Excerpt: Raises the bar on what to expect from a high-end AV receiver. According to Best Buy Electronics: Forget standing in line for the movies on a Friday evening, Sony's STR-DA7100ES/B allows you to bring the theater experience to you home with its 7 channel (170Wx7) design. Compatible with today's d...
Summary: Sony is a company with a long and rich history in the electronics market. We were happy to finally take an in-depth look at their new receiver line. It's got plenty of power and enough features to keep most people satisfied.
Pros: ‘Phase Audio/Noise’ functions in Setup menu, Upconversion of all inputs to HDMI, Nice aesthetics, Zone 2/3 remote control included
Cons: Potential HDMI upconversion issues with 480i input, HDMI switching limited to 1080i, Unintuitive menu system & remote control, No on-the-fly channel trims, Remote lacks some basic features, Confusing digital assignment of coax/optical inputs, Only 2 component inputs
Excerpt: Sony's new, $2000 STR-DA7100ES AV receiver carries forward the shiny silver hewn-from-solid-block look of previous ES-series receivers, such as theSTR-DA9000ES($4500) recently reviewed by TJN. Although the front panel looks like solid aluminum, it is actually a 2mm-thick formed sheet.