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Sony STR-DH520 7.1 Channel 3D AV Receiver

B&H # SOSTRDH520 Mfr # STRDH520
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Product Highlights
  • Four HDMI and Two Component Inputs
  • 3D Over HDMI Support
  • 5.1, 6.1, 7.1 Channel Capable
  • 24p True Cinema Pass Through
  • Deep Color, xv Color Support
  • Multiple Audio Codec Support
  • HD Digital Cinema Sound (HD DCS)
  • Audio Return Channel Support
  • Pre-Programmed Remote
  • BRAVIA Sync Capable

The Sony STR-DH520 7.1 Channel 3D AV Receiver is a highly capable receiver with support for 3D content pass through, as well as several other sophisticated features.

It features a total of six high definition inputs, including four HDMI and two component video to hook up all of your gear. It can support configurations up to 7.1 channels and supports an array of Dolby and DTS audio formats found on Blu-ray and DVD discs so you can get clear, high resolution audio with a rich, detailed sound field. This ensures you'll hear soundtracks closer to the way they were mastered in the studio.

If you've already got 3D Blu-ray discs or games, you can experience them to the fullest with this receiver, as it supports 3D pass through over HDMI for cinema quality wraparound visuals that will put you right into the action of your favorite entertainment, along with 3D content, a 3D capable HDTV or home theater projector, and a 3D ready cable.

The STR-DH520 also supports 24p True Cinema, so if you also have a TV that supports this feature you can see video at 24 frames per second. Since most films were shot and mastered using this frame rate (with video being shot at 30 fps), this means you'll get a more cinema-like experience when you watch your favorite movies.

With support for Deep Color and x.v. Color, this receiver can deliver over one billion colors when used with a TV and cable that are also compatible with this feature. While this is more colors than the human eye can discern, it allows for smoother, more lifelike video with a richer color spectrum.

Fully assignable inputs allow for use of all connections, and you can control everything with one remote thanks to the BRAVIA sync function, as long as you have other devices that also have BRAVIA sync.

Even when the unit isn't powered on, you can access your other devices without even turning on the receiver. The STR-DH520 combines several high end features in one sophisticated package. It offers exceptional audio support with multiple inputs and outputs for all your home theater components, and makes a smart addition to any setup.

