7.2-channel 4K A/V Receiver
Great value for a basic 7.2 A/V receiver
I was considering this unit or the STR-DN840 and I am happy that we went with the more basic model. My Panasonic TV is wi-fi enabled so didn't need that on my receiver. The usb connection for iphone/ipod works well, The on-screen graphics look to be circa 1986 but it all the ipod functions work just fine using the OSD controls. Loving the selection of sound fields and the ability to easily switch them around when listening to music vs.watching a movie. 3D passthrough is slick and the auto calibration routine worked like a charm. Only had to change my surround speakers to "small"... Front height mode is very cool - definitely adds to movie watching experience.
February 10, 2014
Just what I needed, no more no less. I don't need airplay or any other internet stuff. Just some HDMI connections and good codecs and pass-thru. Works great with my panasonic TV and PS3. I can control all of them using my TV remote thanks to viera link!
January 14, 2014
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