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Sony STR-DN840

7.2-channel home theater receiver with Wi-Fi® and Apple AirPlay®

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Our take on the Sony STR-DN840

by David Brown
Sony

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.

All roads lead to streaming music

Get more access to more music right from your receiver. The Sony STR-DN840's wide range of wireless options makes it simple to enjoy streaming music through your stereo or surround sound speakers. It starts with built-in Wi-Fi, so you can get connected to your home network without a wired connection to your router. Once you're networked, you can stream music from your iPhone®, iPad®, or iTunes® on your computer with Apple AirPlay. Not an Apple user? Then stream over Bluetooth from your compatible smartphone or tablet. Or pull music from that networked PC in your basement or office. Even without supplying your own tunes, you can listen to free Internet radio from Pandora®, Slacker, and vTuner right on this versatile receiver.

Don't forget the movies

Of course, the 'DN840 is much more than the sum of its impressive streaming options. It's a powerful home theater receiver capable of driving a 7-channel surround sound system. Movie soundtracks will explode with realism, especially if you connect "surround back" or "front height" speakers to bring a more theater-like experience into your living room. Looking for a little more low-end rumble for your large room? A second subwoofer preamp output lets you add an extra sub, so movie sound effects will make you jump out of your seat. With 6 HDMI inputs, all the latest Dolby and DTS decoding, and plenty of digital and analog audio inputs, the 'DN840 has all you need to get the most out of your speakers, HDTV, and all your music and movie sources.

Automatic speaker setup and smartphone control

Want to get the most accurate, balanced sound from your speakers? Then plug in the included microphone and run Sony's automatic speaker calibration system. The receiver will walk you through the steps, so it's easy to optimize your system to fit your specific room and speaker placement. Once you're all hooked up and connected to your wireless network, be sure to download Sony's Media Remote app for your smartphone or tablet. It's the easiest way to control your receiver's most important features with touchscreen simplicity. Also try Sony's Network Audio Remote app for quick access to your digital music files.

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Highlights:

    Power and Processing:
    • 7-channel amplifier
    • 95 watts per channel into 6 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.09% THD, with 2 channels driven
    • Dolby® and DTS® surround sound decoding, including Dolby Pro Logic® IIz
    • Digital Cinema Auto Calibration for easy, accurate speaker setup
    Digital and Streaming Music Options:
    • Internet-ready for listening to music from a networked PC, free Internet radio, and music services
      • includes support for free Pandora, Slacker, and vTuner Internet radio (subscription required for some services)
    • built-in Wi-Fi for wireless connection to a home network
    • Apple AirPlay for streaming music from an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or computer running iTunes
    • built-in Bluetooth for wireless music streaming from a compatible smartphone, tablet, or computer
    • DLNA certified for streaming music with compatible devices and computers
    • front-panel USB input gives you a direct digital connection for your iPod for improved sound quality
    • plays high-resolution digital music files via a compatible Sony USB storage device or a networked computer (up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution)
    Connections:
    • HDMI 1.4a audio/video switching: 6 in, 1 out
    • front-panel USB port for audio playback from an iPod, iPhone, or compatible Sony USB 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
    • Ethernet port for network connection
    • preamp outputs for 2 powered subwoofers
    • outputs for 7 speakers (Front L/R, Center, Surround L/R, Surround Back L/R)
    • "Surround Back" speaker outputs can be used as Front Height, Front B, or for bi-amping compatible Front A speakers
    • full-sized headphone jack
    General Features:
    • 3D and 4K HDMI pass-through
    • HDMI standby pass-through allows access to all HDMI connected devices without having to power on the receiver
    • free Sony Media Remote app lets you use your Apple or Android device as a Wi-Fi® remote
    • free Sony Network Audio Remote app lets you stream music stored on your Apple or Android smartphone or tablet wirelessly to the receiver (not compatible with devices running Android 4.4; Sony is working on a solution to this problem)
    • 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 6-3/16"H x 13"D
    • weight: 18.74 lbs.
    • warranty: 2 years
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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    Features and Specs
    General
    Number Of Channels
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    7
    Stereo RMS Power (watts)
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    95
    THD in Stereo
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    0.09 %
    Frequency Bandwidth (stereo)
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    20-20,000 Hz
    FM Sensitivity
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    Not Given
    HD Radio Tuner
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    No
    On-Screen Display
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    Thru HDMI
    Auto Speaker Calibration
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    Advanced DCAC
    HDMI Standby Pass-through
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    Yes
    Composite Video Conversion
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    No
    S-Video Conversion
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    No
    Component Video Conversion
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    No
    HDMI to HDMI Upconversion
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    No
    Internet-ready
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    Yes
    Apple AirPlay
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    Built in
    App Remote Control
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    Yes
    Bluetooth-compatible
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    Built-in
    USB port for iPod/iPhone
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    Yes
    DLNA Certified
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    Audio
    MHL-compatible
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    No
    Multibrand Remote Control
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    No
    Learning Remote
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    No
    LCD Remote
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    No
    Width (inches)
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    17
    Height (inches)
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    6-1/8
    Depth (inches)
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    13-9/16
    Weight (pounds)
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    18.74
    Parts Warranty
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    2 Years
    Labor Warranty
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    2 Years
    Multi-room Audio--Video
    Powered Multi-room Audio Output
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    Preamp Multi-room Audio Output
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    Multi-room Video
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    No
    Multi-room HDMI Output
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    No
    Surround Processing
    Dolby Digital
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    DD, EX, TrueHD, DD+
    DTS
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    DTS, ES, HD, HDMA, Neo6, 96/24
    Inputs & Outputs
    Phono Input
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    No
    Audio-Video Inputs
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    6
    Audio-only Inputs
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    2
    S-Video Inputs
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    None
    S-Video Outputs
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    None
    S-Video Monitor Outputs
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    None
    Component Video Inputs
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    None
    Component Video Monitor Outputs
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    None
    Optical Digital Inputs
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    2
    Coaxial Digital Inputs
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    1
    Optical Digital Outputs
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    None
    Coaxial Digital Outputs
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    None
    HDMI Inputs
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    6
    HDMI Monitor Outputs
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    1
    Subwoofer Outputs
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    2
    Multi-Channel Analog Input
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    No
    Multi-channel Preamp Output
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    No
    Main Speaker Output Pairs
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    1
    Main Speaker Terminals
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    Posts
    Ethernet Port
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    1
    USB Connections
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    1
    Removable Power Cord
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    Product Research
    What's in the box?

