Onkyo HT-RC360 3D Network Home Theater Receiver

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Onkyo HT-RC360 3D Network Home Theater Receiver - Front View with Accessories

Onkyo HT-RC360 3D Network Home Theater Receiver - Front View with Accessories
Onkyo HT-RC360 3D Network Home Theater Receiver - Front View with Accessories. Photo (c) Robert Silva Licensed to About.com

Here is the Onkyo HT-RC360 w/included accessories.

Along the back row is an Internet Radio Reference Guide, User Manual, Quick Setup Guide, and connection cable labels.

On top of the receiver, additional documentation, including the product registration/warranty sheet.

Additional items include the AC power cord, Audyssey microphone, Remote control, Batteries, and AM and FM Antennas.

For a better view of the front panel of the HT-RC360, proceed to the next photo...

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Onkyo HT-RC360 3D Compatible Network Home Theater Receiver - Front View

Onkyo HT-RC360 3D Compatible Network Home Theater Receiver - Front View
Onkyo HT-RC360 3D Compatible Network Home Theater Receiver - Front View. Photo (c) Robert Silva Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at the front of the Onkyo HT-RC360.

Running across the top section, starting on the left, is the Main Zone power switch.

Moving right is the Remote Control Sensor, the LED status display, Radio Tuner control, and the Master Volume Control.

Along the mid-section of the front panel are the Input Selector buttons: BD/DVD, VCR/DVR, CBL/SAT, GAME, AUX, TUNER, TV/CD, Port, NET, and USB.

Below the Input Selector buttons, starting on the left is are the Music Optimizer and Tone Controls. Below that is a Headphone output and a front panel HDMI input.

Moving over to the bottom right is an analog video and USB inputs, as well as the input for the Audyssey speaker setup system microphone.

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Onkyo HT-RC360 3D Compatible Network Home Theater Receiver - Rear Panel View

Onkyo HT-RC360 3D Compatible Network Home Theater Receiver - Rear Panel View
Onkyo HT-RC360 3D Compatible Network Home Theater Receiver - Rear Panel View. Photo (c) Robert Silva Licensed to About.com

Here is a photo of the entire rear connection panel of the HT-RC360. As you can see, the Audio and Video input and output connections are located mostly on the top and the and to the left of the speaker connections.

For a close up look and explanation of each type of connection, proceed to the next three photos.

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Onkyo HT-RC360 Home Theater Receiver - Ethernet and HDMI Connections

Onkyo HT-RC360 3D Compatible Network Home Theater Receiver - Ethernet and HDMI Connections
Onkyo HT-RC360 3D Compatible Network Home Theater Receiver - Ethernet and HDMI Connections. Photo (c) Robert Silva Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at the connections running across the top portion of the rear panel of the Onkyo HT-RC360.

Starting on the left is the Ethernet connection, which allows wired connection to your home network and the internet. This allows access to internet radio, downloadable firmware updates, and digital media content stored on network-connected PC or media server. Network connectivity is also accessible via optional USB WiFi Adapter (see supplementary photo)

Moving right, along the top, is a row of five HDMI inputs and one HDMI output. As shown previously in this gallery, there is also an additional HDMI input on the front panel. All HDMI inputs and output are ver1.4a and feature 3D-pass through and Audio Return Channel capability.

For a look at the remaining connections of the HT-RC360, proceed to the next two photos.

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Onkyo HT-RC360 3D Compatible Network Home Theater Receiver - AV Rear Connections

Onkyo HT-RC360 3D Compatible Network Home Theater Receiver - AV Rear Connections
Onkyo HT-RC360 3D Compatible Network Home Theater Receiver - AV Rear Connections. Photo (c) Robert Silva Licensed to About.com

Shown on this page is a look at all the AV connections on the rear panel of HT-RC360, except for the Ethernet and HDMI connections shown in the previous photo.

Starting on the far left are the digital audio inputs. There are two Digital Optical (black) and two Digital Coaxial (orange) audio connections.

It important to note that although these inputs are labeled for specific sources, they can be reassigned. In other words, if your DVD player does not have a digital coaxial output, but has a digital audio output, you can reassign on of these digital optical inputs to your DVD player. By the same token, if you don't have a Game console, you can reassign the digital optical here that is assigned to Game to something else that needs it.

Another thing to point out is that digital optical and digital coaxial connections can be used to access 2-channel PCM (such as from a CD player) and all standard Dolby Digital and DTS surround sound formats, except for Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, and DTS-Master Audio. On HT-RC360, those formats can only be accessed via HDMI.

Just below the digital audio connections is an Onkyo RI connection for control of an additional connected compatible device.

Moving to the right are two sets of Component Video (red, green, blue) input connections and a one set of component video outputs.

Next are the AM and FM antenna connections.

