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.
Summary: This amp has a lot of digital and analog inputs, a GUI menu for features and customization, automatically configures between basic stereo to 7.2 surround per source, can accept your choice of 8-to-16 ohm speakers of any size, provides plenty of power, is designed to be THE main controller for dated to state-of-the-art components, can independently control a component for a SECOND ROOM (Zone 2), looks good, sounds good and is at a favorable price.
Outstanding Value for High Tech Receiver - Read the Manual First!
Arnold Bookheim, Amazon
29 December 2011
Summary: I know ... I know ... real men don't read manuals. But no matter how knowledgeable you may be about audio equipment, if you fail to read at least page 34 (Initializing the receiver) you will not even know how to properly turn this unit on for the first time. I honestly don't know what the consequences of that would be, because I happened to have read page 34 before my unit arrived at my house.
Summary: I am happy with this receiver. So far. Everything works the way it supposed to. Takes a little time figuring out all the receiver has to offer. One problem I recently had was when I was playing my BluRay disc with a reasonable volume, the receiver would shut off with a "PROTECTOR" message. Does any one experience the same problem? and the fix??
Summary: I am using this receiver in a home theater system. I used the microphone to config the distances to the speaker (nice feature). I have a charter.com dvr universal remote and was able to configure the Charter remote to work with this Sony receiver. I did not particularly like my initial setup using hdmi for both audio and video since the time required for the receiver electronics to electronically switch hdmi connections seems too long (5-10sec) to me.
Summary: Replaced an older Sony home theater system that was not decoding properly anymore. Hook everything up with HDMI and within 15 minutes you'll enjoy incredible sound distribution through your setup. Nice the unit auto switches to active input device so there's nothing you have to select, turn on the Blu-ray and it switches to that input. This is connected to my new Sony 3D TV, an older Sony TV, two xBox, a Sony Blu-ray and regular VHS.
Summary: One thing that surprised me was that there are exactly 4 inputs on this box. It lists 4 HDMI, 1 component, composite video, etc. If you use all 4 HDMI ports, you can't access the others. So just make sure you have 4 or less devices, regardless of their connection type.
Summary: My long-running Sony ES receiver had a blow out, and this lower end receiver fills in nicely. Setup was harder than need be -- especially the speaker setup, which didn't like my room configuration. Otherwise, a good inexpensive home theater receiver.
Summary: Lots of inputs and options. Has a passthrough feature which lets you watch Sat. TV with the unit off, even though everything is routed through it. The auto speaker calibration actually works! A little hard to figure out the instructions, but by no means impossible if you keep at it. A glitch or two-when I turn on my DVR, the screen is green tinted, but this goes away when I toggle back to Video 2 then back to Video 1. Overall a good unit.
Summary: I purchased the Sony STRDH820 for an upstairs media room. Chosen for particular features of pass through, 3D compatibility, and I'm already a Sony junkie. First unit had issues with HDMI out. No matter which input port was used for inputting a PS3 or cable box, it would not output sound or video to the TV. Tried troubleshooting with Sony over the phone for over 2 hours with no success.