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Sony STR-DH550

5.2-channel home theater receiver

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Home theater sound for any room

Getting started with a home theater system doesn't have to be expensive or complicated. Whether you're looking for a way to enjoy movies and music in your living room, bedroom, basement, or rec room, the Sony STR-DH550 will get you on the right track. Connect stereo or surround speakers to this receiver, along with your cable or satellite box, Blu-ray player, and streaming media device. HDMI connectivity ensures high-definition video and sound, while keeping your setup simple and easy to manage. There are also two subwoofer outputs, so you'll have the option of adding plenty of low-frequency rumble in larger rooms. Before you know it, you'll have a brand new room in your house: the home theater.

Plug in your Apple® or Android™ device

With more people using smartphones and tablets for music and movies, it's great to have a receiver that can take advantage of them. The 'DH550 features a front-panel USB port for connecting an iPhone®, iPad®, or iPod®. Plug it in and control it with the receiver's remote, so you can listen to your digital music collection while your device charges. If you're an Android user, connect your compatible device to the MHL port. It's an HDMI input that can take video, photos, and music from portable devices and show them on the big screen and play them through your surround speakers. No more huddling around a smartphone to share a video with friends or family.

Customized sound

Sturdy binding posts make connecting speakers quick and easy, with bare wire or banana plug connectors — a rarity at this price point. Worried about getting evenly balanced surround sound from your speakers? Sony does the heavy lifting for you. The STR-DH550 features Digital Cinema Auto Calibration. That means the receiver can configure your speakers for optimum sound once you have them placed where you want them. Just plug in the included setup mic and follow the on-screen instructions for sound tailored to your room and speakers.


    Power and Processing:
    • 5-channel amplifier
    • 90 watts per channel into 6 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.09% THD, with 2 channels driven
    • Dolby® and DTS® surround sound decoding
    • Digital Cinema Auto Calibration for easy, accurate speaker setup
    • HDMI 2.0 audio/video switching: 4 in, 1 out (including 1 MHL-compatible input)
      • MHL-ready HDMI input for accessing content from select Android smartphones and tablets
    • front-panel USB port for audio playback from an iPod, iPhone, or USB memory device
    • composite video switching: 2 in, 1 out
    • digital audio inputs: 2 optical and 1 coaxial
    • 4 analog stereo audio inputs
    • no phono input — to connect a turntable you'll need to add a phono preamp
    • preamp outputs for 2 powered subwoofers
    • outputs for five speakers (Front L/R, Center, Surround L/R)
    • 1/4" headphone jack
    General Features:
    • 3D and 4K HDMI pass-through
      • This receiver is not HDCP 2.2-compliant and will not support copy-protected 4K video content.
    • HDMI standby pass-through allows access to all HDMI connected devices without having to power on the receiver
    • BRAVIA™ Sync for one-remote operation with compatible Sony components
    • convenient on-screen display (via HDMI only)
    • 60 AM/FM presets
    • remote control
    • 17"W x 6-1/8"H x 13-9/16"D
    • weight: 17 lbs.
    • warranty: 2 years
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

    Receivers: Your ticket to sensational sound

    Your receiver powers your speakers and lets you connect and select your entertainment sources. But a great receiver does a lot more — it ignites your emotions. From the passion of a favorite musical artist, to the crossfire of a super-charged movie soundtrack, to the intensity and immersion of a fast-paced video game, your receiver is the key to experiencing and enjoying it in full.

    Sony STR-DH550 Reviews

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    70 Reviews

    Sony STR-DH550

    Written by: John from middletown, NY on February 5, 2016

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    I purchased this unit because it can be hooked up to my HD TV, PS3 and my Blu-ray player and it works great.

    Pros: Easy setup, Easy to program and sounds great when watching movies or listening to music.

    Cons: None for me.

    Great Reciever

    Written by: In the Great Pacific Nortwet from Washington on January 9, 2016

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    I really like this receiver. First let me say that I bought from the scratch and dent section so I got an even better price. (just a hint for all you bargain shoppers).

    Even thought I bought this from the scratch and dent section, the receiver was perfect, no scratches no dents and looked to be in perfect shape.

    The set=up was straight forward, plug the wires in etc., the antenna set up is typical of other Sony receivers (I have two others that I bought used... So this is my first "new" Sony). The HDMI plugs were the reason I bought this, and they work fine. The speaker connectors are the cap and post kind. Bend the wire and screw it on. I miss the plug and stuff and the RCA type connectors.

    Once set up with all the wires you can either set have the unit "tweak" the sound to your room, or ignore it. Tweaking was easy, lay out the microphone and aloe the receiver to go though it's noises and you're done.

    Great looks and Great sound.

    One bugaboo about the set=up thought the remote takes triple A batteries, the box the unit came in contained double A.

    Pros: Easy set up Good looks Great sound Extremely wonderful price.

    Cons: Why don't the manufacturers build in a MP3 players that will randomize files for music instead of assuming you have one that will do it. Would be handy. Why does Sony not take the lead and have connections for other sound devices (turntables tape decks tec.) or, at least more than one auxiliary connection?

    Love it

    Written by: Steve D from Florida on January 3, 2016

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    Only wish I had known the ohms as low for my Boss speakers



    Excellent Easy to Setup Home Surround

    Written by: troyt from Nevada on December 24, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy to setup and will switch audio and video between HDMI devices. Love the auto sound measurement device included.



    Sony STR-DH550

    Written by: Anonymous from Michigan on December 15, 2015

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    positively one of the best products I have ever used !!!



    Good value

    Written by: Baleguy from Illinois on December 13, 2015

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    Simple to set up if you are highly tech savvy. If not, good luck. Instructions are extremely basic. No manual. No explanation of buttons on remote. Push a button and take your chances, I guess. They saved money in several ways on this unit. Speaker terminals are cheap, basic and difficult to use. Sound quality is good enough for the average human ear. Still a good value for the price.

    Pros: Good value. Good basic unit

    Cons: No Manual.

    Great Value

    Written by: edc from California on December 7, 2015

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    Have not been unable to check out the full function yet. So far the product seems to be solid and meets my expectations. Sound and video are great during a blue ray input test.

    Pros: The ability to easily play content from an iPhone or iPod was key to me. I wish my high dollar Sony home theatre receiver offered this.

    Cons: None that have surfaced in my limited testing so far.

    Easy set up

    Written by: ChristopherS from Cape Coral,Florida on December 2, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I wasn't sure if I wanted to buy the 7.2 Sony or the 5.2 Sony set up. After reading many pages from Crutchfield, I finally decided to go with Sony's STR-DH550. The box arrived and I was like a child on Christmas morning. After unpacking the Sony and placing it under the TV I was marveled on how beautiful this Sony STR-DH550 really was. Clean lines, front buttons virtually hidden and easy to read display. Hooking the STR-DH550 up was quick and easy. HDMI's clearly marked and easy to read as well. I had no problem hooking up the Sony CDP-CE500, PS4, Direct-TV as well as the speaker wires. My only issue was the speaker hook up. My hands are nimble but it true isn't easy to hook speak wire to the terminals. This fault, if you want to call it that wasn't so bad that I would change my 5 star rating on this Sony STR-DH550. Thank you Sony for making an incredible and cost effective piece of entertainment.

    Pros: Clean lines. Easy to read front display. Plenty of HDMI hook ups. Powerful.

