Sony STR-DH800 7.1-Channel Audio Video Receiver (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- 7.1-channel A/V receiver
- 7 HD inputs (4 active HDMI and 3 component inputs)
- Enhanced color range (Deep Color and x.v.Color technology)
- Blu-ray audio decoding (Dolby TrueHD/ DTS Master Audio/Linear PCM)
- Wireless multi-room audio (S-Air ready)
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|Connectivity Technology||hdmi, wireless||Wired||Analog Audio In, MHL, Coaxial, Optical In, Pre Out (Subwoofer), Headphone Out, USB, AV In, HDMI||wi-fi_built_in, bluetooth, hdmi, wi-fi_ready|
|Item Dimensions||16.9 x 12.6 x 6.2 in||10.9 x 16.9 x 5.2 in||15.69 x 19.5 x 9.25 in||18 x 22.5 x 11 in|
|Item Weight||18.3 lbs||14 lbs||19 lbs||22 lbs|
|Output Wattage||110 watts||270 watts||145 watts||160 watts|
|Additional Features||—||2 Channel, 5 analog audio inputs, AM/FM tuner, Auto standby||3D Compatiblity||—|
|Number of Audio Channels||7||2||5.2||7.2 channel|
The STR-DH800 7.1 Channel A/V Receiver delivers the Full HD 1080 experience to a home theater system. This newly designed 1080p A/V Receiver features 7 HD inputs including 4 HDMI inputs with "Active Intelligence" that allow the desire for more HD content to grow. In addition, the STR-DH800 is compatible with 24p True Cinema technology video signals and decodes uncompressed audio formats (Dolby TrueHD/dts Master Audio/LPCM via HDMI) making it compatible with Blu-ray DiscPlayers , the PlayStation 3 Technology and other HD sources. Simply plug in the optional S-Air transmitter and turn on the AirStation client (sold separately) and listen to your favorite music in another room or in multiple rooms.
Top customer reviews
The auto cal. does a great job at setting up speaker levels & distances. Night mode is also nice. The manual & menu may not be friendly to a newbie. An onscreen menu function would have been nice. If your seat is more than 10 ft. away, as mine is, you will end up standing or straining your eyes to make small adjustments. The receiver is relatively tall, but it is not very deep. It has a nice & simple layout. The buttons & knobs have smooth action & the display is not distracting while watching movies. It does not generate very much heat.
It has been a long time since I purchased home theater equipment & I am very satisfied with my purchase. My system includes: a Sony STR-DH800, Samsung BD-P1600, Sony DVPNS710H, Xbox 360 Elite (Resident Evil LE), Dayton HTS 1200 surrounds, Sony bookshelves, Logitech Harmony 550 remote, Dayton SUB-80, & Vizio 47XVT. Been busy since Christmas.
At it's current price, this receiver is definitely worth a look. I am sure you will not be disappointed. It has helped me save over [...] based on the HTIB I was considering.
Some people did complain about not getting picture only sound when using composite and component inputs when using a HDMI output that they didn't cross function in the receiver, knew that from reading other reviews but it didn't bother me because I would be using HDMI only for picture and sound for video games, bluray players and HDTV, cant get full 1080p with the other two hookups. Sony did later release another model the DH810 changed that video issue, but would not recommend using the Red White Yellow or the addition Blue and Green coaxle plugs for good picture quality. Now if you don't use an HDTV there are lots of other input and output options to use on the back of this receiver for video and sound.
While it would have been nice to have on-screen menus, setup was still easy with the single-line LCD panel on the receiver. The auto-calibration worked like a champ and easily detected my 3.1 speaker setup. The bravia sync feature works as well as I was hoping -- it automatically switches to the proper inputs and outputs when I use my Sony TV to control what device I'm using (cable box, ps3, blu-ray player). I also have an Apple airport express hooked up so I can stream music through the receiver from my Mac. A nice touch is that I can give the connections my own labels, so the LCD on the receiver says PS3 when I'm using the PS3, TV when I'm viewing the TV, and BD when I'm watching a blu-ray disc.
I'm very pleased with the sound -- it sounds every bit as good as I was expecting, perhaps a little better. When I was streaming some old favorites I heard some things I never heard before which caught me by surprise. Movies and the TV also all sound terrific.
I used to be the type of person to mix and match equipment to get the best specs I could afford but I decided to go with all Sony products (except for my trusty Klipsch Heresy speakers) so I could take advantage of the bravia sync features. While it was initially a little bit confusing figuring out how to hook it all up (for example, I had to hook up the cable box with component cables rather than HDMI, and an optical cable for digital audio) it now all works very well.