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Two home theater systems join Onkyo 2011 line

Onkyo has updated its line of home-theater-in-a-box systems, with the higher-end HT-S5400 featuring an iPod/iPhone-compatible USB port.

Onkyo HT-S5400
Onkyo HT-S5400 Onkyo

Along with updates to its AV receiver line, Onkyo has announced two new home-theater-in-a-box (HTIB) systems in its 2011 line. These new systems look to be largely similar to last year's HT-S3300 and HT-S5300, with a few upgrades.

Key features of the Onkyo HT-S3400:

Key step-up features of the Onkyo HT-S5400:

  • 7.1-channel HTIB
  • Dolby Pro Logic IIz processing
  • Can directly connect iPod/iPhone via front-panel USB port
  • Powered subwoofer
  • $600 list price; available in April

The biggest upgrade here is the USB port with iPod/iPhone compatibility offered on the HT-S5400. We're fans of direct iPod connectivity--without the need for a pricey iPod dock--and we're happy to see the feature make its way into an Onkyo HTIB.

While the feature set looks solid from the spec sheet, Onkyo's biggest strength is usually its outstanding sound quality for the price, and we won't know about that until we get these systems in for testing.