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SONY STR-DH720 7.1 Receiver * Affordable Options

Sony's new receivers have turned out to be an excellent low price option for mid range receivers.  The Sony STR-DH520 that we looked at previously is the model below the Sony STR-DH720 that we're looking at here. 

SONY STR-DH720


Now this product is roughly $100 more than the previous model and its well worth the money in my opinion.  The Sony STR-DH720 7.1 channel 3D receiver has all the same features as the STR-DH520 but more importantly it adds some vital features many may find invaluable.


  • 7.1 AV receiver, 105 watts per channel (5 more watts per channel)
  • 3D video pass-through with analog video upconversion (Faroudja DCDi Edge)
  • iPhone/iPod video and music playback via USB
  • Graphical user interface
  • 4 HDMI Inputs
  • HDMI standby pass-through allows access to all HDMI connected devices without having to power on the receiver

  • Audio return channel (ARC) support


  • For a full explanation of the Audio Return Channel (ARC) click here
    Some additional handy features:

    For those of you with Sony Televisions, this product is BRAVIA Sync Capable which allows you to operate and control select 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.

    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 PlayStation 3 gaming console via HDMI cable. 


    A necessary feature (in my opinion) when purchasing an A/V Receiver in this day and age is Analog Video Up-conversion.  This allows you to Improve image quality of analog connected devices to HD to look decent on your big screen you just spent a wad on.  The Sony STR-DH720 uses the DCDi Edge by Faroudja to do this processing. Analog connected device signals are converted to digital and output via HDMI, making one cable connection from the receiver to the HDMI-enabled TV possible.  If you're anything like me you have a massive old standard DVD collection that isn't in HD and when you play it on your flat screen that cost you more than you wanted to pay they look like crap.  This feature allows you to use that collection without grimacing and getting pissed of and throwing them all in the garbage or selling them for a fraction of the price you paid for them.

    Connections:

    • 3 analog A/V in 
    • 2 Component Video in
    • 4 HDMI In
    • 2 Analog Audio In 
    • 1 Coax.
    • 2 Optical In/Out/TV
    • 1 USB (Front)
    • Pre Out(Subwoofer)
    • A/V Out (inc. Monitor Out)
    • Component Video Out (inc. Monitor Out)  
    • 1 HDMI out
    When it comes to decoding capabilities?
    This receiver doesn't skip anything.

    96k/24Bit PCM,DTS / DTS-ES, DTS 96/24/ DTS NEO:6, DTS HD MA/ DTS HD, Dolby Digital EX/ Dolby Digital,Dolby Dual Mono,Dolby Prologic/II /Iix /Iiz, Dolby TruHD/Dolby Digital, LPCM (2CH/5.1CH/7.1CH)

    In short, it can decode everything any home theater enthusiast requires it to.


    While I can't say I've really been a Sony fan this product for the price?  The Sony STR-DH520 is an excellent buy, with the upconversion, 4 HDMI inputs and the usb connectivity added into the mix, the Sony STR-DH720 is my preferred option.  Especially if you own any usb devices like an iPod.  This product was also released in March and with a $399 MSRP from Sony, the price is right at nearly $200 less right here.