Summary: When the guy in Best Buy mumbled something about how some of their receivers only get picture through HDMI, but not sound, I politely told him that I did not believe him. After all, why in the world would that be? Then I did all the research that you are now doing. I find this imcomprehensible: several receivers using HDMI do NOT let the sound signal come through the HDMI. (Huh?
Summary: This is a very nice little receiver. Good feature set and great sound. There are 2 comments I'd like to make. 1. If you read the other reviews on this many people complain about how hard it is to hook up the speakers due to tight spacing of the posts. This receiver is NOT setup for bare wire speaker connections.
Summary: Nice powerful unit. The issue I ran into is that if you use HDMI to connect the Blu-Ray player (or any other equipment), you have to use HDMI for the output. Since my projector only accepts component video, I was forced to use component to connect the other pieces. Would have been nice to use HDMI to connect the other equipment since its so much easier than having to run component cables and the digital coax audio cable.
Summary: I purchased a 55" Samsung Series 8 LED and decided I need to upgrade my receiver from 5.1 to 7.1 and purchased this Sony SDR-DH800. I choose this receiver based on specifications that met my needs and the price was right. The receiver only needs to power a 7.0 Klipsch Series 8 (not large floor standing type) with a Klipsch 10" powered sub and it does this easily and effortlessly.
Summary: As someone who got into "home theater" pretty casually, I just wanted the shortest path to upgrading the sound without breaking the bank, and this fit the bill. The Sony name at a good price got me interested, and the automated speaker balancing sealed the deal. It works great, and can be repeated in a minute anytime I add or change speakers.
Summary: The receiver is about what you'd expect for the listed specifications. I run at 5.1 instead of 7.1, so I can't provide comment on that. The auto-calibrate feature for the speakers is easy to do and greatly improves the quality of the experience. I'm not an audiophile, however, so I can't comment on "lows" or "highs" or whatever; movies sound like you'd expect, except that maybe the bass is more noticeable than with my previous Sony receiver.
Summary: I'm giving this review mostly five stars, not because it is perfect but because it is probably as close as perfect that you can get at this price point. I give four stars for ease of use since it lacks a graphical menu system that displays on a connected TV. While it would have been nice to have on-screen menus, setup was still easy with the single-line LCD panel on the receiver. The auto-calibration worked like a champ and easily detected my 3.1 speaker setup.
Great sound but you need to make changes if you have a PS3
Michael J. Scott, Amazon
30 October 2009
Summary: I set up my new receiver yesterday, and it took over an hour, given Sony's propensity for screw-in type speaker connections. The first surprise was not being able to control the PS3 and my Satellite DVR with the remote's control buttons. I had to use their HDMI locations, i.e. HDMI 4 for the Satellite and HDMI 3 for the PS3.
Summary: This is a good reciver, but it's missing some features that would make it really nice, namely: 1. no on-screen display, you have to do all configuration on the front display 2. no WMA-Pro support (only really matters if it's connected to a PC) 3. Only one subwoofer output 4. Can't re-label inputs The sound quality is comperable to a much higher-end reciever.
Summary: This unit was a replacement for an older Sony receiver and I'm very happy with it so far. Though I haven't used all the new features in this model yet, I'm impressed with the overall feature capabilities, and at such a low price. My old receiver was only a year old, but there was a noticeable improvement in the overall sound quality in this model. CONS: Connecting the speaker wires into the back of the unit is very difficult due to the plugs being far too close together.