Onkyo HTX-22HDX review

A classic, future-proof 2.1 speaker system

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  • Terrific sound
  • Compact, easy to set up
  • Flexible
  • Long useful life
  • Superb value

For years, Macs have shipped with headphone/speaker sockets that are actually rather clever: as well as serving traditional analogue audio, they can also pipe out pure digital audio over an optical link.

This is good not only for techy reasons – it keeps the audio in your Mac clean and digital until the very last minute when it's converted to analogue for your speakers – but because it disables your Mac's volume control and forces you to set volume on the speakers. (For more, see here.)

Few amps and hi-fis have optical inputs, however, which is one of the reasons we love this 2.1 system; it has two, plus coaxial and analogue inputs.

There's another reason to like optical: surround sound, something not possible over the Mac's analogue audio out. You might think this is irrelevant for a 2.1 system, but the HTX-22HDX has connections for adding speakers to transform it into a 5.1, or even 7.1, setup.

It has three HDMI 1.4a inputs that let you connect up everything from Apple TVs to Blu-ray players or PS3s, with a pass-through to your TV.

Setup is straightforward, and though sound is excellent out of the box, there's lots to tweak, either with an overlay on the screen if you're outputting visuals, or on the embedded screen.

Audio is genuinely impressive in all respects, making this an expandable, user-friendly system we can fully recommend for the home.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeSpeaker System
Speaker Configuration2.1
Sound SystemDTS
Brand NameOnkyo
ManufacturerOnkyo Corporation
Subwoofer Height337 mm
Subwoofer Width217 mm
Subwoofer Depth310 mm
Satellite Speaker Height161 mm
Satellite Speaker Width101 mm
Satellite Speaker Depth111 mm
  • Blu-ray Player
  • Game Console
  • Flat-Screen Display
Product ModelHTX-22HDX
Product NameHTX-22HDX Speaker System
Frequency Response35 Hz to 200 Hz
Manufacturer Part NumberHTX-22HDX
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.eu.onkyo.com
Marketing Information

Movies and games look great on today's widescreen TVs. But let's face it, the audio from your typical flat-panel display leaves a lot to be desired. That's where the HTX-22HDX steps in. In its basic 2.1-channel configuration, the HTX-22HDX gives you a combo subwoofer and A/V receiver plus two front speakers for stunning mid- and high-range audio.

Subwoofer Weight (Approximate)9.48 kg