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Sony STR-DE985/B Dolby/DTS Surround Receiver with 6.1-Channel Inputs (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

4.5 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews

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  • 6.1-channel audio/video surround receiver with 100 watts per channel
  • Dolby Digital, DTS, Dolby Pro Logic II surround decoding; custom DSP sound fields
  • 6.1- and 5.1-channel analog audio inputs accommodate high-resolution multichannel formats like SACD and DVD-Audio
  • 4 digital-audio inputs, 1 digital output; includes phono input for turntable
  • 20 FM and 10 AM radio station presets; includes learning, preprogrammed remote control
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Sony
  • Model Number: STR-DE985/B
  • Output Wattage: 100 Watts
  • Surround Sound Channel Configuration: 6.1

Product Description

Product Description

You wonM-^Rt believe all of the features packed into this one Sony receiver! Boasting Dolby« Digital EX, DTS, Dolby Pro Logic II decoding, and Digital Cinema Sound, you'll think you're at a concert hall or at the movies. Connections include 4 S-video, 2 component video, and 5 digital inputs. Also, the 6.1-channel inputs can't wait for high-resolution, multi-channel audio sources like SACD!


This full-featured surround receiver is ready to take on media of today, tomorrow, and even yesterday. The STR-DE985/B pumps out 100 watts per channel across six main channels (left, right, center, left/right surround, and center surround) and has a dedicated subwoofer output for a seventh. You get everything from Dolby Digital and DTS surround decoding to Dolby Pro Logic II processing (creating 5.1 channels from two) and 6.1-channel analog inputs to accommodate the latest high-resolution audio formats like SACD and DVD-Audio.

The receiver includes an FM/AM tuner with 30 station presets (20 FM, 10 AM) and a learning, preprogrammed remote control with macro ability for, say, turning on every component in your system in the appropriate order. There's even a phono input for a turntable, which may be sitting neglected in a closet despite that box of LPs in the living room. And a second-room output (stereo left/right analog RCA) lets you feed a smaller integrated amplifier with the audio from the STR-DE985/B.

Two switched AC outlets let you plug other devices into the receiver, conserving wall sockets and powering up the plugged devices at the same time as the receiver.

What's in the Box
Receiver, remote control, batteries, user's manual, warranty information.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 14.5 x 17 x 6.2 inches
Item Weight 25.3 pounds
Shipping Weight 25.3 pounds
Manufacturer Sony
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Item model number STR-DE985/B
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4.5 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,303 in Electronics > Home Audio & Theater > Home Theater Systems > Receivers & Amplifiers > Receivers
#6,067 in Electronics > Home Audio & Theater > Stereo System Components
Date first available at Amazon.com June 27, 2002

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By A Customer on November 18, 2002
...but it doesn't entirely walk the walk.
The upsides? A bevvy of inputs, slick looking, a whole slew of decoding options, the clean feel of the nightglow remote. Easy to set up, but still a tweaker's paradise if you want to dig into the menus.
The downsides? The amplifier section of this receiver is much weaker than one would expect from a receiver rated at "100W x 6". I guess that's why Sony sells an "ES" line...
Honestly, I really like this receiver. It has a good number of A/V inputs... probably enough for your average Joe with a VCR, DVD, satellite and possibly a game console, and if you take advantage of the two component inputs it has MORE than enough. There are also enough digital inputs, as well, but only one of the four are coaxial. The DSP modes are plentiful (a few of them are actually useful, which is rare in my opinion), and the '985 does the new Dolby Digital EX mode which is astounding if you have a center rear speaker connected (fire up Star Wars: Phantom Menance and you'll see). No DTS-ES, though. I can deal with that given the low [$$$] price.
Odds are, the default settings that are given in the manual will suit 90% of the '985 users. But if you are one of the 10%, you'll *really* like the additional features, such as the subwoofer crossover that is selectable in 10hz increments for the L/R, Ctr, Rears. Indepentant of each other, no less. There is also a three band parametric EQ for timbre matching your center channel if it is a different brand than the left & right. The remote is glow-in-the-dark and learning, and can even remember three fifteen-step macros. Coolness.
But like I mentioned earlier, the amplifier section really falls short. The "100W x 6" rides a technically fine advertising line.
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I actually purchased the STR-DE1075 first but returned it. The STR-DE985 is the new year model and they have made a couple of really significant changes. The STR-DE1075 advertises the multi-room capability... a big seller for me. But when I got it home it wasn't as easy to set up as advertised. It also didn't have any output for a 2nd set of speakers. The STR-DE985 corrected this issue. Sony has added another set of terminals coupled with the A/B speaker selection. The 2nd room feature still uses RCA plugs ... I'm still not sure how to set that up ... I was hoping I could just use existing speakers. There are more digital/optical inputs as well as more S Video inputs than the STR-DE1075. The STR-DE985 looks almost identical to the STR-DE1075 which was a great value ... but just not thought out too well. The STR-DE985 is everything the STR-DE1075 was and more ... The remote is smaller and a lot more comfortable in the hand ... Recommended for all ...
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i have an strde885 and an strde985 running off of the same input. this 985 is soooo adjustable: vol for individual speakers WITHIN the three ways, crossovers, etc. this may be a dinosaur because it doesnt have hdmi, but this receiver is the benchmark! pre-out for subwoofer...its 6.1 too. i cant say enough about this! the 885 is almost as good; i just have to use a dj amp to power a rear center...
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