dealsonkyo ht-s3500 5.1-channel home theater system…

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I would avoid Onkyo, they have HDMI issues. Not only will the screen flicker on occasion as it needs to reestablish the hdmi handshake and the HDMI card will go out completely usually just after warranty. I have the 7.1 system and didn't heed the warnings, now I have a nice audio only receiver...

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I've had the Onkyo HT-RC460 (not this model) for probably a year and a half now, and I've never had any HDMI issues. It's worked really well, no complaints at all.

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I got a pre-hdmi one.... when I got it it was the only receiver that had the sound of shattering glass in the 5th Element when the rockets hit the orb (most receivers weren't able to push the highs as well as everything else) [Pioneer, Sony, HK, Onkyo -- untested Yamaha and Denon].

6 years later, she finally died - optical card went out.
Oh vell. Just figured I'd pass on test material.

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@vincentmurdoch: There are a couple of videos online that document how to fix the capacitors that make the HDMI card fail. I didn't have the flickering issues you describe, but I did have the HDMI card die, and was able to resuscitate it. That said, it's certainly a handyman skill, and non-tinkerers will likely be stuck with no HDMI for the life of their stereo.

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@cindyle: This set was $700 5 years ago. My guess is that these are overstock from then. Other than the HDMI board issues, this is a heck of a stereo for the money. It might be worth it just for the speaker set.

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Agree with the first comment. I'm an engineer and found workarounds for a little while until it eventually died. Will never buy onkyo again.

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Just to provide a countering viewpoint: I used a pre-HDMI 5.1 refurbished Onkyo HTiB from late 2006 - early 2012, and an HDMI 7.1 refurbished Onkyo HTiB since then and have been pretty happy with both.

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@joshuajslone: Maybe they fix the HDMI issue when the refeb them? I'm dealing with their Customer service right now over the HDMI issue and the service has been less than stellar.

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I have the Onkyo TX NR509 it's been solid. I've had my 7.1 for a few years now. I'm not a big audiophile just like movies with surround sound. I would say I buy mid market. Receivers in the pasy only lasted about 2 years. The big change I made with this receiver - I purchased an external fan. I put it on top of the unit in the cabinet. It is USB, I think it cost about $7 super quiet. I plugged it into the USB on the TV (never use it anyway). So whenever the TV turns on the fan start. I really think this helps save your receiver, they just get so hot without it