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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
Summary: I purchased the Sony STR-DE898 FM Stereo/FM-AM Receiver after my older Sony finally kicked the can. In addition, I ramped up my speaker system to 7.1 surround in the process. I now have Dolby Digital surround sound on my DirecTV DVR and my Sony DVD player.
Summary: This was the only receiver I could find with all the features I desired and at an affordable price. The sound is wonderful. I can't emphasize enough the difference in sound between our old stereo receiver (which was expensive in its day) and this one. This one has a plug for phono (hurray!