I have a Denon 1712 receiver in my HT setup along with a 7.1 setup consisting of Klipsch Icons, SVS, Optoma projector, and PS3. I decided to get a receiver for my bedroom system and decided on the Sony STR-DN820 since it was on sale for peanuts at Fry's this week. Before hooking it up in the bedroom, I took it out to the Media room to let my Audessy calibrated Denon 1712 feast on it. Well, to my surprise, the Sony held it's own quite nicely. Actually, it performed pretty damn well. It was just as clean and powerful as my Denon, with a very dymanic quality thrown in on movie soundtracks. I know that some here probably have bad to mixed feelings about Sony non-ES receivers. I did for the longest - several years to be exact. But this Sony 820 has sort of opened my eyes and ears to non-ES Sony receivers. The only negative i would give it is that there's too much Sony proprietary crap that once enabled alters the sound for the worst. If you don't know how to set it up, you will be terribly disappointed. If you hate Sony, you'll continue to hate Sony, but I was pleasantly surprised at their recent offering (2011 version).
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5/21/12 at 2:19pm