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Sony STR-DE545

A/V receiver with Dolby Digital and DTS

Item # 156STRE545

With Sony's STR-DE545 driving your A/V system, you're in store for all the thrills digital home theater has to...

With Sony's STR-DE545 driving your A/V system, you're in store for all the thrills digital home theater has to...

Discontinued item

Item # 156STRE545

About the Sony STR-DE545

With Sony's STR-DE545 driving your A/V system, you're in store for all the thrills digital home theater has to offer! This A/V receiver has super-precise, 24-bit processing built in for Dolby® Digital and DTS. Pop in a 5.1-channel DVD and find out what the fuss is all about! This Sony also has the Dolby Pro Logic™ decoding you need to experience multichannel surround sound from sources like a HiFi VCR or stereo TV.

With Sony's STR-DE545 driving your A/V system, you're in store for all the thrills digital home theater has to offer! This A/V receiver has super-precise, 24-bit processing built in for Dolby® Digital and DTS. Pop in a 5.1-channel DVD and find out what the fuss is all about! This Sony also has the Dolby Pro Logic™ decoding you need to experience multichannel surround sound from sources like a HiFi VCR or stereo TV.

With 100 watts per channel in stereo mode, or 100 watts x 5 in home theater mode, you get the multichannel power you need for sonic clarity, realism, and impact. Speaking of realism, the 'DE545's built-in Digital Signal Processing includes Digital Cinema Sound™ — exclusive soundfield circuitry based on acoustic measurements made at Sony Pictures Studios movie production stages. You'll hear movie soundtracks the way the producers and directors intended!

When it comes to connections, the STR-DE545 has you covered. You get 3 inputs for digital sources (2 optical, 1 coaxial), 3 A/V inputs (including one S-video, and one 5.1-channel input) plus 3 inputs for your audio-only sources. A second set of main speaker outputs means you can wire a deck, patio, or separate room for stereo sound.

Details:

  • Dolby Digital, DTS, and Pro Logic decoding
  • 3 digital inputs (2 optical, 1 coaxial)
  • 11 DSP soundfields (3 are Digital Cinema Sound modes)
  • 100 watts x 2 (stereo) into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.09% THD — or 100 watts x 5 in home theater mode
  • 4/8-ohm impedance switch
  • multibrand A/V remote control
  • preamp-level subwoofer output
  • 3 audio and 3 A/V (including one S-video and one 5.1-channel) inputs
  • no phono input
  • 30 AM/FM presets
  • FM sensitivity 11.2 dBf
  • Sony Control A1-II jack
  • 17"W x 6-1/4"H x 13-1/4"D
  • warranty: 2 years

What's in the box:

  • AM/FM/Dolby Digital/DTS receiver
  • RM-PP404 wireless remote
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • AM loop and FM wire antennas
  • Wire-to-coax adapter for FM wire antenna
  • Control-A1II instruction sheet
  • Receiver operating instructions
  • Remote commander operating instructions
  • Note on correct way to hook up speaker wire
  • Safeguards
  • Warranty card
MFR #STRDE545

