- Brand Name: Sony
- Model Number: STR-DE985/B
- Output Wattage: 100 Watts
- Surround Sound Channel Configuration: 6.1
Sony STR-DE985/B Dolby/DTS Surround Receiver with 6.1-Channel Inputs (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
- 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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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›