Summary: I like the sound quality, but every time I want to change something I have to go to the manual. Add I have had stereos and sound systems for over 20 years. I would buy another unit if I had to do over. The quality and price are good though.
Summary: Have had the receiver four weeks, so far have the computer sound and radio originating through receiver, but have not been able to connect Sony DVD to receiver using HDMI. Have DVD going direct to TV until I have time to work on problem. Surround sound goes through a separate Sony sound system, don't want to disconnect until I get the DVD to receiver issued solved.
Summary: I'm not an audiophile. I just wanted a good basic receiver for 5.1 sound. Since I have a Sony TV and a Sony DVD player, I wanted a Sony receiver too so I could take advantage of the "Bravia Sync" feature. This is an awesome feature. My TV, DVD player, and receiver all communicate via the HDMI cable. I only need to turn on one of the components, and the others automatically turn on and set themselves up.
Summary: I just installed the STR-DH800 and hooked DVD to HDMI and Satelite and VCR to composite with HDMI going to the HD TV. Turns out that I can't get composite video through HDMI to the TV. The old Onkyo that this replaced had that feature. So now I have to switch the video input on the TV from HDMI to composite when I change sources. Very annoying! Debating whether to send it packing but I'm not sure what I'd replace it with.
Summary: Even in the Mono mode, the two stations I listen to most (91.5 and 99.5 from NYC) were far too hissy to enjoy. Yet the signal strength meter on my older Yamaha RX-V490 showed these stations at maximum level. And my still older Technics SA-410 plays them perfectly. Now I see why Sony doesn't publish the tuner sensitivity specs. Other stronger stations sounded okay. (I'm about 35 air miles south of NYC, in Central New Jersey.
Summary: After a couple of weeks trying to install this to my existing TV, component, IPOD, DVD, and others, it has been frustrating and very difficult to install. I've called SONY and they gave me some information but it did not work. They could install for an additional $125. I'm actually giving up and may have to call them or return this receiver.
Over the hill model, maybe great 2 years ago in my opinion.
Joseph Tran, Amazon
16 December 2009
Summary: I usually don't write a review, but I hope this is helpful. I recently purchased a new TV and was shopping around for a receiver for my basic home theater. Pros: great value a 7.1 channel 110 watts/per, sound is good, has the latest, audio decoder with hdmi connections Cons: remote has older codes and is not compatible with my newer equipments. ex: 55in led lg tv and blue ray player.
Summary: Most of the reason for purchasing this was for an interface that was easier than Yamaha. That reason has been ruined. The interface is almost identical to the Yamaha. I can never figure which direction they want you to go with the arrows. Then you are suppose to know when to hit + which is enter. Then it sometimes does things without hitting enter. The only way to make sense of it would be if you knew what was going to be next, like if you had a graphical flow chart.
Summary: An OK unit but.... Will NOT allow both surround sound & TV speakers to work at the same time. We use the TV sound output for a hearing impaired person who has a headset hooked up to the TV so we all can enjoy as a family music/movies with out blasting every one in the room. Impossible with this unit, and it has the typical problem of most amps, loud music & effects but very low volume voices even on Blue Ray. BTW I am using only HDMI hook ups.