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Sony STR-DH740

7.2-channel home theater receiver

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Add realism to your home entertainment experience. The Sony STR-DH740 receiver puts you in the middle of the action with thrilling surround sound. With 7 channels of power, the 'DH740 provides setup flexibility to suit your system, with "front height" or "surround back" speakers adding more depth to your Blu-ray soundtracks. There are preamp outputs to connect two subwoofers, if one just isn't enough to fill your home theater with explosive sound effects and low-end rumble. And Sony's soundfields can turn simple stereo music into room-filling sound that mimics a live venue. There's also a front-panel USB connection, so you can plug in your iPhone® or iPod® and use the receiver's remote to control your music.

Without surround sound, it just isn't home theater

Add realism to your home entertainment experience. The Sony STR-DH740 receiver puts you in the middle of the action with thrilling surround sound. With 7 channels of power, the 'DH740 provides setup flexibility to suit your system, with "front height" or "surround back" speakers adding more depth to your Blu-ray soundtracks. There are preamp outputs to connect two subwoofers, if one just isn't enough to fill your home theater with explosive sound effects and low-end rumble. And Sony's soundfields can turn simple stereo music into room-filling sound that mimics a live venue. There's also a front-panel USB connection, so you can plug in your iPhone® or iPod® and use the receiver's remote to control your music.

Don't sweat the setup

Sony makes it a snap to connect lots of gear to the 'DH740, so you can start enjoying its features quickly. The on-screen guide will walk you through the setup process, including Sony's automatic speaker calibration. This customizes the sound of your speakers to fit your specific room and placement, important for properly balanced sound. Four HDMI inputs provide plenty of hook-ups for Blu-ray players, cable or satellite boxes, and streaming video devices like Apple TV. And standby switching means you can watch movies and shows from connected devices without powering on your receiver. Just keep feeding it your favorite movie and concert soundtracks for sound that will do justice to your large-screen HDTV.


    Power and Processing:
    • 7-channel amplifier
    • 90 watts per channel into 6 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.09% THD, with 2 channels driven
    • Dolby® and DTS® surround sound decoding, including Dolby Pro Logic® IIz
    • Digital Cinema Auto Calibration for easy, accurate speaker setup
    • Sony soundfields create surround sound effects from stereo signals
    • HDMI audio/video switching: 4 in, 1 out
    • front-panel USB port for audio playback from an iPod, iPhone, or USB flash drive
    • composite video switching: 2 in, 1 out
    • digital audio inputs: 2 optical and 1 coaxial
    • 4 analog stereo audio inputs
    • no phono input — to connect a turntable you'll need to add a phono preamp
    • preamp outputs for 2 powered subwoofers
    • outputs for seven speakers (Front L/R, Center, Surround L/R, Surround Back L/R)
    • "Surround Back" speaker outputs can be used as Front Height, Front B, or for bi-amping compatible Front A speakers
    • full-sized headphone jack
    General Features:
    • 3D and 4K HDMI pass-through
      • 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
    • convenient on-screen display (via HDMI only)
    • 60 AM/FM presets
    • remote control
    • 17"W x 6-3/16"H x 13-1/2"D
    • weight: 17.69 lbs.
    • warranty: 2 years
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

    I very great product

    Kenny, Clinton, MD

    What's in the Box:

    • 7.2ch AV receiver
    • Wireless remote control (RM-AAU168)
    • 2 "AA" batteries
    • Automatic calibration microphone (ECM-AC2)
    • AM loop antenna
    • FM wire antenna (w/ attached slip-on "F" connector)
    • Operating Instructions
    • Quick Setup Guide (En/Fr/Sp)
    • US Warranty sheet
    • Canada Warranty sheet
    • On-line registration sheet

    Sony STR-DH740 Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (37 Reviews)


    Kenny from Clinton, MD on 4/17/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I very great product



    Nice Receiver

    Jon from Grand Rapids,MI on 4/16/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    A nice overall unit with clean styling and equally clean circuitry layout. Avoids that "wired by a monkey look". So far nice performance with clean sound. Love the ability to bi amp a two channel system. Plenty of hdmi connectivity. Seems a bit better built than comparable units. Nice remote.



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    Kate from New Concord, Ky. on 4/15/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I am technologically challenged so I was very apprehensive about ordering anything electronic on-line. This receiver was so easy to hook up and set up. It was such a relief to get rid of all the component cables and use only HDMI. I had read in a comment about the weight of the receiver in a review. This receiver is so much lighter than my 6 yr. old Yamaha!

    Pros: HDMI connections. Ease of hookup and set up.

    Cons: None

    Solid receiver

    Anonymous from Danville, NH on 4/12/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    A solid performer. Very easy to set up and more than enough power for my home theater

    Pros: Design is very attractive. Auto speaker calibration. On screen display.

    Cons: A little complicated to use zone b speakers without using zone a but works fine once I figured it out. Would be nice if the receiver had an a/b switch like my old Sony did.

