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Sony STRDH590 5.2-ch Surround Sound Home Theater Receiver: 4K HDR AV Receiver with Bluetooth,Black
  • Cinematic Sound at Home: Enjoy your favorite movies, TV shows and more with theater like sound in the comfort of your home
  • Virtual Front Surround: S Force PRO delivers virtual surround sound with only a 2 speaker setup
  • Virtual Front Surround: S Force PRO delivers virtual surround sound with only a 2 speaker setup
  • SMART CONNECTIVITY: Stream music and use Bluetooth Standby turn on the receiver from your phone
  • Multi Function System: Enjoy a Multi Channel Stereo Setup, FM Radio Tuner and 1/4 Inches Headphone Jack
  • Dynamic Setup: 4 Stereo Rca Audio Inputs and 2 Digital Audio Outputs (1 Optical and 1 Coaxial)
  • SPECS: 5.2 ch, 725W, 6 ohm, 1K Hz, THD 0.9 percent AV receiver with 4 in/1 out HDMI and Audio Return Channel

Sony STR-DH590 Receiver Demo

hey i’m randy and i’m the cheap audio
man
here at the cheap audio man we don’t
feel like
audio equipment should cost more than 10
55 gallon drums of salsa
that you like maybe medium spice
so grab a cup of coffee or giant mug
with your best friend’s face on it sit
down and let’s talk about the sony
str 590 5 channel
receiver
okay so the intro
the you know the bit about the uh
55-gallon drum
barrels of salsa it ties directly into
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okay uh sony five-channel
str590 it’s a five-channel receiver it
looks identical
to the two-channel the str190
receiver same knobs same knob placement
same chassis okay so what is it and why
are we talking about it it’s a five
channel receiver
home theater does uh the dolby vision
and all that good stuff
does not do dolby atmos all the
hdmi switching and all that good stuff
so i will
talk about some specs but when you
when one starts to talk about
receiver specifications specifically
around
power you might want to take it with a
grain of salt
because they put all sorts of numbers on
there
uh so what is this rated at
rms because on the box it says 145 watts
per channel
okay
again it’s shifted to the right side and
although it does
weigh a little bit usually 145 watts
weighs a little bit more
there’s actually kind of a correlation
all right
uh rms power i’m getting this off a
crutchfield
okay crutchfield’s a good outfit they do
a good job of putting specs
90 watts rms uh .09
thd total harmonic distortion okay
so i wouldn’t particularly put any stock
into that 145 watts
i wouldn’t put a whole lot of stock into
the 90 watts
rms however the good news is you don’t
need even
probably half of that even if you have
like
40 clean watts you’re probably going to
be good
even with home theater with dynamic
sounds coming in six ohms so
uh you can play six ohm speakers now i
did put
a pair of the elac unifi ub5s on the two
channel version of this
and contrary to popular belief it did
not burst into flames
um didn’t drive them great distorted a
bit but it still um
made music go through it so it’s fine
all right comes with a remote we’re
going to talk about that later
today’s review is going to be a little
bit different okay so we’re going to
talk about the receiver talk about all
the inputs and stuff like that talk
about how it sounds
and then i’m actually going to film a
screen
to go through some of the menus okay
i’m sure there’s a better way to do it
that looks a lot better but i don’t know
how to do that
okay so let’s turn this thing around
all right so on here let’s go through
the two digital inputs we have a digital
coax
okay so think about maybe a cd player
dvd player or something like that
has a digital out uh even some tvs have
a digital coax out
run that right into into here okay it
has a
optical input for digital and that’s how
i tested it
um yeah i tested that and then it’s just
another dac to see how the dac sound
anyway
i opticaled right out of my computer
into here it doesn’t show up as any like
sony or anything like that you just have
to literally select your sound card
and then uh it’ll run it through here
dac uh sounds pretty good it you know
it’s not
not horrible at all uh sounded fine to
me
um didn’t sound as good as like the
topping d50s or the ssmsl
m300 but it sounded fine
okay then uh we have
it says sacd or slash cd in
uh and these are all rca inputs uh
blu-ray
tv another tv two sub-outs
okay two sub outs
all right the main channels uh
right and left are can take like banana
clips
the other ones are clippy clips which is
fine it’s fine
this is 200 receiver actually right now
it’s not on sale though so it’s

