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Sony STR-DN850

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

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Our take on the Sony STR-DN850

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.

Receiver, meet computer and smartphone

It's a common problem: your main music-listening system is in your TV or living room. But you've got a computer loaded with music sitting in another room. Isn't there a way to get them together without moving your computer and connecting it to your receiver? There's a simple solution: the Sony STR-DN850. It's a seven-channel home theater receiver, so it can power a surround sound system. And it also offers several ways to play music wirelessly from your computer, smartphone, and tablet. Plus, you get automatic speaker calibration, plenty of inputs for wired sources like Blu-ray players and cable boxes, and an easy-to-use on-screen interface to get started.

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Enjoy wireless music with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

By equipping the STR-DN850 with built-in Wi-Fi, Sony ensures the quickest, easiest connection to your home network. Once you're connected, you'll free all those digital music files from your computer or network storage device. If you're an iTunes® user, Apple AirPlay makes it easy to stream all your digital tunes wirelessly from your networked computer, as well as an iPhone®, iPod touch® or iPad®. Want to satisfy your thirst for new music? Listen to free Internet radio stations from around the world with TuneIn, or let Pandora® create a custom station just for you. Spotify® subscribers can play nearly any song they can think of using the app on their smartphone or tablet. The 'DN850 also has built-in Bluetooth, so you can listen to audio from any app on your smartphone or tablet through your home theater speakers.


High-res audio

Other digital music options

Even without a networked computer, there are cool options for enjoying digital music with the STR-DN850. There's 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. For Android™ users, there's a front-panel MHL port. It's an HDMI input that can take video, photos, and music from compatible phones and tablets and show them on the big screen and play them through your surround speakers. If you have any high-resolution downloads from sites like HDtracks, load them onto a USB memory drive and plug it into the USB port. This receiver can play high-res recordings with up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution, for greater detail and depth than CDs can deliver.

Customized sound, HD video upscaling, and app control

What else does this versatile receiver offer? Digital Cinema Auto Calibration configures your speakers for optimum sound. Just plug in the included setup mic and follow the on-screen instructions for sound tailored to your room and speakers. Once you're set up, you'll enjoy pristine 1080p HD video quality, even from older sources like DVD players thanks to HD (and Ultra HD for new 4K TVs) upscaling. Thanks to built-in Wi-Fi, you have a special remote to control your system: your smartphone. Download Sony's free SongPal app to your Apple or Android device for easy Wi-Fi control of the receiver.