    Excellent Product

    Bob in Scottsdale from Scottsdale, AZ on 4/9/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is just an excellent product and even greater shopping experience at Crutchfield.

    Pros: - Very intuitive User Guide - All connections/access to peripherals work correctly (don't get me started on other very more expensive A/V Recievers that don't 'handshake" well......yes, I'm talking about you Onkyo !!!!!!!!!!!) - very good sound quality and video throughput - Excellent shipping and delivery on time as promised - great job Crutchfield

    Cons: Not a one.

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    WiltE from Suffolk, VA on 4/8/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Sound is great, the callibration system works well, but I had to up center speaker for clarity. Driving Energy take 5.1 classis speakers. HDMI switching works well with my 4x2 matrix splitter for output to Sony TV and Epson projector. HDMI passthru for picture quality is great. Using a harmony smart control remote, and everything works well together. I have passed 3D and it seems to work well, but I really don't have any 3D content. Hope to use 4k in future. Cons: The receiver is reportedly 7.1, but callibration software only supports 5.2 with the 2 extra speakers playing sound from surround l and r. Overall meets my needs, and allows for future proofing for 4K

    Pros: HDMI switching, passthru of 3D and 4K supports 2 subwoofers

    Cons: not a true 7.1 surround system

    sony receiver

    Richie from tannersville, pa on 4/3/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Just got my sony receiver and I love it. 7 channels and great sound and power for such a great price!

    Pros: Great power for price.


    Sony STR-DH740 AV Receiver

    FrankM from Easton, Maryland on 3/23/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This receiver is a tremendous improvement over our Sony receiver that we purchased over 20 years ago. I previously interacted with the receiver almost exclusively by working the receiver controls directly however with the new Sony receiver I am able to exclusively use its remote. The new remote is so user friendly. Although the new receiver is able to provide surround/theater sound for now we are only using front Bose speakers. Also, the manual is so very detailed and able to address almost any user situation. Lastly the purchase price was very reasonable.

    Pros: As we still have some interconnecting components that have only analog connection capability the new receiver will accommodate both analog, optical and HDMI connections.

    Cons: As of this writing I am unable to establish the TV 's remote to control the on/off and volume functions of our new Sony AV receiver. The receiver's manual addresses this topic but focuses on interaction between Sony products, specifically with the Sony Bravia TV. We just purchased a new Samsung HDTV and when I use the external speaker function from the TV I also have to use the receiver remote's on/off and volume functions.... somewhat of a bother but doable.

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    Anonymous from Commerce City, Colorado on 3/19/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I sent up this receiver two weeks ago and couldn't be happier with this product. It does everything I wanted in a low priced receiver and more. I love that it synced to the rest of my audio/video equipment so easily.

    Pros: Easy to set up. I only have to use one remote control, to control all of my home theater equipment.

    Cons: None so far.

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    Dave from Arkansas on 3/13/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I wanted a 7.1 receiver to setup a front height surround but all were out of my price range but this unit. I have a small room 14x14' with 60" vizio E and klipsch reference speakers. The receiver was easy to setup and sound great with plenty of power for my small room. It was a perfect fit for me and my budget.

    Pros: Cost and features

    Cons: THD level is high.

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    Anonymous from Richmond, VA on 3/10/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Supports my speakers well. Only gripe is that I can't get HDMI pass through to work. Customer service was helpful and patient. They even tried replacing the receiver but no dice.



    Good Value

    Ron from Las Vegas on 3/7/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy to use, more than enough power for a mid level 7.2 system

    Pros: Straight forward controls, lots of wattage, clean amps

    Cons: I would suggest cloning the remote control with a universal remote, as many of the more advanced functions are all but impossible to access easily without reaching for the remote...

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    Bill from knoxville, tn on 3/5/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very good product.. Great value and amnow putting out great sounds.. Should have gotten this a while ago.

    Pros: Easy to set up, easy to operate. Great sound and plenty of room to attach any doodads that I have.


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    Bob M from Fairfield, CT on 2/28/2014

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    I have always bought Sony products. The receiver was easy to hook up and set up. I used the HDMI cables and everything worked great. For the price it is a great receiver.

    Pros: Good power, easy set up.

    Cons: None yet.

    Great, but AllShare headaches

    Itsrich from Northern Indiana on 2/25/2014

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    This is a great receiver. I have no complaints. My issue is the AllShare mixed with the TV. I like AllShare, but to make the TV and Receiver work well together, I made the TV the hub. All my HDMI cords are connected to the TV, and only the ARC is going to the receiver. This makes it easier to use all the remotes.

    Pros: As a stand alone, it is great!

    Cons: Mixed with a TV with AllShare, I made the TV the hub for choosing where sound originates from.

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    Thomas T. from Flushing, MI on 2/17/2014

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    I replaced an older Sony Receiver with the Sony STR-DH740 Receiver. It was very easy to set up to my existing speakers and the audio was much improved.



