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Sony STR-DH720 7.1 Channel 3D AV Receiver

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Product Highlights
  • Four HDMI and Two Component Inputs
  • 3D Pass Through via HDMI
  • iPod, iPhone Video and Music Playback
  • Faroudja Edge DCDi Analog Upscaling
  • 24p True Cinema Pass Through
  • Advanced Dolby and DTS Audio Codecs
  • Standby Pass Through of Audio and Video
  • HD Digital Cinema Sound
  • Audio Return Channel Support
  • BRAVIA Sync Capable

The Sony STR-DH720 7.1 Channel 3D AV Receiver is a multi-channel receiver with exceptional audio and video processing capabilities, featuring a power rating of 105 watts per channel. It features a total of six high definition inputs including four HDMI and two component inputs so you can hook up all your gear. The front panel offers a USB port so you can hook up your iPod or iPhone and play videos and music, while a front-panel composite video and analog audio connections allow you to conveniently hook up a camcorder or digital camera.

The STR-DH720 offers support for 3D pass through over HDMI (up to 1080p), so if you have 3D content and the required 3D accessories it can deliver realistic three dimensional visuals in high definition. It also features Sony's 24p True Cinema. Since most films were shot and mastered at 24 frames per second (fps), this allows for a more cinema-like picture quality.

This receiver also upscales analog source material up to 1080i video via HDMI with Faroudja DCDi (Directional Correlational Deinterlacing) Edge processing. The STR-DH720 employs the same Faroudja Labs upconversion technology that allowed for a smooth transition to HDTV with legacy NTSC material, minimizing the jagginess that conventional upconverters introduce to diagonal edges in video.

This receiver supports an array of Dolby and DTS audio formats like Dolby TrueHD, DTS HD Master Audio and Dolby Pro Logic IIz that are encoded on Blu-ray discs, so you can hear audio as close as possible to the way it was intended to be heard. With support for an Audio Return Channel (ARC), you'll only need one cable for your TV audio. You can control other HDMI devices even when the unit is powered off, and setup is made as easy as possible with Sony Digital Cinema Auto Calibration.

If you have other Sony equipment that has BRAVIA Sync, that means you can control everything with one remote. Support for 3D over HDMI and a host of audio formats along with additional features like analog upscaling and playback from your iPhone or iPod makes this receiver fully capable of managing a high-powered home theater system. Packed into a high gloss black package, the STR-DH720 blends effortlessly into any setup.

Four HDMI and Two Component Inputs
The STR-DH720 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, or 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 Pass Through via HDMI
If you have a 3D HDTV or home theater projector, 3D Blu-ray discs and 3D glasses, the STR-DH720 can deliver wraparound visuals that will deliver a truly immersive experience, putting you right into the action of your favorite movies, games, and any other 3D source materials. This receiver supports 3D over HDMI (up to 1080p resolution).
Faroudja DCDi Edge Upscaling
The STR-DH720 upscales analog source material up to 1080i video via HDMI with Faroudja DCDi (Directional Correlational Deinterlacing) Edge processing. This eliminates the jagginess that conventional upconverters introduce to diagonal edges in video. DCDi's unique algorithm identifies all the moving edges in a scene and adjusts the angle of interpolation at each pixel so that the interpolation always follows the edge instead of crossing it, eliminating staircasing or jagged edge artifacts.
24p True Cinema
Watch Blu-rayBlu-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.
HD Digital Cinema Sound
HD Digital Cinema Sound (HD D.C.S.) 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.
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.
iPhone, iPod Playback
The STR-DH720 supports video and music playback from your iPhone and iPod via the convenient front-panel USB port.
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.
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.
Digital Cinema Auto Calibration
This receiver is equipped with Digital Cinema Auto Calibration (DCAC) technology which allows you to perform automatic calibration. This is designed to achieve proper sound balance for your room by measuring the distance of each speaker from the seating position, speaker size, and frequency characteristics.
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.
Convenience
In addition to its audio and video processing, this receiver offers an on-screen graphic user interface (GUI), advanced auto volume and BRAVIA widget unified TV on-screen interface.
Amplifier
Power Output 105W x 7 (8 ohms, 1 kHz, THD 10%)
No. of Channels 7.1
Audio Processing
Dolby Digital Yes, Also:
Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Digital EX Yes
Dolby Pro Logic II Yes, Also:
Dolby Pro Logic IIx
Dolby Pro Logic IIz
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Dual Mono
DTS Yes, Also:
DTS 96/24
DTS Master Adio
DTS HD HR
DTS ES Yes (Matrix 6.1 / Discrete 6.1)
DTS Neo:6 Yes
THX Surround EX No
THX Certified No
Convenience
Speaker Selector Yes
Multi Room/Source Not Specified by Manufacturer
AM/FM Tuner 30 AM, 30 FM Preset Memory Channels
Auto Tuning
Direct Tuning (RM)
Station Name
FM Sensitivity Not Specified by Manufacturer
Remote Control IR Wireless
Connectors
Analog Inputs Analog Audio Input x 2
A/V Input (Including Front AV) x 3
Component Video (Y/Pb/Pr) Input x 2
Digital Inputs HDMI Input (Front) x 4
Digital Coaxial x 1
Digital Optical x 2
Analog Outputs Headphone Output (Gold) x 1
Pre Out (Subwoofer) x 1
A/V Output x 1
Component Video (Y/Pb/Pr) Output x 1
Digital Outputs HDMI x 1
Other Ports USB (Front: iPhone / WM) 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 17.7 lb (8.0 kg)
Sony STR-DH720 7.1 Channel 3D AV Receiver
  • Remote Control with Batteries (2 x AA)
  • GUI Menu List
  • FM Wire Antenna
  • AM Loop Antenna
  • Optimizer Microphone
  • Operating Instructions
  • Quick Setup Guide
  • 2-Year Parts and Labor Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    SonySTR-DH720 7.1 Channel 3D AV Receiver
     