Six High Definition Inputs
The STR-DH520 offers versatile HD connection options with six high definition inputs. Four HDMI inputs (up to 1080/24p capable) let you connect a PlayStation 3 entertainment system, Blu-ray Disc player, and any 2 other HDMI-capable devices, for high definition video and audio. Two component inputs (1080/60i capable) provide added HD-capable connectivity and versatility.
3D Over HDMI Pass Through
This receiver is compatible with Blu-ray 3D movies, video games and other 3D content. Take advantage of the realistic visuals encoded on many Blu-ray discs and games.
HD Digital Cinema Sound
This mode is Sony's proprietary home theater technology using the latest acoustic and digital signal processing technologies. It is based on precise response measurement data of a mastering studio. With this mode, you are able to enjoy Blu-ray and DVD movies at home with not only the high quality of sound, but also the best sound ambience, just as the movie's sound engineer intended in the mastering process.
24p True Cinema Pass Through
Watch Blu-ray disc movies in their native frame rate (24 frames per second) when paired with a 24p HDTV and playback device like a Blu-ray disc player or PlayStation3 gaming console via an HDMI cable.
Audio Return Channel Support
Eliminate the need for extra cables connected to your TV. Support for Audio Return Channel (ARC) allows audio to be sent from your compatible TV the STR-DH520 through the same HDMI cable already being used to send audio and video to your TV.
Standby Pass Through of Audio and Video
This feature allows you to access all of your HDMI connected devices without having to power on the receiver. So even when it's not on, you can take advantage of streamlined control over your devices.
Blu-ray Disc Audio Decoding
Experience sound closer to the way it was captured with LPCM, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio processors. This receiver decodes multiple audio formats to allow you to get the most detail from your movie soundtracks.
x.v. Color
If your Blu-ray player outputs x.v.Color, this receiver will pass it to your TV to deliver almost twice as many viewable colors as the existing RGB color standard. You'll see your favorite entertainment with richer color depth.
BRAVIA Sync Capable
Conveniently operate and control other Sony BRAVIA Sync devices with one remote including Sony Blu-ray Disc Players, BRAVIA HDTVs, Sony home theater products, Handycam Camcorders and Cyber-shot Digital Cameras.
Pre-Programmed Remote Control
An IR wireless remote control is included with pre-programmed settings for convenient control of your STR-DH520. It is assigned to operate Sony AV equipment and the input button can be reassigned to match the equipment connected to the receiver.
Amplifier
Stereo RMS Power 100W x 2
8 ohms 1 kHz 1% THD)
Surround RMS Power 100W x 7
(8 ohms 1kHz 1% THD)
No. of Channels 7.1 (5.1 and 6.1 Optional)
Audio Processing
Dolby Digital Yes, Also:
Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Digital EX Dolby Digital Surround EX
Dolby Pro Logic II Yes, also:
Dolby Pro Logic IIx
Dolby Pro Logic IIz
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Digital Dual Mono
DTS Yes, also:
DTS 96/24
DTS HD Master Audio
DTS HD High Resolution
DTS HD Low Bit Rate
DTS ES Yes (Matrix6.1 / Discrete6.1)
DTS Neo:6 Yes
THX Surround EX No
THX Certified No
Convenience
Speaker Selector Yes, A Speakers Only
Multi Room/Source Not Specified by Manufacturer
AM/FM Tuner 30 FM, 30 AM Memory Presets
Auto Tuning
Direct Tuning (RM)
Station Name
FM Sensitivity Not Specified by Manufacturer
Remote Control IR Wireless
Connectors
Analog Inputs Component Video Input (Rear- Y/Pb/Pr) x 2
Analog Audio Input (Rear) x 2
Analog Stereo Mini Jack (for Portable) x 1
Digital Inputs HDMI (Rear) x 4
Digital Coaxial (Rear) x 1
Digital Optical (Rear) x 2
Analog Outputs Analog Audio Output (Rear) x 1
Component Video (Rear- Y/Pb/Pr) x 1
Headphone (Gold) x 1
Pre Out (Subwoofer) x 1
Digital Outputs HDMI x 1
Other Ports Antenna Terminal (AM Loop Rear) x 1
Antenna Terminal (FM 75 Ohm Rear) x 1
Auto Calibration Microphone x 1
Video Input Conversion No
General
Power Requirements 120V AC, 60Hz
Power Consumption Operational: 240W
Standby: 0.3W
Dimensions (WxHxD) 17 x 6.25 x 12.75" (430 x 157.5 x 322 mm) 1
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Dimensions include projecting parts and controls

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Weight 16.8 lb (7.6 kg)
Sony STR-DH520 7.1 Channel 3D AV Receiver
  • Remote Control with Batteries (AA x 2)
  • FM Wire Antenna
  • AM Loop Antenna
  • Quick Setup Guide
  • Operating Instructions
  • 2-Year Sony Parts and Labor Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    SonySTR-DH520 7.1 Channel 3D AV Receiver
     
    3.8

    (based on 15 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    80%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Great sound quality (9)
    • Good power output (6)
    • Easy to set up (4)
    • Good remote control (4)
    • Energy efficient (3)

    Cons

    • Confusing / bad remote control (4)
    • Difficult to set up (4)

    Best Uses

    • Home theater (7)
    • Basic systems (5)
    • Large rooms (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Movie enthusiast (7), Tech savvy (7), Practical (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (11)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Good deal on a mid range receiver

    Tried 2 different HTIB and a soundbar before deciding on this one and buying individual speakers. Use with Sony TV and everything works together geat. Good sound, good options, easy setup......Read complete review

    Tried 2 different HTIB and a soundbar before deciding on this one and buying individual speakers. Use with Sony TV and everything works together geat. Good sound, good options, easy setup... plenty of options for hooking up BD Player, cable box and game system using optical and hdmi cable... with room to expand! Typical Sony quality... very pleased... everything I wanted/ needed within my budget. The HTIB and soundbars don't compare if you want a little rumble in your movies or jamming out your fav tunes. The only reason I don't give 5 stars is that I couldn't pick up radio signals well... maybe my location?? I have bought from B&H for years... always packed well, fast shipments and great prices.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    STR-DH520

    There is no way to put the setup menu on the TV screen. I had to lay on the floor to see the tiny display panel on the device. I'm still not sure if...Read complete review

    There is no way to put the setup menu on the TV screen. I had to lay on the floor to see the tiny display panel on the device. I'm still not sure if I have it set up the way I want. Not having the on screen display make all the other feature pretty much useless.

