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Sony STR-DH190

Stereo receiver with Bluetooth®

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Overview

Our take on the Sony STR-DH190

I grew up listening to records on my dad's two-channel rig, but I'm a big fan of adding a few modern conveniences to the classic setup.

Sony STR-DH190 stereo receiver with Bluetooth

The Sony STR-DH190 has Bluetooth® Standby, which lets you remotely activate the receiver and stream music from your paired smartphone.

Great stereo sound with Bluetooth® convenience

I grew up listening to records on my dad's two-channel rig, but I'm a big fan of adding a few modern conveniences to the classic setup.

The Sony STR-DH190 gives you 90 watts per channel to drive your speakers, and a phono input so you can listen to your turntable. It also includes Bluetooth so you can stream files from your paired smartphone, which is a nice touch.

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The STR-DH190 offers a handy bit of technology known as Bluetooth Standby, which means you can activate the receiver with your phone without having to walk over and press a button on the front plate. You can fire it up and start streaming your favorite tunes without interrupting your daily routine.

Product Highlights:

  • 90 watts x 2 (stereo) into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at .09% THD
  • 4 stereo RCA audio line-level inputs
  • dedicated phono input for connecting a turntable
  • front-panel 3.5mm stereo aux input
  • stream music wirelessly via Bluetooth®
    • Bluetooth® Standby lets you activate the receiver directly from your paired smartphone
  • 30 FM radio presets
  • A/B switching for two pairs of speakers
  • two sets of spring-clip speaker connectors
  • full-size headphone jack
  • remote control
  • 16-15/16"W x 5-1/4"H x 11-7/8"D
  • weight: 14.8 lbs.
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Stereo receiver
  • Wireless remote control (RM-AA400U)
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • FM wire antenna
  • Operating Instructions
  • Startup Guide
  • "Before connecting speakers" note
  • Warranty Information
  • Online Product Registration Information
Reviews

Sony STR-DH190 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(16 Reviews)

Sony STR-DH190

Anonymous from Iron River, MI on 6/23/2018

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I LOVE THE STEREO .

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Anonymous from Murphysboro, IL on 6/17/2018

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Just what I needed. I can listen to my albums and connect my iPad. I was surprised how good the iPad sounded.

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Anonymous from Milton, NH on 6/16/2018

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exceedes my expectations

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Anonymous from Ogden, UT on 6/11/2018

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Great stereo reciever

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Nice simple powerful clean unit.

Christopher from Bronx, NY on 6/6/2018

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I bought this to power a bedroom system enough to have enough power for a full rich sound at lower volumes, and this did the trick. The blue tooth option allows for other sound sources. My only suggestion would have been for the unit to have a subwoofer input, however it has enough power to bring out the bass in bookshelf speakers (I use Klipsch R15M) for a small room. I would imagine that if you like a rounder more bass filled sound, elacs might do you better - or speakers of that type. The sound is as clean as the specs indicate provided you have speakers that will bring that out. I play CD's through this as well as an budget audio technica turntable and it all sounds very good. I would get it as a start up for a young adult or for a small apartment dweller just getting things set up audio - wise for music. This would work especially since many younger folks today have fallen in love with vinyl.

Pros: good clean powerful sound with blue tooth

Cons: No subwoofer input. Bass is good provided you have the right speakers.

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Anonymous from Scottsdale, AZ on 6/5/2018

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This an upgrade from my 25 year old receiver. It doesn't have the bells and whistles of the old receiver and the sound is about the same. The Yamaha that I returned had a brilliance in the sound but it didn't have a phono input so I returned it If I didn't feel obligated to Crutchfield in the extremely wonderful way they handled my purchase, I would be tempted to put my old stereo back in service!!!

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Best for cd's, phono, not a good FM receiver

S from Tulsa, OK on 6/3/2018

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A really nice receiver, wish it had options for FM antenna. Not great radio reception in my location. FM tuner isn't user friendly.

Pros: Power, sound, $ value

Cons: FM sucks

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Anonymous from Rye, NY on 5/31/2018

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does what i neede

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Anonymous from Shelton, CT on 5/24/2018

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Excellent receiver for the price. I love the Bluetooth. My first order from Crutchfield. It shipped fast and free. Thank you.

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More than your money's worth

Fred from Cornelius, NC on 5/21/2018

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I was quite skeptical that anything this inexpensive could be halfway decent. And yet it is halfway decent, which is pretty remarkable given the price. I must be out of date, since I would have expected a receiver like this to cost twice as much. I wouldn't recommend this if you had a budget twice this price, but for what it costs, you more than get your money's worth.

