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Sony STR-DH520 7.1 Channel 3D AV Receiver

  • 4 HDMI inputs
  • 2 Component inputs
  • 3D pass-through
  • Audio Return Channel
  • Assignable digital audio
  • 100w x 7
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Learn more about the Sony STRDH520B

General

Brand
SONY
Type
Receiver
Model
STRDH520B
Color
Walnut
Channels
7.1-Channel

Processing

Power Output
8Ohms 1kHz: 100W + 100W

8Ohms 20-20kHz: 90W + 90W

Output Power (JEITA 10%)/ Rated Output Power (0.09% 20Hz-20kHz 4Ohm): 10%

Output Power (JEITA 10%)/Rated Output Power (0.09% 20Hz-20kHz 8Ohm): 130W
THD
(8Ohms 1kHz) THD: 1%

(8Ohms 20-20kHz) THD: 0.09%
Decoder
DTS / DTS-ES (Matrix6.1 / Discrete6.1)

DTS 96/24/ DTS NEO:6

DTS HD MA/ DTS HD HR

Dolby Digital EX/ Dolby Digital

Dolby Dual Mono

Dolby Prologic/II /Iix /Iiz

Dolby TruHD/Dolby Digital +

LPCM (2CH/5.1CH/7.1CH) thru HDMI

Radio

FM/AM Tuner
Included

Connectivity

HDMI
4 In / 1 Out
Component Video
2 In / 1 Out
Digital Optical Audio
2 In
Digital Coaxial Audio
1 In
Headphone Jack
Yes
Other Connectors
Antenna Terminal (AM Loop): 1 (Rear)

A/V In: Including Front AV: 2

A/V Out (inc. Monitor Out): 1

Analog Audio In (Inc TV CEC)/Out (excl. tuner)/TV (CEC): 2/Yes

Analog Stereo Mini Jack: 1(for Portable)

Pre Out (Subwoofer): 1

Features

Features
3D Pass-through

Multi Function Audio Port

24p True Cinema

Bravia HT control

BD audio codec

HD Digital Cinema Sound

Bravia Sync

Assignable Inputs

Dimensions & Weight

Dimensions
17" x 6.25" x 12.75" (430 x 157.5 x 322mm)
Weight
16.41 lbs. (7.4Kg)

Manufacturer Warranty

Labor
30 days limited
Parts
30 days limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 30 days
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 30 days


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  • alex m.
  • 3/24/2014 8:45:48 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsHDMI handshake issues

Pros: price

Cons: For both a roku and HD DVD I continue to have HDMI handshake resolution issues with this receiver

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  • jeffrey d.
  • 1/24/2014 10:48:42 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Deal on Basic Surround Receiver

Pros: Refurbished units like new and well packaged. Great price at $139. Fast shipping. Easy to manually set up and configure. Good basic surround features. Good power.

Cons: Only covered by 30 day warranty with no options for extended warranty and I removed 1 egg for that. In my humble opinion no product should be sold with only a 30-day warranty without an option to buy more protection. Basic feature set with no on-screen display or automatic set-up although manual set-up is fairly easy. Some people carp about menus but I am a set it and forget it person and it works for me.

Other Thoughts: I rolled the dice and bought 2 of these when Newegg had them on sale for $139. They looked new to me and have worked flawlessly, which is good as the short 30-day warranty ran out yesterday. Would be nice if Newegg offered an extended warranty. Put them into a family room and master BR and paired with Martin Logan 2 surround systems I bought around Thanksgiving from Newegg with Wharfedale monitors on the front channels I had sitting around. Overall very happy with both sets after doing some fine tuning on the surround set-up. I have a Pioneer Elite receiver with Klipschorn fronts and Klipsch surrounds in my theatre room so I know what a high-end system sounds like and the little Sony with the ML2s is really quite a bargain. Kudos to the Newegg buyers for making quality, basic surround sound affordable to anyone that is willing to take advantage of their refurb and sale items.

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  • Thomas S.
  • 1/23/2014 7:56:43 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery Good

Pros: Fast shipping, No scratches, dents. Looks brand new.
Have Htpc and xbox going through. Decodes all Dolby and dts formats. have old sony 6ohm 70watt speakers hooked up in 7.1 config with polk 10in powered sub. Sounds amazing in medium/large appartment. Sound is very clear and very loud. played 3 1080p movies decoding dts with volume high and reciever was barely warm.
No issues with remote actually works even pointing in other direction.

