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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the money, December 24, 2009
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This review is from: Sony STR-DH100 2-Channel Audio Receiver (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer) (Electronics)
I purchased the Sony STR-DH100 2-channel audio receiver to replace a Sansui 5500 from the early 1970s. The Sansui had stopped working and I decided to replace it with a new amp. The Sansui was from the era of walnut cabinets, brushed aluminum and hefty transformers. The Sony is different in that regard. It is plain and black plastic and weighs about one-third the weight of the Sansui. I panicked when I started looking for a stereo receiver as there are now very few being made and few of the brands are recognizable to those of us who were buying stereos forty years ago. Now all receivers seem to have 5, 7, 9 or 12 speakers. I can't think of any reason I would want to have 12 speakers stashed around my living room. There are only about three choices in this Sony's price range. The next nearest competition costs about three times as much. So far I have been satisfied with the sound from this amp, especially for the price. But, I do miss the days when receivers (and other stereo equipment) looked like they were worth the money they cost. And if you are one of the new generation who thinks it is more important to have good sound for your videos instead of the music you listen to, then this amp also works well for that. I watched a James Bond movie the other night and put the sound through a pair of 100 watt speakers and it was like being in my local movie theater. I'm not sure how having ten more speakers could have improved the sound in any way that I could discern. If you desire or need a stereo receiver/amplifier, buy soon--they are a dying breed and this Sony is good value for the money.
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