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SONY STRDH800 with 5 YEAR GUARANTEE - £225.00 (at Richer Sounds - £50 less than advertised)

£225.00 @ Richer Sounds
Following an earlier post about the Sony STRDH800 at http://robertwhyteltd.co.uk/sony-strdh800-strdh800-c-14-p-979 for £224.99 + £11.99 postage including a 3 year guarantee, I thought I would try my l…
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Following an earlier post about the Sony STRDH800 at http://robertwhyteltd.co.uk/sony-strdh800-strdh800-c-14-p-979 for £224.99 + £11.99 postage including a 3 year guarantee, I thought I would try my luck at the Richer Sounds price match. Indeed they price matched and offered a free 5 year gaurantee. Great customer service and no questions asked - top quality retailing!

The AV reciever has won numerous awards and is the best in the price category. This Sony 7.1 HD AV receiver has been optimised to make the most of 1080p Blu-ray HD signals. With no fewer than four HDMI inputs and a monitor output, the STRDH800 is the ideal HDMI video switching unit and lets you plug four HDMI equipped devices through a TV with just one input. Added to this, the Sony offers full HD audio decoding. With full x.v colour 1080p compatibility, Dolby True HD and DTS HD, the STR-DH800 is perfectly placed to offer the HD audio to match HD vision.
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#1
You could have added this to the existing thread.

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/567810/sony-strdh800-224-99-robert-whyte
#2
I've been toying with one of these fella's for a while.

I currently have a NAD Viso 5, which whilst being a very good receiver it is limiting in connectivity for todays standards.
#3
how do you get them to price match? and do you have to get it instore?
#4
http://www.richersounds.com/information/pricebeat

If you do find the product you want for less, we will still beat any lower price by up to £100.

• All that we ask is that the product be brand new, boxed and actually in stock at time of purchase.

• We will happily price beat against other web retailers (must include next day P&P when products can't be collected) as long as we can verify stocks.
#5


Does that mean we get it for £225 + £100 off?
#6
By up to £100, that means the most they will drop on their advertised price is £100
#7
oh right, how do you get them to price match by phone or email?
#8
Whichever suits you I guess, I'm lucky enough to have a store reasonably local.
#9
I went into the store and chatted to the them. They said they would price match and offer a free 5 year guarantee versus the 3 year guarantee... we didn't discuss the fact that it would have cost £12 to post . Based on thier price promise, I think they would give £5 under the matched price but I didn't want to push them on the matter gievn I got a great deal. The price promise is at http://www.richersounds.com/information/pricebeat and the deal is:
NOT ONLY WILL WE MATCH ANY GENUINE ADVERTISED PRICE BUT WE'LL ALSO GIVE YOU:
Products over £4001: £100
Products from £3001 to £4000: £50
Products from £1001 to £3000: £20
Products from £301 to £1000: £10
Products up to £300: £5
#10
It's not a particularly good amp, had one for a couple of days and took it back.
#11
What the hell is it?
#12
Beb
It's not a particularly good amp, had one for a couple of days and took it back.


yeah whats the reason?
#13
Beb
It's not a particularly good amp, had one for a couple of days and took it back.


Thats not what all the reviews say
#14
Beb
It's not a particularly good amp, had one for a couple of days and took it back.


Here is a review of the amp - won best home cinema amp under £300

http://www.whathifi.com/Review/Sony-STR-DH800/
#15
I'm trying to decide between the Sony STR-DH800 or the Onkyo TXSR607.

Any opinions ?
#16
elmo1314
Here is a review of the amp - won best home cinema amp under £300

http://www.whathifi.com/Review/Sony-STR-DH800/


Yeah but seriously the guys at WhatHiFi are standing jokes. They can't tell the difference between cable costing thousands of pounds and normal doorbell cable - its a known fact. They are journalists first and foremost. And who votes in these 'awards'? The editor?
#17
My darling hubby bought one of these yesterday (much to my delight... NOT)!

He's VERY happy with it. I have a headache now though! :w00t:
#18
Had one of these for a few weeks.Great with movies but poor as a 2 channel stereo amp giving a fatiguing harsh treble that's not pleasant for extended listening.If it's gonna be used mainly for movies then it's great. Personally I could not hack it for listening to cd's so sold mine.Paid 280 for mine so a good price if you can get it for this.
#19
Seems like a pretty good deal.

I was weighing up this before I ordered a Yamaha RVX465 from AVland.com (£214) earlier today after realising it was to tall for my unit :roll:
#20
pav
I'm trying to decide between the Sony STR-DH800 or the Onkyo TXSR607.

Any opinions ?


These amplifiers are a different league, the competitor to the Onkyo is the Yamaha 765 or the AVR1910 which are priced considerably more.

The TXSR607 is better than the Sony STRDH800 on so many levels.

Im not a big fan of the STRDH800 it is a rather basic amp it "does the job" is a good way to put it, I find the sound it gives out rather unappealing. What hifi is an absolute joke and there reviews of HDMI cables proove that.

For the money this is a good price however id put a further £80 towards an onkyo 607 or possibly the AVR1910 which will yield a considerable improvement in sound quality and at the same time allow for analogue to HDMI upscaling / upconversion.
#21
pav
I'm trying to decide between the Sony STR-DH800 or the Onkyo TXSR607.

Any opinions ?



onkyo all the way, fantastic amps!
#22
Home cinema is like consoles, the fan boys come out for each side ;)
#23
elmo1314
Here is a review of the amp - won best home cinema amp under £300

http://www.whathifi.com/Review/Sony-STR-DH800/


And Sony love what hifi long time!

I was upgrading from a 2nd hand Yamaha amp I'd paid £80 for (when it new it would've been in the same price range). Only reason for upgrading was HDMI support.

The build quality of the casing was very poor, the sound quality was way off from the Yamaha amp and for £200+ you would expect something half decent.

I'm not hating on Sony, I've heard the ES range is very good (I guess the price reflects this!), just giving my opinion on having owned the amp for a week before taking it back.
#24
most amps are crap nowadays just get a cheap one with preouts use it for hdmi switching, decoding and get a heavy duty quality power amp for the amplification stage.
#25
how does the onkyo txsr507 compare to this? I was considering the onkyo 607 but its £330 on thier site which is £30 more than the maximum id like to spend excluding the extended warrenty.Also how well do the onkyo amps deal with music,im looking for something thats half decent but doesnt need to be outstabnding with playing music.Im using a cambridge audio azur amp and its done me well for movies and music but its about time I upgraded to something with hdmi.
#26
bboy71
how does the onkyo txsr507 compare to this? I was considering the onkyo 607 but its £330 on thier site which is £30 more than the maximum id like to spend excluding the extended warrenty.Also how well do the onkyo amps deal with music,im looking for something thats half decent but doesnt need to be outstabnding with playing music.Im using a cambridge audio azur amp and its done me well for movies and music but its about time I upgraded to something with hdmi.


My question is on the same lines about how this compares to the onkyo TXSR507 which is around the same price. Also can someone explain why AV Receivers are so much more expensive? And why having music through a HDMI cable makes it so much better? Also, is it worth it considering you can get a decent hifi and wire up 7 speakers to that? Also what is video upscaling and do I need it?
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Im not a fan of the low end Onkyo's due to their heat levels which concern me if putting it in a cupboard, but they are capable devices. The main differences between the two is that the Onkyo is a 5.1 system not 7.1, this is not an issue if you are only ever going to use 5.1 but if considering an upgrade later then the Sony may be a better option. The other difference if pass through, the Onkyo allows HDMI data to be passed through the unit while off, hence you can watch quietly on the TV without waking up neighbours, the Sony needs to be on for anything to happen (this for me is a very desirable feature of the Onkyo). The audio/video processing of both is very similar and quite standard for a low end AV receiver.

HDMI allows for high definition audio protocols for bluray/hddvd disks, optical and coaxial are the other digital audio formats and neither can transmit enough data to do hidef sound.

A hifi may be able to do the sound but the whole point of an AVR is that it manages everything and can simplify your *under tv area*. They are expensive as they do a fair bit more processing than a hifi, but actually a hifi with equally good sound is not significantly cheaper, its all about the quality of sound.

Upscaling allows a low definition source like wii or older consoles or many other things to be put in a high definition format. This only works if your tv supports high definition (i.e. it is 720p or 1080p) and it doesnt help that much since most TVs will have a build in upscaler that will be nearly as good as the one in cheap AVRs.

