Summary: Overall great, only problem is I have not figured out how to make my remote work the TV or the Dish rec. I think electronics are getting too complcated to use these days. With upscaling the picture on older standard tv looks much better. I also have a 37 inch sony XBR TV.
Summary: The biggest reason I decided to buy this unit was the up to date HDMI tech that it is capable of. Most units out there are still limiting the HDMI usages. Some will not let the HDMI carry sound, only video. When that is the case, you still need to run an additional audio cable to the receiver. This unit allows for all the current uses of HDMI to be put into use.
Summary: I recently updated much of my home theater equipment , and needed to replace my Sony STRE-985 receiver, which did not have any HDMI connections.I checked CNET's review and they rated a Pioneer receiver the best, but no one had any in stock , so I took a hard look at the STR-DN1000. At $180.00 less than the Pioneer unit , this was a steal.
Summary: When buying one of these AVRs you need to do a lot of research. I fortunately did and it really paid off. I had a previous low model sony AVR before I bought this one and this one just blows everything away. The sound is big and full and you can adjust each speaker to your own settings. This unit eliminated all the component cables behind my setup and even though I am TWC subscriber and could not use the HDMI cable on my new Sony AVR..
Summary: I bought this receiver to replace a Pioneer VSX-816 which was not HDMI capable. I read the reviews and was concerned about the problems that some had hooking it up, as well as the overheating issue, since it was going into an entertainment center. However, the price was right, and I have had and still have Sony components with no problems before, so decided to go with this unit.
Summary: I purchased this reciever right after Christmas. It is connected to our new Bravia 46" LCD (120hz) TV, our Sony BlueRay (BDPN460) player, our TimeWarner DVR and our WD Media player. I have some hold-over speakers from an all-in-one theater package from Onkyo for sound (want to replace them). Eerything is pluggedin via HDMI to the receiver and then one hdmi cable for the A/v receiver to the TV.
Summary: Great sound - depending on your speakers. Cheap speakers still sound...well - Cheap. No magic bullet. Set-up was easy. Set-up of the remote was another story - Directions suck. Still working on getting all the components dialed-in and working with the remote. Overall great value.
Summary: In terms of value, I don't think any other receiver can compare. Another writer noted that the ability to assign inputs and remote keys is limited. That said the receiver has so many standard configurations there is very little need to do that. This is especially true if all you connecting devices have Bravia. In my application all my connected devices, except airtunes, have Bravia.
Summary: I love the looks of this receiver and the auto calibration for surround sound. Audio is excellent. However, the included manual is confusing and difficult to understand - looks like it was directly translated from Japanese. You have multiple sound field and surround modes, but little information as to why you would use one versus another.