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really important notes for first time AV buyers
 
I am an otherwise tech savvy consumer who was temporarily confused after buying this AV receiver. Having purchased my last receiver in 1991 I was only peripherally aware of some important things to note. 1. As stated in another review here (I wish I read it before buying) this receiver doesn't decode Dolby audio over HDMI, a.k.a. HDMI pass through. The manual doesn't explicitly say this--it uses the term pass through but not the part about requiring separate audio. While HDMI normally carr...

Sony STRDG520 TR-DG520 5.1 Channel Home Theater A/V Receiver review can be read at Amazon.Com
 
Anonymous
 Rated It 
5.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 08/04/2008
User Location:
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97% (136 of 139) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
Four Stars for a reason
 
I agree with the previous reviewer about the HDMI connectivity and lack of audio pass through. There are only 2 HDMI inputs and that is a bummer. It is confusing to set up but for me most new gadgets are! Having said all of that I gave it four stars because you get what you pay for. This is a very good ENTRY level A/V receiver. It is cheap in respect to what you can pay. If you want some HDMI inputs and surround sound for DVD, TV and in my case XBox 360 I think this...

Sony STRDG520 TR-DG520 5.1 Channel Home Theater A/V Receiver review by Graeme can be read at Crutchfield
 
Graeme
 Rated It 
4.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 08/07/2008
User Location: Marblehead, MA
Review From: User Review
 
96% (50 of 52) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
Nice Option
 
I do own this product and am not an audiophile per se. I bought this receiver to replace an older HTIB after I purchased a new Sony Bravia LCD TV. Is it the best receiver out there? No. Is it a good receiver for the money? You bet. I paired this receiver with Harman/Kardon surround sound speakers and a Samsung Upconvert DVD player. Guess what? Sounds great. Still figuring out the set up and such but if you do your own research and this receiver is on your list than I don't believe you will be di...

Sony STRDG520 TR-DG520 5.1 Channel Home Theater A/V Receiver review by G. Jones can be read at Amazon.Com
 
G. Jones
 Rated It 
4.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 05/19/2008
User Location: Marblehead, MA
Review From: User Review
 
92% (13 of 14) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
Pass on Pass-through
 
In Crutchfield's defense, they did not recommend this receiver to me. This one is my fault. After a 12-year affair with my old receiver, I purchased this new shiny one. Tantalized by HDMI inputs (as well as a working remote) I bit the bullet and bought what I thought was an affordable, modern receiver. Three months later, I yearn for my old one (donated). The HDMI pass-through technology is an absolute waste. HDMI is supposed to create fewer cables but this...

Sony STRDG520 TR-DG520 5.1 Channel Home Theater A/V Receiver review by David can be read at Crutchfield
 
David
 Rated It 
2.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 07/22/2008
User Location: Los Angeles, CA
Review From: User Review
 
92% (115 of 124) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
Two Thumbs Up for Sony
 
Up until a month ago my "home theater" consisted of a 15 year old 32" tube television with a KOSS home entertainment/DVD system. So forgive me, but this is all new to me. We were going to get an LCD TV, but we got a DLP projector and a Blu-Ray player instead. I had cables all over the place, running to the hi-def cable box and the Blu-Ray player as well as power for it all. What a mess. Never mind that I had to use three different remotes just to change the channel, raise/lower the volume, etc. ...

Sony STRDG520 TR-DG520 5.1 Channel Home Theater A/V Receiver review by Michelle T. "I love to give ho can be read at Amazon.Com
 
Michelle T. "I love to give ho
 Rated It 
4.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 06/04/2008
User Location: New York, USA
Review From: User Review
 
92% (25 of 27) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
HDMI largely useless for audio
 
I bought this receiver, along with a Blu-Ray player, for its HDMI inputs. Hidden in the fine print of the product description are the words "pass-through", which apparently means it can "pass through" audio to a TV via HDMI, but not to speakers which are connected to the receiver. Further research revealed that I'd need to buy the STR-DG820 or 920 to get this internal audio-processing capability. Uh, what's the point of the receiver if it can't utilize the audio via HDMI? Yes, I could connec...

Sony STRDG520 TR-DG520 5.1 Channel Home Theater A/V Receiver review by Marc F. Berezin can be read at Amazon.Com
 
Marc F. Berezin
 Rated It 
2.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 11/19/2008
User Location: Soldotna, AK United States
Review From: User Review
 
91% (45 of 49) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
Good price, good product
 
It does its job.

Sony STRDG520 TR-DG520 5.1 Channel Home Theater A/V Receiver review by Matt can be read at Crutchfield
 
Matt
 Rated It 
5.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 10/16/2009
User Location: Salem, OR
Review From: User Review
 
50% (5 of 10) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
Spec for THD is incorrect
 
The spec for THD in this item is wrong. It shows the THD - Total Harmonic Distortion as .09% - Sony has the same spec as 1%. I think I would believe Sony before Amazon.The THD is a VERY IMPORTANT spec for the quality of your sound and should be taken into consideration. The lower the %, the better.For example - .09% would have been good, 1% or higher, not good.

Sony STRDG520 TR-DG520 5.1 Channel Home Theater A/V Receiver review by Nowhere Man can be read at Amazon.Com
 
Nowhere Man
 Rated It 
1.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 03/12/2008
User Location: Nowhere
Review From: User Review
 
21% (16 of 76) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
Solid for the money
 
This receiver gives you decent value for the money. The following are short-comings:It will not decode the audio from the HDMI cable so you will need to run both the HDMI and an optical or digital coax from the component to the receiver. It will also not upconvert either. In addition to this, it will not switch component to HDMI output at any resolution. So if you are using an older XBOX that has HD-Component cables, or an older DVD player, etc.. that is using component, it will not ...

Sony STRDG520 TR-DG520 5.1 Channel Home Theater A/V Receiver review by C. Davidson can be read at Amazon.Com
 
C. Davidson
 Rated It 
4.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 07/31/2008
User Location: Northern NY
Review From: User Review
 
100% (8 of 8) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
An excellent no-frills receiver
 
I needed a simple cheap receiver that gets optical digital input and this one does very nicely. At this price it's a solid contender and the fact is sports two switchable HDMI lines is quite nice too. It is a little pokey to boot up though.

Sony STRDG520 TR-DG520 5.1 Channel Home Theater A/V Receiver review by Bryan can be read at Crutchfield
 
Bryan
 Rated It 
4.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 05/18/2009
User Location: Denver, CO
Review From: User Review
 
100% (8 of 8) Users Found This Review Helpful
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