Good receiver but No internet music streaming service!
Claudio Salamanca, Amazon
8 October 2014
Summary: I bought this unit on june 2014, mainly for its Internet radio capabilites. I was very happy and worked perfect for 2 months. On September 2014 Sony stopped providing Internet music streaming. The receiver works fine and has very good audio. Sadly, I will return it because I need Internet radio services.
Summary: Works well...when it works. Took a gamble and ended up with the dreaded HDMI handshake issues, even after updating firmware. Not satisfied with the "restart the system" recommendations by Sony to get it to work. Ended up returning the unit (within the 30d window) and going with a Yamaha unit instead.
The unit does not transmit audio over the HDMI to the second zone.
David P. Mays, Amazon
4 August 2014
Summary: I have a TV for the second zone. The unit does not transmit audio over the HDMI to the second zone or the primary zone for that matter. I have a stereo in the main room and it works great. But, going to the second room, NO sound. That's no good.
Summary: As others have said, I really wanted to like this receiver for its features and price, but even with the firmware update from March, I have experienced the HDMI black screen handshake problem. Right after I hooked it up to my TV for the first time, the TV's video would constantly turn on, then go black for long periods, it was unusable.
Summary: I was looking for a receiver with 2 hdmi outs. That limited my choices. After looking at an onkyo and a pioneer I settled on the sony. Largely because I was at best buy and it was on sale. It had great features. The Bluetooth worked seamlessly with my android phone. I never did get the airplay to work on my iPad, but I didn't try too hard. It worked great with the iMac. The wireless connection was built in, no adapter required. That was nice but not essential.
Summary: I was really hopping the HDMI issue mentioned by many other reviewers would have been noticed by Sony but unfortunately it hasn't After unpacking and hooking my receiver which btw took some time, installing and setting up the machine was actually very simple, I was getting all exited just to find out after trying all variances I could think of, that all HDMI inputs didn't work and didn't even show up on the menu.
Summary: Sound is great powering my repackaged Paradigm Speakers. Everything worked wonderfully, great on screen UI, calibration was ok and had quite a bunch of power. One thing though was after 2 1/2 weeks my HDMI would not work. I had to pull the plug of the machine and then plug it back in. If this was something I had to do for a few times it was fine but I had to do this everyday for the past week.
Summary: I picked up this receiver from the local electronics store (it was the same price as Amazon) after extensive reading of online reviews. And in most ways, it seemed like a very good receiver. However, it has, in my opinion, extremely high power draw in standby mode. So back to the store it went.