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Sony STR DG800

Sony STR DG800
alaScore 73

182 reviews

Jul, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 182 reviews of Sony STR DG800. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Receivers & Amplifiers for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Receivers & Amplifiers the Sony STR DG800 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 73/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 174 user reviews of Sony STR DG800 from The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Receivers & Amplifiers on

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This summary is based on the products: Sony STR-DG800 7.1-Channel Home Theater Receiver with HDMI PassthroughSony STR-DG800 7.1-Channel Home Theater Receiver with HDMI Passthrough

Jul, 2015

Expert review by: Steve Guttenberg (

Sony STR-DG800


Sony's Digital Cinema Auto Calibration autosetup, a new addition for 2006, is simple enough to use; just plug in the supplied microphone and press one button on the remote. That's way easier than Denon's autosetup routine, but Sony's system isn't as...

The Sony STR-G800 is a 7.1-channel receiver with autosetup capabilities, HDMI switching for two sources, and XM Satellite Radio compatibility. It also offers composite-video and S-Video conversion to component video, A-B speaker switching, and a...

The autosetup takes you only so far, and the manual setup logistics are a little quirky. There are no onscreen menus, and the analog video inputs can't be converted to HDMI output, though that's no surprise at this price point.

An impressive spread of features, including HDMI switching, autosetup, and XM Radio capability, makes Sony's STR-DG800 receiver a notable bargain in the sub-$400 category.

Jun, 2006

Expert review by: Chris Martens (

Sony STR-DG800 7.1-Channel A/V Receiver


Many large home theater manufacturers offer two grades of A/V receivers, a higher-end range targeted toward performance-minded enthusiasts and a lower-end range targeted at budget- minded consumers and sold in big-box retail stores. While there is some...

Aug, 2008

Consumer review by: karmann1971 (

Sony STR-DG800


Sony needs to go back and read the definition of HDMI. High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) is a compact audio/video interface for transmitting uncompressed digital data.

Good receiver for the price, but expect to replace it in a short while when you outgrow it fast

HDMI doesn't support audio. I understand that this was a $400 receiver, but HDMI might as well been left off. Sony cannot advertise HDMI and it basically not work

Jan, 2009

Consumer review by: mgaskins (

Sony STR-DG800


At the time, this was MUCH less expensive than other HDMI options. Worked great for my simple plasma TV / DVD player set-up. Never used the remote. Sounded quite good to my amateur ears.

HDMI pass-through

can't pass through analog signals to HDMI

Jan, 2008

Consumer review by: Viejo+Nick (

Sony STR-DG800


I am very happy with the results I am getting from this unit. I have my blu ray player connected and the HD True sound comes out great. I have no complaints with this unit at all. I love my Sony receiver.

Superb when conected to blu ray payer

None at all

Jan, 2007

Consumer review by: sargenttv (

Sony STR-DG800


While I wholeheartedly agree with the other users posting here regarding the HDMI limitations (i.e., only allowing audio pass-through only to the Monitor with an HDMI configuration). It's not impossible to setup. The trick, as the other user said, it...

Decent sound, Price, Enough Input for the average consumer

Tricky HDMI setup, Calibration Utility, Menu Interface

Jan, 2007

Consumer review by: thanvier (

Sony STR-DG800


I was very excited when I got this product. But after I set it up, I was pretty disgusted with the sound quality. The receiver died few months after I purchased and Sony won't fix it. They provided lame excuse. I will be trashing this piece of junk...


Below average sound quality

Jan, 2007

Consumer review by: Khellandros66 (

Sony STR-DG800 7.1 Channels Receiver - (A/V Receivers)

Mar, 2007

Product Specifications

Experience the power of high-definition with the STR-DG800 7.1ch XM Ready HDMI Home Theatre Receiver. Its exceptional High-Definition Multimedia Interface eliminates the need for extra cables while delivering spectacularly clear and vibrant digital video. Connect dual HD sources such as your set-top box and DVD player simultaneously with Sony's ultimate all-in-one receiver. The STR-DG800 delivers an outstanding audio experience with its powerful 700-watt amplifier and Sony's unique Digital Cinema Auto Calibration (DCAC) system, automatically optimizing the sound field for easy home theatre setup. The built-in XM Satellite Radio Tuner delivers an exciting world of entertainment directly to your living room. Plug in your XM Connect and Play Antenna and enjoy commercial-free talk, sports, news and music instantly! Expect more from home theatre with Sony's impressive and dynamic STR-DG800 7.1ch Home Theatre Receiver.


Output Power / Total:770Watt

Audio System

Built-in Decoders:Dolby Digital / Dolby Digital Surround EX / Dolby Pro Logic / Dolby Pro Logic II / Dolby Pro Logic IIx / DTS 96/24 / DTS Neo:6 / DTS-ES Discrete 6.1 / DTS-ES Matrix 6.1
Functions (KA):AV receiver
Sound Output Mode:Surround Sound
Subcategory (KA):AV components
Surround System Class:6.1 channel/7.1 channel
Type:AV receiver


Coaxial Digital Input: Yes
Headphone Jack: Yes
Optical Digital Input: Yes
Optical Digital Output: Yes

Dimensions & Weight



Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony STR




Tuner Bands:AM/FM
Tuner Type:Digital

Remote Control

Type:Universal remote control