Pros Affordable AV receiver and easy to set up, picture and sound quality satisfactory for this price range.
Cons Out of blue video stopped working after 7 months. Before I bought this unit I read somewhere that it gets really hot, and it did. Now I wonder if that heat has some influence to the components - electronics don't like heat. always save receipts.
Summary It is difficult to like a product that stops working after 7 months under very limited usage. It gets really hot and as we know, heat is not good for electronic components.
Pros Looks, sounded ok but should have purchased a Yamaha.
Cons no volume, I'm using a twenty year old Kenwood receiver while it's in Texas being repaired
Summary This is the end of my Sony purchases exept for a Playstaion 3 at xmas,
Pros Great sound quality, great bang for your buck. Decodes DTS
Cons Not power outlet in the back. The instruction book could be more detailed.
Summary This receiver delivered super clean audio in all modes. I'm using the optical output from my Panasonic Viera 37'LCD directly into my STR-DH700. I also have a PS3, and I'm using the 1.3B HDMI cable going from the PS3 directly into the Panasonic Viera as well. All digital no RCA jacks except for the subwoofer. I would advise using the 7.1 mode to get the best sound quality. So you will need 7 speakers, and one subwoofer. We are using all Polk Audio speakers including the 12' subwoofer. The sound is nothing short of awesome.
Pros Price: 4/5 *'s
Cons The only real draw back I have found so far is the BD input button doesn't allow assigning HDMI as the audio port. (-1 *)
Upscaling for my DVD over component+optical looked aweful but I prefer my HTPC for DVD upscaling anyways.
Summary This receiver had all the features I wanted multiple HDMI, assignable inputs, upscaling so I didn't have to completely get rid of my older analog devices. The only thing it didn't have that I wanted (at least 2 or more) multiple coax digital ports, however I couldn't find any other receivers in this price range that had that either and nothing else had near the same feature set for the price I got this receiver at.
I'm truly amazed though at Sony for building a receiver with some BraviaSync tech (my BD will turn on my receiver but the AV receiver doesn't turn the TV on... sheesh) and they include a BD button, however that button can't be assigned an HDMI audio source, so if I want to hit my BD button I have to hook up an inferior Optical cable?!?! I'm going to just use a different button for the Blu Ray player (Supposedly according to the manual HDMI3 has the "best" audio capabilities... Not sure why all four wouldn't have the same capabilities)
The manual is very weak on the information for assignable ports and configurations. It took me several hours of learning the via menu system the best way to hook up all my equipment.
I purchased this AV receiver to replace an ancient Pioneer which had a make shift Surround processor even though it was only a Stereo input receiver, and I used to love my old receiver except the center was always weak no matter what tweaking I did, not so with the Sony STR-DN1000, my Center channel works perfectly clear voices are now clear and understandable over the front speakers (only thing left is to get a decent visually palletable Center to replace this outdoor speaker I have hiding behind the TV hehe)
I also decided to get this model to replace my JVC JX-S777 A/V switch since it has upscaling capabilities, however the upscaling is pretty bad. Playing DVD's through my component inputs the upscaling adds a lot of artifacting everywhere there's any kind of color difference. It makes my DVD's look like I'm streaming them from Netflix at 3/4 quality bars. My Series 1 Tivo isn't horribly worse than that equipment already was (good old SVR-2000 was awesome to have digital video recording back in the day but these days it's pretty ugly compared to DVR's from the C/S companies) but the upscaling didn't seem to make it any worse like my DVD appeared worse. My VCR looked quite decent still for analog cable (even though Comcast is phasing out more and more channels each month) through the upscaling however I couldn't get my menu screen to display through the upscaling feature. Also it takes several seconds for the upscaling to kick in when I change channels, not too bad, I really only use it when both my Tivo's and my HTPC are busy recording shows at the same time (Take that AT&T uverse... I can record 4 shows at once too AND watch a fifth!! ... just on four boxes :'( hahaha)
Aside from the diffculty getting it setup, the lack of HDMI audio via the BD button, and the lackluster upscaling I was very pleased with the price:performance ratio from this unit and would highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a decent AV receiver on a budget. Over all I give it 4.5 / 5 *'s
Pros Really stunning how much this AV receiver delivers at its price point (now $399 or less) -- a great buy.
Cons Must read the set-up isections of the owner's manual. If not -- Danger, Will Robinson!! -- you can get way lost in space.
Summary Felt my Sony GX99ES (bought in 1992 for >$1K) albeit with its sweet, clean sound (THD 0.07% vs 1% with this model) had run its course and owed me nothing after almost 20 years. This new receiver makes me wonder if the human ear can actually hear and notice the difference -- because the sound quality of the new receiver is top notch, as are its up-to-date features, e.g., multiple HDMI connects, GUI, etc. Plus, it's beautifully designed, if kept dusted. Solid 5-star performer.