Pros + Audio quality is good
+ Great price
+ It's very easy to set-up and use
+ Remote is easy to use
Cons - Lack of a phono input
- STR-DH100's internals are not very well secured
Summary The Sony STR-DH100 is another stereo receiver that should be on your short list of potential "buys".
Audio quality is good, and you certainly get plenty of line level inputs to choose from. This receiver does not lack output power. There is also a dedicated input for iPod music players (though this requires that you purchase a suitable docking unit from Sony). I felt that at higher volumes, the tone of this receiver sometimes took on a screechy quality that made it a little tiring to listen to. Adjusting the treble downwards fixed it. At low to moderate listening volumes, it sounded fine without changing the tone settings. The Sherwood RX-4109 to which I directly compared the STR-DH100 didn't have quite as much punch, but I found that I had a preference to the RX-4109's audio over that of this STR-DH100.
You do need a remote to perform many of the functions that this receiver supports. The basics are pretty well covered by the front panel, but a few things (such as audio balance adjustments) require that you have the remote control handy. The remote is jam-packed with buttons, which may preclude using it in low light.
Sherwood's build quality is better. The STR-DH100's internals are not very well secured--the unit I bought had been dropped and when it fell, the heatsink shifted and cracked the main circuit board badly. I patched it back together and it sprang to life immediately. There is nothing holding the heatsink to the casing of the unit as there is in the Sherwood receiver.
The tuner is passable. I didn't find it to be all that sensitive when used with a wall mounted dipole antenna. What it did receive, it received clearly. There was no middle ground--this receiver either picked up a station or it did not.
Where this receiver really shines is in its user interface. Sony clearly had a thoughtful team of engineers working on the firmware in the microcontroller that runs the display and front panel. It remembers the panel dimming settings and even lets you enter custom names for all of the audio inputs and radio stations that you listen to. This is a wonderful feature, especially if you use an input for a different purpose than Sony intended and want the receiver to display the "right" label for a given source. You can display numbers, letters and even some symbols in the display.
The tuner does not decode RDS information in radio broadcasts. It seems that no stereo receiver manufacturer builds this capability into models destined for the US market, which is unfortunate.
My only real complaint about this receiver is with its lack of a phono input. If you want to listen to turntable records, you can, but you will need a external preamplifier to do so. If you will buy this receiver I suggest to check for best deal before you decide at: [ Audiovideo-receiver.blogspot.com/2011/12/sony-str-dh100.html ]
Should you desire to do so, Sony does sell a service manual for this receiver. If you plan to have yours for a long time and try to repair it if it breaks, this is a nice bonus.