Sony® STR-DH720 3D Surround Sound AV Receiver
I bought this receiver as my first stand alone receiver. (I have previously owned Home Theater in a Box units) I wanted to build my own home theater from the ground up. I found this item for 30% off at a store closing and I couldn't be happier. Because of my inexperience at setting up home theater, I find this device a little hard to understand. I have a Sony Bravia tv so I wanted to use the Bravia Sync. It took me about a half hour to figure out how to set it up and now it works flawlessly. (It is not the most important feature, but it's an added bonus.)
I have matched this receiver with Sony SS-F5000 tower speakers and the SA-W3000 subwoofer. My center channel is a Polk Audio PS-10 I believe. I am not an audiophile, but I did want excellent sound from these components. I have gotten everything I expected and more from them. Sony REALLY does deliver a whole line of excellent products.
From Bravia tv's to Playstion 3 to this receiver...Sony has me coming back for more. This stuff is for real.
April 24, 2011
I have owned four Home Theater systems and none has been as easy to set as this one. The sound is Great.
October 27, 2012
Great package fror a small price.
If you need a nice receiver to simplify your devices connected to a TV and speakers this has a lot of good things. Connect up all the devices then add one HDMI Arc cable to the TV and it figures out which one you turned on and sends the video to the TV and the audio out the speakers. It means you just need one cable to the TV.
This isn't the highest wattage Sony makes and the higher end units have a few more options but this one adds a nice mix at a pretty good price.It's the main reason I picked it. There isn't a lot of controls on the front because you just don't need them when it can figure it all out for you. The remote can do everything you can do from the front panel.
It lacks WiFi, blue tooth and multiple room support. It does have the front panel connectors for small devices a nice complement of rear connectors with 7.1 sound.connection for speakers. You can connect almost all devices via different cable options including some older technologies. HDMI Arc support works well and to me is required these days.
This unit isn't really hard to figure out yet a fully installed system will take some work. if you can match up the connections to the devices it really seems to magically sort it all out. There is however a short delay from when you change an input to when it shows up. It sorts out the video format and audio for you yet you can override things too.
It sounds nice and handles various audio formats quite well. Video up convert starts with this model. It lets you use dumber peripherals.
The programming of the remote is pretty thin unless you have it integrated with Arc It is the one thing missing..
August 14, 2012
HDMI output defective
The HDMI output was defective on the 1st one I purchased. I exchanged it without difficulty, but the new one proved to have the same defective HDMI output jack within 2 weeks. What's the point. It's cheaply made for warehouse sales.
July 21, 2012