    Cons: Speaker terminals (if that's really a problem)

    Great Value

    Written by: DruM from New York on October 27, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy set up. Excellent build quality and sound!



    replace older amp

    Written by: ppok from normal, il. on October 22, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Just what it says. Read reviews and talked with tech.sounds great with my dmh speakers. Set up was easy,also got all new monster cables. I replaced a six year old denon amp.

    Pros: None so far

    Cons: No printed manual

    Sony Does It Again

    Written by: Cooderhead from Oregon on October 16, 2015

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    I have been using Sony products for all of my home theater and audio needs for several years. Sony has always been very dependable and innovative and the Sony STR DH-550 is no exception. I enjoy listening to hi-rez audio files and purchased this receiver with that in mind. WAV files(44.1kHz /16bit) can be played easily using USB storage devices through the USB port on the front of the receiver. I have a portable hi-rez audio player which plays all levels of files from MP3, WAV and on up to Sony's DSD(Direct Stream Digital) resolution. I can play this device through the receiver by connection via the coaxial input on the back of the receiver. Switching to the coaxial input involves going through menu steps to reassign the input. I have another Sony receiver(STR DH-700) in which switching to coaxial input involves pushing a button. Having to go through the menu to enable the coaxial input as opposed to just pushing a button is about the only drawback. But, it is a one-time operation to reassign the input. I do have the receiver connected to a Blu-ray player and television. The setup is easy. The sound quality is excellent and I would highly recommend this receiver, especially to music lovers who are into higher resolution listening.

    Pros: Easy setup. Ease of use involving the USB port to listen to WAV audio files. Ability to connect higher resolution audio player is a major plus.

    Cons: Having to maneuver through the menu system to setup the coaxial input is a tiny bother.

    Great Bang for the Buck

    Written by: Jon from California on October 11, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this to replace my out of date Pioneer receiver. I stream 95% of my movies via my Roku3. The HDMI switching allows me to stream movies from my Roku3 through the receiver and into my TV without having to run audio lines from the TV back into the receiver. It makes wiring very simple. So far the sound quality has been great and I haven't noticed any degradation with the video signal. Overall I'm very happy with the purchase and of course the excellent service from Crutchfield. Prompt shipping and they were nice enough to include 4 sheets of labels which made wiring the surround speakers easy.

    Pros: Easy to wire. Accepts banana plugs for clean connections. If you have a Bravia TV it will sync with the TV allowing you to use the TV controls to control the receiver.

    Cons: I haven't come across any cons.

    Excellent product for the price

    Written by: DonM from Missouri on October 4, 2015

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    For the price this is an excellent receiver/amplifier. Perhaps my favorite feature of the item is it's passive HDMI connection. Meaning that even when the amp is turned off he dvd player hooked up through it's HDMI inputs can still play movies and simply use the tv speakers.

    Pros: Passive HDMI

    Cons: None for me.


    Written by: John S from Pennsylvania on September 28, 2015

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    So far i'm very pleased with this product.

    Pros: easy to set-up, easy to use

    Cons: none yet

    good but rather cheap

    Written by: john from New York on September 16, 2015

    you do not get 90 watts per channel... you get 70 watts per channel... sony rates this receiver at 6ohms... very deceptive.... most people have 8 ohms speakers... so beware... you only get 70 watts per channel... moving around the on screen menu is a pain... a no frills receiver... you get what you pay for... not much.... would i buy this again.... nooooooooooooooo.... i gave it to my son... nuff said....

    Pros: plays 4 ohm speakers quite easily that is why i gave it a three star rating...

    Cons: only 70 watts at 8 ohms... not enough power for my living room stereo... had to buy 110 watt yamaha av...

    Great Receiver!

    Written by: Sue from Pennsylvania on September 11, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love this Sony Receiver. We had a little difficulty setting it up, but most likely it was us, not the receiver! Would recommend to others.




    Written by: Tampa from Florida on September 6, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Overall a solid product. Please keep in mind that this product supports up to 5 speaker surround. I've had HDMI "handshake issues" when connecting XBOX 360 to this receiver and sending signal wirelessly. One has to turn on XBOX360 last in sequence for video to display; this did not occur when hooking up XBOX to Yamaha receiver.

    Pros: price

    Cons: only supports 5 speakers; HDMI handshake issue not observed with Yamaha receiver

    Awesome sound and price

    Written by: Jerry from LA on August 18, 2015

    This receiver sounds really nice!

    Pros: Good quality of sound, easy to setup


    Sony receiver 5.2

    Written by: Kareem R from columbia sc on June 26, 2015

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    I love this sony receiver this is my first time buying a receiver i had no problems with it the setup was easy and soon as i connected my tv,ps3 cable box, speakers the sounds was great

    Pros: Sounds, quality ,service

    Cons: Nothing

    Home Theatre Update

    Written by: Bill from Corning, New York on June 25, 2015

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    I needed to replace my 14 year old home theatre receiver. After talking with Crutchfield's advisors I confirmed that the DH550 would be the best value for my existing and future needs. I used HDMI cable to hook up my cable, Blu-ray, and Apple TV and had no problems starting the receiver up. I had an immediate improvement in picture/sound quality. This is a very reasonable cost unit!

    Pros: Very Reasonable cost home theatre receiver. SONY has a long history as a reliable supplier. Easy hookup and fit comfortably in my existing cabinet. Remote control much simpler than older models.

    Cons: Finding the User Manual online was not difficult and but SONY did not provide a PDF copy for download.

    Excellent Sound

    Written by: Anonymous from Sturgis, SD on May 7, 2015

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    Very happy with this product for the price

    Pros: Easy to set up

    Cons: Goes into stand-by mode too quickly

    Great Buy

    Written by: GK from Ohio on April 27, 2015

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    For the money this is an excellent receiver. I had an Onkyo 5008 ($3,000 receiver) go bad and until the new line of Denon receivers come out I just needed something to hold me over. I have expensive Def Tech speakers, a 9.1 channel setup. I was shocked that this less expensive receiver would produce such good sound. Obviously it's not the same as the Onkyo, but it is surprisingly good. What I learned is that you need to put the bulk of your money into speakers and less into the receiver in order to get the most for your money.

    Pros: Excellent sound for the money

    Cons: Lacks some power and features, only outputs to a 5.1 speaker system

    Great unit for the price.

    Written by: Tom H from Virginia on April 20, 2015

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    As always, Sony has another one of the best home theatre systems for the dollar. I am very satisfied with the unit and would recommend it to people on a moderate budget.

    Pros: Easy to use remote control. It has a simple to use sound leveling system built in that adjusts the speakers automatically which is a huge time saver. Blends in well with other units I have without a lot of distracting lights and buttons. Crutchfield had it here in a day which was a pleasant surprise!!

    Cons: I have not found anything I do not like about it yet.

    Great Stereo

    Written by: JK from California on March 29, 2015

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    Replacement for my 20 year plus Onkyo Stereo. Connected to my Samsung smart HDTV, Sony Blueray DVD player, Teac CD, book shelf speakers without any issues.

    Pros: Great entry level product for todays HDTV and Blueray w/ 4 HDMI inputs and 1 output. Great for customers like me that was looking for easy hook ups w/o all the bells and whistles of the higher end stereos. Fits my needs w/o costing more than necessary.

