Summary: The amp delivers good power right through, but tends to get a bit bright at louder volumes. Has a brilliant display and the functionality of the menu is excellent. I used this amp with Cerwin Vega VS10 ans Sony surrounds and I tell you, the results were excellent. The only negative on this amp is that it was made before HDMI came out, so there are no HDMI I/O.
Summary: Recently my 1992 vintage Sony STR-D595 receiver went on the blink. So I was ready to replace it with something as close to the state-of-the-art as possible (without breaking the bank). The STR-DE695 definitely delivers with 6.1 channel and HD-Pass component video capabilities. I have only two real complaints with this receiver. The AM radio section lacks any real sensitivity.