The STR-DA5600ES receiver is a first rate A/V multichannel receiver. Audio playback via the high-quality, multichannel lossless formats impressed my ears and its DSD conversion from SACDs gave it some high-res stereo listening flair.
The ‘1700ES loaded up fast and its setup menus were a breeze to use. The 1080P picture is typical of Sony’s recent generations of BD players. They are among some of the most detailed sharpest players I have auditioned.
The ES duo’s playback was impressive on the BD, especially the receiver’s audio finesse. The ability to deliver prodigious amount of volume, yet stay focused and smooth, was quite welcome. I am not normally a receiver guy, especially for the medium-to-low price classes of products, but for its $2,000 class, the STR-DA5600ES delivers the goods.
The Wi-Fi streaming worked well and it was easy to enable, unlike some other BD Wi-Fi players I have used. The BDP-S1700ES wireless Internet worked flawlessly — without any glitching or long connection times. The wireless also made it a breeze to do software updates.