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
    • Digital Cinema Auto Calibration for easy, accurate speaker setup
    • upscales standard-definition video signals to HD and Ultra HD (up to 4K)
    Digital and Streaming Music Options:
    • built-in Wi-Fi for listening to music from a networked PC, free Internet radio, and music services
      • includes support for Spotify, Pandora Internet radio, Music Unlimited, and TuneIn Internet radio (subscription required for some services)
    • Apple AirPlay for streaming music from an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or computer running iTunes
    • DLNA certified for streaming music from compatible networked computers and devices
    • plays high-resolution digital music files via USB storage device or a networked computer (up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution)
    • built-in Bluetooth for wireless music streaming from a compatible smartphone, tablet, or computer
      • aptX® encoding provides high-quality music streaming from compatible devices
      • NFC-compatible for one-touch pairing with compatible smartphones
    • MHL-ready HDMI input for accessing content from select Android smartphones and tablets
    • front-panel USB input gives you a direct digital connection for your iPod for improved sound quality
    Connections:
    • HDMI 2.0 audio/video switching: 5 in, 1 out
    • 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 seven speakers (Front L/R, Center, Surround L/R, Surround Back L/R)
      • Surround Back channel outputs can also be used as Front High or Front B speakers, or to bi-amp compatible Front speakers
    • Ethernet port (includes antenna for Wi-Fi reception)
    • 1/4" headphone jack
    General Features:
    • free Sony SongPal app lets you use your Apple or Android device as a Wi-Fi remote
    • 4K and 3D pass-through
    • 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
    • intuitive on-screen user interface (via HDMI only)
    • 60 AM/FM presets
    • remote control
    • 17"W x 6-1/8"H x 13-5/8"D
    • weight: 17.6 lbs.
    • warranty: 2 years
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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    Features and Specs
    General
    Number Of Channels 7
    Stereo RMS Power (watts) 95
    THD in Stereo 0.09 %
    Frequency Bandwidth (stereo) 20-20k Hz
    FM Sensitivity Not Given
    HD Radio Tuner No
    On-Screen Display Thru HDMI
    Auto Speaker Calibration Advanced DCAC
    HDMI Standby Pass-through Yes
    Composite Video Conversion From Composite to HDMI
    S-Video Conversion ---
    Component Video Conversion No
    HDMI to HDMI Upconversion Yes
    Internet-ready Yes
    Apple AirPlay Built in
    App Remote Control Yes
    Bluetooth-compatible Built-in
    USB port for iPod/iPhone Yes
    DLNA Certified Audio
    MHL-compatible Yes
    Multibrand Remote Control No
    Learning Remote No
    LCD Remote No
    Width (inches) 17
    Height (inches) 6-1/8
    Depth (inches) 13-5/8
    Weight (pounds) 17.6
    Parts Warranty 2 Years
    Labor Warranty 2 Years
    Multi-room Audio--Video
    Powered Multi-room Audio Output No
    Preamp Multi-room Audio Output No
    Multi-room Video No
    Multi-room HDMI Output No
    Surround Processing
    Dolby Digital DD, EX, TrueHD, DD+
    DTS DTS, ES, HD, HDMA, Neo6, 96/24
    Inputs & Outputs
    Phono Input No
    Audio-Video Inputs 5
    Audio-only Inputs 1
    S-Video Inputs ---
    S-Video Outputs ---
    S-Video Monitor Outputs ---
    Component Video Inputs None
    Component Video Monitor Outputs None
    Optical Digital Inputs 2
    Coaxial Digital Inputs 1
    Optical Digital Outputs None
    Coaxial Digital Outputs None
    HDMI Inputs 5
    HDMI Monitor Outputs 1
    Subwoofer Outputs 2
    Multi-Channel Analog Input No
    Multi-channel Preamp Output No
    Main Speaker Output Pairs 1
    Main Speaker Terminals Posts
    Ethernet Port 1
    USB Connections 1
    Removable Power Cord No
    Product Research
    What's in the box?

    Download owner's manual

    • 7.2ch AV receiver
    • Wireless remote control (RM-AAU189)
    • 2 "AAA" batteries
    • Automatic calibration microphone (ECM-AC2)
    • AM loop antenna
    • FM wire antenna (w/ attached slip-on "F" connector)
    • Reference Guide (En/Fr/Sp)
    • Startup Guide (En/Fr/Sp)
    • "Updating The Software" instructions
    • 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

    Quality Construction & Circuitry: Borrowing construction and circuitry design from Sony's ES line, it all begins with a rigid chassis based on the legendary frame and beam concept. To this structure, Sony then mounts the various components; a high capacity power transformer, custom heat sink, and other specially selected audio-grade components that together add up to high-quality sound performance.

    Assignable 7-Channel Amplifier: The Sony STR-DN850 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 7.2 channel surround, using the Surround Back speaker channels.
    • Front Height: You can enjoy vertical sound effects if you connect two additional Front-Height speakers; no Surround Back speakers in this configuration.
    • B-Speakers: If you are only connecting a 5.2ch speaker system, you can use the Surround Back/Front Height/Front B 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.
    • Bi-Amp: If you are not using the Surround Back/Front Height/Front B channels at all, you can connect them to your front speakers using a bi-amplifier connection (provides better sound quality for front speakers). A bi-amplification connection uses two amplifiers for one speaker. One amplifier is connected to the woofer section of a loudspeaker while the other is connected to the combined midrange and tweeter section. With this arrangement each amplifier operates over a limited frequency range, making its job easier.

