Onkyo HT-RC160 Home Theater Receiver Photo Gallery

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Onkyo HT-RC160 Home Theater Receiver with Included Accessories

Onkyo HT-RC160 Home Theater Receiver with Included Accessories
Onkyo HT-RC160 Home Theater Receiver with Included Accessories. Photo (C) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

The Onkyo HT-RC160 Home Theater Receiver offers lots of audio and video features, as well as good audio performance, in an affordable package. With 5 input HDMI switching, analog to HDMI video conversion and up to 1080i video upscaling, onboard Dolby TrueHD and DTS-Master Audio decoders, Dolby Pro Logic IIz processing, iPod connectivity, and a practical automatic speaker setup system, the Onkyo HT-RC160 is certainly worth a look and a listen, but also has some shortcomings. For a close-up look at the features and connections of the HT-RC160, check out this photo gallery.

For additional perspective and details, check out my Short and Full reviews as well as my supplementary Video Performance Test Results Gallery.

Pictured on this page is the Onkyo HTR-RC160 Home Theater Receiver and the accessories that come packaged with it.

Along the back row is a Quick Start Hook AV and Speaker Hookup Guide, User Manual, stick-on speaker wire identification tags, and the provided wireless remote control.

Also shown on top of the receiver from left to right is the power cord, the microphone to use with the Audyssey 2EQ speaker setup system, both an AM and FM radio antenna, and remote control batteries. Extra documentation is also provided for additional optional accessories that can be purchased.

The features of the HT-RC160 include:

1. The HT-RC160 is a 7.2 channel home theater receiver (7 channels plus 2 sub outs) delivering 80 Watts into each of 7 channels at .08% THD.

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

3. Audio inputs: 7 Stereo Analog, 2 Digital Optical, 2 Digital Coaxial.

4. Speaker connections for Bi-amp, Pro Logic IIz height, Surround Back, and Powered Zone 2 speaker connection options provided. One set of Zone 2 line audio outputs (requires additional amp/speakers for operation).

5. Video Inputs: 5 HDMI, 2 Component, 5 Composite. One set of AV inputs mounted on front panel.

6. Analog to HDMI video conversion (480i to 480p) and upscaling from 480p to either 720p or 1080i via HDMI. HDMI pass-through of native 1080p signals.

7. Inclusion of Audyssey 2 EQ, Dynamic Volume and Dynamic EQ automatic speaker setup, room correction, and audio equalization technologies.

8. 40 Preset AM/FM Tuner. HD Radio access via optional HD Radio Tuner.

9. Front connection for portable digital audio players and iPods. Additional iPod connectivity/control available via optional dock plug-in.

10. Wireless remote and onscreen menu system.

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Onkyo HT-RC160 Home Theater Receiver with Dolby Pro Logic IIz - Front View

Onkyo HT-RC160 Home Theater Receiver with Dolby Pro Logic IIz - Front View
Onkyo HT-RC160 Home Theater Receiver with Dolby Pro Logic IIz - Front View. Photo (C) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Pictured on this page is the front panel view of the HT-RC160. The front panel is divided into two three sections. Running across the middle section of the front, starting on the left, is Standby Power switch.

Moving right, is the front panel LED status display and function controls and, on the far right, is the master volume control.

Moving across the panel, just below the LED display and controls are the source input selection buttons. The inputs are labeled: DVD/BD, VCR/DVR, CBL/SAT, GAME, AUX, TV/TAPE, TUNER, CD.

On the bottom portion of the front panel, on the left, is the headphone jack and on far right of the bottom of the front panel are the Auxiliary Audio/Video inputs and the microphone input for the Audyssey 2 EQ automatic speaker setup function.

For a closer look at the front panel controls, proceed to the next photo.

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Onkyo HT-RC160 Home Theater Receiver with Dolby Pro Logic IIz - Front Controls

Onkyo HT-RC160 Home Theater Receiver with Dolby Pro Logic IIz - Front Controls
Onkyo HT-RC160 Home Theater Receiver with Dolby Pro Logic IIz - Front Controls. Photo (C) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a separate view of the front panel controls of the HT-RC160 that are located just below the LED status display. To see these controls more clearly, click on the photo for a larger view.