Reciever is very low power. have hooked through amp meter and only uses 15-20 watts at normal volume and spikes at 50 watts during intense scenes
Reciever turns off after 5min no sound causing tv to turn off also. This is great way to stop burn in on plasma.

Start up time from hitting power to volume only 5sec.

Very easy to use. Just hit the Game, video bluray etc button on remote and it turns on and goes to that source. This is great if reciever is in closet.

Cons: Don't enable Audio passthru or hdmi standby passthru, Reciever wont decode any audio formats. It will downmux to 5.1 ac3. same sound all speakers.

no onscreen and no Mic

Other Thoughts: Has some speaker settings.
for each channel you can select large/medium/small speaker. increase or decrease volume to that speaker.
Bass and treble for entire system.
can change cut off and volume levels for sub pre out

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  • Jim w.
  • 1/20/2014 11:00:26 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsvery good

Pros: exelent

Cons: none at this time

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  • Andrew M.
  • 1/17/2014 5:45:00 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsdecent deal

Pros: Sounds great for the money When it works.

Cons: The VIDEO input HDMI stopped playing sound just 2 days ago ( less than 1 week out of the 30day coverage) It will pass the video signal to the TV along with sound to the TV but will not produce sound. I had to move my HDMI onto another port to use my satalite tv. Also, the remote is very moody, Sometimes it will work and others it will not. The power button works to turn it on and off about 50% of the time. The way around this is to hit the video or cat/sat opions on the remote and that will turn it on directly to whatever input you want it to be on. Sometimes once again that doesn't work. The remote has also been tried with new batteries and still continues to do this. I'm more bothered by the HDMI input not working correctly than anything. I can always walk up and change the input manually on the reciever but its a PITA to swap HDMI cables and risk the chance of wearing out the port and breaking out solder joints on the PCB.

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  • Jason N.
  • 12/21/2013 10:28:45 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsD.O.A.

Pros: Not sure there are any it didn't work out of the box

Cons: No sound

Other Thoughts: Stay away from, save your money or buy a non refurbished unit

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  • Joseph J.
  • 12/2/2013 9:19:12 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood Receiver for the $$$

Pros: 7.1 Receiver with lots of HDMI inputs
Nameable inputs
Standby HDMI passthrough (for last source)
Price (biggest Pro really)
Looks decent and blends into an HT setup nicely

Cons: Some of the higher end receiver features are missing. No on screen setup menus here. No Audio input reassignment to other video sources. No Audyssey or other mic'd auto setup. Very basic EQ settings and speaker settings.

Other Thoughts: Bought this for a guest room and at the refurbished price it was a no brainer. This is a no frills 7.1 receiver. Would I ever use this as a dedicated home theater receiver... no. But it works great as my HDMI switcher and amp for our guest room HTPC setup. Puts out enough power to satisfy most speakers and would be a great entry level receiver for a dorm, 1st apartment, or guest room. I would recommend it.

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  • Clinton S.
  • 12/1/2013 9:09:39 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsEntry level surround with a lot of options

Pros: The Sony STRDH520B has a lot going for it, HDMI pass-thru, 4 HDMI inputs, DTS Master Audio and Dolby TrueHD pass-thru, ample power for small-medium sized rooms and plenty of level/placement adjustments giving you a ton of flexibility for placement, sound fields, you can even push audio from one input with video from another via the output.

The 2 extra channels can be placed as rear surround or front height, I went with the height speakers. The difference with either isn't hugely notable, but height speakers do give you a vertical element for non-directional sounds (rainstorms, wind, ambient sound effects) which does enrich the experience. Hardly necessary, but if you have the speakers there's not much reason to not connect them. If you go with rear surround there are a few sources actually mixed for 7.1 (Toy Story 3 comes to mind), the receiver handles them well-ish (I noticed that the rear and surround channels have some crossover in sound effects that didn't feel like it should be there).

You get lots of sound field options, anything from stereo with height to full 5.1 with height, and you can adjust the relative distance and volume of each speaker. Even in an oddly shaped room there's bound to be a setup you find to your liking and you can adjust for speakers that simply overpower the others you have.

The HDMI pass-thru works well, with the receiver in stand-by it pushes audio/video straight through to my display, haven't had a single issue with it since I turned it on.

