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Sony STRDE597 6.1 Channel Audio/Video Receiver (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • Home theater - 6.1-channel receiver with 100 watts per channel; measures 16.9 x 6.25 x 12.25 inches (W x H x D)
  • Digital Cinema Sound system produces audio comparable to Hollywood soundstage
  • For three-dimensional sound - 32 bit processing
  • Analog audio, optical digital, coaxial digital, composite video, component video (2 inputs, 1 output), composite monitor, and a headphone jack
  • Dolby Digital EX, DTS-ES, DTS Neo:6, and Pro Logic II processing
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Product Specifications

Brand NameSony
Output Wattage100
Color Nameblack
Special FeaturesDigital cinema sound system, Analog audio, Optical digital, Composite video

Technical Details

  • Digital cinema sound system
  • Analog audio
  • Optical digital
  • Composite video

Product Details

Product Manual [2.13mb PDF]
  • Item Weight: 23 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 19.2 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0001NBH2G
  • Item model number: STR-DE597
  • Batteries 2 AA batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,474 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 8, 2006

Product Description

The heart of your home audio/video system is the receiver, and the STR-DE597 is ready to rock. It will handle your music or home theater with 6.1 channels (100 watts per channel). Bring on the DVDs and laser discs, because the STR-DE597 supports many audio formats, including Dolby® Digital, Dolby® DigitalEX, dts®, 96k/24 bit-dts ES®, Dolby® Pro Logic® II Decoding, and 32-bit Dolby® Digital. And, it features 11 sound field modes; Movie (3), Music (3), AFD (4), and 2 Channel (1). Includes 30 station presets, A & B/A or B Speaker Switch, Component Video Pass-Through, and UniCommander® Pre-Programmed Remote Control.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Dr. James on January 13, 2005
I replaced a pieced-together home theater system with this as my new system's centerpiece. Before, I had a DVD player that had its own decoder, then output in 5.1 separate analog channels, then ran to two separate amplifiers- one for front speakers, the other for center and surround. Although the Sony has multi-channel analog inputs which could have allowed me to keep my old DVD player, I decided to simplify my system. Now one optical digital cable connects the DVD player to the Sony amp, then the amp sends the juice to all my speakers- much better! The Sony will decode any and all formats including DTS and up to 6.1 channels. There seems to be plenty of power per channel and a remarkable clarity from bass to treble.

I wouldn't call setup easy or simple, but after 2 or 3 tries with the menu I was able to select the proper number of speakers attached. One nice feature is that the amp can be set to A.F.D., which automatically reads the best digital format from your disc and powers the speakers accordingly. So once it's set up you can pretty much not adjust it again except for volume. For those who want custom sound you can adjust the amp to account for how far away your speakers are- the factory default is 10 feet which seems fine to me.

My only complaint is the manual didn't come with instructions for how to teach the remote to control the DVD player- especially frustrating since I bought a Sony DVD player!

Overall, this unit does everything I wanted, is straightforward to operate and provides a lot of power for the money.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Troy J. Martin on February 22, 2005
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This amp replaced a ten-year-old Technics Pro-Logic amp that served me well but died suddenly.

The 6.1 channels of 100 watts each deliver a much smoother and clearer sound in my Olson and Technics speakers than the old amp did. Music and movies sound better than I have ever heard in my family room. Other than special releases, I have no reason now to set foot in a movie theatre.

The DSP features are plentiful enough for the average user; after all, who needs 11 different presets just to listen to 2-channel stereo recordings? The three different presets for music are more than enough, as are the three sets for movies. There are also plenty of matrix surround schemes to choose from: ProLogic, ProLogic II Movie, ProLogic II Music, DTS Neo:6 Cinema and Music.

The only drawback to this amp is that it does not have a phono input. I highly recommend the STR-DE597, especially for the price.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Christopher A. VINE VOICE on January 31, 2005
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I've been running my home theater on this receiver for about three weeks now.

(1) The sound quality output to my Polk RT loudspeakers is just as good as I've come to expect from Sony. Good for both movies and music.

(2) The design is very clean and fairly simple.

(3) The set-up is not as intutive as the Sony STR-DE525 that I also have, but once I read the manual, it was not difficult. In fact, the "easy set-up mode" is quite...easy.

(4) There is NOT the traditional wide-variety of DSP options on this receiver. There are three proprietary Sony DSP modes for movies in addition to the usual Dolby and DTS options.

(5) The BIG Drawback--I was excited about the "headphone theater" DSP option as I often watch movies with my Sennheiser HD280Pro headphones. However, this mode makes the mids (including voices) muffled and tinny, and distorts the bass. So I'm using the traditional 2-ch. stereo mode for headphones, under which movies sound great. A headphone amp might help and solve the problems here, but I doubt it as it sounds like a processing problem and not an amplification problem, but I haven't tried a headphone amp yet.

Overall, I'd say that this is a good receiver, and is inexpensive since the 6.1 format has now been surpassed by 7.1 format. But if you're planning on running only 5.1, as I do, then this amp is a great value.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Sharpe on August 19, 2011
I have had this receiver for close to six years and it sounds just like it did when I got it, if not a little better. I used it in my bedroom for the longest time, then in a small living room where I watched all the Lord of the Rings movies which they all sounded like the theater, Loud hard hitting, clean and very crisp. I can't say I don't like the center channel sound because I have a crapy center channel speaker.

the inputs and outputs are not assignable so I have my DVD player hooked up to Video 2 since that's what has an optical audio in put and DVR is hooked to the DVD input since it has a Coaxial only for DVD input. Yesterday I finally got some Banana plugs for all the outputs and the outputs are pretty flimsy but they hold steady. I've noticed that this receiver gets pretty hot, in fact I looked at the top of it and it looks warped due to heating up:( the receiver is not heavy so I'm sure 100 watts is the very limit to power output. The component video ins and outs are all right together so if you use Monster Cable beware of hard to attach and detach. pretty difficult.

I honestly believe if this receiver was available to me now I might not buy it due to little things like the component ins and outs, non assignable connections, flimsy plugs etc. but for the sound I've gotten out of this product from Sony I give it 4 stars. if it didn't sound this good it would've gotten 3 stars.

here's crutchfield's product page. here you can see a large picture of the back and the front and detailed specs.

EDIT: apparently you can't post links to other website in reviews, you can just google sony and the model number then Crutchfield and it's the first or second picture. you can go on their website to see details and larger pictures although I put some on this page.
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