Summary: First off, I really can't comment accurately re: the sound quality, as I'm using low-end speakers, but it sounds OK to me The ease of use is awful! You have to press buttons and spin dials to access sound levels, customize features, and everything else. And if you don't make up your mind instantly wherever you were at "conveniently" flips back to some other menu or feature, so don't hold that thought when you're going thru a million different options and features, many...
worked great for a while, then the problems started
W. Moon, Amazon
15 December 2009
Summary: I've had this unit for about three years now. It sounded great, and worked just fine for a while, but then one day, the TV monitor output just stopped working.. And now the left front speaker connection has become intermittent. I believe there's a cold solder joint at the speaker output jack. I'm not looking forward to disconnecting the whole thing, tearing it apart, and resoldering that connection. The remote is pretty lacking, too.
Summary: I collected a hodgepodge of speakers to set up a home theatre in my den 21' x 17'. I collected 3 of the double Bose cubes (from eBay) for center and surround and planned to use my old large Koss speakers for left and right and to handle bass sound. The feature that sold me was that you could designate the speakers as "large" or "small" during setup, so that if set to "large" the receiver sent the bass signal to them - so I wouldn't need a subwoofer...maybe.
Summary: I own this little puppy, and I'm delighted with it. I'll disagree with with DB Brown, below, by noting two things: 1) Pioneer "colors" the sound. Some folks like it; some don't. I'm in the latter category. 2) Mr. Brown wrote exactly the same, word-for-word, review for three different Sony products (click on his "see all reviews") so I'm lead to believe that his review of this product is based on some kind of problem he has with Sony, and not the product.
Summary: The price looked right, but as others have mentioned this receiver has: *a poor layout for inputs, *a terrible manual, *a difficult remote, Sony is coasting on their name with this one. In addition, after a period of full, normal operation the unit began to go into "Protect" mode...
Summary: When I first considered upgrading my 2-channel Sony stereo system to a home theater unit, I read all of the reviews on the Amazon and Crutchfield Web sites concerning the various major brands and particularly the Sony STR-DExxx series. I must admit, I was a bit concerned by some of the more negative comments concerning the Sony; however, I have always enjoyed and had good luck with the Sony stereo products that I have had in the past.
Summary: I bought this in November '05 so I've had a bit of time to get familiar with the product. Overall this is a great receiver for someone looking for the most bang for the buck. The next higher in this series (DE998 I think) has practically the exact same features, maybe 10 watts more per channel, and so in my opinion was not worth the difference in price with this version. Setup was annoying (but not impossible).
Summary: I've had this receiver for 5 years and it's still going strong! Great sound. The remote and instructions are unnecessarily difficult but it's worth learning to operate the features. I use it for my stereo system so I can't comment on the DVD capabilities. Lots and lots of hookup capabilities in back.
Summary: This Sony has everything a beginner or second level buyer would want. More than adequate inputs including phono which are missing on most receiver costing hundreds more. I have had it for a month now and here are my general impressions. Set up is easy if you follow the manual. I was able to go back and change the settings after a week and tweek the settings with no problem The remote works well, I am 6'2" and have large hands.
Summary: I had to replace my old receiver. I didn't want to spent a lot but still wanted a quality receiver with power. The Sony STR-DE898 has worked extremely well for me. It has the power when I want it and sounds great. It has some of the extras if you like to customize and it has a number of preset features if I your not one to experiment. It also has more than enough hookups on the back side.