Take home theater beyond family movie night

If you think home theater is just about watching movies in your TV room, then check out the many features found in the Sony STR-DN1050. In addition to powering your surround speakers, it also offers wireless capability for streaming music from computers and smartphones. There are built-in digital music options like Pandora® Internet radio. The seven-channel amplifier can be configured for several setup options, including playback through stereo speakers in a second room. And there are three HDMI outputs along with dual-zone capability for watching two different movies in separate rooms simultaneously. Pretty impressive for such an affordable receiver.

Enjoy wireless music with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

By equipping the STR-DN1050 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 'DN1050 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-DN1050. 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 compatible USB memory drive and plug it into the USB port. This receiver can play high-res recordings, including DSD files, for greater detail and depth than CDs can deliver.

Praise for the Sony STR-DN1050 AV Receiver from Sound & Vision

"The Sony STR-DN1050 is the best receiver I've ever heard selling for $600, and I've heard quite a few. ...This receiver has dynamics reminiscent of something much more expensive, perhaps even twice its price, along with a fine-tuned tonal balance that benefits anything you might listen to. A high-end-of-the-low-end champion, it is now my top recommendation at this price. "

— From Mark Fleischmann's review in Sound & Vision, August 5, 2014
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Multi-zone audio and video

If you're content with 5.2-channel sound in your main listening room, the 'DN1050's extra speaker outputs can be used for a second room. Connect a set of stereo speakers to the "rear surround" outputs, and you can listen to music in the kitchen or bedroom while the rest of the family watches a movie in the main room. Better yet, with dual-zone HDMI switching, you can send video from two different sources to two different TVs simultaneously. The kids can watch a Blu-ray disc in the living room, while you watch the game on cable in your bedroom. There's even a third HDMI output for sending the Zone 1 signal to a second display, such as a projector or a second TV in the back of your home theater.

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 microphone 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.


    Power and Processing:
    • 7-channel amplifier
    • 100 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 DSD and PCM digital music files via USB storage device or a networked computer (DSD: 2.8MHz; PCM: up to 24-bit/192kHz)
    • 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
    • front- and rear-panel MHL-ready HDMI inputs 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
    Multi-room Audio/Video:
    • dual-room/dual-source output
      • powered and line-level stereo audio output for 2nd room (using powered 2nd-room output allows 5.2 home theater in main room)
      • HDMI dual-zone switching for watching HD content from different sources in two zones simultaneously
      • AirPlay and optical/coaxial digital sources cannot be output to Zone 2
    • HDMI 2.0 audio/video switching: 6 in, 3 out (including 2 MHL-compatible inputs)
    • front-panel USB port for audio playback from an iPod, iPhone, or USB memory device
    • component video switching: 2 in, 1 out
    • 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
    • stereo RCA Zone 2 outputs
    • 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, Zone 2 speakers, or to bi-amp compatible Front speakers
    • IR/remote in/out for use with IR repeaters or external control systems
    • 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
      • This receiver is not HDCP 2.2-compliant and will not support copy-protected 4K video content.
    • HDMI standby pass-through allows access to all HDMI connected devices without having to power on the receiver
    • BRAVIA™ Sync for one-remote operation with compatible Sony components
    • intuitive on-screen user interface (via HDMI only)
    • 60 AM/FM presets
    • remote control
    • 17"W x 6-3/4"H x 13-11/16"D
    • weight: 22 lbs.
    • warranty: 2 years
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

    Receivers: Your ticket to sensational sound

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    Written By DEb, Florida on Wednesday, September 09, 2015

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    Great reciever

    Pros: Easy setup and great sound.

    Cons: Could off more web stations. Like Iheart.

    Best money in 30 years

    Written By W, Surrey, BC on Monday, June 08, 2015

    Best money I have spent in 30 years. The 7.1 sound through my Polk audio speakers is just great and the stereo splitting into 7.1 really pulls you in to the sound field like you wouldn't believe. Must be heard to be believed. Lol I have started listening to my entire collection all over again.

    Pros: Enveloping sound field! Easy to set up with supplied microphone Price point is great for this sound quality Easy to use on screen controls

    Cons: On screen controls a little glitchy sometimes Next to no information on what all the settings are all about Relied on Internet to find out more about what is what.

    Network dead

    Written By KarlD, Arizona on Tuesday, June 02, 2015

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    For 6 months unit worked fine and now will not connect to the WiFi. Looks like the network card is dead. Will not recognize the access point in the house even though all other unites (iPad, etc.) work great. Sending it back for repair, which is probably going to be a nightmare.

    Pros: Works great when it was working.

    Cons: Poor reliability with network card.


    Written By Matt W, Massachusetts on Saturday, May 30, 2015

    Very impressed overall. Great sound for a receiver. Great user interface. Loaded with features. Reliable (which after a few less than reliable Onkyos I no longer take for granted). I'll admit I was skeptical, Sony receivers haven't always been the greatest, and it's a bit light in weight, so I was concerned it might not have the transformer for good punch and sound, but I was wrong. The What HiFi review that gave it 5 stars is what convinced me to give it a shot. Very glad I did. It sounds great. Not separates great, but still, smooth, balanced, and strong. Buy it!

