Summary: This is the third strike. I purchased an Harmon Kardon AVR 154, which caused problems with pops in the speakers. I asked for a replacement, and they sent another defective one which looked to be refurbished. I gave up on the AVR and bought the Sony for a few more dollars. Another mistake. Problems playing CD's with the beginning portions of songs being cut off. Problems with the switching of TV channels from HD to SD TV via the HDMI switching.
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.
Worst receiver I've ever owned in 43 years of life!
K. E. Wilson, Amazon
28 June 2009
Summary: This IS the worst receiver, truly. Here are just some of its failings: 1) HDMI video signal is degraded when passing through this (we have a 59" Panasonic Plasma, so this is REALLY noticeable) 2) Does NOT pass sound through the HDMI cable (I went through the whole rebooting process several times) 3 WORST, absolutely the WORST input system. We have A DVD player, a cable box, a CD carousel, an older Pioneer XM2GO XM radio and an iPod.
Summary: I hooked this receiver to my sony bravia KDL-46S2000 and my sony blu-ray disc player BDP-S350, Could not get sound or picture with HDMI so tried it with component cable, Still no sound or picture.
Summary: The dial for the radio is extremely sensitive; without the presets, it is pretty much non-functional for radio use. Sony should really invest in a redesign, because the product seems to be marketed for music use as much as video. The remote control is also awkward to handle; its too long, and is confusing. Advice to Sony: it might make sense to make a separate remote just for music use. The machine itself is too bulky.
Summary: This was mentioned in a previous review but is worth saying again. When I used an HDMI-DVI adapter the picture worked but sound cut out immediately. Unplug the cable and sound comes back. I called Sony about this and they referred me to the manual where it states do not use HDMI-DVI adapters. I ended up returning the product and purchased a different brand.
Summary: I've read the previous reviews with interest. Most of the reviewers rave about the virtues of this so-called audio equipment by naming the many features it has. If one stopped looking at all the buttons and sat down to listen intently on the sound quality of the receiver, I can't imagine that there would be as many positive reviews. I played several pieces of music, soundtracks, test tracks through this receiver and can positively say that it does not deliver.
Summary: I had the STRDG820, and it was great while it worked, but after about a month the digital display broke and that was where the real problems began: dealing with Sony. I've been trying to get this fixed and have wasted countless hours on the phone. I began by bringing the unit to a Sony recommended repair place, Electronic Design and Service in Glendale, CA.