  1. um
    i will talk about that later i guess but
    uh that’s what it is so you got the
    banana clips
    right here going in okay
    it’s nice it’s it’s better than the clip
    eclipse
    okay so how does it sound
    well
    it sounds different than the 190. i was
    i was kind of surprised how different it
    sounds the 190 sounds
    um pretty full
    and uh i don’t know thick on the low end
    warm mesh on the low end but still has
    you know decent
    detail on the top this one sounds a lot
    kind of almost the opposite uh so a
    little bit leaner
    on the bottom end and um
    just not as full but the good news is
    you have tone controls
    so you can bump up that bass if you’d
    like to the bad news is
    tone controls aren’t nearly as easy to
    get to as on the str
    i think i’m saying that right str yeah
    str
    d8 forgot the dh scr dh190 this is the
    d h 590. okay
    a little thin for me
    but that’s good for movies for dialogue
    and stuff like that doesn’t matter
    doesn’t mean it’s going to sound bad
    for music if you have a warm speaker you
    slap it on here it’s probably gonna
    sound great
    okay warm speaker being like the i don’t
    know wharfdale
    diamond 11.2s the uh first gen
    andrew jones you know it’s cool that
    he’s diversifying out of just like audio
    equipment
    into you know food that’s pretty cool
    uh smart business man so the
    first gen pioneer 22-lr
    the first-gen elac debut ref or elac
    debut
    b uh six or b5
    be good pairing with this and that’s
    just flat all right so that’s not
    messing with it with the
    tone controls at all all right this also
    has a pure direct mode
    right somewhere i think right there
    pure direct mode so what that does is it
    takes all of the
    processing digital processing out of the
    picture and you just run
    straight to channel audio there is a way
    to get the subwoofer to work with it
    it’s not
    an easy way but there is a way to get
    your sub to work with it so you’ll have
    pure direct
    2.1 mode okay
    uh let’s get this out of the way the
    build quality is not great
    um the the chassis is fine
    um the face plate
    feels pretty cheap and again
    i wish this thing would just stay at
    like 199
    because at that point i’d be like it’s
    fine this is what you’re gonna get
    at 280 though
    i i just don’t feel like it’s built very
    well all right
    same knobs as on the uh str dh190
    uh plastic obviously and okay
    so we need to have reasonable
    expectations here
    you’re not going to get something like
    the emotiva ta-100
    or the anthem integrated 225 all right
    we need to keep reasonable expectations
    all right
    the build quality is about what you
    would think it is uh for something of
    this price range and that’s at 199
    dollars so it’s about what you would
    expect but a little bit worse
    okay sound is okay
    the one one of the reasons why i’m super
    excited about this is because when you
    get a receiver you have the opportunity
    and the power to put a high pass filter
    on your front channels high pass filter
    basically just is not going to send the
    lower frequencies
    to your front channels any of the home
    theater folks out there are already
    going to know this
    probably already doing it put the high
    pass around 80 you can tweak it
    give or take but then you just have
    you don’t have those huge base hits
    trying to go into your front channels
    the thing that’s good about that is you
    can make your smaller
    bookshelf speakers sound much larger
    if you have your subwoofer dialed in
    correctly
    okay that’s why i was really excited
    because i’m a big believer in high-pass
    filters for bookshelves
    because you can make them sound really
    big
    by not trying to pump a bunch of bass
    through them at high volumes okay
    so remote control a pretty standard
    fare the one thing i don’t like about
    this remote compared to the 190
    is the there’s no tone controls on here
    the 190 had bass and treble tone
    controls right at your fingertips
    you’re good to go bluetooth on here is
    pretty good
    sounds fine and it also has the aac
    codec which is the apple codec
    so iphones ipads anything like that
    if you’re bluetoothing into this device
    with an
    apple device you’re going to get a
    better codec
    bluetooth codec is simply how that data
    is packaged
    and how it’s received by the receiver
    aac codec packages more data
    more data usually equates to
    better music it doesn’t always equate to
    better it just means there’s more
    information there a lot of times more
    information
    equals better music okay
    so before we get into the
    menus um i’ll just we’ll talk about
    recommendations whether or not i’d
    recommend this
    i think if you want a
    new receiver that has all the latest
    hdmi
    switching capabilities then i think this
    would be something
    good to look at okay
    if you’re looking at a receiver that’s
    going to
    sound really good for music um
    you might just consider looking for
    something on the used market that’s a
    few years old
    and then instead of doing the hdmi
    switching
    through the receiver you can do it
    optical
    out of your tv so you can do all the
    hdmi switching
    in the tv and if you do it that way if
    your tv
    is already dolby vision or hdr 10 or
    whatever it is 10 plus
    all that high dynamic range stuff
    it’s already done you don’t have to
    worry about pushing it through the
    receiver this receiver will do it
    it’ll do dolby vision and hdr10 won’t do
    10 plus
    it’ll still do it okay
    200 though i mean you can get
    probably a very good used avr receiver
    maybe a seven channel um a marantz
    or maybe a higher end denon that’s you
    know five six years old
    and it’s gonna sound better okay this
    sounds okay
    and i feel like it sounds pretty thin um
    and you can put all those filters on
    your front channels
    just by doing the same thing you know
    i don’t know i just it feels a little
    bit cheap to me the 99 dollar two
    channel
    i think the value props there this does
    have a dac
    it’s okay the two channel has a phono
    input
    it sounds better than this in my opinion
    so
    i i don’t think i could really recommend
    this i definitely can’t
    recommend it at 280 at 200
    maybe maybe
    i just think there’s better value out
