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Sony STRDH820 7.2 Channel 3D AV Receiver (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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3.9 out of 5 stars 142 customer reviews
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  • TOTAL 945W (135W/ch x 7 @8ohm, 1kHz, THD 0.05%) 110W + 110W @ 8ohm, 1kHz, THD 1%
  • iPod/iPhone video and music playback with included dock
  • 7 HD Inputs (4 HDMI, 3 Component)
  • 3D pass-through,2-Year Parts and Labor Warranty
  • Upconvert/Upscale from analog to 1080p via HDMI (Faroudja DCDi Edge )
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Product Specifications

Brand NameSony
Output Wattage945 watts
Color NameBlack
Built In DecodersDolby® TrueHD, Pro logic IIz and dts® HD Enhanced Audio Codecs
Number of Component InputsHDMI
Number of Component OutputsHDMI, Component
Specification MetHDMI Switching or Repeating
Special Features7.2 Channel, 7 HD Inputs, 3D pass-through, Dual subwoofer pre-outs

Technical Details

  • 7.2 Channel
  • 7 HD Inputs
  • 3D pass-through
  • Dual subwoofer pre-outs

Product Description

Product Description

Enjoy 7.1 channels of incredible surround sound, connect up to seven HD sources6 and listen to music from your iPod5 with Sony’s STR-DH820 receiver. Improve the quality of connected video sources to near HD quality3 or experience incredible sound quality while you watch 3D sports, movies and games from connected 3D devices1. This great receiver also features an easy-to-use menu for simple operation and convenient audio calibration set-up, so you are assured the best possible listening experience.

From the Manufacturer

Enjoy 7.2 channels of incredible surround sound, connect up to seven HD sources and listen to music from your iPod or iPhone via the included dock with the STR-DH820 A/V receiver. Improve the quality of connected video sources to near HD quality or experience incredible sound quality while you watch 3D sports, movies and games from connected 3D devices.

This receiver also has LPCM, Dolby trueHD, ProLogic IIz and dts-HD decoding technologies for audio that is true to the original master recording. An easy-to-use menu provides simple operation while convenient audio calibration set-up assures the best possible listening experience. Additional features include Audio Return Channel which eliminates the need for extra cables connected to your TV, and standby pass-through that lets you access all of your HDMI connected devices without having to power on the receiver.

Sony STR-DH820
Compatible with Blu-ray 3D movies, video games and other 3D content

Sony STR-DH820
Get versatile HD connection options with seven HD inputs. View larger
Well-Connected with 7 HD Inputs

A total of seven 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 inputs ensure all your HD-compatible devices can get in on the action.

Sony STR-DH820
Enter a new dimension with four HDMI inputs with 3D pass-thru for all your 3D entertainment
3D and 24p True Cinema 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. Don't yet have a 3D-compatible device? No problem. The HDMI inputs are also compatible with standard 2D devices.

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 PlayStation 3 gaming console via HDMI cable.

Upscale Video

Greatly improve the image quality of your analog devices to near HD-quality. Here's how: when you connect your analog device to the receiver, the analog signals are converted to digital and output via HDMI to your compatible TV. The result? A much-improved, near-HD image quality that looks better than ever before.

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.

Pure Audio Experience

Revel in extraordinary surround sound. This receiver supports internal decoding and bitstream output of enhanced audio codecs--including LPCM, Dolby trueHD, ProLogic IIz and dts-HD master audio2--which deliver lossless surround sound of discrete audio that's bit-for-bit identical to the master studio recording, and sounds just as Hollywood intended.

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Digital Cinema Auto Calibration

Ensure you get the best sound experience from your A/V receiver and speakers with Digital Cinema Auto Calibration. Simply place the included microphone where you will be seated and settings are automatically optimized based on the distance, delays and placement of your speakers.

On-Screen GUI

Set-up and control the A/V receiver with intuitive on-screen graphical user interface.

Second Zone Audio and Video

Go beyond your home entertainment center. This receiver is equipped with 2nd Zone pre-outs for audio and video, allowing you to push your music and movies to another room.

iPod/iPhone Dock Included

Listen to music and watch video stored on your iPod or iPhone while charging your device with the included dock.

BRAVIA Sync Capable

Conveniently operate and control select Sony BRAVIA Sync devices with one remote including: Sony Blu-ray Disc Players, BRAVIA HDTVs, Sony home theater products.