    Pros: Great sound for a receiver. All the features you could ask for (save perhaps AirPlay display). Price is right. UI is very well done.

    Cons: None really.

    Great home theater receiver

    Written By RustyF, Georgia on Thursday, May 28, 2015

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    I purchased this Sony to replace a Denon AVR-1708 used in a bedroom. I am running a 5.1 setup with 5 Harmon Kardon cube type speakers and a Polk PSW108 sub. The package arrived as promised and in good condition. The swap out was very easy - took less that 20 min. The automated speaker setup got me close and I was able to dial it in to my tastes pretty easily. The Sony unit gives a much fuller sound than the older Denon that was getting tired. My cable remote will turn on/off the unit as well as allow for volume adjustments. My Iphone synced up no problem. My only issue to the Very poor remote. It works but feels like I cheap piece of junk.

    Pros: Great sound. lots connection options. I hooked up an older VCR to view old family gathering and the picture OK but it played. The features were what I was looking for in this price point. I really like the Yamaha receivers and got this one to try something different... I'm keeping this one! If you get one you will have a keeper too.

    Cons: poor remote - they need to come up with something better. I thought the remote for my Sony blue ray was bad but this one is worse.

    Pleased with results and Crutchfield

    Written By paulw, New York on Monday, May 25, 2015

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    stellar performance-easy to setup; delivery was indeed 2 days. The only downside is I have to wait 30 days to use the points?

    Pros: great sound, easy setup

    Cons: point promo is limiting my next order

    So far so good!

    Written By Anonymous, Aston, PA on Monday, May 18, 2015

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    This unit is replacing a 13 year old Sony unit that was starting to have issues with the center channel speaker connection. It had a good run, and wasn't really worth paying to repair it. Setup was a breeze, and certainly had a lot more options to configure compared to my old unit. One of the selling points for me was to get a second room/zone set up so that I could wire up speakers for my soon-to-exist paver patio in my yard. The features met my needs and my old Sony did me well, so I decided to stick with the brand. I'm not an audiophile by any means, so this unit may lack some of the really in-depth features that some people want/need, but it is excellent for my needs.

    Pros: Easy setup, good features, price

    Cons: none so far


    Written By AIRUPSER, KY on Sunday, May 10, 2015

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    This receiver gives a much more pleasurable listening experience than my Marantz SR6008 did. I'm very happy that the HDMI on that model has stopped working after only a year. Even though the Marantz has a parametric style EQ, this Sony sounds much better in my opinion and is a total powerhouse. This receiver feeds 2 Polk RTI A9's and A3 surrounds with a Klipsch Icon center and Bic PL-200 12 inch powered sub. This system really shines now with the Sony 1050. Great product!

    Pros: Apple AirPlay/wattage/sound

    Cons: That I didn't purchase it earlier and went with overpriced junk.

    Sony STR-DN1050

    Written By DDT, Texas on Tuesday, April 28, 2015

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    The Sony was easy to set up which is a plus for an old guy like me. I have a 7.1 surround sound system in my living room and this receiver had enough punch to put out theater like sounds for me. On screen menu is a plus but I found lacking. So far I have not found how to operate the "B" speakers. With the fact that I had to use RCA plugs to wire them in is a downside also. Still trying to get the FM radio to pick up a station clear. Unknown if it's my antenna or the receiver.

    Pros: Remote is easy to use with the on screen guide. Very good surround sound.

    Cons: Controling the "B" side speakers and wiring in RCA plugs to the B terminals.

    Solid overall but come with a couple quirks

    Written By BHans, Texas on Friday, April 24, 2015

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    Good value for the included features, but some of the features come with off quirks. Two zone functionality is great, but cannot send AirPlay to second zone. Second HDMI out is useful too, but cannot utilize ARC functionality if second screen is connected to extra HDMI output.

    Pros: Two zone operation AirPlay

    Cons: No AirPlay to second zone No ARC if second HDMI output is connected

    Great product - great value

    Written By Jeanine, California on Friday, April 24, 2015

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    Wanted something reliable and easy to use, this was the perfect match. Replaced a Denon which seemed backwards for my 80 year young husband.

    Pros: Ease of use and dependable.

    Cons: None

    Great Replacement

    Written By Wayne, Virginia on Thursday, April 23, 2015

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    Replaced a Onkyo 606 - Sounds better & works with all my other Sony equipment -Easy setup

    Pros: Lots of HDMI inputs -Hdmi to Zone 2

    Cons: None

    Sony STR-DN1050 Great AV Receiver

    Written By Dave P, South Carolina on Thursday, April 09, 2015

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    Great sound, easy to set up, easy to use. I have it set up with a 5.1 surround system on one zone and two speakers on an outdoor covered porch for the other two channels on the other zone. Drives built-in Proficient Audio C661 speakers plus Polk Audio DSW PRO 550wi sub woofer. Blue Tooth is easy to use playing music from any device. Very satisfied with the Sony STR-DN1050, not sure you can beat it in this price range.

