Sony STR-DH800 review

If you’re taking your first step on the AV ladder then the Sony STR-DH800 should definitely be on your hit-list Tested at £300.00

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Our Verdict

If you’re taking the first step on the AV ladder the Sony should definitely be somewhere on your hit-list

For

  • Decent design
  • intuitive remote
  • uncomplicated auto set-up
  • great insight and weight for the money

Against

  • It's difficult to grumble at this price

Its price-tag may befit a budget product, but the STR-DH800 isn't the amp that Sony forgot.

In fact, this model is fine-tuned by the same engineers who tweaked Sony's £1500 STR-DA6400ES, as well as the 'DH800's five-star predecessor, the STR-DG820.

The 'DH800 keeps it simple. At this price, it's no surprise to find that luxuries such as video upconversion or upscaling don't feature, but standard prerequisites are in place, including four HDMI inputs and an accurate auto-calibration system.

More importantly, this receiver will decode all the current HD audio formats.

Straight out the box, the Sony has a rather cold, aggressive sonic style. But, after a day or two operating at full steam, it eases up.

Solid, detailed sound
The edge is taken off and is replaced with a solid, detailed sound. If you're after extra refinement and muscularity, you'll need to spend more, but the Sony demonstrates impressive force for the cash.

During Knowing, as the airliner crashes, the Sony delivers power and drama, along with a cohesive sound stage.

Shop around online and you'll find some retailers are already shipping the STR-DH800 for £20-£30 less than the price quoted here. For AV enthusiasts on a tight budget, this is a steal.

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Specifications

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General Information

Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Brand NameSony
Product TypeA/V Receiver
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Manufacturer Part NumberSTRDH800
Product NameSony STR-DH800
Product ModelSTR-DH800

Interfaces-Ports

HDMIYes
Number of HDMI Inputs4
Number of HDMI Outputs1

Audio

RMS Output Power110 W
Sound SystemDolby Digital, Dolby TrueHD