Summary: Highly recommended, just like all the Sony products. This product is loaded with features and sounds great for a home theater, or for a pool sound system, or a teen audio system on a budget. It's a last-generation A/V receiver (circa 2002), but that's why it's under $100 on eBay instead of $800.
Summary: This Sony ampliphier has worked well from the day I purchased it. It provides excellent surround and works impecably with tape, cd, dvd, AM and FM radio. Digital sound is easy to hook up and works like up town. Because it is an older version, it does not have HDMI or I Pod hook up. However, the 480I resolution for movies is fine. I would not trade it for the newer ones as their sound for music is not as sophisticated.
Summary: This is the most detailed sound home theater receiver you can get for the money! I had a modest priced JVC receiver for my first surround system & I thought it was very efficient...until I upgraded to Sony. The surround sound signals this unit produces has me looking over my shoulder for things that seem like they are soooo very real-sounding from all areas & distances! And the great part is, I am running a very inexpensive JBL speaker system..
Summary: (Although the product is not exactly the same as my purchase, they are very similar; so take this review at that) I purchased the STR-DE995 7.1 "Home theater" receiver. After less than one year, it deteriorated into an overpriced stereo receiver. For your amusement, I attached the letter I sent to SONY of America's CEO. Mr. Howard Stringer, I am writing to inform you that your company has just lost my business.
Summary: Love this receiver. Price is way low and it's packed with tons of features. Plenty of power to drive all my speakers. An user here complained about the lack of tone control but I disagree. There are just a lot of settings you can tweek on this machine. You can set your bass/treb levels, speaker sizes, speaker distances, speaker heights, and a few more. Haven't found anything bad about this receiver. I was comparing this with other brands such as Yamaha and Onkyo.
Summary: What attracted me to this particular receiver was it's ability to handle Component Video and High Definition TV, in particular. I recently bought an HD-ready TV and have an HD Cable TV Converter as well as a DVD player with Progressive Scan. I needed a new receiver that could handle the switching duties between the various components. The 895 does the job handily. A necessary feature was the 80Mhz pass-thru between the Converter box and the Monitor.
Summary: First of all I want to describe the positive points about this receiver, and then I will point out its weak points. This receiver is extremely easy to hook-up and set-up, although if one is going to use this receiver as the heart of a surround sound home theater system, then there are a lot of parameters that must be set up prior to the first listening.