Pros: Pretty great for the price

Cons: A budget piece with budget performane. Don't expect $400 performance here, and you won't be disappointed.

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Anonymous from Boca Raton, FL on 5/21/2018

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Very happy with the purchase. Good quality at a very reasonable price. Especially like the bluetooth feature.

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Good sound and Bluetooth

Matt from West Deptford, NJ on 5/17/2018

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Great receiver for the money. I use this in my detached garage and have 2 sets of speakers hooked up the A/B switch lets me play music in the garage out on the patio or both. The Bluetooth function is great no issues at all. Would definitely recommend

Pros: Bluetooth. A/B speaker selection

Cons: No AM radio

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Anonymous from Memphis, TN on 5/8/2018

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Great receiver! Great price. Fast delivery. Easy set up.

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Sounds great !!

James from Anasco, PR on 5/6/2018

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I am quite pleased with this receiver. It has the 2 channel power needed to drive two sets of speakers with high res audio.The phono gain (up to 6 db) feature works like a charm and adds the needed boost for proper turntable output. I am running a Technics 1200 MK2 with Ortofon cart, and it sounds great !!The tone levels are quite accurate and direct source is great for cd listening. For the price/value budget factor, I could not find (and I looked) a comparable product with the features this has. Highly recommend.

Pros: High wattage, phono input with separate gain control, high res audio, good price.

Cons: None !

Nice receiver

Wally from Cheyenne, WY on 5/4/2018

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This receiver covers all the bases for me. I've had it for a couple of months now and really enjoy it. It's fun to listen to my record albums again. I would strongly recommend it to others looking for a basic receiver with good options.

Pros: Plenty of inputs and power. Bluetooth Phono It's a SONY!

Cons: None so far.

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Anonymous from Lockport ny on 4/9/2018

Not nearly enough bass even with the bass turned all the way up other than that it is a nice receiver Bluetooth works very well Radio stations, nicely really everything about this receiver is perfect except for the lack of bass

Pros: Good for the $

Cons: Not enough bass

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Hands-on research

Product Research

Audio Section
Built-in Bluetooth & FM Tuner
Remote & Convenience Features

Audio Section

Discrete Stereo Amplifier: The Sony STR-DH190's discrete stereo amplifier delivers high power and quality sound. It is rated at 90 watt x 2-channel (into 8, @ 20-20kHz, with THD 0.0%). Every component in the STR-DH190 has been designed for detail and clarity.

  • Reinforced Chassis: A reinforced frame and beam chassis design reduces transmitted vibration from speaker sound pressure for more focused, powerful sound.
  • Rigid Construction: Rigid parts hold the heat sink in place, reducing transmitted vibration from speaker sound pressure.
  • Optimal Layout: The phono amplifier and transformer are positioned optimally to minimize interference from the magnetic field.
  • Large Capacity Power Transformer: The stereo receiver utilizes a large capacity power transformer built for clarity. 

Tone Control + Pure Direct Mode: The Sony STR-DH190 features independent Bass and Treble controls (-10 to +10 dB), so you can adjust the tonal quality of your connected speakers. Pure Direct Mode bypasses the Tone controls and turns off the front-panel display, allowing you to enjoy higher-fidelity sound from all inputs.

Analog Inputs: The Sony STR-DH190 has six analog audio inputs, including a Phono MM input and a front-panel Aux input. You can give each input a custom name (up to 8 characters) for easy identification.

  • Phono MM Input: The Phono MM input lets you connect your turntable with a MM cartridge so you can enjoy your vinyl record collection through the receiver.
  • Front-Panel Aux: A front-panel 3.5mm Aux input lets you easily connect a portable music player to the stereo receiver.
Note: This receiver is not equipped with any digital audio inputs or video inputs.

Analog Outputs: The STR-DH190 is outfitted with A/B speaker outputs, a stereo analog audio output, and a front-panel 1/4" headphone jack.

  • A/B Speaker Outputs: The STR-DH190's A/B speaker outputs lets you connect up to two pair of speakers. You can easily switch between A or B speakers, or use both speakers together and have the same music source playing through two pair of speakers.  The A/B speaker outputs are wired internally in parallel. The stereo amplifier supports 6Ω-16Ω speakers using A or B speaker outputs, and 12-16Ω using both A & B speaker outputs. The A/B speaker outputs consist of spring-clip terminals that will accept connection of bare speaker wire (up to 12AWG) and pin-connectors.
  • Stereo Analog Out: The stereo analog output allows you to connect a recording device for recording of any of the receiver's analog audio inputs. Tone control does not affect the signal output of the stereo analog record output.
  • 1/4" Headphone Jack: The receiver features a 1/4" headphone jack for private listening. When headphones are plugged into this output, the sound from the speakers is muted.