    Cons: Access to initial on screen setup was a bit tricky but understand why they did it this way w/ so many different combinations of audio / video products possibilities. Very helpful when you have older products pre HDMI and need to understand how to hook up.

    cheap sony

    Written by: david from California on March 28, 2015

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    Ok for the money'will use in the bedroom.Be sure to read what it will play.Does not play super cds But well worth the money

    Pros: cheap

    Cons: will not play super cds

    Sony = Solid

    Written by: PeteDC from California on March 22, 2015

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    Great budget receiver with enough power to fill my 12x14 bedroom with clean & loud surround sound. Sony is always solid. Easy set-up with included microphone.

    Pros: *Lots of power *Easy set up *Can use two subs *Sounds very good

    Cons: *Better sounding receivers out there (cost more though)

    Very Satisfied

    Written by: Ron from Ohio on March 21, 2015

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    Very satisfied with the Sony STR-DH550 rcvr! Replaced an Onkyo 750 with a bad HDMI board which eventually fried after 6 yrs. Would not go back to Onkyo. They offered a refurbished unit at half the refurbished price to get about the same power level as the Sony. They may have corrected their board problem but at half the price it was still $100 more than Sony and only a 1 yr. warranty. The Sony matches my tv and b/r player. It performs flawlessly with crisp sound via my Mirage OS3 spkr 5.1 system.

    Pros: Excellent Sound control especially the DCS (Digital Cinema Sound) for B/R movies! Plenty of Power. Movies at 55 setting (of 73 max) are very, very loud but clear. No distortion even though the bass does rattle some nearby loose items which are now moved elsewhere.

    Cons: On screen menu is sometimes time consuming to get to settings. Only reason I did not give it 5 stars. Downloaded parts of the manual via Crutchfield website. Their site is awesome.

    Sony Receiver

    Written by: Anonymous from Arizona on March 9, 2015

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    Recently bought to replace an older Sony home theater amp. Relatively simple hookups which actually improve the video signals, especially on my non hi def channels, which is something of an unexpected surprise. Instruction guides should be much more complete/detailed, and like many new amps, does not have a phono connection, so if you need one will have to invest in a separate phono pre amp. Fortunately, I have a separate system for my music.




    Written by: SS from Connecticut on February 25, 2015

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    Exactly as advertised. Great product for basic home theater system. Remote was very basic, but receiver works perfectly with xfinity remote.

    Pros: Ease of set up, Size, Sound quality

    Cons: Remote not very useful

    Sony STR DH 550

    Written by: Don H from North Carolina on February 22, 2015

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    This receiver suits my needs perfectly. Ability to use the HD pass through is great. Sound quality is good. One major factor in this purchase was the HD inputs and compatibility with Sony products.

    Pros: Easy set up. Friendly on screen menu. Sounds great. Looks great. Works well with other Sony equipment. Auto calibration works nicely. Nice price for a good receiver for home use.

    Cons: Can not find any in my house. A sound engineer in an acousticly perfect room may need an upgrade. In the average living room it's great. .

    Good receiver.

    Written by: CD from Las Vegas, Nevada on February 16, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good, basic receiver. Easy to use & set up.



    Great addition

    Written by: Dave from Florida on February 16, 2015

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    We purchased this receiver as part of an electronics upgrade in our motor home. It had all the features we needed and at a good price point.

    Pros: Price, connections, size/power.

    Cons: A lot of the features such as radio presets, and setup features can only be accessed by the on screen function on an HDMI connected TV. If you are thinking of using this receiver without an HDMI connected TV this can be an issue.

    Sony STR-DH550

    Written by: jsee from the Washington, DC Area on February 5, 2015

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    This Sony DH550 is very good for the price and I am satisfied with the purchase so far.

    Pros: Generally very good for the price, for music and movies.

    Cons: But the remote is too basic, and do not know how to use remote for on screen settings. I would prefer a manual with instructions.

    5 star Sony

    Written by: David from Colorado on February 5, 2015

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    Another very good product from Sony. Easy to set up and works perfectly with my Infinity speakers and sub.



    Good basic receiver

    Written by: Sid from California on February 4, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I received the SonyDH 550 in good time and boxed fairly well. Outside box could have been a little heavier with a bit more tape, but well packaged. The DH 550 was easy to set up and the only caveat is the annoying fact that it does not come with a paper manual. One problem I encountered was the subwoofer was not getting a signal. I called Crutchfield tech assistance after not being able to find a solution on the Sony customer service site. Sony really drops the ball on tech support. A very annoying experience. My call to Crutchfield was almost as frustrating. The gentleman I spoke to could not identify what the problem was, with a little attitude thrown in, and suggested I reset the receiver and start again. I did that and still the problem persisted. It was only after I did more online research that I discovered that the receiver has to be configured manually to the 5.1 setting. That's something basic, but after just getting out of hospital a few days prior, and after a fifteen hour procedure with a lot of drugs, I wasn't as sharp as I would hope for.

    Pros: Easy set up without the unnecessary bells and whistle's. Excellent sound and HDMI pass thru. Good value.

    Cons: No manual, unimpressive tech support from Sony and Crutchfield. It lost one star for those reasons.

    Sony DH550 Receiver

    Written by: tomhigh from Tennessee on February 1, 2015

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    Excellent service from Crutchfield and this is a great product.



    Sony Receiver

    Written by: ap from Chicago on February 1, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This a get what you paid for item. Nothing extraordinary. I use it for my CD player and it works fine.

    Pros: Price

    Cons: Wish it had more options for 2 speaker sound system.

    Worked when the Denon AVRS500BT did not

    Written by: Mike R from Massachusetts on January 23, 2015

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    I found that the first receiver I got from Crutchfield, a Denon AVRS500BT, simply would not work with my Comcast X1 box, OR with the replacement box I made them come out and install. In desperation I tried this Sony and it worked perfectly out of the box the first time. Same identical conditions that the Denon would not work under. All-HDMI hook-ups don't always just plain work, but this combo was very happy. So Comcast X-1 customers might want to consider this receiver first, and it's $50 cheaper. No downside. All sounds are crisp and clear and it solved the center channel dialog problem that made us want to do this in the first place. Highly recommended as an excellent value.

    Pros: Worked fine with Comcast X1 DVR box on an all HDMI connection, very reasonably priced.

    Cons: None for me.

    Sony STR-DH550

    Written by: capnkirk from Washington on January 20, 2015

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    Exceptional A/V receiver for the money. Sound/power output quality is so much better than I expected from a $200 unit. Simple to use, setup and customize.

    Pros: Bang for the buck. Simple menus.

    Cons: A little bulky.

    Sony STR-DH550

    Written by: Bobbyj from Hillsborough, North Carolina on January 12, 2015

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    I am simply amazed at the quality of this product for the price. It blows my old 5 .2 system away. The sound & video quality of this unit is amazing & it provides me with all The inputs & outputs that I need. Had no idea how much better sound & video quality this unit had compared to my old one until I set it up. Sales Rep named Troy was great at helping me determine which unit was right for me. I would not hesitate to purchase from Crutchfied in the future. Great prices & customer service with life of the equipment customer support service. So great to order from a company that really cares about their customers. Unit was simple to set up & even though they provide assistance setting it up if needed I did not require any. Many thanks Crutchfield. If a 5 .2 system meets your needs I don't think you could beat this one for the price.

    Pros: Great quality unit for the price, very simple & easy to use remote unit. I am completely happy with my purchase.

    Cons: None

    Sony STR-DH550

    Written by: Bob from California on January 10, 2015

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    I got this to replace a 10 year old Sony Home Theater Receiver and to go with my new Sony 4K TV and Media player. Big improvement in quality sound from my old receiver. Very easy to set up with all the HDMI inputs and the HDMI output to the TV. The auto-calibration for the sup pound sound worked very well.

