Sony STR-DE998 A/V Receiver HT Labs Measures

HT Labs Measures: Sony STR-DE998 Receiver

Five channels driven into 8-ohm loads: 0.1% distortion at 32.4 watts 1% distortion at 47.5 watts

Analog frequency response in Direct mode: –0.11 dB at 10 Hz; –0.03 dB at 20 Hz –0.07 dB at 20 kHz; –0.39 dB at 50 kHz.

Analog frequency response with signal processing: –0.44 dB at 10 Hz; –0.13 dB at 20 Hz –0.67 dB at 20 kHz; –43.68 dB at 50 kHz.

This graph shows that the STR-DR998's left channel, from CD input to speaker output with two channels driving 8-ohm loads, reaches 0.1% distortion at 115.8 watts and 1% distortion at 131.9 watts. Into 4 ohms, the amplifier reaches 0.1% distortion at 147.2 watts and 1% distortion at 200.3 watts.

Response from the multichannel input to the speaker output measures –0.11 decibels at 10 hertz, –0.03 dB at 20 Hz, –0.07 dB at 20 kilohertz, and –0.38 dB at 50 kHz. THD+N from the amplifier was less than 0.008% at 1 kHz when driving 2.83 volts into an 8-ohm load. Crosstalk at 1 kHz driving 2.83 volts into an 8-ohm load was –79.09 dB left to right and –84.33 dB right to left. The signal-to-noise ratio with 2.83 volts driving an 8-ohm load from 10 Hz to 24 kHz with "A" weighting was –103.90 dBrA.

From the Dolby Digital input to the loudspeaker output, the left channel measures –0.03 dB at 20 Hz and –0.59 dB at 20 kHz. The center channel measures –0.03 dB at 20 Hz and –0.69 dB at 20 kHz, and the left surround channel measures –0.04 dB at 20 Hz and –0.64 dB at 20 kHz. From the Dolby Digital input to the line-level output, the LFE channel is –0.03 dB at 20 Hz when referenced to the level at 40 Hz and reaches the upper 3-dB down point at 106 Hz and the upper 6-dB down point at 112 Hz.—MJP

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