Sony STR-DA2400ESB 7.1 Channel AV Receiver in Black
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- 7.1 channel Audio/Video receiver
- 100-watt power amplifier
- four HDMI inputs, Faroudja DCDi Cinema 1080p upscaling technology
- Supports x.v.Color
- compatible with 1080/60p
- 24pHD video signals
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Alot is made of the visual improvements with BR (i.e x6 more detail)- but the sound is a massive step up also, and you need an amp like this to do it justice. It has 4 HMDI inputs, plenty in fact for you HD kit (Sky HD / BR player / DVD etc etc).
Once connected up - attach the supplied microphone to where you view your movies and the amp will measure the distances between all speakers, making room calibration an absolute synch.
There's more - 100w output per channel gives plenty of power for the most demanding of movie soundtracks - also audio is handled very well; this is one of the most musical receivers around.
As you can guess I love this amp - get in quick before they all disappear
The sound does seem to have that heavy, but harmonic bass you find on the really expensive systems.
I would not bother with the 7.1 as most films are 5.1. Even audio is best listened to at 2.0 (no DSP). I like having only 3 choices for film DSP, but well designed DSP. The system makes the subwoofer sing, the sound fields are wide, and expansive, which blend and interwine in an ambient sea.
You can also change the name of the inputs, I changed BR to PS3, and phono to record....
I needn't have worried. This receiver is both powerful and musical, (and even a little smaller and lighter than the previous one). I use it in a "4.1" configuration, i.e. front and rear left/right, plus a subwoofer. Much of my usage is for music (SACD). The quality is excellent in all regards.
SKY HD uses an HDMI input, unfortunately not for sound due to some odd thinking on SKY's part, so the audio is input via optical. The receiver ties these together as a single source, (named SAT). Another reviewer has mentioned a video/audio sync problem, and I sometimes see it on this source only. It changes with SKY channel, however, so I'm more inclined to blame the source.
For DVD recording I use a Sony RDR-HXD910 HDD/DVD recorder which does its own upscaling, connecting via HDMI.
The third HDMI input is occupied by a Popcorn Hour A-100 media player, used mainly for high definition (1080p) video, both from a Sony HD camcorder and slideshows created on a PC.
The fourth HDMI input is for a blu-ray player. Having been very pleased with this item, I eagerly looked for a SONY blu-ray player that would also play SACD, DVD, DVD-Audio and CD. There isn't one.
Instead I have obtained an Oppo BDP-83 which does all of the above and more, and very well. It uses all of the generous capabilities of the receiver to fine effect.Read more ›
Ordered from Amazon it arrived quickly. It's quite tricky to set up but, to cut a long story short, nothing I did would produce enough volume through the centre speaker so it was almost impossible to hear the dialogue (on any input). A 'problem with the rest of your system then', you'd say, and that's what I thought too. But I tried two other front speakers and 4 separate cables as well as swapping the centre with a front etc but each time the centre channel volume was really low.
Manually adjusting speaker volumes meant having the centre on max (+10db) and all the rest on min (-10db) but even with this the dialogue was overpowered and gave me no where else to go with any other adjustments (e.g. the rears still too loud).
So after hours of tweaking, swapping speakers and getting loads of advice from web forums and a call to Sony, I concluded this was a duff unit. Amazon's returns policy is superb - I used the web based returns function on a Saturday evening and a replacement unit arrived the following Tuesday.
However, on plugging this in it was exactly the same. Amazon were great, collecting both and giving me a refund.
I've now spent a little more on the Yamaha RXV1065 instead. Far easier to set up, much better featured and out of the box the centre channel is full, rich and clear.
I wrote I would have liked to have given this 5 stars as, apart from the centre channel issue, it sounded spectacular! A really engaging listen compared to my 10 year old Yamaha it replaced.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great AV receiver amp, works great with pretty much anything I throw at it.
Sadly not 3D capable, but great for non 3D blu-ray movies, and the sound is fantastic.
The sound is fine but after about a year one of the HDMI sockets stopped working and the connection to the tv has problems, all in all not good even at half the price.Published on 26 April 2014 by sarah Lillington
This AV system has satisfied all my viewing and listening pleasures! It's a highly multi-functional piece of kit and does everything it says on the box. Read morePublished on 3 Feb. 2011 by Alexcsb
I had been tempted to buy one of these for a little while, and was struggling to find one in stock locally as it is now discontinued, but Amazon managed to come up with the goods... Read morePublished on 20 Dec. 2010 by andy1964
Arrived next day with express delivery: Solid, heavy construction inspired confidence: Took a bit of time to set up with the multitude of menus although once I obtained all HDMI... Read morePublished on 14 Dec. 2010 by AndyJ
I purchased this amp a little while back as a replacement for an Onkyo 605, which I found very accomplished with movies but lacking something when playing music. Read morePublished on 12 Dec. 2010 by jimbawb
I strongly recommend this buy! I am happy with it, once I put it next to my sony bravia tv.Published on 29 Nov. 2010 by Dimos
Having read the negative comments about this amp, I thought it was worth a punt considering the great price. I too got an amp that had a terrible hiss problem. Read morePublished on 23 Nov. 2010 by Tartan John Boy
The item arrived as promised by Amazon, wired up to samsung speakers i borrowed just to test it, its sounds amazing even with the speakers i borrowed. Read morePublished on 2 Nov. 2010 by John Anderson