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Onkyo HT-RC360 7.2 Channel 3D/Network Home Theater Receiver

A Reasonably-priced Home Theater Receiver That Offers More Than You Might Expect

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Onkyo HT-RC360 3D Network Home Theater Receiver - Front View with Accessories

Onkyo HT-RC360 3D Network Home Theater Receiver - Front View with Accessories

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The Onky HT-RC360 packs in a lot features for a reasonably-priced home theater receiver. It sports a 7.2 channel configuration (7 channels plus 2 subwoofer outs) with TrueHD/DTS-HD Master Audio decoding and both Dolby Pro Logic IIz and Audyssey DSX processing. On the video side, the HT-RC360 has 3D-compatible HDMI inputs with analog to HDMI video conversion and up to 4K upscaling (provided you have a 4K display) via its built-in Marvell QDEO processing chip. Extra bonuses include iPod/iPhone connectivity, Internet and DLNA connectivity. After reading this review, also check out my supplementary Photos and Video Performance Test Results.

Product Overview

Features of the Onkyo HT-RC360 include:

1. 7.2 channel home theater receiver (7 channels plus 2 subwoofer outs) delivering 100 Watts into 7 channels at .08% THD (measured with 2 channels driven).

2. Audio Decoding: Dolby Digital Plus and TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby Digital 5.1/EX/Pro logic IIx, DTS 5.1/ES, 96/24, Neo:6.

3. Additional Audio Processing: Dolby Pro Logic IIz, Audyssey DSX, Dyanamic EQ, Dynamic Volume, Music Optimizer.

4. Audio Inputs (Analog): 5 Stereo Analog.

5. Audio Inputs (Digital - Excluding HDMI): 2 Digital Optical, 2 Digital Coaxial.

6. Audio Outputs (Excluding HDMI): 1 Set - Analog Stereo, One set - Zone 2 Analog Stereo Pre-outs and 2 Subwoofer Pre-outs.

7. Speaker connection options for Front Height/Surround Back/Bi-amp and Powered Zone 2 provided. One set of Zone 2 line audio outputs (requires additional amp/speakers for operation).

8. Video Inputs: 6 HDMI ver 1.4a (3D pass through/Audio Return Channel capable), 2 Component, 5 Composite. One composite video input mounted on front panel.

9. Video Outputs: 1 HDMI, 1 Component Video, 2 Composite Video.

10. Analog to HDMI video conversion (480i to 480p) and 720p, 1080i, 1080p, or 4K via upscaling using Marvell QDEO processing. HDMI pass-through of native 1080p and 3D signals.

11. Audyssey 2EQ automatic speaker setup system. By connecting the provided microphone, Audyssey 2EQ uses a series of test tones to determine the proper speaker levels, based on how it reads the speaker placement in relation to the acoustical properties of your room.

12. 40 Preset AM/FM/HD Radio-Ready (accessory module required) Tuner.

Onkyo HT-RC360 3D Compatible Network Home Theater Receiver - Front Panel - HDMI - Headphone Jack

Onkyo HT-RC360 3D Compatible Network Home Theater Receiver - Front Panel - HDMI - Headphone Jack

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13. Network/Internet Connectivity via Ethernet or Optional USB Wireless Internet Adapter.

15. Internet Radio access includes Pandora, Rhapsody, Sirius Internet Radio, vTuner.

15. DLNA Certified for access to digital media files stored on PCs, Media Servers, and other compatible network-connected devices.

16. Windows 7 Compatible.

17. USB Connection for access to audio files stored on flash drives or for use of the previously mentioned optional USB Wireless Internet Adapter.

18. iPod/iPhone connectivity/control via front USB port or optional docking station. Rear mounted docking port provided.

19. Onkyo Remote App for iPhone/iPod touch available.

20. One RI connection for control of additional connected compatible device.

Additional Components Used In This Review

Home Theater Receivers (for comparison): Onkyo TX-SR705, Harman Kardon AVR147.

Blu-ray Disc Players (Both 2D and 3D compatible): OPPO BDP-93 and Panasonic DMP-BDT110 (on review loan).

DVD Player: OPPO DV-980H.

