Written on: 28/02/2011
Was just surfing the web to look for a possible replacement for my 12 year old STR DB930 and came across this site.
I just bought new speakers (B&W M1 surround setup + Rel sub) and am thinking of replacing my receiver by a Denon, but reading all the reviews I start to doubt as it still works very well and I have no signs yet that it will let me down within short.
My reason for replacing it is the lack of a HDMI connection but I think I will keep on going with spaghetti towards my TV as I... (read more)
Written on: 20/02/2011 by mrwarby (1 review written)
Recently had to replace this excellent Amp. after 10 good years because the centre channel went missing. Tried the Sony STRDN 1010 (8.6kg) but there was no comparison, very flimsy sound. That ended in the bedroom because it sounded too empty and had not the power to drive the KEF 4 Ohm speakers. Tried the Denon AVR2311 (10.1kg) but still prefer the sound of the STR-DB930 (13kg), especially for Nicam sound from my Humax PVR, I would just set it to Auto Decode and job done, great for music.... (read more)
Written on: 12/01/2011
I just bought a,YAMAHA ADVANTAGE RX-800 new for 2011,I do not like it! Its going back.My old sony D B 930 ive had for 10 years still sounds better,mainly in music. Movie's do sound a little better with the yamaha,not by much though.I wanted a new system with HDMI and new features its not worth it.Ill keep my 930 until it go`s good luck hope this helps (read more)
Written on: 16/11/2010
I read about this receiver in a sound magazine over 10 years ago. As soon as I saw that it had won the award from the same magazine for receiver of the year I purchased it. It has been over 10 years now and this sounds as good today as the day I bought it. The remote is still probably worth 2 or 300 dollars. The sound fields are great and the functions that come with it are alos great. This thing can be tweaked to opearate optimally in any emvironment. Any speaker you throw at this it will... (read more)
Written on: 16/07/2010
Like many of the owners on here, I recently found my original purchace reciept dated 2000! I couldn't believe I have had it so long.
Still a greal bit of kit. Has proved to be supprisingly well future proofed - the 5.1 and many optical inputs helping hugely.
Still looks good, sounds great - rock solid piece of kit.
Upgrading to something new is very hard to justify as this Sony does everything so well. (read more)
Written on: 29/06/2010
I agree with most..this Sony STR reciever is just phenomenal including a two way remote which in its self is a cool piece of kit with and lcd screen which displays the radio station etc. With the reciever i use 2 pairs of scott 500W floor standing speakers..and you would have to be brave to turn it up past 3! The power of this thing is immense. I used to think both my Kenwood Krf and Pioneer recievers were good, but compared to this there not. Has more than enough connections including... (read more)
Written on: 30/05/2010
Have owned this from new for over 10 years has never let me down
the power and performance are outstanding.
The remote takes some getting used to but thats a minor thing (read more)
Written on: 14/03/2010
Excellent piece of kit! A must have! I have had this system for over 10 years and nothing has gone wrong so far (Touch wood)! It has been the best, the decoding is brillant for DD and DTS. I think it is even better than the decoders out there now! I think it is brillant for watching movies and listening to music. I have never had any problems and I am a very happy customer. I love the look and I would just like to say Well done to sonys best ever creation. A must have! (read more)
Written on: 23/01/2010
After 10 years of faultless service, the volume control broke... A small aluminium casting - £61 for replacement! But this receiver is fantastic. Even after 10 years of service I will hopefully keep using it for another 10 years!
The sound quality is second to none, the menus are easy to navigate and the remote control is sooooo user friendly.
A smart piece of kit. 'Spesh after 10 years! And yes, I will replace the volume control! (read more)
Written on: 30/12/2009
I had this since when it came out in 1996 its still going strong very good sound. (read more)
Written on: 12/09/2009
The Sony STR-DB930 is superb. Had it for 10 years now and have not managed to find anything comparable for the same money. Remote is easy to use just read the manual and it's easy tok 20 minutes to set up. Plenty of inputs of all flavours (read more)
Written on: 11/09/2009
I bought this Sony STR-DB930 receiver when it first came out, and I can honestly say that it has the best sound of any unit I had used to date. The remote, in common with many Sony products, takes some getting used to, in that it is not intuitive to operate, but can be mastered in due course. I used this unit as part of a demo setup at my A\V store, and it blew prospective customers away. Before buying, I read the full test in a British A\V magazine, and I can only confirm their results in... (read more)
Written on: 18/01/2009 by davidcrom (1 review written)
I have used many receivers in the past 4 years, both at the studio and in my home and I have to say this Sony STR-DB930 is one of the best for receivers under £500 for quality of sound, power, ease of use and sheer ease of use. It is set up quickly and is very comprehensive. It compares to a Yamaha amp I had 2 years ago, costing twice as much. (read more)
Written on: 20/02/2001 by Mark.
I bought a unit last summer, and both it and its replacement (same model) had noticeable hiss in the DSP mode at moderate volumes and even with a digital source. When I used the 5.1 input directly (and had my DVD player do the decoding), it was quiet: therefore, my setup, TV, wiring etc, DVD player, power supply is NOT introducing this noise. There is probably something wrong the DSP chip or shielding.
That said, hiss is only noticeable in quiet program sections, and clearly not... (read more)
Written on: 24/10/2000 by james joot.
Excellent clarity, throughout the entire volume scale. Good bass presence without dominating the speech. High power handling and impeccable build quality. (read more)
Written on: 02/03/2000 by Troy Simpson.
This receiver has a lot of power for the money. Full DD and DTS decoding, too many listening fields, 2 way LCD remote, and more than enough inputs. The remote is for some people hard to get used to, but is quite comprehensive with its features. The receiver is well presented, and I can't think of much other than a raw input selecter, that the amp is lacking. (read more)