    Pros: Very good quality especially for the cost.

    Cons: None

    Reasonable price; solid product

    Written by: PTM from Wisconsin on January 7, 2015

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    I'm pretty much in agreement with all the comments/reviews I looked over on-line, before deciding to purchase. I like the product for the price and would purchase again. Mind you, I'm just starting to enjoy it and don't pretend to be an expert.

    Pros: Nice appearance and styling. Good price. Solid.

    Cons: Button titles on front are amazingly small and foolish. Product designers need to talk to the market place -- clearly they don't ask for user input. The technical aspects of design are fine, but design the whole package--not just the insides! (This isn't just a Sony issue; nearly every major electronics manufacturer fails in this regard.)

    Sony reciever

    Written by: J traub from Ny ny on December 30, 2014

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    Great entry level surround sound system at an affordable price. Bought infinity primus bookshelf speakers and sounds great just ordered my central channel speaker yesterday and plan to buy two tower speakers in near future to round out system

    Pros: Great sound at an affordable price

    Cons: No operating manual have to download it off the net to learn how to program it

    Great receiver for the price!

    Written by: Anonymous from Ok on December 23, 2014

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    Replaced my previous Sony receiver to be able to have HDMI access with my 5.2 system. great options and easy to configure and use.

    Pros: Easy set up, ample power, clean sound at low and high volume, but also is dependent on your speaker system.


    Great Receiver

    Written by: JoeV from North Carolina on December 22, 2014

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    Great receiver without unneeded features. Easy setup and good sound.

    Pros: Low price and good audio. Good remote.

    Cons: No component connectivity up-conversion for older component peripherals.

    budget home theater receiver

    Written by: Ricky queens, nyc from Maspeth, N.Y on December 20, 2014

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    I needed an entry level receiver for a pair of book shelf Klipsch speakers that I bought recently. This combo works well together what can I say.

    Pros: Great price, well built, looks good and works great.

    Cons: One complaint is there is no 5.1 channel in or out. But already knew this. At this price point you can't get everything.

    Sony STR-DH550

    Written by: Terrance from delaware on December 15, 2014

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    Great product and the customer service was awesome. I expect no less from crutchfield. Thanks

    Pros: Great have no problems

    Cons: None

    Not Un-happy - Just Disappointed

    Written by: AJG from Pennsylvania on December 14, 2014

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    Bought this as a replacement for an old mid-range Sony receiver from the early 90's that finally bit the dust. Arrived quickly, easily set up, and allows a great deal of flexibility in use. However, I am extremely disappointed in the bass response of this unit. MY fault - didn't research it enough to determine that there are no longer any bass / treble controls on lower end receivers. Just assumed they would be there and I would be able to adjust the sound to my tastes. Only adjustments available are pre-set sound fields and very minor B/T adjustments (+/- 5 db). Using this with a set of Infinity SM 115's that have never had any trouble with low end reproduction. Currently researching weather a powered sub will solve the issue or if I need to bite the bullet and purchase a whole new receiver. Again, a nice unit. Just not what I was expecting.

    Pros: easy hook-up and use

    Cons: no bass response no bass/treble controls (only pre-selected sound fields)

    Sony STR-DH550

    Written by: Skobro from Murray, KY on December 8, 2014

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    Excellent Receiver for the price. I have 5 speakers & 2 subwoofers hooked up & it sounds great. Great receiver if you just want a 5-2 system.



    Great for the price

    Written by: Bruce from Texas on December 2, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great sound and features for the price. Highly recommend.




    Written by: boggs from albany ky. on November 24, 2014

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    receiver works good. not having a operating mauual that you can use while sitting in front of the tv is a pain. i have purchased many sony products this is first one without instruction manual

    Pros: works good

    Cons: no instruction manual for operator

    Great receiver

    Written by: Kanwar from Cville on November 17, 2014

    Overall a great receiver for a moderate sized home theater environment. Easy to use, simple controls. Very nice sound staging, simple set up.

    Pros: Sound staging, easy to use, simple setup. Aesthetically pleasing Sony compatibility

    Cons: Annoying "boink" sound on startup.

    Sony STR-DH550

    Written by: Eliseo from Puerto Rico on November 16, 2014

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    Exelente amplificador muy buen power con exelente calidad de sonido. Por el precio es exelente compra.

    Excellent amplifier with very good power and excellent quality of sound. Its an excellent purchase for the price.



    Crutchfield response on November 18, 2014 Translation provided by Crutchfield's Spanish Sales & Support team. Visit our new Spanish-language site at

    Sony receiver

    Written by: blah blah from vickery oh on November 4, 2014

    awsome reciever pushes my 2 12s and 15 with no problem

    Pros: has allot of power pushing for the price

    Cons: don't see any thing wrong yet

    Sony STR-DH550

    Written by: Ramon from Guaynabo, PR. on October 20, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Better than expected. Workes great



    Home theater receiver

    Written by: DaleC from Laredo, TX on October 11, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent receiver at a low price, works well with my Sony Bravia TV and the remote from the TV.

    Pros: Quality at a low price,

    Cons: Lack of wifi

    Sony STR DH550 Review

    Written by: Al Mad from Baltimore, MD on October 10, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased this receiver to replace an older Sony. I was amazed at the clarity of the audio and video! Both are excellent, even though I was very pleased with the older model. Very easy to set up. Great features. Use with my 42" Panasonic Plasma. Would highly recommend to anyone who desires a outstanding 5:2 receiver.

    Pros: Features and ease of setup. Great HDMI connections. Attractive receiver!

    Cons: None

    works well

    Written by: JC from Columbus, GA on October 4, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    We purchased to replace a Sony bravia all in one receiver that died in an electrical storm. The STR-DH550 sounds much nicer and the surround sound is noticeably better than the previous receiver.

    Pros: Sounds great.

    Cons: Rather large No option for unpowered sub that we already owned. We purchased a new powered subwoofer to go along.

    Sony STR-DH550

    Written by: LG from CentralTexas on October 2, 2014

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    This unit is used to improve on TV audio. I'm not looking for great fidelity here.

    Pros: Lots of connectivity. Great value.

    Cons: Silly audio output mixer presets

    It's a Sony!

    Written by: JimK from Las Vegas,NV on September 18, 2014

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    I bought this receiver as a gift for my daughter and son-in-law, and I must write that this receiver is perfect for their needs. They couldn't be happier. It is both stylish and functional, and it has all the features that they wanted including a USB port that charges their smartphones while they enjoy their favorite tunes. Most importantly, this receiver effortlessly makes their speakers sing with great detail and clarity.

    Pros: Functional and stylish with just the right added features at a terrific price!


    Sony STR-DH550

    Written by: PatrickB from Frederick, MD on September 9, 2014

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    This Sony receiver ascted and set up like all the others I have ever and easy. Even easier now with HDMI cables. Sound was great and there was a noticable difference in quality from the previous receiver (which was an older Sony)

    Pros: Easy set up, HDMI cable compatable, easy navigation menu, great sound quality

    Cons: Knobs for speaker wires are close and hard to work with if you have big fingers. Some other simple clip style would be nice.

    Sony STR-DH550

    Written by: Dan from St. Charles, IL on September 8, 2014

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    Fast and easy set-up. I was replacing an old amp. I used the pre-printed cable labels provided and this made the removal and replacement very fast. The speaker tuning feature worked great and was very accurate. I control this unit with a logitech universal remote and it responds as expected.

