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Sony 7.1 Channel Black 3D AV Receiver - STR-DH720

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Sony 7.1 Channel Black 3D AV Receiver, Model STRDH720

Entertainment at its finest. Take full advantage of the STR-DH720's 7.1-channels of surround sound with a 3D A/V receiver capable of upscaling your media from analog to full 1080i HD via HDMI™3.

Tap into a world of endless entertainment and play music, movies, games and more on your high-definition components including your Blu-ray Disc™ player or PS3™. No less than 6 HD inputs (4 HDMI™ and 2 component) with standby pass-through mean you can operate all of your HDMI connected devices without even powering on the receiver.

Dolby® TrueHD, Pro logic IIz and dts® HD decoding technologies allow your audio to come through loud and clear. Operate it all with ease using the on-screen menu.

Features:

  • iPod®/iPhone® video and music playback (via USB)
    Listen to music and watch video stored on your iPod® or iPhone® while charging your device

  • 6 HD Inputs
    Get versatile HD connection options with six HD inputs. Four HDMI™ inputs (up to 1080/24p capable) let you connect a Sony® PlayStation® 3 entertainment system, Blu-ray Disc™ player, and any 2 other HDMI-capable devices, for high definition video and audio.6 Two component inputs (1080/60i capable) provide added HD-capable connectivity and versatility.

  • 3D Pass-through
    Compatible with Blu-ray 3D™ movies, video games and other 3D content

  • Upconvert/Upscale video signal to near HD via HDMI™
    Improve image quality of analog connected devices to near HD.3 Analog connected device signals are converted to digital and output via HDMI™, making one cable connection from the receiver to the HDMI-enabled TV possible.

  • HD Digital Cinema Sound™
    Optimize your receiver to mimic the sound characteristics of Sony Pictures.

  • Audio Return Channel
    Eliminate the need for extra cables connected to your TV. This feature allows audio to be sent from your compatible TV to your receiver through the same HDMI™ cable already being used to send audio and video to your TV.

  • BRAVIA Widget Control
    Connect to select Sony 2011 Televisions and experience an integrated user interface on-screen. Enabling on-screen feedback and control function.

  • Digital Cinema Auto Calibration - Quick Speaker Set
    UpEnsure you get the best sound experience from your A/V receiver and speakers with Digital Cinema Auto Calibration. Simply place the included microphone where you will be seated and settings are automatically optimized based on the distance, delays and placement of your speakers.

  • BRAVIA® Sync Capable
    Conveniently operate and control select Sony® BRAVIA® Sync devices with one remote including: Sony Blu-ray Disc™ Players, BRAVIA® HDTVs, Sony home theater products.

  • Standby pass-through of Audio & Video
    Conveniently access all your HDMI™ connected devices without having to power on the receiver.

  • Assignable digital audio and video inputs
    Get the most out of each audio and video input with the ability to reassign inputs to support connected devices.

  • 24p True Cinema™ (pass-through)
    Watch Blu-ray Disc™ movies in their native frame rate (24 frames per second) when paired with a 24p HDTV and playback device like a Blu-ray Disc™ Player or PlayStation® 3 gaming console via HDMI™ cable.

Specifications:

Output Power

  • (8Ohms 1kHz) THD : 1%
  • (8Ohms 20-20kHz) THD : 0.09%
  • 8Ohms 1kHz : 105W + 105W
  • 8Ohms 20-20kHz : 95W + 95W
  • Output Power (JEITA 10%)/ Rated Output Power(0.09% 20Hz-20kHz 4Ohm) : 10%
  • Output Power (JEITA 10%)/Rated Output Power(0.09% 20Hz-20kHz 8Ohm) : 140W

Amplifier

  • 4 Ohm/8 Ohm Switching : 8 Ohm only
  • Advanced Auto Volume : Yes
  • Analog Direct : Yes
  • Number of amp. channels : 7ch (Sub must be self powered)
  • Speaker Selector : A Speakers only
  • Speaker Terminal : Front(Screw)/Others(Push)
  • Sub Woofer X' Over : 17 points (40-200Hz)

