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The Sony STR-DE597 is an entry level 6.1 x 100 watt/channel receiver released in 2006 and retails for around $170.

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Pros

front panel design is clean and simple to work with

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can be set to automatically read the best digital format for a disc

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easy operation overall once it's set up, doesn't need a lot of ongoing adjustment

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sound output is good for both movies and music

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Cons

setup menus not very well planned, a little confusing

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setup is a little complicated, even for experienced users

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headphone theater DSP option makes the mids muffled and tinny

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The Sony STR-DE597 is an entry level 6.1 x 100 watt/channel receiver released in 2006 and retails for around $170. It has a good portfolio of audio decoders including Dolby® Digital, Dolby® DigitalEX, dts®, 96k/24 bit-dts ES®, Dolby® Pro Logic® II Decoding, and 32-bit Dolby® Digital. Its reviews has been pretty average. A notably absent feature is IPod compatability, something the $200 Onkyo TX-8255 has. It also has an auto channel grouping feature, where users can listen to 5.1/6.1 channels as if they are 7.1 channels. This device is no longer available for purchase on the Sony website

Features
  • 6.1-channel home theater receiver with 100 watts per channel; measures 16.9 x 6.25 x 12.25 inches (W x H x D)
  • Digital Cinema Sound system produces audio comparable to Hollywood soundstage
  • 32-bit processing for three-dimensional sound
  • Analog audio (2 inputs, 1 output), optical digital (2 inputs), coaxial digital (1 input), composite video (3 inputs, 1 output), component video (2 inputs, 1 output), composite monitor, and a headphone jack
  • Dolby Digital EX, DTS-ES, DTS Neo:6, and Pro Logic II processing
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