    Pros: Speaker tuning and ease of set-up

    Cons: microphone for speaker set-up is about 12ft. If you have a large room this could be an issue

    Sony's quality control has dropped...

    Written by: Music man 70 from Austin, tx on September 7, 2014

    In the past year I have owned three different Sony receivers. The first two were the 550, the one I purchased and the replacement. I also bought a high end Sony receiver from a friend and took it to get repaired. It wasn't but 2 years old. The HDMI circuit board was fried. The tech says he sees a lot of the Sony receivers with this problem... My friend kindly took it back. The 550 I still have and it's turning on and off out of the blue and of course, it's out of warranty.. Buy a Yamaha... The rx-v590 I purchased 16 years ago is still going strong in my sons room.

    Pros: Bells and whistles.

    Cons: Where do I start...? The scan function takes forever and is not user friendly, the center speaker sounds muffled(power amp issue) bugs in the system, etc....

    Great receiver for the price!

    Written by: Mark G. from Honolulu, Hawaiii on August 29, 2014

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    Replaced my previous Sony receiver to be able to have HDMI access, IPOD access, with my 5.2 system. The receiver provides ample power for my Triad Speaker System. Ample sound settings for any venue you may have, and it is very easy to setup and use.

    Pros: Easy set up, ample power, clean sound at low and high volume, but also is dependent upon the fidelity of your speaker system.

    Cons: The only constructive criticism I have, being old school, is having a complete printed user manual. A setup guide is provided to get setup to get you started, and I was able to download the user pdf file provided by the Sony website.

    Sony STR-DH550

    Written by: OldMike from Ottawa, IL on August 24, 2014

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    I've only had this receiver for a couple weeks but I'm very happy with it. I mainly use it to improve the sound of my TV. Seems like a good product for the money.



    Really good value

    Written by: Jimbob from Seattle, WA on August 23, 2014

    I use this receiver with a Sony S5100 Bluray and a Sharp LC-70SQ15U. When I power off the TV, the bluray and this Sony Receiver power off, makes it simple. The menu system is ok, could be better with clearer on screen descriptions.

    Pros: Connects well with other products via HDMI. ARC - audio return channel works well with the Sharp TV. Good quality sound. Auto speaker setup with included microphone.

    Cons: Remote control is limited. No way to disable on screen volume numbers that show up on the TV. No way to delay the picture to help fixed the out of sync video/audio with LCD TVs.

    Crutchfield response on September 10, 2014 Thanks for your review. Here's how to find and activate the AV Sync feature: From the Home menu, go to the Settings menu and select Audio Settings. Select A/V Sync and turn it on. The receiver's audio output will be delayed by 60 milliseconds, which will minimize the time gap between the audio output and visual display.

    Looks good, works great

    Written by: rob from Los Angeles, CA on August 13, 2014

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    great product for the price, pretty straight forward to use. good quality

    Pros: ease of use, sounds great

    Cons: none really

    Sony Home Theatre

    Written by: Mike from Centreville on August 5, 2014

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    I've only had it hooked up for 2 days but it works beautifully, great options and easy to configure and use. As usual Crutchfield's service both in the ordering and shipping was outstanding!

    Pros: Ease of use, quick set up, flexibility.

    Cons: None

    Great Receiver

    Written by: rsimp7255 from Poplar Bluff, Mo. on June 16, 2014

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    This is a great receiver with plenty of options. I had originally purchased a Yamaha and didn't like it. So, I returned it (Crutchfield is great about returns) and got this one. It was easy to setup. I couldn't be happier.

    Pros: HDMI Pass-through Plenty of power

    Cons: None

    great inexpensive receiver

    Written by: Steve Y from Saratoga Springs, NY on May 9, 2014

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    Replaced our 14 year old 5.1 JVC with the Sony and was stunned with the improved sound and clarity of the voices in movies, which is primarily what we use it for with our 65inch Viera Plasma TV

    Pros: easy intuitive set up and sound balancing with the included microphone was simple and accurate.

    Cons: none

    Hands-on research

    What's in the box?

    Download owner's manual

    • 5.2ch AV receiver
    • Wireless remote control (RM-AAU190)
    • 2 "AA" batteries
    • Automatic calibration microphone (ECM-AC2)
    • AM loop antenna
    • FM wire antenna (w/ attached slip-on "F" connector)
    • Reference Guide
    • Startup Guide (En/Fr/Sp)
    • US Warranty sheet
    • Canada Warranty sheet
    • On-line registration sheet

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    Audio Features
    Video Features
    USB/iPod Functions
    Convenience Features
    Remote Control

    Audio Features

    5.2ch AV Receiver: The Sony STR-DH550 AV Receiver is equipped with a 5-channel amplifier rated at 90 watts (into 6-ohms, at 20-20kHz, with 0.09% THD, driving 2 channels) which provides high dynamic power with low-impedance drive capability. The STR-DH550 also includes dual LFE (mono-subwoofer) outputs for connecting two powered subs.

    Digital Cinema Auto Calibration (DCAC): The Sony STR-DH550 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 speaker settings.

    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 all speakers.

    Dolby Digital/DTS/Dolby Pro Logic: The Sony STR-DH550 AV receiver features Dolby Digital and DTS-HD decoding, as well as offers Dolby Pro Logic audio processing.

    Note: Dolby Digital and DTS listening modes can only be selected if your audio source is connected to the AV receiver via a digital audio connection (HDMI, optical, or coaxial). Even though the AV receiver will decode 7.1ch surround sound (via HDMI), it will only output 5.1ch surround, because it lacks Surround Back channel speaker outputs.

    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.

    • For Movies:
      • Dynamic: This setting is suitable for an environment which is reverberant but lacks a spacious feel (where sound absorption is not sufficient). It emphasizes the reflection of sound and reproduces the sound of a large, classic movie theater. This emphasizes the spacious feel of a dubbing theater and creates a unique acoustic field.
      • Theater: This setting is suitable for a general living room. It reproduces the reverberation of sound just like in a movie theater (dubbing theater). It is most appropriate for watching content recorded on a Blu-ray Disc when you want the atmosphere of a movie theater.
      • Studio: This setting is suitable for a living room with the appropriate sound devices. It reproduces the reverberation of sound provided when a theatrical sound source is remixed for a Blu-ray Disc to a volume level suitable for home use. The level of reflection and reverberation of sound is kept to a minimum, while dialogues and surround effects are reproduced vividly.
    • For Music:
      • Hall: Reproduces the acoustics of a classical concert hall.
      • Jazz Club: Reproduces the acoustics of a jazz club.
      • Live Concert: Reproduces the acoustics of a 300-seat live house.
      • Stadium: Reproduces the feel of a large open-air stadium.
      • Sports: Reproduces the feel of sports broadcasting.
      • Portable Audio: Reproduces clear enhanced sound from your portable audio device. This mode is ideal for MP3s and other compressed music.

    Pure Direct: The receiver's Pure 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 sound modes.

    • 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 channels.
    • HP Direct: Amplifies the source without any processing, only the volume and front speaker balance adjustments are active.

    Advanced Audio Settings: These advanced audio settings allow you to tailor the sound to your source content, listening conditions, and your personal preferences.

    • Equalizer: You can adjust the tonal quality (bass & 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 programs.
    • 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-DH550 offers a variety of analog and digital audio inputs/outputs.

