20090514

Sony STR-DH500 Review

The Sony STR-DH500 is a home theater 5.1 100 watt / channel receiver announced in March 2009 and retails at $199 (same price as 2 channel x 50 watt Onkyo TX-8255). The DH500 is an entry-level receiver and is the cheapest in Sony's lineup to offer 5.1 audio. The lower-end DH100 is a stereo receiver, while the step-up DH700 provides the 7.1 channel audio that is common for mid-range receivers. Intended for a more casual or budget friendly market, the DH500 includes a quick-speaker setup feature which uses the remote's built-in microphone to automatically optimize the speaker levels. It has HDMI pass-through and...more