I bought the Onkyo HT-S3500 home theater system recently and I am glad that I chose this. My choices also included products from popular brands such as Sony, Panasonic and Samsung. I decided to ignore those brands because they are often highly priced because of the name they carry.
After using the system for nearly 3 months, I am deeply pleased by its performance. First off all it is an excellent home theater system for the price it comes with. The system has proven that you do not need to spend hundreds and hundreds of dollars on just brand names. Everything from the build quality to the sound quality is excellent and on par with high end models of other brands.
There are only few issues with the home theater system overall. The only issue I found that the remote was a bit stiff to use and the receiver often gets a little too hot. Even when the system has a great ventilation system, it still gets overly heated up in a matter of minutes. Now I am not sure if it is a default with this particular unit or the entire model line suffers.
I would definitely recommend this system over others because of its great value for money. However I am still under the doubt that this unit may have problems with cooling.
If you are looking for a home theater that has a great build quality and excellent salient features with optimal sound quality, the Onkyo HT-S3500 is one of the best things you will ever own under the given low price.
Just make sure to connect the wires properly as I first figured out that wires connected improperly reduced the sound feedback from the system.