Summary: This unit has everything you expect from a 100 x 7. I have this system hooked to 7 speakers in a 30 x 25 living room. The sound from this unit made my TV seem too small. Sound quality is excellent for the level unit this is. I have not had a chance to hook up a subwoofer yet, but I am sure it will be equally as room filling. PERFECT FOR A GOOD CHEAP 7.1 SURROUND UNIT!!!!
Summary: My old system died on me so I went surfing the web to see what I could find as a replacment unit. I read all of the on line reports I could find and then hit Ebay to see if they had the unit. They did and I got the Sony DE698 7.1 channels system for a great price. My first words on setup are, Read The Book First on how to set the system up, it will go a lot easer for you. Use or make up banana jacks for ease of installing the speakers.
Summary: If you need to drive your 7.1 surround speakers, this SONY does a nice job. It is not the best out there, but it may very well be the best one for the money. All video sources are "upconverted" to S-VIDEO to send them all to your TV with one cable. It took a little while to figure out which surround modes sounded best and how to seperatly adjust the volume on the surrounds, but it does great when properly tweeked. The ProLogic-II modes do great on movies and games.
Summary: I got this thing last week, and at one eighty-four shipped; that is tough to beat. It was two forty nine retail in store or higher (plus tax). Not too keen on the remote .... kind of weak and not intuitive (lots of buttons, not too much funtionality ..... took me a while to figure out how to go to a station directly without using presets or seek). Also, just one other question that still puzzles me. How is this rated 7.1 if it is 6 X 90W????
Summary: I like this receiver - it works well enough for me. The sound is clean and powerful. However; it is not without its quirks. Like one other reviewer mentioned, for digital DVD audio you do not get "optical audio in" for DVD inputs, but only coaxial. You only get optical audio for Video 2, so you if have to connect your DVD to Video 2, what do you use DVD inputs for? In my setup coaxial audio for DVD works well enough, but others may want optical.
Summary: We are happy with this Sony receiver and have had no problems thus far. We bought it to upgrade our old receiver which was not dolby digital. We notice a huge difference in sound now when we watch a dvd movie. Very nice receiver for the money.
Summary: Receiver works well. Manual was difficult to understand and poor instructions(non-existent) for programing the unit for other remote controls. A little underpowered, but seems like a good quality unit for the money.
Summary: I would have to agree with the previous user who said that the instruction manual was difficult to understand. Yet, I enjoy setting up components and speakers while trying to find certain acoustic angles throughout the room. In other words...the instruction manual really didn't bother me. Anyhow, the DE698 replaced an older Sony model (6 yrs. old) that had only Dolby Pro Logic (2.1 channel).
Summary: Ich besitze diesen Verstärker nun schon seit einigen Jahren und habe ihn mit verschiedenen Lautsprechern betrieben. Das Gerät bietet sehr viele digitale Eingänge, so habe ich PC, Sat-Stb, Xbox, Xbox 360 angeschlossen und immernoch freie Anschlüsse. Auch der digitale Ausgang mag für bestimmte Zwecke sicherlich praktisch sein (z.B. 5.1 Kopfhörer oder Aufzeichnung auf MD). Ich verwende das Gerät auch zur Verteilung der Videosignale zum Fernseher.
Summary: Der Sony STR-DE 698 ist ein Verstärker der günstigen Einstiegsklasse, wo man einfach nichs falsch machen kann! Der Verstärker unterstützt alle gängigen Audioformate uns besticht durch sein sehr Voluminöses Klangbild, was selbst bei sehr leisen Einstellungen und den entsprechenden Boxen beeindruckende Effekte erzeugt. Ich habe den STR-DE 698 jetzt seit knapp drei Monaten und konnte noch keine Schwächen feststellen.