    there by uh getting it used
    uh yeah
    yeah and if you’re looking for used just
    go on the pictures and look at the back
    and if it has
    all banana clips then it’s
    a better receiver because they spent
    more money on the receiver
    if it’s all clippy clips on there keep
    going
    look for one that has all the uh
    all the banana clips so if you have
    seven channels seven sets of banana
    clips
    probably two more for a b zone okay
    so if you’re really interested we’re
    gonna we’re gonna go to
    uh look at some of the menu
    functionality
    of this and i can show you uh how to do
    a few more things and some of the
    options in there so
    we’re gonna go to something else now i’m
    gonna have to
    try to edit that so good good luck randy
    all right so we’re gonna go through this
    real quick
    and uh this is uh what you’re looking as
    a monitor and i’m recording it
    and i’m sure there’s a much better way
    to do it but this is what we’re going to
    do
    right now so very simple
    well kind of simple menu structure
    yeah watch you listen easy setup
    sound effect speaker setting okay
    watch is basically just a way for you to
    select the inputs
    uh on your screen instead of using the
    remote
    which has that available with
    a single button press
    so if for whatever reason
    you would like to take two to three
    extra steps to select your input source
    you have that option okay listen
    again it is pretty much selecting your
    inputs
    on the screen instead of
    the one push buttons on top i’m
    not super sure why this exists but it is
    there
    all right easy setup this does come with
    a mic
    uh you put that mic in your listening
    position
    uh click on easy setup you click on your
    language and then you just
    follow the prompts it will send out some
    uh what do you call it test tones and
    then
    through that it’s going to determine how
    big your speakers or it’s supposed to
    determine
    whether or not your speakers are full
    range how many speakers you have
    and how far they are from the microphone
    um very similar to
    other you know receiver setups and
    things like that
    okay so here’s where there is some
    options
    so sound effect has a few options you
    have
    sound field which i mean just think of
    sound field as
    what type of signal processing this
    receiver is putting on what you’re
    hearing
    night mode is just it just dims the
    light calibration type
    okay we’ll go into that one so
    calibration type
    after you’ve done the easy setup
    you can do front reference which is
    basically an
    eq they’re going to put on your front
    speakers based upon
    the results that the microphone received
    and what was processed in the receiver
    so it’s going to put an eq on your
    fronts
    engineering is another way of just
    saying this is another
    dsp that we’re putting on the sound
    full flat is they’re taking the
    eq that they’re applying and they’re
    just putting it flat instead
    but there’s still dsp going on okay so
    full flat
    engineering front reference off um
    actually i kind of found that uh
    engineering
    uh sounded pretty good um but that’s all
    gonna depend upon you then you have to
    press it again to get out of it
    here are your uh tone controls i wish
    these were on the remote
    i wish these were more easily accessible
    than how they are
    then you have pure direct mode pure
    direct mode if you watched anything
    is going to take all the dsp off of it
    so if you note
    when i click on on
    all of the options up here go away
    with the exception of calibration type
    and if you go back into calibration type
    it turns
    um pure direct mode off all right
    so pure direct mode is going to be what
    this receiver’s
    what would you call it interpretation of
    an integrated amp is
    okay so i’m gonna go back over here
    we’re gonna turn this off
    go back up here get into the sound
    fields
    okay so
    hold on i’m going to take a drink oh my
    goodness i’m going to cover up the mic
    so you don’t have to hear me swallow
    and i’m going to take a drink all right
    everyone prepare themselves
    a lot of folks out there don’t enjoy
    listening to me swallow
    i don’t blame them all right so sound
    fields you have two channel
    multi which is going to basically put
    music left and right through every
    speaker you have
    and i would assume combine that into the
    center
    speaker so you can read it sound is
    produced
    exactly as it was recorded encoded
    without
    any added surround effects it means it’s
    taking the dsp off but there’s still
    some dsp going on
    because they’re pumping it through all
    the other speakers all right
    then you have movie hd
    dcs reproduces the sound characteristics
    of a mastering studio enjoy
    movies and music the way the audio
    engineers
    intended i think they’re taking some
    liberties in that description
    but it exists
    next up is movie uh prologic two
    uh i think dolby i think the older
    stuff that’s in these receivers actually
    sounds a lot better than some of the
    newer stuff
    anyways pro logic too okay
    then you have movie front surround you
    can enjoy an immersive
    virtual surround sound experience with
    only front speakers
    okay what they’re doing is they’re
    messing with the timing they’re doing
    timing delays
    all right sometimes
    it can sound okay all right
    i didn’t do here’s the deal i didn’t do
    any movie watching on this because i’m
    reviewing this strictly from a music
    perspective all right
    in my experience this hasn’t always been
    all that effective what is however
    effective is just buying a really
    awesome
    set of speakers with awesome off-axis
    performance like the ebi e-lac debut b6
    okay uh then you have audio enhancer
    uh it’s this is trying to
    uh basically boost up i don’t know mp3
    and lower recordings i don’t know it
    i i’ve heard mp3s that sound incredible
    and they don’t need any
    messing around with but it’s there
    okay music hall again this is just dsp
    if you’re familiar at all with receivers
    usually they have
    uh a handful half dozen or so different
    sound
    um modes and those sound modes are
    intended to make stuff sound differently
    alright these all sound differently all
    right
    music jazz again it’s just going to
    change it how it thinks