    Pros: Easy set up Easy to use Great Sound Plenty of HDMI and USB Ports Zone 2 for outdoor speakers

    Cons: None so far

    Great product; a few hiccups

    Written By AaronMG, NJ on Wednesday, April 08, 2015

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    All in all it's a great product. Easy set up, very good sound, nice array of features. I was a bit uneasy about the purchase given the HDMI issues many have experienced but decided to take the plunge predominantly due to the positivity of all the expert reviews and the price special that Crutchfield was offering at the time. Truth be told, I did experience an HDMI handshake issue, but I was patient with it and traced the issue to a particular setting on my TV (an ARC property setting). Changed the setting and no further HDMI issues have shown themselves. Airplay also had a few hiccups, but I traced those to an issue in the iPhone app I was using (Songza) and some interference from our baby monitor! For reference, my speaker set up is a Definitive Mythos XTA-SSA3 LCR passive sound bar, PSB in ceiling surrounds, and an SVS PB-1000 sub it is sounds outstanding for Movies and Music. Recommended, just be patient as you work through the complexities.

    Requires HDMI connection to TV

    Written By Darius, New York on Saturday, March 28, 2015

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    This may be a great unit. But if you don't have an HDMI capable TV, you won't be able to use it. Well, some, sure. The problem is that Sony has "dumbed down" the remote (certainly compared to an earlier home theater receiver of theirs that I owned for many years). If you want to set anything up on the receiver, you have to go into a setup mode that displays only on your TV and only Through The HDMI Connection. So if like me, you have only have component connections on your TV and no HDMI (I know, right, what's wrong with me? I bought a top of the line Sony TV 10 years ago that is still great) you can't see anything. Want to use the microphone to balance the speaker output? Can't. Want to set your tuner presets? Can't. (Here's the kicker, the remote can be used to hop between tuner preset stations - but you don't have any! and there is no "tune" knob on the unit). Want to hook up your component-connection DVD player? Can't. Want to reassign inputs to make wonderful stuff happen? Can't. Want to configure your connect to the internet to download an update? Can't. Want to connect with your bluetooth smartphone and all that? Can't. You can't see the menu on the TV unless you have connected to the TV with HDMI. I'm disappointed this isn't mentioned anywhere, not even at the premier electronics purchasing site you are viewing right now.

    Pros: Probably has a lot of great featuers Sounds seems good

    Cons: Requires HDMI TV connection to do any setup or configuration

    Sony STR-DN1050 Review

    Written By Bill, New Orleans on Tuesday, March 24, 2015

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    Excellent Receiver and plenty of power! I now have the Zone capabilities I was hoping for. Although not intuitive, I did have to call tech support and they saved the day. Thanks!

    Pros: Great Price! Easy to operate. I really like the HOME button, you can do everything from there.

    Cons: Haven't run across any yet.


    Written By Bill R, Arizona on Saturday, March 07, 2015

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    Exceeded my expectations! I was hesitant to purchase this product because the help guide stated that WMA lossless format cannot be played. Not true. WMA lossless streams from my PC to the Sony wirelessly with no problem. Sound is greatly improved (using same speakers) compared to my 10+ year old Onkyo TX-SR600 that I replaced. Probably because the speaker auto-calibration works so well. Love having only 1 HDMI cable running to my TV (old Onkyo didn't have HDMI I/O). Much easier to switch video inputs with this unit.

    Pros: Streams WMA lossless, FLAC and MP3 from home network. Zone 2 speakers for playing outside. Sound is great.

    Cons: User manual isn't great. Would like to be able to see signal strength of the wireless connection.

    4 months til failure

    Written By MKPA, Missouri on Thursday, February 26, 2015

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    Worked great for 4 months, now the network has failed. So no AirPlay or DLNA music, in settings when any attempt to correct settings when you highlight network, this message appears, "Not available. Please wait for the network to be ready to set up". Both wired and wireless it still won't recognize my home network though everything else still does. When it did work it was nice. The 4k up conversion works well with the Sony TV and blueray..tuner fm is not sensitive am is. Bluetooth pairing is a daily occurrence now if I want to hear AirPlay music over it..can't remember devices apparently..it's a buggy little device that can't seem to remember Internet or Bluetooth settings or maybe it's a board failure...just torques me off to end. I thought at this price it was a great bargain..now I'm thinking, you get what you pay for.

    Pros: Worked great, but now it's just a TV and tuner amplifier.

    Cons: OMG, SONY is a complete waste in customer service.. The repair phone number doesn't have a repair option just wants to sell me another? The Online repair page doesn't accept STR-DN1050 as a model number, so I'm totally without any type of repair option... Except maybe that 5 pound sledgehammer. As a note when my Denon went south, this was its replacement, I found a authorized repair center for it on line and they had a new replacement back in three weeks. No hassle no arguments.

    Sony STR-DN1050

    Written By D-Man, Gaffney, SC on Thursday, February 19, 2015

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    Awesome product!! What I always get with a Sony. I love the great customer service that I always get with Crutchfield. Crutchfield always answers any question, instructions or problem that I have about a product. Excellent service!!! Thank you Crutchfield!!!! Keep up the great work!!!

    Pros: Easy set up. User friendly. Plenty of power. Pass through. HDMI assignable. Wi-fi. Bluetooth. Air Play.

