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!
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...
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.
Great sound and features, not so great at A/V switching.
Amazon Customer "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.
Summary: This receiver works exceptionally well for the money. But be aware that the zone 2 option does not transmit signals from devices connected via HDMI. Zone 2 requires an additional power source to drive speakers (i.e. second receiver).
Summary: It is still sitting in its box, has not been taken out. My last Sony amp was in the silver colour, which Sony no longer manufactures in. And it worked great until the cat peed on it. Hate black .....
Summary: My first impressions of this unit is that it looks great paired with a large Sony TV and has a discrete information panel in a bit of a dated style. That's fine as most of the functionality is available on screen. It switched on and off with the TV which was great.
Summary: Beware, this unit cannot handle 1080p50 or 1080p60 as far as we can tell. Sony don't make any clear statement about the spec even on their website (they just state that it does 1080p), but from our tests it will not go above 1080p30.