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Sony 5.1 Channel Black AV Home Theater Receiver - STR-DH500

Abt Model: STRDH500 | UPC Code: 027242753556
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100W x 5 Power Output/ 5 HD Inputs Compatible With HD Video/ HD Film Quality With 24p TRUE CINEMA/ Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Dual Mono, Dolby Pro Logic, Dolby Pro Logic II, Dts Decoding/ 30 AM/FM Memory Presets/ Black Finish
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Sony 5.1 Channel Black AV Home Theater Receiver, Model STRDH500

The STR-DH500 5.1 Channel A/V Receiver features HDMI™ “Pass-through” and 1080/24p capability thus making it compatible with the latest HD sources (i.e. Blu-ray Disc™ Players, the PlayStation™ 3, etc.). The STR-DH500 HD features 5 HD inputs providing ample connection options at an inexpensive price. The STR-DH500 has a DIGITAL MEDIA PORT input expanding the flexibility to playback music from various audio sources (i.e. iPod®, Walkman, Bluetooth device or PC) with one of the various accessories (sold separately).

Features:

  • 5 HD Inputs compatible with HD video
    The STR-DH500 has ample HD connections compatible with various HD signals. Being the central hub of your audio and video sources, the STR-DH500 ensures seamless compatibility with today’s demanding HD sources
  • HD Film Quality with 24p TRUE CINEMA
    Most of all Hollywood movies are shot at 24 frames per second, and Blu-ray Disc™ movies are mastered at 24 frame per second, so it is only fitting that the STR-DH500can output your films at 1080/24p for a true film-like experience at home
  • Multi Function Audio Input
    Sony’s DIGITAL MEDIA PORT plays back music from various audio sources whether it is stored on an iPod, Walkman, Bluetooth device or PC

Specifications:

Audio

  • A/V Sync: Yes (fixed)
  • Bravia_Sync: Yes
  • Channel Power Rating: 5.1 Channel Power Rating: 100W x 5 Amp Power (8 ohms, THD 1.0%)
  • DSP: Sharc
  • Equalizer: BASS and Treble control
  • Impedance: 8 Ohms
  • Sound Fields: Cinema StudioEX. A/B/C; 3 Movie; 4 Music; 5 A.F.D.; 2 2 Channel; 2 Headphone; Portable Audio Enhancer
  • Sub Woofer Crossover: 13 Point (40-160Hz)
  • Tuner Type: Auto Tuning, Direct Tuning, Station Name
  • 96k/24Bit PCM: Yes
  • Cinema Studio EX. A/B/C mode: Yes
  • Digital Cinema Sound™ Technology: Yes
  • Dolby® Digital Decoding: Yes
  • Dolby® Digital Dual Mono: Yes
  • Dolby® Pro Logic® Decoding: Yes
  • Dolby® Pro Logic® II Decoding: Yes
  • dts® Decoding: Yes

Convenience

  • AM/FM Memory Presets: 30 FM - 30 AM
  • Auto Tuning: Yes
  • Direct Tuning: Yes (Remote)
  • Preset Memory: 90 (30 Sirius, 30 FM, 30 AM)
  • Sleep Timer: Yes
  • Station Name Display: Yes

Hardware

  • Remote Control: Yes - RM-AAU020

Inputs and Outputs

  • Antenna Terminal (AM Loop): 1 (Rear)
  • Antenna Terminal (FM 75 Ohm): 1 (Rear)
  • Coaxial Audio Digital Input(s): 1 (Rear)
  • Component Video (Y/Pb/Pr) Input(s): 3 (Rear)
  • Component Video (Y/Pb/Pr) Output(s): 1 (Rear)
  • Composite Video Input(s): 2 (1 Front/1 Rear)
  • Composite Video Output(s): 1 (Rear)
  • Digital Media Port: 1 (Rear)
  • HD Component Video Input(s): 2 (Rear)- pass through
  • HD Component Video Output(s): 1 (Rear)
  • HDMI™ Connection Input(s): 3 (Rear)- switcher
  • HDMI™ Connection Output(s): 1 (Rear)
  • Headphone Output(s): 1 (Front- Gold)
  • Optical Audio Input(s): 2 (Rear)
  • RCA Audio Input(s): 4 (2 Dedicated Audio/2 Audio/Video)
  • Subwoofer Output(s): 1 (Rear)- 13 point Crossover (40-160Hz)

Power

  • Power Consumption (in Operation): 120V 60Hz
  • Power Consumption (in Standby): 0.3W
  • Power Requirements: 120V 60Hz