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Features & specs

Amplification
Number Of Channels N/A
Stereo RMS Power (watts) ---
THD in Stereo ---
Frequency Bandwidth (stereo) ---
Minimum Impedance L/R 4 ohms
Minimum Impedance Center 8 ohms
Minimum Impedance Surround 8 ohms
General Features
Bluetooth No
Apple AirPlay ---
Alexa-compatible No
Google Assistant-compatible No
Chromecast built-in No
DTS Play-Fi No
App Remote Control No
On-Screen Display No
Auto Speaker Calibration ---
Multi-room Audio/Video
Powered Multi-room Audio Output No
Preamp Multi-room Audio Output No
Multi-room HDMI Output No
Total Number of Zones 1
Playback from Digital Audio Inputs No
Playback from Streaming Sources No
Surround Processing
Dolby Digital Yes
Dolby Atmos N/A
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization ---
DTS Yes
DTS:X ---
DTS Virtual:X ---
Inputs & Outputs
Phono Input No
Audio-Video Inputs 3
Audio-only Inputs 3
Component Video Inputs None
Component Video Monitor Outputs ---
Optical Digital Inputs 2
Coaxial Digital Inputs 1
Optical Digital Outputs None
Coaxial Digital Outputs None
Number of HDMI Inputs ---
HDMI Monitor Outputs ---
Subwoofer Outputs 1
Discrete Subwoofer Outputs No
Multi-Channel Analog Input No
Multi-channel Preamp Output No
Main Speaker Output Pairs Spring clip
Main Speaker Terminals Spring clip
Ethernet Port ---
USB Connections None
Removable Power Cord ---
Supports Wireless Rear Speakers No
HDMI Features
HDMI Version ---
VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) No
ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode) No
4K/120Hz-Capable Inputs No
Audio Return Channel No
Video Upscaling No
HDR (High Dynamic Range) Support
HDR10 No
HDR10+ No
HLG No
Dolby Vision No
Other Specs
FM Sensitivity 11.2 dBf
Multibrand Remote Control ---
Learning Remote No
Width (inches) Not available
Height (inches) Not available
Depth (inches) Not available
Weight (pounds) ---
Parts Warranty 2 YEARS
Labor Warranty 2 YEARS

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Features
Remote Control Functions
Inputs and Outputs
Notes

Features

Video Surround Modes:

  • Normal Surround: Normal Surround includes the following modes:
    • Dolby Digital/Dolby Pro Logic: Dolby Digital sources are played with as many channels as recorded; 2-channel stereo sources are decoded with Dolby Pro Logic
    • DTS
  • Cinema Studio Ex. A: Reproduces Sony's "Cary Grant Theater" cinema production studio.
  • Cinema Studio Ex. B: Reproduces Sony's "Kim Novak Theater" cinema production studio.
  • Cinema Studio Ex. C: Reproduces Sony's scoring stage.
  • Virtual Multi Dimension: Uses 3D sound imaging to create an array of virtual rear speakers positioned higher than the listener from a single pair of actual rear speakers.
  • V.Semi-M. Dimension: Uses 3D sound imaging to create virtual rear speakers from the sound of the front speakers without using actual rear speakers. It creates 5 sets of speakers surrounding the listener at a thirty degree angle of elevation.

Surround Modes:

  • Hall
  • Jazz Club
  • Live House
  • Game

Auto Format Decoding: Automatically detects the type of audio signal being input (Dolby Digital, DTS, Dolby Pro Logic, 2 channel) and performs the proper decoding without adding any effects.

Bass management:

  • Front Speakers: You can select LARGE or SMALL
  • Center Speaker: You can select NO, LARGE or SMALL
  • Rear Speaker: You can select NO, LARGE or SMALL
  • Rear speaker place: When using rear speakers this setting is used for proper operation of virtual rear settings, you can select SIDE, or BEHIND
  • Rear speaker height: You can select LOW or HIGH
  • Subwoofer: You can select YES or NO

The level can be balanced between rear speakers.

The rear, center, and subwoofer level can be adjusted from -10 to +6dB in 1dB steps.

Depending on the Mode you select, you can adjust the following parameters:

  • Speaker distance: You can select feet or meters
  • Wall Type (wall material simulation): 17 steps from hard to soft
  • Effect (overall presence of sound field): 21 steps
  • Reverberation time: 17 positions
  • LFE Mix: Lowers the LFE channel, you can select Mute, and from -20 to +10dB in 1B steps. Note that this effects only the LFE channel, not the bass sent to the sub through bass reduction circuitry.
  • D. Range Compression: You can select OFF, 0.1-0.9, in 1 dB steps. Enables or disables dynamic compression for less variation in volume

Dimmer: You will find 3 levels of display brightness, plus you can turn the display off (control from the front of the unit only).

