Summary: I bought this unit to enjoy Dolby digital sound from my DVD player,had a Pro-logic set up prior. For the first 8 or 9 months I was not too happy mainly due to the remote. Not very user friendly esp. if your gear isnt mostly Sony. Dim remote display, necessity to scroll too much etc. It does have a VERY extensive array of sound fields and the ability to set up speaker equalization and levels.
Summary: I performed some work for a local pawn shop and as is our usual arrangement I was offered either mechandise or cash for the work. The shop had a Sony STR-DE945 on the shelf listed for $150. I chose that. The remote for it is missing but most all the features are available from the front panel, and I can change the input and volume from my TV's universal remote control.
Summary: I purchased this receiver after my old 915 finally crapped out. As expected the rear speakers went for no reason at all. Anyway, I've been using the new 945 for a few months now and so far I have little to complain about! The remote everyone is talking about is really not that hard to use once you read the directions! I think it's actually eaiser to use than most A/V remotes. I have really crystal clear sound quality and excellent bass comming from my subs.
Summary: Well it has been an entire month since I purchased the Sony STR-DE945 Receiver. If you have not yet made your purchase but were considering the Sony, here are my experiences thus far with the 945. Performance has been exquisite! Obviously speaker quality plays the largest role in sound quality, but I speak rather in high volume clarity and distortion terms(Yamaha 5.1 Cinema Series Speakers).
Summary: I bought this unit on ebay second hand. I didn't have the money for it last year since I'm in college so I had to wait. I wasn't really interested in the brand new stuff (i.e. 1075) So I waited and got what I could afford. Well, Sony did it again. Other companies don't stand a chance. This unit has every feature you want! The front panel is layed out in a nice fashion and for the most part it's not to hard to figure out. You do have to read the instuctions though.
Summary: This is my first foray into the Home Theatre arena, and I invested considerable time and effort into reviewing and demo's of various a/v amps. Overall I am extremely happy with the performance of this amplifier. I feel that the versatility and quality make this a great value for the money. I also looked at Denon, Onkyo and Yamaha. As an HT 65% / CD 35% listener it demonstrates ample power and versatility for my audio needs.
Summary: I've used this receiver for about a year and a half and have never had any problems whatsoever even in a small tv stand with 3 other components I've never had an overheating problem as suggested by others. The only reason I'll upgrade is to add component video switching and possibly firewire in the near future (1394/5c).
Summary: This receiver can get you just about any sound you want from the sound field selection and the other adjustments. Once you get used the remote you can do a lot from your easy chair. It does run a little hot, but I think most of them do. I just would not put another component on top of it. I put a fluorescent strip on the volume knob so i can see it when the lights are low. The tuner is much better than my sherwood, AM and FM. Good bang for your buck.