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    5.0

    Great product for the price....any price

    By Jack

    from Melbourne, FL

    About Me Movie Enthusiast, Pro Audio / DJ, Tech Savvy

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Accurate Controls
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Energy Efficient
    • Good Power Output
    • Good Remote Control
    • Great Sound Quality
    • Great Styling

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Theater
      • Larger Rooms
      • Multiple Rooms / Whole House

      Comments about Sony STR-DH520 7.1 Channel 3D AV Receiver:

      I use the product for surround sound for FM, TV and CD viewing/listening. The sound quality is excellent, as is an older previously-purchased Sony AV Receiver. The amplifier power is more than sufficient for the multiple speakers I am utilizing. The FM receiver has excellent sensitivity, and is easy to control. The surround sound control offers virtually any possible option you could conceive. The output connections on the rear, again, offer many, many options. If this AV receiver performs and lasts as well as the one I previously purchased I couldn't be more pleased.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      STR-DH520

      By Mike

      from Arnold, MO

      About Me Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Great Sound Quality

      Cons

      • Difficult To Set Up

      Best Uses

      • Basic Systems

      Comments about Sony STR-DH520 7.1 Channel 3D AV Receiver:

      There is no way to put the setup menu on the TV screen. I had to lay on the floor to see the tiny display panel on the device. I'm still not sure if I have it set up the way I want. Not having the on screen display make all the other feature pretty much useless.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      Share this review

       
      4.0

      Good receiver for the price

      By Seattle

      from Seattle, WA

      About Me Practical, Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Remote Control

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Theater

        Comments about Sony STR-DH520 7.1 Channel 3D AV Receiver:

        Relatively easy to set up, but manual is one of those "all things for all markets" manual, with steps stuck in the middle of the process that are only applicable if you live in Europe or Australia. Setting up pre-set radio stations is about as simple and easy as quantum mechanics. Speaker post connections on back require some dexterity to use, especially if you're working in a small space. Once it's up and running, though, sound is great, and operation simple

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        • No

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        4.0

        Works well, good price but complicated

        By Engineertype

        from Cupertino, CA

        About Me Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Power Output
        • Great Sound Quality

        Cons

        • Confusing / Bad Remote Control
        • Difficult To Set Up

        Best Uses

        • Basic Systems

        Comments about Sony STR-DH520 7.1 Channel 3D AV Receiver:

        This receiver has a smallish footprint and was easy to hook up. It was great to be able to rename the inputs to match my equipment. The included remote control is as simple as they come and appears to only control Sony equipment. I would love it if they included a learning remote. The included manual is rather poorly written and mapping inputs to equipment settings is much harder than it needs to be.

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        • No

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        5.0

        great sound

        By rcoc

        from Bokeelia fl

        About Me Movie Enthusiast, Practical, Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Power Output
        • Good Remote Control
        • Great Sound Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Sony STR-DH520 7.1 Channel 3D AV Receiver:

            So far, excellent sound - I had Sony receiver for 18 years and it finally died.

            I love it so far....

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Buyers Remorse

            By TexasGuy

            from San Antonio, TX

            About Me Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

              • Limited Functions

              Best Uses

                Comments about Sony STR-DH520 7.1 Channel 3D AV Receiver:

                I wish I'd bought the 720 since this model (in the US) doesn't have automatic calibration. It also has no OSD unless maybe you have a Sony TV. Otherwise it's okay.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                4.0

                You get a tad more than you pay for

                By CC

                from NYC

                About Me Movie Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Energy Efficient
                • Good Power Output
                • Great Sound Quality

                Cons

                • Confusing / Bad Remote Control
                • Limited Functions

                Best Uses

                • Basic Systems

                Comments about Sony STR-DH520 7.1 Channel 3D AV Receiver:

                The sound quality is great, but it's a very no-frills receiver. Can be a little difficult to tweak- where you can tweak. Fine as an additional unit, but I don't know that I would build a home system around it.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                Works fine but

                By Big Kahuna

                from Richmond, VA

                About Me Practical

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Great Sound Quality

                Cons

                • Confusing / Bad Remote Control
                • Difficult To Set Up

                Best Uses

                • Home Theater

                Comments about Sony STR-DH520 7.1 Channel 3D AV Receiver:

                The sound is fine but it is very difficult to see the little panel and adjust the settings. Manual is weak. I wish I had spent a little more money for better features.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                Just perfect!

