brand new for Christmas last year - it retails for about $250). Here are some random thoughts:
- The receiver itself is AWESOME. It carries a ton of inputs, including 4 HDMIs, and it even has "Zone A" and "Zone B." This is a full-fledged receiver, folks. It rivals that of other $300-$400 receivers. - The receiver and speakers all use basic speaker wire. My brand new version came with 18 gauge wire. There are NO proprietary plugs. This means you can "upgrade" the speaker wire to a higher quality 16, 14 or 12 gauge wire. - Yes, the receiver runs hot but no problems here so far. I would not recommend "stacking" other components on top of it and/or leaving it in a small stuffy space. - The receiver also has an on-screen GUI which simplifies setup and tweaking. The GUI allows you to change things like Speaker Distance and Audio Delay to compensate for any audio lag. It also allows you to change the Subwoofer Crossover setting. Again, these are advanced features that are found in higher-end receivers...NOT in <$250 HTIB sets. - The speakers themselves are good. VERY good if you aren't an audiophile. Each speaker has 3.25" woofers, if I remember correctly. No tweeters so the "highs" are a bit lacking (e.g. music), but again, you won't notice unless you are an audiophile. - Because of the universal speaker wire, you can easily upgrade to better speakers when you have extra money down the line. - The subwoofer is passive, meaning it does require power from the receiver. However, the subwoofer is MORE an adequate for the lows (e.g. booms and thumps). - For those who were concerned with a missing remote, I use the Logitech Harmony to control my entire setup. The Onkyo remote gets the job done, but it may end up confusing your family members.
I'd even go as far as saying that at $300, you're getting an awesome receiver and the included speakers are a freebie bonus. At $150, even for a refurb, it is a STEAL. And frankly, if you are an audiophile, you're probably not looking at entry-level HTIB's to begin with. This is a great starter set that may expose you to the world of higher-end audio (read: you will get the upgrade bug).
FYI, there IS a newer HT-S3500 that got released earlier in 2012, but to my knowledge, not much has changed.
Slickone: I just purchased this set so not sure if a remote is coming with. As for a purchase from 5 years ago on a refurb model yes it did come with a remote. The discount I spoke of was when you login with your user name to the Onkyo website the price changes from $249.00 to $199.00 for Club members. This was offered on their Club Specials tab on the Shop Onkyo website.
Looks like this theater system is no longer available as a refurb. Maybe a low amount of stock? Other models are on there but this model was the most discounted one I saw.
Thanks for the review Comp625. I was trying to find some input on it.
Oh, from the last refurb I purchased direct from onkyo they did include all wires. I'll see if it comes with on this system.
Coupon Code will still work for others looking for higher end setups on their site.
posted: Dec. 12, 2012 @ 4:24p
I think the receiver alone is still available for around $95.
posted: Dec. 12, 2012 @ 5:25p
Anyone know if they charge tax to NY?
posted: Dec. 12, 2012 @ 6:46p
Johnnyma45 said: OP, the initial $50 discount for being a member is not showing up for me. Sure it's not something else? I didnt get that either, gonna wait till tomorrow, hopefully its just a glitch and will be back on tomorrow.
i was actually looking at this on Amazon for $250. picked it up here for $139, thanks OP!
posted: Dec. 13, 2012 @ 10:42a
Did anyone get the 50$ discount today for registering to Onkyo Club ? I registered yesterday and just got 10 points.
posted: Dec. 13, 2012 @ 10:55a
vamsikeitz said: Did anyone get the 50$ discount today for registering to Onkyo Club ? I registered yesterday and just got 10 points.
Points are like dollars and come off of the price of any purchase. By signing up, you got essentially $10.
There should be a club price for the receivers when you're logged in, which can be less then their normal advertised price. When you check out, you'll get the club price minus your points and then you use the HHCO code for an additional 25%.
