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Introduction ..................................... 2
6.1ch Home Theater System

Connection..................................... 18

AV Receiver (HT-R820THX)
Turning On & First Time Setup ..... 33
6.1ch Speaker System (HTP-820)

Instruction Manual
Basic Operation
Playing your AV components ....... 34
Using the Tuner ............................ 36

Enjoying the Listening Modes ..... 40
Thank you for purchasing an Onkyo 6.1ch Home
Theater System. Please read this manual thoroughly
before making connections and plugging in the unit.
Following the instructions in this manual will enable
you to obtain optimum performance and listening
enjoyment from your new 6.1ch Home Theater Sys- Advanced Operation ..................... 45
Please retain this manual for future reference.

Troubleshooting ............................ 58

TO RAIN OR MOISTURE. The lightning flash with arrowhead symbol, within an
equilateral triangle, is intended to alert the user to the
CAUTION: presence of uninsulated "dangerous voltage" within
TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK, the product's enclosure that may be of sufficient
magnitude to constitute a risk of electric shock to
The exclamation point within an equilateral triangle is
SERVICING TO QUALIFIED SERVICE intended to alert the user to the presence of important
PERSONNEL. operating and maintenance (servicing) instructions in
the literature accompanying the appliance.

Important Safety Instructions
1. Read these instructions. 15. Damage Requiring Service
2. Keep these instructions. Unplug the apparatus from the wall outlet and refer
3. Heed all warnings. servicing to qualified service personnel under the
following conditions:
4. Follow all instructions. A. When the power-supply cord or plug is damaged,
5. Do not use this apparatus near water. B. If liquid has been spilled, or objects have fallen
6. Clean only with dry cloth. into the apparatus,
7. Do not block any ventilation openings. Install in C. If the apparatus has been exposed to rain or
accordance with the manufacturer's instructions. water,
8. Do not install near any heat sources such as radia- D. If the apparatus does not operate normally by
tors, heat registers, stoves, or other apparatus following the operating instructions. Adjust only
(including amplifiers) that produce heat. those controls that are covered by the operating
instructions as an improper adjustment of other
9. Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized or controls may result in damage and will often
grounding-type plug. A polarized plug has two require extensive work by a qualified technician
blades with one wider than the other. A grounding to restore the apparatus to its normal operation,
type plug has two blades and a third grounding E. If the apparatus has been dropped or damaged in
prong. The wide blade or the third prong are pro- any way, and
vided for your safety. If the provided plug does not F. When the apparatus exhibits a distinct change in
fit into your outlet, consult an electrician for performance this indicates a need for service.
replacement of the obsolete outlet.
16. Object and Liquid Entry
10. Protect the power cord from being walked on or Never push objects of any kind into the apparatus
pinched particularly at plugs, convenience recepta- through openings as they may touch dangerous volt-
cles, and the point where they exit from the appara- age points or short-out parts that could result in a
tus. fire or electric shock.
11. Only use attachments/accessories specified by the The apparatus shall not be exposed to dripping or
manufacturer. splashing and no objects filled with liquids, such as
12. Use only with the cart, stand, PORTABLE CART WARNING vases shall be placed on the apparatus.
tripod, bracket, or table spec- Don't put candles or other burning objects on top of
ified by the manufacturer, or this unit.
sold with the apparatus. 17. Batteries
When a cart is used, use cau- Always consider the environmental issues and fol-
tion when moving the cart/ low local regulations when disposing of batteries.
apparatus combination to 18. If you install the apparatus in a built-in installation,
avoid injury from tip-over. S3125A
such as a bookcase or rack, ensure that there is ade-
13. Unplug this apparatus during lightning storms or quate ventilation.
when unused for long periods of time. Leave 20 cm (8") of free space at the top and sides
14. Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel. and 10 cm (4") at the rear. The rear edge of the shelf
Servicing is required when the apparatus has been or board above the apparatus shall be set 10 cm (4")
damaged in any way, such as power-supply cord or away from the rear panel or wall, creating a flue-like
plug is damaged, liquid has been spilled or objects gap for warm air to escape.
have fallen into the apparatus, the apparatus has
been exposed to rain or moisture, does not operate
normally, or has been dropped.

1. Recording Copyright--Unless it's for personal use For U.S. models
only, recording copyrighted material is illegal with-
Note to CATV system installer:
out the permission of the copyright holder.
This reminder is provided to call the CATV system
2. AC Fuse--The AC fuse inside the HT-R820THX
installer's attention to Section 820-40 of the NEC which
and SKW-820 is not user-serviceable. If you cannot
provides guidelines for proper grounding and, in partic-
turn on the HT-R820THX and SKW-820, contact
ular, specifies that the cable ground shall be connected
your Onkyo dealer.
to the grounding system of the building, as close to the
3. Care--Occasionally you should dust the HT-S870
point of cable entry as practical.
all over with a soft cloth. For stubborn stains, use a
soft cloth dampened with a weak solution of mild FCC Information for User
detergent and water. Dry the HT-S870 immediately CAUTION:
afterwards with a clean cloth. Don't use abrasive The user changes or modifications not expressly
cloths, thinners, alcohol, or other chemical solvents, approved by the party responsible for compliance could
because they may damage the finish or remove the void the user's authority to operate the equipment.
panel lettering. NOTE:
4. Power This equipment has been tested and found to comply
WARNING with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to
BEFORE PLUGGING IN THE UNIT FOR THE Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to
provide reasonable protection against harmful interfer-
AC outlet voltages vary from country to country. ence in a residential installation.
Make sure that the voltage in your area meets the This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio
voltage requirements printed on the HT-R820THX's frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accor-
rear panel (e.g., AC 120 V, 60 Hz). dance with the instructions, may cause harmful interfer-
ence to radio communications. However, there is no
Setting the [STANDBY/ON] switch to STANDBY guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular
does not fully shutdown the HT-R820THX. If you installation. If this equipment does cause harmful inter-
do not intend to use the HT-R820THX for an ference to radio or television reception, which can be
extended period, remove the power cord from the determined by turning the equipment off and on, the
AC outlet. user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by
Memory backup one or more of the following measures: