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From: Honolulu, HI

Over achiever!

August 28, 2018
I've had this receiver in my home theater system for over two months now and although I've already written an earlier review on the Best Buy site where I purchased it, I feel compelled to write another follow-up review now that I've had more time using it. Just as I wrote in my first review, I couldn't be more impressed with this receiver! I can't tell you how many times I've found myself bewildered at how good a job this receiver does enveloping me with such realistic and explosive sound during movies. As I mentioned in my previous review, because of a broken remote and some other issues, I reluctantly replaced my Pioneer Elite SC 82 with this Sony "mid-range" unit and was preparing myself to be disappointed, expecting to have to return it to my local Best Buy store. Obviously that never happened. In my humble opinion, not only does this receiver sound more dynamic and offer up much clearer dialogue, I'm also hearing background detail that I never heard through my Pioneer. Same goes for listening to music through this Sony receiver. I find myself streaming Spotify, Amazon music or just plain YouTube stuff as background music as I get stuff done around the house. I never felt compelled to do this through my Pioneer as it never seemed to sound good. Let's be clear, it won't ever replace my several thousand dollar two channel system for music play back but I do find myself listening through the Sony unit more often out of convenience and because it's that good sounding! Btw, I recently purchased a Sony xbr 930e tv and I couldn't be more happy with this Sony product as well. All I can say is FANTASTIC JOB SONY at creating such outstanding products! At such an accessible price point the str1080 is a total over achiever!... Read More  Hide
From: Canton, OH

Unreliable and Slow

October 26, 2018
I bought this new from Crutchfield in November 2017. I'm sending it to United Radio for it's second warranty repair in October 2018. The first time was because I kept loosing audio from all the HDMI inputs. Got the unit back and it worked for a few weeks. The second time is because it's now loosing the video from all the HDMI inputs. It also displays a strip of static (for lack of a better term) across the bottom of the TV screen whenever I use the remote control volume. The unit is extremely slow to respond to inputs, power up, and change channels. The FM channel scan is the slowest I've ever seen in my life. Why do I have a 20 year old Sony receiver that is literally 50 times faster? The only positive for this unit is the sound quality. It really brought my speakers alive with power, punch, and depth to movies and music. But what good is that if it never works or is always out for repair?... Read More  Hide
From: Spokane

Do your homework

March 21, 2019
Sound quality is acceptable, nothing really special. Setup and control is anything but user friendly, much like their Bravia TV. Remote controls for TV and AVR have functional overlap which creates setup problems with each other. English as a second language doesn't help when dealing with support. These newest units cannot extract an analog audio for zone 2 function making it useless for listening to Pandora or other streaming music sources in other areas. My 10 year old Harman Kardon didn't have that problem. Technology just passed it by and it couldn't communicate with new tvs. Forget "bang for the buck" and get what you need.... Read More  Hide

Good sound, but annoyinginly keeps changing fields

May 26, 2017
I bought this with the sony x900e tv everytime i change the input or watch netflix it changes the sound field to multi stereo. It's really annoying to change it to AFD again and again
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