    concert okay
    stadium and then the one that is
    absolutely horrid sports
    i for the life of me i don’t know what
    they’re doing here they basically just
    make
    everything sound muffled and far away
    all right and guess what sports
    when they’re doing a sports broadcast
    and i do
    love sports they mix it
    they’re they they have sound engineers
    doing that
    so whatever i don’t know maybe if
    whatever okay prologic 2 music
    okay this actually sounds pretty good
    all right
    and it gets your subwoofer involved as
    well
    most of the all of these with the
    exception of direct get your sub
    involved but there’s a way around that
    which is kind of strange
    all right then you have to change
    channel 2 channel 2 channel multi
    again that is going to put uh
    right and left through all your speakers
    but this is not two channel
    direct this is two channel multi so your
    sub still going to be turned on
    uh two channel multi outputs two channel
    or monorail still goes from all speakers
    what was the first one uh so this is two
    chan this is two channel
    just two channel okay this is two
    channel all speakers
    i feel like we’ve been through this
    again two channel multi multi-direct
    all right yep we’re back through it all
    right
    so in here is a there’s a strange
    phenomenon
    okay because i like direct mode on
    receivers
    and i like direct mode with my subwoofer
    working so it’s my two fronts
    and a sub okay the only way around that
    i’ve found to get that to work
    on my marantz receiver is to go
    into the subwoofer setting and actually
    select
    lfe plus main
    which means all the info is going to
    your front channels and your subs
    working
    so you no longer have a high pass filter
    on your front
    channels okay and i know that’s kind of
    walking back what i said before but
    that’s what i prefer and i also don’t
    push my speakers super hard so
    they can still handle that all right
    so the strange thing comes on when you
    go down here
    and you select pure direct
    so it turns off all of this stuff right
    but the weird thing is when you select
    sound field
    up here and you go to the pure pure
    direct mode it turns your sub
    off okay i’m not going to go to it but
    anyway it turns your sub off
    however when you’re on only
    the optical input on your tv
    input when you go over to pure direct
    mode and you turn it on
    the sub still works weird it doesn’t
    work on any of the other
    inputs because i tried to do that with
    the rcas out of another dac
    it didn’t work very very strange okay
    another strange thing speaker settings
    okay so after you do the setup uh you’ll
    go in here
    and all the speakers that made sound
    are going to show up on here so the one
    thing that i find strange is
    basically there’s no way to manually set
    this up
    you have got to run the uh room
    optimizer whatever they call it
    with the mic to get your speakers to
    show up
    now you can go in here and you can
    select small or large
    a large front channel is going to mean
    that there is no high pass filter
    put on it uh and most people would say
    people it’s not large as in size it’s
    large as in
    what type of frequencies can the speaker
    produce
    all right so almost all of the time
    you’re going to select small on your
    fronts
    and then you will go in here and you’ll
    change this crossover dependent on
    generally how big the woofer is and how
    well that speaker can go down
    a six and a half inch woofer 80 hertz is
    probably good and you might even be able
    to go down to 60 hertz
    on a large six and a half inch a well
    designed five and a quarter inch you can
    probably still go 80 maybe even 70. all
    right
    and then it’s going to go in here and
    this is where you can set your distances
    and your different levels
    okay same thing with the center same
    thing with the right
    and you can do this manually now
    down here you have the subwoofer levels
    and the distance and things
    like that so the cool thing is you can
    change all this manually
    but the strange thing is you on most
    receivers
    you will be able to select a digital
    low-pass filter on this receiver you
    cannot
    so it’s very important that you get the
    correct
    low pass filter dialed in on your
    subwoofer if you’re going to buy this
    again same things levels you want to
    mess with levels
    if um i don’t know if you just don’t
    hear the rears
    you can go in here and bump it up a bit
    uh same thing with the right and front
    left and front right
    and the center so you can kind of tailor
    it to your taste
    it’s just odd that
    there’s not a lot of manual setup
    options here
    like it doesn’t even show up where as in
    maybe higher end receivers you can go in
    here and just select hey
    i have a center hey i want the crossover
    to be xyz
    and you can’t do this unless you run the
    the setup wizard or whatever you want to
    call it and
    you actually have all those speakers
    connected because
    what sometimes what i’ll do on a
    receiver is if i just want to hear the
    front and
    and the front right and left i’ll just
    go in there and turn the center off or
    if i just want to hear the speakers i’ll
    turn the subwoofer off
    and that doesn’t that’s not an option on
    here so it’s kind of the first time i’ve
    ever seen that
    so in a nutshell this is the that this
    receiver
    okay again i don’t know if i can
    recommend this thing and
    i’m i don’t know i’m not gonna recommend
    this thing
    i think if you are looking to get into
    home theater
    and you have two hundred dollars to
    spend or god forbid 280 dollars
    don’t buy this go find something online
    uh that is maybe used that
    maybe you can test it or hear it playing
    in that person’s house
    and get something that’s maybe five or
    six years old
    a marantz uh higher end denon onkyo
    uh pioneer i mean there’s a lot of stuff
    if you go on the used market that you
    can find
    that’s gonna probably sound better and
    it’s gonna have way more functionality
    and it’s just going to be better and not
    have
    the cheesy build quality so
    not a great review and i’m sorry sony uh
    the two channel is okay
    this five channel out of void um so
    with that i am randy and i am the cheap
    audio man