    Cons: Not HDCP 2.2-compliant

    Completely Excellent The New Modern Standard

    Written By BADGERBKR, Milwaukee on Wednesday, February 11, 2015

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    I needed a receiver that could power two zones, had wifi built in, and was completely compatible with Apple. I tried the Denon AVR-X4000 In Command, and the Onxyo TX-NR828. The Denon completely failed and could not handle a 7.1 speaker load plus 2 zones. The protection circuit kept tripping. I actually returned one as defective, and then they sent me a new x4000 that did the same thing. Then I tried the Onkyo. The Onkyo is a great machine. It is well built, has built in wifi- it is a solid, heavy piece of machinery. It had excellent sound and video. I felt like it would last forever. Its fatal flaw was that it was not Apple compatible through Air Play, nor USB. That left only Bluetooth, which wasn't compatible with me. Of all 3 the Sony does everything and sounds the best. Its a computer and a receiver. It's easy to use, easy to set up and the presets that it offers are sophisticated enough to use and feel like you are not missing anything. Its got guts, sleek design, great sound, and its easy to use. Apple and Sony are like peas and carrots. This is hands down the best in class.

    Pros: Lowest price of its competitors and its better. Apple compatible, great sound, great video, easy to use, great interface.

    Cons: I haven't figured out if I can control it with a iPhone. Other than that, its perfect. It probably wont last as long as the Onkyo, but I have the feeling technology will make me want to upgrade before it dies.

    Perfect purchase

    Written By Anthony S., Alabama on Tuesday, January 27, 2015

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    I love it. I did tons of research before buying and I have never had anything but Onkyo A/V receivers in the past. Despite many of the reviews I read, it was incredibly easy to setup and is very intuitive if you have had a receiver before. The GUI is second to none. The wifi, bluetooth and Airplay connected without a hitch and work flawlessly. The sound is great, plenty of power. Everything running through it looks and sounds better than ever. The remote is fine, less is more in my opinion. I have not set up a Zone 2, so I cannot speak to that. I have had no issues so far and I am extremely satisfied with my purchase.

    Pros: Tons of technology for a great price Ease of setup Ease of use

    Cons: None so far

    Great Product

    Written By JB, Kansas City on Thursday, January 22, 2015

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    I purchased this receiver because of the top reviews it received on CNET and I'm not dissapointed.

    Pros: Sound quality, design quality, features like pandora, all the USB ports and Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capability.

    Cons: Not many apps. I'd really like if they had apps like HBOGO and Netflix available. A little bulky.

    Sony STR-DN1050

    Written By Jake, Illinois on Tuesday, January 13, 2015

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    The receiver was simple to set up and optimize. WiFi configured easily and is controlled by my iPhone allowing me to have the unit behind closed doors. Have not configured or used the second audio program as of yet.

    Pros: Affordable, attractive, simple set-up

    Cons: None yet

    Excellent Sound......but

    Written By Albert, New Jersey on Thursday, January 08, 2015

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    Very pleased with the sound and enriched features like Wi fi and Bluetooth. However there is no manual and it was very difficult to set up. I called the Sony helpline was given a case number and they said I would get a call back within 24 hours. Well it's now 12 days since that call and they never got back to me. After spending about 12 hours over 3 days I was able to figure it out. The Sony website has information to facilitate the set up however it is not written very well and is confusing. They should at minimum have a concise manual with the important set up information in the box. If not for this it would have been 5 stars.

    Pros: Sound, Wi fi, Bluetooth, 2 Zones, Simple remote, numerous features that I will likely not use

    Cons: No manual, poor on line info, non existent customer service help from Sony

    Great price and features

    Written By Nicole, Virginia on Thursday, January 08, 2015

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    I purchased this receiver to upgrade from a very outdated receiver with no HDMI inputs at all. The on-screen setup guide was great and posed no issue to me, however, I could see it being a downfall if you do not have a TV hooked up to it and plan to use it solely for audio. For the average user, the setup guide was adequate, however, if you are more knowledgeable it may be irritating and require a read through of the full manual as opposed to the quick set up guide included in the box. All of the inputs are easily accessible from the very simple remote control. The volume is at the bottom of the control, which is kind of strange if you are used to most remotes which place the volume at the center, but it was not a deal breaker for me. Buttons are clearly marked, and match up exactly to the inputs on the rear of the receiver. The only issue I have had so far is connecting to Apple AirPlay. There is no clearly marked button or menu option for airplay, you just have to enable it on your handheld device and hope it connects. I don't quite see the point in having AirPlay versus using Bluetooth. The front of the receiver is very streamlined and simple. with two knobs to control the input and volume. It is larger than my previous receiver but not unreasonably so. It's very light for such a large piece of equipment as well. I would recommend this to an average user, but am not knowledgeable enough to say if it would work for a serious audio person.

    Pros: Great price Tons of input options Clearly labeled inputs Clearly labeled, simple remote

    Cons: Strangely configured buttons on remote Must have TV connected to view audio options No AirPlay selection on remote or on-screen

    Very Satisfied

    Written By Owen, Oregon on Tuesday, January 06, 2015

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    This unit has great sound. Set up was straightforward and simple, with ample number of hdmi ports and easy to follow instructions. The onscreen menu is easy to learn and navigate. Only issue I have encountered is that the setup for sending different output to zone 2 speakers is a bit obscure. Otherwise everything has been a breeze.

    Pros: Great sound.

    Cons: Independent Zone 2 controls are difficult to find.