    • Digital Inputs: The receiver has two optical digital inputs and one coaxial digital inputs (all assignable). 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 2-channel. All of the digital audio jacks are compatible with 32 kHz, 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, and 96 kHz sampling frequencies.
    • Speaker Outputs: The receiver is equipped with binding post terminals for all speaker channels. The binding post terminals will accept bare wire, pin connectors, and banana plugs (single only). Use speakers with a 6- to 16-ohm impedance.
    • Dual Sub Outputs: The AV receiver is fitted with two subwoofer preamp outputs to connect dual powered subs (the subwoofer outputs share the same input signal and are not discrete).
    • Headphones: When headphones are plugged into the full-size 1/4" jack on the front panel, all the speakers are automatically muted. No sound is output from the headphones when iPod or iPhone is connected to the receiver.

    Video Features

    HDMI 2.0: The receiver is equipped with four HDMI (v.2.0) inputs for connecting HDMI-equipped audio/video component; such as your satellite/cable receiver, Blu-ray/DVD player, and game system. It also allows you to connect all of your devices to your TV with a single HDMI cable via its ARC-compatible HDMI monitor output, reducing cable clutter. The receiver's HDMI v.2.0 jacks are compatible with 4K/60Hz and 1080p video, 3D video signals, Deep Color & x.v.Color technology; as well as LipSync, ARC, and HDMI control.

    • 4K/60Hz Pass Through: 4K/60Hz Pass Through allows the Sony STR-DH550 to receive ultra high-definition resolution video and pass the video signal to a 4K/60Hz compatible TV or display monitor.
    • 3D-Ready: The Sony STR-DH550 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.
    • Deep/x.v.Color Support: The Sony AV receiver also supports Deep Color and x.v.Color content, which can display a larger color range than standard-definition schemes. The result is a more lifelike, vibrant picture.
    • 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.
    Note: The AV receiver's HDMI 2.0 jacks do not support the latest HDCP 2.2 copyright protection for 4K ultra-HD content, so it will not support 4K content from satellite/cable providers, online video services, and Blu-ray disc which are copyright protected with HDCP 2.2.

    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 Player.

    MHL Compatible HDMI: One of the receiver's rear-panel HDMI inputs (labeled "Video/MHL") is MHL compatible, which provides direct connection of MHL compatible smartphones, like your Android smartphone. Playback of up to 1080p video and multi-channel audio from the phone is supported. The receiver will also charge (5V/1A) your connected phone. Play, Stop, and other basic operations can be controlled from the AV receiver's remote control.

    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.

    Composite Video Inputs: The Sony STR-DH550 is also fitted with two analog composite video inputs and one composite video monitor output. The composite video jacks support 480i video signals only.

    USB/iPod Functions

    Front-Panel USB Port: This AV receiver is equipped with a front-panel USB (type-A) port that allows you to enjoy WAV (8-48kHz; 16-bit), MP3 (32-320kbps), WMA (48-192kbps), and AAC (48-320kbps)music files from a USB mass storage class memory device; such as your Android smartphone (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only), Sony Walkman, or USB thumbdrive. The receiver can recognize up to 256 folders and 256 files in each folder. You can use the receiver's on-screen menu (via HDMI) and remote control to navigate your stored music files on your connected USB memory device. USB portable audio devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the AV receiver's USB port (5V/1A); even in standby mode.

    iPod/iPhone Direct: The Sony STR-DH550 supports digital music playback from an iPod, iPhone, or iPad using its front-panel USB (type-A) port. Simply plug your compatible Apple device into the receiver's front-panel USB port, using the cable that came with your iPod/iPhone/iPad. Stored music and music apps from your connected Apple device can be played through the AV receiver, bypassing the iPod/iPhone D/A converter for better sound quality. The iPod/iPhone/iPad can be controlled by the receiver's remote, or you can continue to use the Apple device's clickwheel or touchscreen. You can search for stored music on your compatible Apple device by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Podcast, Genre, Composer, or Audiobook. You also have access to Repeat (One/All/Off) and Shuffle (Songs/Albums/Off) functions. The receiver offers limited control (Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track) of music apps on your iPod/iPhone. Song/artist information from stored music and music apps on your iPod/iPhone will display on your connected TV via HDMI. Your Apple iPod/iPhone's battery will be charged while connected to the receiver (max. 1A). This unit will not charge the iPad. The Sony STR-DH550 is "made for iPod/iPhone" and supports the following iPod/iPhone model functions (as of 4/4/2014).

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Remote iPod/iPhone Album Art Artist/Song Text Track Info
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N
    2 7.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N
    3 7.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N
    4 7.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N
    mini 7.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    4 7.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    4S 7.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    5 7.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    5C 7.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    5S 7.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    4th 6.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    5th 7.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    7th 1.02 PC Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    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 available.

    Convenience Features

    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 remote control. If your TV is connected to the composite video monitor output, you will need to use the AV receiver's front-panel display when changing settings.

    AM/FM Tuner: The STR-DH550 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.

    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.

    Sleep Timer: The unit may be set to automatically turn off after 30, 60, 90, or 120 minutes.

    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.

    Remote Control

    Wireless Remote: The supplied IR remote 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.

    Bravia Sync (HDMI-CEC): Sony's Bravia Sync feature allows you to easily manage select Sony Bravia Sync components and other manufacturer's HDMI-CEC enabled audio/video components with a single remote. By connecting Bravia Sync and other components that are compatible with the HDMI Control function using a HDMI (1.3+) 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 receiver.
    • System Power Off: When you turn off the TV, the receiver and connected components are also turned off simultaneously.

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    Customer Q&A

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    Why did you buy this?

    Did a web search and narrowed choice to two. Brooke helped me narrow down to Sony because I phone connectivity with USB port is important to us. This is my third Crutchfield purchase in last year and the main reason I came back is your exceptional tech support and customer assistance. I now just go to Crutchfield first and not fool with Amazon or Walmart. Brooke's Bio: [ Richard  Feb 03, 2016 ]
    Good quality, good price, good support, great reputation. What could go wrong? [ Mark  Jan 31, 2016 ]
    Seemed to be the best product and price for my purpose. [ ZACK  Jan 25, 2016 ]
    Great price and easy to research to make purchasing decision and make purchase. Thanks. [ Geary  Jan 19, 2016 ]
    Have always liked Sony Electronic devices. [ Richard  Dec 30, 2015 ]
    Hopefully meets my need and good brand [ Bruce  Dec 27, 2015 ]
    I wanted an home theater receiver and the scratch and dent price was within my budget. [ J  Dec 24, 2015 ]
    liked it [ john  Dec 21, 2015 ]
    I have a 5.1 speaker system and needed a hdmi and optical input upgrade from my old receiver. [ BRIAN  Dec 19, 2015 ]
    I picked the Sony STR-DH550 av receiver because I needed an entry level receiver for my klipsch quintet speakers for a small room. The combination sounds incredible. [ rickyqueens,nyc  Dec 18, 2015 ]
    Was suggested to me by an advisor but I didn't write his name down when talking to him. [ JAMES  Dec 11, 2015 ]
    have wanted one for awhilke and decided to treat myself for Christmas [ Charles  Dec 04, 2015 ]

