Summary: I have owned this receiver for more than a year and I have been wanting to replace it since I plugged it in. The first thing I noticed was the persistent low hum - when the unit was off. I figured it was some sort of setup issue or maybe another component causing interference. I spent a good chunk of time trying to find the source and eventually discovered that it was the powered sub - a Sony!! Never could fix it.
4400ES is a excellent receiver with six HDMI inputs and HD multizone
11 May 2011
Summary: I really enjoy the DA4400ES for many reasons. At first, your six HDMI inputs impresses, it's easy to configure any input with the Xross Media Bar interface (XMB). The receiver has pre-outs for all channels for external amps and TrueHD and DTS HD sound. The only downside in my opinion is no switched power outlet on back. But, do not bother. It's a awesome machine, highly recommended.
Summary: Bought this item used. New was $1400, refurbished from Sony was $1200. I got it for $500. Delivery, etc. was fine, and all of the packaging was there. But after the receiver is on for 15 minutes or so (which I did not notice for awhile) the receiver generates a distinct buzzing. If you are watching an action movie you will not hear it. But for a quieter piece, or if you are closer to the receiver, it is distracting and annoying.
Summary: Easy to set up. Great audio/video quality. I've got it set up now with my Logitech Harmony 890 with pre-programmed macros for TV/Blu Ray/WII/ ETC. The On Screen Display feature is nice as well as the control over HDMI which allows the TV to control functions of the Receiver and vice versa.
Summary: The "award winning" GIU is lame and slow. The XM input broke off the circuit board. Because it is "physical damage" its not covered under warranty, even tho it was never soldered to the board. The sound is amazing but not for the price. I've put it up on a shelf and am using my old Sony receiver form 1997 because IT STILL WORKS. SONY quality is not what it used to be and they don't care. Save money and headache by buying something other than Sony.
Summary: I have spent about a week with the 4400es and it is without a doubt a great and versatile product. I have my cable box, pc, wii, ps3, xbox, and hd dvd all hooked up to it. It all sounds and looks great. There are however some limitations you must be aware about. For one, you cannot use a hdmi to dvi cable for output. If you use such a cable to plug into your tv the receiver WILL NOT ouput sound for any Hdmi connected devices, in any way. period.
Summary: I bought this receiver because it covers all the bases. Almost every audio option is supported (Logic 7 would be nice but Lexicon/Harmon Karden keep that one on a tight leash). The GUI is very PS3 like which is okay with me however I find that it's integration with the remote to be less than desirable. The biggest disappointment is the lack of a switched AC outlet. I have a powered sub and the lack of the AC outlet requires me to manually turn the sub on.
Summary: I'm enjoying my Sony STR-DA4400ES. It's powerful and produces great sound. The on-screen GUI is very helpful and easy to navigate. The auto speaker calibration is one the big features with this receiver. Giving you an easy decibel setup for each speaker and sub. If you enjoy watching and hearing anything in Hi-Def, you can't go wrong with the STR-DA4400ES.
Summary: There is not another brand on the market that can do what this one can, but it still has a lot of limitations and notes on every page of the manual. The manuals are available on the Sony web page under support. This can convert component/composite into 1080P HDMI, but it can't convert any HDMI video into component or composite. I was using Zone 2 component output for my old HDTV and HDMI for the new one.