Summary: First part of review, 2nd day after install. It was lots of research along with REVIEWS that helped me decide on the Sony over Denon. It took me about two months to gather all the equipment for my system, so I was a little nervous unpacking this open box deal.
Summary: Crisp clean powerful sound in both stereo for audio only or all of the various surround modes! Loads of features make this a joy to use. Built in WiFi makes it easy to access your computers audio files and internet radio.
Summary: My last 7.2 Receiver was almost twice as much as this one, yet this one outperforms the more expensive one. This receiver is smaller and lighter- still more powerful and the surround sets up easier and sounds better. Go figure.
Summary: Great receiver. Works well. Primitive GUI menus, but they do the work needed. The user manual is a different story. It is not all clear or intuitive, and seems to assume that the user already knows how to operate/set up the receiver. I called the Sony support number and got a guy with an attitude.
Summary: This STR-DA1800ES was bought to replace my STR-DA1000ES bought in 2001. The 1000 still sounds great, but the display has become too dim to see. The good: - The ES series is as close to audiophile quality you can get without breaking the bank. That's why I replaced my old one with a new one.
Great price for all the features, no such thing as true 7.2, bluetooth is a great bonus.
Damien Olvera, Amazon
11 December 2013
Summary: I upgraded from an old ES receiver that only supported 5.1 with optical. This receiver is much easier to wire up since HDMI uses audio and video in the same cable. You can configure the speaker lay out via an on screen UI which is really basic and ugly or on the LED screen on the receiver.