Audio Output

  • Analog Audio Out : 0
  • Headphone Out : Yes(Gold)
  • Pre Out (Subwoofer) : 1

Video Input

  • A/V In: Including Front AV : 3
  • Component Video In : 2
  • HDMI In (Front In) : 4

Speaker Out

  • Center : Yes
  • Front A (L/R) : Yes
  • Front High (L/R)/ Surround Back for Common Use : Yes
  • Surround (L/R) : Yes
  • Surround Back (L/R) : Yes

Video Output

  • A/V Out (inc. Monitor Out) : 1
  • Component Video Out (inc. Monitor Out) : 1
  • HDMI Out : 1

Tone Control

  • Front (Bass/Treble) : Yes/Yes

Audio Input

  • Analog Audio In (Inc TV CEC)/Out (excl. tuner)/TV (CEC) : 2/Yes
  • Coax. : 1
  • Opt. In/Out/TV (CEC): incl Front input & TV (CEC) : 2/yes
  • USB : 1(Front:iPhone/WM)

Decoding Format(s)

  • 96k/24Bit PCM : Yes
  • DTS / DTS-ES (Matrix6.1 / Discrete6.1) : Yes/Yes
  • DTS 96/24/ DTS NEO:6 : Yes/Yes
  • DTS HD MA/ DTS HD HR : Yes/Yes
  • Dolby Digital EX/ Dolby Digital : Yes/Yes
  • Dolby Dual Mono : Yes
  • Dolby Prologic/II /Iix /Iiz : Yes/Yes/Yes/Yes
  • Dolby TruHD/Dolby Digital + : Yes/Yes
  • LPCM (2CH/5.1CH/7.1CH) thru HDMI : Yes(Yes/Yes/Yes)

Sound Field

  • 2ch : Yes
  • A.F.D. Auto : Yes
  • Analog Direct : Yes
  • Church : Yes
  • Concert Hall : Yes
  • Digital Concert Hall A/B : Yes
  • HD-D.C.S. : Yes
  • Headphone 2ch : Yes
  • Headphone Direct : Yes
  • Headphone Multi : Yes
  • Jass Club : Yes
  • Multi Stereo : Yes
  • Neo:6 Music : Yes
  • PLII Movie : Yes
  • PLII Music : Yes
  • PLIIx Movie : Yes
  • PLIIx Music : Yes
  • PLIIz Height : Yes
  • Portable Audio Enhancer : Yes
  • Sports : Yes
  • Stadium : Yes

Tuner

  • Auto Tuning : Yes
  • Direct Tuning : Yes(RM)
  • FM/AM : Yes/Yes Preset Channel (Sirius/XM/FM/AM) : TTL60 (-/-/30/30)
  • Station Name : Yes

HDMI™

  • HDMI Pass Through : Yes
  • Theater Mode Selector : Yes
  • Video Up Converter (Analog -< Component/HDMI) : Yes/Yes
  • Video Up Scaler (Analog-

A/V Sync Features

  • A/V SYNC : Yes(Fixed)
  • A/V Sync Sampling Freequency : 48kHz
  • A/V Sync Time(msec) : 60msec
  • A/V Sync auto mode : No

DCAC

  • Band : 6
  • D.C.A.C. EX / Advanced D.C.A.C. / D.C.A.C. : D.C.A.C.
  • Grade(Gold/Silver/Bronze) : Silver
  • Mic : MONO

Additional

  • Assignable Component Video IN : Yes
  • Assignable HDMI Video IN : Yes
  • Auto Standby : Yes
  • Digital Input Assign : Yes
  • GUI : Yes (Simple)
  • GUI Blending INPUT (from: Composite/Component/HDMI) : Yes(Yes/Yes/-)
  • GUI Blending OUTPUT (to: Composite/Component/HDMI) : Yes (HDMI)
  • GUI Language : English
  • Pin Jack : Nickel
  • Power Requirement : 120V 60Hz
  • Remote Commander : RM-AAU106
  • Sleep Timer : Yes
  • iPod Browsing with System (via USB) : VIDEO/MUSIC

