Detects and Sets Up Best Sound Possible
Automatic Set Up does not Work as Advertised
Sony STR-DA4300ES has come down in price to make it comparable to the Onkyo 705 model. It is heavy at 34 pounds and if you have short stubby fingers hooking up the speaker system can be hard to do as there are many connections on the back panel. It comes ... Read full review
Sony STR-DA4300ES has come down in price to make it comparable to the Onkyo 705 model. It is heavy at 34 pounds and if you have short stubby fingers hooking up the speaker system can be hard to do as there are many connections on the back panel. It comes with a manual of about 130 pages and unless you have had experience getting into a similar GUI it would be good to read. Once in the GUI it is very easy to set up your system. The auto calibration did not work with my Bose Acoustimass 16 system as it kept giving me an error code 33 saying there was an error in measuring distance. After checking speaker connections and trying to do what the manual said in clearing the error code I gave up and did it manually like I have always done on all my other receivers. This was also very easy to do in the GUI mode. Note, the manual says you have to set the speaker height manually but it is not in the on-screen menu to set it up. My receiver had a yellow dot on the back of it indicating it had a certain software load and it makes me think setting the speaker height was removed with the upgrade of the receiver sofware. If anyone is serious thinking of buying this receiver check the Sony web site and look up this model as it does have some software issues, mainly with Sony HDTVs as having a pink picture and a dark picture from a component cable hookup. Sony says it has software fixes for both but you have to ship it back to Sony.
Up-conversion of a VCR tape was very good and my receiver had no dark picture on my Mitsubishi 57831. The Panasonic BD30 had both an excellant picture and excellant sound playing through an HDMI cable to the receiver and the AFD function selected the best sound you can get from the disc on both movies I played. The FM and AM tuner played flaweouly and sounded very good. While I have A HDDVR receiver from directv I decided not to hook it up through the receiver as directv has issues of its own (like the receiver not responding to the remote to where you do a reset). I mainly watch a lot of movies so wanted a good surround receiver to be able to play the sound modes already out there and the new sound modes that will come along later. If you are buying check the inernet as the prices change constantly as do the shipping charges (anywhere from free to $55) When I bought mind it was $783 with free shipping. Also, check the Sony web site for software issues keeping in mind what you are hooking up too.
Wattage for the 4300ES is 350W; CNET review is showing the Canadian rating of 480W so this reciever has the same power consumption as my old 6 year receiver. It is not THX cerified as some ratings have indicated; I really do not believe this to be a big deal as this receiver seems to have plenty of good clean for playing movies.