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Sony STRDH520 7.1 Channel 3D AV Receiver (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • 7.1-channel AV receiver with 100W per channel
  • 6 HD Inputs (4 HDMI, 2 component)
  • 3D pass-through capability
  • HD Digital Cinema Sound (HD DCS)
  • Dolby TrueHD, Pro logic IIz and dts HD enhanced audio codecs
  • 3D pass-through
  • TOTAL 945W (135W/ch x 7 @8ohm, 1kHz, THD 0.05%) 100W + 100W @ 8ohm, 1kHz, THD 1%
1 new from $425.99 5 used from $130.00 2 refurbished from $199.94
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Product Specifications

Brand NameSony
Speaker TypeSystem
Color NameBlack
RMS Power Range - Amplifiers270 watts

Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Sony
  • Model: STRDH520
  • Output Wattage: 270 Watts
  • Surround Sound Channel Configuration: 7
  • Color Name: Black

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 12.8 x 6.2 inches ; 16.8 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 21 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • Item model number: STRDH520
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (315 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,390 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 12, 2011

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Sony STR-DH520 7.1 Channel 3D AV Receiver, Black

STRDH520 Main
  • 7.1 Channel A/V Receiver (100W x7 @ 8 ohms 1kHz 1% THD)
  • 6 HD Inputs (4 HDMI®, 2 Component)
  • 3D pass-through
  • HD Digital Cinema Sound (HD DCS)
  • Dolby TrueHD, Pro logic IIz and dts HD Enhanced Audio Codecs2
  • BRAVIA Widget unified TV on-screen interface5
  • Audio Return Channel uses just one cable for TV audio6
  • Standby pass-through of Audio & Video via HDMI connected devices
  • Fully Assignable inputs allows for use of all connections
  • BRAVIA Sync for multi-device control w/ one remote4
  • Sony Pre-programmed Remote Control included
  • 24p True Cinema pass-through

Step up your home entertainment experience with Sony's STR-DH520 receiver that delivers 7.1 powerful channels of sound and allows up to six HD connections.6 Plus, enjoy incredible sound quality while you watch 3D sports movies and games from connected 3D devices.1 Audio Return Channel ensures that you enjoy surround sound even when you watch television delivered straight to your connected HDTV.6

STRDH520 Connectivity

The Latest Technology

Well Connected

A total of six HD inputs guarantee utmost connectivity and versatility. Four HDMI inputs with 3D pass-through allow you to connect a 3D Blu-ray Disc player, PS3 system, cable box or other device to enjoy 3D movies, video games and TV shows. But wait, there's more: two component HD inputs ensure all your compatible devices can get in on the action.


3D Pass-through

Enter a new dimension in home entertainment. Featuring four HDMI inputs with 3D pass-through, you can connect your compatible 3D Blu-ray Disc player, PS3 system, cable box or satellite receiver to enjoy a spectrum of 3D entertainment.1 Don't yet have a 3D-compatible device? No problem; all HD inputs are also compatible with standard 2D devices.

STRDH520 Cinematic Sound

Cinematic Sound

Get blown away by the sounds of your favorite movies and hear them the way they were meant to be heard. Engineered around Sony's intimate knowledge of movie sound production, HD Digital Cinema Sound mode recreates the precise acoustics of the theater and delivers an immersive cinematic experience right to your own home.

Smart Design, Smart Features

Advanced Blu-ray Disc Audio Decoding and 24p True Cinema (pass-through)

Experience sound closer to the way it was captured with LPCM, Dolby trueHD, ProLogic IIz and dts-HD master audio codecs.2 Also, watch Blu-ray Disc movies in their native frame rate (24 frames per second) when paired with a 24p HDTV and playback device like a Blu-ray Disc Player or PlayStation3 gaming console via HDMI cable.

