Summary: This unit has been working after the disappointment with the STR DA5200ES. Doesn't have switch and unswitched power outlets in the back, but delivers great sound and picture quality. Overall it serves it purpose and will highly recommend it.
Summary: I just purchased a new Sony Bravia XBR 52in. LCD TV. I started doing research on receivers that have HDMI inputs, since everything is going to HDMI. I wanted a Sony because of its quality and reputation. I had a Sony 5.1 receiver before this one, and I loved it. I started going on the Sony website and looking at their ES line of receivers. I fell in love with them because of their video upscaling and also there number of HDMI inputs.
Summary: I highly recommend this receiver to anyone who plans on not purchasing another for quite some time. It is jam packed with all the latest formats for your digital components. It probably won't be outdated for another 10-15 years. I did my research and was familiar with the features of this unit, but I still cannot tell you how many times I have been taken back and said "WOW!, it does that too!?".
Summary: This is a heavy, well built machine. Aside from the "problems" already mentioned, which in some instances can be at best annoying, in other cases not really important, this is a great sounding and convenient piece of equipment. You can buy this monster for under $1200, including shipping - I did...
Summary: Sony again makes truly a terrific product. The thing weighs a lot however it is a very high quality product. Sony alwalys gets a premium for products, however it pays you back over time. Exellent hub for todays audio, video systems.
Summary: Previous a/v receivers I have owned were onkyo,Denon3806, Sony,STR-DA5200es. I was satisfied with the previous receivers except for a speaker problem with the Onkyo.I decided to look into additional HDMI inputs along with dts-hd,upconversion to 1080P type receivers.I decided on the SONY STR-DA5300ES. It was easy to set up,when I fired it up I was most satisfied with its sound and performance. High quality video/audio. I feel that this receiver was well worth the money.
Summary: I own a very current serial number of this product. It has the performance and features of a high end product but the display is very small and crowded and the info is not helpfully displayed like a Denon or Yamaha. The full info is very well displayed in the GUI interface but that is only when you view the info on your TV. The features and capabilities are just amazing. I just wished it had a full display like most receivers in this price range.
Summary: The Sony ES STR-DA5300ES does everything I need and want it to do. I love the GUI. It makes it easy for everyone especially novices using the receiver to find what they want to use. I found a great deal through Amazon and the company provided fast shipping. The receiver arrived in great condition. It took about 60 minutes to unhook everything from my old receiver and to hook it up to the Sony. The sound and picture is amazing. I highly recommend this A/V receiver.
Summary: Picked this baby up for almost 50% off new with FREE SHIPPING!! I love this receiver. I upgraded from a very old RCA 5.1 system (bought it before next gen dvd's were talked about). When i started to migrate my dvd movies to HD-DVD's & BluRay's, I noticed that some of the movies only played in 2.1, then I realized that on some of the BluRays, my older receiver couldn't decode them.