wouldnt recommend product because of circuit board problem.
2 August 2012
Summary: I already have one it puts out a lot of power which I really need for my carver speakers only problem with this receiver is if the circuit board goes out there is no replacement for it no problems if it doesnt go out.Even if this doesnt have H D M I ITS seperation in the sound field is great.
Summary: My first SONY I still have and it's 20 years old (STR-D2070). Still works perfect but I wanted new technology. I went for the 5000ES and can say I'm beyond impressed. I have pushed it to the limit over the past couple years and it has never failed. Sony put a lot of technology into this receiver and combined it with 40 years of experience. They have truly created a product ahead of it's time. EDIT: I first wrote this review in June 2008.
Summary: Theres a reason this is a this is a $ 1500 unit. I can't elp but to be impressed by the unreal sound quality of this receiver. This is from a guy who has a Mark Levinson system for music. I know music. This receiver blew my mind. Yes you can get receivers with the same power ( FTC sine wave rated) for a lot less money, but listen to the depth, the realism and the purity of the frequencies and you'll think that this is a $10,000 tube amp.
Summary: Sony replaced an older es model of mine with this after my old one broke. It took Sony "9 months" to replace the receiver. After numerous calls to rude operators with no answers I finally threatened to sue. Only then did I get my replacement. My new receiver has been broken since i got it and am afraid to return it. Sony makes decent products but even the store where i bought the receiver says Sony has the worst customer service.
Summary: i do not own this receiver but i can point out a potential unintentional flaw with a few of the reviews i have read. all i really want to say is that this receiver pulls a max of ~1586.6 watts, the average home circuit for kitchen, bedroom, or living room allows for 15 amps at 115~120 volts.
Summary: AFTER SETTING THIS RECEIVER UP, I TURNED UP THE VOLUME IN A LARGE ROOM WITH VERY HIGH QUALITY SPEAKERS AND WAS SHOCKED BY THE LACK OF PUNCH IN A RECEIVER THAT THE SELLER STATED PRODUCED 170 WRMS PER CHANNEL. THE VOLUME CONTROL HAS A LIMITER FEATURE AND TURNING IT UP DOES NOTHING TO INCREASE THE VOLUME FURTHER. IT SOUNDS MORE LIKE MAYBE 75 WATTS PER CHANNEL.
Summary: I am running Cerwin Vega VE15F speakers with this and it sounds amazing. I have been to concerts that are not as loud! It also is a 7.1 channel system, not 5.1 as displayed here (has outputs for both surround back speakers.) Pros: Fairly simple to set up and get going. Lots of good clean power (actually produces around 220 watts per channel, more than the rated 170), nice looking unit (the entire front is milled from one solid thick piece of brushed aluminum), runs cool...
Summary: I have been a true SONY buyer for many years, so I have no doubt in the systems quality or capabilities. For the money SONY is one of the best bang for your buck electronic suppliers. I have not been able to try it out as my house burned domn on Christmas night,(we were not home thank God)and I am awaiting my speaker system.