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 4 out of 5
by Musicroom Very nice so far, good set up help
Too early to tell but seems to be excellent overall
December 30, 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 Wulf Excellent sound quality
Connected my speakers, (a set of Klipsch home theater), and let em roar. The sound is crisp, clear and balanced. Auto function for speaker set up worked great to get my sub tuned right. Features, inputs, and outputs all work great. Connected my TV, DVD, XM radio, X-box for the grandkids, and still have room for more when needed. This is clearly a top shelf unit, for a very good price. But then it does say SONY on the front... Nuf said!
December 16, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by islandreamer Affordable 7.2 Channel Home Theater Receiver
My first stereo/dolby receiver was a Sony which I got back in 1995 and is still in service in my exercise room. The reliability of the Sony brand is one of the reasons that push me to get this 7.2 channel receiver. The Ipod integration is a welcome feature. I can now control my ipod via the remote and it also charges at the same time. The calibration mic is a handy tool for those of you who don't want to mess around with the settings. I use it but had to add my own flare of adjustment. At this price, it's hard to find anything close.
January 14, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by woodburner Best Choice
I have used Sony products for many years and find that the quality of workmanship and support from the company are the best in the industry.
My recent purchase of this receiver proved that all that I had before I still had in this upgrade, my old (10 plus years) receiver was replaced simply to keep updated components in my AV system. The quality of sound, features, and compatibility of matched components was the best choice I could and did make. Sony products are by far the best available and I tell everyone this is why I purchase only Sony.
January 12, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Zukini97 I Love It!
I love my new receiver. I had a 21 year-old Sony receiver that was still working, but I couldn't connect all of my other components. This unit is very easy to use, produces great sound and I love that everything runs through the receiver. This is perfect for the price.
December 17, 2014