Released March, 2009
The Pros:Good price/performance ratio. Quick speaker setup reduces a lot of the hassle of setting up your speakers. HDMI pass-through is a nice feature for people that don't want to turn on the receiver all the time.
The Cons:Only one master volume level, receiver doesn't remember volume settings per input. Doesn't support audio over HDMI.
The Sony STR-DH500 is a home theater 5.1 100 watt / channel receiver announced in March 2009 and retails at $199 (same price as 2 channel x 50 watt Onkyo TX-8255). The DH500 is an entry-level receiver and is the cheapest in Sony's lineup to offer 5.1 audio.
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The lower-end DH100 is a stereo receiver, while the step-up DH700 provides the 7.1 channel audio that is common for mid-range receivers. Intended for a more casual or budget friendly market, the DH500 includes a quick-speaker setup feature which uses the remote's built-in microphone to automatically optimize the speaker levels.
It has HDMI pass-through and 1080/24p capability, it's compatible with the latest HD sources like Blu-ray Disc players, PLAYSTATION and more. It also has access to five HD inputs (96 kHz/32-bit/channel). The STR-DH500 includes the Digital Media Port, which allows users to extend music selection from an iPod, Walkman digital music player, Bluetooth device or from a PC. Interestingly enough, this piece has 5.1 channels at 100 watts/channel, whereas the Onkyo TX-8255 has only 2 channels at 50 watt/channel and is at the same price ($199).
- 100W x 5 ( 8 ohms 1kHz 1% THD)
- Sony Unique Chassis Design
- 5 HD Inputs (3 Passive HDMI and 2 Component Inputs)
- HD Film Quality with 24p TRUE CINEMA video signal via HDMI technology
- Multi Function Audio Port (DIGITAL MEDIA PORT)
User Reviews (3)
good price/performance ratio
quick speaker setup reduces a lot of the hassle of setting up your speakers
HDMI pass-through is a nice feature for people that don't want to turn on the receiver all the time
only one master volume level, receiver doesn't remember volume settings per input
doesn't support audio over HDMI
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