5.1 Channel Input: Although this unit features built-in Dolby Digital and DTS processing, it also has a 5.1 channel input for use with external multi-channel decoders, including potential future units such as DVD Audio players. 

Station and Source Indexing: Preset stations and Program sources may be indexed by having up to 8 characters assigned for each preset or program source. For example, two VCRs can be displayed as 8MM and VHS.

Sleep Timer: Selectable for 30/60/90/120 minutes.

Remote Control Functions

This unit comes with a multi-brand A/V remote. The upper 1/2 of the remote's front folds down to reveal more buttons:

  • cursor arrows
  • level controls
  • test tones
  • center and rear levels
  • guide and menu

The remote transport, volume, channel, preset up/down, and source keys glow in the dark (green).

For Sony TVs with picture-in-picture functions, the remote also controls the following functions:

  • POSI: Changes the position of the small picture
  • SWAP: Changes the small and the large picture
  • P in P: Activates the picture-in-picture function

The remote is precoded for the following CD players:

Sony Denon JVC Kenwood
Magnavox Marantz Onkyo Panasonic
Philips Pioneer Technics Yamaha

The remote is precoded for the following DAT Decks:

Pioneer Sony

The remote is precoded for the following MD decks:

Denon JVC Kenwood Sony

The remote is precoded for the following Tape Decks:

Sony Denon JVC Kenwood Nakamichi Panasonic
Philips Pioneer Technics Yamaha

The remote is precoded for the following LD players:

Sony Pioneer

The remote is precoded for the following VCRs:

Aiwa Akai Blaupunkt Emerson Fisher
General Electric Goldstar Grundig Hitachi ITT/Nokia
JVC Magnavox Mitsubishi/MGA NEC Philips
Pioneer RCA/Proscan Samsung Sanyo Sharp
Sony Telefunken Toshiba Zenith Panasonic


The remote is precoded for the following DVD players:

Panasonic Pioneer Sony Toshiba
Denon

The remote is precoded for the following Televisions:

Daewoo Fisher Goldstar Grundig Hitachi
ITT/Nokia JVC Magnavox Mitsubishi/MGA NEC
Panasonic Philips Pioneer RCA/Proscan Samsung
Sanyo Sharp Sony Telefunken Thomson
Toshiba Zenith

The remote is precoded for the following DBS receivers and cable boxes:

Jerrold/G.I. Panasonic RCA S. Atlanta
Sony

Inputs and Outputs

Front panel:

  • Phones: Standard headphone jack

Rear panel:

  • Digital Inputs/Outputs:
  • DVD/LD Coax digital input: (This is NOT AC-3 RF, if you are using a LaserDisc with AC3-RF output you will need to purchase a demodulator!) (Dolby Digital/DTS/PCM)
  • DVD/LD In:  Toslink input (Dolby Digital/DTS/PCM)
  • TV/SAT In: Toslink input (Dolby Digital/DTS/PCM)
  • Antenna inputs: FM Coax and AM spring clip antenna inputs
  • Aux: RCA stereo input 
  • CD: RCA stereo input
  • MD/Tape: RCA stereo input and output
  • TV/SAT: RCA audio/video input
  • LD/DVD: RCA audio/video and S-video input
  • Video: RCA audio/video input and output
  • Monitor: RCA and S-video output
  • Control: A1II minijack output
  • 5.1 CH Input: Consisting of Left and right front and rear, center and subwoofer RCA inputs for use with external multi-channel decoders (for video use it is used with any of the Video inputs on the unit)
  • Subwoofer: RCA Preout mono output for subwoofer
  • Impedance selector switch (4/8 ohms)
  • Speakers: Spring clip outputs for A and B, surround, and center speakers
  • AC Outlets: Switched AC outlet (120W/1A max)

Notes

Speaker Outputs: You must use 8 ohm speakers if you use A and B speakers simultaneously. Only the "A" speakers can be activated when using the surround sound modes.

Memory: All the settings are retained in memory and linked to the sound field they were adjusted for. These settings are retained in memory for about 2 weeks in case of a power outage.

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