Summary: Bought this in 2009 for a rental room unit to power 5 speakers and a subwoofer. This is a very basic receiver and doesn't have all the bells and whistles like the higher end models, but it works and is still in use today.
Daniel Eduardo Larez Coronado "daniel larez", Amazon
1 April 2011
Summary: It was perfect what I was looking for. I have it installed on my PS3, and 5.1 sound is amazing. Just one Cons: If you're gonna install a PS3 (or any else HDMI device), you've to need 2 cables: 1 HDMI (for the video, connected directly to LCD TV) and 1 optical cable (for audio, connected to receiver). For some reason, you cannot use 2 HDMI cables (PS3 --> Receiver --> LCDTV).
Summary: What can I say, it does what Sony says and does it well. It is running a quality "Definitive" 5.1 speaker system with no problems at all. One caution, not apparent in the advt, altho this connects using HDMI, it also requires TosLink audio cables. Who knew? I also have a STR-DE697 A/V unit that doesn't require the TosLink.
Summary: I like this receiver because it has a nice feature set and a very low price. It would make a great receiver for a first-time home audio setup. One warning: The HDMI inputs on this receiver do not have the capability of transferring the audio content of whatever source you've connected to the receiver. The HDMI inputs only transfer the video content -even though it *is* possible to transfer both audio and video content through an HDMI cable.
Summary: This worked for about a month or two before the power supply started to hum. I had replaced another Sony with this one and was happy for the most part... or I thought I was. When the second Sony broke after such a short period of time I started looking into other brands. I spent a little more on an ONKYO and it was well worth the money. The sound is tremendously better, the features are way better and the ease of use is out of this world.
Summary: I bought this receiver to provide sound to the TV in a bedroom and not as my primary unit, so I was not expecting a lot from it. I was pleased that it had HDMI capability but disappointed that it is "pass-through" only, requiring RCA or Component hook-ups for sound, probably one of the reasons it was discontinued.
Summary: My goal to arrange cheap 5.1 home theater with good sound was achieved! This plus Yamaha NS-SP1800BL 5.1 gives a good result. So, i don't see the point of using this receiver for video upscaling, you would want to go with something more expensive and having hdmi repeater. Only sound? - absence of hdmi repeater is not a problem at all. I spent a while figuring out how to connect it to some major devices and decided to share my experience. 1.