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Technical Specifications

  • Output Power: 770W (110W x 7)
  • Impedance: 8 Ohms
  • Remote Control: Included
  • Audio Decoding: DSD, DTS, DTS-ES, DTS-HD, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Prologic II/IIx/IIz, Dolby TrueHD, LPCM
  • Multiple Zones: 2nd Zone audio and video
  • Tuner: AM/FM with Auto Scan
  • Tuner Presets: 30 FM, 30 AM
  • BRAVIA Sync Compatible: Yes
  • Inputs: HDMI x 4; Component x 2; RCA AV x 4; Coaxial x 1; Optical x 1; USB x 1
  • Outputs: HDMI x 1; Component x 1; RCA AV x 1; Subwoofer Pre-Out x 2; 3.5mm Headphone x 1
  • Power Requirement: 120V @ 60Hz

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14.8 x 9.5 inches ; 23.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 23.9 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B004QOA920
  • Item model number: STRDH820
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 142 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,027 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: March 3, 2011
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Customer Reviews

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Let me start off by saying that I'm not new to home theater equipment. I've been using receivers for about 10 years now (SONY STR-* receivers) and have been generally happy with them.

When looking for an upgrade from my previous 7.1 receiver to one that supports the new HD audio formats (DTS-HDMA, Dolby TrueHD, LPCM), this one seemed to be the newest, cheapest, full-featured model available (about 300 dollars) without going for last years' model for slightly less. When I mention my "previous receiver", I'm referring to a ~4 or so year old STR-DV10 receiver that cost about 200 bucks at the time (new/retail price).

The first surprise was that this is actually a 7.2 receiver (even stated as such on the box) - it has 2 Subwoofer outputs on the back (Amazon is listing it as a 7.1 channel receiver).

One important thing to me were the speaker outputs on the back - these are all "banana plug" style, making it MUCH more convenient to attach speakers (my previous receivers were the same, but looking at other models it seems like this isn't exactly something that comes standard on all receivers - the others I looked at used the spring/clamping connection method).

Regarding the speakers, one important thing to note is that the traditional 5 channels are all there (Center, Front left/Right, Surround left/right) but the other 2 channels are split between: SURROUND BACK, FRONT HIGH, BI-AMP, or FRONT B - this means you can only use one of these modes (so if you want to use a 7.1 system, you can't also have a separate "B Speakers" setup). Not important to me, but worth noting in case it's important to you. My previous sony receiver (STR-DV10) had 7 Banana plug inputs (for the 7.1) plus 2 Banana plug inputs for the "B" speakers.
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I've owned this unit for 2 months now, and I'm very happy with it. I'm new to home audio, and by no means an audiophile - so this might seem like a layman review (which is probably a plus for many people researching). I paired this receiver along with a mid-range Polk Audio 5.1 speaker set and I'm floored by the difference...then again I'm upgrading from the terrible speakers inside my 50" Plamsa, so I knew I'd be happy with the difference. What I am also happy with is that I didn't take a rocket scientist to figure out how to set this up. After getting my speakers in place (which was the biggest time consumer of this project) and the wires where I needed them, it took about 20 minutes to actually connect the wires and start calibrating.

What I love about this receiver is that it is "up-converting", meaning I could plug my Wii into it with the component cables, and it would output via the HDMI cable. So having only one cable going from the receiver to the TV was a big win for me. Not only that, this unit has an on screen graphical display so I don't have to try to decipher the short hand on the front of the unit. It's very easy to navigate, and the auto calibration with the microphone went seamlessly. I've been able to tweak levels as I see fit as time goes on very easily do to that on screen display.

Another thing I'll say is that this plays very well with my Samsung TV and blu-ray player, which was something I worried about, but all is well. It's very intuitive: if the blu-ray player or Wii is on before I turn on the unit, it automatically switches to whatever input is outputting a signal: big plus for my wife who might be annoyed by the amount of remotes and button pushing to get anything working.

I researched receivers for months before settling on this unit, and I couldn't be happier.
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Finally, Excellent!

A correction: This is a 7.2 Channel 3D A/V Receiver and not a 7.1, which is a nice thing. This unit has 2 subwoofer outputs vs. its two predecessors (800 & 810) which only have one. My comments on this unit are based on my comparative experiences with the STRDH-810 and the STRDH-800 models from Sony. I just purchased and returned 2 of the STRDH-810's, the first had a blown HDM1 port and the neither unit's input port assignment work properly, after searching on the net and reading reviews and comments on various web sites it's apparent this is a major design flaw on the previous models. I spent hours and hours trying to make this work until I finally realized it didn't. On this model, I had everything hooked up and working in 5 minutes.

Off the top, I've only played with this unit for a couple of days, this unit as perfect as perfect can be for a 3D A/V Receiver in this price range. Finally the input assignments are predefined and make sense. 3D Features, I don't know and I don't care since I don't like or watch 3D content. Input assignments, flawless so far. Ease of use and installation, excellent. As far as power, performance and the use of most features I will have to update my review after I receive and connect my subwoofer next week.

My setup consists of a Sony Bravia KDL 46" LCD, Cablevision DVR cablebox, Sony dual cassette tape deck, Sony DVD/VHS Combo Deck, Sony PS/3 game console, Sony Blue-Ray BD unit, Polk Audio Monitor 60's, a CS20 center channel, 4 Monitor 40's for rear and sides and I'm waiting for a Polk DSW Pro 600 to arrive.
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