Approximate Dimensions:

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

Approximate Weight:

  • Unit: 18 lbs
  • Shipping: 30 lbs

Warranty Information:

  • Manufacturer Warranty (authorized online retailer): One Year arts and Labor
  • Extended Service Warranty Available: Click the warranty tab above for details

Footnote:

  1. 3D viewing requires 3D content, 3D HDTV, a high speed HDMI™ cable (supporting at least 10.2 Gbps) connection, and other 3D accessories (including 3D glasses).
  2. Dolby® True-HD and dts®-HD Master Audio decoding require HDMI™ cable and capable source device (both sold separately).
  3. Requires connection via HDMI™ cable (sold separately) to equivalent HDTV. Upscaled/upconverted image and sound quality will vary depending on source.
  4. Works with other BRAVIA® Sync or Theatre Sync™ labeled home audio/video products when connected via HDMI™ interface.
  5. iPod® support is limited to the following players: iPod touch®, iPod classic®, iPod nano® 1st, 2nd & 3rd generation, iPod® 4th& 5th generation & iPod mini and iPhone 3G, 3Gs and 4G models. iPhone or iPod video playback is supported with an optional cable sold separately.
  6. HDMI™ cable required, sold separately.
  7. Requires sources connected with HDMI™ cables (sold separately). Sound Quality will vary depending on source.
  8. Can be used only when receiver is connected to a Sony XBR-EX620, EX630, EX720, EX820, EX830, NX830, HX820, HX830, or HX930 series BRAVIA HDTV via HDMI™ cable (sold separately).
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Air PlayNo
ColorBlack
Channels7.1
Watts Per Channel105W
AM/FM PresetYes
Bluetooth CompatibilityNo
Satellite Radio ReadyNo
3D ReadyYes
iPod CompatibilityYes
Decoders/EncodersDolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pro Logic IIz, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-ES, DTS Neo:6
Input ConnectorsA/V, Component, HDMI, Analog Audio In, Coaxial, USB
Output ConnectorsHeadphone, Pre Out
THX CertificationNo
HDMI Outputs1
USB Ports1
Height6.25"
Width17"
Depth12.75"
Weight18 lbs
Parts Warranty1 Year
Labor Warranty1 Year
  

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REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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Sony 7.1 Channel Black 3D AV Receiver
 
3.7

(based on 12 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

60%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Most Liked Positive Review

 

solid performer

I bought this to replace my Yamaha a/v so that I could utilize HMDI ins and outs. I first bought a Pioneer a/v but had troubles making all the interface work. Returned...Read complete review

I bought this to replace my Yamaha a/v so that I could utilize HMDI ins and outs. I first bought a Pioneer a/v but had troubles making all the interface work. Returned it and got this one instead and I am not disappointed. Hook up was simple and straight forward. Passthrough function works perfectly. That is what sold me. Sound is great and power is more than enough going to all my speakers (5.1), I run PSB's from front, center and sub and Mirage for the rear. All sound better than ever. Picture quality is fantastic. There are more feartures on this unit than I will probably ever use. I highly recommend this unit for the price and features and if you have other sony products than this purchase is a no brainer. All can be controlled with one remote. My first thought was to go with this unit first but I didn't and i still ended up with this unit in the end. Should have trusted my instincts and saved a return on a A/V system that didn't function as well. I love this unit.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Decent AVR but has Issues

Lots of Issue problem. 1. Cheaper parts, more plastic. 2. Only the main front speaker terminals are binding post, all the other are spring clip on this model. The back/high...Read complete review

