Summary: For the dollar...a great buy. The small weakness are much out weighed by the strenths. If you can find this receiver for under $350 consider it a great buy. If they're asking more...Look elswhere, but be sure to check the reviews!
Summary: I bought this as an upgrade to a five year old Technics unit that died. The first thing I noticed after hooking it up was that the bass was almost non existant compared to my old Technics, I eventually bought a 12" JBL sub and that cured the problem. A couple of sales reps told me that this was because Sony expects that you to have a subwoofer for HT. Unfortunately some people like HT and stereo music.
Summary: My first real impression was - where are my banana plugs? No s-video on the front? Yes, yes, but looking in a store/online and hooking it up at home are different. This receiver is a very good consumer unit. It has a good gui and lots of inputs and outpus. However, it faired poorly in my "Brother in Arms" test. I have a Pioneer 906s with NHT Super Zeros and SB2 sub in my game room. In the my family room I put Definitive Technologies Pro 80 Cinema with sub.
Summary: I got home and set up this receiver and I was totally blown away at the clarity of the stereo output at the volume level. I really liked everything that I paid my money for. I was listning to music like never before--because of this receiver, this is now a new hobby of mine. I was so impressed with the sound quality and so happy with my purchase.
Summary: Just recently bought the Sony 945, returned the first unit due to the surround sound not working (no sound from the rear). I am currently returning the second unit as the Video 1 and Video 2 jacks are swapped. When receiver is set to Video 1 and all jacks are plugged in correctly no video only sound, when I move the video 1 jack into video 2 then I get picture.
Summary: what a piece. first of all this thing hisses like a cobra in heat. anyone who doesn't hear this needs to tell me where they get their drugs. it's awful!! i guess it has all the new features on the market (dts, optical input, etc) but for that price, it's not worth it compared to what you can get for the money. oh god, that remote! what a pain in the neck. really high tech i suppose, but uterly impractical. i won't even use it.
Summary: My intent was to upgrade my audio only system to Home Theater capability, while maintaining the good audio capabilities I have with the existing receiver. Existing system: YAMAHA CR-2040 Receiver JBL L65 speakers SONY CA80ES CD player With the STR-DE945... JBL's: front speakers, Def Tech BP2X's: rears, ProCenter C2: Center channel, ProSub 100TL: SUBWOOF, a SONY DVD player. The Home Theater sound with a DVD was excellent.
Summary: Several reviewers are puzzled about where to stick input from digital audio via cable. I'm delaying my purchase until I find out the answer. However, a knowledgeable salesperson told me that the COAX input labelled DVD/LD is a generic input for any non-optical digital audio source. Can any owner confirm this? Thanks.