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Sony STR-DE975 Surround Sound Receiver (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
- Home theater receiver with 110 watts' power output across 5 channels
- 24-bit Dolby Digital and DTS decoder, 32-bit DSP with 27 acoustic environments
- 5.1-channel input for new high-resolution multichannel audio sources such as SACD
- 3 optical digital inputs, 1 coaxial digital input
- Preprogrammed and learning 2-way LCD remote control
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Let Sony make the most out of your audio and video components with this 110-watt-per-channel A/V receiver. With great features like Dolby« Digital, DTS, and Dolby« Pro Logic decoding, all the sounds you hear from your movies will make you feel just like youM-^Rre a part of the action. Thirty AM/FM random presets allow you to access your favorite radio stations at the touch of a button.
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I particularly like how the unit holds a unique setting for each function. For example, if you watch DVD's using, let's say, the "Cinema A" setting while in DVD mode, but prefer to hear FM radio in tuner mode on the "Disco/Club" setting, it remembers both without having to toggle through to each every time you switch between one mode or the other. In tuner mode, it will also remember whatever setting you assign each radio station (102.9 on "Disco/Club" and 101.1 on "Concert Hall", for example). Another good feature is being able to name each radio station you preselect, along with each mode of the unit.
One of the handiest things about the unit is that I can now control almost all my audio/video components with just one remote! The one that came with the receiver can be programmed to operate most newer equipment.
The on-screen equilizer adjustment rocks.
The sound output is strong and clear. It far surpasses the receiver it replaced.
There's a bit of a learning curve to program the thing to your room and tastes, but I was impressed with the sound right out of the box. Tweaking it only affirmed that I made a good purchase.
More features than I ever hoped for. Sound quality is awesome! This reciever gets great use out of the On Screen Display, expecially with the built-in Graphics Equalizer.
*** (added later) This unit also has a secondary remote frequency so that you can use 2 Sony Recievers and not have 'Remote interference', I use the Old Sony receiver for the second room (though both are close enough that the remote would effect both). Very Nice!
*** And for one of the other reviewers, my old Receiver powers my 'Second' Front Speakers, something that is a little less important with 5.1 unless you're sending the Audio to a second room (which this one does).
I would like built in video switching between the SVideo bus and the Composite Video bus. As is I must change the video input on the TV to switch between the DVD and VCR. Steeper Learning curve than the reciever it replaced!
I would definatly recomend this reciever to anybody looking in it's price range. The Graphics EQ, Multi-Room, and Surround capabilitys really sell the STR-DE975. The main differance between this one and the 1075 is a Rear Center Channel is added (on the 1075).
Plan on spending a few days with the somewhat helpfull manual to get things set-up as you like them. Settings like speaker size effect how much bass goes through speakers, or is redirected to SW. It took me a couple days to get Dolby Digital sound from DVD - the problem was with the DVD player (I set it to RAW output, and then all these extra lights came on the reciever as it now reconized the signal...) I wish that either manual (receiver of the DVD player) would have had better trouble shooting for this case!
*** Since posting this review I upgraded to a Sony DVP315 DVD player. No problem getting surround to work and the remote easily works with it - though you must still use the DVD Remote buttons to navigate many menu features.
A second Subwoofer output gives new life to an underpowered SW if you upgrade it in the future. I recieved Sony's 50w SW FREE as part of a promotion, and use it to complement the one that came with the speakers.
S-Link and Control A1-II busses make buying other Sony components much more attractive, and add many cool intrgration features.
Without the Onscreen Display the EQ would be pratically worthless, it really helps to see the whole curve on the TV as you adjust it. It also works with all chanels independantly Front speakers (adjusted together), Center, and Surround (adjusted together).