Sony STR-DH590 Receiver Specs

Channels5.2
Power Output per Channel1-Channel Driven:
145 W at 6 Ohms / 1 kHz / 0.9% THD
Speaker Impedance6 to 16 Ohms
DTS CompatibilityDTS 96/24, DTS-HD High Resolution, DTS-HD Master Audio
Dolby CompatibilityDolby Digital, Dolby Dual Mono
Auro 3D SupportNo
HDR CompatibilityHDR10, Dolby Vision, Hybrid Log Gamma
Pass-Through Support4K60p 4:4:4 (3D)
Rear A/V Inputs4 x HDMI
1 x Digital Coaxial
1 x Optical TOSLINK
4 x Stereo RCA
Rear A/V Outputs1 x HDMI
2 x RCA Subwoofer
Front I/O1 x 1/4″ / 6.35 mm Headphone Output
1 x 1/8″ / 3.5 mm Setup Mic Input
Other Rear I/O1 x FM Antenna Terminal Input
1 x USB Type-A (Power) Output
Speaker Connectors2 x Binding Post Pairs
3 x Spring Clip Pairs
HDCP SupportVersion 2.2
Audio Return Channel (ARC)Yes
HDMI CECYes
Tuner TypeFM
Number of Tuner Presets30 Stations
AC Input Power120 VAC, 60 Hz
Dimensions (W x H x D)17.0 x 5.2 x 11.8″ / 430.0 x 133.0 x 297.0 mm
Weight15.7 lb / 7.1 kg
Warranty LengthLimited 2-Year Warranty

Sony STR-DH590 Receiver Review

The Sony STR-DH590 receiver is a new type of receiver from Sony that uses an analog TV input. This receiver is a perfect choice for those who love their analog TV but don’t want to change over to the more common CRT or LCD monitors. It is small and easy to use. There are no computer connections needed. All connections are made through the TV itself. When it comes to entertainment, this small receiver is one of the best.

