Summary: the es series was always on my short list, just out of reach. finally I decided to pony up the extra coin for my first ES, and I'm glad I did. I was concerned at first, as this unit was much lighter then the onkyo I was replacing. also had no cooling fan like my onkyo, and while it seems to run a little hot, it hasn't overheated or shut down. what I love best is the bottom end, warm full rich sound at lower volumes with consistant power delivery through the entire range.
Summary: This receiver replaced another ES receiver that I had since 1999. Really, the old one was still going great. The problem was, it didn't have any HDMI ports and so despite still sounding great and working perfectly well - in fact, just as well as it did the day I got it, it was time to get a new receiver.
Pros: Great sound Sturdy Construction A wide range of features without going out into the "just for your mansion" or "a novelty" range. Everything here has a good chance of actually being used by you.
Cons: Crummy menus I miss the old hardware-style volume knob that would always left you see volume based on analog position and motorized movement. (another area I suspect penny-pinching, though I also see the reliability gain the is potentially has)
Summary: This Sony receiver is everything I expected it to be. The sound is unbelievable. I picked out a CD from the 60's and to my surprise it played better than ever before. Blu ray movies is my thing so I compared the blu ray dvd player connected to the TV . To me the colors were more vivid and the sound was great. Especially the sub woofer. The best part is the 5 year warranty that comes the receiver at no extra charge.
Summary: Replaced a previous Sony ES that lasted 11 years. Great sound. Easy hook up and I like the smaller size. The only downside I have found would be the built in menu for set up. This pretty much requires one to have the device connected to video as doing the set up without the screen was very difficult.
Pros: Sony quality
Cons: Menu is difficult to use. My device seems to always go to mute when changing from Apple TV, Cable and Blu Ray.
Summary: Generally a nice piece of equipment. Good sound and easy to use but I found the set up very tedious and the manual was poorly written. The GUI is not very user friendly and the set up logic is not what I would consider logical.
Pros: Good sound, easy to use interfaces. Can run two TV's with different programming simultaneously - which is why I purchased this unit.
Cons: Complicated setup. Tight spacing for speaker wire connections.
Summary: I bought this receiver to replace a SONY ES receiver that finally died after 13 years. It was relatively easy to set up and sounds quite nice. It takes a little getting used to with the various sound fields, etc. but once you experiement with it a bit you can figure out which sound fields sound best with each type of input. There are plenty of HDMI inputs for all the various components.
Pros: Sounds great. Easy to set up. Lots of HDMI hookups
Summary: The '1800ES replaces another Sony mid-priced/mid-level AVR champion, the STRDG 820. There was hardly a plausible reason for me to change the '820, except that I needed a little more power. So, when I read the specs of the '1800ES and observed that most were similar to the '820, but, with a 'beefy' toroidal transformer and large capacitors I fell for them. Now I have so much power that I keep lowering the volume of certain TV programs and movies.
Pros: Excellent picture and clean powerful sound.
Cons: I attempted to hook up another region free DVD player that I have, but only the picture is being transported to the TV and no sound, even after changing HDMI cables. However, after reading several 'trouble-shooting' instructions, it seems that there is a software incompatibility.
Summary: This replaces a Sony STR-DA2ES as an HDMI capable upgrade - i'm very impressed with the sound improvement, which i can only attribute to the Sound Optimization / Mic algorithm in the receiver. The theatre sound is even more impressive and the bass is definitely more pronounced out of the subwoofer. The switching between inputs is a little slow, but other than that, an excellent receiver.
Summary: Very easy to setup. Sync'ed up with the Sony Xperia universal remote touch screen tablet. Was able to connect and switch between HD modes very well. Sound was crystal clear and deep bass rich sounds. Currently setup with center channel, subwoofer, in-ceiling speakers and surround.
Pros: Easy to setup, wifi is great, performed software update took about 10 minutes, wonderful rich sounds.