Excerpt: Great GUI, very powerful, 3HDMI ins, plus good Remote. Sound and Vision Magazine says: Sony's latest top-of-the-line A/V receiver, the STR-DA5200ES, might more fairly be labeled a V/A receiver, being one of the most video-intensive encountered so far. Among its boasts is the slickest onscreen di...
Summary: With its groundbreaking graphical user interface, three HDMI inputs, and excellent sound, the Sony STR-DA5200ES is outstanding and innovative A/V receiver, with only a handful of frustrations -- including some video upconversion issues -- spoiling the party.
Pros: Groundbreaking graphical user interface simplifies the user experience; three HDMI inputs and three component-video inputs; a total of eight digital audio inputs; extensive video upconversion options to 480p, 720p, 1080i, and 1080p; support for second and third audio zones; excellent sound on music and movies; receiver-based picture-in-picture option; XM-Ready.
Cons: Poor upconversion of standard-definition sources; cannot rename HDMI inputs; remote can be frustrating.