The driver itself is quite impressive, at just over half volume in this 12x14' room, it's uncomfortably loud with all 7 channels connected. This is a good thing, the sound doesn't get distorted, just loud, meaning in a significantly larger room you could still have ample volume to get rich, room filling sound and in a smaller room you could easily use smaller satellite speakers with a good sub and still get that same effect.

Surround sound, when available, is amazing. Even old TV shows include some basic matrixed stereo that the receiver can separate into 5 channel audio. I haven't tried using DVD surround sources but Blu-ray's uncompressed surround streams sound fantastic and definitely pull you into the source more. For gaming, there's no substitute for true surround in anything first person or stealth oriented, you hear footsteps, gunfire, explosions, and voices moving around you and you can readily identify when someone is trying to sneak up on you and shoot you in the back, or the direction in which your teammates have engaged the enemy. Good stuff, and coming from an older Sony receiver supporting only Pro Logic for surround, there's a BIG difference.

Cons: On the negative side, there is no automatic adjustment on the US model, meaning you must calibrate by ear. This could be a dealbreaker for some of you, personally I found the lack thereof easy enough to deal with thanks to the test tone that can be played on each speaker. It's not as precise as letting it auto-calibrate, but it should do for most people.

There's little EQ adjustment to be done, more or less just increasing/decreasing a single bass setting and a single treble setting. That could be a killer for some, but I personally find it to be a minor setback on an otherwise solid AVR. I use it connected to a computer anyway, worst case I modify the EQ settings before anything hits the amp.

Not a true con but the 2 extra channels aren't particularly useful in most situations, they just add a level of ambiance that most would find superfluous. I happened to have the spares but you won't miss them if they aren't there in 9 out 10 situations, so don't make the purchase based on the idea that 7.1 is innately better than 5.1, it isn't.

Other Thoughts: Something to consider - surround sound requires space; I recommend anyone and everyone get some sort of AVR setup but not everyone has the room for surround or the ears to benefit (certain folks simply aren't capable of detecting directional sound), so take into account your space, budget, and needs. If you have the room, the budget (or a willingness to expand over time) and you think you would enjoy surround, by all means this is a fine AVR to choose, but also consider if a stereo setup or soundbar would better suit your room and budgetary needs. Remember folks, pretty much anything is better than the speakers in your TV.

Also, while I currently don't have one, I recommend a sub for any system, soundbars, surround or just an old stereo AVR benefit greatly from having one, movie and game studios alike are putting a lot of use to that low frequency channel, and having one removes the need for large, full-range speakers in the system overall. If you can budget one in, you might be a candidate for surround even in a smaller room as a result.

In terms of AVRs there aren't exactly a plethora of them available in this price range (sub $200) that can come close in terms of features or quality, so you're making a solid choice if you pick one up.

Don't let the "refurbished" scare you; I've been buying refurb products from newegg for years and I've never had a problem with them, especially when it comes to devices where moving parts aren't an issue.

Final thought, certain folks are complaining about not being able to control other devices using the AVR... probably true, I didn't bother to care or try, as I purchased this to be a surround AVR, not a universal remote, and it does a fine job at it. Don't discount it because you might have to pick up a second remote every once in a while.

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  • Brock M.
  • 11/23/2013 10:08:00 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsOkay, but lacking features

Pros: HDMI Passthru and return channel
Nameable inputs

Cons: Can't program remote for TV other than Sony brand
No EQ adjustment
Not very user-friendly interface

Other Thoughts: I came from an older basic Onkyo receiver which didn't even take the audio out of HDMI inputs. That is the main reason that I bought this one. The hookups all work well enough, but I was disappointed when I contacted Sony to find out that the receiver remote cannot be programmed to any other brand of TV. Come on Sony, it's 2013! Overall it's a very basic receiver without any EQ adjustment or even crossover balance that I can find, and I have read the entire manual through 3-4 times (while trying to find out how to program the remote...). It does what I bought it for, but at the sacrifice of other features in order to hit the price point. Overall I wish I had waited to buy something a bit nicer, but I don't want to pay the return shipping which would likely be a lot for something this size.

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  • Paul C.
  • 11/17/2013 4:36:28 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSony STRDH520B

Pros: Great entry level 7.1 channel receiver and I got it for a great Newegg price. Very pleased with the receiver's features and capabilities.

Cons: None

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