    Download owner's manual

    • 7.2ch AV receiver
    • Wireless remote control (RM-AAU170)
    • 2 "AA" batteries
    • Automatic calibration microphone (ECM-AC2)
    • AM loop antenna
    • FM wire antenna (w/ attached slip-on "F" connector)
    • Operating Instructions
    • Quick Setup Guide (En/Fr/Sp)
    • US Warranty sheet
    • Canada Warranty sheet
    • On-line registration sheet

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    Audio Section
    Video Section
    Network & Tuner Functions
    USB/Bluetooth/iPod Integration
    Convenience Features
    Remote Control

    Audio Section

    Assignable 7-Channel Amplifier: The Sony STR-DN840 AV receiver is equipped with a 7-channel amplifier rated at 95 watts (into 6-ohms, at 20-20khz, with 0.09% THD, driving 2 channels). The AV receiver's Surround Back/Front Height amplifier channels can be configured to accommodate your type of home theater setup.

    • Surround Back: Allows you to enjoy high-fidelity reproduction of Dolby Digital TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, and DTS-HD (High-Resolution Audio or Master Audio) with 7.1 channel surround, using the Surround Back speaker channels.
    • Front Height: You can enjoy vertical sound effects if you connect two additional Front-Height speakers in Dolby Pro Logic IIz mode. No Surround Back speakers in this configuration.
    • B-Speakers: If you are only connecting a 5.1ch speaker system, you can use the Surround Back/Front Height amp channels as a Speaker B output, allowing you to place a pair of speakers in another room of the house. Speaker B can be played at the same time of Speaker A, or by itself. Speaker B uses the same volume control and source input as Speaker A.
    • Front Bi-Amp: If you are not using the Surround Back/Front Height at all, you can connect them to your front speakers using a bi-amplifier connection (if applicable). This provides even better sound quality from your front speakers. Your home theater setup will be limited to 5.1ch.

    Advanced Digital Cinema Auto Calibration (DCAC) w/ A.P.M (Automatic Phase Matching): The Sony STR-DN840 is equipped with Advanced 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, check for phase, 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-DN840 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 A/V preamplifier via a digital audio connection (HDMI, optical, or coaxial). To enjoy true 7.1ch Dolby Digital TrueHD and DTS-HD surround sound, the AV receiver must be connected to your Blu-ray player via HDMI.

    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. You can choose from four HD-D.C.S movie modes (Dynamic, Theater, Studio, or Sport) and six music modes (Berlin P.Hall, Concertgebouw, Musikverein, Jazz Club, Live Concert, or Portable Audio),

    Direct Modes: The Sony AV receiver offers two Direct audio modes for higher fidelity sound.

    • Analog Direct: The receiver's Analog 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.
    • Pure Direct: To further enhance sound quality, the receiver's Pure Direct mode not only bypasses the tone and DSP processing, but also turns off the front-panel display to suppress any noise which may affect sound quality.

    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.
    • D.L.L. (Digital Legato Linear): The Digital Legato Linear function is a Sony proprietary technology that allows low quality digital audio signals and analog audio signal to be played back with high quality sound.
    • Sound Optimizer: The Sound Optimizer lets you enjoy clear and dynamic sound at low volume levels. It automatically calibrates the sound which cannot be heard well when you turn down the volume level. After Auto Calibration is performed, the sound level is optimized to suit your environment.
    • 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).
    • 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.
    • Center Lift Up: By using front high speakers, you can lift up the sounds of the center speaker to an appropriate height on the screen, allowing you to enjoy a more natural representation.

    Audio Inputs/Outputs: The Sony STR-DN840 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.
    • 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.
    • 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 Section

    6 HDMI (v.1.4) Inputs: The receiver is equipped with six HDMI (v.1.4) 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.1.4 jacks are compatible with 1080p/24Hz and 4K video, 3D video signals, Deep Color & x.v.Color technology; as well as LipSync, ARC, and HDMI control.

    • 4K Pass-Through: 4K Pass Through allows the Sony STR-DN840 to receive super high-definition resolution video and pass the video signal to a 4K compatible TV or display monitor. This ensures compatibility with the latest super high resolution video formats.
    • 3D-Ready: The Sony STR-DN840 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 can be adjusted from 0-300 ms or set to Auto.
    • 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.

    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.

    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 .

    HDMI Preview: This feature provides a live picture-in-picture preview on your HDMI-connected TV of HDMI inputs connected to the receiver. HDMI Preview is not compatible with 4K and 3D video signals.

    Composite Video Inputs: The Sony STR-DN840 is also fitted with two analog composite video inputs and one composite video monitor output. The composite video jacks support 480i video signals only.

    Network & Tuner Functions

    Wired or Wireless Network Connection: The Sony STR-DN840 AV receiver features a rear-panel Ethernet (RJ-45) port and built-in WiFi that allow you to connect the receiver to your home network via a hardwired or wireless connection. By connecting the AV receiver to your home network you are able to stream select Internet Radio services and audio files stored on your window-based PC to your home audio system. The Sony AV receiver offers an on-screen setup wizard to configure the receiver to your home's network. The following system environment is required to use the network function of this receiver.