The Sony STR-DH590 is a high definition receiver for those who watch high definition television on the television set itself. Most televisions have some kind of built in digital video recorder. This recorder serves as a storage device for all of your favorite shows and movies. While you can buy a separate record player for your TV set, it isn’t very practical if you like watching a lot of programs at once. The good thing about the Sony STR-DH590 receiver is that you can connect it to your computer and watch all of your recorded programs right on your television set.

You can use the Sony STR-DH590 receiver with your current television set, any laptop, and even your portable RCA theater system. There are so many great features this receiver has, it will make your life easier than ever. The Sony STR-DH590 is compatible with any TV that is designed to use an analog signal. There are no digital signals needed for this receiver, making it compatible with any TV.

The Sony STR-DH590 has many features that make it perfect for the person who likes to watch a lot of different channels at the same time. If you have a satellite dish, you can choose to get the satellite service or the cable service to connect to your receiver. These two options allow you to watch whatever channels you would like for any service that you are using. This is a great option because you are able to see all of your favorite channels and programs right on your television screen. The receiver is also compatible with any laptop that is designed to use an analog signal.

One of the best things about this receiver is that it can be expanded using a USB device. When you have more receivers connected to your television, you can expand your viewing area and increase the viewing options. This is very helpful when you are traveling or going out of town on business trips. The only thing you have to do in order to expand the Sony STR-DH590 receiver is to connect the expansion cable to your computer and upload the files that you would like to transfer to your television.

When you want to have something that is durable and flexible, the Sony STP-DH590 is the one for you. It is an application that is compatible with an Apple iPhone and an iPad using the USB connection. It expands the available interface that you have available on your television so that you can watch multiple programs at the same time without having to switch from one to the other. There is no need to buy multiple devices when you can just connect your iPhone and iPad using this application.

Last update on 2021-05-16 / Disclaimer: as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

3 verified buyer reviews
  1. In my small den, I put together a simple 5.1 surround system based on a Yamaha amp that started acting up – it would turn itself on (yup! ), often mute the volume, sometimes wouldn’t allow volume control from the remote, sometimes picture resolution decreased, yada-yada-yada… The sound was generally satisfactory, but I changed my mind and replaced the amp with this Sony STRDH590. What a transformation! It could not be simpler to set up and calibrate. The sound stage is enveloping, informative, and very present. Best of all, it enhances the clarity and crispness of my very average speakers. I’m not a snooty audiophile, but my ears can still detect a significant increase in movie viewing at a relatively low cost. You’ll enjoy this amplifier a lot.

  2. This receiver did not completely support HDR10 on my Xbox One X. It supported HDR10 video but not HDR10 gameplay. When I plugged my TV directly into my Xbox One X, I was able to watch videos and play games in HDR10. The build quality is satisfactory, but the lack of advanced features, specifically AUX-IN, at this price point was extremely disappointing. I exchanged the Sony for the Yamaha RX-V385. It’s less expensive, has more features and advanced controls, supports HDR10 and Dolby Vision, has AUX-IN, and allows you to play audio from one source over video from another, a feature I’ve wanted for years. Skip this pile and get the Yamaha instead; you’ll be glad you did.

  3. I’d been putting off purchasing an a/v receiver for a long time, but I’m glad I finally did. I had previously set up a ‘home theatre in a box,’ but I wanted to be able to run surround sound for all of my devices without a hundred cords going back and forth from the tv or projector. After playing with 4 in 1 HDMI switchers, I eventually succumbed and purchased this receiver, along with a very appealing subwoofer. My old surround sound speakers could be adapted to the new receiver, but I needed an active sub, as most passive subs that come with a ‘home theater in a box’ are insufficient. It was well worth the money because being able to fine-tune the sound to my exact specifications is very rewarding, and my home theater now has a clean look and a very complete sound. There are no problems with 4K passthrough; everything is transmitting to the best of its capacity.

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