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posted: Dec. 13, 2012 @ 1:10p
Don't see it anymore
posted: Dec. 13, 2012 @ 1:34p
As Clivester has pointed out, they have the HT-S3500 for $279.00 referb (Pre-tax). Not sure what the difference is between the HT-3400, but I'm guessing it has a feature or two more, or maybe a little more power or more I/O. Should only be about $25 more, if OPs method sill works.
posted: Dec. 13, 2012 @ 4:11p
vamsikeitz said: Did anyone get the 50$ discount today for registering to Onkyo Club ? I registered yesterday and just got 10 points. Just figured out, the extra $50 off just apply for only any items in Club Special Tab, unfortunately there is no more HR-3400, only HT-S5500 for $389 and couple standalone receivers.
3400s are out of stock. They went faster than I thought. Unless for some reason they offer a few more for sale the initial deal is dead for the 3400. I would still keep checking now through the 16th incase something changes and more become available.
posted: Dec. 13, 2012 @ 4:45p
Green for Onkyo, I've bought several refurb's through their store, and they've never broken or not shown up in new condition.
No confirmation as of yet that it shipped, only order confirmation.
posted: Dec. 17, 2012 @ 1:28p
I didn't receive any email confirmation as well so I called to verify order went through. Was charged to my cc and gentleman on the phone said it went through and was shipped out that morning. So hopefully by Wednesday I'll have mine. Really wish I had a tracking number though. Their online site doesn't even track your orders.
Well, I must say the system is pretty damn nice. Plenty loud for a small to medium size room. Even some larger rooms this system would hold its own. The receiver did get a little warm so make sure not to stack anything on top that would prevent it from cooling. 80 is max volume which I never run my stuff on max. At 60 the level is pretty loud and sounds decent out of the speakers. 70 is about as loud as I would push it if you want it to last. The speakers are definatley a higher frequency sound than the ones on my onkyo ht-r530 system. That's not comparing apples to apples since my older system has 3 to 4 times larger speakers vs these ones. Also they are wooden housing which makes a good sound. The sub on this one sounds good, not too over powering. At 70 level and higher it cranks in a room that is 12x20 and for being a sub relying on power from the received it is good. All in all the system is very good for the money. Comparing to systems that are twice the price it still holds a good ground. Comparing to systems $400+ you'll notice this may not hit the mids like the others. For what it is it is perfect and even if I paid $250 for this Id still be happy with it. The receiver and speakers came sealed up all cables there for speakers in a sealed bag. Panasonic batteries sealed for the remote along with a remote. By looking at the condition of everything I would say the refurb went something like this...the receiver did not pass QC on the new assembly line so it went back for repair and since it can't be sold for new they boxed it with speakers, put "refurbished" decals on everything and thus a refurb home theater. Having only messed with the receiver for a 1/2 hour I can't give a full depth review but only comparing to a system I've owned for a while now. Curious what others have to say about the system who jumped on the deal.
posted: Dec. 18, 2012 @ 8:56p
i got mine today. very happy w/ it, thanks Ataristyle. glad i got in on this!
posted: Dec. 20, 2012 @ 1:58p
locdogg said: anyone got theirs yet?
No, not even a tracking number. Come on Onkyo!
posted: Dec. 20, 2012 @ 2:58p
Just as I'm cursing their name and the rain turns into heavy wet snow, BAM, there it is on my front door step. Woo hoo! Let the games begin!
posted: Dec. 21, 2012 @ 3:47p
Hey, does anyone recommend a squaretrade warranty for these receivers? It looks like you can get 3 years for $41, there are coupons to bring that price down and they cover shipping to/from their warranty repair location, parts + labor. Seems like a good deal, but I wasn't sure how well it worked for a receiver. Let me know your experience!
jbserra said: Hey, does anyone recommend a squaretrade warranty for these receivers? It looks like you can get 3 years for $41, there are coupons to bring that price down and they cover shipping to/from their warranty repair location, parts + labor. Seems like a good deal, but I wasn't sure how well it worked for a receiver. Let me know your experience!
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