Rated 4 out of 5
by Sharpeink Nice for enjoyable evening!
For a good family entertainment, and sound for movies its great! for radio parties in the back yard look else where. I have an Akai amp that I use to power my devices. it rocks, however the balance went out. I purchased the Sony to equip my Viewing entertainment until the Akai gets fixed. Sad to say the Akai pushes 300 Watts per channel so my music will have to wait. PS the Akai was bought in Germany 1989...and it still kicks behind!
November 6, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by AncientAge Nice receiver -- horrible instructions to set up
I would recommend to a friend if you could show drastic improvement in the instructions for the set up process. You really got cheap on that part.
I finally got it going with the help of a friend. Do like the looks, the display, the sound and the multi room feature. Especially like the remote's ease of use.
October 8, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by JWNRW If ou don't need Wifi, this is an excellent option
I have been watching and waiting for the upgrade to the STR-DH740 as I expected the HDMI standby passthrough to be a feature in the newer models, and I guessed correctly. This unit replaces a 13 year old JVC receiver that is pre-AVR/HDMI compatible. While the JVC still sounds good, the added benefits of running everything through HDMI is something I have wanted to do for some time. As noted by a previous reviewer, this year's model has been downgraded to 4 HDMI inputs, which for me, takes one star away from an otherwise 5-star purchase.
The overall soundstage of this AVR feels very broad. The auto-calibration worked ok, but not great, and I did have to go in to tweak speaker settings to small as well as set up the subwoofer properly.
This receiver is used for mostly watching movies, downloaded content, and sports. It is not wireless, nor multi-zone, however, neither of those applications were of interest to me.
The interface is easy to use and quite functional, even if it is spartan-looking. The build quality feels very solid --- like any other Sony products I have owned. I installed banana plugs on all the incoming speaker wires making it so much easier to connect them to the receiver. Well worth spending $40-$50 on that if you move to something that is banana-plug compatible.
Overall, this is a very good unit which includes an excellent feature set that should meet most needs. I can't say this is audiophile level quality, but for me, it has enough higher end features and very good sound reproduction for our needs and preferences.
I have yet to use Bluetooth, but I don't know that I will to be honest. I am looking forward to playing with the MHL HDMI port though with our Andriod smartphones.
If you don't need wifi connectivity (arguably, who does) then this is an excellent option to consider.
July 14, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by 1GadgetGeek Excellent for the money!
I purchased this to replace an older model. I upgraded my Theater TV and other components which now only use HDMI connections. After a few simple tweaks and speaker adjustments this Sony Receiver plays and sounds nearly as good as some of the higher end models I have used. I say nearly because some of the lower and higher tones don't completely come through but over all to the untrained ear you can not tell the difference. My home theater experience is rich and powerful and my gaming experience has no limits.
This is an excellent choice if you are on a budget! Actually even if you have unlimited funds it still would be a good choice!
December 15, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by MGKY Top Quality Product
This receiver was easy to set up and program. The sound is wonderful. I especially like the choices of sound environment.
December 15, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Papaskimo great for the price all the hookups good power
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December 11, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by clickers33 Nice receiver for less
I replaced an aging Yamaha Amp, for both the 7.2 system, and new 4K bypass, based mainly on reviews here and on Amazon. This new amp is very nice. It will really make the house shake, if you want. I just added a new front firing Yamaha sub-woofer, and 2 new Polk speakers, which are larger than the rest, so I made them the front L-R speakers.
The amp and speakers are still very clear if it is very loud. But, it will put more wattage out than my speakers can handle.
My set up is all hard wired. I have my internet connected PC, a new 4K upscaling Blu-Ray player, my cable TV box, and my cassette deck all going into this amp. All are HDMI except the tape deck. Then I am only using 1 HDMI input, on a brand new Samsung 55" 4K UHD TV. I use the one that has (ARC) on it, for my input. This eliminates the need to run an optical audio out from the TV to the Amp.
I placed the mic about where my head usually is, and let the Amp do its own speaker cal. It worked nicely. The only reason I'm not giving this 5 stars, is because there is no manual on the Amp, just a big .pdf file to download. Also, no instructions with the remote, which I find hard to navigate.
One nice feature it has, is that it auto changes, if I place a DVD in the player, or just turning the player on, the amp switches to that input for you.
Overall, a nice performing Amp for it's price. It does more than I need, like the Bluetooth feature. Free shipping by Crutchfield, plus a lifetime tech support, this company is now on my list of sites, to shop for audio and electronic equipment.
I would recommend this item to a friend.
December 4, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by PASERT Upgrade or Downgrade?
I am an all out SONY user, All electronics in my home in all rooms are SONY! For some reason I trust SONY much better then other brands.
I have purchased this AV/Receiver because mother nature decided to put my old one to rest. In my living room I used to have the SONY DA4400 ES. With the last storm something happened to it where the receiver won't cycle through the HDMI inputs anymore. Amazingly enough no other system or equipment was affected. It happened even tho all electronics were connected through a power surge and individual APC battery back-up's.
So since this receiver is an integral part of my living room entertainment system, I had to go and get another one. At the store, there were only 3 SONY receivers on display. This receiver seemed ok for what I needed to do for now.
After the swap at the house, which took about 45 minutes, with transferring all the connections from one receiver to the other, and after the power-up, at first the sound seemed a little hollow, even tho this receiver has 145W instead of the previous 130W per channel. After the auto calibration and some more minor tweaks, it actually sound better then the old one.
The downgrade that I was talking about was going from 6 HDMI inputs to only 4, but that is easily overcome with an additional HDMI switch, or the other 4 HDMI inputs from my SONY TV.
Over all this is one of the best impulsive decisions I've made so far, without first doing the research. Receiver is very easy to hook-up, use and program. Even the bluetooth is very easy to use. I have connected my iPhone and iPad directly to the receiver and it plays audio files and Pandora or any other radio app, seamlessly, and the audio clarity and quality is absolutely superb.
Another reason for purchasing this receiver was that it has 3D HDMI passthrough and it is 4K compatible.
Bottom line... SONY really did a good one on this receiver. For the price you pay for this receiver you get excellent quality. Absolutely recommended.
May 1, 2014