The Sony STR-DA1200ES gets off to a great start by being far easier to set up than the average AV receiver. Even fine adjustments to speaker balance can be carried out precisely and quickly.
Like more and more AV receivers these days, the STRDA1200 features an HDMI interface. This allows for two HDMI signals - say from a set top box and DVD player - to be plugged in via the AV receiver, thus cutting down on unnecessary cable clutter. Video upconversion from composite or S-Video to component further improves connection and, hence, picture quality.
As you'd expect from AV experts, Sony, the STR-DA1200 sounds pretty faultless, too. Steering from speaker to speaker is pin sharp, whilst dialogue is cleanly defined and easy to distinguish. This exceptional level of control extends to the rest of the sound stage, which has awesome depth and realism. Music also benefits from the STRDA1200ES's smooth and natural sonics.
Built and finished to Sony's usual high standards, the STR-DA1200ES is set to be the raise the bar for AV receivers at this price.