Sony STR-DE915 A/V Receivers

2.87/5 (196 Reviews) MSRP : $1000.00


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by thhq a Casual Listener

Date Reviewed: November 5, 2012

Bottom Line:   
I found my STR D915 at a yard sale. From the reviews here it sounds like it could quit at any time, but who cares when you only have $2.50 invested? When the Sony blows it's headed for the dumpster with no hard feelings. The only objection so far is that the 100 watts of power blew out a speaker I bought at another yard sale for 50 cents. I can't blame the Sony for that. It was only doing what it was supposed to do.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Casual Listener

Product model year:   Pre 1995



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

Date Reviewed: February 2, 2012

Bottom Line:   
Picked this up on a whim as it was sitting on the "open box" demo table when I was shopping for a subwoofer. Decided to buy it for use in the living room where I would use it mainly for the local FM classical music station as background music, and only infrequently as a surround receiver for TV or movies. Have not had a single problem with it in the 12+ years I've had it, so it gets 5 stars for reliability/value. It's currently mated to a set of AR (Acoustic Research) bookshelf speakers and subwoofer with Monster "Z" cabling. For it's price point, it does an admirable job. Most of the time I've got the Direct Bypass feature engaged. I recelty cabled the wife's Pioneer INNO XM receiver to it. Sounds great!

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1998



Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by D J P a Casual Listener

Date Reviewed: September 18, 2011

Bottom Line:   
i have the Sony STR-DE915 now for 14 years. i bought it new efrom Sears when they used to sell stereo equipment. i have never had a problem with it to date. i first bought the 845 then it had problems took it back and upgraded it to the 915. it does get hot but i fixed that problem with a small clip fan hooked to my cabinet pointed into the vents. it doesnt get hot or even warm at all. this stereo has done good to me all the speaker channels still work including front A and B. i never had a subwoofer hooked to it until 2011 but im impressed. i will get a new home theatre when this one quits on me but until then im keeping it.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Casual Listener

Product model year:   1997



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by john kraft a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: October 6, 2009

Bottom Line:   
Its a powerfull receiver with very clear sound.
It has a wonderfull DAC -CXD8505BQ- (same as CDP XA20ES) that is perfect for those who like to get the best of de CD's. Only runs 44,1 and 48khz but has a really good soudstage and very detailed sound.
What I've made is a pre-amp out and bi-amp with active xover plus dual monoblocks and a W&Puppie custom made with vifa-peerles drivers. you can feel the music as if you were in the set!!!.
As for the heat, yes it has a poor desing.
As others did, I recomend you to open it and put a heatsink on the nec 2581 drivers that are absents and keep it as free-air as you can. Remember that you have 100W x5 and if you use the DSP you may ad 10db or more what means 10 times plus the power its running!

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   1998



Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by rlbatch a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: April 23, 2007

Bottom Line:   
When it works it's fine. Purchased in Dec. 1997, In Nov. 2003 sound quit. Ordered Service manual and schematics from www.servicemanuals.net $21.00.

I replaced Q503 that burned open on surround board with 2 UN4111 transistors (ordered from Sony $1.33 each) I installed one above CB and one Below CB to share load.

Then about mid 2004 rear and "B" speakers quit. The schematic was a reprint from somewhere and had penciled notes, one on the rear amp board noting "symptom: no rear output, replace Q701 and 703 with DTA114ES transistors. Q703 parts list shows UN4111, wrong use DTA114ES."

This last month decided to replace Q701 and Q703 with DTA114ES transistors and it fixed the rear and "B" speaker output. However, after reassembly the display is now blank, all other functions and front panel led's are ok. I opened it up again and checked the three ribbon wire connectors to the front panel and all are tight.

Any Ideas what to check for the inop display?

Richard

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1997

Price Paid:    $570.00

Purchased At:   Circut City




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