Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Cherry Hill, NJ, USA
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I too am curious about this and need to replace an STR-DA7ES that I love but has no HDMI and no Dolby Digital Plus (Netflix, etc.)
My budget is exactly $400 so this is it for Sony.
However, Amazon reviews are a HUGE red flag. Usually low reviews can be dismissed as uninformed people, people with an axe to grind, people just giving a 1-star review because they got a dead unit or something silly, etc. Not the case here.
When 1-star reviews are more than 10% of the 5-star reviews, that's a bad sign. Here they're 38% and most say the same thing -- that this receiver is a lemon and has major issues with garbage parts that cause huge issues with HDMI ports and more.
Are these issues addressed?