Moving to the left of the component video connections and below the AM/FM antenna connections are the analog audio (Red/White) and Composite (yellow) video connections.

On moving along the bottom to the right is a set of Zone 2 line outputs and two subwoofer preamp outputs.

The remaining connection shown in this photo is the "Universal Port" that can accommodate either an optional iPod Docking station or HD Radio Tuner (not at the same time).

For a look at the speaker connections provided on the HT-RC360, proceed to the next photo.

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Onkyo HT-RC360 3D Compatible Network Home Theater Receiver - Speaker Connections

Onkyo HT-RC360 3D Compatible Network Home Theater Receiver - Speaker Connections
Onkyo HT-RC360 3D Compatible Network Home Theater Receiver - Speaker Connections. Photo (c) Robert Silva Licensed to About.com

Shown here are the speaker connections provided on the Onkyo HT-RC360.

Speaker setups that can be used:

1. If you desire a 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 setup with the Surround Back option, you can use the Front High 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 setup, but the far back channel is now replaced with an extra front presence height channel.

3. If you want the HT-RC360 to 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 the extra Zone 2 speaker terminals to power a two-channel 2nd zone system (you cannot use a powered Zone 2 and surround back or front height channels at the same time). If you want to use 7 channels in your main room and still have a Zone 2 setup in another room, then you would have to use the Zone 2 line outputs (see ​the supplementary photo and connect them to an external two channel amplifier and speakers.

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/Height speaker terminals to accomplish this. When you do this, you lose access to Dolby Prologic IIz/Audyssey DSX or surround back speaker functions.

In addition to the speaker connections, you also need to use the menu setup options to send the correct signal information to the speaker terminals, based on what speaker configuration option you use. Also, you cannot use all the available options at the same time. The HT-RC360 has a total of 7 internal amplifiers, which means that only a maximum of 7 powered internally-powered channels can be in use at any given time.

Proceed to the next photo.

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Onkyo HT-RC360 3D Compatible Network Home Theater Receiver - Front Inside View

Onkyo HT-RC360 3D Compatible Network Home Theater Receiver - Front Inside View
Onkyo HT-RC360 3D Compatible Network Home Theater Receiver - Front Inside View. Photo (c) Robert Silva Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at the inside of the Onkyo HT-RC360 3D Compatible Network Home Theater Receiver, as seen from ​the front. As you can see the receiver is packed tight, with the power transformer and power supply on the left, large heat sinks on the along the front, and the audio/video processing and HDMI control boards taking up most of back half. The main video processing chip is the Marvell 88DE2755. For a closer look at this chip, check my supplementary photo. Also note the large cooling fan.

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Onkyo HT-RC360 3D Compatible Network Home Theater Receiver - Rear Inside View

Onkyo HT-RC360 3D Compatible Network Home Theater Receiver - Rear Inside View
Onkyo HT-RC360 3D Compatible Network Home Theater Receiver - Rear Inside View. Photo (c) Robert Silva Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at the inside of the Onkyo HT-RC360 3D Compatible Network Home Theater Receiver, as seen from the rear. As you can see the receiver is packed tight, with the power transformer and power supply on the right, large heat sinks, and the audio/video processing and HDMI control boards. Also, there is a fan that is located between the heat sinks and rest of the circuitry. This is a welcome addition for Onkyo has recent models had a reputation of running very warm. The HT-RC360 runs cooler than other Onkyo receivers I have reviewed and worked within the past couple of years.

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Onkyo HT-RC360 3D Compatible Network Home Theater Receiver - Remote Control

Onkyo HT-RC360 3D Compatible Network Home Theater Receiver - Remote Control
Onkyo HT-RC360 3D Compatible Network Home Theater Receiver - Remote Control. Photo (c) Robert Silva Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at the remote control provided with the Onkyo HT-RC360 3D Compatible Network Home Theater Receiver.

Starting at the top, on the left corner is the Main/Zone 2 on/standby buttons. This switches the operation of the remote control from the Main Zone and Zone 2.

On the very top right is an ON/OFF Standby button for a source device.

Moving down are Remote Mode/Input Selection buttons. This allows you to select which component to control and which input source is selected.

The next section is a set of buttons for use in controlling the basic functions of a TV as well as the Receiver's Volume Control.

The area in the middle of the remote contains the Menu navigation controls. This is where you access functions to setup the Onkyo HT-RC360 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.

Continuing down are the Listen Mode selection buttons. These buttons access preset or customized listening and viewing modes for Movie/TV, Music, and Game.

Below the Listen Mode selection buttons are the direct access track/chapter/channel buttons.

For a sampling of the Onscreen Menu system of the Onkyo HT-RC360 proceed to the next series of photos.