    • Broadband Line Connection: A Broadband line connection to the Internet is required in order to listen to select online music services and to use the software update function of the receiver.
    • Modem: This is the device that is connected to the broadband line to communicate with the Internet. Some of these devices are integrated with the router.
    • Router: Use a router compatible with 100 Mbps or greater transmission speed to enjoy content on your home network. 802.11 b/g compatible wireless router for WiFi connection.
    • LAN Cable (CAT5): A LAN cable (CAT5) is required for hardwired connection.

    DLNA Certified Media Player: By connecting the Sony STR-DN840 to your home's network, you can listen to music stored on your DLNA compliant PC through your home's entertainment system. The Sony STR-DN840's media player function supports Windows-based PCs only. If you have a Windows 7/8-based computer, use the Windows Media Player 12 bundled with Windows 7/8. If you have a Windows XP or Windows Vista-based computer, install Windows Media Player 11 software. The receiver supports the following media files.

    Audio Format Conditions
    MP3 Sampling Rate: 32-48 kHz
    Bit Rate: 32-320 kbps
    WMA Sampling Rate: 8-48 kHz
    Bit Rate: 40-320 kbps
    AAC Sampling Rate: 8-48 kHz
    Bit Rate: 16-320 kbps
    WAV (LPCM) Sampling Rate: 8-192 kHz,
    Quantization: 16-bit, 24-bit
    FLAC Sampling Rate: 8-192 kHz,
    Quantization: 16-bit, 24-bit

    Party Streaming: You can play music in other rooms simultaneously by connecting Sony products which are compatible with DLNA and the Party Streaming function.

    Music Services: You can listen to select music services offered on the internet with this receiver. You'll be able to enjoy some of the web's most popular internet radio services; vTuner, Music Unlimited, Pandora, and Slacker (as of 5/22/2012). The STR-DN840 will display station name and program-related information on your TV, via the receiver's on-screen menu (HDMI only). You can store up to 20 of your favorite internet radio stations.

    Online Music Services Description
    vTuner The Sony A/V Receiver uses the free online vTuner service to allow easy browsing of internet radio stations and podcasts. vTuner enables access to web-based radio stations and podcasts via an extremely reliable online database with a wide variety of content. You can browse content by Local Stations, Location, Genre, New Stations, Recently Played Stations, Popular Stations, Editor's Pick, and Favorites.
    Music Unlimited Music Unlimited offers you unlimited access to millions of songs from every major label. Forget syncing MP3 files across multiple devices; simply connect to the cloud to instantly experience the music you love anytime, anyplace. Enjoy timeless favorites or dare to try something new; all without paying for each track or album.
    Pandora Free, personalized internet radio playing only music you love. Pandora brings an effortless personal soundtrack into your living room. Enter your favorite artists and enjoy stations created just for you. Rate songs as they play, because Pandora caters to your tastes and adapts stations to your feedback on the spot.
    Slacker Slacker is a free personalized radio service with millions of songs from thousands of artists. Simply select your favorite type of music from one of over 120 expert-programmed genre stations. As you listen, give feedback and the station becomes personalized just for you.
    Note: Broadband Internet connection required. Audio quality will vary and is dependent upon broadband speed and delivery by content provider. Select content provided subject to change. Premium content may require additional fees, a subscription, and/or PC registration.

    AM/FM Tuner: The STR-DN840 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.

    Software Update: By downloading the latest version of software from Sony, you can take advantage of the newest functions. The receiver accesses the Sony server to update the software through its hardwired network connection. The AV receiver tested featured software version s9327.1003.0 (as of 5/22/2013). Visit the Sony eSuport website for the latest software updates.

    USB/Bluetooth/iPod Integration

    Sony Compatible USB Port: You can enjoy music from select Sony USB devices (Walkman/MicroVault/NWZ-series) by connecting the device to the receiver's front-panel USB (type-A) port. The Sony USB device must be formatted with FAT16 or FAT32. You can playback the following music files; MP3 (32-320kbps; VBR), WMA (40-320kbps; VBR), AAC (16-320kbps; VBR), WAV(16/24-bit; 8-192kHz), and FLAC (16/24-bit; 8-192kHz). The receiver can recognize up to 256 folders and 256 audio files in each folder, per device. You are able to control Play/Pause/Stop, Fast Forward/Rewind, Skip Previous/Next), and Folder (up/down) functions of your connected Sony USB device.

    Note: See page 45 of the AV receiver's Operating Instructions for compatible Sony USB devices (Walkman/MicroVault/NWZ-series). Other USB devices cannot be used on this receiver.

    Built-in Bluetooth: The Sony STR-ND840 features built-in Bluetooth (version 3.0) with support for profiles A2DP 1.2 and AVRCP 1.3. You'll be able to wirelessly stream music from your Bluetooth-enabled Apple device, Android smartphone/tablet, portable audio player, laptop, or PC to the Sony receiver. You will also be able to control basic playback functions (Play/Pause, FF/RW, Skip) using the receiver's remote control. Advanced music operation will still need to be handled from your Bluetooth-enable device. There is no song/artist information display on the receiver or connected TV. Continue to use your Bluetooth device's screen to view song/artist info. Up to 9 devices can be paired with the Sony AV receiver (only one can be used at a time).

    Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Sony receiver.

    iPod/iPhone Connectivity: The STR-DN840 AV receiver supports iPod, iPhone, and iPad connectivity via its front-panel USB and built-in AirPlay.

