Just like wine in a box, home theater in a box is usually scoffed at. However, Onkyo’s new HT-S7800 all-in-one system packs in some forward thinking features that you wouldn’t expect to find in a packaged system such as this.


The S7800 is a 5.1.2 speaker system that comes bundled with a pretty heft amp. Purportedly, the amp is capable of pushing out about 170 watts per channel. Although, this number is probably a generous estimate on Onkyo’s part.


It’s also loaded with 8 HDMI inputs and 2 outputs. All of its inputs are HDCP 2.2 copy protection compliant and support 4K/60Hz video with HDR, 4:4:4 color space, and BT.2020. Put simply, 4K video won’t be a problem for this all-in-one system to handle. If that’s not enough it can also boost 1080p video to 4K quality if needed.


Onkyo HT-S7800 Preview
The Onkyo HT-S7800 supports Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio which is no surprise. However, like last years Onkyo HT-S7700, it supports Dolby’s new Atmos sound format. This new audio format uses additional speakers to beam or reflect sounds above your listening area creating a “3D-like” audio experience. DTS also has a competing format called DTS:X which behaves similarly to Atmos. The 7800 supports Dolby Atmos right out of the box. DTS:X will be unlocked on the receiver after a future firmware update.


Bluetooth, WiFi, AirPlay and FireConnect give the S7800 good networking capabilities with Pandora, Spotify and TuneIn embedded inside the amp. Tidal and Google Cast are expected to be available later this year with a firmware update.


A 384 kHz/32-bit Hi-Grade DAC means its equipped to tackle both compressed and uncompressed audio files. MP3, WMA, WMA Lossless, FLAC, WAV, OggVorbis, AAC, Apple Lossless, DSD 5.6 MHz, and LPCM are all in the HT-S7800’s wheelhouse.


The speakers in the package include a center channel, two surround speakers and two front speakers with specially designed Dolby Atmos modules mounted on top. To help calibrate these Atmos speakers, the 7800 now includes an AccuReflex feature. This insures the reflected sound produced by Atmos modules blends in with the other channels creating a cohesive sound field. A 100 watt subwoofer manages the low frequencies in the setup.


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