7.2-channel 4K A/V Receiver
Great receiver !!! You would be hard pressed to find a similar receiver with this much power and features for the price. I love the fact that it is NOT internet ready. I have enough internet in my home including a 3D BD/DVD player that is wifi ready. I have this unit connected to my Sony KDL-70R550A 3D TV. I use high speed HDMI cables designated for 3D. My TV is hung on the wall so this receiver lets me have only 2 wires/cables hanging from the back of the TV. The TV's power cord and one HDMI. I have 4 HDMI components hooked up to back of the receiver. I love the HDMI 3D Standby Pass Through feature which allows me to watch an input without leaving the receiver on. On the other hand this is also the only feature I don't like. When I push the input button on the remote to change inputs it also turns on the receiver. I then have to turn the receiver off which still allows the signal to pass through if I want to watch something on the TV without leaving the receiver on. This is an extra step I was not counting on but it works. I am guessing that the receiver has to turn on in order to switch the inputs. I have an Infinity 7.1 speaker system with a 12 in. subwoofer, which sounds awesome with this receiver. Remember in order to enjoy true 7.1ch Dolby Digital TrueHD and DTS-HD surround sound, the AV receiver must be connected to your Blu-ray player via HDMI. If you use the Optical / Tos-Link connection you will only get Dolby Digital and DTS. The only other thing I don't like is the speaker thumb screws could be a little larger and spaced a little further apart. Next time I will use banana plugs
November 22, 2013
Lots of useful new features. Plenty of power. I am running it Bi-amped to Polk towers. Great sound! It is not wifi so pair it up with a PS3 problem solved. Video up scaling is wonderful. Select the "Studio" setting on the surround menu and be amazed! All the fake echoes and noise you don't want will disappear leaving you with a great surround experience clearing up the voices and special effects. I was in the market for much more expensive reciever. I was ready to spend $500-$600 to get the sound I am getting out of this reciever for $249. Good job Sony! I am currently looking for a tv and it is going to be my 7th sony. Don't get me wrong they are all still working. I left them to the ex-wife.
October 5, 2013
Great receiver for a great price!
Love it. Only complaint is that when I hooked it up the way it should be (all HDMI cords into receiver, then one HDMI cord from receiver to t.v.), the pass-through feature didn't work the way I thought it would. I don't always listen to the t.v. through the receiver, so to watch t.v. via the cable box, you have to turn on the receiver and hit the catv button (if it was on Tuner or something else prior) in order for the cable signal to get to the t.v. You can then turn the receiver off. I ended up wiring the old way to my non-Sony t.v......HDMI cables from cable box and blu-ray directly to t.v., as well as the HDMI cable from the receiver. I have an optical cord from the t.v. to the receiver for all the sound, and it works fine. I read that HDMI cables reproduce a better signal than optical, but I can't tell the difference. Other than that, this low price receiver works fantastic!
September 29, 2013
Great "Non Smart" AV Receiver!
I chose the Sony STR-DH740 7.2 AV Receiver to power my Energy Take Classic 5.1 surround system mainly for the following reasons:
* I did not want an av receiver with the extra "Smart" features like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Airplay for Apple products, or other built-in apps. I already have a Samsung Smart TV, so it ended up saving me $150-250 just for not wanting the extra features on my av receiver.
* I wanted an av receiver that offered all banana plug inputs, which turned out to be a limited amount of choices in the entry-midrange av receiver market.
* Sony's website ended up having the best deal on the Sony STR-DH740 for a limited time. The DH740's MSRP is $299.99. Sony had a $50 off sale and then signing up for Sony's Education Store brought the price down to $226 with free 2 day express shipping.
Here's what I used to complete my setup:
*Energy Speaker sTake Classic 5.1 Surround System
* Various lengths of the AmazonBasics High-Speed HDMI Cable #3 Feet/0.9 Meter# - Supports Ethernet, 3D, and Audio Return [Newest Standard].
* Sewell Development Corp SW-29223 Pro Maestro Banana Plugs with Gold Connectors.
* C&E 100 Feet 14AWG Enhanced Loud Oxygen-Free Copper Speaker Wire Cable.
* Mediabridge Ultra Series Subwoofer Cable - #15 Feet, White# - Dual Shielded with RCA to RCA Gold Plated Pro Grade Connectors.
Having read the entire Sony manual beforehand, the initial av receiver setup was straightforward with no surprises. I like that my HDMI devices are routed to the av receiver and only one HDMI cable coming from the "HDMI OUT" slot goes to my TV. My Samsung UN60F6300 60-inch LED HDTV instantly recognized the av receiver input and configured itself appropriately. My surround sound system is the Energy Speakers Take Classic 5.1 system. I first performed the Sony Auto Calibration with the supplied Sony microphone placed it in my head level seating position. The Auto Calibration measured all my speaker distances nearly dead on! As per Energy Speakers recommendations, I then adjusted the 5 speakers to "small" setting, set the frequency response of the satellite/center speakers to 100Hz, and set the subwoofer frequency response to about 95 Hz and the sub's volume knob to a little over halfway.
Overall, I'm very impressed with Sony's STR-DH740 av receiver working with my surround sound system! It offers all the options that I wanted in my search for my first av receiver. Both DVR'ed movies and tv shows sound amazing through the surround sound system powered by the STR-DH740 with so much well balanced bass, clarity, and detail! I'm looking to get a Black Friday/Cyber Monday deal on a Playstation 3 console to play both new PS3 games and my collection of PS1 games, act as my Blu-ray/DVD player, and to play music from CD's/digital music on usb flash drives. Even though Sony states that the front mounted usb port on the STR-DH740 will only recognize Apple or Sony media devices to stream music, I'm able to use the usb port to recharge my Logitech Wireless Illuminated Keyboard K800 that's positioned on my coffee table via the supplied long Logitech usb cord.
September 14, 2013