This is the cheapest 7.2 Dolby Atmos Receiver with eARC that I can find at this moment, so I ordered one myself.
Yes, it has been cheaper before, but it seems Sony has increased the RRP on this by $200, and the next cheapest price is now $734. It is actually a very good price still because:
- It is lower than most receivers, which matters if you want to fit it inside an AV cabinet (which nowadays don't fit the oversized AV receivers) instead of on top
- It is relatively powerful, despite its size
- It supports eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel; lossless sound with lipsync through HDMI back to the receiver)
AFAIK, eARC it is the only way to get a lossless audio signal from your TV into your receiver. Toslink optical only support up to 5.1 Dolby Digital or DTS, which are compressed; sound quality suffers considerably. Technically even 5.1 is outside the toslink spec, and I read LG stopped supporting downsampling HD audio to 5.1 DD/DTS, reducing you to stereo if you don't have eARC.
Separate tip: I get my speaker wire from Bunnings. Do not underestimate how thick it has to be across long distances, or else you lose a lot of power. I use 14 Gauge.
Amplifier 7 Channels
Audio Decoding 5.1.2 Channel
Impedance 6-16 ohmΩ
Input and Output Terminals 1x Audio Input Opt, 1x Audio Input Coax, 4x Analog Audio Input, 2x Pre Out Subwoofer, 1x Headphone Output, USB (for power supply only)
Speaker Out Terminals Front, Center, Surround
Dimensions 430 x 133 x 297mm
**Automatic Standby Yes
Features Video: HDR, Audio Return Channel, HDMI Pass Through, 3D Over HDMI, 4K 60P 4:4:4 Support, A/V Sync & Bravia Sync
145W (6ohms, 1kHz, 1ch THD 0.9 %)
AC 230V 50Hz
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year