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It is an AV receiver retailing for $400 and released in 2006, but is no longer for sale on the official Sony site.

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Pros

Component video up-conversion is fast and reliable - consistently provides high-quality playback of analog video formats

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Unit functions especially well amongst other Sony home theater products - speakers and disc players are natively supported by both the hardware and software functions

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Surround sound outputting is clear and powerful - integrated "Cinema" modes provide exceptional audio processing throughout 5.1 and 7.1 applications

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Included remote control is very easy to use - component is intuitive and logically arranged

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Functions very well as a video switcher - users can toggle between multiple input sources with near-instant switching speeds for maximum enjoyment

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Cons

Several users report considerable picture quality degradation within only months of use - most owners can expect a negative drop in quality between 6 months to 1 year of use

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Lack of DVI/HDMI connectivity severely limits modern hardware capabilities - users may encounter considerable difficulty when attempting to connect gaming consoles, monitors and other devices

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The Sony STR-DE995 is an AV receiver retailing for $400 and released in 2006, but is no longer for sale on the official Sony site. It has a 7.1 channel x 100 watts. It has a good portfolio of decoders including Dolby® Digital, Dolby® Digital EX, dts®, dts ES®, dts:Neo6®, and Dolby® Pro Logic® II Decoding. It converts s-video from composite video. Interestingly, this piece doesn't have any HDMI inputs, which is very strange considering that entry level 7.1 receivers as cheap as $300 such as the 2009 Sony STR-DH700 have that feature.  Probably this explains why this receiver has been pulled out. Further it has no support for DVI inputs (ie from PC), and it does not support on screen menus like how modern ones do.

Features
  • 7.1 channels x 100 watts
  • Dolby® Digital, Dolby® Digital EX, dts®, dts ES®, dts:Neo6®, and Dolby® Pro Logic® II Decoding
  • An LCD Preprogrammed - Learning - Macro Remote Control
  • Front S-Video/Composite A/V and Optical Input
  • 32-bit DSP with 13 acoustic environments
  • Digital Cinema Sound™ System with Cinema Studio EX modes
  • 30 Station Presets
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