"Great receiver!"on by maeglin73
Pros Decent HDMI upconversion, great sound
Cons Minor counterintuitiveness
Summary I'm not sure what the recent reviewers are talking about. Not only does the DG1000 convert any other video sources to HDMI, but it does a decent job of it. It doesn't upscale video, nor does it really claim to, but it can deinterlace 480i. Analog HD video passes through with no changes other than being converted to digital.
My only gripe with this receiver, which is pretty minor, is that some of the menu items could be more intuitive. One would think that, since you can assign HDMI video to what would otherwise be an analog input, that the auto audio source selector would be smart enough to pull audio from HDMI as well. That's not the case, but on the up side it does free up a normal input should I ever need it.
Pros Reasonable price for all the connectors it comes with
Cons Lot of other good stuff comming out now will likly drop in price.
Summary I got this because I have 2 HDMI devices now and my old receiver had none.
Its true the on screen menu is a little quirky but if you take your time its not a problem and I don't expect to be using it often if ever again.
I really have no need to up convert any inputs for the HDMI, all my inputs (laptop and xbox) all are fine at 1080i (the max for my tv).
Pros Upconverting, HDMI inputs, Easy Set Up, Bi-amp capable
Cons Volume control is kinda slow...
Summary This unit was an upgrade from an older Sony Dolby Surround (non-digital)unit that I had. I love the numerous outputs and the digital connections. I have my Sony DVD component video in to the unit and it upconverts to 480p. Running digital optical audio outputs of my DVD and DishNetwork vip622-DVR into the unit for awesome digital sound. Using the HDMI output of my Dish receiver into the HDMI in of the Sony. Only have to run one HDMI cable to the HDTV. Bi-Amp out of the Surround back channels (stated in manual) cause I dont need the surround back. This Is a Great BUY! Prchased online at ButterflyPhoto for $508.00 new not refurb!
Pros Great sounds, auto calibration was great, lots of inputs/outputs, designed for the future
Cons Not user friendly, can not get audio from receiver when using HDMI, tech support lacking
Summary Previously owned a STR-DE895 receiver and it was great. Considered a Pioneer and Sony DG-800, but wanted the upcoverting ability to take advantage of my new DVD recorder and HDTV. I have it connected to my Panasonic HDTV via DVI. I have read the manual (not too easy to follow) and have tried the assigning audio/video sources but with no luck. Attempted assistance from Sony, but they were not able to help. They even told me that me unit did not upconvert. So I am back at viewing everything in component. If anyone has a solution I would love to hear, otherwise I may decide to return it and get the MUCH cheaper Pioneer (which upconverts to component) which also sounded good in the store.
Pros Sound, design, and everything!!!!!!
Cons setup menu could have a much nicer GUI and easier to use
Summary This receiver performs great. I do not use upscaling b/c everything I have pluged in is 1080i, so I can not give my opioion on that, but the sound/performance is awesome.
One in a blue moon sony comes out with a receiver like this so I suggest you look into getting this especially for the price. I bought it for $540 and it is compared to the 5200ES which is around $1499. HDMI switching is a beautiful thing. Made it real easy to run one HDMI to the plasma for all components.
I was going to buy the Yamaha RX-V2600 andd then this bad boy came out, and since I always had Sony receivers, I researched it and decided to get it. As you can see I rated it a 9, so I am very pleased with it.
I would give it a 10 because you get ES quaility for a mid-priced receiver, but people say upscaling is not so good (even though I do not need/use upscaling.