Summary: We were assured that the unit was fully operational, undamaged and in good condition, and came with a money back guarantee. The units' case was damaged and did not work. An online technician after guiding us thru several tests told us that only a certified tech could fix the unit.
Summary: Ilike what i bought and for the price it does a great job for what it is design to do.For a receiver it works great with my speakers to give a good surrond sound.some of the speaker connections don't work but other than that it works well.
Summary: I've had this unit for 3 years and it's performed flawlessly with amazing clarity and sound. I paired it with a Bose Acoustimass 16 speaker and sub set. Settings are easy once you get used to it.
Sony STR DE697 7.1 Surround Receiver / Not Impressed
15 December 2008
Summary: Underpowered, 3/4 volume is average loudness on a movie. Volume has to be so high during normal listening that the sound quality is degraded. Would be OK for a very small living room/den/bedroom. Lacks enough power to move the 8" woofers on my Yamaha speakers and produce any noticeable bass, luckily have two Yamaha powered subwoofers so this has not been an issue, but I am unimpressed with the amount of midbass produced to the point that I am considering switching back...
Summary: Such good tremble, such good base, such good surround sound, wow, how did I not buy it sooner, I wonder. By the way, the manual is so easy my [...] son was able to figure it out!!! exelent deal, love all the options.
Summary: simply put this processor is to advanced for signals being output. other than processing HDMI and for the price great 48 bit tunes, 3/2.1 dts\surround awesome with 12''subwoofer for a single family house, but condo associations banned it. rocks the house video 2 optical a little strange but complete all the inputs and a home theater sound at a fair price.
Summary: I recently purchased this unit to replace a 12 year old Pioneer audio receiver. I have not been able to set it up yet because the manual that comes with it is virtually incomprehensible to a novice audiophile. I do not seem to be able to even set the bass and treble levels without getting an advanced degree in electronics. Whoever wrote this mish-mash of a manual should join the babbel school of tech writing. Shame on Sony.
Summary: I replaced my dieing 1980's sony audio/video player with this STRDE 697 and was very pleasently surprized to here it sounds just as good as my old one, maybe even better, and even easier to operate.
Summary: Just received this from Amazon via FedEx home delivery (2 day service, no extra charge). So far, so good. There are a few minor annoyances (only three optical inputs...not one for the DVD player...it is a coaxial input and my DVD player is optical). Not a major problem since I just hook the optical out on the DVD to the optical in for MD/Tape. Of course, then I can't take advantage of the monitor out video feeds...alas.