Lots of Issue problem. 1. Cheaper parts, more plastic. 2. Only the main front speaker terminals are binding post, all the other are spring clip on this model. The back/high surround red clips for both the left and right will pop out and fall out with the spring, when inserting 16 gauze wire. you cant use any bigger speaker wire, so dont plan to run wire over 30 feet for this size of wire. The binding post is capable of 12 or 14 gauze, but not the clip terminal for the 4 surround channels. or center channel. Issue 3. Remote and accessory mp3 or iphone suported but not any other brands. Issue 4. The standby pass through only works when using HDMI to HDMI. I still have a cable box that uses component hd, this wont work. Issue 5. Optical out from cable box, you cant get 7.1 any higher than dobly es. no true hd, unless its once again all HDMI to HDMI. Issue 6. There is a log when changing sources especially when going back to video input, or sometimes when changing channels, this apparently is a HDMI issue, for my older Sheerwood didnt have HDMI or this issue. I will say at least this model does have a AV syc fix, if the audo and video dont match, it does have a souftware GUI option fix for that issue. Issue 7. The audio amp, does not really appear to have separate amps, for instance 2 channel or 5.1 appears much louder and when you go to 7.1 ,you have to crank up the voiume control to get the same loudness. This power issue also appears noticeable when using my powered 120 watt sony amp, which plays loud on 2 and 5.1 but no as loud when in 7.1. my older Sherwood sub out, the sub played same all around, whatever mode I switched to. The rear channels seems to be less amplified, and you have to crank up the db level in the setup to be able to hear any surround. Issue 8. the Equalizer is ok, but you cant really call it a EQ, you only have increase bass or decrease bass, or increase treble or decrease treble , but not the individual ranges. this would have been nice to have. Some reviewers on other sites say some of the HDMI ports burn out, and they had to send it in for repairs, I not had this issue yet but only had this AVR for 1 week now.I would suggest always turning the system off before ever making any connection, and also try not to swap the HDMi or unplug them more than necessary. Now for good things about this receiver. Has fairly good sound, low distortion. I love the on TV onscreen GUI interface for setup and control. You can adjust when sitting on the couch sofa, and not having to squat down to read the Av screen. the only thing about the GUI , I wish the setting menu was a little farther up the list and not all the way down at the bottom end. The remote does about all you need with the on TV screen GUI without having to go manual touching your AVR. The auto protect is nice, it shuts itself off , if it senses a short in speaker wiring. Must use high speed HDMI calbles, or quality is not as good and it wont do 3d unless you do use high speed HDMI cables, and not regular ones. Price is fair for value, however a bit disappointed with Sony, for I have had Sony products before and they were very good.I had a Sony HIFI VCR fpr over 15 years, and its still working fine. However, kinda wishing for a AVR that I would have stuck with Sheerwood. . I am using Bic America speakers for front and center and high surround, and Sony ss6000 for the rear surround. Main Issue on this unit was the spring clip terminal problems. I would suggest a higher version of Sony AVR that supports all speaker binding post and no spring clip terminals. I think they should all have ability for banana plugs also. This could have a been a much better receiver if thought out a little better. After already buying and using it, I guess we will see how long it last. That is why I only gave 3 stars , on all but value I gave it 4 stars.

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5.0

Great Sound

By Bearskinner

from Grand Prairie, Texas.

Comments about Sony 7.1 Channel Black 3D AV Receiver:

I have owned four Home Theater systems and none has been as easy to set as this one. The sound is Great.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great package fror a small price.

By PaulB

from Hampton Roads, VA

Pros

  • Lots of nice integrated features

Cons

  • It's not everything and you can't easily configure the remote for other devices.