    Setup clumsy & inadequate information

    Written By Dca, California on Friday, January 02, 2015

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    No sound or video when it was installed & first turned on; had to call tech support who had me "Clear" a brand new device. After that, the "Easy Setup" didn't come on automatically so had to be done manually. Still trying to get Pandora working - on my previous receivers it was a simple signin with my account directly from the device. Selecting music from my NAS is a real pain - no way to quickly select a title or composer...simply an ancient interface which requires holding the forward or back buttons down...and the receiver scrolls very slowly. This one will likely be returned.

    Pros: Reasonable price & sound. Crutchfield offers 60-day returns.

    Cons: Out of box experience is terrible. Inadequate information in the box & online; remote too simple; setup antiquated - esp. the multi-step process for setting up internet music - e.g. Pandora. Selecting a title from a DLNA device requires long scrolls since there is no fast forward (also can't simply enter the first character[s] of a title or composer).

    Outstanding Quality and Technology

    Written By DN1050 To Good To Miss, New Jersey on Sunday, December 28, 2014

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    I bought the Bravia 65" 4K 3D HDTV. Top of the line at this moment in history. The problem, I was connected to an "older AV receiver". So I took the plunge. I'm glad I did. I finally know what outstanding sound quality is. Sure, you can save a few dollars and get an earlier model that might do the job, but this unit is good to go for at least a decade.

    Needs Improving

    Written By Rock N Ron, Meriden,CT on Thursday, December 25, 2014

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    I am having problems with connecting wireless with all of my Apple Devices. It streams sometimes for a while then it just drops out in the Bluetooth mode. AirPlay has yet to be friendly to me. I did all updates still it will cut out playing for no reason.

    Pros: None That I have Found.

    Cons: Needs an update to help with wireless music playing.

    Very Satisfied

    Written By TomC, Dallas, OR on Saturday, December 20, 2014

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    This home receiver has met and perhaps exceeded my expectations. I replaced a fairly old receiver that I thought was an excellent performer but the Sony is hands down better in all respects except one, that being my old receiver came with a very helpful "hard" copy instruction manual. While the Sony does have very helpful GUI instructions that are accessible via the remote it just hits the high spots. You have to go to the Sony website to dig deeper and even then it seems a little lacking. That being said the sound this unit generates is great. I have a Boise surround system and it has never sounded better. The WiFi works as advertised. Sony recommends that you attach the system directly to the router but I use the WiFi with no problems. My router is located in a second floor room quite a ways from the unit and it works just fine. I haven't tried to use Pandora but iTunes works great. I have a Sony TV & Blue-Ray and they do sinc via the TV remote although it is not as easy to use as Sony would lead you to believe. Again a good manual would be very helpful. Many thanks to the folks at Crutchfield for answering my questions and offering recommendations. They get five stars.

    Pros: Excellent sound quality. Ease of operation. Great value for the money.

    Cons: No hard copy instruction manual. (the reason for 4 instead of 5 stars)

    Worked great until it died

    Written By MikeL, Texas on Saturday, December 20, 2014

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    I just got a 4k TV and bought this to replace an old Yamaha receiver. This receiver was a breeze to set up, and the sound from the speakers was a huge improvement. Picture on new 4k TV was amazing, and dual HDMI outputs to a second TV a huge bonus - no more splitter! Everything great until half way through first Blu Ray movie when sound a picture suddenly went out. Discovered received had spontaneously switched to Bluetooth. Receiver then stopped responding to remote or to manual controls and started erratically switching inputs. Could not even turn it off without unplugging it. Plugged it back in the next morning - doing the same thing. Ended up returning it for a refund. Back to using the old Yamaha.

    Pros: Easy set up. Dual HDMI out. Great sound. Unit it very slim from front to back - definite bonus if you are putting it on a shallow shelf.

    Cons: My unit abruptly died less than 2 weeks after purchase.

    Sony STR-DN1050 vs Pioneer Vsx-1124

    Written By bearclaw, New York on Thursday, December 18, 2014

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    I purchased the Pioneer Vsx-1124 and it sounded great through my speakers but the sound was not good through the headphone jack (uneven volume and veiled sound). A headphone amp did not fix this so I purchased the Sony STR-DN1050 to compare them both. Before the Sony arrived I discovered that I could connect my headphone amp to the Pioneer through the pre-outs. This bypassed the headphone jack and circuitry. I now had full control of the sound using the different listening modes and it sounded Amazing! I knew the Sony would have it's work cut out for it when it arrived. I read all the same great reviews that you probably have of the Sony 1050. I have to say that I am quite disappointed with it. The sound it puts out is nowhere even close to the pioneer 1124. The Sony puts out some bass but it is muddy and not very enjoyable. The mids are a bit overwhelmed by the bass and the highs, while more pronounced than the Pioneer, were less airy, more exaggerated, and a bit harsh. I went through all the settings in the menu but to no avail. There is no covering up the fact that the sound was punched up past the receivers actual ability to render the sound cleanly. Switching back to the Pioneer I was again amazed by the sound. It sounds like it costs 3x as much as the Sony. More bass, lower bass, better defined bass, more natural vocals, nicer airy highs. The machine just sounds awesome. I appreciate it even more now that i have heard the Sony STR-DN1050 and promptly returned it.

