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5.0 out of 5 stars A great entry level or upgrade system for anyone, November 18, 2011
This review is from: Sony STRDH520 7.1 Channel 3D AV Receiver (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer) (Electronics)
I got this unit to replace my ten year old Sony receiver. (STR K840P) The initial reason was for the HDMI input ports (4). My old unit had none. I was going to just get one of those gadgets that allows multiple inputs to just one output but after researching them, I figured out that it was going to cost me almost as much as this NEW receiver. It didn't take me long to decide on which to buy. ;)

The setup was easy, as I just sat it beside my old unit and moved the wires to the new one. The layout on the back panel was almost exactly the same as my old unit, so it only took me a few minutes. A new setup, from scratch, would take hours as you would be running speaker wires, placing speakers and the such, so I can't say it will be easy for everyone as it was for me. Then, all I had to do was follow the simple instructions in the pamphlet to tell it to use my old 5.1 setup. This is a 7.1 setup, so if you are replacing a 5.1, you need to tell it you are not using the extra two speakers (7.1).

Now, for the really fun part!!!!!! Boy, was I surprised at the sound!!!! I think it was a combination of my old unit deteriorating slowly over the years and me not noticing the subtle change and also the new technology of today's systems. I was WOWED out of my seat! My streaming content now really rocks and DVDs sound better than ever. And for the real test, it drove my cats crazy chasing the sound all over the living room. ;) I was as awestruck replacing an old 5.1 as I was replacing TV speakers with my first 5.1 ten years ago.

Oh yeah, I kept my old speakers and only got the new receiver. So, the improvement is solely due to the receiver. Also, I noticed no video quality degradation by going through this unit as opposed to going directly from the Blue-ray player to the TV. Plus, for audio, I was using the digital audio out port (orange coded on Sony's) for my audio on the old unit, so I was getting the best signal possible at the time my old unit was produced.
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