Best Uses

    Comments about Sony 7.1 Channel Black 3D AV Receiver:

    If you need a nice receiver to simplify your devices connected to a TV and speakers this has a lot of good things. Connect up all the devices then add one HDMI Arc cable to the TV and it figures out which one you turned on and sends the video to the TV and the audio out the speakers. It means you just need one cable to the TV. This isn't the highest wattage Sony makes and the higher end units have a few more options but this one adds a nice mix at a pretty good price.It's the main reason I picked it. There isn't a lot of controls on the front because you just don't need them when it can figure it all out for you. The remote can do everything you can do from the front panel. It lacks WiFi, blue tooth and multiple room support. It does have the front panel connectors for small devices a nice complement of rear connectors with 7.1 sound.connection for speakers. You can connect almost all devices via different cable options including some older technologies. HDMI Arc support works well and to me is required these days. This unit isn't really hard to figure out yet a fully installed system will take some work. if you can match up the connections to the devices it really seems to magically sort it all out. There is however a short delay from when you change an input to when it shows up. It sorts out the video format and audio for you yet you can override things too. It sounds nice and handles various audio formats quite well. Video up convert starts with this model. It lets you use dumber peripherals. The programming of the remote is pretty thin unless you have it integrated with Arc It is the one thing missing..

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    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    HDMI output defective

    By Anonymous

    from Metuchen NJ

    Comments about Sony 7.1 Channel Black 3D AV Receiver:

    The HDMI output was defective on the 1st one I purchased. I exchanged it without difficulty, but the new one proved to have the same defective HDMI output jack within 2 weeks. What's the point. It's cheaply made for warehouse sales.

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    4.0

    Impressed Buyer

    By poorrichard

    from South Carolina

    Comments about Sony 7.1 Channel Black 3D AV Receiver:

    I was very suprise at the performance of this unit. Previously used a top end amp/preamp with 105 watts per channel stereo. This unit not only matched but exceeded my audio quality targets. Simple hookup, easy operation and ample imputs. Excellent performance with top end CD player as well.

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    5.0

    Works Great with Sony XBR-55HX929

    By Johnnie008

    from Chicago, IL

    About Me Movie Enthusiast, Practical, Tech Savvy

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy To Set Up
    • Good Power Output
    • Good Remote Control
    • Great Sound Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Theater

      Comments about Sony 7.1 Channel Black 3D AV Receiver:

      I just replaced my 8 old existing Sony A/V receiver with this one, because I had to connect my older Sony Equipment (DVR/VCR Combo, Multi Disc DVD/CD player, Wii and Dish Receiver). It was easy to install and interfaces great with the Sony XBR-55HX929. I am very happy with this upgrade.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      Comment on this review

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      solid performer

      By Cedric

      from Prescott Valley AZ

      Comments about Sony 7.1 Channel Black 3D AV Receiver:

      I bought this to replace my Yamaha a/v so that I could utilize HMDI ins and outs. I first bought a Pioneer a/v but had troubles making all the interface work. Returned it and got this one instead and I am not disappointed. Hook up was simple and straight forward. Passthrough function works perfectly. That is what sold me. Sound is great and power is more than enough going to all my speakers (5.1), I run PSB's from front, center and sub and Mirage for the rear. All sound better than ever. Picture quality is fantastic. There are more feartures on this unit than I will probably ever use. I highly recommend this unit for the price and features and if you have other sony products than this purchase is a no brainer. All can be controlled with one remote. My first thought was to go with this unit first but I didn't and i still ended up with this unit in the end. Should have trusted my instincts and saved a return on a A/V system that didn't function as well. I love this unit.

      Comment on this review

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Exactly what I wanted!

      By jdsykes

      from Lexington, SC

      Comments about Sony 7.1 Channel Black 3D AV Receiver:

      I have had this receiver about 3 weeks and it is great. I upgraded to this receiver from a Harman Kardon that was nice, but my technologically challenged wife had a hard time with. I also wanted the ability to plug my PS3, Wii, Iphone, Directv and anything else into the receiever through HDMI connections and then have 1 HDMI going out to the tv. This receiver has nailed it on all points. My wife only has to ever hit 2 buttons on the remote. 1 to watch tv and 1 to play blu-ray. So, there is alot less yelling yelling in my living room. There is also no signal loss when plugging everything into the receiver and then having the 1 output to the tv. The on screen controls that are output to the tv are also very helpful and user friendly. The microphone that it comes with to set up your speaker configuration is amazingly accurate. I'm using the same Hardan Kardon speakers that I had before. However, they have never sounded as good or as well balanced. Bottome line--Fantastic receiver and especailly at the price!