    3.8

    (based on 16 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    75%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to set up (12)
    • Great sound quality (12)
    • Good remote control (9)
    • Good power output (7)
    • Simple controls (7)

    Cons

    • Difficult to set up (4)

    Best Uses

    • Home theater (9)
    • Smaller rooms / apartments (7)
    • Basic systems (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Movie enthusiast (10), Practical (6), Audiophile (4), Pro audio / DJ / mixing (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (15)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Very Good

    Very Good reciever, the sound quality is amazing for a reciever of this price.I always had Yamaha, but I must say I am inpressed with this product.The downside is that the user manual is...Read complete review

    Very Good reciever, the sound quality is amazing for a reciever of this price.I always had Yamaha, but I must say I am inpressed with this product.The downside is that the user manual is worthless.Otherwise very happy.BH was terrific[...]

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Great ... at first

    I bought this about a year ago to be the hub of our home theater, because it offered a nice array of multi-format inputs and up-conversion to 1080p.

    At first, everything...Read complete review

    I bought this about a year ago to be the hub of our home theater, because it offered a nice array of multi-format inputs and up-conversion to 1080p.

    At first, everything worked great. Setup was complicated, but it worked as advertised. The sound was great, and the multi-format switching and up-conversion worked perfectly. But, a few weeks ago, we went to watch a movie on blu-ray, and there was no picture. Sound was still working, but no picture. In fact, there was no picture from any source, and I couldn't get the GUI menu to appear either. I quickly plugged the blu-ray directly into the TV, and that works, so I know that the TV and all the various HDMI cables are okay.

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    4.0

    Excellent performance for the price

    By jmschembre

    from Quebec, Canada

    About Me Audiophile, Movie Enthusiast, Practical

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Classic Look
    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Energy Efficient
    • Good Remote
    • Great Direct Stereo Sound
    • Interfaces Well With TV

    Cons

    • NONE

    Best Uses

    • Living Room
    • Movies
    • Surround Sound Solution

    Comments about Sony STR-DH720 7.1 Channel 3D AV Receiver:

    Used in a small living room. Easy to set up (I recommand manual set up for Speakers), user friendly.