Built-in Bluetooth & FM Tuner

Bluetooth Audio Streaming: The Sony STR-DH190 features built-in Bluetooth 4.2 with support for A2DP 1.2 and AVRCP 1.6. You'll be able to wirelessly stream stored music, music apps, and other audio content from your Bluetooth source device (smartphone, tablet, laptop, etc.) to the stereo receiver. You can pair multiple devices with the Sony STR-DH190, but only one can be connected and used for playback at a time. The STR-DH190 has a wireless Bluetooth range of approximately 98.4'.

  • SBC + AAC Codecs: In addition to support for the standard SBC Bluetooth audio codec, the STR-DH190 offers support of AAC.  By supporting AAC, the stereo receiver offers better audio performance of the music streamed from your Apple iPod, iPhone, or iPad.
  • Playback Control: You'll be able to control Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track, Fast Forward/Rewind, and Stop functions from the included IR remote. Advanced music browsing will still need to be handled from your Bluetooth source device.
  • Bluetooth Standby: With Bluetooth Standby, you can even turn the stereo receiver on from your paired smartphone or tablet.
Note: The STR-DH190 does not display song/artist/album information; continue to use your Bluetooth source device's screen to view song/artist info.

FM Tuner: The Sony STR-DH190 stereo receiver is equipped with a built-in FM tuner with 30 digital presets, station naming (up to 8 characters), and auto tuning. You can switch between Stereo & Mono mode. An FM wire antenna is included. This receiver is not equipped with an AM tuner.

Remote & Convenience Features

IR Remote : The supplied IR remote provides wireless operation of the Sony STR-DH190 stereo receiver. It also offers basic playback control for your connected Bluetooth audio streaming device.

Sleep Timer: The receiver can be set to turn off automatically after a specified time (30, 60, 90, or 120 minutes.)

Auto Standby: This energy saving features enables the receiver to set to automatically switch to standby mode if it is not in use or no audio signal is sent to it for 20 minutes.

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Why did you buy this?

bluetooth capable and low thd specs plus scratch/dent pricing [ John  Jun 17, 2018 ]
ADVISED BY LANE IT WOULD BE COMPATIBLE TO MY EXISTING SYSTEM. THANK YOU, LANE FOR YOUR TIME AND PATIENCE. [ JOANNE  Jun 11, 2018 ]
Advice from family member who understands electronics much better than a senior citizen. [ A. L. Red  May 16, 2018 ]
Basic features. Decent price [ Jason  May 13, 2018 ]

6 questions already asked

The STR-DH190 has a wireless Bluetooth range of approximately 98.4'. You will find this information, and more, by clicking the "Details" tab on the receiver's main webpage and scrolling down below the "Features & Specs" table. I hope that helps My bio: https://www.crutchfield.com/bio/Ryan [ Ryan  Jun 08, 2018 ]  Staff
I LOVE THIS SONY STR-DH190.IT GIVES ME THE THINGS I NEED. [ DALE ROBERT  Jun 08, 2018 ]
The bluetooth function of this receiver is for "receiving" only and will not transmit to wireless speakers. If your wireless speakers include a transmitter I would expect that it will hook up to the speaker output of the receiver. [ PTC4WW  Jun 01, 2018 ]
There is no "Bluetooth Volume Control," Bluetooth is for pairing this unit with other Bluetooth playback devices such as MP3 players, smartphones , computers, etc. The Remote Control has up and down volume buttons. [ Paul  May 20, 2018 ]
Yes, I control the volume from my phone when using Spotify, etc. [ JOHN  May 20, 2018 ]
Yes - I'm using an iPhone X and it works great. Pairs quickly and the phone volume controls the receiver. [ Mike  May 20, 2018 ]
Yes. Can control using smart phone volume keys, Sony remote and volume control on the receiver. [ John  May 20, 2018 ]
Yes but with RCA connection only. No digital inputs available. [ jmf  May 29, 2018 ]
You sure can! It has a few RCA inputs that will work with a CD player. HTH! My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=101 [ Paul  May 03, 2018 ]  Staff
The Sony STR-DH190 dose have built-in Bluetooth for streaming wirelessly from Bluetooth devices so, yes, you can pair the Bluetooth from your Echo Dot. I hope that helps. My bio: https://www.crutchfield.com/bio/Ryan [ Ryan  Apr 28, 2018 ]  Staff
I don't know. It paired easily via Bluetooth with my iPhone, so if the Amazon Dot is Bluetooth compatible I don't know why it would not work. [ Stephen  Apr 27, 2018 ]
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