    • AirPlay Technology: AirPlay lets you stream your favorite songs directly from your iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad, or from your iTunes library on your PC or Mac to the Sony STR-DN840, over your home network connection. By downloading Apple's free Remote app onto your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad you don't even need to be in the same room as the components or your computer to play, pause, skip, and stop the songs in your iTunes music library. You will even see the iTunes music information, including your track titles and artist info via the Sony receiver's on-screen menu (via HDMI). To use the AirPlay feature you need a Mac or Windows-based PC running iTunes (10.1 or later) connected to your wireless home network. Your iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad must have iOS 4.2 or later installed and connected to the same wireless home network.
    • USB Direct: The Sony STR-DN840 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. Song/artist information from stored music on your iPod/iPhone will display on your connected TV via HDMI. The receiver offers limited control (Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track) of music apps on your iPod/iPhone and no song/artist information. Your Apple iPod/iPhone's battery will be charged while connected to the receiver (max. 1A). This unit will not charge the iPad.

    Apple Device Compatibility Chart: The Sony STR-DN840 is "made for iPod/iPhone" and supports the following iPod/iPhone model functions (as of 5/22/2013).

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Connection Type Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
    USB AirPlay Bluetooth Audio Video Remote iPod/iPhone Album Art Artist/Song Text Track Info
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y N Y Y N Y Y N
    2 7.0.4 Y Y Y Y N Y Y N Y Y N
    3 7.0.4 Y Y Y Y N Y Y N Y Y N
    4 7.0.4 Y Y Y Y N Y Y N Y Y N
    mini 7.0.4 Y Y Y Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    air 7.0.4 Y Y Y Y N Y Y N Y Y N
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N N Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    4 7.0.4 Y Y Y Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    4S 7.0.4 Y Y Y Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    5 7.0.4 Y Y Y Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    5C 7.0.4 Y Y Y Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    5S 7.0.4 Y Y Y Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N N Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    4th 6.1.3 Y Y Y Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    5th 7.0.4 Y Y Y Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 N N N N N N N N N N N
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N N Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N N Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N N Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N N Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N N Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    7th 1.02 PC Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N N Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N N Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N N Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    video 5th 1.3 N N N N N N N N N N N
    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.

    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.

    Input Mode: When you connect components to both digital and analog audio input jacks on the receiver, you can fix the audio input mode to either of them, or switch from one to the other, depending on the type of material you intend to watch.

    Keyword Search: You can type in a keyword to search for music stored on your network PC or available from the included network apps. Simply enter in the song or artist name.

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

    Dimmer: You can adjust the brightness of the display in 3 steps - Dim Max, Dim Mid, and Dim Off.

    Auto Standby: Auto Standby lets you set the receiver switch to standby mode automatically after 20 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 Theater Sync: Sony's Bravia Theater Sync feature allows you to easily manage select BRAVIA televisions and Sony HDMI audio and video components with a single remote. By connecting Sony components that are compatible with the HDMI Control function with a HDMI 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.
    • Home Theater Control: You can switch an input of the receiver or switch soundfields by using your Sony TV's remote control.

    Remote App Control: Download Sony's free Media Remote and Network Audio Remote apps from the iTunes or Google play app stores and use your compatible Apple iOS or Android device to control volume, inputs and receiver function with the Media Remote app; and control your network music with the Network Audio Remote app.

    Note: The Media & Network Audio Remote apps require that the Sony AV receiver and your Apple iOS, Android, or Sony remote device be connected to the same wireless network with the remote device connected through an 802.11 access point (802.11n recommended).
     
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    5 out of 5

    Loads of features at a great price

    Written By JPAnderson, Lakeville, MN on Monday, May 19, 2014
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    I was in the market for a new receiver. I wanted bluetooth at the least, and wifi if possible. With this receiver, you get both. Also, you can hook up your iPod, iPhone or iPad and control it with the remote. Sony makes an app for Apple and Android products so that you can control your receiver with your smartphone. I feel like this is the greatest value in receivers right now.
    Pros:
    It has loads of features and a fairly low price point.
    Cons:
    Setting up the wifi is pretty cumbersome, but worth the effort.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Great stereo for the price!

    Written By slatfour, Boise, Id on Saturday, April 12, 2014
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    So far, this stereo has exceeded my expectations. I'm using the receiver to push a 5.1 setup using Polk speakers.
    Pros:
    Bluetooth Wireless Sound Price
    Cons:
    No RCA outputs Doesn't connect to all Bluetooth devices w/ ease
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Great product with a few kinks

    Written By JKA, NYC on Thursday, April 03, 2014
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    Great product. The airplay is nice although sometimes it gets hinky switching to other inputs from the native airplay
    Pros:
    Well priced. Nice wifi and Bluetooth capabilities.
    Cons:
    Hiccups in switching from airplay to other inputs.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Great Product for the price

    Written By Daniel, Royersford, PA on Sunday, March 30, 2014
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    I purchased this receiver for my condo which is a relatively small space. The sound is great, the options provided with this receiver also works great
    Pros:
    Price and features
    Cons:
    None so far
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Great receiver, price and service

    Written By Jason, Madison, WI on Thursday, March 27, 2014
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    The Sony receiver was everything we had hoped for, easy to hook up and operate, with great sound for all devices.
    Pros:
    Ease of setup Sound Ease of use
    5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Performs beyond my expectations.

    Written By PatrickS, Brea, CA on Wednesday, March 19, 2014
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    This unit provides excellent sound and ease of use. Set-up and sound balance were a breeze and the system provides excellent sound quality. I especially enjoy the dynamic sound range for fine classical music and jazz. I have used Sony equipment for many decades and they just keep improving their performance and quality. This was my first purchase from Crutchfield and I found a very pleasant experience and will definitely be a returning customer for years to come.

