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: 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 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.
Summary: I'm so glad I bought this receiver - based on user reviews and price/value. After testing it with my surround system I fell in love with its high quality sound. I give an EXCELLENT rating on ample power, sound performance, zero distortion, signal clarity, and peak dynamic headroom. Basically this receiver is awesome.
Summary: I knew I needed one badly when I tested my old Sony receiver and found out that 2 of the 5 speaker outputs were putting out about 10 to 20% of the actual sound it should. And because of that I was hesitant to go with a Sony, but I can't blame them for the sound going bad on a 10 year old receiver. It might be my upgrade to a Blu Ray player on top of buying this receiver but the sound difference I noticed was HUGE.
Summary: This is my second Sony receiver. The first one lasted over 10 year and was only replaced due to wanting an upgrade to digital. I am very impressed with the quality and features of this unit. I highly reccommend this unit.
Summary: This unit does what it says it does. Have a PS3 and HD-DVR box hooked up via HDMI to receiver, then HDMI out to tv. I would have gotten the 720, (the ps3 decodes its own sound), but my cable box doesn't. No affect on picture quality that I can see and thats using the cheap $2 hdmi cables. Then have a Wii hooked up through receiver with rca cables, no issues there.
Summary: I got this receiver to replace a 2 year old Sony STR-D600 which was working perfectly but did not have HDMI switching. I was very happy with that unit and am similarly pleased with the 820. I am using it with a Panasonic DMP-BD35 Blu-ray player, a Toshiba HD-A3 HD-DVD player and Verizon FIOS HD TV service connected to a Samsung HL56A650C1F DLP 1080p display. Everything interfaced perfectly, set up was as easy as can be expected - given experience with this stuff.
Summary: This is my first Sony receiver. I replaced a five year old JVC receiver. Sound is excellent. Receiver weighs significantly less and seems to run a LOT cooler. Paired with a PS 3 and dish dvr. Difference in sound HDMI vs. optical is subtle but noticable.
Summary: I purchased this to replace the STR-DG800. It's an outstanding receiver for the price. Setup is straight foward. Price was less at Amazon that the local big box retailers. Works seamlessly the the BDP-S350 Blu-Ray player.