About

STR-DH710 7.1-channel Receiver

Sony has never been my first choice but I must admit.  For starter systems, they have been developing very economical receivers that can you can get a lot of use out of with more than ample connectivity.

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Ignite your home entertainment experience with the STR-DH710 7.1-channel A/V receiver. With 6 HD inputs (3 HDMI and 3 component), you can take full advantage of all your high-definition components including a Blu-ray Disc player or PS3 system. Everything you hear will sound as close to the master recording as possible with Post Options Dolby TrueHD and dts HD decoding technologies. This receiver also features wireless 2nd zone audio capabilities, which allows you transmit wireless audio in up to 10 additional rooms via optional S-AIR accessories. Plus, access all of your HDMI connected devices without having to power on the receiver thanks to standby pass-through.


Features:
6 HD Inputs
Get versatile HD connection options with six HD inputs. Three HDMI™ inputs (up to 1080/24p capable) let you connect a Sony® PlayStation® 3 entertainment system, Blu-ray Disc™ player, any 2 other HDMI-capable devices for high definition video and audio. Three component inputs (1080/60i capable) provide added HD-capable connectivity and versatility.
Audio Return Channel eliminates the need for extra cables connected to your TV. This feature allows audio to be sent from your compatible TV to your receiver through the same HDMI cable already being used to send audio and video to your TV.
Digital Cinema Auto Calibration – Quick Speaker Set Up
Ensure you get the best sound experience from your A/V receiver and speakers with Digital Cinema Auto Calibration. Simply place the included microphone where you will be seated and settings are automatically optimized based on the distance, delays and placement of your speakers.

Assignable digital audio and video inputs
Get the most out of each audio and video input with the ability to reassign inputs to support connected devices.

Digital Media Port
Connect a Digital Media Port (DMP) adapter (sold separately) to your receiver and access music from your iPod®, Walkman®, Bluetooth® or PC device.

Wireless 2nd Zone Audio S-AIR™ Multi-room Ready
Share music in up to 10 rooms when you add S-AIR™ receiver/speaker systems (AIR-SA10) and a S-AIR™ Card (EZW-T100) to your S-AIR Capable receiver (each S-AIR Speaker System sold separately).
Standby pass-through of Audio & Video
Conveniently access all your HDMI connected devices without having to power on the receiver.

x.v. Color™
Experience close to twice as many (1.8 x’s) viewable colors as the existing RGB color standard with x.v.Color technology.

Blu-ray Disc™ Audio Decoding
Experience sound closer to the way it was captured with LPCM, Dolby®trueHD and dts®-HD master audio codecs.

Audio Return Channel
Eliminate the need for extra cables connected to your TV. This feature allows audio to be sent from your compatible TV to your receiver through the same HDMI™ cable already being used to send audio and video to your TV.

BRAVIA® Sync™ Capable
Conveniently operate and control all your HDMI™ connected BRAVIA® Sync devices with one remote including.

24p True Cinema™ (pass-through)
Watch movies in their native frame rate (24 frames per second) when paired via HDMI cable with a 24p playback device like a, Blu-ray Disc™ Player or PlayStation® 3 gaming console.

Technical Specifications

  • Display: 8 Seg. Fluorescent
  • Panel: Mold, Black
  • Power Consumption: 240W
  • A/V In/Out (S-Video I/O): Including Front AV: 4/1(0/0)
  • Analog Audio In (Inc TV CEC)/Out (excl. tuner)/TV(CEC): 2/1/Yes
  • Coaxial: 1/0
  • Component Video In/Out (Pass through): 3/1
  • DIGITAL MEDIA PORT: 1
  • Digital Input Assign: Yes
  • Front Input: AV(Gold)
  • HDMI In/Out: (Front input): 3/1
  • Monitor Out (S-Video Out): 1(0)
  • Opt. In/Out/TV(CEC): incl Front input & TV (CEC): 2/0/Yes
  • Pre Out: SW x1
  • SPDIF UPDATE: Yes

 I've always liked Sony receiver decoding capabilities.  This reciever will handle what you need it to.
  • Dolby Digital, DTS HD Enhanced, Pro Logic, TrueHD, 
  • DTS ES Discrete 6.1, DTS ES Matrix 6.1
  • DRS 96/24 and DTS Neo 6 decoders.  
  • This STR-DH810 also has an 8 channel PCM (Pulse Code Modulation) bitstream.  This allows loss-less audio giving you an exact reproduction of the source audio.
 



The receiver comes with a programmable, multi-component remote, and it even allows a slightly-limited wireless speaker capability called S-AIR;  I wouldn't recommend wireless speakers for several reasons but the ability to wirelessly run multi-room zones/configurations would be appealing.



S-Air? This is a proprietary technology Sony has developed to wirelessly stream media to different areas, rears, or zones.

This product does have some features that will make it a valuable purchase with its decoding capabilities, 3D compatibility and 1080p upconversion.


Sony is definately a preferred brand for many.  Our own ear is all that matters when making a purchase like this.  I`ve included a link on the side of the page here.  It supports what you need to run High Def blu-ray and television and has more than enough connectivity to keep anyone going.