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This review is from: Sony STR-DH520 7.1 Channel 3D AV Receiver
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
This review is from: D-Link DSM-380 Boxee Box HD Media Player
Pros: Plays EVERTHING! All video format. Even plays 3d content(sbs). Dont know what everyones complaint is about the wifi. I played a 18gb 3d mkv over wifi without one lockup. have over 2000 movies and videos and found covers and info for all. I use for mostly local content, but netflix and youtube works fine. Internet Browser is decent Plays Flash!!! Coming from HTPC box running WMC this thing is 100% faster. Also uses prob. 1% the power and uses less on standby. Doesnt heat up even after 12 hrs of using. And silent, no loud cpu fan.
Cons: Cannot have DTS and Dolby when using All outputs setting.
no backlight on remote. Kind of sucks at night if you need to type.
Other Thoughts: If you watch mostly local content, turn off vudu and other providers from showing up in your library. Can get very confusing if not. Best newegg purchase I have made. cant wait to buy one for every room in my house.READ FULL REVIEW