Conclusion: Sony took a bold step with the STR-DA2800ES. Is it perfect? No. Does is succeed in having a feature set that no other receiver has and spur innovation in an otherwise stale market? Absolutely! This receiver isn’t geared towards the audiophile who wants the most power and purist signal path possible. It is geared towards the installer or consumer looking for an elegant solution than can eliminate the need for a rack of equipment.
Pros: Built-in support for most automation systems, A comprehensive suite of streaming features, including Netflix, Comes with IR blasters and macro capability, 4-port Ethernet switch, Best user interface on the market, 5-year warranty
Cons: $300 activation fee to use full Control4 suite, Inaccurate Auto-Setup & Mic system, No Airplay Support, No pre-outs for external amp, Non-independent dual subwoofer output controls