BRAVIA Widget Control and Sync Capability

Connect to select Sony 2011 Televisions and experience an integrated user interface on-screen.5 Conveniently operate and control select Sony BRAVIA Sync devices with one remote including: Sony Blu-ray Disc Players, BRAVIA HDTVs, Sony home theater products, Handycam Camcorders and Cyber-shot Digital Cameras.4

Audio Return Channel

Eliminate the need for extra cables connected to your TV. This feature allows audio to be sent from your compatible TV to your receiver through the same HDMI cable already being used to send audio and video to your TV.6

Standby pass-through of Audio and Video

Conveniently access all your HDMI connected devices without having to power on the receiver.

What’s in the box: Sony STR-DH520 7.1 Channel 3D AV Receiver, Remote Control with Batteries (AA x 2), FM Wire Antenna, AM Loop Antenna, Quick Setup Guide, Operating Instructions and 2-Year Sony Parts and Labor Warranty.

1Requires 3D content, 3D HDTV, 3D glasses, 3D emitter, and HDMI cable (at least 10.2 Gbps).
2Requires HDMI cable and LPCM capable receiver.
3Requires HDTV with equivalent display and HDMI cable sold sep.
4Syncs with BRAVIA Sync or Theatre Sync products.
5Can be used only when [sound bar, receiver, etc.] is connected to a Sony XBR-EX620, EX630, EX720, EX820, EX830, NX830, HX820, HX830, or HX930 series BRAVIA HDTV via HDMI cable sold sep.
6Requires HDMI cables sold sep.

Product Specifications

100 x 7
2 Years
3D Pass-through Ready?: Yes
Remote Included:
Yes, IR Wireless
Advanced Audio Formats:
  • Dolby Digital/Plus
  • Dobly Digital EX/Surround EX
  • Dobly Pro Logic/II/IIx/IIz
  • DTS/DTS-ES/96/24
  • Tuner: Sirius/XM/AM/FM
  • Component Video: 2
  • Analog Audio: 2
  • Analog Stereo Mini Jack: 1
  • Digital Coaxial/Digital: 1/2
  • HDMI: 4
  • Outputs:
  • Component Video: 1
  • Analog Audio: 0
  • Headphone Out: Yes(Gold)
  • Subwoofer Pre-out: 1
  • HDMI: 1
  • Amplifier Features:
  • Advanced Auto Volume
  • Analog Direct
  • Night Mode
  • Speaker Selector (A Speakers Only)
  • Tuner Station Name Display
  • Dimensions/Weight: 17 x 6.25 x 12.75 Inches/16.8 lb

    Product Description

    Sony STRDH520 7.1 Channel 3D AV Receiver (Black)

    Customer Questions & Answers

    Customer Reviews

    When I watch movies the sound is unbelievable, concerts sound great too...
    David Sanchez Oquendo
    The new 7.1 sounds awesome, the hdmi connections with my Sony Bravia TV and Blu-ray player work together.
    J Cooper
    Took a little while and a little instruction reading to figure out how to get everything just right.
    Bill Macy

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    146 of 153 people found the following review helpful By S. Brown on May 11, 2011
    Verified Purchase
    I am very happy with this receiver and had no problems with set up. My system is fairly simple but it replaced a Pioneer receiver with no HDMI inputs, so it is nice to be up with the times. I went ahead and upgraded to a Sony BX37 Blue Ray player as well. I went from cord all over the place to 3 HDMI cords: (FIOS to TIVO), TIVO to receiver, Receiver to TV, Blue Ray player to receiver. I had a box of old optical, analog and component video connectors left! I especially like the fact that the TV still gets picture and sound even with the receiver in Standby, and that the receiver and blu ray player can be operated from the same remote. Many options for surround sound etc. so I am just scratching the surface. Very nice value for the money:)
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    71 of 73 people found the following review helpful By J. C. Punzel on November 30, 2011
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    This is certainly a great receiver if you need something to handle a TV and a couple of other devices. Sound quality is great for modest speaker setups, and the Dolby decoder does an excellent job. However, it's lacking in inputs and doesn't have much flexibility for multiple non-HDMI devices. For the price, this is to be expected and it won't be a problem for most people. But since I didn't see these things mentioned in previous reviews, I'll list them here:

    * Component inputs will not be converted and passed through to HDMI to the TV. If you use component inputs, you need another component cable running to the TV. I know, no big surprise, no other receivers at this price point will do that either.

