Released April, 2008
The Pros:Processes uncompressed LPCM audio signals over HDMI. Simple automatic calibration. Excellent value receiver.
The Cons:Doesn't transcode or upscale analog sources to HDMI or component. Only has 2 x 5-way binding posts used for the Front L/R speakers in zone A. Cheap, generic included remote - Harmony or bust.
The Sony STR-DG720 is a 7.1 channel A/V receiver released on April 8th, 2008 for $299. It features 3 x HDMI inputs with Sony's "Active Intelligence" technology, that will process and decode uncompressed LPCM audio signals from sources like Blu-ray players.
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The DG-720 also has 3 component video inputs, but will not transcode or upscale to HDMI from component or analog video sources. The step-down model STR-DG520 retails for $199 and drops audio decoding and 1 HDMI inputs, and the STR-DG820 ($479) adds a fourth HDMI input and supports HD audio decoding of dts HD-MA and Dolby TrueHD.
- 7.1 channel A/V receiver
- power: 105 Watts RMS x 7 @ 8 Ohms
- HDMI: 3 inputs, 1 output with uncompressed audio decoding (no HD audio, however)
- 3 x component video inputs, but doesn't transcode to HDMI
- release date: April 8th, 2008
- price: $299
User Reviews (9)
Processes uncompressed LPCM audio signals over HDMI
Simple automatic calibration
3 in 1 out HDMI capability with streamed audio/video
Perfectly pairs up with the PS3
7.1 channels - competitors at this price point are typically 5.1
Doesn't transcode or upscale analog sources to HDMI or component
Only has 2 x 5-way binding posts used for the Front L/R speakers in zone A
Cheap, generic included remote - Harmony or bust.
Front display is rudimentary and something from 1999 ... the manual writing is just as archaic.
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