Summary: I really don't like this receiver. It sounds okay, but is complicated to set up. To use a second set of speakers in another room, you cannot use the "B" speakers, they are only for high front or mid side. You need a second amp, and this receiver will only pass through analog signals and not digital to the second amp. I really miss my old Nakamichi, but it didn't have HDMI hookups.
Summary: I waited 13 years to upgrade my tuner. The last one I bought was a very nice Sony unit that had on-screen menus and control, making the need for multiple controls obsolete. Sony continues to impress with this unit. The on-screen menu is not as user friendly if you don't have an ARC TV, but you can get by without it since the rather large remote has almost all the features of every component built into the remote already.
Summary: I am a fan of Sony products and this receiver worked well for just over a year. It's functionality with cable tv, our ps3, and xbox 360 were fantastic. The picture (including 3D) and sound were great and the interface was straightforward. The remote is also laid out well. However, after about 15-16 months I started hearing a strange click sound every time I changed sources until after about 18 months it would no longer display a picture or sound.
Summary: Unit must be hooked to an arc compatable hdmi tv before the gui menus can be easily used. Patch thru hdmi works well and has enough inputs for modern equipment. No phono preamp built-in for play back of vinyl. Other wise this is a solid performer for a mid-priced amp with surround 7.1 sound. FM section works well-AM section is weak except on very strong station.
Summary: After ten years or so with a previous Sony AV receiver, I decided to upgrade to a unit primarily for switching the HDMI signals and higher quality video output. The unit has so much functionality that it takes time to learn to use it all for other than the simple standard use. I really don't have a complaint about the unit other than it is the first Sony product that I have had that required service. After about 6 months, it lost its output.
Summary: I purchased this after a lightning storm trashed my DG520 -- and never looked back. The wattage rating difference between the 520 and the 1020 is only 10watts but the sound is so much richer it seems double the power. I thought that my problem before was the ceiling mount speakers but it was truly the inefficiency of the DG520 that lessened the entertainment experience. The auto calibration works perfectly and sets in about two minutes.