The Sony STR-DE697

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  1. ChadMcCallum

    ChadMcCallum Second Unit

    Sep 8, 2002
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    I don't have a a surround sound system but I'm interested in this one

    Surround yourself in sound with Sony's STR-DE697 Dolby Digital Receiver. This full-featured model has all of the functionality you'll need to get the most out of your home theatre. With 7.1 channel power, built-in Dolby Digital and DTS decoders, you can enjoy the awesome sound of DVD or digital satellite systems.

    4 Ohm Capable No
    5 Channel Power Yes
    5.1 Channel Discrete Input Yes
    6 Ohm Capable Yes
    6.1 Channel Discrete Input No
    7.1 Channel Discrete Input No
    A/V Inputs/Outputs 4 Inputs, 1 Output
    Banana Plug Speaker Terminals Info Not Available
    Component Video Input/Output Yes
    Component Video Switching Yes
    Composite Video Input/Output Yes
    Digital Inputs 4
    Digital Outputs 1 Optical
    Dolby Digital EX Yes
    Dolby Digital Surround Sound Yes
    Dolby Pro Logic Yes
    Dolby Pro Logic II Yes
    DSP Modes 13
    DTS Yes
    DTS ES Yes
    Front AV Jacks Yes
    Graphic EQ No
    Headphone Jack Yes
    High Current No
    Included In Box Remote, Batteries, Manual, Antenna
    Multiroom Capability No
    On Screen Display Info Not Available
    Phono Inputs No
    Preamp Outputs No
    Product Dimensions 43.0(W) x 15.7(H) x 31.0(D) cm
    Product Warranty 2 Year Parts & Labour
    Product Weight 8.5 kg
    Remote Control Type Programmable
    S-Video Input/Output 1
    S-Video Switching Info Not Available
    Station Presets 30
    Stereo Power Per Channel 110 Watts Per Channel
    THX Select No
    THX Ultra No

    More Information

    7 Channel Power Rating: 100 Watts Per Channel x 7
    32-bit Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic and DTS Decoder.
    32-bit DSP with 11 acoustic environments.
    Digital Cinema Sound System with Cinema Studio EX modes.

    Is this a good reciever? Will I be able to connect my PS2 to it? It says it supports 7.1 but it doesn't have 6.1 and 7.1 discrete inputs. Can someone explain this to me? Thanks.
  2. Jason GT

    Jason GT Second Unit

    Dec 12, 2002
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    Your questions:

    Is this a good AVR?
    I can't really answer that. (heh). For better or for worse the lower end Sony stuff isn't generally held in the highest esteem. I have never owned a Sony AVR myself so I am neutral on this matter. Shop around and don't limit yourself to Futre Shop.

    Will you be able to connect your PS2?
    Absolutely. Keep in mind that for almost all PS2 games are stereo (which you can process with DPLII...).

    5.1/6.1/7.1 ?
    7.1 - this refers to seven speakers plus a sub. There is NO commercially available software that is encoded in 7.1. At this point, 7.1 basically means having 6.1 with mono surrounds unless you get into a DSP algorithm that can derive seven channels of information (Logic7, DPLIIx).

    5.1 discrete inputs are there for external inputs from other sources. At this point, this AVR will accept a DD or DTS signal from any modern DVD player and be able to process it into five (or six...) discrete channels of sound.

    You can use the 5.1 inputs for listening to DVD-A or SACD or for some future format which your AVR cannot decode.

    the 5.1 6.1 7.1 topic is a bit tricky but IMO it's best to stick to basics -- 99%+ of the software currently available is 5.1 or less, and you're probably better off getting pretty good 5.1 rather than mediocre 7.1
  3. John Garcia

    John Garcia Executive Producer

    Jun 24, 1999
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    IMO, if you have a bit more cash, I'd look at something else from Denon, Onkyo, Harman Kardon or Marantz. Sony DE is definitely not the best place for your $$. Sounds good on paper, has plenty of features and flexibility, but I've owned a few and was shocked when I heard what a good receiver could do in the same price range.
  4. ChadMcCallum

    ChadMcCallum Second Unit

    Sep 8, 2002
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    Thanks for the responses. I guess I'll shop around some more.

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