Speaker

  • Speaker Terminal Type: Front: Banana, Rear and Center: Push

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Height: 6.25"
  • Width: 17"
  • Depth: 12.75"

Approximate Weight:

  • Unit: 16.41 lbs
  • Shipping: 20 lbs

Warranty Information:

  • Manufacturer Warranty (authorized online retailer): 2 Years Parts and Labor
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ColorBlack
Channels5
Watts Per Channel100 W
Bluetooth CompatibilityNo
iPod CompatibilityNo
Decoders/EncodersDolby Digital, Dolby Digital Dual Mono, Dolby Pro Logic, Dolby Pro Logic II, Dts
Input ConnectorsAnalog Audio, Component, HDMI, Optical, Coaxial
Output ConnectorsHDMI, Component, Composite, Headphones, Subwoofer
THX CertificationNo
Height6.25"
Width17"
Depth12.75"
Weight16.41 lbs
Parts Warranty2 Years
Labor Warranty2 Years
  

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REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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Sony 5.1 Channel Black AV Home Theater Receiver
 
3.8

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (8)
  • Simple controls (7)
  • Good power output (6)
  • Durable (4)
  • Easy to setup (4)

Cons

  • Limited functions (4)

Best Uses

  • Home theater (8)
  • Basic systems (6)
  • Large rooms (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Practical (6), Tech savvy (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Value

Sony's new entry level A/V receiver is a clear step up from the old model. Sound quality is very good. The HDMI switching and Bravia-sync are a bounus espcially since the rest of...Read complete review

Sony's new entry level A/V receiver is a clear step up from the old model. Sound quality is very good. The HDMI switching and Bravia-sync are a bounus espcially since the rest of the components I have are compatible. The menu is not intuitative but can be navigated reasonably well with a little practice. While Sony clearly indicates the HDMI connections are not for audio, it is still annoying to shell out for digital optical cables. I assume the reliability is consistent with other Sony products.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Where's the features?

Good News:
It's a great & very basic receiver. HDMI switching is good, super simple hook-up. No fuss, good picture & excellent sound.

Bad News:
There's some...Read complete review

Good News:
It's a great & very basic receiver. HDMI switching is good, super simple hook-up. No fuss, good picture & excellent sound.

Bad News:
There's some pretty simple features that I made the mistake of assuming would be there, but were just plain missing. The two big ones:

1) It doesn't convert input signals into HDMI. So if you hook up a component input, you have to run component cables from the receiver into the TV in addition to the HDMI cable. I was really hoping for a single TV-to-receiver connection, & it can't happen with this machine.

2) I've owned receivers in the past that allow you to switch between inputs. For example, there's a component AND HDMI input for "Sat," which means (with other receivers) that I can hook up two inputs under "Sat" and cycle between them (component OR HDMI). This machine isn't capable of that however, so you're options are pretty limited.

All in all, this receiver does the basic functions really well (good picture, good sound). I'd recommend it if you have a cable/satellite box & blu-ray player you'd like to connect. However if you're looking to do more, you're out of luck, which is unfortunate because with some VERY simple feature this product could be a LOT more powerful. Look elsewhere.

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2.0

Where's the features?

By Disappointed82

from Chicago, IL

About Me Tech Savvy

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Accurate Controls
  • Clean Sound
  • Easy Setup

Cons

  • Limited Functions

Best Uses

  • Basic Systems

Comments about Sony 5.1 Channel Black AV Home Theater Receiver:

Good News:
It's a great & very basic receiver. HDMI switching is good, super simple hook-up. No fuss, good picture & excellent sound.

Bad News:
There's some pretty simple features that I made the mistake of assuming would be there, but were just plain missing. The two big ones:

1) It doesn't convert input signals into HDMI. So if you hook up a component input, you have to run component cables from the receiver into the TV in addition to the HDMI cable. I was really hoping for a single TV-to-receiver connection, & it can't happen with this machine.

2) I've owned receivers in the past that allow you to switch between inputs. For example, there's a component AND HDMI input for "Sat," which means (with other receivers) that I can hook up two inputs under "Sat" and cycle between them (component OR HDMI). This machine isn't capable of that however, so you're options are pretty limited.

All in all, this receiver does the basic functions really well (good picture, good sound). I'd recommend it if you have a cable/satellite box & blu-ray player you'd like to connect. However if you're looking to do more, you're out of luck, which is unfortunate because with some VERY simple feature this product could be a LOT more powerful. Look elsewhere.

