Very good receiver for the money but needs a better GUI display!
5 February 2014
Summary: For the price this receiver has decent sound and enough HDMI inputs for what I need. The only negative marks I have against it is the on screen GUI display. It looks like a command prompt screen very 1970 computer looking and sluggish. I think that Sony could do a better job on that. I also wish it had a second HDMI output so I could hook up a secondary monitor for when I just want to hear music.
Summary: I picked this up at Costco for $350 plus tax. I am currently running it as a 5.1 setup with Klipsch Reference speakers and a Polk 12" powered subwoofer. The included microphone auto calibration was easy to do, it sets distances and levels well, BUT it chooses all speaker sizes as Large. As a general rule and definitely in my situation, the speaker size should be set as Small because of having a subwoofer and the frequency response of the other speakers.
great sound, ease of front panel usage, ample connectivity especially wireless
16 October 2013
Summary: I write this review as a first time A/V receiver user, so some of my critique may be more newbies unknowns than actual inadequacies of device. I purchased to connect to an LG Wi-Fi TV across a room from Recvr. I have two black bull HDMI lines (40 feet) buried in walls between recvr and TV.
Pros: clear crisp sound, great dolby encoding, easy to use front panel preference toggles
Cons: poor on-screen GUI menu tree and display, quirky connection capability as related to TV interface
Summary: This does exactly what it says on the box, I've had it for 8 months now and finally setup my multi room audio system. I have a 3d Blu Ray, Xbox and cable box routing through it to a TV which is on the other end of a very long HDMI cable. I control it all via my Harmony remote and it's the piece which gave the least bugs for that. Good quality.
Summary: Very easy to set-up, plenty of features YOU will use. Speaker wire connections are quality built. Sound is great paired up with my Polk Audio TL1600. I have added a second center speaker, vertical front ( one pair at mid TV level and 2nd pair ceiling mounted to get vertical surround ) and 2nd sub to making it a 10.2 system. The reason for not 5 stars is the remote.
Believe All the reviews about the poor documentation / great product otherwise
K. Keppel, Amazon
12 May 2013
Summary: My Onkyo was dated (in need of more HDMI ports) and in need of replacement. I researched several brands / models of A/V receivers and selected this one. I was forwarned that the documentation was poor but I thought I was sufficently tech savvy that I could manage. I did but with more than a modicum of frustration! Sony has manufactured a beautiful, functional receiver. But the accompanying instructions are the absolute worst I believe I have ever seen.
Summary: I wanted to point out that not all the HDMI inputs are the same... I hooked a PS3 to the "game" input and found that not all of the sound modes were available, Dolby True HD, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby HDMA... Not cool. The manual even states that if you want improved sound to connect to the BD input. This is a pretty poor way of saving money, really, how much more would it have cost to make them the same?
Summary: Very good network receiver !!! Sets up easily; has a variety of great functions. Only issues is way outdated GUI software used for adjustments. Sony certainly can do better !! The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was the fact that this model has been discontinued !!?? Why, I have no idea....but certainly would like to know !! It is the only realistically priced Sony 1000+ watt receiver I could find....maybe that's why it's been discontinued !!??
Summary: Sound quality is great. I replaced an old Denon receiver and worried that I wouldn't have superior sound quality, but this unit holds up really well. I found the set up to be fairly easy and although the GUI is clunky it does get the job done. The manual is poor - it describes, but it doesn't explain. There is a difference between describing every single function and providing guidance to solve problems with your set up.