    I would recommend this unit and Crutchfield to anyone looking for their first system or anyone upgrading from an older system.
    Pros:
    Sound quality and ease of set-up. Conducting business with Crutchfield
    Cons:
    NONE
    6 out of 6 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Outstanding Network AV Receiver

    Written By Butch, Kansas City on Wednesday, March 12, 2014
     
    Outstanding network AV receiver with a sleek look with more than adequate power and features for price points.
    Pros:
    Wireless and Ethernet connections plus Airplay
    Cons:
    none
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    4 out of 5

    Great features but lacks in user interface

    Written By John, Falls Church, VA on Saturday, January 18, 2014
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    The Sony product is a solid competitor for a wireless receiver with more features than most at the price range. Plus it went on deep discount for the holidays making it a no brainier. Combining it with the SideView app completes the experience and let's you run videos on shared drives directly through a networked device (mine is a 360).
    Pros:
    AirPlay for apple devices with other streaming services for music. Solid sound for my large Polk stereo, though not taking full advantage as I have a 3.2.1 setup but would live to use the 7.2 capabilities to knock into the next time zone.
    Cons:
    User interface is clunky and nearly impossible to use unless you know where everything is or have the side view app from Sony.
    1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    DN840 - Almost Perfect

    Written By Karl D., Ocean City, NJ on Friday, January 17, 2014
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    This receiver is a fantastic unit -- sound and features provide a super value. I'm still working out the pass-thru settings for the Sony TV we have connected to it. I would give it 5 stars if the pass-thru was a tad simpler. It seems that if we power-off the Receiver while it's set to "BD" for example, we can't later on power-on the TV and see a picture. We must turn the receiver back on and set it to "CATV" (for the TV cable box) and then power-off the receiver. Only then will the TV play via pass-thru. The only other weakness I see is that sporadically the Receiver will go into "Muting" mode, for unknown reason. Doesn't happen often, but it is annoying. Otherwise, this is a great unit and I would definitely buy it again. And the Crutchfield folks have been super -- helping me adjust speaker settings, crossovers, etc., for our living room. (The automatic speaker setup works fine -- I just wanted to customize it a bit.)
    Pros:
    Awesome features, great sound -- does everything it advertises to do! Airplay is pretty cool -- just select it on your iPhone and it starts up!
    Cons:
    TV pass-thru is a bit cumbersome - could be our settings, but not sure.
    4 out of 5 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Sony STR-DN840

    Written By Lamarc, MIchigan on Tuesday, January 14, 2014
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    Great sounding player, I replaced an older Sony 5.1 surround. This unit has better sound than the older unit. The set up was a little complex but the Crutchfield support team was great getting me thru the install. I had to take off 1 star because of the remote, its complicated and the layout of the buttons could be improved.
    Pros:
    Has bluetooth, built in WIFI, ample HDMI inputs, great surround sound.
    Cons:
    Layout of remote, UI is very basic and needs to be upgraded.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Great Value AVR

    Written By Anonymous, Oklahoma City, OK on Wednesday, January 01, 2014
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    This receiver is a great buy. It is very competitive to other AVR at this price range. It has the most complete wireless streaming capability (wifi, bluetooth, and airplay). The wattage and THD are pretty standard. Plus THD is measured in the thousandth percent range which doesn't make a huge difference. I paired this with the Energy Take Classic 5.1 and the sound was pretty good. I came up with the combo after reading so many positive reviews on the AVR and the speakers. I got noticeably better sound by turning on auto volume and sound optimizer on the receiver. In addition, manually set the speaker type to small and crossover frequency to around 120hz on the AVR if the auto-calibration didn't set it correctly. Dial the low pass frequency to max on the subwoofer and just let the AVR handle the crossover frequency. Correct the speaker distance if the calibration didn't set them correctly. The sound was close to my Bose Cinemate Series II or better after all the adjustments. Let the speakers break-in and they will sound even better. Overall, the sound was comparable to my new Bose Lifestyle 535 if you factor in the price. The Bose won by having tighter bass, crisper sound, and clearer vocals, but the price is ~3 times higher than the Energy. The difference in sound quality is around 1 times better. This receiver is not for users that want accurate speakers auto-calibration, analog to digital up conversion, and pretty and user-friendly GUI
    Pros:
    Great value, complete wireless streaming capabilities, modern-looking design
    Cons:
    Bad speakers auto-calibration, Unattractive/not very user-friendly GUI
    3 out of 4 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Sony STR-DN840

    Written By Joe B, MAYAGUEZ, PR on Wednesday, January 01, 2014
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    After many years of music listening via excellent high end gear such as McIntosh, Krell, Audio Research, Linn, Thiel, B&W, Dynaudio, I decided that my passion for this type of gear had diminished as I got older and now retired into a smaller dwelling where room for music listening was at a premium. So in come smaller B&W speakers and home theater system. I was looking beyond Denon, Onkyo, and Pioneer receivers which, while very popular and good sounding , their features were lacking or sometimes complicated to set up. So in comes the SONY STR-DN840. Crutchfield had it discounted so I gave it a try. The receiver was smaller in size and feature full, such as Bluetooth, Airplay, USB input as well as more than enough HDMI inputs for my needs. On top of that, an advertised 150wpc , two speakers connected. When all was hooked up with seven speakers and source equipment plugged in, it was time to let the SONY tune up the speakers to the room acoustics which it did by itself thru the supplied microphone. Easy as putting sugar into a coffee cup. And what a pleasant surprise when I played the first jazz CD, and then a Rachmaninoff symphony and a Liszt piano concerto at 1/2 volume. The first movie, REDS, sounded awesome via Dolby B. I found that the cabinet heated up quite a bit so you need to have some headroom over it for ventilation. The display on the TV screen seems spartan when showing index items and the receiver display could be larger for easier viewing.
    Pros:
    Easy setup, good strong and detailed sound, and a decent price.
    Cons:
    Power supply generates quite a bit of heat.
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Sony STR-DN840

    Written By Cindymac, Central Point OR on Monday, December 30, 2013
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    Although this is a little higher than I wanted to spend I purchased it because of the connections composite-component. You can tell from the picture on Crutchfield's site. However product description said there were none. Then to Mfg site and it says there was. Other than that it works ok.
    Pros:
    Easy to use
    Cons:
    Needs component-composite connections but then most do. There are a few of us old equip users still out there
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Sony STR-DN840