    Pros: Great onscreen menu easy to use good looks/feel

    Cons: not very adjustable no pre-outs Zone 2 sound barely audible (amped of course) Have you heard the Pioneer Vsx-1124k?

    Sony STR-DN1050 review

    Written By ed, 75020 on Sunday, December 14, 2014

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    After reading reviews, I decided to opt for this receiver to replace my 6 year old Harmon Kardon. The Sony was infinitely easier to setup with all of its HDMI ports and nearly one-step process and eliminated a lot of the behind the scenes wiring clutter my wife was continually fussing about. Sounds great with my old speakers and now my ancient ears can once again understand clear dialog when viewing programs.

    Pros: ease of setup clarity of voice sound lots of input HDMI ports

    Cons: lack of HDMI 2.2 might become an issue when 6K tv's become commonplace.

    Sony STR-DN1050

    Written By GPT999, Minnesota on Sunday, December 07, 2014

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    This receiver is all I was expecting it to be it is a really nice upgrade to my old Denon and now I finally have enough HDMI inputs! Sound is very good on tv shows and movies.

    Pros: HDMI inputs

    Cons: None so far

    Sony STR-DN1050

    Written By Rickifer, Washington on Saturday, November 08, 2014

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    Easy to connect to other components and the menu provides a clear method to select inputs.

    Pros: ease of connection great on screen menu when connected to a tv adequate number of hdmi connections 165 watts per channel

    Cons: none so far

    Great Sound & Video, but...

    Written By JohnW, Castle Rock, CO on Saturday, October 11, 2014

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    In the two months I have owned it, I have mixed feelings about this receiver because it has not met my expectations about being simple to use. First, the "detailed" PDF manual, which I had to download from the Sony website, is intended to be viewed on a computer due to the heavy reliance on hyperlinks. In frustration, I finally printed the 244 page document. Second, virtually all setup requires the receiver to be connected to a TV, which I did not have the first month I owned it. Even setting up FM stations requires the TV. Third, while it is true the receiver plays Pandora I did not find the ability to log into my Pandora account and so I had the choice of listening generic channels. I deliberately purchased a Sony TV, Sony Receiver, and Sony Blu-Ray to minimize complications. However, when displayed on the TV their visual interfaces are so similar it is sometimes hard to tell if I am interacting with the TV, receiver or DVD player. And, if there is a way to get all the functions to work on a single remote, I haven't found it. In frustration, I purchased an expensive Logitech programmable remote but that is only a partial fix. Alas, it cannot perform all the functions, and so I find myself sorting through the five remotes for the one that controls a particular option. I strongly suspect that this issue is common to all feature-rich receivers.

    Pros: Like all the other have said it provides great sound and video, and is feature rich.

    Cons: As the heart of my entertainment system, I hoped it would do a better job of integrating with my other Sony devices and thus require just one Sony remote. Perhaps my expectations are too high.

    Sony STR-DN1050

    Written By CliffS, Tucson, AZ on Sunday, October 05, 2014

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    the STR-DN1050 is an excellent product. It does more than I hoped. Many features, easy to set up and good power. This is a replacement of an older receiver. The sound produced from my surround system is greatly improved. With the fast delivery, price and wonderful service from Crutchfield, this replacement was a pleasant experience and an excellent choice.

    Pros: HDMI ports, setup, and many features for the price.

    Cons: none

    great receiver

    Written By Dave, Exton pa on Thursday, October 02, 2014

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    After much research I decided on this 1050. Dollar for dollar it had many features the comparable receivers didn't have WiFi and Bluetooth to name a few including iPod hook up. Set up with new PSB surround speakers took about 5 hours Every thing works and sounds fantastic. Very pleased with this purchase which came just under 1100 dollars. I settled for an open box option which save another 50. On line setup guide was very easy to follow. I've been watching for any cheaper price s and to date have not found any. Crutchfield service and shipping was great.

    Pros: Good SONY Product

    Cons: None

    Great Receiver

    Written By Dave, Staunton, VA on Wednesday, October 01, 2014

    I was a little leery at first, because the receiver doesn't come with a manual. The Sony people are smart, though. They know most people don't read the manuals, so Sony has the receiver provide very good onscreen instructions to take you through the entire setup.

    The sound is fantastic, much better than my old receiver. One particularly nice feature is the "Sound Effects" menu. By going to the "Sound Field" option you can choose effects ranging from various movie options to opera houses, whatever suits your taste.

    All in all, this is a simple to use, great sounding receiver.

    Pros: Great sound, easy to set up.

    Cons: Setting up Pandora was a bit difficult. This is probably the only part of the onscreen instructions that is lacking. Fortunately, I called the Harrisonburg store (where I bought it), and my very helpful salesperson figured out how to do it, and guided me through the steps over the phone.

    Love my Sony STR-DN1050

    Written By Jim O., Colchester, CT on Saturday, September 20, 2014

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    Ordered this receiver (before it was available from Sony!) as part of my main TV/entertainment room upgrade. Great power and clarity for my Paradigm main and surround speakers. The automatic sound environment set up was super easy with the included microphone. I love the Bluetooth and home network connectivity. Front panel is uncluttered, intuitive. The remote control is, thankfully, less "busy" than older Sony remotes that I have used in the past.

