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Sony STRDG720 7.1 Audio Video Receiver - Black (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
- 7.1 Channel Audio/Video Receiver
- 105 Watts X 7 Amplifier Power (8 ohms, 1Khz, 1.0% THD)
- Accepts 1080/60p and 24p video signal via HDMI
- 1080p HDMI w/ Active Intelligence (3in/1out)
- BRAVIA Sync (HDMI CEC)
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The STR-DG720 7.1 Ch. A/V Receiver delivers the Full HD 1080 experience to a home theater system. This new 1080p A/V Receiver features HDMI with “Active Intelligence” and 1080/24p signal capability thus making it compatible with Blu-ray Disc Disc, the PlayStation 3 and other HD sources. Need more HDMI inputs— The STR-DG720 features three HDMI inputs that allow the desire for more HD content to grow. Speaking of an enhanced experience, the STR-DG720 decodes uncompressed audio (LPCM via HDMI) so you can hear the original mix of your favorite BD titles. Looking for simplicity— BRAVIA Sync provides a one button operation (via HDMI) of your entire A/V experience with a select number of BRAVIA televisions. Because no room is perfect, Sony’s Digital Cinema Auto Calibration (and its supplied microphone) simplifies speaker set up and optimizes speaker performance with the push of one button in just 30 seconds. Do you want to connect your iPod or Walkman— Would like to listen satellite radio— Well, the STR-DG720 features a DIGITAL MEDIA PORT connection which expands its flexibility to playback music from various audio sources (i.e. iPod, Walkman, PC, etc?) with one of the various accessories (sold separately) whereas the XM Connect-and-Play Ready feature provides the ability to access XM satellite radio programming in surround sound.
Top Customer Reviews
I like this receiver because it just plain works. You don't have to spend hours configuring it, either. It comes with a microphone that is used during an automated setup, and it does a pretty good job adjusting the output levels to the speakers.
All in all, I would rate this a 4 out of 5 stars. It's a solid unit with good features. The only downsides are:
1) The IR remote control is has to be aimed fairly precisely at the unit. I use a Logitech Harmony One, which is great, but sometimes the receiver misses a command that I've pushed.
2) The HDMI switching works well, but the delay when switching from from an SD to HD source (and vice versa) is a tad long.
The upsides are:
1) It just plain works with the PS3 and a 1080p HDTV. You don't have to scour the Internet to figure out how to make it do what it's supposed to do.
2) It sounds great...albeit to a non-audiophile.
3) It has HDMI switching with 3 inputs.
4) It looks cool.
I recently voluntarily "agreed" to remove the rear channel speakers from my home theater (in exchange for bigger, bolder front channels). I couldn't figure out for the life of me why my center channel wasn't producing sound, so I combed the Internet for ideas. I couldn't find anything, so I re-ran the auto-configure routine and everything was back to normal. Now I remember that I was temporarily operating with a 2.1 setup.
You have the ability to label the inputs so if you want to name the devices instead of seeing HDMI 1 or Video 1 you can. This really helped the younger ones figure out how to work it. Very user friendly. They just rotate the knob through the different input ports until they find the one that says Wii.
To try to help other amateurs like myself I do want to throw this in. The subwoofer port is for a powered subwoofer with a single jack input. My HTIB subwoofer had a double red and black input jack. They are not compatible. You have to purchase a powered subwoofer separately or purchase a set of speakers with a powered subwoofer included. This in by no means a fault of the receiver, it is just not something I knew and caused me some headache.
I can't think of any negatives at the moment. Well, maybe one. The system is a Sony so of course the remote only wants to control other Sony devices. I don't think there is a way for it to be a "universal remote" to turn the TV on and off. Even my cheap DVD player can do that.
I am a huge proponent of the cheap HDMI cables from Amazon. HDMI Cable 2M (6 Feet)
That is all I have ever used and I have never had any problems. They work with everything and I have seen no reason to buy expensive/overpriced cables.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I even have a media port set up for my Apple iPod.Read more
Not many places to get it repaired (and I live in LA). Ridiculously expensive to ship to get it repaired.Read more