Summary: I still use this receiver today to run my upstairs sound system. It controls all of my speakers for music and I have my Airport Express connected to it to be able to use Apple Airplay throughout my entire house. I have my indoor speakers set to channel A and my outdoor speakers set to channel B. This allows me to select indoor, outdoor, or both when having people over.
Summary: Love the receiver. Sound is perfect for what I like. The max volume is a pinch weak, is the only flaw. I have a PS3 I use and the sound is great, works well with a Blue Ray DVD. The remote is a proplem. The shut off button does not work. I tried to replace it but Sony does not make a replacement.
Summary: I absolutely love this receiver. The supplied microphone and automatic sound calibration is fantastic. The only thing I wish it had was an on-screen menu and on-screen adjustments and selections. For the money, it is a great buy!
Summary: I would not call myself a super-sophisticated audiophile but we do listen to music, play games, watch HD TV and Blu-ray movies and, occasionally, we listen to the radio. Our new acquisition - this Sony STRDG820 - we credit with enhancing all of the above and it does it (with some help - see below) for a VERY low price, considering the features, half of which I will probably never use. QUICK EVALUATION This is my quick evaluation, on Amazon's 1-5 stars scale.
Summary: It took awhile to work through all the directions (2 hrs +) but it was worth the exercise. The microphone supplied with the receiver takes a lot of the guesswork out of getting each of the speakers to the right level. I found out after I bought it that you need to have all the speakers to make the autolevel adjustment work. In other words you can't run 5.1 - you have to have the 7.1 set up.
Summary: After just 5 months of use I had to send mine for warranty repair today. It stopped outputting video from the HDMI out and it damaged one of my TV's HDMI inputs too. I also noticed that this receiver doesn't have the same quality parts as my old Sony which is still working after almost 8 years. It lacks power too. My old Sony sounds louder than this one and they're the same wattage.
Summary: This does not have the capability of HDMI output when non-HDMI input is used. Who ever the engineer that over looked this function or who ever the project manager that nixed this function should be fired. They have since corrected this with the STR-DG920. All of the other functions work great with this receiver.
Summary: I purchased a Sony amplifier because I have a Sony BlueRay player and a 40" Bravia TV. They work together flawlessly. While the amplifier has 7.1 surround sound capability, my Yamaha speaker package is only 5.1. That is not an issue for playback but it did present a small problem during setup. The amplifier has an automatic calibration feature that works great.