7.1ch AV Receiver: The Sony STR-DH720 AV receiver is
equipped with a 7-channel amplifier rated at 95 watts (into 8-ohms, at 20-20khz,
with 0.09% THD, driving 2 channels) and a dedicated subwoofer preamp output for
a Dolby Digital/DTS home theater application.
Digital Cinema Auto Calibration (DCAC): The Sony
STR-DH720 is equipped with Digital Cinema Auto Calibration Technology which uses
the included microphone to automatically check the speaker connections, adjust
the speaker output levels, calculate the distance from each speaker to the
listening position, and distinguish frequency characteristics of each speaker.
The microphone has an 15' cord attached that plugs into the microphone input on
front of the receiver. You can also choose to manually adjust the AV receiver's
Auto Format Direct (A.F.D.) Mode: The Auto Format Direct (A.F.D.)
mode allows you to listen to high fidelity sound and select the decoding mode
for listening to a 2-channel stereo sound as multi-channel. You can set the
A.F.D. mode to Auto or Multi Stereo.
- A.F.D. Auto: Presets the sound as it was
recorded/encoded without adding any surround effects.
- Multi Stereo: Outputs 2-channel left/right signals from
Dolby Digital/DTS/Dolby Pro Logic: The Sony STR-DH720 AV
receiver features Dolby Digital and DTS-HD decoding, as well as offers Dolby Pro
Logic audio processing.
- Dolby Digital:
Dolby, Digital EX,
Dolby Digital Plus,
DTS-HD Master Audio,
DTS-HD High Resolution,
DTS Neo: 6
- Dolby Pro Logic:
Dolby Pro Logic II,
Dolby Pro Logic IIx,
Dolby Pro Logic IIz
Note: Dolby Digital and DTS listening modes can only be
selected if your audio source is connected to the A/V preamplifier via a
digital audio connection (HDMI, optical, or coaxial). To enjoy true 7.1ch
Dolby Digital TrueHD and DTS-HD surround sound, the receiver must be connected
to your Blu-ray player via HDMI.
HD Digital Cinema Sound (HD D.C.S): HD Digital Cinema Sound
(HD-D.C.S.) is Sony's new innovative home theater technology using the latest
acoustic and digital signal processing technologies. It is based on precise
response measurement data of a mastering studio. With this mode, you are able to
enjoy Blu-ray and DVD movies at home with not only the high quality of sound,
but also the best sound ambience, just as the movie's sound engineer intended in
the mastering process. You can choose from the following HD-D.C.S modes -
Dynamic, Theater, Studio, Berlin Philharmonic Hall, Jazz Club, Live Concert,
Stadium, Sports, Portable Audio.
Analog Direct: The receiver's Analog Direct mode outputs
audio from only the front left and right speakers without any tone or DSP
processing; only the volume and front speaker balance adjustments are active.
Headphone Modes: The receiver offers two distinct headphone
- HP 2CH: Sets the receiver to power only the front left
and right speakers, no surround and no subwoofer. Two channel sources bypass
the sound field processing and multi channel sources are down-mixed to 2
- HP Direct: Amplifies the source without any processing,
only the volume and front speaker balance adjustments are active.
Equalizer: You can adjust the
tonal quality (bass and treble level) of the front speakers from -6dB to +6dB,
in 1dB steps.
Auto Volume: Auto Volume adjust the volume automatically depending on
the input signal or content from the connected equipment. This function is
useful, for example, when the sound of a commercial is louder than the TV
Dynamic Range Compressor: This feature allows you to compress the
dynamic range of the sound track. You can select standard or maximum
compression, or off (only works with Dolby Digital sources).
Night Mode: This function allows you to retain a theater like
environment at low volume levels. When watching a movie late at night, you will
still be able to hear the dialog clear even at a low volume level.
Audio Inputs/Outputs: The Sony STR-DH720 offers a variety of
analog and digital audio inputs/outputs.
- Speaker Outputs: The receiver is equipped with binding post speaker
terminals for the front channel speakers and spring clip terminals for the
surround, surround-back/front-height, and center channel speakers.
- Digital Inputs: The receiver has two optical digital inputs and one coaxial digital inputs
You can choose auto decoding or PCM for the digital audio inputs. Auto will decode the signal in its
original form (Dolby Digital, DTS, PCM, etc), PCM decodes the signal to
- Headphones: When headphones are plugged into the full-size 1/4" jack on the front panel, all
the speakers are automatically muted.
AM/FM Tuner: The STR-DH720 has 30 presets each for AM and FM for a total of 60. In
addition to preset and auto tuning, stations can be tuned directly by frequency.
