No audio/video setup is complete without a good receiver. Of course, this typically bulky, black box doesn’t sing like your speakers or show off an image like your TV or projector setup; it’s more about the behind-the-scenes work.
A good receiver provides the latest and greatest processing, to give both audio and video a little boost. It also acts as a hub, adding in a few more HDMI options, or just providing one spot where you can hook up and route the cable/satellite box, a Blu-ray player, speakers, a turntable, a gaming console, and more.
Onkyo’s HT-RC260 may be billed as an entry-level receiver, but it certainly has a lot of the goodies we’d want for today’s stocked A/V cabinet. Six HDMI inputs allow you to hook in pretty much every A/V device—including ones that can pump out 3D content. Other features include Zone 2 line-outs and speaker outputs for multiroom use, Burr-Brown DACs, Audyssey DSX and Dolby Pro Logic IIz for audio goodies, and Faroudja DCDi Cinema to add some oomph on the video side.
What the Manufacturer Says
While we may define it as an entry-level A/V receiver, the HT-RC260 gives you performance and features that leave class-competitors gasping in its wake. Six of the latest HDMI 1.4a inputs provide easy connection for all your high-def sources and compatibility with the eye-popping new 3D video format. Another connectivity highlight is a handy Universal Port that allows you to hook up Onkyo peripherals such as a Dock for iPod/iPhone. Meanwhile, if you want to distribute music to another room, the HT-RC260 provides Zone 2 line-outs and speaker outputs. Regardless of their resolution, all video sources can be upscaled to stunning 1080p via HDMI and Faroudja DCDi Cinema. High-quality Burr-Brown DACs work alongside jitter-cleaning technology and three-stage inverted Darlington circuitry to minimize distortion and deliver extremely realistic audio for movies, music, and games. The HT-RC260 also offers compatibility with lossless Dolby and DTS codecs, as well as the expanded surround formats of Audyssey DSX and Dolby Pro Logic IIz. Quality home theater has never been more affordable.
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Reviews and Ratings from Around the Web
This receiver is a nice entry-level hub for any 3D or 2D A/V setup.
Six HDMI 1.4a inputs
Burr-Brown DA converters
7.2 channels at 100 watts per channel
No THX certification
Does not support standby pass-through
“What are you missing are a few speaker connection points to make switching configurations easier, an input or two, analogue pre-ins and pre-outs, THX certification, and all of the network features. What you get is virtually the same amp section, Faroudja DCDI Cinema video processing, a ton of HDMI 1.4a inputs, dual subwoofer outputs, and all the latest audio processing.”
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Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
“We were also surprised that the HT-RC260’s sound quality wasn’t quite up to the level we generally associate with Onkyo, although that might be because of sacrifices to hit the rock-bottom price. The bottom line is that if you’re on a tight budget and want to maximize your HDMI connectivity, the Onkyo HT-RC260 is an easy pick. If you’ve got other priorities—like sound quality or iPod connectivity—there are better options for your home theater dollar.”
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“Onkyo has once again introduced a product that over delivers. They worked on perfecting the basics, left out the frills and paid attention to details. At a shade below $550, the Onkyo HT-RC260 is capable of giving you soul satisfying sound and pristine picture quality that is up there with the best. Quality home theater has never been more affordable.”
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What Electronic House Says
Onkyo’s HT-RC260 carries an MSRP of $549. However, we found it for a cool $319 on Amazon—and that’s a darn good deal, considering everything that this unit can do. It is missing a few bells and whistles, most notably the THX. However, as a starter unit, the HT-RC260 (and this price point) can’t be beat.
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