Sony STR-DH550

5.2-channel home theater receiver

Item #: 158STDH550

Out of Stock

Ship date unknown Reserve yours risk-free

62 Reviews


Instant Rebate:-$50.00

Your price: $199.99 Earn up to 200 Rewards points

Add to Cart

+ Add to wishlist

View all associated offers

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

    Average Customer Review:

    62 reviews
    Review this product
    Great Gear Giveaway

    Submit a review and then enter to win a $350 rewards card


    Review this product:

    Thanks for taking the time to share your experiences about this product. Please be sure to focus your comments on the product itself. Read our Review Guidelines for more information.

    Your email won't be visible. Please use the email address that is associated with your order.
    (e.g., JohnD) Your review will be signed using the display name and location
    (e.g., Charlottesville, VA)

    Click on a star to rate the overall product on a scale of 1-5
    1500 characters left
      Attach a YouTube Review
    Crutchfield Video Review Guidelines
    • Only submit videos that you made or are authorized to use.
    • Do not submit videos that contain music, video or visuals that are copyrighted and belong to someone else.
    • Please see our Review Guidelines for more information.
    500 characters left
    500 characters left

    Great Value

    Written By DruM, New York on Tuesday, October 27, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy set up. Excellent build quality and sound!

    replace older amp

    Written By ppok, normal, il. on Thursday, 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, Oregon on Friday, October 16, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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, California on Sunday, 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, Missouri on Sunday, October 04, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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, Pennsylvania on Monday, September 28, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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, New York on Wednesday, 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, Pennsylvania on Friday, 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, Florida on Sunday, September 06, 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, LA on Tuesday, August 18, 2015

    This receiver sounds really nice!

    Pros: Good quality of sound, easy to setup

    Sony receiver 5.2

    Written By Kareem R, columbia sc on Friday, June 26, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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, Corning, New York on Thursday, June 25, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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, Sturgis, SD on Thursday, May 07, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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, Ohio on Monday, April 27, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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, Virginia on Monday, April 20, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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, California on Sunday, March 29, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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, California on Saturday, March 28, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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, California on Sunday, March 22, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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, Ohio on Saturday, March 21, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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, Arizona on Monday, March 09, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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, Connecticut on Wednesday, February 25, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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, North Carolina on Sunday, February 22, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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, Las Vegas, Nevada on Monday, February 16, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

    Great addition

    Written By Dave, Florida on Monday, February 16, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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, the Washington, DC Area on Thursday, February 05, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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, Colorado on Thursday, February 05, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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, California on Wednesday, February 04, 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, Tennessee on Sunday, February 01, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent service from Crutchfield and this is a great product.

    Sony Receiver

    Written By ap, Chicago on Sunday, February 01, 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, Massachusetts on Friday, January 23, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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, Washington on Tuesday, January 20, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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, Hillsborough, North Carolina on Monday, January 12, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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, California on Saturday, January 10, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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, Wisconsin on Wednesday, January 07, 2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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, Ny ny on Tuesday, December 30, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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, Ok on Tuesday, December 23, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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, North Carolina on Monday, December 22, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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, Maspeth, N.Y on Saturday, December 20, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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, delaware on Monday, December 15, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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, Pennsylvania on Sunday, December 14, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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, Murray, KY on Monday, December 08, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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, Texas on Tuesday, December 02, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great sound and features for the price. Highly recommend.


    Written By boggs, albany ky. on Monday, November 24, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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, Cville on Monday, 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, Puerto Rico on Sunday, November 16, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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 Tuesday, 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, vickery oh on Tuesday, November 04, 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, Guaynabo, PR. on Monday, October 20, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Better than expected. Workes great

    Home theater receiver

    Written By DaleC, Laredo, TX on Saturday, 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, Baltimore, MD on Friday, 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, Columbus, GA on Saturday, October 04, 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, CentralTexas on Thursday, October 02, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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, Las Vegas,NV on Thursday, September 18, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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, Frederick, MD on Tuesday, September 09, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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, St. Charles, IL on Monday, September 08, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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, Austin, tx on Sunday, September 07, 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., Honolulu, Hawaiii on Friday, August 29, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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, Ottawa, IL on Sunday, August 24, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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, Seattle, WA on Saturday, 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 Wednesday, 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, Los Angeles, CA on Wednesday, August 13, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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, Centreville on Tuesday, August 05, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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, Poplar Bluff, Mo. on Monday, June 16, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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, Saratoga Springs, NY on Friday, May 09, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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

    Features and Specs

    Number Of Channels 5
    Stereo RMS Power (watts) 90
    THD in Stereo 0.09 %
    Frequency Bandwidth (stereo) 20-20,000 Hz
    FM Sensitivity Not Given
    HD Radio Tuner No
    On-Screen Display Thru HDMI
    Auto Speaker Calibration DCAC
    HDMI Standby Pass-through Yes
    Composite Video Conversion No
    Component Video Conversion No
    HDMI to HDMI Upconversion No
    Internet-ready No
    Apple AirPlay No