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Sony str-da3300es

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Pros

Flexible receiver with good connectivity

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A bargain compared to other models in the ES lineup

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Upscaling to 1080p

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Can use two channel to power second zone of audio

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Supports bi-ampable front speaker setup

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Fantastic graphical interface (XMB)

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Fully compatible with latest Blu-ray tech

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Decent audio performance with 700 Watts total power

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Cons

Doesn't send downconverted HD video to 2nd zone

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Crammed, tiny text on front display

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No HD audio decoding

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No S-Video inputs

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The Sony STR-DA3300ES (MSRP $800) is a 7.1 channel a/v receiver with 100 Watts / channel and upscaling to 1080p to HDMI using its built-in Faroudja DCDi Cinema chipset. It is the entry-level model of the STR-DAx300ES lineup with step-up models STR-DA4300ES ($1000) adding high-definition audio decoding and flagship STR-DA5300ES (MSRP $1700) upgrading to 6 x HDMI inputs and 120 Watts / channel of power. The lack of HD audio decoding may be a moot point as currently no Blu-ray players will output HD audio in a bitstream format requiring the receiver to decode the signal, thus making the STR-DA3300ES more attractive to consumers looking to save some money compared to the step-up models. This receiver, like all new Sony receivers, features the Cross Media Bar ("XMB") graphical interface, similar to what's found on the Sony PSP.

Features
  • 7.1 channel a/v receiver with 100 Watts / channel; 700 Watts total power
  • upscaling to 1080p with Faroudja DCDi Cinema chipset
  • 3 x HDMI inputs with 1080/60p, 1080/24p support
  • 3 x component video, 4 x digital optical, 3 x digital coaxial
  • No HD audio format decoding (Dolby TrueHD, dts HD MA)
  • Full compatibility with 8-channel Linear PC audio output from Blu-ray sources
  • Xross Media Bar Inspired Graphic User Interface
  • price: $800
  • release date: August 2007
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