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Pros: Easy setup and great sound.
Cons: Could off more web stations. Like Iheart.
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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.
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.
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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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.
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.
Pros: Easy setup and great sound.
Cons: Could off more web stations. Like Iheart.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Replaced a Onkyo 606 - Sounds better & works with all my other Sony equipment -Easy setup
Pros: Lots of HDMI inputs -Hdmi to Zone 2
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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).
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.
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.
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)
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.
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?
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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!)
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
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.
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. Easy to use and set up
Pros: Set up. Bravia sync. Great features.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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..
Excellent product top to bottom.
Pros: Easy setup with numerous inputs and great sound.
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.
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.
|Number Of Channels||7|
|Stereo RMS Power (watts)||100|
|THD in Stereo||0.09 %|
|Frequency Bandwidth (stereo)||20-20,000 Hz|
|Minimum Impedance L/R||6 ohms|
|Minimum Impedance Center||6 ohms|
|Minimum Impedance Surround||6 ohms|
|Apple AirPlay||Built in|
|App Remote Control||Yes|
|USB port for iPod/iPhone||Yes|
|FM Sensitivity||Not Given|
|HD Radio Tuner||No|
|On-Screen Display||Thru HDMI|
|Auto Speaker Calibration||Advanced DCAC|
|HDCP 2.2 for 4K Video||No|
|HDMI Standby Pass-through||Yes|
|Composite Video Conversion||From Composite to HDMI|
|Component Video Conversion||From Component Video to HDMI|
|HDMI to HDMI Upconversion||Yes|
|Multibrand Remote Control||No|
|Parts Warranty||2 Years|
|Labor Warranty||2 Years|
|Powered Multi-room Audio Output||Yes|
|Preamp Multi-room Audio Output||Yes|
|Multi-room HDMI Output||Yes|
|Dolby Digital||DD, EX, TrueHD, DD+|
|DTS||DTS, ES, HD, HDMA, Neo6, 96/24|
|Inputs & Outputs|
|Component Video Inputs||2|
|Component Video Monitor Outputs||1|
|Optical Digital Inputs||2|
|Coaxial Digital Inputs||1|
|Optical Digital Outputs||None|
|Coaxial Digital Outputs||None|
|HDMI Monitor Outputs||3|
|Multi-Channel Analog Input||No|
|Multi-channel Preamp Output||No|
|Main Speaker Output Pairs||1|
|Main Speaker Terminals||Posts|
|Removable Power Cord||No|
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.
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.
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.
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.
Direct Modes: The Sony AV receiver offers two Direct audio modes for higher fidelity sound.
Headphone Modes: The receiver offers two distinct headphone sound modes.
Advanced Audio Settings: These advanced audio settings allow you to tailor the sound to your source content, listening conditions, and your personal preferences.
Audio Inputs/Outputs: The Sony STR-DN1050 offers a variety of analog and digital audio inputs/outputs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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|
|USB||AirPlay||Bluetooth||Audio||Video||Remote||iPod/iPhone||Album Art||Artist/Song Text||Track Info|
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.
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-DN1050 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.
Dual Source/Dual Zone: The Sony STR-DN1050 AV receiver allows you to enjoy the same or different audio/video sources in the two different rooms of your home. Zone 2 features line-level and speaker audio outputs. This way, Zone 2 can be powered by a separate amplifier (keeping 7.2ch playback in your main room) or by the STR-DN1050's built-in amplifier (limiting the main room to 5.2ch). The volume of Zone 2 can be controlled by the Sony receiver using either configuration or from your add-on integrated amplifier when using the line-output. The Sony AV receiver also provides a Zone 2 HDMI video output, so two different HDMI audio/video input feeds can be sent to two different displays at the same time directly from the receiver. HDMI Zone 2 will also output 2ch audio signals (multi-channel audio is downmixed) for the HDMI input source selected (volume controlled from secondary TV or additional receiver).
Note: If you connect TVs that have different resolutions to the Main Zone and Zone 2, but select the same HDMI input for
both zones, the video signals output to each TV are limited to the lower resolution TV. When Zone 2 is enabled and you select the same HDMI input for both the Main Zone and Zone 2, there may be some interference to the audio/video signal in the main zone; to avoid possible interference, you can place priority on the Main Zone for HDMI input selection.
Custom Presets: The Sony AV receiver features 3 Custom Preset buttons (Movie, Music, Party) 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.
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.
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.
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.
IR In/Out: The Sony AV receiver is equipped with a 3.5mm IR input/output which accepts IR repeater systems, enabling you to operate components connected to the receiver behind a closed door or controlling the receiver's Zone 2.
