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Sony STR-DG820 7.1 Channel Receiver (Black) with 4 x HDMI inputs - reduced to £219.99 delivered @ Play !
Sony STR-DG820 7.1 Channel Receiver (Black) with 4 x HDMI inputs - reduced to £219.99 delivered @ Play !

Sony STR-DG820 7.1 Channel Receiver (Black) with 4 x HDMI inputs - reduced to £219.99 delivered @ Play !

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Give your entertainment the power it deserves. This 7.1 channel A/V receiver is optimized for Blu-ray Disc media, with four HDMI inputs and support for the latest audio formats.

The STR-DG820 7.1 channel A/V receiver delivers the Full HD 1080 experience to a home theater system. This new 1080p A/V Receiver features HDMI with "Active Intelligence", plus x.v.Colour and 1080/24p signal capability. In addition to decoding uncompressed audio (LPCM via HDMI), the STR-DG820 decodes the latest audio formats from Dolby Labs and DTS making this model fully compatible with Blu-ray Disc. Now, you can hear the original mix of your favorite BD titles regardless of audio format.

Need more HDMI inputs? The STR-DG820 features four HDMI inputs that allows for more HD content to be connected. Looking for simplicity? BRAVIA Sync provides a one button operation (via HDMI) of your entire A/V experience with a select number of BRAVIA televisions. Because no room is perfect, Sony's Digital Cinema Auto Calibration (and its supplied microphone) simplifies speaker set up and optimizes speaker performance with the push of one button in just 30 seconds. This full featured A/V receiver expands its ability to playback music from various audio sources (i.e. iPod and Walkman music devices, PC, etc.) with the DIGITAL MEDIA PORT. Would you like to listen to satellite radio? The XM Connect-and-Play Ready feature provides the ability to access XM satellite radio programming in surround sound.

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7.1 Channel Audio/Video Receiver
100 Watts X 7 Amplifier Power (8 ohms, 1Khz, 1.0% THD)
Accepts 1080/60p and 24p video signal via HDMI
HDMI Active Intelligence: 4 in/1 out(Video and Audio)
Optimized for Blu-ray Disc and other HD Sources

So I'm guessing you can input your PS3 to this then output to your TV?

Adam2050;3656204

So I'm guessing you can input your PS3 to this then output to your TV?


Yep.

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41%2BdfefNFbL._SS400_.jpg

why would you do this to me? Ive been umming and aaarrring about one of these for a while, but been able to stop myself as combined with a decent speaker set from Richer Sounds it came to over £400.

But here you are, posting this at a much lower price, tempting me, teasing me, making things viable and more affordable.

Ive got to stop coming here....

Greta price RS have lowered theirs to £229.95 for VIP members so you can get them to price match this and get it for £209, was looking at this but ending up getting a deal on the Onkyo 606. At this price though you can't go wrong.

LOL Jonster. Plead your case.

Outputs are amazing. Something I may purchase next year. But on a 19" TV it would be wasted.

Jonster;3656291

why would you do this to me? Ive been umming and aaarrring about one of … why would you do this to me? Ive been umming and aaarrring about one of these for a while, but been able to stop myself as combined with a decent speaker set from Richer Sounds it came to over £400.But here you are, posting this at a much lower price, tempting me, teasing me, making things viable and more affordable.Ive got to stop coming here....



That's EXACTLY what i'm thinking :-D

Got a Sony pre-HDMI 7.1 100w RMS per channel amp and have wanted another for a while, but can't afford one even at this price.

Damn you OP :-D

Looks like it only has one hdmi output (looking at the pic of the back panel)

How to feed a projector and tv at the same time?

cleudo;3656547

Looks like it only has one hdmi output (looking at the pic of the back … Looks like it only has one hdmi output (looking at the pic of the back panel)How to feed a projector and tv at the same time?

With jazz hands switching the cable very, very, very quickly. Ahem.

The real answer is that dual HDMI output is very rare, and you only tend to see it on AV receivers that cost over a grand.

The answer is a little box from the good people at JS Tech, £68 BOSH!

js-technology.com/pro…=63

cleudo;3656547

Looks like it only has one hdmi output (looking at the pic of the back … Looks like it only has one hdmi output (looking at the pic of the back panel)How to feed a projector and tv at the same time?



does it not have a component output??

