Sony STR-DB840 A/V Receivers

4.27/5 (64 Reviews) MSRP : $500.00


Product Description

Dolby Digital/DTS receiver


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by myriad1973 a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: August 18, 2006

Bottom Line:   
This is a good all around surround reciever that has everything to do the job.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   Ebay



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by robi1138 a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: August 5, 2004

Bottom Line:   
I bought this receiver a few years ago at half price (originally $500) because Sony had just discontinued it and the store was trying to get rid of the few new leftovers it had.
I bought it mainly for it's multi-channel features for movies, but I do listen to a lot of music as well. I'm not an audiophile (I own CD's, not vinyl) but the music reproduction has been very good in my opinion. I do not strive to get a completely flat response, but I have learned to tone down the bass and treble quite a bit for the sake of accuracy. This is made easy with the built-in equalizer, which is head and shoulders above any other receivers capabilities (including the current Sony ES line). There are separate bass, treble, and mid-range controls for the front, center, and rear speakers. For each you can adjust the boost/attenuation level and pick the frequency you want it to affect. The equalizer applies a bell curve effect to the surrounding frequencies. The result is a very customizable way to get the sound you want from your speakers. This feature is customizable for all of the music/movie processor settings. Speaker volume levels are adjustable in 1dB increments. For music I primarilly use the Small Hall DSP setting. The use of the rear speakers for reverb in this mode gives the music a fuller sound. The reason this works well is because you can adjust the amount of reverb it contributes and how long the reverb time is (as well as the amount of the overall processing that it does). If done properly, you can simulate a wide soundstage from average front speakers by making very slight use of the rear speakers; the effect is quite natural and convincing. The other music DSP modes are pretty useless.
For movies, I absolutely love Sony's Cinema A mode. When decoding 5.1 movie soundtracks using the standard Dolby Digital/ dts decoding chip, the sound is very good, but somewhat localized (you know that you got only 2 rear speakers). Since movie theaters have multiple surround speakers, Cinema A mode (and Cinema B and Cinema C) uses a separate chip to simulate one of Sony's three soundstage theaters at Sony Studios. The result is a very convincing reproduction of multiple surround speakers that truly gives you a full 360 degree wall of sound (even without a rear center channel speaker). No bogus colorization here to make the sound better, just an effect use of Sony technology.
This receiver is filled with loads of other useful features such as speaker distance compensation, variable speaker crossover frequencies if you set your speakers to "Small" and use a subwoofer, specifiable location of surround speakers, etc. Overall a very good receiver that I wouldn't want to part with. The remote looks cool, but its ergonomics absolutely suck...by a good universal remote. I use the Sony RM-AV3000.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   Tweeter



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by wally blake a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: November 19, 2003

Bottom Line:   
what can one say about the db840.read ecoustics.com review.the ultimate in surround sound amp.this baby does everything.the price of 160canadian is unheard of.i will never sell this receiver.buy one if you can find one.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $160.00

Purchased At:   private sale



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ski4 a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: October 18, 2003

Bottom Line:   
after almost 3 years, i can say this has been a great investment. the sound is above average. set up was easy and it still works, the base management system is lacking and the remote is the hardest thing to work with. too bad sony has stopped this line of equi;pment.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $379.00

Purchased At:   onecall.com



Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by snailwalker a Casual Listener

Date Reviewed: December 15, 2002

Bottom Line:   
I think that it is a okay reciver. I havn't discovred any problems when I used it at high volume.

Though it still have some weaknesses. If you put your ear close to the speaker, you can hear some noise from the reciver when it is turned on

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Casual Listener

Price Paid:    $420.00

Purchased At:   Fredgaard




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