    Written By Anonymous, Houston, Tx on Saturday, December 28, 2013
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    I am using this receiver to run a 12" sub with two central speakers with 4 ceiling speakers around a central sofa area. Speaker calibration was fairly straight forward, as in just follow the command prompts. The Wifi setup was less simple as it took some time to realize how to make capital letters. The instructions overall were poor here. The sound is very nice and well done with the calibration. There is only one area we watch TV which simplifies things. The sound is a very noticeable improvement from my much older Yamaha receiver. The Pandora screen off the device is bland with only a black screen and the song title streaming across the screen. I dont see a way to setup a background screensaver. I cannot add stations through the receiver but will play all the stations setup previously. Music sounded much clearer than previous and I am very happy with the sound. There is an app and have connected both by Samsung S3 and Ipad to control volume and change songs. Did notice that you have to have bluetooth enabled to find the device and only connects one at a time from what I can tell. Overall, I am really pleased with receiver as the sound is much improved and calibration worked well. The internet apps like Pandora were a little less impressive but still functioned well overall. I recommend this receiver as an excellent lower cost device that works well and has the features of more expensive receiver.
    Pros:
    Sound quality and self calibration
    Cons:
    Instruction manual and poor visuals with the device's apps
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    5 out of 5

    Nice Onkyo replacement.

    Written By Tom G, Liverpool, NY on Wednesday, December 25, 2013
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    I'm very satisfied with this great receiver. Easy set up, good tech support from Crutchfield and sounds sweet. Price was right as I got this on sale.
    Pros:
    Standbye pass through. Integrates well with my system. Easy speaker configuring.
    Cons:
    None yet.
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    5 out of 5

    Great receiver for the price

    Written By Alex, Lehi, UT on Wednesday, December 18, 2013
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    This is my first receiver and I love it. It kicks out plenty of power. The only real downsides I've encountered are (i) the lack of a display on the receiver for the tuner (you have to have a connected television on in order to see the various preset stations; (ii) banana plugs do not work on this unit; and (iii) the software/GUI are rather clunky (this has been reported multiple times). But the setup was easy enough, and adjustments to the speaker size, volume, etc. are pretty easy. Couple its bluetooth/WiFi capabilities with the price and you have an outstanding value!
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    4 out of 5

    great sound

    Written By cr, Florida on Sunday, December 15, 2013
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    I replaced what I thought was a very good receiver that was failing. The new SONY has much better sound and the TV voices are much clearer to me. I am not a tech person but the set up was fairly clear and straight forward. I am still trying to learn some of the functions. The instruction book assumes considerable knowledge of terms so I may have to call Crutchfield support. The one issue I have is that it does not exactly handle two rooms or zones. You give up the rear speakers if you use speakers in another room. I will need to install some sort of speaker switch so that I can have 7.2 surround sound in my main listing room and then switch to 5.2 in the main room and stereo sound in the 2nd room.
    Pros:
    Sound is very good and voices are clear. Should be a 5 star rating except for one con listed below
    Cons:
    Not really a two room receiver.
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    5 out of 5

    Sony STR-DN840

    Written By Anonymous, Reisterstown, MD on Sunday, December 15, 2013
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    Nice receiver. Plenty of features, a few more HDMI inputs than I need right now, but glad to have them for future expansion. Great sound and surround separation. Overall great bang for the buck!
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    4 out of 5

    Sony STR-DN840

    Written By Anonymous, Santa Fe, NM on Thursday, December 12, 2013
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    I give the receiver 5 stars. My main reason for the overall downgrade is that the instruction manual leaves much to be desired. I am reasonably tech savvy, but some of the manual instructions are not very clear and you'll have to do some experimentation to figure some receiver operations out.
    Pros:
    The receiver has many great functions at an excellent price point.
    Cons:
    The instruction manual.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Excellent Receiver

    Written By Stan M., Jackson, WY on Sunday, December 08, 2013
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    This is a great receiver at a reasonable price. Relatively easy to set and operate, yet it has a lot of nice features.
    Pros:
    Excellent sound and easy to use.
    Cons:
    None.
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    4 out of 5

    Good bang for the buck terrible interface and instructions

    Written By robassable, AZ on Sunday, November 24, 2013
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    Got this reciever a month ago. It is fairly easy to use, sounds pretty good for movies, surprisingly good it for music for a HTR rather than a dedicated stereo receiver. The remote is not backlit and though it doesn't control everything like I would like it to it at least isn't a cluttered mess like so many others. I found it easier to just do most of the set up and install without reading the lousy instruction manual. The manual is written in bad English (probably translated from some asian language) and is poorly organized. For example several steps along the way in the preliminary set up stages it says "see page page 72 for this and see page 37 for that"...overall a pretty painful read. The bluetooth feature works great and there are literally tons of internet stations to pick from which is a lot of fun. This is my first receiver with Airplay and I love this feature. I just open up my pandora app on my iphone, pull up airplay and it wakes up my receiver without me having to use the Sony remote. My disappointment though and it is my biggest gripe with the reciever is that the airplay skips at times and sometimes loses the connection all together. I have done all of the current software updates and if I can't get this resolved soon I may have to return this reciever which would be a shame. Were it not for the problem with airplay, the horrible interface (looks like something from an old DOS program) and lousy manual I would give it 5 stars.
    Pros:
    Good sound for movies and music, Has a cleaner look than a lot of other HTR's, lots of features for the money.
    Cons:
    Instructions poorly organized and written. Antiquated inefficient interface with very dated graphics, airplay loses connection and sometimes skips.
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Sony STR-DN840

    Written By Dan, Anchorage, AK on Friday, November 08, 2013
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    I couldn't be happier with this receiver. The sound quality is stunning, and the features are phenomenal. The bluetooth and airplay features, along with the many HDMI connections, power, and clarity make it an amazing receiver.