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I cannot help answer. One has been enough for me. [ GREGG Jan 17, 2016 ]
Yes you do get pandora radio and it haves blue tooth.pandora radio is free when register the sony str_bn 1050. I also got a samsung blue ray that can with pandora and a lot more look in to one. Hope this info is helpful. [ LUIS Jan 16, 2016 ]
Yes can coonnect a other amp with 7.2 [ LUIS Jan 16, 2016 ]
I'm not sure I rather doubt it . I haven't tryed any thing like that. [ MARVIN Nov 18, 2015 ]
It comes with blue tooth [ LUIS Jan 16, 2016 ]
I'm not sure. My speakers are all wired. I imagine you can with bluetooth. [ ROBERT May 20, 2015 ]
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: The 4K upscaling on that UHDTV is at 60 Hz. From the webpage: 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. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy Mar 03, 2015 ] Staff
I do and it sounds great. [ LUIS Jan 16, 2016 ]
It is probably overkill for an application like that. How many speakers are throughout the house? Will definitely need a speaker selector to hook up multiple rooms. [ PATRICK E Feb 20, 2015 ]
Yes, we had the same situation. Had Bose surround speakers in ceiling...plugged them into Sont 1050 and they work like a champ! [ WALLACE B Feb 20, 2015 ]
I had the same situation, previous speakers. I have since added a TV. The Sony STR-1050 is a wonderful receiver! Easy to set up, powerful and works great with a wide range of speakers. You should have no problem, and will be able to add new speakers in the future if you wish to. [ CLIFTON Feb 19, 2015 ]
It would depend on how the other speakers are setup. It can drive my 7.1 speakers directly. I also use the Zone 2 HDMI output to connect to my old AVR which I now have it my bedroom. That it turn can drive speakers. I normally use an HDMI input on the 1050 (CD/Blu-Ray, Apple TV, or Roku. I don't know if I have tried sending say a 2 channel audio input to Zone 2 to see if that works. I could try it but just haven't tested it. You might want to check the Sony 1050 forum on the AVSforum web site for any other comments on this issue. [ MICHAEL Feb 19, 2015 ]
Hi Jim. Unfortunatley I changed my mind and returned the receiver without ever opening it. Sorry I couldn't help. [ PATRICK E Dec 15, 2014 ]
I have no idea, but my guess is no because I have a Sony TV and I can't control the receiver with it. [ Edward P. Dec 15, 2014 ]
I really do not know. [ MARVIN Dec 15, 2014 ]
I really do not know. [ MARVIN Dec 15, 2014 ]
I have a LG6700 tv, roku3 and cable box, hooked up to the 1050 receiver and I control the sound with each of the remotes, so I think you would be able to control the sound with your TV ' remote. By the way, I love this receiver. [ ALBERT J Dec 14, 2014 ]
Jim Bob, I believe you can. I have a new Samsung HU8700 and control volume on the SONY 1050 with both remotes. [ CLIFTON Dec 14, 2014 ]
I have try to use my remote control fot my dvd hd and have not being able to. You may need to program the remote to the sony receiver. [ LUIS Dec 14, 2014 ]
I don't know I got a Harmony 650 universal remote and it eliminated the need of any other remotes. It works great and would recommend it. I hate having to use multiple remotes. Very pleased with the Sony. [ David Dec 14, 2014 ]
I don't know. I still haven't set the receiver up yet. And I don't know what spotify is. [ ROBERT Dec 02, 2014 ]
Yes 7.1 gove you that ability to connect 2 speekers or and amp. I have had not have any issues with my HDMI AT ALL. [ LUIS Jan 16, 2016 ]
We have not received any answers from other customers on your question, and have escalated it to an Advisor. We will post the answer as soon as we have it. If you need immediate assistance please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy Dec 01, 2014 ] Staff
You can control in hdmo device ftom your remote. I have four connected [ LUIS Jan 16, 2016 ]
We have not received any answers from other customers on your question, and have escalated it to an Advisor. We will post the answer as soon as we have it. If you need immediate assistance please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy Dec 01, 2014 ] Staff
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: Sorry, but this information is not listed in the owner's manual or anywhere else in our system. Please contact Sony at 1-800-222-7669 to see if they will share this information. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy Nov 26, 2014 ] Staff
I do'nt think so since th reciever has to be on. [ LUIS Jan 16, 2016 ]
On my 1030 just push the button on the remote for CATV, game, BD and the receiver powers up, switches inputs and goes back into standby with the selected HDMI input used as a pass-thru. The HDMI control feature may need to be turned off on the TV to avoid powering up the AVR. [ Scott Nov 26, 2014 ]
You should be able to, just enable the pass through function on the receiver. [ RODGER Nov 13, 2014 ]
You should be able to since the receiver has HDMI pass-through [ PATRICK Nov 12, 2014 ]
Requires 120v supply [ CLIFTON Nov 03, 2014 ]
It is made to operate on 110/120v [ RONALD Nov 03, 2014 ]
