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 It probably won't be outdated for another 10-15 years.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: 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.
Pros: This product is easy to set up, uses defined names that you choose for defining inputs, and has superb capability. I found that it worked perfectly with DirecTv HD DVR and has excellent upscaling capability. There is simply nothing not to like.
Cons: I have not found a single flaw or product enhancement that I could recommend. Would suggest plenty of space to air cool.
Everything you'll need in a receiver and MUCH more
6 September 2008
Summary: This receiver has really too many features. That's never been a bad thing and you are really getting one of the best home theater receivers available. The main thing I was looking for in a receiver was 1080p up-conversion and HDMI pass through. This has PLENTY of HDMI ports and I can't imagine someone needing more than what's provided with this piece of hardware.
Summary: great features, price won't break the bank for Sony's top of the line receiver, bravia system links all other sony products. Easy to use and follow instructions. Many different ways to customize your system, supplied microphone automatically sets your speakers to your room.