    Contrary to what another reviewer said, this receiver is NOT difficult to set up. Granted, setting up any kind of sound system requires some effort and a willingness to read the user's manuals.
    Pros:
    Bluetooth, Auto Phase Matching, Airplay, Power, Functionality
    Cons:
    None
    5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Sony STR-DN840

    Written By Anonymous, Olympia, WA on Sunday, November 03, 2013
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    Great unit. Setting up Internet connections with Sony a bit of a chore. Sound is spectacular.
    3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    1 out of 5

    Sony STR DN840

    Written By volleyball man, Long Island NY on Saturday, October 26, 2013
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    Very frustrated, I have not been able to fully set it up, I am having difficulty having the TV play with the receiver off . I have tried the pass through settings to no avail.
    Pros:
    none
    Cons:
    very difficult to st up
    Crutchfield response on Monday, October 28, 2013
    We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
    8 out of 17 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    SONY STR DN 840

    Written By Steve, Belmont Ma on Friday, October 25, 2013
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    Nice receiver setup was easy auto spkr cal function nice.. AirPlay and Bluetooth options cool..still have some fine tuning to do with the system. User menu fairly easy to move around in overall very satisfied with purchase , time will tell .
    Pros:
    Easy setup and calibration.
    Cons:
    Remote does not allow you to sync with other devices easily and some not at all ...works better if you use all SONY related components .
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Phenomenal

    Written By Anonymous, Madison, WI on Sunday, October 13, 2013
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    This is by far the best receiver you can buy for the money. There are more expensive receivers with a couple more bells and whistles, but the Sony STR-DN840 is probably what 99.99% of people will need and want. Setup is a breeze.
    Pros:
    Bluetooth, wifi, 7.2, 4K, 3D, lots of supported formats.
    Cons:
    Once in awhile the video will cut out, unsure if it's the receiver, TV, or video device.
    3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Sony STR-DN840

    Written By DougF, Hanover,PA on Thursday, September 12, 2013
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    Very nice receiver for the money. Easy to hook up. Would recommend product.
    1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Sony STR-DN840

    Written By Anonymous, Philadelphia, PA on Sunday, August 25, 2013
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    I have been very happy with this purchase. I did a lot of research on entry-level receivers and this one clearly has the biggest punch for its price: bluetooth, airplay, 4K pass-thru, and built-in Wi-Fi. User interphase could be a little better. Overall, very satisfied.
    Pros:
    All the features you would be looking for in an entry-level receiver.
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Sony Sound

    Written By Spencer, Valencia, CA on Tuesday, August 20, 2013
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    A great combination of features at a great cost.
    Pros:
    wifi, connectivity, features
    Cons:
    nothing yet
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Sony STR-DN840

    Written By AL, Ky on Monday, August 05, 2013
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    Easy to setup and use. Good value. WiFi and Bluetooth are great. The remote works well with my other Sony Components
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Very good, with slight reservations

    Written By Rick, Deer Park, NY on Wednesday, July 24, 2013
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    So far sounds great and I enjoy streaming Pandora radio. The Wi-Fi connected right to my wireless router. Typing in the WEP key was a bit painfull as the remote is a bit too busy and confusing. On the receiver itself I would like more buttons to actually push rather than using the remote and I think buttons would enhance the whole look which is pretty bland. Otherwise quite a lot of bang for the buck with the myriad of connections, 7.1 and Internet capability and higher watts than similarly priced models.
    Pros:
    Built in Internet connectivity. 7.1 capability. Lots of connections. High output wattage. Good price point.
    Cons:
    Bland, button-less look. Busy/confusing remote.
    3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Awesome receiver

    Written By AV Man, Raleigh, NC on Wednesday, July 24, 2013
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    I love this receiver. This receiver replaced a Pioneer VSX 820 and I couldn't be happier with my purchase. The audio and video quality is excellent and with all of the connectivity options this receiver is the best value on the market as far as I can tell.
    Pros:
    6 HDMI in and 2 HDMI out, menu navigation on your TV, wireless network connectivity, DLNA, ethernet port, bluetooth and easy speaker calibration.
    Cons:
    The menu interface displayed on the TV could be better.
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Solid machine