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    • No

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    4.0

    Good quality and user friendly

    By Jean-Michel

    from Quebec (Canada)

    About Me Audiophile, Movie Enthusiast, Practical

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Good design
    • Interfaces Well With TV
    • Intuitive Controls

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Living Room
      • Movies
      • Music Listening
      • Smaller Rooms
      • Surround Sound Solution

      Comments about Sony STR-DH720 7.1 Channel 3D AV Receiver:

      A very efficient A/V receiver with good sound quality for music only. Versatile and powerfull, with all the necessary fonctions and enough out and in plugs for every devices. User friendly, recognized, by my PVR. Would be even more compatible with a Sony TV.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Sony is still quality assurance

      By Alfredo Ramirez

      from Veracruz, Mexico

      About Me Audiophile, Movie Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Confusing / Bad Remote Control

      Best Uses

      • Basic Systems
      • Home Theater

      Comments about Sony STR-DH720 7.1 Channel 3D AV Receiver:

      use it as a sound amplifier, I have connected and iPod mini component stereo, TV, satellite, DVD and Nintendo.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Great for the price!

      By Nicko

      from Kansas City, MO

      About Me Movie Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Theater
        • Smaller Rooms

        Comments about Sony STR-DH720 7.1 Channel 3D AV Receiver:

        Thouroughly impressed with this receiver. Just switched from an ancient receiver that couldn't push DTS sound. This one is amazing. I never thought I could watch blu-ray movies that were that old and get a different sound experience out of them (movies from the 1970s). Awesome!

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        5.0

        Great product sony is the best!

        By Sjcafish

        from Kansas City

        About Me Practical

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Theater

          Comments about Sony STR-DH720 7.1 Channel 3D AV Receiver:

          Easy to hook up, user friendly instructions and remote

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          • No

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          4.0

          Great sound and easy set up!

          By David

          from Pacific City

          About Me Practical

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Basic Systems

            Comments about Sony STR-DH720 7.1 Channel 3D AV Receiver:

            My receiver is set up to be used with a CD play and with the radio tuner. It sound great with our four Bose speakers. Some day I will use it as a home theatre receiver when I get more speakers. It was easy to set up and the user's manual is easy to follow.

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            2.0

            Great ... at first

            By Geren W. Mortensen, Jr.

            from Westminster, MD

            About Me Video Professional

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Not Reliable

            Best Uses

            • Home Theater

            Comments about Sony STR-DH720 7.1 Channel 3D AV Receiver:

            I bought this about a year ago to be the hub of our home theater, because it offered a nice array of multi-format inputs and up-conversion to 1080p.

            At first, everything worked great. Setup was complicated, but it worked as advertised. The sound was great, and the multi-format switching and up-conversion worked perfectly. But, a few weeks ago, we went to watch a movie on blu-ray, and there was no picture. Sound was still working, but no picture. In fact, there was no picture from any source, and I couldn't get the GUI menu to appear either. I quickly plugged the blu-ray directly into the TV, and that works, so I know that the TV and all the various HDMI cables are okay.

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            • No

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            (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Ok for small speakers, no Bass

            By mike

            from SC

            About Me Movie Enthusiast

            Pros

            • Accurate Controls
            • Good Remote Control
            • Great Sound Quality

            Cons

            • Lack Of Power

            Best Uses

            • Basic Systems
            • Smaller Rooms

            Comments about Sony STR-DH720 7.1 Channel 3D AV Receiver:

            If you have decent size speakers 10" or bigger do not buy, this unit is rated at 735 to 900 watts. HAHAHAHA it has close to 100w per channel but thats not even accurate. I Had to buy a pre-amplifier to amp up the wattage. My panasonic surround sound has more wattage than this reciever. It does sound quality and if you have book shelf size speakers than this would work perfect. but if you are replacing an old school tech, onkyo,denon, or other great quality unit than dont buy this if you are powering decent size subs.

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            • Yes

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            5.0

            Better than expected...

            By Xyberoptics

            from Garner, NC

            About Me Movie Enthusiast, Practical, Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Theater
              • Larger Rooms

              Comments about Sony STR-DH720 7.1 Channel 3D AV Receiver:

              I bought this to replace a vintage, slightly troubled but still functioning 1995 Kenwood receiver. I was looking to upgrade my home theater with HDMI inputs and more power; for all the newer tech I've purchased over the last two years. I was impressed within minutes after setup and have come to love this purchase. This receiver is far more intelligent and advanced than I had expected. Setup was much easier to control, with the GUI mode, and my Bose speakers have renewed vigor. It's far easier to tweak, on the fly, using the face controls, when needed, and it often switches automagically to whichever device I power up or input I select from my LED display. I now have room to grow and plan to add additional speakers and devices.

