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.
- 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