    Written By DanO, Annapolis, MD on Monday, July 15, 2013
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    This receiver is pushing 4 components and packs plenty of power. Purchased the definitive technology cinema 800 series for the basement with two existing Boston acoustic speakers in the ceiling. Have the receiver hard wired to house network as we are taking advantage of Sony entertainment network and pandora application. Basement area is over 1300 sq ft in total size and I have yet to turn the master volume north of 1/3 receiver power. All in all, great product and the bang for the dollar is there which to me equals value. Interface is a little watered down for a 2013 machine hence the 4 star rating.
    3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    1-How can I confirm that what I'm watching on TV is being broadcast in Surround Sound and that my receiver is receiving it in Surround? My old Sony had a blue light that accomplished this. 2-In all Sound Fields is Surround Sound on? 3-Does the Pure Direct button turn off Surround Sound? 4- I don't want the TV and Receiver sound to be on at the same time. Aside from just turning down the sound on the TV is there another way to accomplish this? [ Salvatore  Mar 16, 2014 ]
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    • 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. [ Jeff Staff  Mar 18, 2014 ]
    Just got a new house and it comes pre-wired for surround sound in the family room and a pair of built in outside speakers. My current AV receiver is a Yamaha HTR-4065, which is 5.1 and thus no support for the extra pair of outside speakers. I am getting impression the DN840, even though it is 7.2 will not either and if I want to go with Sony, will need the DN1040. Is that correct? Dave [ Dave  Mar 10, 2014 ]
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    • Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget. [ Krissy Staff  Mar 11, 2014 ]
    I just hooked up this receiver and I have a Samsung about 2009 model Plasma with HDMI. I hooked everything up through HDMI including TV out on the receiver and into the TV HDMI 1. The problem I have is even if I just turn the receiver on to play FM or Bluetooth through my phone, it turns on my TV and the on screen menu comes on. Very annoying. Anyone know how to stop it? [ Clint  Mar 03, 2014 ]
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    • If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Jeff Staff  Mar 03, 2014 ]
    I have an Infinity subwoofer that has screw binding posts for its cable connections. How can I connect the subwoofer to this receiver? [ Orlando  Jan 31, 2014 ]
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    • RCA outs on the 840 are probably line level output. Binding posts generally imply an amplified input/output. If your sub requires an amplified signal chances are that the 840 will not power them. If your sub is powered, then all you to do is use a RCA cable and strip back the opposite end and put the center post wire to the (+) post of the sub and the other to (-) post. Obviously if the sub does not have any volume it's probably not powered and requires a separate amp. Hope this helps. I am not a technician, just so you know! [ LOREN   Feb 03, 2014 ]
    • I am sorry but I have not installed it yet. It is still in the box due to renovation in my appt. Sorry that I can't help. [ MOSHE   Feb 02, 2014 ]
    • Standard a/v cord worked for me. Stripped off the video cord and plugged the left/right in with no problem [ RICHARD   Feb 01, 2014 ]
    • If your subwoofer is a powered sub, you take the front right or front left output on the receiver to the sub binding posts and then from the sub binding posts to the appropriate speaker. [ LANDON M   Feb 01, 2014 ]
    I have a Sony BDP-S5100 Blu Ray Player that also outputs SACD DSD over the single HDMI cable output. The back of the DN840 has an HDMI port for the Blue Ray and another for SACD. Do I need to split the HDMI signal coming out of the S5100, one for each HDMI port, or if I just run the single HMDI from the S5100 to the DN840 Blu Ray HDMI port, will the receiver recognize the SACD signal? I really want to hear multi-channel SACD on the DN840. [ Pete t  Jan 10, 2014 ]
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    • How many DVD's this unit holds? I have no tech experience to answer your question. Sorry..... [ JEROME   Jan 11, 2014 ]
    • I run my Sony Blue Ray via the HDMI. I have a separate Sony SACD component that I run through the optical outlet. I am using Energy and Mirage speakers for my setup. I have played SACD's and regular digital CD's through both the Blue Ray and SACD components, and really find that the speakers handle SACD signal quite well, although the SACD's are quite limited in supply for purchase and more expensive. [ WILLIAM F   Jan 10, 2014 ]
    We just hooked up our new DN840 - all is well, but when we are set to viewing a Blu-ray Disc via the Receiver, we can't help noticing our Motorola cable box constantly -- non-stop -- switching back and forth from a channel number to "dou" or whatever it switches to. It seems as if it's trying to get the TV or Receiver to acknowledge it, but without luck. It's strange that it does this while we are watching the BD disc. Has anyone else noticed this, or perhaps did I miss a setting that I could change? (All of our cables are connected properly as per the setup instructions.) [ Karl  Jan 02, 2014 ]
    1 answer
    • If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Jeff Staff  Jan 02, 2014 ]
    What is the difference between the Sony STR-DN840 & Sony STR-DN1040? The only thing I notice that is different is the component video/audio & multi room capabilities. How important is it to have component video/audio input & output if I am connecting to is Sony TV that is 1080p 240hz? & What is the difference in multi room between the two receivers? [ Jaclyn  Dec 10, 2013 ]
    1 answer
    • There are a few minor differences between the units. The 1040 has a couple more inputs, video upconversion, slightly more power, and 2nd room output. The importance of these features will depend on what you are connecting the receiver to. A quick phone call or online chat with an Advisor will help figure which of these will be best for you. [ Jeff Staff  Dec 11, 2013 ]
    I have this receiver that i acquired from a friend. The sub woofer i have has the regular push pin hook-ups on the back of it. how do you properly hook up push pin hookups to the (RCA) type hook-ups on the back of the receiver? is their a special wire i have to purchase for this? i have tried numerous things that don't seem to work. [ Dustin  Dec 05, 2013 ]
    3 answers
    • Unfortunately, your subwoofer with push pin inputs requires a 'high level' input such as true speaker wire connection. The sub woofer output of the Sony unit is 'low level' RCA connection and does not have the power to send the audio to your sub woofer. The only thing you could do is tap (parallel) off the speaker wires and use the sub woofer contra to adjust the crossover point and levels. You would also need to set the Sony receiver so the front or center speaker(a) you tap into are 'full' range so that all of the bass audio is included in these speakers, otherwise no bass audio will be present and the sub woofer won't work. [ COREY   Dec 09, 2013 ]
    • If I'm understanding your question correctly, I think you'll be able to pop off the plastic piece in the center of the terminal. You can then plug the RCA directly into the terminal. Hopefully that answers your question appropriately. [ ERIC   Dec 06, 2013 ]
    • There is a wire that converts 2 wires to one, sold locally [ SPENCER   Dec 06, 2013 ]
    How do I register this device in the side view APP? The APP recognizes the receiver, but I can not find side view registration function in the receivers' menu. [ OneTwoThree  Nov 27, 2013 ]
    1 answer
    • To register the TV SideView Device 1 Press HOME NETWORK. You can also select "HOME NETWORK" from "Listen" in home menu. 2 Press OPTIONS. 3 Select "TV SideView Device Registration", then press circle+ button. 4 Select "Start Registration", then press circle+ button. The receiver starts to detect TV SideView device that is ready for registration."Connecting" appears on the TV screen. Press "Registration" on the TV SideView device. [ Jeff Staff  Nov 27, 2013 ]

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