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Sony STR-DH500

Sony STR-DH500
alaScore 79

253 reviews

Jul, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 253 reviews of Sony STR-DH500. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, 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-DH500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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This summary is based on the product: Sony STR-DH500 Receiver

Jul, 2015

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 161 user reviews of Sony STR-DH500 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-DH500 5.1-Channel A/V Receiver (Black)Sony STR-DH500 5.1-Channel A/V Receiver (Black)Sony STR-DH500 5.1-Channel A/V Receiver (Black) (Old Version)

Jul, 2015

Expert review by: Andrew Robinson (

Sony STR-DH500 Home Theater Receiver


The STR-DH500 is a modestly priced and reliable alternative to far more expensive models. While limited on flashy features, this receiver "delivers the core essentials for a true 5.1 home theater. Our reviewer: "for a cheap receiver with modest power...

The Sony STR-DH500 is quite possibly the cheapest way to enjoy the latest 1080p formats be they HDTV or Blu-ray ; Sure the STR-DH500 is a bit limited on flashy features; however it does provide and deliver the core essentials for a true 5.1 home...

The STR-DH500 doesn't upconvert or transcode analog video sources to digital via its HDMI output, though I would argue that keeps the signal pure and truer to the source ; The lack of audio support through the HDMI inputs is a bit of a bummer here and...

While it may seem easy to fault the Sony STR-DH500 for its lack of features, one can't lose sight of its asking price. For under $200 the STR-DH500 will connect to and playback 1080p HD signals, which includes Blu-ray discs, HD Broadcasts and more and...

Aug, 2009

Consumer review by: fishbowlfire (

Sony STR-DH500


Reliability seems quite good

THD is high (10%) in surround at 130watts

Jul, 2010

Consumer review by: towercam (

Sony STR-DH500


For something you probably use every day, you should get something that doesn't **** you off every time you want to make an adjustment. Quick adjustment? Forget that!

It hasn't blown up or melted into a puddle yet

Simply horrible as far as the controls and the remote to ; The 'AMP MENU' is terrible ; I recommend your NOT getting this and instead getting a receiver that offers ON SCREEN DISPLAY of controls ; The AMP MENU, again, is simply terrible

May, 2010

Consumer review by: RickCain4150 (

A good amp with a problematic user interface


Overall its a decent amplifier, but will take some repeated readings of the user manual to navigate and set up.

As always you get Sony quality for the price. The front panel is minimalistic in design. It can certainly pump out the watts when needed, and I haven't had any reliability problems

There are so few front panel buttons that there are many functions that you can only get to with the remote, so if you lose the remote, well you're stuck. The interface is very difficult to navigate so keep the manual handy

Apr, 2010

Consumer review by: hometheaterconsultant (

Sony STR-DH500


I checked with Crutchfield, where I purchased the unit, (I LOVE these guys), and Josh pulled one from new stock and it did the exact same thing.

Great entry level product except for a hardware issue

A MAJOR issue with this receiver is that when you set up the surround parameters, the unit will default to LO/SIDE for the surounds when the unit is powererd down. I contacted SONY directly on Jan 20th, 2010, and they basically blew me off

Jan, 2010

Consumer review by: sullivanp03 (

Sony STR-DH500


For the price (199.99) this is a very good addition and starting point for a audio system. This product was bought to compliment a samsung blu-ray player and a samsung plasma television and it does so very nicely. Using the receiver was not so...

three HDMI connections make this a plus

remote is very simplistic and whole product is a little out of date (still have an input for SACD!?)

Dec, 2009

Consumer review by: belowner (

Sony STR-DH500


I am extremely pleased with this receiver. I purchased it to replace a broken Klipsch Promedia 5.1 amp unit since Klipsch doesn't repair them anymore.

3 HDMI switching is fantastic for newer TV's and computers. Dual optical inputs cut down on wire clutter ; Customized names for inputs means you can assign a custom name to any input ; Different modes produce noticeable sound difference

Device is huge, and it gets hot during use. Surround speakers have traditional "clamp" jacks but the front speakers have hard to use screw-type connectors ; There is no "three mini jack" input for computer surround cards ; The remote sucks

Dec, 2009

Consumer review by: dickwinters--2008 (

Sony STR-DH500


This is no where close to the industry standard, and--given the fact that my two other Sony amps were easily programmed to control any brand TV, as was my 10 year old Radio Shack Amp, it amazes me that Sony would sell a unit with a remote controller...

Does switch between three HDMI inputs

Only controls system components if thy are Sony brand! So, if you have any other brand DVD, TV, CD, etc, you will still have to use a different remote control for each unit

Aug, 2009

Consumer review by: Al_D (

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

Feb, 2010

Consumer review by: WantsOnlyHDMI (

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...

Jan, 2010

Product Specifications

Take HD even further. The 1080p STR-DH500 5.1-channel A/V receiver delivers one robust HD experience, with HDMI pass-through and 1080/24p capability, it's compatible with the latest HD sources like Blu-ray Disc players, PlayStation and more. But the connectivity doesn't stop there. You also have access to five HD inputs for even greater versatility. Finally, the STR-DH500 includes the Digital Media Port, which allows you to extend your music selection from an iPod, Walkman digital music player, Bluetooth device or from a PC.

Audio System

Built-in Decoders:Dolby Digital / Dolby Pro Logic II / DTS decoder/Dolby Pro Logic II / Dolby Digital / DTS decoder
Functions (KA):AV receiver
Sound Output Mode:Surround Sound
Subcategory (KA):AV components
Surround System Class:5.1 channel
Type:AV receiver


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

Dimensions & Weight



Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony STR


Tuner Bands:AM/FM
Tuner Type:Digital

Remote Control

Type:Universal remote control