    25 questions already asked

    Yeah it should [ JAMES  Aug 13, 2015 ]
    I only use the hdmi in/outs VC they for sure carry both digital video and audio. Here's what Sony says about that jack.., so I'm guessing it's video only. Don't take my word for it.., ck the manual to be sure (manual online) Sony says; An input that lets you connect any device with a coaxial digital output. Though coaxial digital connections use standard RCA-style jacks, a coaxial digital audio cable designed specifically for the wider frequency bandwidth of digital signals is recommended. [ TONY  Aug 13, 2015 ]
    the unit is not DNLA capable, you will need to connect another device that is DNLA compatible. The USB port plays audio files from a USB drive in many formats including WAV and MP3, and is also compatible with iOS devices. [ JASON  Dec 23, 2015 ]
    No it won't. I tried myself. After checking the manual it is only for Apple devices with USB capabilities, like a IPOD. [ THELORD  Jul 19, 2015 ]
    From what I understand, the sounder should work with just about any amp. The Sony uses banana plugs. [ Nick  Jun 22, 2015 ]
    Yes, should be easy and sound great. There are plenty of connections available. The surround will sound awesome. Enjoy. [ JEROLD N.  Jun 20, 2015 ]
    I don't know what a sound bar is> But I have the owner's manual to mine and would look into the issue if you were more specific. My DH550 is running fine. [ Kenneth A.  Jun 20, 2015 ]
    Yes, this receiver will work for the surround sound however I would recommend the Sony STR DN850 as a better option for a 4K TV. I have both of these receivers and they both perform great. There are two big differences between the two. The 850 is easier to hook up to you 4K TV as you will only need one Hi Speed HDMI cable to hook up the receiver to the TV for video and sound plus the 850 also has WIFI. [ Dale  May 30, 2015 ]
    I sent it back. I have no idea. I have a den non. Just call Sony. They will be happy to tell you..or better still read the specs in the manuel [ Michael  May 28, 2015 ]
    Yes it can. [ Nick  May 14, 2015 ]
    Yes. Ms peaked connectors will accept bare wire or banana plugs. [ DANNY  May 13, 2015 ]
    Yes it can - I do not know about dual plugs. I use single banana plugs on it. [ PATRICK  May 11, 2015 ]
    Yes. (see notes from the Crutchfield website too) Getting started with a home theater system doesn't have to be expensive or complicated. Whether you're looking for a way to enjoy movies and music in your living room, bedroom, basement, or rec room, the Sony STR-DH550 will get you on the right track. Connect stereo or surround speakers to this receiver, along with your cable or satellite box, Blu-ray player, and streaming media device. HDMI connectivity ensures high-definition video and sound, while keeping your setup simple and easy to manage. There are also two subwoofer outputs, so you'll have the option of adding plenty of low-frequency rumble in larger rooms. Before you know it, you'll have a brand new room in your house: the home theater. Plug in your Apple® or AndroidT device With more people using smartphones and tablets for music and movies, it's great to have a receiver that can take advantage of them. The 'DH550 features a front-panel USB port for connecting an iPhone®, iPad®, or iPod®. Plug it in and control it with the receiver's remote, so you can listen to your digital music collection while your device charges. If you're an Android user, connect your compatible device to the MHL port. It's an HDMI input that can take video, photos, and music from portable devices and show them on the big screen and play them through your surround speakers. No more huddling around a smartphone to share a video with friends or family. Sturdy binding posts make connecting speakers quick and easy, with bare wire or banana plug connectors - a rarity at this price point. Worried about getting evenly balanced surround sound from your speakers? Sony does the heavy lifting for you. The STR-DH550 features Digital Cinema Auto Calibration. That means the receiver can configure your speakers for optimum sound once you have them placed where you want them. Just plug in the included setup mic and follow the on-screen instructions for sound tailored to your room and speakers. [ TONY  May 11, 2015 ]
    Yes, that is what I used. [ Todd  May 11, 2015 ]
    Yes, banana plugs should work [ KYLE  May 11, 2015 ]
    Yes, it does accept banana plugs. [ EDWARD A  May 11, 2015 ]
    This receiver has 2 subwoofer outputs, and will be compatible with any of the powered subwoofers on the market. You can find powered subs here: [ Jeff  Mar 06, 2015 ]  Staff
    Head phone jack is the standard 1/4" jack under the power button on left side. [ RICHARD L  Mar 04, 2015 ]
    The headphone jack is the standard 1/4 in [ Dale  Mar 04, 2015 ]
    I don't think so. I can't find an option for that. [ MIKE  Feb 02, 2015 ]
    I'm sorry I don't know the answer to this. Personally, I'm using most of the inputs. [ JEROLD N.  Feb 02, 2015 ]
    (Hit enter to soon) all in all, it's a really great unit in my opinion and plays great (connectivity) with othe sony products. This unit is connected to a Sony 60 " kdl 60ex701. [ TONY  Feb 01, 2015 ]
    Not that I can see. I use the primary hdmi 1-3 and have those inputs auto to Dolby surround. I always seem to keep the same environment regardless of my input. [ TONY  Feb 01, 2015 ]
    I currently have two bookshelf speakers and a sub woofer. So far, it does drive all speakers simultaneously. It also has Dolby Digital setting. You have to figure out which setting is most pleasing to you. I'm saving up to buy a center-channel speaker. I'll update my reply after I test it out. I don't have any serious complaints about this unit. [ SAM  Jul 12, 2015 ]
    I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: The Sony receiver does have a multi channel stereo that sounds like what your Pioneer might have been doing. Sony describes it like this: Multi Stereo: Outputs 2-channel left/right signals from all speakers. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy  Jan 21, 2015 ]  Staff
    yes you can use this with two speakers. There are several different speaker modes you can choose from. I have been using this receiver for almost a month now and it has been great.I would highly recommend this because For the price you can't beat it and you always have the flexibility of using it for surround sound down the road. [ CYNTHIA  Jan 16, 2015 ]
    I am using mine in a 3.1 setup and it sounds great. My two devices output 5.1 and the receiver adjusts the sound really well to 3.1. I can see a setting in the calibration settings for 2.0 and 2.1 so I would assume it works the same. [ David  Jan 16, 2015 ]
    Yes you can use as a conventional 2 channel receiver. [ JAMES  Jan 15, 2015 ]
    I would think so. But if I were you I would contact customer support at Crutchfield & you can chat with them online & I feel sure they can answer your question. I am using all channels on mine & it is by far the best receiver I have owned. I chatted with them online & they helped me decide the best replacement system for my old one & I am very sastified. Hope this helps. [ ROBERT  Jan 14, 2015 ]
    I just bought this amp and am using it to run two Pioneer bookshelf speakers--that's all I wanted--and it's working beautifully. [ PAUL  Jan 14, 2015 ]
    No problem with 2 channel setup. That is how mine is currently connected. I got it for the USB, not the 5.2 capability. [ STEVE  Jan 14, 2015 ]
    Yes, you can. I currently have only a left and right hooked up to this receiver and it sounds really good. The receiver has a setting for stereo or 5.1. For the price (I paid 199) it's a good receiver. [ Frank Worsham  Jan 14, 2015 ]
