Summary: Most of what you need to know about this AV receiver has already been discussed in the other reviews. The receiver has a very good set of features for the price point, which was the primary reason for our purchase. Without getting into the finer points of AV sound options and HD video conversion, this unit fits the bill in our family room and kitchen - a busy, noisy place with teenagers and a couple of dogs.
It looks like this one is now discountinued by Sony!
9 February 2009
Summary: I ordered this when it was on back order with Amazon for $[...] and waited a few weeks to get it. The unit I received was making a "clicking" noise (that seemed to go away after about a week but I had already requested a replacement from Amazon). I received my replacement and hooked it up this weekend; no clicking noise, seems to be working fine. Normally I would wait to make a review until I had the unit a few weeks and really had a chance to check it out.
Summary: I have been using this receiver for almost 2 months now and am really happy with it. Sound is great, auto calibration with mic is great. Menu system is convenient. I have 2 devices connected via HDMI and one via component video and optical audio. All output (video and audio) is sent through the HDMI output port to the 1080p HDTV. Works great. I send my Bluray player, my Popcorn Hour media player and my U-verse TV box through this receiver with no issues.
Summary: Two things to consider how NOT to design an A/V receiver and what to expect with this otherwise excellent unit: 1) SONY should put back the spring-loaded speaker wire connectors. This unit has screw type connectors which are very inconvenient and frustrating. My best advice is to make sure you have plenty of space to work in because you will go wild trying to get all the speaker wires inserted in the proper connector and making good contact while screwing them in tight.
Summary: I have been shopping for a receiver for quite some time, ordered Onkyo 606 but then canceled it due to back-order. Sony DG920 is the closest one compares to Onkyo 606 within my budget range. Hook up was fairly easy and I did not read the manual at all since everything is on screen UI mode. Replayed some DVD and noticeable sound details especially in engineering mode (compares to full flat setting).
Summary: This is a very capable product, however, the instruction manual is about a thousand pages too short. The audio technology field is crammed with standards and if you aren't familiar with them and what they do, the manual provided with the amplifier won't do you much good. Sony should offer an audio training manual to assist purchasers of all their AV receiver products so that they might make better use of their equipment.
Great receiver. No Sound when using a HDMI to DVI adapter for older Sony Wega TV
15 January 2009
Summary: Receiver is great. Wonderful quality sound and the night mode is wonderful. Very impressed. I have one quark with the set-up. Apparently, when connecting my older TV, which came with a HDMI to DVI conversion adapter, all HDMI Sound stops getting proceessed via the reciever. Unplug the TV...it works fine. I needed to fall back to component video for the Television. HDMI only to the reciever for TrueHD Sound.
Summary: After doing the research, I finally decided to but the STR-DG920. It had all the features that I wanted and the price was much less than many other receivers. Setup was easy, but if you are using bare speaker wire, the slots on the binding post are all facing the same way, and it can take a little work to get them in the right slot. But, its certainly not a deal breaker.
Summary: I compared a number of receivers. Price was important. I didn't want to spend over $400 on a receiver. Also of importance in my decision was having a broad choice of options for connecting legacy video sources (S-VHS VCR, Laser Disc etc). I wanted plenty of component and composite inputs and I also wanted video up-conversion to 1080p for these older sources. The Sony STRDG920 had all of this.