    Pros: CONNECTIVITY! Plenty of power. Easy, intuitive, uncluttered.

    Cons: No input for my phonograph (LOL, I actually never play my vinyl anymore!)

    STR 1050

    Written By Sony Receiver, Sun City West, AZ on Friday, September 12, 2014

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    Was everything that was said about it, great shipping, on time just great

    Pros: Plenty of hdmi ports, lots of power, great bluetooth very easy too install

    Cons: there is none

    Superb sonics for both movies and music

    Written By Bmac, Bluffton SC on Friday, September 05, 2014

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    Easy to setup. The menu is fairly intuitive but you really should download the 378 page help guide on the Sony website. IMO this receivers dynamic sound reproduction is the game changer and makes it a keeper. I have owned and heard lots of AV receivers and for the money you will be hard pressed to find a better choice out there right now. The STR-DN 1050 is a solid value despite the one con I have listed.

    Pros: Pros: Plenty of power to run an HT system Excellent sound reproduction for movies and music. A simple and nicely laid out remote control. A pure audio mode for music Supports all the latest surround sound formats

    Cons: Cons: I have only found one so far and that is while watching Blu-Rays with DTS or DMA if you use the movie button on the remote to experiment with different sound fields you can not go back to DTS/DMA without switching inputs first. This is not a big deal but an oddity none the less.

    Good so far

    Written By Old Guy, Birmingham AL on Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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    I really like the unit so far and it has been trouble free. At first I had issues with set up but when I connected it to the internet it ran an update it then worked great. It has so many features compared to my old system that I have not had time to explore them all. I would recommend that you download the PDF manual and keep your laptop handy when working with it. The PDF is easy to navigate by topic so it is not too difficult to find what you want.

    Pros: Great sound for the money, Easy set up, Tons of features.

    Cons: It runs a bit hot in standby mode. If you need to jam it into a tight space I would consider using a box fan.

    Great amp

    Written By Anonymous, Stansbury Park, UT on Sunday, August 24, 2014

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    Great amp. Easy to use and set up

    Pros: Set up. Bravia sync. Great features.

    Cons: None

    Love it!

    Written By Pike1346, Louisiana on Tuesday, August 19, 2014

    Someone wrote that it had dull sound. I couldn't disagree more with their assessment. This AVR rocks. It has everything except Sirius, but I can use my iPhone, iPad, or MacBook to stream it, so it is no big deal.

    The power is serious. My old receiver did not put out close to the sound this AVR does. It has all the inputs/outputs one should need. I am not too keen on the design of the front panel(Sony could make it look a lot better) but it I have it racked with the rest of my gear in the closet. The looks is not waht matters anyway, the performance matters and this AVR performs. The 165 watts/100 watts WRS cranks. The video in my TV is perfect, and the Airplay, BT, and networking and simple and work flawlessly.

    I do have one wish though. The OSD when using Airplay or BT should move around on your TV so there is no way burn-in could happen. This is the one thing that makes me nervous. All TV's are susceptible to static images on the screen too long.

    So far, I am very pleased with this AVR. It had the best reviews throughout my search for a new AVR. I wanted to go Yamaha this time, but the 1050 had more features and great reviews, so I'm happy with my secession.

    Surprised by dull sound

    Written By VJ, Hartford, CT on Monday, August 11, 2014

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    Has a lot of features for this price range. But I got it after reading reviews about great sound quality and was very disappointed at very flat bland sound - not sure if the piece was defective. So I returned it and went to Yamaha.

    Pros: Easy fast setup with pleasant tones. Good set of new features like HDMI 2, wireless network, Bluetooth etc. Good video quality.

    Cons: As wrote above, sound was very disappointing, flat and surround sound for movies not enveloping at all. Setup is easy and fast but seems to primitive by current standard in receivers at this price range. Had trouble with HDMI passthrough when receiver was on standby. Did not like menu - too simple and somewhat inconvnient in finding screens you wish to go for.


    Written By Chrisg, Soldotna, Alaska on Wednesday, August 06, 2014

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    This product was a game changer. I upgraded from an earlier sony receiver. The speaker calibration worked perfect and connected to my wireless network with no problem. I have only owned sony receivers and have never been disappointed.

    A must buy!

    Pros: Easy speaker calibration and easy network hookup

    Cons: None yet

    I like it!

    Written By Bwket, Nashville, TN on Wednesday, August 06, 2014

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    Great little receiver. I especially like the wireless networking. On screen guide is really well laid out. Bluetooth is really convenient too.

    Pros: Great price, lots of features, setup guide easy to follow.

    Cons: None.

    Like my new STR-DN1050

    Written By mhobart, Salt Lake City, UT on Friday, July 11, 2014

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    I had an existing several year old Sony receiver with a small number of HDMI v1.3 connections. It worked fine but was overloaded with inputs and could not pass 3D HDTV signals.

    Pros: Quite versatile, supports both WiFi and ethernet, Apple Airplay, Bluetooth, and Near Field Communications (NFC, I haven't tested that). Adequate power. Zone 2 support for HDMI sources allows additional HDMI media players to be routed to my old receiver now in my bedroom. Decent remote, less cluttered than earlier models. Supports apps on both IOS and Android. IOS app easy to use (don't have Android device to test that one). Decent FM/AM performance (but I am in area of good reception).