Hope that helps.
#28
chrischarles
Im not a fan of the low end Onkyo's due to their heat levels which concern me if putting it in a cupboard, but they are capable devices. The main differences between the two is that the Onkyo is a 5.1 system not 7.1, this is not an issue if you are only ever going to use 5.1 but if considering an upgrade later then the Sony may be a better option. The other difference if pass through, the Onkyo allows HDMI data to be passed through the unit while off, hence you can watch quietly on the TV without waking up neighbours, the Sony needs to be on for anything to happen (this for me is a very desirable feature of the Onkyo). The audio/video processing of both is very similar and quite standard for a low end AV receiver.

HDMI allows for high definition audio protocols for bluray/hddvd disks, optical and coaxial are the other digital audio formats and neither can transmit enough data to do hidef sound.

A hifi may be able to do the sound but the whole point of an AVR is that it manages everything and can simplify your *under tv area*. They are expensive as they do a fair bit more processing than a hifi, but actually a hifi with equally good sound is not significantly cheaper, its all about the quality of sound.

Upscaling allows a low definition source like wii or older consoles or many other things to be put in a high definition format. This only works if your tv supports high definition (i.e. it is 720p or 1080p) and it doesnt help that much since most TVs will have a build in upscaler that will be nearly as good as the one in cheap AVRs.

Hope that helps.


Thanks a lot. So you don't really need video upscaling if you have a TV that does it already?
#29
Correct :)
#30
chrischarles
Correct :)


Ok thankyou thats extremely helpful :thumbsup:
#31
is the onkyo 507 decent for playing music,I just dont have the space for a hifi amp and av receiver?
#32
Yamahas and denons sound better for music IMO. Warmer and more natural.
#33
£200 + £14.68 mainland shipping from HyperFi if that helps or as an alternative price match
#34
cyanide69
£200 + £14.68 mainland shipping from HyperFi if that helps or as an alternative price match


That is a refurb though so doubt they will price match
#35
Has anyone else managed to get Richer Sounds to price match?

When I queried at my local store they wouldn't because the shipping method is 'standard' and not indicated as next day, which is what it has to be for the price match.
suspended#36
chrischarles
Correct :)


I have been confused about upscaling for a while. Looking at the specs the Sony DH800 doesn't provide upscaling and the Onkyo SR608 upscales to 1080i. But from what you have said, Chris, most 1080p tvs will upscale to 1080p natively so the AV's capability is not important? My own experience is that I get a reasonaly good picture connecting my Wii directly into my 46 inch tv.
#37
Captkronos
I have been confused about upscaling for a while. Looking at the specs the Sony DH800 doesn't provide upscaling and the Onkyo SR608 upscales to 1080i. But from what you have said, Chris, most 1080p tvs will upscale to 1080p natively so the AV's capability is not important? My own experience is that I get a reasonaly good picture connecting my Wii directly into my 46 inch tv.


Having the AVR upscale allows you to connect a single HDMI cable to the TV rather than that plus a component/composite cable. The Sony does not upscale and I think the Onkyo does but only from SD analogue sources (i.e. not HD component or HDMI signals). Without the upscaler you would need multiple connections to the TV to get a picture displayed whilst allowing the AVR to manage the sound.

With AVRs people care about all the tiny differences in quality. With top end (£1000+) AVRs then the upscaler will be infinitely better than in a regular TV, however at the low end of the spectrum then the TV can often do a better job. If the TV is 1080p then it needs a 1080p resolution but depending on the quality of TV this upscaler can be good or bad, though it will normally do alright. Some people like to feed the TV a 1080p signal for everything and this probably would be better quality but it is all in proportion to cost since few low range AVRs will scale to 1080p better than a TV.

Hope that helps!
#38
Well, I went to the Leeds Richer Sounds today, armed with my print outs and was told that they didn't believe that Robert Whyte actually had any of these for this price, saying they'd had problems with them before and pointing out the website didn't even have a picture (what this has to do with stock levels I don't know).

I pointed out that the York branch had done so, and was told "Well I'm not". I was quite surprised as he didn't even enquire whether I was wanting to buy anything else as well, which I was, so he'd have made profit on the other stuff for sure.

I'll try ring York tomorrow, and if not, I'll try Robert Whyte.
#39
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#40
Captkronos
I have been confused about upscaling for a while. Looking at the specs the Sony DH800 doesn't provide upscaling and the Onkyo SR608 upscales to 1080i. But from what you have said, Chris, most 1080p tvs will upscale to 1080p natively so the AV's capability is not important? My own experience is that I get a reasonaly good picture connecting my Wii directly into my 46 inch tv.


I'm assuming you meant the Onkyo TX-SR607 ?

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