Inputs and Outputs

[LIST]
[*]AC Outlet : 1
[*]Antenna Terminal (AM Loop) : 1 (Rear)
[*]Antenna Terminal (FM 75 Ohm) : 1 (Rear)
[*]Coaxial Audio Digital Input(s) : 1 (Rear)
[*]Component Video (Y/Pb/Pr ) Input(s) : 3 (Rear)
[*]Component Video (Y/Pb/Pr) Output(s) : 1 (Rear)
[*]Composite Video Input(s) : 4 (1 Front/3 Rear)
[*]Composite Video Output(s) : 1 (Rear)
[*]DIGITAL MEDIA PORT : Yes
[*]HD Component Video Input(s) : 3 (Rear)
[*]HD Component Video Output(s) : 1 (Rear)
[*]HDMI™ Connection Input(s) : 4 (Rear)
[*]HDMI™ Connection Output(s) : 1 (Rear)
[*]Headphone Output(s) : 1 (Front- Silver)
[*]Optical Audio Input(s) : 2 (Rear)
[*]RCA Audio Input(s) : 7 (3 Dedicated/4 Audio/Video)
[*]RCA Audio Output(s) : 2 (1 A/V Output, 1 Output)
[*]Subwoofer Output(s) : 1 (Rear)[/LIST]

cleudo;3656547

Looks like it only has one hdmi output (looking at the pic of the back … Looks like it only has one hdmi output (looking at the pic of the back panel)How to feed a projector and tv at the same time?


You won't get more HDMI outputs until you're paying at least 5 times the price of this. If you have a projector and a TV to connect to you should really go for a better amp.

cleudo;3656547

Looks like it only has one hdmi output (looking at the pic of the back … Looks like it only has one hdmi output (looking at the pic of the back panel)How to feed a projector and tv at the same time?



You could use component for one.
Not sure whether you'd be able to get it to output though both at the same time, i doubt it.

Very few amps have 2 hdmi outs, but maybe some sort of hdmi splitter/switch working in reverse might work.

cleudo;3656547

Looks like it only has one hdmi output (looking at the pic of the back … Looks like it only has one hdmi output (looking at the pic of the back panel)How to feed a projector and tv at the same time?



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sorry to be a n00b, but what does this actually do?

does it act as a central hub for all your entertainment needs? eg. you connect all your devices to this one Receiver & just select the device you want to use.
also, where do you get speakers for these to connect to those surround sockets? (top right of pic)

thx.

Oh god, so cheap. I've only just upgraded my system, and now this comes along!!

I notice there are a couple of questions regarding the firmware on play.com.

For anyone not aware the earlier version of this had firmware which would not allow a 5.1 optical input to override the sound sent over HDMI - so what does this mean ?

SKY HD does not send 5.1 audio over HDMI, only stereo audio. To get around this you send the audio into the amp via an optical (TOS Link) cable instead. That way you get picture from HDMI and audio from the seperate optical. The early versions couldn't do this. They just ignored the 5.1 sound via optical when a HDMI cable was plugged in.

Just confirm that it's the latest firmware if you intend to send picture via HDMI and sound via Optical from the same piece of equipment - notable SKY HD box.

Other than that fantastic amp for the money.

To feed a TV and a projector at the same time you would need an additional external HDMI splitter. These aren't expensive.

hmm I'm leaning towards the Yamaha DSP-AX763 but at this price on the Sony I'm going to have to look again. Grr! Good find.

Jonster;3656291

why would you do this to me? Ive been umming and aaarrring about one of … why would you do this to me? Ive been umming and aaarrring about one of these for a while, but been able to stop myself as combined with a decent speaker set from Richer Sounds it came to over £400.But here you are, posting this at a much lower price, tempting me, teasing me, making things viable and more affordable.Ive got to stop coming here....



Brilliant!

I'm assuming this does voice over HDMI and doesn't do hi-def formats. CorrecT?

Brought one of these a few weeks back at £250, Quality bit of kit. Buy it!

And it does audio over hdmi & Hd Audio

K1LLER HORNET;3656879

sorry to be a n00b, but what does this actually do?does it act as a … sorry to be a n00b, but what does this actually do?does it act as a central hub for all your entertainment needs? eg. you connect all your devices to this one Receiver & just select the device you want to use.also, where do you get speakers for these to connect to those surround sockets? (top right of pic)thx.



It deals with the sound but also has the added advantage that you can feed multiple HDMI's into it and then have one feed into your TV. I'm slowly running out of HDMI sockets on my TV so this is a good idea for me.

The only downside for me is that to get the best sound you would have to buy speakers so expensive as to force me into selling my organs on the black market. :roll:

Can someone recommend some good (but not too expensive, don't want to spend more than the amp!) speakers to match this?

Ungreat;3657300

It deals with the sound but also has the added advantage that you can … It deals with the sound but also has the added advantage that you can feed multiple HDMI's into it and then have one feed into your TV. I'm slowly running out of HDMI sockets on my TV so this is a good idea for me.The only downside for me is that to get the best sound you would have to buy speakers so expensive as to force me into selling my organs on the black market. :roll:




i'll offer £20 for your lung inc p&p :-D

Great amp, nice sound too but that all depends on your speakers and speaker layout.

Weavus;3657328

Can someone recommend some good (but not too expensive, don't want to … Can someone recommend some good (but not too expensive, don't want to spend more than the amp!) speakers to match this?



Richer sounds had a KEF speaker package for under 200 recently

richersounds.com/sho…005

Dont get sony speakers to match!

