Its a well built Receiver, Great for kids growing up
18 April 2013
Summary: I've own my STR-DE945 for well over 10 years. Lots of optional gear that I loved. 110 watts per channel Dolby Digital making every watt count. This unit has definitively help piss off alot of neighbors over the years. On the sad side, the A and B speaker switch gave up about a year ago so had stop using the b side $75 fix. Its survived a power surge and still working. But I'm in the market to upgrade.
Summary: I bought this receiver with the sole purpose of using it for surround sound and I'm more than pleased with the performance. Lots of power and clear sound. I'm using PSB Stratus speakers. The tower speakers are PSB Stratus Silvers (didn't want the golds cause I wasn't interested in bi-amping the speakers. I understand some do not like the remote, but all my components are Sony and I find I just select whichever component and the remote does everything with ease.
Summary: This receiver is everything I was looking for. 5.1 surround is just fine with me. I didn't want/need the HDMI inputs, it has gobs of optical inputs, which works just fine and allows me to have the setup be "parallel" to the TV audio so that when the wife or I want to watch basic TV, we don't have to go through the hassle of powering up the surround. Yet, it's there and sounds great when we want the theater for a movie.
Summary: I've had a STR-DE945 since 9/2000. Sadly, my old unit was damaged in a move. The one I bidded on is just as excelent as my old unit. I got the 2009 updated cousin to the STR-DE945 and it didn't come close to the STR-DE945. Others may disagree, but minus the HDMI inputs, this unit remains Sony's best. Ease of operation,, multi control speaker control, you name it. I love it and I've looked at other 5.1 units, but the STR-DE945 blows the others away.
Summary: I purchased this receiver as a replacement for my JVC RX-8000V for a couple reasons: all of my other current equipment was Sony, and I was looking at this receiver when I purchased the JVC. Also, I have never had a single problem with Sony's brand of home A/V equipment. And this receiver is no exception. (The last CD player I bought from Sony was 7 years old when I replaced it, and it still works like new. I wanted some digital outputs when I upgraded to the JVC.
Summary: I wanted to upgrade my top of the line Sony STR-D2020 Pro Logic to DD. I liked the features of 845, and was delighted when the 875 came out, lowering the price of the used 845's and 945's. (for the additional money, the number of discs encoded with 6.1 [the x75 series' only advantage as far as I can tell] is minimal even now, so I can live without it) I first started by getting a brand new Denon AVR-1800 and the thing kept popping out of digital when I would search so I...
Summary: I looked for several months before i decided to get this unit. This is definately the way to go if your are looking into upgrading from prologic to dolby digital. It tends to get hot sometimes, but nothing you cant fix by adding a small fan in the back of it. i went to radioshack and got a computer fan for $12.00, i plugged it in the AC output located in the back of the receiver so that it would go on every time i turn the receiver on. So far it works great.