Sony STR-DH830 Home Theater Receiver - Photo Profile

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Sony STR-DH830 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Front View with Accessories

Sony STR-DH830 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Photo - Front View with Included Accessories
Sony STR-DH830 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Photo - Front View with Included Accessories. Photo (c) Robert Silva

Pictured on this page is the Sony STR-DH830 Home Theater Receiver and the accessories that come packaged with it.

Starting along the back is the User Manual, Quick Setup guide, iPod/iPhone Dock instructions. Moving to the top of the STR-DH830, near the back, is the AC power cord, iPod/iPhone docking station, Digital Cinema Auto Calibration Microphone, and AM radio antenna.

Moving back to the left, towards the front is remote control, remote control batteries, composite video cable, USB cable (for the iPod dock), and the FM radio antenna.

Laying underneath the accessories are GUI menu list, Product Registration, and Warranty documents.

Feature Highlights of the STR-DH830 include:

1. 7.1 channel home theater receiver delivering 95 Watts per channel (2 channels driven) from 20Hz to 20kHz at .09% THD into 8 ohms.

2. Audio Decoding and Processing: Dolby TrueHD, Digital 5.1/EX/Pro logic IIx/IIz, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS 5.1/ES, 96/24, DTS Neo:6.

3. Video Processing: Analog to HDMI video conversion (480i/480p) and upscaling up to 1080i. HDMI pass-through of resolutions of up to 1080p and 3D signals.

4. USB port for access to media files stored on flash drives, iPod, or iPhone. USB docking station also provided for added iPod/iPhone connectivity convenience for audio and video file access.

5. Wireless remote.

6. Full Color Onscreen Interface.

7. Suggested Price: $399.99

For full details on the features and specifications of the Sony STR-DH830, refer to my Review.

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Sony STR-DH830 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Photo - Front View

Sony STR-DH830 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Photo - Front View
Sony STR-DH830 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Photo - Front View. Photo (c) Robert Silva

Here is a look at the front of the Sony STR-DH830. The front panel is divided into three sections, with a front panel display, located above the center section.

For a closer look at the controls in each section, proceeded to the next three photos.

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Sony STR-DH830 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Front Controls - Left Side

Sony STR-DH830 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Photo - Front Controls - Left Side
Sony STR-DH830 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Photo - Front Controls - Left Side. Photo (c) Robert Silva

Here a close-up look at the controls located on the left side of the STR-DH830's front panel.

Along the top, starting on the left, are the Main Power button, Tone/Tuning dial (can be used to adjust the one control settings or tune radio stations), Night Mode (retains bass response at low volume levels), and the Auto Volume (evens out volume spikes - such as loud commercials) on/off buttons.

Along the middle row are the Speakers on/off, Tone Mode (accesses bass or treble function - which is then adjusted by using the Tone/Tuning Dial), Tuning Mode select button (AM/FM - tuning is then done by turning the Tone/Tune dial), and Memory/Enter buttons (saves custom preset stations).

Finally on the left bottom corner is the Headphone output connection.

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Sony STR-DH830 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Photo - Center Controls

Sony STR-DH830 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Photo - Center Controls
Sony STR-DH830 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Photo - Center Controls. Photo (c) Robert Silva

Here is a look at the controls provides on the STR-DH830 that located in the center of the front panel, just below the front panel display.

Moving from left to right are the 2-CH/A Direct (2-CH [CH stands for channel] provides for front and right speakers only listening, while A Direct [A stands for analog] allows for bypassing of all additional audio processing from 2-channel analog sources), A.F.D (Auto-Format Direct - allows surround sound listening or multi-speaker stereo from 2-channel sources), Movie HD-D.C.S. (Digital Cinema Sound provides extra ambience to surround signals), Music (allows selection of preset surround modes optimized for music sources), Dimmer (adjusts the brightens or darkens the front panel display), and Display (provides different information display options on the front panel) buttons.

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Sony STR-DH830 Home Theater Receiver - Front Controls and Inputs - Right Side

Sony STR-DH830 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Photo - Front Controls and Inputs - Right Side
Sony STR-DH830 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Photo - Front Controls and Inputs - Right Side. Photo (c) Robert Silva

Here is a look at the remaining controls and connections that are located on the right side of the STR-DH830's front panel.

On the top, moving from left to right, are the Input Selector and Master Volume Control. Also, just under the Input Selector is the Input Mode button, which selects the preferred audio input mode (Auto, Digital Coax , Digital Optical, Analog) to be associated with each video input source.

Moving to the bottom are a set of front panel connections that include Digital Cinema Auto Calibration microphone input, USB port, Composite video input, and analog stereo inputs.

For a look at the connections provided on the rear panel of the Sony STR-DH830, proceed through the next series of photos.

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Sony STR-DH830 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Photo - Rear View

Sony STR-DH830 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Photo - Rear View
Sony STR-DH830 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Photo - Rear View. Photo (c) Robert Silva

Here is a photo of the entire rear connection panel of the STR-DH830. The Audio and Video input and output connections are located on the left side, while the speaker connections are located in the center, towards the right and the bottom half of the rear panel.

For a close up look and explanation of each type of connection, proceed to the next two photos.

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Sony STR-DH830 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Rear Audio/Video Connections

Sony STR-DH830 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Photo - Rear Audio/Video Connections
Sony STR-DH830 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Photo - Rear Audio/Video Connections. http://0.tqn.com/d/hometheater/1/0/5/C/2/sonystrdh830avconnect.jpg

Here is a photo of the AV connections on the rear panel of the STR-DH830 located on the top left.

