Released April, 2008
The Pros:Good value receiver with 2 HDMI inputs. Compatible with Blu-ray 1080p/24 fps. Decent audio ouput power - 100 W.
The Cons:No front inputs. Only 3 digital audio inputs in total (2 optical + 1 coax). Doesn't decode HD audio.
The Sony STR-DG520 is a 5.1 channel A/V receiver retailing for $199 released April 8th, 2008. It features 2 x HDMI pass-through inputs, and 2 x component video inputs. The receiver will not process the audio found on the HDMI inputs, nor will it transcode or upscale analog and component video inputs to the HDMI output or vis versa.
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The DG520 is the bottom-of-the-line model of 2008 A/V receivers from Sony. The step-up model is the STR-DG720 ($299) that upgrades to 7.1 audio, has 3 component and HDMI inputs. The STR-DG520 is rated for 100 Watts RMS of output power @ 8 Ohms, and features only a single zone of audio.
- 5.1 channel A/V receiver
- power: 100 Watts RMS @ 8 Ohms
- Video switching: Doesn't transcode or upscale analog/componet to HDMI and vis versa
- HDMI: 2 inputs, 1 output (pass-through)
- Component/HD: 2 inputs, 1 output
- Digital audio: 2 x digital optical S/PDIF, 1 x digital coaxial
- Audio decoding: Dolby digital and dts, but does not support HD audio decoding
- Release date: April 8th, 2008
- Price: $199
User Reviews (13)
Good value receiver with 2 HDMI inputs
Compatible with Blu-ray 1080p/24 fps
Decent audio ouput power - 100 W
Only 3 digital audio inputs in total (2 optical + 1 coax)
Only a single zone of audio/video
Only has binding post speaker terminals for 2 channels
No video transcoding or upscaling
Horrible muddy sound quality; not high fidelity.
Impossible to connect audio from PS3/DVD/STB with HDMI. Also impossible with HDMI + optical cable. The only way this works is through composite.
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