Rated 4 out of 5 by nurbles Best I've bought (so far...)
My first two home theater receivers were from Pioneer and though they were good, this Sony is better. My only real issue with it is the weakness of the built-in USB music player. The QUALITY of the music is better than anything else I have that plays MP3 files. Period. But I ripped ALL of my CDs to a single USB stick (somewhere just over 1000 songs) and the player will only recognize to somewhere in the 'M's (sorted alphabetically.) Couple that with the necessity of selecting SHUFFLE ON *EVERY* *SINGLE* *TIME* I start the player, and I see a weak player.
I'd hoped the recent firmware update might improved the player, but after the shock of the unit appearing to be dead for over 10 minutes during the update process, I cannot see any difference in the USB music player.
Hopefully Sony will see this and consider improving the player in the next firmware update. At least make the preferences "sticky" -- and maybe "remember" which song was last played and pick up there on reactivation, too!
October 13, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by ageek Sound is great, but has problem with standby
This AV receiver is able to reproduce a excellent sound. come with wifi and Bluetooth and lots of other feathers. setup is easy and gui interface is good. I like this receiver except the following issue.
But I found it has some issues, hope Sony can fix it through updating firmware.
1.The critical issue is HDMI pass through standby, it actually doesn't go to standby. I found the box is still heating up at this standby mode, measured with a power meter, the power consumption is about 40 W at HDMI pass through standby mode which is almost the normal operation power. So the receiver is never go to standby at this mode, this will reduce the box life time.
2.Another issue is turn of TV power will turn off AV receiver power. This is not reasonable, why I can not turn off TV while I listen to music? This issue has a workaround which is setting HDMI control off. But this setting disable all HDMI control related function. For this issue, Denon AVRS900W doing better. It uses a "power off" menu option to select whether turn off the box power when turn off TV power.
December 4, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Coto Excellent. 5.1 and 7.2 much improved
I replaced a slightly older Sony 7.1 receiver with this one. The separation of sounds through each speaker whether listening to an SAD or DTS CD or DVD and movies and TV with Dolby sound is so much better on this receiver. You can clearly hear individual sounds from the surround sound coming from the back speakers in 5.1 or the additional speakers for 7.2. It connects to your mobile device to play any music program videos using Bluetooth or wifi, streams music directly if you download Pandora or other streaming apps and connects to folders on your network connected computers and also updates it's firmware over your Internet connection. Great AV receiver. 6 HDMI in and 3 HDMI out. Setting software displays on TV to customize everything manually or automatically setup type, distance and number of speakers automatically using included microphone placed in the center of your room. You can apply many types of sound effects and a lot more. 2 years parts and labor which includes speaking to live tech support for the full 2 years.
December 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by 20thCenturyBoy Excellent bargain
I bought the receiver based on excellent reviews (primarily Sound & Vision magazine) and dealer recommendations. It hasn't disappointed yet, being everything that the reviews said it would. The sound quality is excellent with plenty of power for my 25' x 25' room (5 speakers + sub). Using a roof antenna instead of the supplied rabbit ears for FM radio allows me to receive more stations than I will ever listen to. I miss the tape loop I/O for my cassette deck and I've added an outboard phono pre-amp (yes, my previous receiver was THAT old), but otherwise the functionality of this little gem more than meets my requirements. My only minor complaint is the time it takes to switch between HDMI inputs. It is sufficiently long enough that the TV goes into standby due to "Input Signal Loss". However, this is a very minor annoyance on an otherwise excellent receiver.
January 6, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by DougZ Great but wifi should support N
Only thing keeping it from a 5 star is the wifi connection is only G, not N and none of the instructions specified that. Could not connect to my router initially as my router was set to N only. Wasn't until I searched forums that I found on off hand reference to the fact that it was G that I was able to get it properly set up. Other than that it sounds great and the networking capabilities work.
December 17, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by dave1010 Great Receiver zero support
The receiver was easy to set up and plenty of power to push all of our speakers. the only thing missing was RCA jacks for turn table. We will be upgrading soon to 4k TV and then we will see what this system can do. Tech support is rude, not knowledge and lied to us on so many levels.. We had to upgrade from the 1040 because it did not work right of the box 3 times. Sony did not care if we would buy from them or not!
December 28, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by NoClueGrandpa No Regrets!!!!!!!!!!!!
Bought this receiver to replace an old Sony one that I had for 15 plus years. Being a baby boomer I'm not to tech savvy on electronic devices. It was a little of a challenge to get all my electronic devices hooked up but I blame it on my inexperience on electronics. My grandson helped me and it looked pretty easy for him. He is 16. I have all Sony devices such as TV, Blue-Ray and PS3. The receiver sounds great coming out of my Bose AM-7's. Movies and music sound outstanding. What a difference from 25 watts per channel from old receiver to 165 watts per channel with new one. Bluetooth was easy for me to set up using iPhone and iPad for music streaming. This receiver has more features than I'm going to use but at least I have them if I ever do. The Sony receiver I had before lasted so long with no issues that I'm sure the new one will probably be my last one I ever buy. Thanks Sony for building great products!!!!!!
December 27, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by stratolinerider Excellent Upgrade For Less
I never thought this receiver would actually sound that much better than my 6 year old top of Sony's pur digital receivers line. I actually bought it for the latest connection capabilities, HDMI, Airplay, Bluetooth, DLNA, but when I went through the easy WiFi setup, the setup for speaker placement with the supplied microphone, and a few other crossover adjustments and listened to music through Air Play for the first time I was surely amazed at the difference. And at a lower price than that last top of the line Sony.
Believe me, everything including dvd movies, broadcast football and basketball games even sounded better. I never knew what I had been missing.
January 2, 2015