Thoughts on the Sony STR-DE9?

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  1. MikeJason

    MikeJason Agent

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    I am looking at this receiver to be used in a relatively small room.:

    SONY STR-DE997B

    I know that it is not even Sony's top of the line series, but for around $330 I was considering it.

    Is there realistically any noticeable sound difference to an untrained ear such as mine between this model and a higher model?

    Thanks.
     
  2. PeterK

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    well, I don't know much but I have the DE 597 a lesser model of your 997. I can't really compare it to the sound quality of anything else but I like it very much.
     
  3. Shane Martin

    Shane Martin Producer

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    Compared to an ES, Yes. Although I am a big fan of Sony's receivers, I couldn't recommend the DE to anyone due to reliability problems. If you are wanting to only spend $300 bucks then reliability becomes a 2nd thought due to cost(I'm trying to be realistic..)
     
  4. MikeJason

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    What kinds of reliability problems are you referring to?

    Out of curiosity, where do the lower models lack in sound quality? Is it just less of a dynamic range?
     
  5. Shane Martin

    Shane Martin Producer

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    Bloated power output meaning they didn't produce much. They still don't but its getting a little better. To me if I had to spend $300 and couldn't wait, then the new digital Panasonic receivers seem like a reasonable gamble to me. However I would wait and save up more $$. Sony's ES is leagues better but it costs more.
     
  6. LanceJ

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    Mike,

    Put your $300 into another brand. IMO Sony's DE series always seem to have wimpy amp sections, in addition to the reported reliability issues already mentioned (they had this same problem when I sold them in the mid 90s). Onkyo, Panasonic, Yamaha, or Sherwood are the ones I would check out.

    From what I've seen myself over the years mostly what you get for more $$$ is more power and features. But the sound itself hardly seems to change (among the same manufacturer's models). So unless you are using difficult-to-drive speakers--electrostatics; models with a 4 ohm resistance rating, etc--a $300 receiver from a decent manufacturer should sound perfectly fine. And if this is a bedroom or college apartment living room, you will probably never need to use even this class of receiver's full power output.
     
  7. MikeJason

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    Thanks everyone for the advice.
     
  8. anthony_b

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    I think you could get something decent for your budget from Denon,Yamaha,HK or Onkyo that would be much better than the Sony.
     
  9. John Morton

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    I'd look around also. I had a DE (THOUGHT it was pretty decent). I sold it and bought a Sony STR-DB930 (some ES components). It may be replaced in my main HT room, but I quite possibly may never sell it!!

    You might consider if Sony still makes the DB series (now called the QS, I think)? Try OneCall.com.
     
  10. John Morton

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    Sorry, never mind. I just found out, Sony did in fact stop making the DB or QS (at least in the US). At this point, if I went Sony, I'd go used DB/QS or only ES.
     
  11. John Morton

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    Update, I just verified (google search) that Sony does in fact still make the DB series, but for non-US sales. You might look around the net or call some dealers. Maybe somebody can hook you up with one? The latest model appears to be the STR-DB795? It's received some really good reviews.
     

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