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 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: I just hooked this system up, and for the money it is a great system. Using the HDMI ports are awesome being that you do not have massive amounts of cables running everywhere. The speakers sound very clear, and I was actually listening to NFL games in surround sound. Also, I do not have to change the input on my tv anymore since it is changed through the receiver.
Summary: To avoid repetition, I agree with Dan Dautrich's excellent review, and will limit mine to a few additions: Setup using the factory defaults is quick and easy. The myriad of customizing options available using the AMP Menu lets you adapt the receiver to just about any combination of inputs, speakers, room dimensions and personal preferences. The downside is that it took me a long time and several trial-and-error attempts to tweak every possible setting.
Summary: As of to date I am pleased with the Sony STRDG820 - The power is more than I need- I have polk speakers off the Sony unit. This unit does swith HDMI so I have my Sat, Blu Ray, Game Console and Computer all ran to this unit with only one hdmi cord going from the TV to the Receiver. This is great as I have my TV on the wall and the receiver in the corner of the room. I only had to get one 50 foot hdmi cord and used small hdmi cords for all the units. This was great.
Summary: Ive been a Sony loyalist for thirty years, and this is the 8th Sony receiver I've purchased. None of the previous seven failed, mind you. I've just continually upgraded. Even the first one I bought more than twenty years ago is chugging along fine in my garage. But this one has every possible bell and whistle, and the integration into my entertainment system is phenomenal.