Summary: For the price, I think it is a great product! To know all its fuctions I think if you read 1 hour the manual you will learn everything that is important. The rest is intuitive. The reason I didn't gave 5 star to the product is that in its description is not clear about the fuction of the 2ºnd zone. If there were, maybe I would search a little bit more before buy it (i didn't like the product 2ºnd zone). However, in my opinion it is amazon's fault!
Summary: Bought this unit for the large number of inputs. It has a nice feature with the auto turn on/off the whole system when we turn on/off the television. Wish the rear speakers had more power without having to turn the whole unit up so loud.
Awesome Receiver, maybe too complicated for most though
Angelo Mandato "Angelo", Amazon
23 April 2012
Summary: I love this stereo thus far. Check out the other comments, most are spot-on. Setting up this receiver is a bit complicated, and their GUI interface could use a touch of Apple intuition. This receiver is by nature complicated, so if your a first time receiver owner, don't be upset by how complicated it is. This receiver does a lot, there's no way to avoid some of the steps involved in setting it up. As far as quality, audio and video is concerned, this receiver delivers.
Summary: Let me start by mentioning that I have never owned the receiver before. The GUI assisted setup, and calibration was a breeze. Sound is great. Now for the negatives, 1. The programmable remote programming doesn't support LG TVs 2. The programmable remote programming doesn't support CISCO cable boxes. 3. HDMI Pass Through has to be set to ON to work with my LG TV, when set to AUTO it stops working after few mins. 4.
Summary: The sound quality of this product and the features are great. made my htib speakers sound much better than before, but i am a little unhappy with the gui. it is clunky and verry outdated looking. this is fairly difficult to setup and get used to, but once you know what your doing its great. I was nervous with the ipod intereaction as i had read bad reviews about that, i find it handy and nice, although a search function would have been nice.
Summary: Would defiantly recommend this receiver if you are wanting a good lower priced one. Has all the features you would need for the newer TVs. We have 5.1 klipsch tower speakers and a 60inch 3D tv we hooked up to it. Sounds great!
Summary: Just received my STRDH820 and it hooked up much easier than some of the reviews indicated. It did require reading the manual but everything worked first time. Used HMID cables for everything, Blu-ray, TV, HD Dish box. Loved the auto cal feature. Unit has very good sound for price. The remote is very "BUSY" and will probably NOT use most of the features on it. My big issue is I cannot find a CODE to work my Dish HD DVR Sat box.
Summary: So far, I like this receiver a lot. It sounds great and installation was pretty easy. The only thing I wish it could do is to overlay the controls on the screen. It has some on screen controls, but it blanks out the TV before showing the controls and settings. Other than that, it's great.
Summary: First I'd like to say this is the FIRST Sony reciever that I've purchased. I bought this reciever to replace a Denon 7.1 which died after 14 months. I was simply tired of spending $600+ for something won't last much longer than a year. With minimal effort this reciever can be setup. It took a total of 2 1/2 hours to set this up using the manual speaker configuration. Using the auto calibration I'm sure would drop that amount of time to @45 minutes.