Another Excellent Sony Product
Posted by: MikeBF from: Cleveland on
I bought this unit to replace an Insignia NS-R2001, and I am thrilled with the switch. The sound quality is much better, and the annoying hiss from the speakers goes away when I actually play music through it, unlike the Insignia, which had a constant hiss. Its overall build quality is great, and it features a 3.5 mm stereo input, exclusive for its class. It is also significantly smaller than the Insignia. Most of its features are a bit gimmicky, like renaming inputs, but they all work like they're supposed to. I found the default equalizer settings a little off, but after turning the treble to -2 and the bass to +5 (out of 10), that it sounded wonderful. The remote is a little confusing at first, but it is capable of controlling almost any Sony product, which could be convenient if your home theater is exclusively Sony unlike mine. It should also be mentioned that this is a 270 Watt receiver, not a 200 Watt like the description says. All in all this a great product.
70 out of 79 found this review helpful.
Nice Basic Receiver
Posted by: Stevo16 from: Pennsylvania on
This is a good basic AM/FM receiver. The unit is solid and the display is decent. The 3.5 mini input jack is a nice feature, although I wish it were on the front panel instead of the rear panel. The power is good for a basic receiver. It is actually 270 watts, not 200 watts as listed.
28 out of 29 found this review helpful.
Very good buy for the price
Posted by: WVMusicLover from: WV on
My 33 year old receiver finally went South - only one channel would work and the sound was poor. Purchased this Sony after online research.
This is an excellent unit for the price.
FM reception: I live in the hills of WV and can now receive previously unknown stations. I was at first concerned that the chincy FM antennae (3 foot wire with a coax connector on one end) would not work given my rural location. I should not have worried; worked just fine.
Sound: Very good, even with my 38 year old speakers!
Controls: A bit confusing at first. The instruction manual needs to be more verbose. But after playing around with the remote, I was able to understand how to set & modify all features.
CD player: Connecting my CD/DVD player was a snap.Sound is great for my any of my CDs.
Display: I wish I could make it brighter. It can be dimmed but it is not bright enough at its brightest. I wear glasses so when moving a few feet away, I cannot read the display. But this is a minor complaint.
Overall: I would recommend this unit.
21 out of 22 found this review helpful.
Excellent product for a two channel stereo
Posted by: WMH9 from: dc on
I brought this item to replace an older Sony receiver that lasted me 17 years. The instructions are clear and set up was a breeze. I also renamed my inputs and that was a breeze. I use this unit in my basement when I am on my treadmill and streaming movies from Netlix. All I can say is this unit is good to go.
23 out of 25 found this review helpful.
Good system but did not last even a year.
Posted by: JoeR from: on
Purchased STRDH130 on December 23, 2014. On mid December 2015, the "A" channel on the "Speaker A/B switching" stopped working. Disconnected the stereo system from the power source, disconnected all speaker wires. After reconnecting the speakers and powering it back up, "Reset the system", tried different speakers and different new speaker wires. Still did not work.
Spoke with Sony Customer Service, they said I qualified for a "REPLACEMENT SYSTEM" and gave me a reference number. Twenty-four hours later after emailing Sony a copy of the receipt, I was informed by Sony VIA email that I was to ship the system to New York at my expense ($50 SHIPPING COST per the USPS; half of what I actually paid for the unit).
I purchased an electronic equipment that did not last a year and I am supposed to return/ship it at MY EXPENSE. That does not qualify as "Good Customer Service".
I have been a loyal customer for SONY products for 45 years but my future electronic purchases will not be SONY. I am extremely disappointed in SONY.
Thank you SONY Customer Service but I don't need your apologies on how bad you feel that I had to go thru this experience with a Sony Product. What I need is my STRDH130 to be made whole again at no expense to me. I paid for it once; I don't want to pay for it again.
THANK YOU and have a Merry XMAS.
26 out of 29 found this review helpful.
Old School style
Posted by: TXTony from: Texas on
This was the exact features I was looking for in a receiver to go with my pair of Cerwin Vega Re30 speakers. All I added was a single disc CD player and with the Aux input I can use my old school IPod classic 260gb. Glad I found this Sony classic style receiver. The big old school stereo systems have died out but this receiver brings my speakers back to life with simple style and power.
12 out of 12 found this review helpful.
If only it would work
Posted by: asdjfljflksadjfl from: Owings Mills, MD on
This was a decent receiver while it worked, but I've had two duds now. The first one worked for less than one week and then it wouldn't turn on. Best Buy was excellent and replaced it with a new one. The replacement worked for about a month and now it, too, won't turn on. If it happened once I'd say it's an anomaly, but not twice. Just about every piece of AV equipment I have is Sony, but this is junk. Sony should be embarrassed.
23 out of 28 found this review helpful.
No Frills Stereo Amp
Posted by: cabster8 from: Inland Empire, CA on
This a basic 2.0 Stereo amplifier/receiver. We wanted a simple stereo setup to go with the sony flat screen and blu ray we had in our bedroom. The unit has the ability to easily connect the TV and Disc player. In addition we are able to connect our mp3 players, tablets, etc. and listen to AM/FM radio (don't forget to buy an antennae! ) The final bonus is, since our system is all Sony, all the equipment can be controlled with just the TV remote. The sound from this unit is straightforward...meaning, what goes in, comes out. 200w is more than adequate and will drive bookshelf to mid-sized speakers. There are treble and bass adjustments for basic sound contouring. You can have up to 4 speakers operate at once with A/B switching. We recommend this for someone that needs a simple stereo unit that will allow connections for all their essential peripherals. This item does not allow a sub woofer.
11 out of 11 found this review helpful.
Best buy for the money
Posted by: Hamburg from: Milwaukee on
This is one of the best receiver I ever purchased for the money. Cost a little more then the base Insignia brand but is by far better.
8 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Great no frills stereo receiver, plenty of power
Posted by: FC911Car36 from: on
I bought this to replace a 20 year old Yamaha receiver that finally lost it's display. I did not need nor want a surround sound receiver, this fit the bill nicely. The Sony has clean design and is built well. I was surprised to find it has discrete output transistors, most receivers in this class use a single chip IC. It has plenty of power, does not strain on any music. No distortion either. The receiver has a nice, flat even sound. It is not overly brilliant or dull. A good set of speakers (which need to be able to take the 90 watts per channel) are all that is needed for CLEAN and FULL SPECTRUM sound without overly accentuated bass or shrill midrange.
The FM tuner has great sensitivity, and the 1/8" line in is great for connecting a computer, I-Pad or anything without using up an input. The remote will operate other Sony branded components but is not programmable for other manufacturers. No big deal, at this price point I don't expect a high end remote. It has 5 inputs but no phono pre-amp, so if you plan on using a turntable, you must use your own pre-amp or use a turntable with a built-in pre-amp.
Sony also gives a 2 year parts and labor warranty on the unit. Pretty impressive for a low cost receiver. Overall, I am pleased with this receiver. It does a superb job and is built to last. For the price paid, it packs quite a bit of performance and quality.