Summary: I bought the Sony STR-DH820 receiver to enjoy the 7.1 audio from my computer, but this receiver appears to have never been tested for use with a computer - and has intolerable issues. SUMMARY: Don't buy this if you are shopping for a receiver for your computer's speakers! After weeks of internet searching and a couple sessions with Sony customer support, I have finally reached a conclusion about a specific bad behavior this receiver has..
Summary: I've always been a fan of Sony products and am in the habit of looking at their products before any other brand. This receiver is the first Sony I've ever had a problem with. I've had this receiver for 7 months and the "BD/DVD" input channel aka "IN 1" stopped working. This is the input I used for my Blu Ray player. It was at the 5 month mark when it just stopped acccepting any signal input.
Summary: i wanted to replace my 17 year old technics receiver with hdmi and digital connections...maybe i was expecting too much, but sound quality certainly is not a big upgrade...however i paid the same amount 17 years ago, so obviously this sony is more towards an entry level: my technics was high end at the time.....as far as bells and whistles and modern connections, this unit is fine...
Summary: Never ever buy a product from Sony that supports Ipods...the interface is clumsy, and does not work half of the time. As a matter of fact with the exception of the Ipod dock, everything else works great in the unit. However the moment you switch to listen to the ipod, then the remote control dont even respond. Also I find it hard to believe that Sony still does not have a software inside of their units that can create some nice graphics in the TV.
Summary: If you do not have at least 1 subwoofer there will not be much bass. There is no way to set EQ for individual speakers unless you set speakers to small and adjust crosssover but then you lose bass. The sound optimizer is useless unless you turn off all the bass in EQ because it is nothing but bass with it on. I have 2 other Sony receivers that over 6 years old that blow this thing away. This receiver may be ok for a very small room but not for a large room.
Happy but set up was a pain with sony blu ray player
25 December 2011
Summary: I set up the receiver. Everything worked fine except my sony blu ray player 360...The receiver will not receive the audio from the blu ray player. I bought a sony receiver so I do not have issues integrating. After 4 hours of time with Sony customer service who could not help me any further, I decided to play with all the options. I started off with my blu ray player. After not being in a position to figure it out, I moved to the receiver's audio settings.
Summary: The sound is excellent and fortunately it comes with a microphone for automatic set-up of 5.1 else I think the controls would stump anyone. The instruction booklet is nearly useless. Heaven help you if you push the (easily pushed) "zone" button - aptly named since it puts your receiver into a twilight zone that will then require an exegesis of the instruction booklet, which as mentioned previously is nearly useless.
Summary: EDIT to add. Well,after just a few days with this hooked up, and experiencing far too many A/V switching issues I made the decision to return it. I also had a problem with the button/knob you depress to select treble or bass for adjustment. I'm seriously bummed out, as this Sony fit into our cabinet really nicely. Replaced it with my 2nd Pioneer VSX-1021-K, which will be here in two days. Hopefully, I'll have better results with the Pioneer.
Summary: I purchased the STR-DH820 to gain HDMI connectivity, HD sound, and compatibility with my Sony HDTV and Blu-Ray player, and for the included iPhone dock. It replaced a higher end Marantz that was about 10 years old. Setup was fairly straightforward. It was trickier to get familiar with settings and operation, and the manual is poorly written. Now that it's up and running, and I have a few weeks experience with it, my impression is mixed.
Great sound and features, not so great at A/V switching.
T. Andrews "professional amateur", Amazon
4 November 2011
Summary: This receiver was purchased to replace a 10 year old kenwood that I had. The pricing on this receiver in September 2011 was MUCH better than at the big box stores. My plan for this receiver was to do all the A/V switching for my home theater setup, and only have one HDMI go to the TV.