I think Sony has made its last classic stereo receiver

Ilusndweller

Junior Member
In doing some research on a recently acquired Sony STR -DH130 Receiver (2012–2018?), it appears Sony only offers 7.2 receivers now(looking at Sony.com). The receiver after the 130 was model 190 with Bluetooth(Crutchfield has it, but not listed on Sony site). Now Im thinking the 130 is the last “classic” (no Bluetooth) stereo receiver Sony made. Not bad sounding though I need to listen to it more before I give it my good rating. The 130 does not have a phono input, though the newer 190 does. The right 4 buttons that cant be read do to glare are for bass and treble. There is no loudness and my older Sony Remote RM-263 does not work with it.
 

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John Frum

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Sony has been making the same 100w*x2 stereo receiver with slight updates for twenty years, it seems like.

When I was 18, I bought a demo unit of a model a little older than yours, and paired it with some curb-found Fisher speakers. In retrospect, it wasn't great sound, but I was the only one of my friends with a component stereo in my undergrad years ('01-'06). Party on.

Change came in the form of a yard-sale Harman-Kardon Pro Logic receiver. Even though the front channels were only rated for 70w, even though it was home theater instead of stereo, even through those 80's Fisher towers, the HK was noticeably, profoundly better-sounding.

The comparison was an eye-opener, and my exposing the only stereo receiver Best Buy carried for crap** probably primed me for a bunch of "vintage is better" propaganda I'd swallow a few years later.

*How they arrive at the 100wpc figure is too asinine for me to even try to look up.
**What I perceived to be crap. YMMV.
 

JohnVF

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The comparison was an eye-opener, and my exposing the only stereo receiver Best Buy carried for crap** probably primed me for a bunch of "vintage is better" propaganda I'd swallow a few years later.
Similar to what an SAE-TWO integrated and Sansui 9090db clobbered a Denon AV receiver did for my susceptibility. And also why I exhibit so much ire towards that Steve Guttenberg article that's posted on forums about 3 times a year, where the Pioneer SX-1980 beats the mid level Yamaha receiver, meaning, of course, that all new stuff is crap and all old stuff is ace.

Sony did make some excellent gear, though. Their TA-F808es integrated from the '90s is really nice.
 
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