    Cons: USB support only for FAT16/FAT32, no support for the near-universal exFAT and the reasonably common NTFS. Rather skimpy printed documentation and pdf version of online help requires digging around for it. Versatility offered leads to some complexity (e.g. Zone2 output requires making settings in two locations). For some reason when Zone2 turned on CEC is disabled.

    STR DN1050

    Written By BIGBADCANE, USA on Sunday, June 29, 2014

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    Awesome unit, glad I waited to buy this one instead of the 1040. It works well with my second zone speakers.

    Pros: Easy setup, sound calibration is easy to use. Bluetooth and phone app works really well Great control features, the sound is incredible

    Cons: I wish the wifi signal was a little stronger, I placed the unit in a TV stand and the cabinet blocks the signal to the receiver. My PS4is in the cabinet but my network signal isn't affected..

    Sony STR-DN1050

    Written By Anonymous, Stillwater, OK on Thursday, June 26, 2014

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    Excellent product top to bottom.

    Pros: Easy setup with numerous inputs and great sound.

    AV reciever

    Written By Rodger, Kent, WA on Thursday, June 26, 2014

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    Great sound and extreme versatility coupled with easy installation make this a great product even for the Electronics novice.

    Pros: Easy set up, wireless capability extreme versatility and great sound.

    Cons: Have to go online to get a proper set up guide.

    Very good

    Written By Max, Long Island, NY on Friday, June 06, 2014

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    Ordered this and very happy with it. The main reason I got it because of Zone 2 with HDMI and bluetooth. Works great.

    Pros: Many to list: zone2, bluetooth, multiple HDMI out, component (for my other projector)

    Cons: I wish it output the Component in Zone2 with audio. It only outputs video but not audio. Perhaps it does and that I may not have been able to figure it out.

    Hands-on 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-DN1050 AV receiver is equipped with a 7-channel amplifier rated at 100 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/Zone 2 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.
    • Zone 2: If you are only connecting a 5.2ch speaker system, you can use the Surround Back/Front Height/Front/Zone 2 channels as a Zone 2 output, allowing you to place a pair of speakers in another room of the house. Zone can be play the same source or a different source as your main zone.
    • Bi-Amp: If you are not using the Surround Back/Front Height/Front B/Zone 2 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-DN1050 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
    • 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-DN1050 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-DN1050 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 Sony STR-DN1050 is equipped with six HDMI v.2.0 inputs (5 rear/1 front) for connecting HDMI-equipped audio/video component; such as your satellite/cable receiver, Blu-ray/DVD player, and game system. In addition, there are two HDMI v.2.0 monitor outputs (ARC capable) that feed audio/video signals to up to two TVs. You can toggle or simultaneously output the same video between two displays, such as two televisions or a television plus a projector. There is also a third HDMI (v.2.0) Zone 2 output, so you can view a different audio/video source in another room of your home. 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-DN1050 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-DN1050 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 connected device signals (component/composite) 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. The HDMI Zone 2 output does not support upconversion or upscaling.

    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: The receiver's front-panel HDMI 2 input and rear-panel HDMI 1 input are MHL compatible, which provides direct connection of MHL compatible smartphones. Playback of up to 1080p video and multi-channel audio from the phone is supported. The receiver will also charge 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.

    Analog Video Inputs: The Sony STR-DN1050 features 2 component video inputs and a component video monitor output. These jacks feature an 80 MHz bandwidth, making them capable of passing high-definition video signals (up to 1080i). The receiver 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-DN1050 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-DN1050 is DLNA certified. By connecting the Sony STR-DN1050 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), ALAC (32-96kHz; 16/24-bit), and DSD (2.8MHz; 1-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-DN1050 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-DN1050 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-DN1050 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 s9602.1007.0 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), ALAC (32-96kHz; 16/24-bit), and DSD (2.8MHz; 1-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-DN1050 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-DN1050 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-DN1050 AV receiver supports iPod, iPhone, and iPad connectivity via its front-panel USB port and HDMI input, as well as built-in AirPlay.

    • 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.
    • Front-Panel HDMI: You can also view video from stored movies and movie apps from select iPods, iPhone, and iPads by connecting your Apple device to the AV receiver's front-panel USB and HDMI input. Use the Apple Lightning-to-Digital AV Adapter (472LT2HDMI sold separately), the Apple Lightning-to-USB cable that came with your device, and a HDMI cable (sold separately) to connect your iPod touch (5th gen), iPhone 5/5C/5S, iPad 4/mini/air to the AV receiver. Use the Apple Dock-to-Digital AV Adapter (47230PHDMI, sold separately), the Apple Dock-to-USB cable that came with your device, and a HDMI cable (sold separately) to connect your iPod touch (4th gen), iPhone 4/4S, or iPad (1/2/3). Using the HDMI input, video from your iPod/iPhone/iPad can only be navigated from your Apple device's clickwheel or touchscreen.

    Apple Device Compatibility Chart: The Sony STR-DN1050 is "made for iPod/iPhone" and supports the following iPod/iPhone model functions (as of 5/28/2014):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Connection Type Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge