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Sony STR-DH540 5.2 Channel 4K AV Receiver 725 Watt Receiver (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- iPod/iPhone playback via USB. Dolby TrueHD.
- 4K pass-through. HD Digital Cinema Sound.
- Pro logic IIz and dts HD Enhanced Audio Codecs. 725W (145W x 5 6 ohms 1kHz 0.5% THD)
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|Item Dimensions||13 x 17 x 6.3 in||13.12 x 17.12 x 5.5 in||10.9 x 16.9 x 5.2 in||17.31 x 11.81 x 4.75 in||17.12 x 12.38 x 6.38 in||17.13 x 15.25 x 6 in|
|Item Weight||16 lbs||15.3 lbs||14 lbs||10 lbs||17.9 lbs||19.4 lbs|
|Output Wattage||200 watts||100 watts||270 watts||85 watts||80 watts||50 watts|
|Additional Features||Sleep Timer;3D Compatiblity||Headphone output, Tone Controls||2 Channel, 5 analog audio inputs, AM/FM tuner, Auto standby||Integrated Green Edge technology, Bluetooth technology and DLNA 1.5 compliance, Built-in vTuner (Internet radio) streaming, Front-panel USB port, EzSet/EQ III auto-calibration||5-channel powerful surround sound, Discrete amp configuration, Front panel USB digital connection for ipod, iphone and ipad, Multi-language color OSD, 4K pass-through for next generation super high resolution images||High-power stereo output, 40 AM/FM station presets, Built-in port, Aluminum-extruded front panel, Slim-design remote control|
|Warranty Description||—||2 years||2 year coverage for parts, 2 year coverage for labor||2 years warranty on parts and labor||2 years warranty on parts and labor||2 years warranty|
Queue up your favorite playlist or the latest blockbuster hit stored on your iPod or iPhone, all while charging your device5. Plugging it in to the front-facing USB input couldn't be simpler. And since your device stays charging the whole time, it's ready to go when you are.
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Bring the excitement home with 5.2 channels, 725 watts8 and iPhone and iPod connectivity. It also handles all of your components with 4 HD inputs and 4K resolution
pass-through. Now, all of your music and movies will get the multi-layered sound quality
they deserve with HD Digital Cinema Sound and auto calibration for easy set-up.
Digital Cinema Auto Calibration - Quick Speaker Set Up
Standby pass-through of
24p True Cinema (pass-through)
1. Requires 3D content, 3D HDTV, 3D glasses and HDMI cable (at least 10.2 Gbps).
2. Requires HDMI cable and LPCM capable receiver.
3. Requires HDTV with equivalent display and HDMI cable sold sep.
4. Syncs with BRAVIA Sync or Theatre Sync products.
5. iPod support is limited to the following players: iPod touch, iPod classic, iPod nano 1st, 2nd & 3rd generation, iPod 4th& 5th generation & iPod mini and iPhone 3G, 3Gs and 4G models.
6. Requires HDMI cable sold sep.
7. Requires HDTV and HDMI cable sold sep.
8. 745 Watts Total System power (145W x 5 @ 6 ohms 1kHz 0.5% THD)
Top customer reviews
Then the SAT/CATV port gave out. Ok fine, I can plug the TiVo into another port and reconfigure my universal remote. Then the BD port gave out. Ok now I'm running low on ports. Finally, the TV Out port gave out. Completely unusable now. All in less than 2 years. Bummer.
Had some problems with the initial setup. When you first start the receiver it will ask you whether to begin or skip the easy setup. I could not get the receiver to respond with the up/down or enter buttons. Had to play around with the inputs and enter the setup through the home button. I tried the automated setup with the microphone and the results are questionable. It had the distance for my front/center speakers correct but the subwoofer distance was twice the actual distance. I had to manually adjust the dB for the subwoofer. I also increase the dB for my center so I don't have to adjust the volume up/down so much for speech.
When I turned on the AV receiver it again prompted me to start the easy setup. This time I was able to select an answer and skipped it since I already ran the setup. Problem did not recur afterwards.
Receiver turns on/off with a very loud click. No issues handling the sound from my HTPC via HDMI. Did not need all the extra frills like Airplay/streaming/etc since my HTPC can handle all of that. Handles Plex and Windows Media Center just fine.
I live in a small house with a small room for entertainment. I originally purchased the DH520, but returned it for this newer model. I like the simplicity of on-screen set up including using the set up microphone to determine the sound qualities of your room. It worked well and only took a few minutes to set up. With some minor tweaking, I am happy with the overall sound quality for such an inexpensive receiver. It doesn't pack the bass that my 1970's Yamaha produces, but for a theater sound, it is well balanced and I won't annoy my neighbors and others in the house with excessive bass.
This little guy packs a ton of features into this unit, a much improvement over the previous model. First off, the face is minimalist and less cluttered. Control is done mainly through the remote. If you are familiar with Sony products, there is minimal learning curve getting familiar with the remote. It has a USB input on the front to plug your iPhone, iPod into. I find this handy for the convenience of friends or family using their iPods. I use iTunes Match through my Apple TV when then channels through the HDMI to play music through this stereo.
HDMI inputs are limited to 4, but I only use 3. The pass through works well once it is set up and you can personalize each input to read what you have plugged in. For example, the default setting for one HDMI is Game. I was able to change that to read, "Apple TV". SAT/Cable was changed to "Cable", and BD was changed to "Sony DVD" with ease. My older Sony HDTV has two HDMI inputs, but this receiver expands that because I run the out HDMI to the TV with everything else in. Once I upgrade my TV to one with ARC I will be able to have two way HDMI signal allowing me to run my cable box to the TV and output sound to the receiver, effectively freeing up another HDMI input on the receiver. My receiver will also automatically change inputs from Cable to DVD when I turn on my Sony DVD player. This feature doesn't work with non-Sony products, which would be nice, but not necessary.
There are more expensive "Network Receivers" offering Smart Apps... but let me say this- If you have a Smart TV, or Smart DVD, or Apple TV, Roku, etc that offers Pandora and/or other "Music" Apps you do not need that extra feature. There comes a point where duplicating these apps on each piece of equipment is not only redundant but a waste of money. The other receivers offering these features are also quite limited - based on reviews by many magazines. The few added benefits of Network Receivers is App Remote Controls for Smart Phones or Tablets running Apple or Android. None of those remote apps are true freedom from traditional remotes because they only control the receiver AND based on reviews, suffer from immature development.
This receiver also features 4K passthrough so it is ready for future technology by Sony which is technically Super HD.
This is a great entry level stereo for the person who doesn't need constant high volume. The 5.2 channels and wattage is plenty for small to medium rooms, providing clean accurate sound even at higher volumes for extended periods. This will get loud... very loud, but I don't recommend this stereo if your intention is to play music loud, for long periods of time, over the course of several years. Lower wattage receivers get hotter quicker which puts strain on your stereo. Just pay the extra $100-150 for something with more power instead of overrunning this model.
- Minimalist design with clean front panel free of most buttons.
- Simple to hook up - HDMI Cable to TV out, DVD HDMI In, Apple TV HDMI in, connect speaker wires. Done!
- Some room for expansion (I added my XM Receiver through RCA hookups on back).
- Easy front panel USB port to connect iPod or iPhones for direct music
- Wattage is ample for small to medium size rooms to run audio cool
- Rated for 8 & 6 ohm speakers (older unit only rated for 8 ohm)
- ARC feature will play sound back from ARC featured TV through same HDMI cable
- 4K Passthrough will keep you update for several years
- On Screen Set Up Instructions
- On Screen FM/AM station programming and tuning
- Can have stereo off and watch HDMI devices using passthrough. I didn't like the Standby Mode on the previous years model.
- Stuck with Black. Wish Sony still offered silver for that vintage look.
- If you want a Smart Receiver, this is not it. though I don't think most people need that if they have a Smart DVD Player, TV, Roku, Apple TV, or other Smart Device connected. Just redundant except to use the remote control app which (Denon, Onkyo, Yamaha haven't perfected... yet).
- Can't connect the older turntables without a pre-amp.
- Wattage is limiting, but perfect for those seeking clean sound at what 95% of people think is loud.
One more thing that is not specific to this just this stereo, but almost every modern stereo- The wattage ratings are not accurate compared to older solid state stereos. My old Yamaha produced 50 watts per channel and blows the doors off this and most modern stereos who boast 100-200 watts per channel. Realistically, this is a 35 watt stereo.
The directions were clear, the set up was easy, and most importantly the quality is what I would expect from Sony. I'm no audiophile and wanted a quality receiver to drive my home theater system with previously installed in ceiling high quality speakers.
Best Buy/Magnolia warned me that this receiver would not produce enough watts per channel to accommodate my needs. The tech tried to upsell me to a Denon receiver which I'm sure is great, but was $250.00 more and seemed like overkill. Fortunately, I have a couple of audiophile friends that confirmed that this Sony receiver for my speaker set up and house configuration would be more than sufficient. They were right. I can crank this louder than I would ever listen to music or movies and there is absolutely no perceived distortion. Best Buy lost the sale because they tried to upsell me and Amazon had it at the same price with free shipping.
I don't what else anyone would need. I've got my TV, DVD, Roku and a CD player connected and I also plug my iPad and iPhone into the USB port. Couldn't be happier with this receiver for my needs.
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