Far from being a nondescript box, this 7.1-channel amp comes packed with all the latest technology
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Sony's STRDG820 is very, very easy to set up. By the time you have untangled the a rival's mic cable the Sony will be up and running and have you half way through Resistance: Fall of Man, searching for Chimera to beat up with your burgeoning arsenal of weaponry.
With a fine features set, high-tech engineering, spacious movie surround sound and a penchant to be a two-channel hi-fi system in its spare time, the Sony STR-DA5300ES receiver is a contender. The sound, which majors on detail resolution and clarity, is a real grower that seems to get better with every listen; the operation becomes very slick with familiarity; and the fit, finish and build is a joy to own.
Rather than simply evolving its previous AV receivers, the big S has gone all-out with a completely new design for its latest ES class trio. The STR- DA5200ES tested here is top of that crop, and is impressive from the start