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              4.0

              Nice Unit for the money

              By PNG Systems

              from Salina Kansas

              About Me Pro Audio / DJ

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Limited Functions
              • Runs Hot

              Best Uses

              • Basic Systems
              • Home Theater

              Comments about Sony STR-DH720 7.1 Channel 3D AV Receiver:

              It is a good unit for the customer who wants good sound with little hassle of set-up. FOr the power user is limits some of the customization. Good unit for a small home theatre.

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              5.0

              Great sound and control ... once setup

              By Geren W. Mortensen, Jr.

              from Westminster, MD

              About Me Audiophile, Movie Enthusiast, Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Difficult To Set Up

              Best Uses

              • Home Theater
              • Smaller Rooms

              Comments about Sony STR-DH720 7.1 Channel 3D AV Receiver:

              I bought this to replace both the internal sound bar in my Mitsubishi TV and a much older Sony 5.1 receiver, which I will giving to my father.

              I ran into a couple of problems in setup -- specifically, all of the devices had the HDMI remote control enabled when I started, and that caused no end of confusion, since all my equipment is from different manufacturers. Once I turned that off, everything just fell into place.

              I've currently set up for 5.1 surround. As I get my room a little further along, I'll be able to grow to a 7.1 setup easily.

              Speaking of setup, the built in calibration system set all the audio levels in a matter of minutes, and it sounded great. The only change I made was to increase the subwoofer level a touch to suit my personal taste.

              The only problem I'm having now is occasional, random audio and/or video dropouts when playing DVDs on my Samsung Blu-Ray player connected via HDMI (using "hi-speed" HDMI cable).

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              4.0

              excellent receiver for it's price.

              By Rich

              from Newark, NJ

              About Me Movie Enthusiast, Pro Audio / DJ

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up
              • Great Sound Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Theater
                • Smaller Rooms

                Comments about Sony STR-DH720 7.1 Channel 3D AV Receiver:

                It pick up most of new audio codecs and old, sounds real good, I love the built in EQ. If you don't have all 7.1 speakers you can set it up to what you have. very easy to install. It's worth it for the price. B&H have the best price.

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                2.0

                Not Impressed

                By Lisa

                from Dallas, Texas

                About Me Movie Enthusiast, Pro Audio / DJ

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Difficult To Set Up
                  • Poor Sound Quality

                  Best Uses

                  • Smaller Rooms

                  Comments about Sony STR-DH720 7.1 Channel 3D AV Receiver:

                  Had a Tech Receiver, which went out after 10 years. Wish it still was working!! Thought I would give Sony a try..NO A/B speakers, button don't light up so you can not see in the dark if you need to adjust something. Sound is NOT great. I would not recommend to anyone, going to stick it in the garage with the small stero.

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                  (2 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Junk I would not buy again

                  By Rusty

                  from Washington State

                  About Me Practical

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Confusing / Bad Remote Control
                    • Difficult To Set Up
                    • Limited Functions

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Sony STR-DH720 7.1 Channel 3D AV Receiver:

                      Can't get it to run for a hole day
                      Had it for a month and it's been 3 weeks in the repair shop. Junk
                      Audio continues to go out. Repair shop told me to get ride of it but no one wants it

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                      (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      NIce

                      By artcny

                      from NEw York

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Sony STR-DH720 7.1 Channel 3D AV Receiver:

                          Very versatile - a great bargain

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                          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Very Good

                          By Juca

                          from Puebla, Mexico

                          About Me Movie Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Accurate Controls
                          • Good Power Output
                          • Great Sound Quality

                          Cons

                          • Difficult To Set Up

                          Best Uses

                          • Home Theater
                          • Smaller Rooms

                          Comments about Sony STR-DH720 7.1 Channel 3D AV Receiver:

                          Very Good reciever, the sound quality is amazing for a reciever of this price.I always had Yamaha, but I must say I am inpressed with this product.The downside is that the user manual is worthless.Otherwise very happy.BH was terrific[...]

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