    Advanced Digital Cinema Auto Calibration (DCAC) w/ A.P.M (Automatic Phase Matching): The Sony STR-DN850 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 select between three auto calibration modes.

    • Full Flat: Makes the measurement of frequency from each speaker flat.
    • Engineer: Sets to "the Sony listening room standard" frequency characteristics.
    • Front Reference: Adjusts the characteristics of all of the speakers to match the characteristics of the front
      speaker.
    • Off: No auto calibration is applied.
    Note: 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-DN850 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.

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

    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.

    • 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.
    • Equalizer: You can adjust the tonal quality (bass & treble level) of the front speakers from -6dB to +6dB, in 1dB steps.

    Audio Inputs/Outputs: The Sony STR-DN850 offers a variety of analog and digital audio inputs/outputs.

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

    Video Section

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

    • 4K/60Hz Pass Through: 4K/60Hz Pass Through allows the Sony STR-DN850 to receive ultra high-definition resolution video and pass the video signal to a 4K/60Hz compatible TV or display monitor.
    • 3D-Ready: The Sony STR-DN850 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.
    Note: The AV receiver's HDMI 2.0 jacks do not support the latest HDCP 2.2 copyright protection for 4K ultra-HD content, so it will not support 4K content from satellite/cable providers, online video services, and Blu-ray disc which are copyright protected with HDCP 2.2.

    HDMI Upconvert/Upscale (4K): The Sony AV receiver's HDMI upconvert/upscale function improves image quality of non-4K sources to ultra-HD. Analog omposite video connected device signals are converted to digital, upscaled to 4K, and output via HDMI, making one cable connection from the receiver to your TV possible. 1080p HDMI input video signals are also upscaled to 4K.

    24p True Cinema Mode: The 24p True Cinema Mode allows you to watch movies at their native frame rate 24p format (24 frames per second) when paired with a 24p playback device like a Blu-ray Disc Player.

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

    HDMI Standby Pass-Through: The HDMI Standby Pass-Through feature conveniently allows you to access all your HDMI connected devices without having to power on the receiver.

    Composite Video Inputs: The Sony STR-DN850 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-DN850 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: The Sony STR-DN850 is DLNA certified. By connecting the Sony STR-DN850 to your home's network, you can listen to music stored on your Windows  PC (w/ Windows Media Player 11 or 12) or a DLNA (ver.1.5) compatible media server. Compatible music formats include - MP3 (32-320kbps), WMA (48-192kbps), AAC (48-320kbps), WAV (8-48kHz; 16/24-bit), FLAC (44.1-192k; 16/24-bit), AIFF (32-192kHz; 16/24-bit), and ALAC (32-96kHz; 16/24-bit). This eliminates the need to copy your and music files to a separate USB storage device.

    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 with these built-in apps; Pandora, TuneIn, & Music Unlimited (as of 5/28/2014). The STR-DN850 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.

    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.

    Spotify Connect: With the Spotify app on your Apple iOS or Android smartphone, you've got instant access to millions of songs. And now you can stream those same songs from your smartphone to the Sony STR-DN850 by using Spotify Connect; simply hit play on the app to start streaming music. What's more, when you've been listening to Spotify on your smartphone outside and come inside, the song immediately begins to stream to the receiver for uninterrupted music enjoyment. You can also personalize playlists and receive phone calls while listening to music. The Spotify app for Apple iOS/Android devices and a premium account are required.

    AM/FM Tuner: The STR-DN850 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 s9602.1005.0 with an immediate update for software version s9602.1316.0 (as of 5/28/2014). Visit the Sony eSuport website for the latest software updates.