Running across the very top are five HDMI inputs and one HDMI output. All HDMI inputs and output are ver1.4a and feature 3D-pass through. Additionally, the HDMI output is also Audio Return Channel-enabled.

Moving down, and starting back from the left, are the digital audio inputs. There are onrDigital Coaxial and two Digital Optical inputs.

Moving to the right of the digital audio inputs are two sets of Component Video (red, green, blue) inputs, followed by a set of component video outputs.

Just to the right, is a set of AM/FM Radio antenna connections.

Moving down from the antenna connections, and to the right of the component video connections, is a row of Composite (yellow) video inputs and outputs.

Moving down to the final section is a row of analog stereo inputs and outputs, plus a subwoofer preamp output.

It must be noted that there are no 5.1/7.1 analog audio inputs or outputs and there is also no provision for direct connection of a Turntable for playing Vinyl Records. You cannot use the analog audio inputs to connect a turntable due to the fact that the impedance and output voltage of the turntable cartridge is different than for other types of audio components.

If you desire to connect a turntable to the STR-DH830, you can either employ an additional Phono Preamp or buy one of the breed of turntables have built-in phono preamps that will work with the audio connections provided on the STR-DH830.

For a look at the speaker connections provided on the Sony STR-DH830, proceed to the next photo.

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Sony STR-DH830 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Photo - Speaker Connections

Sony STR-DH830 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Photo - Speaker Connections
Sony STR-DH830 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Photo - Speaker Connections. Photo (c) Robert Silva

Here is a look at the speaker's connections provided on the STR-DH830, located on the bottom left side of the rear panel. The main front left/right speaker connections are the more heavy-duty screw-on speaker type, while the rest of the connections are the "cheaper" clip-on type. There is an imprinted speaker connection help diagram to assist with our wire connections.

Here are the speaker setup options that can be used:

1. If you want to use a full traditional 7.1 Channel setup, you can use the Front, Center, Surround, and Surround Back connections.

2. If you want to have the STR-DH830 power vertical height channels, you can use the Front, Center, and Surround connections to power 5 channels and reassign the surround back speaker connections to connect to the two intended vertical height channel speakers.

For each physical speaker setup options, you will also need to use the speaker menu options of the receiver to send the correct signal information to the speaker terminals, based on what speaker configuration option you are utilizing. You also have to remember that you cannot use both the front high and surround back speaker options at the same time.

The STR-DH830 does not provide Bi-Amp, Zone 2, or "B" speaker setup options.

Also note that the speakers used must have an impedance of from 8 to 16 ohms. The SDTR-DH830 is not listed as being 4 ohm compatible - so be cautious if using 4 ohm speakers and do not use 4 ohm and 8 ohm speaker in the same setup.

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Sony STR-DH830 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Photo - Inside From Front

Sony STR-DH830 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Photo - Inside From Front
Sony STR-DH830 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Photo - Inside From Front. Photo (c) Robert Silva

Here is a look at the inside of the STR-DH830, as viewed from above and the front. The power supply and transformer are located on the left and all of the amplifier, sound, and video processing circuitry is located on the right in back half, as shown here. The large silver structure along the front are the heat sinks, which dissipate heat, making the STR-DH830 run fairly cool over extended operating times.

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Sony STR-DH830 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Photo - Inside from Rear

Sony STR-DH830 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Photo - Inside from Rear
Sony STR-DH830 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Photo - Inside from Rear. Photo (c) Robert Silva

Here is a look at the inside of the STR-DH830, in an opposite view from above and rear of the receiver. In this photo the power supply and transformer on the right, the amplifier, sound, and video processing circuitry in on the left, towards the receiver's rear connection panel. The black squares exposed are some of the audio/video processing and control chips. Also, you have another view of the heat sinks.

For a look at the remote control provided with the Sony STR-DH830, proceed to the next photo.

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Sony STR-DH830 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Photo - Remote Control

Sony STR-DH830 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Photo - Remote Control
Sony STR-DH830 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Photo - Remote Control. Photo (c) Robert Silva

Here is a look at remote control provided with the Sony STR-DH830 Home Theater Receiver.

The provided remote fits well in our hand, but it is large, at almost 8 1/2-inches long.

On the top row, starting on the left is AMP button (pressing this button allows you use the remote to control the STR-HD830), the Input button, and the Standby/Power On/Off buttons for both the receiver and a compatible TV.

In the next section are the input select/numeric keypad buttons, which also act as direct input access buttons.

Just below the input/numeric keypad buttons are two rows of buttons for Auto Volume, Sleep Timer, Input Mode, iPod/iPhone control access, audio, top menu (for DVDs), Pop-up Menu (for Blu-ray Discs), and Display.

The next row down features the Yellow, Blue, Red, and Green Buttons. These buttons change function depending on other components and content used.

Moving to the center section of the remote are the menu access and navigation buttons.

The next section just below the menu access and navigation buttons are the transport buttons. These buttons also double and navigation buttons for iPod and digital media playback.

On the bottom of the remote are the Mute, Master Volume, and TV Channel/Preset buttons, as well as a Sound Field selector (allow choice of several surround sound formats).

To dig in a little deeper into the features and both audio and video performance of the Sony STR-DH830, also read my Review.

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