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Sony STR-DA555ES
169 Reviews
rating  4.11 of 5
MSRP  1000.00
Description: This receiever replaces the discontinued model #STR-DA50ES 24-bit Dolby Digital, DTS and Dolby Pro Logic Decoding - Dual 32-bit DSP Engines for Digital Cinema Sound - 120w x 5, 120w x 2 (8 Ohms) -


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by BIGNINJA a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: December 20, 2007

Bottom Line:   
ITS BEEN SO LONG, AT LEAST FIVE YEARS, THAT I CANNOT REMEMBER WHEN I BOUGHT THE SONY STR-DA555ES RECEIVER AND HOW MUCH I PAID FOR IT...SO I WILL CONCENTRATE ONLY ON THE ACTUAL FACTS KNOWN TO ME. WHEN I FIRST TURNED ON MY STEREO I HEARD A LOUD POP AND THAT WAS ALL THERE WAS. THE RETAILER MADE AN EASY SWAP FOR A FRESH NEW STEREO AND TOLD ME THAT IF MY SPEAKERS WERE DAMAGED THAT THEY WOULD COVER TYHEM AS WELL. GOOD NEWS, BUT THEY WERE FINE. THIS SONY REPLACED MY YAMAHA DSP-A1000 AMPLIFIER. I WAS UNHAPPY WITH THE YAMAHA'S BASS. HOOKING UP THE SONY TO MY VELODYNE F-1000 SUB SHOOK THE HOUSE SO MUCH I WAS ALMOST EVICTED. THE ONLY COMPLAINT I HAVE IS WITH THE TEN SECOND TIMED BACKLIT REMOTE. IT IS VERY FRUSTRATING WHEN YOU ARE TRYING TO LEARN HOW TO USE IT FOR THE FIRST TIME. TEN SECONDS IS JUST ENOUGH TIME TO READ THE SCREEN, BUT NOT FOR MAKING CHOICES. SONY SHOULD OF AT LEAST MADE THIS A USER ADJUSTABLE TIMER. I USED THE REMOTE TO SET UP MY SOUND FIELDS AND IT HAS BEEN THE DRAWER EVER SINCE. I HAVE BEEN USING THE CABLE REMOTE TO TURN THE SONY ON/OFF AND ADJUSTING THE VOLUME. TODAY I GOT A USED HARMONY SST-H768 UNIVERSAL REMOTE ON EBAY FOR $15 THAT WAS $200-$300 WHEN IT WAS ORIGINALLY RELEASED. I GUESS IT WAS WORTH THE WAIT. THE NEXT FLAGSHIP SONY RECEIVER CAME SILVER WITH A RF REMOTE. GUESS WHAT, NO PRICE BREAKS ON THAT PUPPY! I FIGURED IT MUST HAVE BEEN THE LOUSY REMOTE THAT MADE THE STR-DA555ES SUCH A BARGAIN. IF YOU FIND ONE FOR SALE SOMEWHERE, I WOULD SAY BUY IT AND GET A HARMONY, TOO.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2002

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   THE GOOD GUYS



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by R. G. Saucier a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: July 15, 2007

Bottom Line:   
I have owned this receier for six years now and have never had a problem with it. It is by far one of the most impressive units I have ever heard. The sound quality and ease of use are incredible. I have found that reading the user instructions and manual are always best to do BEFORE you install your equipment. It clearly states not to place the unit in an enclosed area at the risk of tripping the protection curcuit. My receiver is in use everyday. The cable box, tv, dvd player, vcr, video game, and cd player are all connected to the unit and it handles it all like a champ. The cd player, dvd player and cable box are all connected via the digital optical connectors and the sound and picture quality are without compare. When I upgrade to an LCD tv I will not be afraid to connect it to my Sony receiver. As for the remotes, I have the touch screen and the simple AV remote. They are both easy to use and understand. To those of you who have had problems with your receivers I suggest you read your manuals and try different settings and combinations, this unit has more than enough possibilities to satisfy your listening choices. It's a shame when someone goes off half cocked with no idea what their doing and than blames someone or something for their stupidity. My suggestion is you use your two cans and a string and enjoy your fine sound quality and I stick with my Sony. It's obvious you are a true audio enthusiast.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $790.00

Purchased At:   My Digital Universe.



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by skydog2000 a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: May 31, 2005

Bottom Line:   
I am really surprised (like some others I see) at some of the bad reviews of this receiver. I bought the 555ES as soon as it shipped to the store and have loved it ever since. I believe I posted about this receiver back in 2000 so I won't go into technical details but I would like to remind people that this is the review of the Sony AV receiver...NOT the sony remote. Yes the remote is not very bright and does not control many new components, but it was not that bad. Also, the remote is not a learning universal one, so get over it and go buy a Harmony remote or something.

Also...to the gentleman who complained about the receiver going into "Protector" mode... That mode is used when the receiver gets too hot. It is meant to "PROTECT" your investment by not burning out (which I assume you did by powering it off, then back on and not letting it cool off). Take a look at where it is housed. If your AV rack has about 1" of space around it, that's probably why it is overheating. Personally, I have done that ONCE and it was when I had the volume cranked to 1/2 watching 'Gladiator' in DTS (opening scenes with fireballs...great bass).

I can honestly say that, not only have I had NO problems with this receiver in nearly 6 years, but that it is STILL a great receiver. I am looking for a new one now, only because the 555ES does not have many of the new technologies that have come out (DTS ES/NEO 6, Dolby II, 7.1 surround, etc...). I will keep it and use it in another part of our house because I couldn't bare to sell it.

PS. I wish we could strike those poor ratings about the remote off this review since it makes the actual overall ratings misleading.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1999

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   Audio king



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by jsvranic a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: March 17, 2003

Bottom Line:   
I've had this unit for 3 years without incident. For the money it's nearly unmatched. Excellent sound quality, DSP's even the remote while not bright enough has not been that difficult to use nor is the battery hog that others suggest. I suspect that many of the problems associated with this unit are either "b stock" units or from folks that don't take time to read or understand the poorly written owners manual. I too have experienced the dolby digital fade out only to find that somewhow the impedence selector was set at 4 ohms (i have an 8 ohm ht set up). changing it back to 8 ophms solved the problem. In closing, if you're going to spend your hard earned money on one of these,learn about it. THat said, many of the reviews look like somone has been reading and writing at the 4th grade level for some time now.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $799.00

Purchased At:   audiocraft



Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Chasmo42 a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: February 12, 2003

Bottom Line:   
Do not buy sony products! I bought this reciever thinking it was going to be an *upgrade* to my Onkyo 575. Boy was I wrong the bass responce is terrible. I called Sony aka *loser* tech support and they started to give me a hard time. Can you say *stupid for giving a customer a hard time*. I will NEVER buy another Sony product in my life period.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2002

Price Paid:    $800.00




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