    * No phono/pre-amp input. Again, not a big deal, if you're one of the few people that still uses a turntable (like me), you'll need to buy a separate pre-amp.

    * A maximum of 4 video-capable devices can be plugged into this receiver. Practically speaking, at least two of those will have to be HDMI if you want to fully utilize this box. Component and analog inputs are extremely limited. If you don't have a mostly HDMI setup, I would recommend searching for a PDF of the owner's manual before buying this receiver to make sure that all of your devices can be plugged in.

    * Fortunately, you can reassign inputs based on your needs, BUT this is limited as well. For instance, you cannot assign any of the composite (yellow) video inputs to the BD/DVD mode. The only modes that can handle both analog video and sound inputs are "VIDEO" and "SAT/CATV". Another cost-saving measure by Sony.

    * Only one optical audio input can be used. The second one is for TVs without the HDMI audio return channel capability. If your TV supports HDMI 1.4, then that optical input will probably stay unused forever. It cannot be reassigned to a second device with optical support.
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    105 of 113 people found the following review helpful By M. Grosser on May 25, 2011
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    I was originally looking at Pioneer and Denon before this Sony caught my eye. For the price and the features, this thing seemed like almost too good to be true. Fortunately, it's a solid product. It may lack some of the higher end bells and whistles (S-AIR, AirPlay, etc) but for a solid 7.1 system for a living room, it's awesome. It drives a set of Sony 7.1 speakers very well and offers very clear, dynamic sound. This may not be the best choice if you have a huge living room, but I barely tap its power before it gets more than loud enough for my condo. All in all, it's an excellent product for an excellent price here on Amazon.
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    84 of 93 people found the following review helpful By Frazier on June 25, 2011
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    I luv this receiver, it has every feature available except one, no S-Air slot for wireless speaker capability. I have this DH-520 and a Sony S-480 blu-ray player. I am finally able to take advantage of my Sony bravia Hdtv, Sony 3d HD receiver and Sony blu ray, i have always wanted to hear dts-hd and dolby truehd audio formats, the receiver will decode ANY audio format available, I also like that you can change up the speakerpattern from7.1, 7.0, 6.1, 6.0, 5.1, 5.0, 4.1, 4.0, 3.1, 3.0 and 2.1 and 2.0. Awesome, very fast to switch between one another. Thanks to bravia sync, my 40" HDTV, my HD 3D receiver and my blu-ray player can all be controlled with one remote, any remote from the 3 units.Also this receiver has a nice selection of sound fields available, from HD-D.C.S, to PL, PLII, PLIIx, PLIIz, and neo:6 BUT...I dont notice much difference wit this and my old setup: a 1080p upscaling dvd player and a 6.1 sony reeiver. whenplaying a dvd with the 1080p dvd player using dts-es with the 6.1 receiver, sounds the same maybe even better than dts-hd blu ray 5.1 or dolby truehd 5.1, at least dts-es is 6.1 and extremely loud since i have a 15" powered sub and all my speakers(front l/r, center, surround l/r, surround back, surround back l/r, and front height l/r are all used with nice 3-way speakers on every channel, except floor-standing 4-ways for the front l/r)Definetely recommended as it has the capablity to do everything you need and is available all the way up to 7.1 dts-HD Master Audio and 3D with 4 HDMI inputs and extra component and digital audio inputs/outputs coax and optical.:)
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    33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 26, 2011
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    What can I say, it's a Sony receiver. I replaced a ten year old Pioneer unit with this, and I am so pleased. My rats nest of wires has disappeared now that I only need one HDMI cable running up to my TV. The sound is good through my Bose speakers, and the setup was a snap. I saw that there were a lot of adjustments I could make to the sound setup, but the default sounded great to me and I haven't adjusted it. One thing I like is that it seemed to detect how many speakers I had plugged in and configured itself to work with them. Very nice.

    It's a Sony, so it will last for years, and the HDMI and 3D capability make sure it won't become obsolete for a good while.
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