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Onkyo HTX-22HDXThe Onkyo HTX-22HDX is a well-featured and slick-looking 2.1 home theater system, but its sound quality leaves a lot to be desired.
Hi, I'm Matthew Moskovciak from CNET.com and we're gonna take a look at the Onkyo HTX-22HDX. This is a 2.1 home theater system and it's currently selling online for about $250. Now, Onkyo is known for having big boxy speakers but this is really more of a lifestyle system. There are just 2 small speakers and the subwoofer which also has an AV receiver built in. The subwoofer has a glossy front panel with an LCD display and there are also a few controls on the top such as volume control and input selection for when the remote goes missing. Now, around back, you'll see all the inputs. The most important are the 3 HDMI inputs which will cover most of your home theater gadgets and there are also 3 digital audio inputs and 2 analog inputs for all your extra AV devices. You'll also notice that there are extra speaker jacks on the back and you can buy an additional speaker package from Onkyo to upgrade the system to a full 5.1 home theater system. Now, the big missing feature for us is an easy way to connect an iPod. We would have liked either a front panel mini jack input or, even better, a built-in iPod dock which we've seen on a lot of other systems. Now, for a home theater system, sound quality is the most important feature and here the Onkyo was a little disappointing. When we listened to say action scenes in movies, the Onkyo just didn't sound powerful enough to fill up our medium-sized testing room. Music didn't fair much better either and we could really hear the limitations of the smaller speakers included with the system. So, in all, the Onkyo HTX-22HDX is a nice looking system and has a strong feature set for the price but its sound quality really didn't impress us and it's much better suited to smaller rooms. I'm Matthew Moskovciak and this is the Onkyo HTX-22HDX.