Weavus;3657328

Can someone recommend some good (but not too expensive, don't want to … Can someone recommend some good (but not too expensive, don't want to spend more than the amp!) speakers to match this?




lambda-tek.com/com…533

bought this amp about a month ago for £260, cracking piece of equipment, does everything u want from an amp. plenty of support on avforums [email protected]£220 it's a total steal.

i went for these speakers (Canton movie 60cx's) from a private seller on the avforums. brilliant speakers, great sound and build quality.

avforums.com/for…tml

£208.99 with RAC code.

Tempted to sell my Yamaha none HD amp for this!

K1LLER HORNET;3656879

sorry to be a n00b, but what does this actually do?does it act as a … sorry to be a n00b, but what does this actually do?does it act as a central hub for all your entertainment needs? eg. you connect all your devices to this one Receiver & just select the device you want to use.also, where do you get speakers for these to connect to those surround sockets? (top right of pic)thx.



As far as I am aware you can connect all your sound and video outputs from your bits and bobs (VCR/DVD/Satellite/PVR/Wii etc.) and it outputs the one you select on the remote to the TV. The issue for me with this model is that I wanted the output to be through a single HDMI cable and this model doesn't convert from component or composite to HDMI. The old model (910) did so I bought that instead. So, if I am correct if you but 2 component and 2 HDMI inputs you need a component output for the component inputs and a HDMI output for the HDMI inputs.

igamble;3657599

bought this amp about a month ago for £260, cracking piece of equipment, … bought this amp about a month ago for £260, cracking piece of equipment, does everything u want from an amp. plenty of support on avforums [email protected]£220 it's a total steal.i went for these speakers (Canton movie 60cx's) from a private seller on the avforums. brilliant speakers, great sound and build quality.http://www.avforums.com/forums/speakers-power-buy-special-offers/195561-canton-powerbuy-avforum-members.html



They look good - but are they not 5.1 ? The amp is 7.1 so was ok kind of expecting to see more speakers

(spot person who ain't bought a surround system for a long long time !)

danny-mac;3657529

http://www.lambda-tek.com/componentshop/index.pl?origin=gbase3.3&prodID=B84533



Quite agree

Also at amazon cheaper delivered.

amazon.co.uk/Jam…_pt

Great price for this! i got the DG710 (a few models down from this) back in July for £120, and has been brilliant! If i knew i'd have been able to get one that can handle HD audio for this price a couple months later i would have held off!!

drc;3657810

Quite agreeAlso at amazon cheaper … Quite agreeAlso at amazon cheaper delivered.http://www.amazon.co.uk/Jamo-A102HCS5-BL-Cinema-Speaker-Package/dp/B000QEB270/ref=pd_sxp_f_pt




Review

whathifi.com/Rev…S5/

Apart from a slightly lower wpc and no upscaling, what else doesn't this do that an Onkyo 606 does?

This Sony even has more HDMI inputs. And is over £100 cheaper.

Very tempted.... Thanks OP!

Bought this amp about 3 weeks ago from RS, almost bought the Onkyo606 but after much deliberation and many hours on the net reading reviews about this Sony amp I went for it.
Previous to this amp I had my trusty JVC 5.1 which done the job for about 4 years very well but I needed a more up to date amp for my PS3. I have Sky and my PS3 hooked up to this and the sound quality is just unbelievable, beautiful clarity and beefy bass. It comes with a little microphone you use to auto set the amp for the best settings! It makes Sky that bit better and watching blu ray brings it alive even more, if you are thinking about buying this amp, stop thinking and just buy it! You will not be disappointed!!! :thumbsup:

princepaul;3657909

Bought this amp about 3 weeks ago from RS, almost bought the Onkyo606 but … Bought this amp about 3 weeks ago from RS, almost bought the Onkyo606 but after much deliberation and many hours on the net reading reviews about this Sony amp I went for it.Previous to this amp I had my trusty JVC 5.1 which done the job for about 4 years very well but I needed a more up to date amp for my PS3. I have Sky and my PS3 hooked up to this and the sound quality is just unbelievable, beautiful clarity and beefy bass. It comes with a little microphone you use to auto set the amp for the best settings! It makes Sky that bit better and watching blu ray brings it alive even more, if you are thinking about buying this amp, stop thinking and just buy it! You will not be disappointed!!! :thumbsup:



What speakers do you have?

This place should be freezing.

It's £199.69 with free delivery here.....
bhphotovideo.com/bnh…ils

boozie;3658030

This place should be freezing.It's £199.69 with free delivery … This place should be freezing.It's £199.69 with free delivery here.....http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=productlist&sku=550568&Q=&is=REG&A=details


Free shipping doesn't apply outside of the USA.
USA units are the wrong voltage for the UK and this unit isn't switchable.

So....

hmm can't decide whether to go for a marantz PM6002 or a surround amp??

I'm going to be using the amp primarily for stereo music but i thought if i go for a surround amp i can always add bits n bobs to it later- like a nice sub:-D

any thoughts?

This is a great amp for the cash, If you want something that floors it for stereo AND surround sound - Try and audition the yamaha 763 (richer £300) wipes the floor with this 'entry level' amp.

bought this amp a couple of months ago loads of features and great sound
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