Summary: Excellent AV Receiver, specially for what I paid. Less than $300! PROS: Plenty of inputs, plenty of power, can drive seven speakers simultaneously, ease of use, compatibility with other Sony devices, integrated ethernet router, Sony reliability, and good looks. CONS: Not Wi-Fi capable. My set up consists of a Samsung LCD TV, Sony BD player, Motorola HD DVR, Panasonic DVD Recorder, Infinity Home Theater satellites and subwoofer, and Polk Audio outdoor speakers.
Summary: I bought this to upgrade my current Sony 5.1 home theater reciever I've had for the past 10 years, I choose it because Sony has lasted for years on all products I've bought with no issues. The features I like best are the 4 HDMI inputs with pass through feature, meaning I don't have to have the reciever on to watch tv, a movie or play a game. The up convert through HDMI is a great feature when playing older game systems or watching a video on a VCR.
Summary: I'm puzzled over some of the earlier negative reviews. My receiver works like a charm, and the firmware upgrade installed without a hitch. I like the multiple HDMI functions, and the ethernet connections for smart components are great, too. Easy to set up, although I recommend using banana plugs instead of bare wires when hooking up your speakers. The included microphone for setting up the sound fields worked well, too, and made adjusting the surround speakers a breeze.
Summary: I bought this unit for several reasons, 1 I wanted the HDMI upconvert, everything connects to this unit and I have 1 HDMI going to my tv. I don't need to switch inputs on the tv. Secondly, it has a built in ethernet switch which isn't that big of a deal but it is one less thing that I needed in my cabinet. Third it has a network connection. I can connect to various media pc's and listen to music or watch videos off them using DLNA.
Summary: I added this unit to my new Sony 3D TV and now our theater is totally Rocking!! The 7.1 surround sound makes the smallest sounds come alive and Sony matches up its pieces like a good marriage.
Summary: I'm absolutely amazed at the power and clarity of my new Sony receiver. I paired it with an Onkyo 7.1 surround speaker setup and I don't think it could get much better than it sounds right now. Sure, it's a little complex. The instruction manual is pretty thick and some might find it intimidating. Is it too crazy? Overwhelmingly not. I have been tinkering with this thing for the past 48 hours nonstop, and I would certainly recommend it to anyone.
Excellent Bang for the buck for this high quality receiver from Sony.
16 February 2012
Summary: This is an excellent Receiver from Sony. This receiver replaces an older Model without HDMI (STR-DE685). I like the ease of use plus it matches my other Sony components. The power it puts out to the polk audio speakers shakes the walls. I like the way this receiver syncronises to the Sony bluray player. All the components are recognized by the receiver remote. Receiver has a sound generator that automatically matches the speakers to the room for excellent surround sound.
You can't find a better receiver for this little money
23 January 2012
Summary: I almost didn't purchase this receiver based on several bad reviews. I'm so happy I pulled the trigger and ordered anyway. So far I believe I've used every feature of this amp and all have worked flawlessly. Many of the complaints in the negative reviews were addressed by setting the amp up correctly which I was able to do in under 20 minutes.