Manufacturer: Onkyo Part number: SKS-HT870
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CNET editors' review
price range: $399.00 - $449.00
- Reviewed by: Matthew Moskovciak and Steve Guttenberg
- Edited by: John Falcone
- Reviewed on: 10/29/2009
- Released on: 08/01/2009
The good: A 7.1 surround sound speaker system; excellent sound quality; subwoofer blends well with speakers; can fill relatively large rooms; relatively inexpensive, especially for a 7.1 system.
The bad: Relatively large speakers; boxy design; wood finish lacks refinement compared with other options; spring clip connectors.
The bottom line: The Onkyo SKS-HT870 speaker package offers up tons of performance for the price, but it's not the most stylish speaker system.
Really Great Sound System for the Price!
by Hendrick6G on December 25, 2011
Pros: Decent sized speakers
VERY aesthetically pleasing
Speakers have a great audio range
Very little setup required
Cons: The center speaker doesn't have any non-skid feet
No ipod dock for onkyo receivers
Summary: Overall Opinion: EXTREMELY recommended. I'm no sound expert, but very picky when it comes to sound quality, and was hoping for a deep bass, full range system, which I ...
Summary: Overall Opinion: EXTREMELY recommended. I'm no sound expert, but very picky when it comes to sound quality, and was hoping for a deep bass, full range system, which I recieved.
I have been looking for a surround sound system that is affordable (college student), or even speakers that I can hook up to my receiver for surround sound.
I found this set on amazon and immediately saved it to my shopping cart. I got the speakers and hooked them up, ran a receiver calibration with a $14 radio shack microphone and the sound is absolutely amazing. Would buy again if I had to, and recommend to everybody.
Decent sized speakers, not to big, but big enough to pack a punch.
Great bass in both games and movies (I had to turn it down after calibration!)
VERY aesthetically pleasing. The speakers look very rich and the glossy sub and tops of the R & L speakers look really nice.
Comes with lengthy, color-coded speaker wire. It's not Monster grade speaker wire, but you can still crank the volume and get great sound.
Speakers have a great audio range, especially the center, R & L speakers.
Voices are very easy to understand, clear and accurate sounds.
Wall mounts on surround and rear surround speakers.
Instruction manual that shows speaker locations, suggested distances, color-coded wire paths, etc.
All the speakers were almost OVER-packaged. VERY well protected, all wrapped individually, a lot of styrofoam packaging, etc.
Very little setup required, aside from screwing on the bases of the freestanding speakers and hooking up the wires.
The mesh speaker cover can be removed (diligently), but only to reveal an ugly speaker and unfinished housing (compared to their similar speakers that looked nice when the covers were removed).
The center speaker doesn't have any non-skid feet. There was cork included for it...but I chose to use a non-skid rug lining instead.
No ipod dock for onkyo receivers (which I neither expected or could have used). Where someone thought you got one beats me.
Bottom line: if you're will buy the Onkyo SKS-HT870, I suggest you have to check for best deal before you decide at: Hometheatersystemsuggestion.blogspot.com/2011/12/sks-ht870.html
Have a good day!
7 out of 7 users found this user opinion helpful.
The wow deal of the year
by g4rfc on March 24, 2010
Pros: Very clear sound. The blend between the sub and speakers is phenomenal. Decent look, aesthetics in person are better than the photos. key holes if you need them. Compliments my LG 50" plasma quite well.
Cons: Spring clips barely left enough room to accommodate 14g wire.
Summary: This is the system I've been waiting for. I've done tons of research and with having a budget of 1200. to spend on a new A/V receiver ...
Summary: This is the system I've been waiting for. I've done tons of research and with having a budget of 1200. to spend on a new A/V receiver and speakers, naturally, I wanted the most for my money, the best bang for my buck. I believe I pulled it off, to accommodate my LG 50" plasma and LG BD390, we ended up with the ONKYO TX-NR807 ($722. thru 6th AVE electronics) and the ONKYO SKS-HT870 ($299. thru J&R music and computer world). Coming in under budget was a real bonus. Added to the fray is the Energy 200watt sub from the Take Classic set ($99. thru Costco).
After setting up the speakers and running the multi E Q, the blend with the two subs and the speakers is a real treat, I half hearted expected to be blown out of the room with dual subs, not the case, everything is working beautifully to bring the most out of my movies. The power of the subs is subtle but present.
I made this purchase primarily for blu ray, it doesn't disappoint. I couldn't be happier with this overall purchase.
