Rated 3.7 out of 5 by 15
Rated 5 out of 5
by Duckman A power house
This machine has all the power I'll ever need for my music room and will hook up almost anything out there today. Turn it down low and it's still clear as a bell, turn it up high and the neighbors want to join the party.
May 3, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Jimbo54 A Bear to Set Up
I really expect a certain level of quality in all aspects of a Sony product based on my past purchases. The installation manual is not written in a user friendly manner. It took two days of deciphering and two online chats with Tech Support to get my TV working with this Receiver (and I am pretty expert in setting up electronics of all types). Highly disappointed that there is no equalizer (just Treble and Bass - at least add a mid-range Sony) and no ability to set delay time for rear surround speakers. I have 20 year old surround amp that has a greater degree of audio control than this Sony does. Knowing how to set the various options is a pain. Sound quality is good and clean through my speaker system (Yamaha PA's in front and Polk Monitors in rear). Also, there is no troubleshooting guide available which addressed the set-up questions I had. While this is a basic unit, I really expected more from Sony. I have to rethink if I will consider Sony products in the future given this experience.
February 16, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by SoundLover Can't beat this for the price
This is one of the only "low-end" receivers out there that doesn't use those push-style speaker connections for all the speaker terminals! It has strong audio output, but definitely needs some fine tuning... Out of the box, the sub-woofer pre-out is somewhat muddy, need to mess with the filter settings to fix this (I like how there are two sub channels though).
Don't use the auto-calibration microphone... it only samples the room from one position with a low quality mic and unless you have a super-treated room, the chances of it calibrating itself properly are low!
Overall it's a good future-proof buy for those looking to not spend $500+ on an A/V receiver. Would reccomend.
May 2, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Jasonc Nice receiver, but two flaws
This receiver has great surround sound and is powerful. I like the input selector knob and its digital capabilities. It was fairly simple to hook up and get going. There are some things I don't like about it, though. First, it takes a few seconds to power up. My old receiver powered up right away. Second, I don't like having no external bass/treble adjustments. You have to hook the unit to your TV and adjust them on screen using the remote. My old receiver had all the equalizer controls on the unit. Other than these two cons, I am satisfied with it.
August 4, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Schoenauer Great receiver !!!
I have had a few SONY receivers in my day. This one is perfect. It is easy to understand and there are no mystery settings. It is nice to be able to turn off all processing and listen to music "direct" from the source.
I can't hear ANY noise or distortion.
Thank you SONY.
June 17, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by stevesmith1971 Simply A Power House.
My wife picked me up the STR-DH540 as a replacement for a Pioneer AV Reciever that just wasnt cutting it sound wise. From the moment I hooked the DH540 up the difference in sound was mind blowing. Set up took only a few minutes and I was ready to go. Paired up with my Sony kdl-55w900a and my Sony bdp-s6200 Blu ray player a movie night is NOW a true movie night. Just watching regular HD programming on cable has been simply amazing. I hear sounds and music in a whole new light with the DH540. Sony once again has done it with yet another great product at an affordable price.Thank you Sony!
October 3, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by ftwrthtx Easy to set-up and use with great sound
Finally broke down and upgraded our receiver from an older Sony model that didn't have HDMI pass through. Previously we had to do all of the input switching on the TV, with this receiver it can all be done from it. Setting it up was as easy as plugging in all of the devices via HDMI and noting what went where. Having 3D pass through is also a plus with the PS3 and the PS4 since both are 3D enabled. Great system that can fit a budget.
January 27, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by golfer123 540 Receiver
I have had many problems with this unit. It has been sent to Lorado Tx when it can back it was working . I put in a DVD last night an d it didn't work Called Sony and she told me to change HDMI cable and it worked . This morning it .didn't wor The unit is flawed
July 10, 2014