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Sony STRDH500 TR-DH500 5.1 Channel A/V Receiver Black

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Overall, this receiver is a good value for the money, but don't assume anything. Many of the features you'd expect from an A/V receiver are cobbled together in this unit. For example - the HDMI inputs only support pass-through, meaning that they'll pass the signal on to your TV or projector, but if you want audio through your 5.1 speakers, you'll have to connect the audio to the receiver separately. The receiver WILL NOT pull the audio signal from the HDMI feed, even though the cable carries ...

Sony STRDH500 TR-DH500 5.1 Channel A/V Receiver Black review by C. Wilcomb can be read at Amazon.Com
 
C. Wilcomb
 Rated It 
4.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 07/11/2009
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96% (182 of 189) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
Solid and Affordable
 
I bought this receiver to hook up the usual cable and DVD to the TV, in addition to an Xbox 360. Bad news: I was more than a little shocked to find that the HDMI cables, although perfectly capable of carrying audio, don't. You have to get additional cables (optical or coax) to bring in audio from certain devices even with HDMI plugged in - they are not optional and you will get HD pictures with NO SOUND unless you get the other cables. Perhaps this was obvious to others, but it wasn't to me, ...

Sony STRDH500 TR-DH500 5.1 Channel A/V Receiver Black review by Dan can be read at Crutchfield
 
Dan
 Rated It 
4.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 04/27/2009
User Location: Boston, MA
Review From: User Review
 
91% (179 of 195) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
Great Value
 
Sony's new entry level A/V receiver is a clear step up from the old model. Sound quality is very good. The HDMI switching and Bravia-sync are a bounus espcially since the rest of the components I have are compatible. The menu is not intuitative but can be navigated reasonably well with a little practice. While Sony clearly indicates the HDMI connections are not for audio, it is still annoying to shell out for digital optical cables. I assume the reliability is consistent with other Sony products...

Sony STRDH500 TR-DH500 5.1 Channel A/V Receiver Black review by Vitosvettes can be read at Abt Electronics
 
Vitosvettes
 Rated It 
4.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 03/31/2009
User Location: Annapolis, MD
Review From: User Review
 
87% (21 of 24) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
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I bought this item and received it very quickly from amazon. When i first hooked it up i found that it would not pass through the HDMI input from my Phillips dvd player or pass through RCA video. I talked to Sony customer support for two hours and they said it was defective. So, amazon sent me another which arrived quickly. This one will pass the RCA video through but still will not pass HDMI through for my DVD player. I'm sure Sony is trying to make you have to buy a Sony DVD player.Good Stuff-...

Sony STRDH500 TR-DH500 5.1 Channel A/V Receiver Black review by Jacob A. Mcfarland can be read at Amazon.Com
 
Jacob A. Mcfarland
 Rated It 
3.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 10/29/2009
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86% (25 of 29) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
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I am reasonably happy with this receiver. But I do have a few minor complaints. It was not clear to me (not specifically mentioned in the menu) that one cannot use the Video "out" to drive the TV Video input and I found that I have to use the Video Monitor out to connect to my LCD TV. So, it cost me some time to play with it. It is unfortunate that my DVD happens to only have a optical digital audio out while the digital audio in for the DVD in this Sony unit can only accept standard RCA jac...

Sony STRDH500 TR-DH500 5.1 Channel A/V Receiver Black review by LXie, CA USA can be read at Amazon.Com
 
LXie, CA USA
 Rated It 
4.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 06/17/2009
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83% (20 of 24) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
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OK. I don't know how good the audio quality is compared to similar products in this price range, but none of that really matters, because from a usability standpoint, this thing really sucks. Really.My plan was to run several devices into this one, and then run HDMI out to the TV (getting around a problem with the TV). It doesn't work that way, though. First, the HDMI signal to the TV only carries the HDMI signals coming in, not component, composite, etc. In order to get those to work, you ...

Sony STRDH500 TR-DH500 5.1 Channel A/V Receiver Black review by Kent Pilkington can be read at Amazon.Com
 
Kent Pilkington
 Rated It 
1.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 09/07/2009
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56% (17 of 30) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
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I bought this unit to connect to my Sony XBR6 (nice tv) only beacuse of the Bravia Sync feature. I went with a Sony tv because I liked the idea of all my A/V units being in sync. Easier to control.This unit is listed on Sony's website as having the Bravia Sync feature but it does not. I spent time online with Sony's chat support and they said it does not have it.Not a huge deal but now I have to turn this on and off to watch tv. One more control laying around. Also, I did not know, if the r...

Sony STRDH500 TR-DH500 5.1 Channel A/V Receiver Black review by Michael J. Pace can be read at Amazon.Com
 
Michael J. Pace
 Rated It 
3.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 04/14/2009
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54% (23 of 42) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
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Got the unit, was so disappointed I sent it back after I found out it did not do what the manual said it would.The manual tells you how to connect the TV. It tells your how to connect the video sources. What it does not tell you what will actually receive signals from what. In the part on connecting the TV, it shows connecting HDMI, component, and composite and says that not all these cables are required. This is misleading, because any or all of them can be required if you actually want to ...

Sony STRDH500 TR-DH500 5.1 Channel A/V Receiver Black review by kds can be read at Amazon.Com
 
kds
 Rated It 
1.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 12/18/2009
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45% (5 of 11) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
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This receiver has been nothing but a pain in the ass since I got it. It does not work right and I have to take it to a repair center and hope they can fix it. If not, it will go in the trash. Also it cant run a second set of speakers. This receiver is a waste of money !!!!!!! Trust Me, buy something else. If I had bought this at Best Buy, I could walk out with a new one, now I am screwed.The new Sony stuff is not made in Japan and its junk. The reason I always bought Sony in the past is becaus...

Sony STRDH500 TR-DH500 5.1 Channel A/V Receiver Black review by Frustrated can be read at Amazon.Com
 
Frustrated
 Rated It 
1.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 08/02/2009
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30% (6 of 20) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
would not buy
 
I was seriously confused once I got this receiver home. Thinking it was a Sony, i assumed it would be great and operate well. How wrong was I, the interface (user controls) are next impossible to use due to the need to have to have the remote control. Poor sound quality as well.

Sony STRDH500 TR-DH500 5.1 Channel A/V Receiver Black review by bruno can be read at Crutchfield
 
bruno
 Rated It 
2.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 08/29/2009
User Location: tacoma washington
Review From: User Review
 
26% (10 of 38) Users Found This Review Helpful
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