Each preset station can be given an 8 character name.
6 HD Inputs: The Sony
STR-DH720 is equipped with four HD inputs. Four HDMI 1.4 inputs (up to
1080/24p capable) let you connect a high-definition satellite receiver, Blu-ray
Disc player, and game system for high definition video and audio. Two component
inputs (1080/60i capable) provide added HD-capable connectivity and versatility.
- HDMI: The receiver is equipped with four HDMI (v.1.4)
inputs for connecting HDMI-equipped audio/video components. All four HDMI inputs are capable of carrying uncompressed
digital audio and 3D 1080p video There is also an HDMI (v.1.4) output
which supports the ARC function that feeds audio/video signals to an HDTV.
- HD Component Video: This unit features 2 component video inputs and a component video monitor
output. These jacks feature an 80 MHz bandwidth, making them capable of passing
high-definition video signals.
HDMI Upconvert/Upscale (1080i): The Sony AV receiver's HDMI
upconvert/upscale function improves image quality of analog connected devices to
near HD. Analog connected device signals (component/composite: 480i) are
converted to digital, upscaled, and output via HDMI (up to 1080i), making one
cable connection from the receiver to your TV possible. Requires connection via HDMI cable (sold separately) to
equivalent HDTV. Upconverted image and sound quality will vary depending on
3D-Ready: The Sony STR-DH720 is compatible with 3D-ready Blu-ray
disc movies, video games, and other 3D content through its HDMI (v.1.4)
connections. 3D viewing requires 3D-ready source with 3D
content, 3D-ready HDTV, 3D glasses, and high-speed HDMI cable. Other 3D
accessories may also be needed.
HDMI Standby Pass-Through: The HDMI Standby Pass-Through feature
conveniently allows you to access all your HDMI connected devices without having
to power on the receiver .
24p True Cinema Mode: The 24p True Cinema Mode allows you to watch movies at their native frame rate 24p format (24
frames per second) when paired with a 24p playback device like a Blu-ray Disc
x.v.Color: The AV receiver supports x.v.Color, offering a
wider color range than the current broadcast standard. For the x.v.Color feature
to be useful, the entire video production chain must be compatible
Deep Color: The Sony receiver also supports Deep Color which
allows the color depth of video signals passing through HDMI to be raised. The
number of colors that could be expressed by 1 pixel was 24 bits (16,777,216
colors) with a standard HDMI jack. However, the number of colors which can be
expressed by 1 pixel is 36 bits with a Deep Color enabled HDMI jack. Since the
gradation of the depth of a color can be expressed more finely with more bits,
continuous color changes can be more smoothly expressed. For the Deep Color
feature to be useful, the entire video production chain must be compatible
A/V Sync: The audio output can
be delayed so that the time gap between the audio output and the visual display
is minimized. This is especially helpful when you are using a large LCD or
plasma TV or a projection TV. When activated, the delay is fixed at 60 ms.
ARC (Audio Return Channel): This feature allows audio to be
sent from your compatible HDTV to your receiver through the same HDMI cable
already being used to send audio and video to your HDTV. This eliminates the
need for extra cables connected to your television.
Front A/V Input: The Sony STR-DH-720 is equipped with a front-panel
A/V input which consists of a composite video input and stereo audio RCA jacks.
Sony Compatible USB Port: You can enjoy music from
select Sony USB devices (Walkman/MicroVault/NWZ-series) by connecting the device
to the receiver's front-panel USB (type-A) port. The Sony USB device must be formatted with FAT16 or FAT32. You can playback the following music files - MP3 (32-320 kbps), WMA (48-192 kbps), and AAC (48-320 kbps). The receiver can recognize up to 100 folders and 100 audio files in each folder, per device. You are able to control
Play/Pause, Stop, Fast Forward/Rewind, Skip (previous/next), and Folder
(up/down) functions of your connected Sony USB device.
Note: See page 46 of the AV receiver's Operating Instructions for
compatible Sony USB devices (Walkman/MicroVault/NWZ-series). Other USB
devices cannot be used on this receiver.
iPod/iPhone Direct: Using a USB-to iPod-Dock cable plugged
into the front-panel USB port, music can be played directly from an iPod/iPhone,
bypassing the iPod/iPhone's DAC. The iPod/iPhone is controlled by the receiver's
remote, or you can continue to control your iPod/iPhone from its clickwheel or
touchscreen. Song/artist information and elapsed time are displayed on the
receiver's front-panel LCD or your connected TV screen (via HDMI). You can
navigate your iPod/iPhone's music using the on-screen menu and remote control by
Playlist, Artist, Album Genre, Song, Composer, Podcast, or Audiobook. You also
have access to Repeat (One/All/Off) and Shuffle (Songs/Albums/Off) functions.