Going from left to right:

1. The Zone 2 button is for accessing Zone 2 functions. The Zone 2 functions can be turned off using the Off button located just to the right of the Zone 2 button.

2. The Level button is used to change the volume level of either Zone 2.

3. The Tone Control button allows tone control in either Zone 2. Both the level and tone are controlled by the - and + buttons.

4. The Listening Mode buttons select the sound processing options for the chosen category.

7. The Dimmer button adjusts the LED panel brightness.

8. The Memory button adds or erases AM/FM tuner presets, while the Tuning button accesses either manual or automatic AM/FM tuning functions.

9. The next series of buttons and cursors access receiver setup functions and allows on-screen menu navigation. This feature is very practical as you are able to access most setup and adjustment functions from this control as well as the remote control. So, if you lose or misplace your remote control, you are still able to access the receiver's settings. Also, the cursors also function as AM/FM tuning buttons when receiver setup functions are not being used.

10. The large knob on the far right is the Master Volume Control.

Also, the round, red, circle located just above the Zone 2 button is the sensor for the wireless remote control.

As a final note here, if you are confused by the references on this page made to Zone 2 operation, refer to my article: Home Theater Receivers and the Multi-Zone Feature for additional explanation.

For a look at the rear panel connections of the HT-RC1650, proceed to the next photo.

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Onkyo HT-RC160 Home Theater Receiver with Dolby Pro Logic IIz - Rear View

Onkyo HT-RC160 Home Theater Receiver with Dolby Pro Logic IIz - Rear View
Onkyo HT-RC160 Home Theater Receiver with Dolby Pro Logic IIz - Rear View. Photo (C) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a photo of the entire rear connection panel of the HT-RC160. As you can see, the Audio and Video input and output connections are located mostly on the left side the receiver, while the speaker connections are located on the right side.

For a close up look and explanation of each type of connection, proceed to the next two photos in this gallery.

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Onkyo HT-RC160 Home Theater Receiver with Dolby Pro Logic IIz - AV Connections

Onkyo HT-RC160 Home Theater Receiver with Dolby Pro Logic IIz - Rear View - AV Connections
Onkyo HT-RC160 Home Theater Receiver with Dolby Pro Logic IIz - Rear View - AV Connections. Photo (C) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

1. Starting on the far left of this photo, are the digital audio inputs (arranged vertically), made of two Digital Optical (black) and two Digital Coaxial (orange) connections. Also, just below the digital coaxial audio connections is a wired remote control connection.

2. Moving to the top and the right, are the five HDMI inputs and one HDMI output.

3. Moving back to the left and just under HDMI inputs 5 and 4, there are two Component Video inputs and one set of Component Video outputs. Each input consists of a Green, Blue, and Red Connection.

4. Moving directly to the right of the component video connections are the AM/FM antenna connections.

5. Moving below, and to the right, of the Component Video connections, are the analog Analog audio and Composite video input and output connections. The audio and video inputs include connections for a CD player, TV/Tape/CD/MD Recorder, Video game, VCR or DVR, and a DVD or Blu-ray Disc player. You can also use the DVR/VCR audio connections for a DVD recorder if you wish.

6. Continuing to move right, along the bottom, are a set of Zone 2 audio preamp output connections (red/white) as well as two subwoofer preamp output connections (in purple). You have the option of connecting one or two subwoofers to the HT-RC160. This way it is referred to as a 7.2 channel home theater receiver. The .2 refers to the two available subwoofer line output connections.

7. The last connection shown in this photo is the Universal Port. This is where you would plug-in an optional Onkyo iPod Dock or HD Radio Tuner.

Although the HT-RC160 offers a variety of both analog and digital audio/video connection options, two glaring omissions that are sometimes included in home theater receivers in this price range, are a set of 5.1 or 7.1 channel analog audio inputs and 5.1 or 7.1 channel analog preamp outputs. If you have a DVD/SACD/DVD-Audio or dedicated SACD or DVD-Audio-capable player that does not have HDMI outputs, you might consider a different home theater receiver than the HT-RC160 as there is no provision to access multi-channel SACD or DVD-Audio in analog form with the HT-RC160.