Many thanks Michael, your answer has been very helpful. [ Alain Nov 03, 2014 ]
yes it runs on 110 volts I can't imagine why anyone would would consider using 220 volts. [ MARVIN Nov 03, 2014 ]
We have 220 v outlets in our home. So you should be fine. This is a quality receiver with excellent sound quality for the money. [ MICHAEL D Nov 02, 2014 ]
Just found that the U.S. version is apparently 120v only. See the page at sony europe (Crutchfield site prohibits posting URL links) [ MICHAEL Nov 02, 2014 ]
I would have to pull the unit out of the audio cabinet to check on the back label, sorry. I looked through the manual and did not find a clear answer. I know that there is at least a version sold in Europe. [ MICHAEL Nov 02, 2014 ]
No [ LUIS Jan 16, 2016 ]
NO. [ RODGER Aug 29, 2014 ]
We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question. [ Krissy Aug 27, 2014 ] Staff
I have not had either issue, and I also researched this unit extensively, I am an Electronics Technician and I am so far impressed with this equipment. [ RODGER Aug 29, 2014 ]
I have the unit for several months and I have not had any issues. The only problem I have had (self inflicted) was that I have my unit inside a entertainment center and the wi fi antenna is enclosed in the wood cabinet so the signal was weak. So I drilled a hole large enough for the antenna to stick out and the problem was solved and the firmware updates easily now. [ LOUIS Aug 19, 2014 ]
No. I have not had any HDMI or firmware problems with this receiver. All of my equipment (TV and Blu-ray player), except for my Hooper DVR, is by Sony. Everything is hooked up to the receiver with HDMI cables and it all works flawlessly. But initially to make the HDMI work properly, I did have to go into the receiver "Settings" / "HDMI Setting" and turn the Control for HDMI "On" and Pass Through "On" because that was not the default for the receiver out of the box. [ MICHAEL R. Aug 19, 2014 ]
You may want to take a look at the dedicated forum for the 850/1050 at AVSforum (look it up, Crutchfield will not allow URL references) There are a number of users with the unit who are willing to share their experiences and offer help. I've had no problems with the hdmi or the firmware in my use with the unit. I've connected the following via hdmi: Oppo BDP-93, Samsung BD-UP5000, Sony BDP-S5100, Roku 3, Apple TV. Output to a Vizio M501d-A2R (used for both 2D and 3D). I've also connected composite TV from an older cable box (which the Sony upgrades to 1080p HDMI). I have also used the various HDMI inputs to my older amplifier via the Zone 2 HDMI output. Audio Return Channel (ARC) from the TV output HDMI also works. I had no problem with the unit upgrading to the latest firmware over the internet. I don't use Spotify myself but others report that it is not yet supported by the firmware. I would guess (note) that you are asking based on the user reviews online. I have not seen any other comments about HDMI issues at the AVSforum or in magazine reviews. (Though obviously I might have missed those). Regards, Mike H. [ MICHAEL Aug 19, 2014 ]
I've had mine for a couple of months with no problems of any kind. [ BEN Aug 19, 2014 ]
I don't know what a multi-channel indicator light is, but I don't seem to have a blue light anywhere. Sorry I couldn't be more help. [ TIM Jul 03, 2014 ]
Sorry I have not yet setup my I am waiting for the 7.1 surround sound speakers. [ LUIS Jul 02, 2014 ]
Unfortunately the STR-DN1050 does not have the blue multi-channel indicator light on the front panel. And yes it does indicate on the scroll messaging display when in the multi-channel mode!! [ JEFFREY M Jul 02, 2014 ]
No, I only see a green light indicator. I see the multi channel indicator on the display screen. [ LOUIS Jul 01, 2014 ]
The STR-DN1050 does not have the big blue light and speaker diagram of older Sony models (such as the DG-910 which it replaced). It does initially have a large scrolling display showing what it is receiving and decoding when the source format is changed (this is displayed for a few seconds). It also has a small led a the top of the display which lists the format which is being decoded (that is always on). I happen to have an Oppo BDP-93 which readily displays (via a button push) the format which is being sent from the Blu-ray player to the receiver, so if I have any questions about what sound format I have selected I usually just use that. I have never encountered an instance where the STR-DN1050 has not properly interpreted/decoded the sound format sent to it. I must admit that I liked the old style where one could just glance at the receiver from across the room to ensure that the blue light was on, but I am not greatly inconvenienced by the new arrangement. I appreciate the extra features of the STR-DN1050. [ MICHAEL Jul 01, 2014 ]
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 Jun 16, 2014 ] Staff
Yes. It works with the HDMI with Zone2. [ MAQSOOD Jun 09, 2014 ]
I have not tried this so I can't say for sure but based on the example shown on page 172 of the Sony's help guide (that is available online), it appears that the STR-DN1050 could do that since it has multiple HDMI outputs. [ MICHAEL R. Jun 09, 2014 ]