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SONY 5.1-Channel Home Theater A/V Receiver STR-DH500

SONY 5.1-Channel Home Theater A/V Receiver STR-DH500
alaAverage 2.8

8 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 8 reviews from magazines and websites.

On average, users rate this product 55/100.

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(Based on 8 reviews)

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Bad Design


Not what I would expect from Sony. HDMI without sound is absurd. This, by the way, is not mentioned in the manual, and had to be confirmed with Sony tech support.

If you want low end technology, this is it

HDMI inputs do not carry sound, you must add an additional Coax or optical cable from your input device. All-around functionality is very limited on this model

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No HDMI Repeating on this Model


This may be a good receiver, but if you want only HDMI cables between your components, then you need to pass on this one. You need to find a model that has a HDMI "repeater".


This model doesn't meet my needs. I want the audio decoded and played through the receiver from the HDMI sources. As other have stated -- I should have read their reviews -- this model only contains a HDMI switch or pass-through meaning that you will...

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Cheap and Cheap


Conclusion: The price is cheap, but so are some of the options. I'd gave this receiver 3 eggs because even thought the center channel was bad, the sound was very exceptional using the Toslink cable, for a low cost receiver. My main concerns with this...

This receiver is okay considering the price. The sound was really good using the Fiber Optic cable (Toslink). Very basic options ( that could be a pro or con ). This receiver's design is simple and looks decent that will complement any home theater system

First off the center channel did not work properly. The channel was cutting on and off casuing popping sounds and distortion. I thought it was my speaker, so I tried different speakers and all my testing lead to the same conclusion. Volume was not loud...


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sent it back


In order to make sure that this unit did what I wanted, I downloaded and read the manual. But still I was mislead by the capabilities due to typical lousy Japanese manual which does not explain what it really does. I wasted four hour trying to get it...

unbelievably low price -- it is hard to believe they can make something this quality for this price ; I knew that an extra cable is needed to get audio from the HDMI sources, but that is not really a problem

Confusing and misleading manual. I had an argument with support over the meaning of several of the phrases ; Very difficult user interface. Knob to switch inputs is quite sensitive, and you have to understand the meaning of cryptic indicators on...

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SONY 5.1-Channel Home Theater A/V Receiver STR-DH500


I'm sure there are much better receivers out there, but at this price, this one does everything I need.

Great bang for the buck. Lots of power. Clean sound. I thought that the fact that you could enter the distance of all of your speakers was really cool and you can actually hear the difference when you set that up right. Tons of inputs and outputs for...

HDMI does not output sound. You MUST get optical cables or digital coax if you want sound out of your HDMI components

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Almost an Antique


I have had good results with my previous Sony receivers the HDMI limitations were the many reason I returned this unit.

It worked, but not the way I wanted

HDMI was limiting as I could not get sound from my DVD player to this unit without a separate cable. It does little more then pass HDMI onto the TV. Spend more money and get a more current receiver

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Ok, but.


This is the first AVR I have bought. I tried it for 3 weeks then discovered that the Pioneer VSX-519V-K looked like a much better product for about the same price, so I returned the Sony and ordered the Pioneer.

Good amp

Poor tuner, constant and poor reception. Have to use extra cables for sound. Very basic capabilities

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SONY 5.1-Channel Home Theater A/V Receiver STR-DH500


I bought this as an upgrade to an old receiver that I had. I needed 2 optical inputs (one Out from my TV and one Out from my PC) and this has done the trick. Unhooked the speakers from the old receiver, hooked into this, plugged it up and away it went....

None so far