Sure, there's better sounding equipment out there, but after all the research I've done, I'd have to spend upward towards a thousand dollars or more to improve on what I have, that's saying a lot for this system
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
extreemy clear and crisp speakers, though sub is weak
by ykkfrog on June 26, 2010
Pros: I used an onkyo sr707 receiver, and right out of the box I was impressed with the crisp clear highs and lows. the front speakers especially make good use of the extra space provided in the towers as reverb chambers. excelent tone matching
Cons: sub is a little weaker than the receiver can drive it has good low end sound, but not the couch vibrating throb that a good stand alone will have, it tops out well before max volume on sub. though down fireing and front port make up somewhat for that
Summary: overall, I highly recomend this speaker system, especially if you are looking for a 6ohm 7.1 system. I did a LOT of reearch and finding a matched set of ...
Summary: overall, I highly recomend this speaker system, especially if you are looking for a 6ohm 7.1 system. I did a LOT of reearch and finding a matched set of 7.1 it extreemly difficult [as of 3/2010 when i was looking]. The boxy design is a little quaint, but the quality more than makes up for it, and black goes with anything. I did find the sub lacking overall, but it is an independantly powered sub ich i by far better than any passive system, and the price is excellent [I paid about $300 new] for the shear number of speakers you get.
I anded up adding a polk audio 12" free standing forward fireing sub, and that made all the difference in the world. I now run a 7.2 system, with the onkyo sub in the back, turned own significantly so it never topps out, and between that one and the bigger one in front, I now have a system that rivals any I have heard with a total price point of less than $1200 total for everything.
overall, I highly recomend this setup, but be prepaired to have the sub a little lower than you might otherwise like.
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
Good speaker package
by TXdefender on July 6, 2011
Pros: Designed to work together and work well
Cons: Thin speaker wire
Spring clip connection
Sub can not pressurize large areas but does fine in smaller spaces.
Summary: I have the Onkyo HT-S7200 but can no longer review it, I guess it's too old a system. However I will review the speakers and receiver separate. So, these ...
Summary: I have the Onkyo HT-S7200 but can no longer review it, I guess it's too old a system. However I will review the speakers and receiver separate. So, these speakers are driven by the Onkyo HT-RC160 which has 80wpc. The speakers are good speakers and originally I had this setup in my large living room 18'x17' with 10' ceiling and open to a 15'x15' dining room and open to the kitchen and study so there was a lot of air to pressurize and the system was lacking. There was not enough bass from the sub and while the volume could get loud I could tell it was starting to clip before reaching anywhere near THX's 85db. I have since upgraded my main home theater system an spent more money than I care to mention which makes my view of this system a little skewed, sure it doesn't sound as good as a multi-thousand dollar system and it shouldn't. I decided to relocate this system to my bedroom 13'x15' with 10' ceiling and WOW, this thing came to life! In the confined spaces of my bedroom the sub became a different animal being able to belt out clean, tight bass and plenty of it. The front sound stage consist of two way speakers with a D'Appolito configuration MTM and sound excellent. The surrounds are a single woofer with no tweeter. I have everything crossed over at the THX recommendation of 80hz. The system gets plenty loud inside the confined bedroom and I don't feel the need to mess with or upgrade anything. I've read the prior reviews and would agree that this speaker package lacks in a large, open room such as my living room but in a smaller bedroom or a dedicated media room this system can and does impress. For the price it's well worth a look and will blow away all the small cubed speakers from most HTiB's.
- Manufacturer: Onkyo
- Part number: SKS-HT870
- Description: For maximum audio impact, your multichannel Onkyo receiver should be accompanied by a full-blooded surround-sound speaker set. Fitting the bill is the SKS-HT870, a 7.1-channel system that injects power and vitality into all your movies, games, and music. The highlight, both visually and aurally, is a pair of dual-drive, floor-standing tallboy front speakers rated conservatively at 130 W. In concert with the two-way center and full-range surround and surround-back speakers - each also rated 130 W - they deliver stunningly detailed high- and mid-range frequencies. Meanwhile, at the bottom end, a superbly calibrated 290 W subwoofer adds visceral heft to bass notes and low frequency effects.
- Audio system type Home theater speaker system
- System configuration 7.1-channel
- Speakers included 2 x Floor-standing speakers,
4 x Satellite speakers,
1 x Center channel speaker,
1 x Subwoofer
- Color Black
- Amplification type Active subwoofer, passive satellites
- Woofer size (inches) 3.25 in,
- Response bandwidth 25 - 50000 Hz
- Crossover frequency 4000Hz
- Output features Bass Reflex
- Connectivity Wired
- Driver details 2 x Woofer driver - 3.25 in,
1 x Tweeter driver - 1 in
- Driver details Center channel speaker : 2 x Woofer driver - 3.25",
Center channel speaker : 1 x Tweeter driver - 1"
- Driver details Surround channel speaker : 1 x Full-range driver - 3.25"
- Driver details Subwoofer : 1 x Subwoofer driver - 10"
Compatibility | Accessories
- Included accessories Speaker cable kit
- Cables included Speaker cable kit