                By Luis the EMT

                from Brooklyn

                About Me Movie Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Power Output
                • Great Sound Quality

                Cons

                • Difficult To Set Up

                Best Uses

                • Home Theater

                Comments about Sony STR-DH520 7.1 Channel 3D AV Receiver:

                I purchased this product for my home theater system. I have been very satisfied with it. the receiver sounds great. Good clarity, sound and plenty of power if you need it. options like the equalizer Amp options are not user friendly you will need to read the manual. also for the price it cant be beat.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                4.0

                Great buy for the money

                By gator

                from Peoria IL

                About Me Movie Enthusiast, Pro Audio / DJ

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Set Up

                Cons

                • Confusing / Bad Remote Control

                Best Uses

                • Home Theater

                Comments about Sony STR-DH520 7.1 Channel 3D AV Receiver:

                Easy connections hooked up in seconds. The interface is a little confusing took me a minute to turn on the pass thru but after I figured it out and was very pleased. If i had it to do over again I would have bought one with an onscreen interface and a bigger amp. But this one was in my budget and I am not disappointed."You get what you pay for"

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                • No

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                4.0

                A light, well Built, good sound

                By Luis R.

                from Miami.Fl

                About Me Movie Enthusiast, Practical

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Accurate Controls
                • Easy To Set Up
                • Energy Efficient
                • Good Power Output
                • Great Sound Quality

                Cons

                • Poor Reception / Weak Antenna

                Best Uses

                • Basic Systems
                • Home Theater
                • Larger Rooms
                • Multiple Rooms / Whole House

                Comments about Sony STR-DH520 7.1 Channel 3D AV Receiver:

                In light, well Built. looks great and is very easy menus.
                As for the sound I'm very happy, (I customize on their balance sheets by type of speakers), I think their quality and price are very good.With relation to the radio, in my opinion is weak when it comes to capture the signal.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Good deal on a mid range receiver

                By bd Memphis

                from Alabama

                About Me Audiophile, Movie Enthusiast, Practical, Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Set Up
                • Good Remote Control
                • Great Sound Quality

                Cons

                • Poor Reception / Weak Antenna

                Best Uses

                • Basic Systems
                • Home Theater
                • Larger Rooms
                • Smaller Rooms

                Comments about Sony STR-DH520 7.1 Channel 3D AV Receiver:

                Tried 2 different HTIB and a soundbar before deciding on this one and buying individual speakers. Use with Sony TV and everything works together geat. Good sound, good options, easy setup... plenty of options for hooking up BD Player, cable box and game system using optical and hdmi cable... with room to expand! Typical Sony quality... very pleased... everything I wanted/ needed within my budget. The HTIB and soundbars don't compare if you want a little rumble in your movies or jamming out your fav tunes. The only reason I don't give 5 stars is that I couldn't pick up radio signals well... maybe my location?? I have bought from B&H for years... always packed well, fast shipments and great prices.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                Share this review

                 
                4.0

                Great for the money

                By Scottdg

                from New jersey

                About Me Movie Buff

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Sony STR-DH520 7.1 Channel 3D AV Receiver:

                      I cannot complain so far. It is worth the money for the additional hdmi ports alone. I have it hooked up in my family room and it provides good sound for tv, games and movies

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                      5.0

                      Very adaptable and 3D ready

                      By PattyBear

                      from HesperiaCA

                      About Me Casual Viewer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy install

                      Cons

                      • None I found

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Sony STR-DH520 7.1 Channel 3D AV Receiver:

                        My son is actually the one who talked me through the purchase and he was spot on. This receiver is amazing. Capable of 7.1 though I have a 5.1 sound system...but a good pairing. I am really quite happy with this purchase and would recommend it for anyone who has multiple gamimg devices and/or sound system. Easy to use remote for us not so tech savvy and simple instructions. AND the best thing was it was quite reasonable and was a perfect Christmas gift to myself.

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                        5.0

                        I would buy this again!

                        By Snowblader

                        from Agassiz, BC

                        About Me Casual Viewer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Broad Appeal

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • At Home

                          Comments about Sony STR-DH520 7.1 Channel 3D AV Receiver:

                          Easy to set up!

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