Service and delivery comments:

LOVED Abt. Very fast & easy to work with. Great service.

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5.0

JUST WHAT WE NEEDED!!!

By la-boo-teek

from Orange City, Florida

About Me Movie Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Accurate Controls
  • Clean Sound
  • Durable
  • Easy Setup
  • Good Power Output
  • Good Remote Control
  • Great Sound Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Theater

    Comments about Sony 5.1 Channel Black AV Home Theater Receiver:

    We are using this instead of purchasing/renting DVD's. We needed a receiver with an optical input of which this one has. It was priced right, the quality is excellent!

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    no remote code??

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Sony 5.1 Channel Black AV Home Theater Receiver:

    in this day and age i truly cannot believe there is no remote code so i can control this device with my universal remote. will be returning it for another receiver.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Nice budget receiver.

    By Anonymous

    from Evanston,IL

    Comments about Sony 5.1 Channel Black AV Home Theater Receiver:

    Sounds decent for the money. If you have equipment with hdmi ports, you'll need to spring for the expense of having a fibre optic or copper cable for your digital audio signal.

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    4.0

    Excellent Mid-Level System

    By cycleitalia

    from Evanston,IL

    About Me Practical, Tech Savvy

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy Setup
    • Great Value

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Basic Systems
      • Home Theater

      Comments about Sony 5.1 Channel Black AV Home Theater Receiver:

      Needed a basic 5.1 receiver with HDMI support. Bear in mind that at this price point, compromises are expected. HDMI support is for video only; you'll still need a separate digital audio connection. Also, you'll need multiple connections to your display if you have any analog video sources, as this model doesn't do HDMI upconversion.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best Sony Equipment

      By Anonymous

      from Home

      Comments about Sony 5.1 Channel Black AV Home Theater Receiver:

      This piece of equipment is just awesome. I have had it three days now, Christmas of '09, and have used it every day. It provides more then enough power- using 110 watt Sansui and Pioneer top of the line speakers and a Sony SW2500 subwoofer. I love it enough that has a carpenter built a nice oriental cabinet to hold it and the front speakers with my computer monitor for my dorm room. Definantly worth the money!!!

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      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Almost Perfect

      By Qverb

      from Ewa Beach, HI

      Comments about Sony 5.1 Channel Black AV Home Theater Receiver:

      Its a great system and fairly easy to install whether you have a modicum of experience at home AV or not. The instructions are clear and easy to follow. Sound is beautiful, and, for the most part, connecting all of your various input devices is a breeze. Unfortunately I have had problems with connecting the Scientific Atlanta Explorer 8300 HDC cable box via the HDMI input...for some reason an error message is displayed that the TV can't suipport HDMI connectivity from the cable box, yet it works fine when plugged directly into a Vizio VX42l-HDTV10A unit. Also, the Roku HD-N1000 (or 1100...I forget) only shows a green screen when connected through the reciever, but works fine when connected directly to the TV. There are various cheats to get around this, but I'm hoping Sony support will have an answer. All that aside, its a solid system.

      Comment on this review

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Almost Perfect

      By Anonymous

      from Ewa Beach, HI

      Comments about Sony 5.1 Channel Black AV Home Theater Receiver:

      Its a great system and fairly easy to install whether you have a modicum of experience at home AV or not. The instructions are clear and easy to follow. Sound is beautiful, and, for the most part, connecting all of your various input devices is a breeze. Unfortunately I have had problems with connecting the Scientific Atlanta Explorer 8300 HDC cable box via the HDMI input...for some reason an error message is displayed that the TV can't suipport HDMI connectivity from the cable box, yet it works fine when plugged directly into a Vizio VX42l-HDTV10A unit. Also, the Roku HD-N1000 (or 1100...I forget) only shows a green screen when connected through the reciever, but works fine when connected directly to the TV. There are various cheats to get around this, but I'm hoping Sony support will have an answer.

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      5.0

      good product

      By Rey

      from Irvine, CA

      About Me Practical

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clean Sound
      • Easy Setup
      • Great Sound Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Theater

        Comments about Sony 5.1 Channel Black AV Home Theater Receiver:

        [...]

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        2.0

        Be aware of this product's shortcomings

        By John

        from Tampa FL

        About Me Tech Savvy

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Sony 5.1 Channel Black AV Home Theater Receiver:

              Be advised this unit cannot process audio sent over the HDMI interface. It will pass it along to the next device but cannot extract it. You must also hook up the digital coax or optical interfaces *as well* in order to enjoy surround sound. Took me an hour of futzing around and reading the manual before this became clear.

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