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The Sony STR-DH820 is a mid-level A/V receiver featuring 7.1 channel surround sound.

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Pros

plenty of inputs available for all the equipment a typical household would want to connect

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provides a 3D sound experience, great channel separation

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uses Bravia Sync, integrates seamlessly with Sony remotes to adjust everything together on the fly

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audio output is very detailed, makes you feel like you're in a movie theater

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auto-calibration does a good job balancing the speakers, even in odd-shaped rooms

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on-screen setup is relatively straightforward for experienced users

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Cons

games typically lag a bit too much if video upscaling is used

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a little confusing to work with for entry-level users

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The Sony STR-DH820 is a mid-level A/V receiver featuring 7.1 channel surround sound. The STR-DH820 supports four HDMI inputs and three component inputs to handle a large variety of sources, and features compatibility with new 3D content including 3D Blu-ray, sports and games. Though similar to the cheaper STR-DH720, the STR-DH820 features an additional component input and simplifies iPhone/iPod playback with included dock.

Like the DH720, the DH820 can upconvert analog signals to near HD quality through digital conversion and output. Audio output is optimized through inclusion of LPCM, Dolby TrueHD and ProLogic codecs, delivering advanced Blu-Ray audio decoding, can dynamically adjust volume, and features dual subwoofer preouts for increased bass effect. Set-up and use of the STR-DH820 is simplified through on-screen graphical user interface, integrated interface with Sony 2011 Televisions, and auto calibration for quick speaker set-up.

Features
  • 7.1 channel surround sound capability
  • Compatible with 3D media
  • 4 HDMI inputs, 3 component inputs
  • Includes 2nd Zone pre-outs
  • iPhone/iPod playback with included dock
  • Audio return channel
  • BRAVIA Sync capable
  • Assignable digital audio and video inputs
  • 24p True Cinema for 24fps Blu-Ray playback
  • Dual subwoofer pre-outs
  • LPCM, Dolby trueHD, ProLogic IIz and dts-HD master audio codecs
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