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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.