    USB/Bluetooth/iPod Integration

    Front-Panel USB Port: This AV receiver is equipped with a front-panel USB (type-A) port that allows you to enjoy MP3 (32-320kbps), WMA (48-192kbps), AAC (48-320kbps), WAV (8-48kHz; 16/24-bit), FLAC (44.1-192k; 16/24-bit), AIFF (32-192kHz; 16/24-bit), and ALAC (32-96kHz; 16/24-bit) music files from a USB mass storage class memory device; such as your Android smartphone (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only), Sony Walkman, or USB thumbdrive. The receiver can recognize up to 256 folders and 256 files in each folder. You can use the receiver's on-screen menu (via HDMI) and remote control to navigate your stored music files on your connected USB memory device. USB portable audio devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the AV receiver's USB port (5V/1A); even in standby mode.

    Built-in Bluetooth: The Sony STR-DN850 features built-in Bluetooth (version 3.0) with support for A2DP 1.2, AVRCP 1.3, and AptX which allows you to wirelessly stream and control music on your Bluetooth-enabled using the AV receiver.

    • SSP + NFC Pairing: The STR-DN850 pairs wirelessly and effortlessly with Bluetooth enabled devices (up to 9) with a single press of a button. Bluetooth-enabled devices (like Android 2.3.3 or later) that have Near Field Communication (NFC) are even easier to pair with; simply touch the device to the NFC logo on the receiver and they're paired. NFC Easy Connect app is needed for your Android device, unless you have Android OS 4.1 or later installed. Once paired, the AV receiver will automatically re-connect to your device when within range (up to 33').
    • Wireless Audio Streaming w/ AptX: 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. The AV receiver evens employs AptX audio coding technology for lossless, CD-quality streaming with compatible AptX-compatible phones (like some Androids). You'll 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.
    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-DN850 AV receiver supports iPod, iPhone, and iPad connectivity via its front-panel USB port and built-in AirPlay technology.

    • AirPlay: 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-DN1050, 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 4.3 or later installed and connected to the same wireless home network.
    • USB Direct: The Sony STR-DN1050 supports digital music playback from an iPod, iPhone, or iPad using its front-panel USB (type-A) port. Simply plug your compatible Apple device into the receiver's front-panel USB port, using the cable that came with your iPod/iPhone/iPad. Stored music and music apps from your connected Apple device can be played through the AV receiver, bypassing the iPod/iPhone D/A converter for better sound quality. The iPod/iPhone/iPad can be controlled by the receiver's remote, or you can continue to use the Apple device's clickwheel or touchscreen. You can search for stored music on your compatible Apple device by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Podcast, Genre, Composer, or Audiobook. You also have access to Repeat (One/All/Off) and Shuffle (Songs/Albums/Off) functions. The receiver offers limited control (Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track) of music apps on your iPod/iPhone.Song/artist information from stored music and music apps on your iPod/iPhone will display on your connected TV via HDMI. Your Apple iPod/iPhone's battery will be charged while connected to the receiver (max. 1A). This unit will not charge the iPad.

    Apple Device Compatibility Chart: The Sony STR-DN1050 is "made for iPod/iPhone" and supports the following iPod/iPhone model functions (as of 9/28/2014):

    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 8.0 Y Y Y Y N Y Y N Y Y N
    3 8.0 Y Y Y Y N Y Y N Y Y N
    4/air 8.0 Y Y Y Y N Y Y N Y Y N
    mini 8.0 Y Y Y Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N N Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N 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 7.1.2 Y Y Y Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    4S 8.0 Y Y Y Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    5/5C/5S 8.0 Y Y Y Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    6/6+ 8.0 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 8.0 Y Y Y Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    nano
    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
    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

    Advanced On-Screen Menu w/ Setup Wizard (via HDMI): You can display the receiver's on-screen menu 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. You can easily access and manage your input devices and settings with this intuitive 5-panel "activity based" on-screen menu. The STR-DN850 on-screen, set-up wizard will take you through everything you need to create and control your home theater experience. The on-screen menu is only available from the receiver's HDMI A and HDMI B outputs (not HDMI Zone 2 output). 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.