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      (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Nice Features but Poor Quality Construction

      By DerKommissar

      from St. Louis

      Comments about Sony 7.1 Channel Black 3D AV Receiver:

      Liked it when I bought it, but the HDMI out feature stopped working with in three months of purchase. We had both HDMI and component inputs from game machine, cable box, DVD player, ect, and the receiver stopped displaying any video from them at all. Audio still worked fine, but I could not use the GUI either. Sony has no repair facilities within 75 miles of my major metropolitan area, so I had to mail it back to them at my expense to have it fixed. For the hassle, I should have just spent more on a better quality brand.

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      (31 of 38 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Decent AVR but has Issues

      By SGFMODUDE

      from Springfield, MO

      Comments about Sony 7.1 Channel Black 3D AV Receiver:

      Lots of Issue problem. 1. Cheaper parts, more plastic. 2. Only the main front speaker terminals are binding post, all the other are spring clip on this model. The back/high surround red clips for both the left and right will pop out and fall out with the spring, when inserting 16 gauze wire. you cant use any bigger speaker wire, so dont plan to run wire over 30 feet for this size of wire. The binding post is capable of 12 or 14 gauze, but not the clip terminal for the 4 surround channels. or center channel. Issue 3. Remote and accessory mp3 or iphone suported but not any other brands. Issue 4. The standby pass through only works when using HDMI to HDMI. I still have a cable box that uses component hd, this wont work. Issue 5. Optical out from cable box, you cant get 7.1 any higher than dobly es. no true hd, unless its once again all HDMI to HDMI. Issue 6. There is a log when changing sources especially when going back to video input, or sometimes when changing channels, this apparently is a HDMI issue, for my older Sheerwood didnt have HDMI or this issue. I will say at least this model does have a AV syc fix, if the audo and video dont match, it does have a souftware GUI option fix for that issue. Issue 7. The audio amp, does not really appear to have separate amps, for instance 2 channel or 5.1 appears much louder and when you go to 7.1 ,you have to crank up the voiume control to get the same loudness. This power issue also appears noticeable when using my powered 120 watt sony amp, which plays loud on 2 and 5.1 but no as loud when in 7.1. my older Sherwood sub out, the sub played same all around, whatever mode I switched to. The rear channels seems to be less amplified, and you have to crank up the db level in the setup to be able to hear any surround. Issue 8. the Equalizer is ok, but you cant really call it a EQ, you only have increase bass or decrease bass, or increase treble or decrease treble , but not the individual ranges. this would have been nice to have. Some reviewers on other sites say some of the HDMI ports burn out, and they had to send it in for repairs, I not had this issue yet but only had this AVR for 1 week now.I would suggest always turning the system off before ever making any connection, and also try not to swap the HDMi or unplug them more than necessary. Now for good things about this receiver. Has fairly good sound, low distortion. I love the on TV onscreen GUI interface for setup and control. You can adjust when sitting on the couch sofa, and not having to squat down to read the Av screen. the only thing about the GUI , I wish the setting menu was a little farther up the list and not all the way down at the bottom end. The remote does about all you need with the on TV screen GUI without having to go manual touching your AVR. The auto protect is nice, it shuts itself off , if it senses a short in speaker wiring. Must use high speed HDMI calbles, or quality is not as good and it wont do 3d unless you do use high speed HDMI cables, and not regular ones. Price is fair for value, however a bit disappointed with Sony, for I have had Sony products before and they were very good.I had a Sony HIFI VCR fpr over 15 years, and its still working fine. However, kinda wishing for a AVR that I would have stuck with Sheerwood. . I am using Bic America speakers for front and center and high surround, and Sony ss6000 for the rear surround. Main Issue on this unit was the spring clip terminal problems. I would suggest a higher version of Sony AVR that supports all speaker binding post and no spring clip terminals. I think they should all have ability for banana plugs also. This could have a been a much better receiver if thought out a little better. After already buying and using it, I guess we will see how long it last. That is why I only gave 3 stars , on all but value I gave it 4 stars.