Your iPod/iPhone's battery will be charged while connected to the receiver (when
turned on). Using the dock cable to connect directly, iPod/iPhone compatibility
is as follows (as of 1/14/2013):
| iPod/iPhone Model || Generation || Tested Version || Media Type || Control Type || Display Type || Charge |
| Audio || Video || Remote || iPod/iPhone || Album Art || Artist/Song Text || Track Info |
| video || 5th || 1.3 || Y || O || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| classic || 80GB || 1.1.2 || Y || O || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 120GB || 2.0.1 || Y || O || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 160GB || 2.0.4 || Y || O || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| nano || 1st || 1.3.1 || Y || N || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 2nd || 1.1.3 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 3rd || 1.1.3 || Y || O || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 4th || 1.0.4 || Y || O || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 5th || 1.0.2 || Y || O || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 6th || 1.2 PC || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 7th || 1.02 PC || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| touch || 1st || 2.2.1 || Y || O || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 2nd || 4.2.1 || Y || O || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 3rd || 5.1.1 || Y || O || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 4th || 6.0.1 || Y || O || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 5th || 6.0.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| iPhone || 2G || 3.1.3 || Y || O || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 3G || 4.2.1 || Y || O || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 3GS || 5.1.1 || Y || O || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 4 || 6.0.1 || Y || O || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 4S || 6.0.1 || Y || O || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| 5 || 6.0.2 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y |
| iPad || 1 || 5.1.1 || Y || O || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || N |
| 2 || 6.0.1 || Y || O || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || N |
| 3 || 6.0.1 || Y || O || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || N |
| 4 || 6.0.1 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || N |
| iPad mini || 1 || 6.0.2 || Y || N || Y || Y || Y || Y || Y || N |
Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change
functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may
need to reset the unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this
doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is
Optional iPod/iPhone Video: With the optional Apple iPod AV cable (sold separately), you can play videos stored on your iPod/iPhone through the AV
receiver and your connected TV (via HDMI). The optional Apple iPod AV cable
plugs into the receiver's front-panel USB port and front-panel AV input. Your
iPod/iPhone's video will be upconverted to HDMI out to your TV. You can access
Movies, Music Videos, TV Shows, Video Podcasts, and Rented Movies stored on your
iPod using the receiver's on-screen menu and IR remote control.
On-Screen Menu (via HDMI): You
can display the menu of the receiver on your HDMI connected TV screen and select
the function you want to use from the on-screen menu using the included IR
Input Naming: You can enter
a name of up to 8 characters for each of the receiver's inputs (except Tuner)
and display the name on its display. This is convenient for labeling the jacks
with the names of your connected components.
Input Mode: When you
connect components to both digital and analog audio input jacks on the receiver,
you can fix the audio input mode to either of them, or switch from one to the
other, depending on the type of material you intend to watch.
Sleep Timer: The unit
may be set to automatically turn off after 30, 60, 90, or 120 minutes.
Dimmer: You can adjust the brightness of the display in 3
steps - Dim Max, Dim Mid, and Dim Off.
Auto Standby: Auto Standby lets you set the receiver switch to standby
mode automatically after 30 minutes when you do not operate the receiver or when
there is no signal input to the receiver.
Wireless Remote: The supplied remote (RM-AAU106) is pre-coded to control this Sony receiver, Sony
TVs, Sony CD players, Sony DVD players and recorders, and Sony Blu-ray disc
players and recorders. You can also change the initial settings of the input
buttons on the remote control to suit the components in your system.
Bravia Theater Sync: Sony's Bravia Theater Sync feature
allows you to easily manage select BRAVIA televisions and Sony HDMI audio and
video components with a single remote. By connecting Sony components that are
compatible with the HDMI Control function with a HDMI cable, operation is
simplified in the following ways.
- One-Touch-Play: When you playback a component such as a
DVD/Blu-ray Disc Player, the receiver and the TV are turned on automatically
and switch to the appropriate HDMI input.
- System Audio Control: While watching TV, you can select
to output the sound from the TV speaker or the speakers connected to the
- System Power Off: When you turn off the TV, the
receiver and connected components are also turned off simultaneously.
- Theater Mode Sync: Allows you to switch the AV receiver's Theater
mode from the receiver's, TV, or connected Blu-ray disc player's remote
control, while pointing the remote toward your television.