Sony Engineering blunder renders good receiver useless (for me anyway).
8 August 2011
Summary: I purchased this unit to replace my older Sony STR-DA5000ES receiver that did not have HDMI switching capabilities but otherwise was a great AV Receiver. I own an older Sony KDF-60XBR950 LCD DLP TV that was produced just prior to the HDMI standard and has a HDTV HDCP compliant DVI-I input for viewing high definition digital signals.
Summary: I own a Sony Television and Blu-ray player. Bravia sync works really well when combined with the ES Receiver. I would recommend this product to anyone esp. those who already own Sony products. The GUI(Graphical User Interface) is easy to use. Good power and sound. I recommend calibrating speakers. It makes a big difference.
Summary: Now, this receiver has so many functionalities packed in. It's a beast with certain degree of beauty. It produces clear and beautiful sound, and does the best movie pull-down I've ever seen. I connect my PS3, xbox360 on this beauty. And fully enjoy the movies and games on my Sony 46" TV. It doesn't have as much power as its bigger brother 5300. But let's be honest, how many poeple actually have a theatre sized TV room?
Summary: I wanted a TrueHD compatible receiver and had owned 2 Sony ES products before, so I ordered this receiver from Butterfly Photo through Amazon in April 2008. It arrived in good physical condition. When I tried to use it, the HDMI ports would not decode audio. After trying multiple input devices and 2 diplays I knew something was wrong. I called Sony.
Summary: I was always interested in ES from Sony. With DA4300ES being a good match for my existing speakers, having HDMI inputs, and video upscaling, I am very happy with this purchase. I had a Sony receiver with the same watts prior to this ES model, but this one definitely has a better sound. The auto calibration function did a job I could not do myself which makes my listening experience even better. If you're looking to jump to an HDMI receiver, I would choose an ES model.
Summary: I upgraded from a Sony TA-9000ES pre-amp so I could use the HDMI & component video switching and add Blu-ray. Very happy with the receiver, but learned a few things not published clearly. DirecTV DVR HDMI output is at native resolution, meaning that channels are kept at their normal res. (HDMI signals are not up-converted in the Sony). Drives my Mitsu 65833 HDTV nuts, taking as much as 5 sec to change resolutions when I change channels.