Summary: The receiver is good for entry level but you will need to run your sub woofer through one of your front speakers. Even when run on GAME mode (the highest bass output mode, however it does not utilize your center speaker). The bass signal from the sub woofer port on the back does not send out even half the signal that it should. I have a 450 watt 12" powered sub woofer and it barely makes it kick. I run my wires from receiver to sub, sub to right speaker.
Summary: Let me start by saying that I am very pleased with the receiver. It functions perfectly and performs to my expectations. I would be happy to rate it five stars if it was not for the shipping. It was several days after placing my order until it was shipped. I may be spoiled by previous orders placed with Amazon that shipped on that day and arrived promptly.
Summary: I can't say enough good things about this product. It's served me well over the 6 years I've owned it, providing excellent surround sound in my movie enjoyment. Sure, it doesn't have the fancy HDMI inputs of modern receivers, but it delivers crisp, digital sound. Plain and simple. I have my Sony upconvert DVD player hooked up via coaxial and my cable box over optical for digital sound from HD channels. I enjoy the blue "Decoding" light in the center of the receiver.
Summary: With the world forced to enter digital, many of us are finding that our old equipment are not up to the task. Alas that is what the market wants; the newer the better although when you buy anything, it immediately is nearing obsolescence with newer models on the cutting edge. I know I got a bargain in this Sony model STR DE485 when I replaced the my old unit and was able to immediately incorporate its digital connections to my existing newer equipment.
Summary: I had a similar case with bass sound, which did not come sufficiently good from str-de485. I used a subwoofer and adjusted the surround sound levels with the available controls on the amplifier/receiver; it improved a lot. This is a good product with a low price, especially for home usage. 80 watts is more than sufficient to shake the windows.
Summary: Sony's STR-DE485 is quite a good entry-level A/V receiver. The sound is crisp and clean with little distortion at any volume level, and the FM tuner can lock on to even the weakest stations. With 6 available inputs, the unit is capable and a great component to build a home theater around. Sony also offers the longest warranty in the industry -- competing receivers offer only a 1 year or 90 day warranty while Sony covers both parts and labor for a full two years.
Excerpt: "I absolutely love it. Didn't know what to expect. Bought it used and everything works FLAWLESSLY. Before I received it, I was worried about how to get the Virtual Surround Sound (with just 2 speakers). No worries. As a matter of fact, it does MORE than it says it would. Not only is it Virtual Surround automatically with 2 speakers (if you choose that setting); but it seems to give ALL the Cinema settings with just 2 speakers too!!!! So I watch TV ...
Pros: Powerful enough . CLEAN . Many sound settings . Has Virtual Surround Sound .