For a look at the speaker connections of the HT-RC160, proceed to the next photo.

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Onkyo HT-RC160 Home Theater Receiver - Rear View - Speaker Connections

Onkyo HT-RC160 Home Theater Receiver with Dolby Pro Logic IIz - Rear View - Speaker Connections
Onkyo HT-RC160 Home Theater Receiver with Dolby Pro Logic IIz - Rear View - Speaker Connections. Photo (C) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is an extreme close-up of the speaker connections on the HT-RC160, which can accommodate several types of setups.

Here are some of the speaker setups that can be used:

1. If you want to use a full traditional 7.1/7.2 Channel setup, you can use the Front, Center, Surround, and Surround Back connections.

2. If you don't want to use the 7.1/7.2 Channel setup with the Surround Back option, you can use the Pro Logic IIz connection option to place two more speakers in the front, and directly above, the front left and right channel speakers. This will still give you a 7.1/7.2 channel Pro Logic IIz, but the far back channel is now replaced with an extra front vertical height channel.

3. If you want to have the HT-RC160 power a 2nd zone system, you can use the Front, Center, and Surround connections to power a 5.1 channel system in your main room and use either the extra Front High/Second Zone terminals (the clip terminals on the bottom) to power a two-channel 2nd Zone system.

4. If you want to Bi-Amp your front main speakers (some speakers have separate terminals for the tweeter/midrange and woofer sections). You can use the Front and Surround Back/Front High/Bi-amp speaker terminals to accomplish this.

In addition to the physical speaker connections, you will also need to use the menu setup options of the receiver to send the correct signal information to the speaker terminals, based on what speaker configuration option you are utilizing. You also have to remember that you cannot use all the available options at the same time.

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Onkyo HT-RC160 Home Theater Receiver with Dolby Pro Logic IIz - Inside Front

Onkyo HT-RC160 Home Theater Receiver with Dolby Pro Logic IIz - Inside View - Front
Onkyo HT-RC160 Home Theater Receiver with Dolby Pro Logic IIz - Inside View - Front. Photo (C) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

If you have never looked inside a home theater receiver, this is a good example what is inside, as viewed from the front of the HT-RC160. Without going into detail, you can see the power supply, with its large transformer, on the left, heat sinks towards the front, and all of the amplifier, sound, and video processing circuitry packed into the rest of the space. Also, check out close-up photos of the Faroudja Video Processing Chip and Texas Instruments Audio Processing Chip.

However, one thing that should be noted is that there is no fan. This means that despite the large heat sinks, this receiver does run very warm and should be placed on a rack or entertainment center that provides ventilation from both the sides and is also open at the rear. I would say that having a good three to four inches on each side and above the receiver would be a good plan, as well as an open-air outlet behind the receiver as I mentioned. Do not use a sealed rack or entertainment center unless you plan to install a fan that can suck the warm air out of the enclosed space.

For another view of the inside of the HT-RC160, proceed to the next photo in this gallery.

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Onkyo HT-RC160 Home Theater Receiver with Dolby Pro Logic IIz - Inside Rear

Onkyo HT-RC160 Home Theater Receiver with Dolby Pro Logic IIz - Inside View - Rear
Onkyo HT-RC160 Home Theater Receiver with Dolby Pro Logic IIz - Inside View - Rear. Photo (C) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at the inside of the HT-RC160, as seen from above and rear of the receiver. Without going into detail, you can see the power supply, with its large transformer, on the right, heat sinks towards the back of this photo, and all of the amplifier, sound, and video processing circuitry packed into the rest of the space. Also, if didn't look at the previous gallery page, check out close-up photos of the Faroudja Video Processing Chip and Texas Instruments Audio Processing Chip.

However, just as I mentioned in the previous gallery page, one thing that should be noted is that there is no fan. This means that despite the large heat sinks, this receiver does run very warm and should be placed on rack or entertainment center that provides ventilation from both the sides and is open at the rear. I would say that having a good three to four inches on each side and above the receiver would be a good plan, as well as an open-air outlet behind the receiver as I mentioned. Do not use a sealed rack or entertainment center unless you plan to install a fan that can suck the warm air out of the enclosed space.

For a look at the remote control provided with the HT-RC160, proceed to the next in this gallery.

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Onkyo HT-RC160 Home Theater Receiver with Dolby Pro Logic IIz - Remote Control

Onkyo HT-RC160 Home Theater Receiver with Dolby Pro Logic IIz - Remote Control
Onkyo HT-RC160 Home Theater Receiver with Dolby Pro Logic IIz - Remote Control. Photo (C) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at the remote control provided with the Onkyo HT-RC160 Home Theater Receiver.

Starting at the top, on the left side is the master ON/OFF Standby button, and the Zone 2 power button. To the right of these buttons is the Display button which allows you to access system or disc status information on your TV screen.

Just below the ON/OFF and Display buttons are the input select and Remote Mode buttons. The input select buttons allow access to the various components you have connected to the HT-RC160, while the Remote Mode allows you to use the remote control with either the HT-RC160 or a TV.

Moving down is a section of the remote that features an ON/OFF, Input, Volume, and Channel controls for a TV, as well as the Master Volume Control for the HT-RC160.

Moving to the center section of the remote control are the Onscreen Menu navigation controls. This is where you access functions to setup the HT-RC160 as well as accessing and navigating DVD and Blu-ray Disc menu functions.

Below the menu navigation buttons are transport controls for operating a remote-compatible Blu-ray Disc, DVD, or CD player.

Next are the Listening Mode buttons. These the sound processing options for the chosen category.

Finally, on the bottom of the remote are the direct access track/chapter/channel buttons.

For a look at the Onscreen Menu system of the HT-RC160 proceed to the next photo.

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Onkyo HT-RC160 Home Theater Receiver with Dolby Pro Logic IIz - Main Menu

Onkyo HT-RC160 Home Theater Receiver with Dolby Pro Logic IIz - Main Menu
Onkyo HT-RC160 Home Theater Receiver with Dolby Pro Logic IIz - Main Menu. Photo (C) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at the main setup menu for the Onkyo HT-RC160. If you choose to use the Audyssey 2 EQ automatic speaker setup system, you can bypass this Speaker Setup Menu. Also, you can bypass any, or all, of the other menu categories if you are satisfied with the "out-of-the-box" default settings. However, all the categories do provide useful options for tweaking the settings to your preference.

1. Input Assign allows the user to assign which video inputs (HDMI, Component) and digital audio inputs (Digital Opt/Coaxial) are assigned to each input selector button.

2. Speaker Setup allows the user to manually perform speaker setup and adjustment functions (see next photo in this gallery for more details).

3. Audio Adjust allows the user to change how audio is output to your speakers.

4. The source setup category allows the user to rename each input according to preference.

5. The Listening Mode Preset allows the user to associate a specific preset sound processing option with a specific input. My suggestion is to leave this in the "last valid" mode and let the receiver assign the sound processing preset according to the input signal actually received.

6. Miscellaneous features additional settings that don't quite fit in the previous five categories, including Volume Setup (This allows the set to set a maximum volume setting for the receiver, Power On volume allows the user to set a specific volume level when you turn the receiver on, and Headphone Volume Level).

7. Hardware Setup allows the user to change the Remote Control ID (this is handy if you have more than one Onkyo component as it prevents the remote control from accidentally operating two things at the same time). The FM/AM Frequency Setup designates the frequency space between each tuned station. HDMI setup includes whether you want the HDMI audio signal also passed to your TV, Lip Synch control, x.v.Color output, and whether you want remote control functions activated through HDMI to control both your TV and Receiver (compatible TV required).

8. Remote Controller Setup allows the user to set up the remote to control other Onkyo components, such as a Blu-ray Disc, DVD, CD player, Audio Cassette Recorder, or Onkyo Docking station.

9. Lock Setup allows the user to "lock in" all the settings made on the receiver so that they are not accidently changed. The user can unlock the settings at any time.

For more details on the Speaker Setup Menu, proceed to the next photo.

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Onkyo HT-RC160 Home Theater Receiver - Speaker Setup Menu

Onkyo HT-RC160 Home Theater Receiver with Dolby Pro Logic IIz - Speaker Setup Menu
Onkyo HT-RC160 Home Theater Receiver with Dolby Pro Logic IIz - Speaker Setup Menu. Photo (C) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at the speaker setup menu. If you choose not use the provided Audyssey 2 EQ automatic speaker setup option, you can manual setup your speakers by using the categories in this menu.

1. Speaker Settings: This allows you to designate whether you are using a normal speaker setup or a setup that includes Bi-Amp front speakers, Front Height Speakers, Surround Back speakers, or a powered Zone 2 speaker setup.

2. Speaker Configurations: This allows you to designate which speakers you have connected and designate the cross-over frequency settings for each speaker. In addition, you can designate whether you are also using a subwoofer.

3. Speaker Distance: After you place your speakers in your room, you can tell the receiver how far each speaker is from your main listening position. Having a tape measure handy is a good idea for this step.

4. Level Calibration: This is the fun part. As you scroll through each speaker channel (left, center, right, surround left, surround right, subwoofer, etc...) a Test Tone will tell you how loud each channel is. As you stop on each channel you can change the volume level of each channel individually to suit your taste. One tool that is a useful aid in this task is a Sound Meter, such as the one available from Radio Shack.

5. Equalizer Settings: This option provides for separate equalizer settings for each channel individually. This allows the user to trim the frequency response of each speaker to the characteristics of the room and personal tastes.

It is important to note that although many enjoy performing the above steps manually if you take advantage of the included Audyssey 2 EQ automatic speaker setup system, all these steps are performed and calculated automatically by the HT-RC160. In addition, after the automatic process is completed, you still have the option going into each setting making further changes to your own taste. One change I usually make is that I increase the Center Channel output by 1 or 2db in order to make dialog more pronounced.

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Onkyo HT-RC160 Home Theater Receiver - Quick Setup Guide

Onkyo HT-RC160 Home Theater Receiver with Dolby Pro Logic IIz - Quick Setup Guide - AV and Speakers
Onkyo HT-RC160 Home Theater Receiver with Dolby Pro Logic IIz - Quick Setup Guide - AV and Speakers. Photo (C) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at the supplementary AV Component and Speaker Connection Setup Guide provided with the Onkyo HT-RC160. This guide is both well-illustrated and has easy-to-read explanations on how to connect your audio and video components (Blu-ray or DVD Player and Cable/Satellite Receiver) as well as your TV and speakers to the HT-RC160.

For full details on how to set up and operate the Onkyo HT-RC160, the entire User Manual is available for free download.

Final Take

The HT-RC160 is an affordable receiver that packs in a lot of features, while still offering great audio performance.

I found that the HT-RC160 delivers more than enough power for a medium size room and sounds great with both music and movies, even with modest speakers systems. This receiver offers extensive surround sound decoding options, including the incorporation of TrueHD and DTS-HD decoding, Zone 2 capability, and an interesting new audio feature, Dolby Pro Logic IIz processing, which allows the addition of two front left and right height channels. In my opinion, Dolby Pro Logic IIz isn't so much of a must-have feature, as its effect is not noticeable on a lot of material, but does provide an additional surround sound setup option.

In addition, the Audyssey 2 EQ, automatic speaker setup system does a very good job. Using this system with different speaker systems connected to the HT-RC160, I found that the Audyssey does indeed take the different type of speakers, their characteristics, and distance into account. The only manual change I needed to make was to increase the center channel level by one or two decibels to accentuate the dialog level to my own preference.

With regards to video processing, the HT-RC160 is a mixed bag. Although this receiver has excellent pass through of native 720p, 1080i, or 1080p video signals via HDMI, it provides just average analog to HDMI video conversion and video upscaling (see test result examples). If you have a good upscaling DVD player or use a Blu-ray Disc player to watch DVDs, you might want to compare 1080i/1080p upscaling function of the player via HDMI with the HT-RC160 and see which you prefer.

Another important point is that the unit does run hot. Install the HT-RC160 on a rack or in a home entertainment center with room for good air circulation.

For a further look at the Onkyo HT-RC160, check out my Short and Full Reviews as well as my supplementary Video Performance Test Results Gallery.


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