HT-R510 and DV-CP701
Built specifically for this package, the 510 receiver is a full 6.1 receiver with 100 watts to all 6 channels. While I'm not a big fan of the rainbow colored speaker connectors, it made hooking up the six speakers pretty much idiot proof. Blue to Blue, Red to red . . . you get the picture. The R510 features a solid power backing and sounds very defined and clear. Specified at 0.08% THD, the receiver was clean and didn't have any noticeable colorations.
The 510 offers five A/V inputs and two outputs, just right for your starting home theater buff. The receiver is capable of decoding any 6.1 source such as DTS-ES and DD-EX. The component video switching is progressive compatible and has two inputs and one output.
Overall, the receiver was easy to use, and the remote was easy to operate. The unit was everything I would expect at this price level and didn't have any glaring marks against it. It performed very well, and had enough power to give the provided speaker set more than they could handle.
The DVD player is a six-disc carousel changer, something nice to see at this price level. With progressive out, and digital out, it's well equipped. The DVD player delivered a nice clean picture and fast layer changes. The player also has the ability to play Kodak picture CDs and music files. Although not necessary, these are great features, and it shows that Onkyo is willing to go the extra mile for their customers.
has two 5.25" drivers and a 1" tweeter. They performed
very well, with clear definition in the lower octaves and warm somewhat
laid back highs. If I had one bone to pick it would have been that the
midrange should be more defined. Nevertheless, I think that the system performed higher than I
would have expected. I wouldn't put this system in a large room, as it
performs the best is a small to medium sized room. The subwoofer is more than
adequate to keep up with the rest of the system, and performs well in its
price bracket. Don't expect 18" subwoofer type
performance, but do expect it to be more than enough for modest sized