Loudspeaker/Subwoofer System 1 (7.1 channels): 2 Klipsch F-2's, 2 Klipsch B-3s, Klipsch C-2 Center , 2 Polk R300s, Klipsch Synergy Sub10.

Loudspeaker/Subwoofer System 2 (5.1 channels): KEF T205 5.1 Channel Speaker System (on review loan)

TV and Monitor: Panasonic TC-P50GT30 (2D and 3D), Westinghouse Digital LVM-37w3 1080p LCD Monitor (2D).

DVDO EDGE Video Scaler used for baseline video upscaling comparisons.

Level checks made using a Radio Shack Sound Level Meter

Audio/Video connections made with Accell, Interconnect cables. 16 Gauge Speaker Wire used. High Speed HDMI Cables provided by Atlona for this review.

3D Glasses: Panasonic TY-EW3D2MU 3D Glasses and XpanD X103 Universal 3D Glasses.

Software Used

3D Blu-ray Discs: Avatar, Despicable Me, Drive Angry 3D, Resident Evil: Afterlife, Tangled, Tron: Legacy, Under The Sea.

2D Blu-ray Discs: Across The Universe, Battle Los Angeles, Hairspray, Inception, Iron Man 1&2, Percy Jackson and The Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Shakira - Oral Fixation Tour, The Dark Knight, The Expendables, The Incredibles and Transporter 3

Standard DVDs used included scenes from the following: The Cave, House of the Flying Daggers, Kill Bill - Vol 1/2, Kingdom of Heaven (Director's Cut), Lord of Rings Trilogy, Master and Commander, Outlander, U571, and V For Vendetta.

CDs: Al Stewart - Sparks of Ancient Light, Beatles - LOVE, Blue Man Group - The Complex, Joshua Bell - Bernstein - West Side Story Suite, Eric Kunzel - 1812 Overture, HEART - Dreamboat Annie, Lisa Loeb - Firecracker, Nora Jones - Come Away With Me, Sade - Soldier of Love.

DVD-Audio discs included: Queen - Night At The Opera/The Game, Eagles - Hotel California, and Medeski, Martin, and Wood - Uninvisible, Sheila Nicholls - Wake.

SACD discs used included: Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The Moon, Steely Dan - Gaucho, The Who - Tommy.

Audio Performance

The core purpose of any home theater receiver is the hoped-for ability to provide power and audio processing for your speakers and room size. For its price class, the Onkyo HT-RC360 does pretty well. The HT-RC360 reproduced decoded and processed surround sound accurately from both analog and digital sources in both 5.1 and 7.1 channel setups. The HT-RC360 also provided good stability during very dynamic audio tracks and delivered a sustained output (suitable for a small or medium size room) over long periods of time without eliciting listening fatigue.

Onkyo HT-RC360 3D Compatible Network Home Theater Receiver - Front Panel - AV - USB

Onkyo HT-RC360 3D Compatible Network Home Theater Receiver - Front Panel - AV - USB

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I also checked out the front height (Prologic IIz/Audyssey DSX) options, which I have done with other receivers offering these options. So far, I feel that these options deliver mixed results. Both processing modes do provide a somewhat fuller soundfield in front and above the listening space, filling gaps in the soundfield in between and above the front left, center, and right speakers moving towards the listening position, but the effect is not as dramatic that would necessarily justify the added expense of purchasing additional speakers to take advantage of the effect, especially if you have a well balance 5.1 or 7.1 channel speaker setup already.

However, having a front height channel option does give consumers added flexibility in speaker setup. Depending on the room, the rest of the speaker layout, and using source material that lends itself for height channel enhancement, the Pro Logic IIz/Audyssey DSX may be a viable option for you. Keep in mind there are no Blu-ray or DVD soundtracks specifically mixed for front height channels, but there are some scenes, such as the battle scene in Master and Commander where there is a brief moment where deck hands are scrambling on the deck above the screen action as well as numerous scenes with rain and plane or helicopter flyovers can yield good results.

One important thing to keep in mind is that because the HT-RC360 is a 7 channel receiver, if you want to take advantage of either Dolby Prologic IIz or Audyssey DSX processing, you will have to forgo a setup that includes surround back channels.

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