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Onkyo HT-RC360 Home Theater Receiver - Main Setup Menu

Onkyo HT-RC360 3D Compatible Network Home Theater Receiver - Photo of Main Setup Menu
Onkyo HT-RC360 3D Compatible Network Home Theater Receiver - Photo of Main Setup Menu. Photo (c) Robert Silva Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at the main setup menu for the Onkyo HT-RC360. If you choose to use the Audyssey 2EQ automatic speaker setup system, you can bypass the Speaker Setup category. Also, you can bypass any, or all, of the other menu categories if you are satisfied with the "out-of-the-box" default settings.

1. Input/Output 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. In addition, you can set the HT-RC360's output resolution.

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. Source Setup 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 present according to the input signal actually received.

6. Miscellaneous features added settings that don't fit in the other 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), OSD (On Screen Display on/off).

7. Hardware Setup allows the user to change the Remote Control ID (this is handy if you have more than one Onkyo component. 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, Audio Return Channel, 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 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.

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

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Onkyo HT-RC360 Home Theater Receiver - Photo of Speaker Setup Menu

Onkyo HT-RC360 3D Compatible Network Home Theater Receiver - Photo of Speaker Setup Menu
Onkyo HT-RC360 3D Compatible Network Home Theater Receiver - Photo of 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 2EQ automatic speaker setup option, you can manually setup your speakers by using these 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 Configuration: 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.

It is important to note that although many enjoy performing the above steps manually if you take advantage of the included Audyssey 2EQ automatic speaker setup system, all these steps are performed and calculated automatically by the HT-RC360. 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-RC360 Home Theater Receiver - Photo of Picture Settings Menu

Onkyo HT-RC360 3D Compatible Network Home Theater Receiver - Photo of Picture Settings Menu
Onkyo HT-RC360 3D Compatible Network Home Theater Receiver - Photo of Picture Settings Menu. Photo (c) Robert Silva Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at the Onkyo HT-RC360's Picture Adjustment Menu settings will override the picture adjustment settings provided on your TV for sources connect to the TV via the receiver.

Wide Mode (Aspect Ratio): Adjusts the Aspect Ratio of the image displayed on the screen. The options are: Auto, 4:3, Full (16:9), Zoom, or Wide Zoom.

Picture Mode: Custom allows all picture settings to be performed manually. Additional presets provided: Cinema (for movie content), Game (video game content), Through (does not change picture quality, but does change resolution), and Direct (does not change picture quality and does not change resolution).

Game Mode: Decreases response delay between a game console and image motion on the screen.

Picture Mode: Activates or deactivates manual picture settings.

Film Mode: Provides optimization of film and video-based source content.

Edge Enhancement: Adjusts the degree of edge contrast in the image. This setting should be used sparingly as it can accentuate edge artifacts.

Noise Reduction: provides a way to reduce the effects of video noise that may be present in a video source, such as television broadcast, DVD, or Blu-ray disc. However, when using this control to reduce noise, you may find other artifacts, such as edge harshness and a "pastey" appearance on flesh may increase.

Brightness: Make the image brighter or darker.

Contrast: Changes the level of dark to light.

Hue: Adjust the amount of green and magenta.

Saturation: Adjusts the amount of color in the image.

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Onkyo HT-RC360 Home Theater Receiver - Photo of Internet and Network DLNA Menu

Onkyo HT-RC360 3D Compatible Network Home Theater Receiver - Photo of Internet and Network DLNA Menu
Onkyo HT-RC360 3D Compatible Network Home Theater Receiver - Photo of Internet and Network DLNA Menu. Photo (c) Robert Silva Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at the Internet Radio Menu of the Onkyo HT-RC360

As you can see, there are several internet radio services to choose from, some are free and some require a subscription for access. There are also spaces for additional services that can be added via firmware updates.

Click on the following links for more details on each service shown in this photo:

vTuner

Pandora

Rhapsody

Slacker

Mediafly

Napster

In addition to the internet radio selections is the DLNA selection. DLNA allows access to digital media content stored on, or accessible from other network connected devices, such as a PC or media server.

Final Take:

The HT-RC360 is an affordable home theater receiver that packs in a lot of features, while still offering great audio performance.

I found that the HT-RC360 delivers enough power for a small or medium size room and sounds great with both both music and movies. This receiver offers extensive surround sound decoding and processing options, including the incorporation of Dolby Pro Logic IIz and Audyssey DSX, and also provides the ability to run a Zone 2 system.

In addition to audio, the HT-RC360 performs well in most areas of video processing, and although there are some areas that need improvement, it is a good example of how far video processing has come with home theater receivers.

Additional features that should be noted are the inclusion of built-in networking with a PC, internet radio, and access to digital media files stored on USB flash drives and iPods.

For a further look at, and more perspective on, the Onkyo HT-RC360HT-RC360, check out my Review as well as a supplementary look at some Video Performance Test Results.

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