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      3.0

      Decent AVR but has Issues

      By SGFMODUDE

      from Springfield, MO

      Pros

      • decent output but could be better
      • Good sound

      Cons

      • Clip terminal are cheaply made
      • remote is pro sony
      • setup not so easy

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        Comments about Sony 7.1 Channel Black 3D AV Receiver:

        Lots of Issue problem. 1. Cheaper parts, more plastic.
        2. Only the main front speaker terminals are binding post, all the other are spring clip on this model. The back/high surround red clips for both the left and right will pop out and fall out with the spring, when inserting 16 gauze wire. you cant use any bigger speaker wire, so dont plan to run wire over 30 feet for this size of wire. The binding post is capable of 12 or 14 gauze, but not the clip terminal for the 4 surround channels. or center channel. Issue 3. Remote and accessory mp3 or iphone suported but not any other brands. Issue 4. The standby pass through only works when using HDMI to HDMI. I still have a cable box that uses component hd, this wont work. Issue 5. Optical out from cable box, you cant get 7.1 any higher than dobly es. no true hd, unless its once again all HDMI to HDMI. Issue 6. There is a log when changing sources especially when going back to video input, or sometimes when changing channels, this apparently is a HDMI issue, for my older Sheerwood didnt have HDMI or this issue. I will say at least this model does have a AV syc fix, if the audo and video dont match, it does have a souftware GUI option fix for that issue. Issue 7. The audio amp, does not really appear to have separate amps, for instance 2 channel or 5.1 appears much louder and when you go to 7.1 ,you have to crank up the voiume control to get the same loudness. This power issue also appears noticeable when using my powered 120 watt sony amp, which plays loud on 2 and 5.1 but no as loud when in 7.1. my older Sherwood sub out, the sub played same all around, whatever mode I switched to. The rear channels seems to be less amplified, and you have to crank up the db level in the setup to be able to hear any surround. Issue 8. the Equalizer is ok, but you cant really call it a EQ, you only have increase bass or decrease bass, or increase treble or decrease treble , but not the individual ranges. this would have been nice to have. Some reviewers on other sites say some of the HDMI ports burn out, and they had to send it in for repairs, I not had this issue yet but only had this AVR for 1 week now.I would suggest always turning the system off before ever making any connection, and also try not to swap the HDMi or unplug them more than necessary. Now for good things about this receiver. Has fairly good sound, low distortion. I love the on TV onscreen GUI interface for setup and control. You can adjust when sitting on the couch sofa, and not having to squat down to read the Av screen. the only thing about the GUI , I wish the setting menu was a little farther up the list and not all the way down at the bottom end.
        The remote does about all you need with the on TV screen GUI without having to go manual touching your AVR. The auto protect is nice, it shuts itself off , if it senses a short in speaker wiring. Must use high speed HDMI calbles, or quality is not as good and it wont do 3d unless you do use high speed HDMI cables, and not regular ones. Price is fair for value, however a bit disappointed with Sony, for I have had Sony products before and they were very good.I had a Sony HIFI VCR fpr over 15 years, and its still working fine. However, kinda wishing for a AVR that I would have stuck with Sheerwood. . I am using Bic America speakers for front and center and high surround, and Sony ss6000 for the rear surround. Main Issue on this unit was the spring clip terminal problems. I would suggest a higher version of Sony AVR that supports all speaker binding post and no spring clip terminals. I think they should all have ability for banana plugs also. This could have a been a much better receiver if thought out a little better. After already buying and using it, I guess we will see how long it last. That is why I only gave 3 stars , on all but value I gave it 4 stars.

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