    Unless you spent $5,000 on a projector... that is the problem. Get an 80" flat screen LED TV and you will be blown away by the color. The Sony receiver does a good job on the audio. But, you must know it is an "entry level" receiver. My audio is outstanding with the receiver but you must have top performing speakers. My speakers are NHT's at $250 per left/right front and rear speakers. The center speaker is $350.00. I have an M&K 75w subwoofer. The Sony receiver and these speakers produce sound that is hard to believe. Projection TVs are an older concept and are fading away... [ JOE  Jan 12, 2015 ]
    Hi John W. The main reason I bought this specific receiver is because I needed a receiver that could pass through a 3D audio signal. I didn't know that this was such an unusual function - but my Denon receiver couldn't do it. The TV I'm viewing is a new Sony KDL-60W850B 3D TV. I'm very happy with the total set-up. I can honestly say I don't see any picture difference between running the signal from my DirecTV input HDMI vs. running the signal through my new Sony STR-DH550 and back to my TV. [ PAUL  Jan 11, 2015 ]
    I have no comparison. I'm using my Sony for 2 channel audio only right now. I do have and older model Onkyo TX-SR 806.That I use in my living room home theater and it works beautifully since buying it from Crutchfield back in 2010 or 2011. Hope this helps. [ rickyqueens,nyc  Jan 09, 2015 ]
    I have had this unit for 5 weeks very pleased with both the audio and video qualithy. [ WILLIAM W  Jan 09, 2015 ]
    I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: That Sony receiver does not have the inputs necessary for an RG-6 connection. In most cases you would run that RG-6 cable to a cable box and from the Cable Box to the receiver with one of the available inputs. Or directly to a TV. The "Coax" style connection on that Sony is for an FM antenna. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy  Jan 07, 2015 ]  Staff
    No Bluetooth but if you have a Samsung TV you can use the screen mirroring function to stream audio and video from your Samsung Galaxy. ..nice because you will see the album art on tv [ DENNIS P  Jan 08, 2015 ]
    Hi Rob, I purchased this Sony around Thanksgiving. So far it's been great. However you are correct, this receiver doesn't have BT. The only way to connect is via front USB. You can then control the Ipod/Iphone via the Sony remote. The good news it works well and really isn't a hassle. [ HARVEY R  Jan 06, 2015 ]
    I've only had mine since Nov. and since Sony doesn't include instructions, we, the customers, are screwed. If it wasn't for Crutchfield helping me figure it out, I might have sent it back. As to your question, I don't have smart phones or anything of the kind. Best I can offer is find some way to make Sony admit they made the thing and stand behind it with help and instructions. Good Luck [ WARREN H  Jan 05, 2015 ]
    That's the best way to do it, the other way would be to connect it with RCA connectors to the back of the unit through the ear phone jack [ RICHARD S  Jan 05, 2015 ]
    I don't have a smart phone so I don't know. [ JOHN  Jan 05, 2015 ]
    Not that important. If it is important, you should step up to a video up scale receiver. More $ [ ROGER  Dec 21, 2014 ]
    There is no Ethernet port. This is a basic good value unit with 4 HDMI inputs and 1 out as well as 2 sub outputs. I purchased it for my patio and are not looking for the best sound field adjustments. I have a DA5800ES in the house for that performance with Ethernet which requires a complete receiver reboot if you get an update or the sound is a mess. hope this helps. Rick [ RICHARD L  Dec 21, 2014 ]
    The product does have a USB port that can be used for updates loaded onto a flash drive. I haven't had to make any since buying the unit. [ Nick  Dec 21, 2014 ]
    Jack, I have not yet installed this product on my Entertainment system. So I don't know how firmware updates are handled. Sorry I couldn't help more. [ MICHAEL  Dec 21, 2014 ]
    yes [ FELTON  Dec 20, 2014 ]
    yes, a simple scroll [ RICHARD D  Dec 20, 2014 ]
    Yes Mark, there are on screen display options to choose from [ JAMES  Dec 20, 2014 ]
    Yes it does display on your tv. [ JEROLD N.  Dec 19, 2014 ]
    Yes. It displays the name of the song. I think it is a great product that drives my speakers with crystal clear sound. Well made, [ MICHAEL A  Dec 19, 2014 ]
    Hi Mark, Yes, the Sony STR-DH550 does have an on-screen display, if you connect the receiver to your television with an HDMI cable. Ed [ EDWARD A  Dec 19, 2014 ]
    Yes, it displays volume level etc. on the TV screen. [ MIKE  Dec 19, 2014 ]
    Yes [ TODD D  Dec 19, 2014 ]
    Hi Sid, The speaker button on the front panel, when pushed, will simply turn the speakers on, or when pushed again, turn the speakers off (if you prefer to listen via headphones). There is no "B" channel on this model for an additional pair of speakers. You would have to step up to the Sony STR-DH750 to have this feature. [ EDWARD A  Nov 19, 2014 ]
    thank you very much [ sidney  Nov 19, 2014 ]
    thank you very much [ sidney  Nov 19, 2014 ]
    That button is just on/ off there is not an A or B switch [ TODD D  Nov 19, 2014 ]
    Pressing the speaker button turns all speakers off and then on with another press. [ DANNY  Nov 19, 2014 ]
    I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: As long as your TV had HDMI inputs the receiver will work with it. If it doesn't have HDMI, you can check to see if it has an Optical Digital audio output. That would work with the receiver as well. We have a great deal on the Energy Micro speaker system right now that would work well with the power of this receiver: If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy  Aug 27, 2014 ]  Staff
    We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question. [ Krissy  Aug 05, 2014 ]  Staff
    You can attach turntable to any of the red/white RCA inputs. However if you use an input with the same label as the HDMI the receiver will probably default to the HDMI if something is plugged in to it. My receivers do this anyway. You may not get the best sound without a phono input unfortunately, but it will work [ MICHAEL D  Aug 02, 2014 ]
    If the turntable has RCA stereo outputs, it'll work no problem. [ KYLE  Jul 22, 2014 ]
    Yes it does [ JAMES  Jul 19, 2014 ]
    Yes [ STEVEN  Jul 16, 2014 ]
    Yes it does. [ EDDIE  Jul 15, 2014 ]
    Yes, a full function remote is included. [ JEROLD N.  Jul 15, 2014 ]
    Yes. [ RICHARD D  Jul 14, 2014 ]
    Yes. The unit comes with a basic remote control. [ DANNY  Jul 14, 2014 ]
    Yes, and it is a full size one to boot. [ Todd  Jul 14, 2014 ]
    Yes it does. [ RODNEY  Jul 14, 2014 ]
    Yes, it does come with a remote. [ EDWARD A  Jul 14, 2014 ]
    Yes, it does come with a remote. And it's one of the more straight forward remotes I've seen with a series of buttons at the top to switch inputs. One button for each input rather than one button to scroll through inputs. [ JAY  Jul 14, 2014 ]
    Yes. [ MICHAEL R.  Jul 14, 2014 ]
    Yes it does [ TODD D  Jul 14, 2014 ]
    Yes I have...enjoying the system...great sound, easy to operate. I did have it professionally installed. [ MILDRED  Jun 16, 2014 ]
    Well Robert.... I don't have a clue what a scad player is. But the system works great with big screen tv and all the theater stuff!! [ JOHN C  Jun 11, 2014 ]
    I myself, do not have a CD player hooked up to this unit at this time, but there are component jacks marked ( AS CD / CD ) in the rear. I would proabaly have to say yes. Good Luck [ MICHAEL W  Jun 10, 2014 ]
    yes optically. [ RICHARD D  Jun 10, 2014 ]
    I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: Yes the measurements do include the feet. It would be best to get as much air to the receiver as you can, you dont want it to overheat. Having a cabinet with an open back should be fine. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy  Apr 07, 2014 ]  Staff

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    The Sony STR-DH750 offers these features:

    7-channel amplifier

    Surround Back channel outputs can also be used as Front High or Front B speakers, or to bi-amp compatible Front speakers

    built-in Bluetooth for wireless music streaming from a compatible smartphone or tablet