    Custom Presets: The Sony AV receiver features 3 Custom Preset buttons (Movie, Music, Night) on the remote control to make operating the receiver easier. Pressing a Preset button will automatically launch a number of operations that initiate play of the source controlled by that button; such as powering on the receiver, switching to the appropriate source input, and recalling the selected DSP surround mode.

    • Custom Preset 1 (Movie): Pressing the Custom Preset 1 button turns on the receiver and lets you access a video source (default BD/DVD) with its saved soundfield (default HD-D.C.S).
    • Custom Preset 2 (Music): Pressing the Custom Preset 2 button turns on the receiver and lets you access an audio source (default SACD/CD) with its saved soundfield (default HD-D.C.S).
    • Custom Preset 3 (Night): Pressing the Custom Preset 3 button turns the AV receiver's sleep timer function on for 30 minutes and activates the receiver's Sound Optimzer.
    Note: These buttons can also be reconfigured to automatically select other sources and soundfields.

    Input Modes & Naming: 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. You can enter a name of up to 8 characters for each of the receiver's inputs (except Tuner) and display the name on its display. This is convenient for labeling the jacks with the names of your connected components. 

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

    Auto Standby: Auto Standby lets you set the receiver switch to standby mode automatically after 20 minutes when you do not operate the receiver or when there is no signal input to the receiver.

    Remote Control

    IR Remote + Bravia Theater Sync: 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.  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.
    • Theater Mode Sync: Allows you to switch the AV receiver's Theater mode from the receiver's, TV, or connected Blu-ray disc player's remote control, while pointing the remote toward your television.

    SongPal Remote App: By downloading Sony's free SongPal remote app (from iTunes or Google Play), you can use your Apple iOS (6.0+) or Android (2.3+) device to control the AV receiver via Bluetooth or WiFi connection. From the SongPal remote app, you can select input sources and customize sound settings of the Sony AV receiver. You'll also be able to browse music stored on your Network, Computer, or a USB mass storage class device from the SongPal remote app on your compatible smartphone. You'll even be able to access the AV receiver's built-in online music services; like Pandora, TuneIn, and Music Unlimited. In addition, you can access stored music and other apps on your smartphone using the SongPal remote app. The SongPal app will display song/artist information and album art.

     
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    Great Sound From All Sources

    Written By Dennis R, Marriottsville, MD on Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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    We needed a receiver/amplifier for the living room of our new townhouse. The Sony STR-DN850 works great, giving us stereo sound from our TV, Blue Ray, CD player. The seamless connection to internet services like Pandora is a real treat. Likewise, the Bluetooth capability means that I can lay my iPhone on the stereo cabinet and listen to XM Radio and my iTunes library. Sony's SongPal app allows you to control the receiver from an iPad or iPhone anyplace in the house.
    Pros:
    Easy set-up, internet music sources, Bluetooth connectivity.
    Cons:
    Connecting to a home network is tricky.
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    5 out of 5

    Sony STR-DN850

    Written By Larry S., Oxnard, CA on Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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    Extra user friendly right from the box. On screen set-up was quick and simple. I'm not extremely tech savvy, but a few calls to the Crutchfield support line and I was up and running in no time. This receiver replaced a high end 5.1 Pioneer and sounds just as good or better. Maybe the HDMI connections have something to do with that. Even the remote is much easier to understand and use, with about 15 fewer buttons. Also has "Pass Thru" feature which allows the sound to be on the tv without having the receiver on, for news and shows that don't require surround. I did lots of shopping around and comparisons before buying and feel I made an excellent choice. This receiver is easy to navigate and use, sounds awesome and came at a fair price. I highly recommend it.
    Pros:
    User friendly, built in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, Zone "B" speaker setting for my outdoor speakers.( This was important during my comparison shopping)
    Cons:
    No switched 120 volt outlet on the back for powered subwoofer.
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    Is the remote control IR so that it requires direct line of sight ? Can I use some sort of Bluetooth remote for this reciever ? [ R  Jun 11, 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. [ Greg Staff  Jun 12, 2014 ]

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