Sony STR-DA2ES?

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  1. CarlosO

    CarlosO Auditioning

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    I'm looking to upgrade my home theater. I have a Sony STR_DE445. I heard some good things about this reciever i was just wondering if anyone out there has it, or knows more info. Thanks.

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    Carlos:

    After reviewing specs/price (and considering some remote control issues)I bought an STR- DA2ES and have used it for about a month now. Some observations:

    1 - Sounds great (to my 59 year old electrical engineer ears) (+++)
    2 - Many stereo and DSP modes, good equalizer and other level controls - plenty of ability to alter sound to suit your tastes. (++++)
    3 - Controls on unit are much easier and more logical than on remote. Sony needs to spend more on Human Factors for their remote. (-)
    4 - It appears that when you feed S video in to the unit (e.g. on TV/Sat jacks), you can not get composite video out of the (video 1 or 2) jacks meant to drive a VCR. This may be true due to 2 independent video amp paths. I have a question in to Sony about this. (-)
    5 - Poor manual. It starts out well, with x-refs, but misses many important things, and is too short. (--)
    6 - Very poor technical support. After going through a short list of simple FAQs on their site, you are offered a chance to send a question via email. That generates an email acknowledgment, but no answer. (FYI - the clock is now 4 days on my receiver question, and about 1 month on my PC question to this site. Last year I finally got an off the topic answer to another question from this site, after about a month.) (---)

    On balance, I'm very pleased with the receiver, but you will have to spend some time trying and figuring out things on your own. Hope this helps.

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  4. Steven_MB

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    Andrew:

    Thanks for lending support to my hunch. Your suggestion is good, and I will definitely remeber it for future use.

    The gap in the Sony forced me to Plan B. What I did is use a 3:1 a/v amplified fan-out box I already had to drive the VCR (composite inputs) directly from the Sat. receiver composite outputs, without going through the Sony. (The fan-out box was needed to providing an alternate easy path to drive my TV.)

    While I do lose the ability to VCR record other video sources switched through the Sony, I gained the ability to record off Sat. (e.g. in the middle of the night) without having to have the STR-DA2ES on.

    In engineering this HT, I tried to acomplish 2 things:

    1- High Quality Audio/Video for those who want to push a lot of buttons.
    2 - An alternate easy way for non techies to watch TV or Sat, without a lot of buttons and remotes and things.

    Life is full of trade-offs, but I'm still happy with the STR-DA2ES :)

    Thanks again,

    Steve
     

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