A great value for the mid-range receiver, but it has some issues...
14 November 2013
Summary: I owned the Sony STRDN1030 for a month before returning it. I tried all sort of settings and here is what liked and did not like about it: Pros: It has a lot of technology. You can connect your phone wirelessly via Bluetooth, it has HDMI switching, HDMI pass-through, and all the goodies and the price is attractive too. The sound is punchy and detailed for a mid-range receiver. Cons: The menu system is not that good.
Summary: I am a longtime Onkyo supporter, but went with this receiver recently. Good reviews from [...] which i also subscribe to. Generally their word is gospel and they highly recommended this. I read the review twice, did my homework and purchased. My take is different than other reviewers, first I needed a Zone 2 for my deck speakers.
Summary: I purchased this unit based on the two earlier models of Sony that I had, reviews on Amazon, warranty and number of Sony retailers in Washington Metropolitan area. Some other manufacturers don't have retailers and do not offer the same warranty. The basic receiver which for years has been carried from one model to another is excellent. With a couple of JBL receivers the quality of sound is more than satisfactory (I don’t have a cinema sound system).
Summary: I did not buy this receiver from Amazon. I got it for free with my reward points. I did read hundreds of reviews of this receiver. Practically every reviewer pointed out the poor GUI and sluggish response. Both observations are correct. The GUI is plain horrible. The receiver is bit sluggish when changing input. The speaker connectors are hard to tighten and I do not even have fat fingers.
Summary: I enjoyed using this receiver while I had it, it had a great sound and very fast speaker calibration setup. My biggest complaint after using it for a couple of days was the enormous remote with so many unnecessary buttons, yet it doesn't have dedicated number buttons (you have to have "shift" pressed to use numbers).
Summary: Its a decent receiver. How many times can we say the GUI sucks? Well count this as one more because it is truly horrific. Not the best receiver I've ever owned but it does get the job done and has some decent features to boot (wifi and blue tooth built in are a huge plus.) one thing that you should know however is that for some asinine reason it comes out of the box with auto volume on. WHY?!
Summary: PRO: Auto Calibration works great. CON: My Samsung 3D Blu-Ray/DBD player (manufactured 2011) didn't work until the AV receiver's firmware was upgraded, and then the Blu-Ray player works only with the receiver ON. I recently bought a Sony BD/DVD player (2012) and it works with the receiver ON or OFF. There is considerable lag when switching among devices (sometimes over 5 seconds). The GUI menu is just excruciating cumbersome not to mention slow response.
Summary: Original post (Sept 16, 2012) The receiver is great, though my one issue is a buzz from the unit itself (not the speakers)-- After my unit is plugged into power for a few minutes it emits a relatively loud buzzing noise. The buzz is present in stand-by mode as well as when turned on, even when it's connected to *nothing* but power (no speakers, no inputs nor outputs).
Summary: The sound quality is fine, Airplay is great,browsing files on USB is useless but it is easy on home network. The gui is terrible and makes everything slow when its on.The lack of bluetooth on european model without it being designated a different model is misleading. I have downloaded sony media remote and this makes things easier. Wouldn't have bought it if I had seen it in operation.
Summary: wie viele andere kann ich nur Zustimmen: Umständliches, grauenhaftes Menü, unterirdisches Display und üble Bedienungsanleitung! Habe immer noch nicht raus wie ich ohne Monitor gespeicherte internetradiosender öffnen kann!