    No brainer!

    Rob from NY on 2/16/2014

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    Was exactly what I was looking for. I didn't need all the wireless options, the xbox does all that. Has plenty of power for my set up(Polk in ceiling surround with Harmon p38 sub) sounds awesome. All in all great product and price for a 7.2. Can't wait to hook up a second sub. Will never go to a movie theater again!

    Pros: Power for price. 7.2 is great if you plan to add more speakers. Set up was easy.

    Cons: None at this time


    Anonymous from Panama city on 2/12/2014

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    They told that sound quality would be lacking but I don't think so! I paired this with Polk audio in wall speakers which sound epic. It's a little difficult to navigate through the menus but it's not too terrible.



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    Joe D from West LA, CA on 2/7/2014

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    All around great product for the price.

    Pros: Plenty of power and flexibility for most home systems. Quick & simple connection. Bravia Sync is a great feature and will give you 1 remote function for your system, if you are lucky enough to have a Sony TV.

    Cons: None yet.

    Good Enough for the Price

    HVC from Puerto Rico on 1/28/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent 7.2 system if you are looking for a economic receiver that have enough power to move a decent speakers. Easy to configure easy to setup.

    Pros: Easy to configure, easy to setup. Auto calibration. Cheap an realibke 7.2 system.

    Cons: A little big in size.

    Great sound

    Vettefan400 from Columbus, GA on 1/26/2014

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    I bought receiver for my dad. His old Yamaha receiver finally quit on him. I recently got one almost like this one, this one put out more watts (a little over a thousand I think). Anyway, the sound quality is amazing. Felt like I was at the movies. He's got a 7 speaker setup plus a 10" powered sub. You can even go in and change things like speaker size, and speaker distance which allows you to get the most out of your speakers with this receiver. And all the HDMI inputs makes for easy hookup( just run everything into the receiver, then run one HDMI to your TV and your good to go). I also like the screw-in audio speaker connections(very secure). No static or anything.

    Pros: Great sound, easy hook-up, great audio connections

    Cons: Hmmm, this unit is big, but just think of it as Full of the goods.

    Good deal for the price

    Brice from Winchester, CA on 1/16/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good 7.1 receiver with all the basics need to start a solid home theater system. The setup is easy but the menus also allow customization for those inclined to do so. You won't get upscaling but that is understandable at this price.

    Pros: Good power easy setup 3D and 4K support

    Cons: No upscaling

    Decent receiver

    djipka from SLC, UT on 1/13/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This receiver is a decent little piece of equipment. I have had an older Sony that did not have HDMI and after years of use it still runs great. I just needed something with HDMI that will not break the bank. I got this on a nice deal from Crutchfield after looking for 2 weeks at Yamaha and Denon. I had ordered a Yamaha but it was defective and had to return it and which point I got this Sony. I am giving it 4 stars just because the lack of some options missing. The Sony does the job but definitely lacks some of the options Yamaha offered me. I am however happy with the purchase and hope it will serve me for at least 5 years. It meets my needs at this time and the extra options that I like in Yamaha are not a must for the moment.

    Pros: Good sound, fairly easy setup, does the job

    Cons: lacks some options but at the price I got it I cannot complain

    Great Product

    Hector from Guaynabo, PR on 1/9/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent product, lot of power.

    Pros: 7.2 channel is excellent when connect al 7 speakers and two subs.

    Cons: None

    An Easy to Use System with a Great Interface

    Bart from Starlight, PA on 1/8/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased this reciever to replace an older Sony Dream System, and it certainly did that! The HDMI pass-thru is a great feature, and being able to easily swap between my sources is a great benefit. The sound quality and separation is fantastic. If you're in need of a good, low cost home surround system, this is for you!

    Pros: # of inputs, sound quality, HDMI pass-thru, price

    Cons: On Screen menus a bit tough to navigate

    great receiver

    Randy from Jonesboro, AR on 1/7/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This receiver functions as advertised. It doesn't include a network connection, but I didn't want one. I've got a bunch of things that connect to my wireless router and I don't need any more. It is pretty simple to set up. As others have said, the automatic set up function doesn't work all that well, but it does provide a good starting point. You can achieve a good setup by tweaking the settings manually. The sound quality is excellent.

    Pros: Good choice of sound fields Excellent sound quality HDMI passthrough is helpful

    Cons: Automatic setup doesn't work all that well

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    Bob from Huron, Ohio on 1/6/2014

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    Had this unit for about 3 weeks now, so far it has been great. Really good buy for the price, always have been a Pioneer guy, but this unit had all the features I wanted at a really good price, read all the online reviews and they were all positive.....Mostly listen to music with it, sounds really good...played one of my old DVDs and surround was good....much better than my old system. Had alittle trouble setting up but it was because my old DVD player wasn't compatible with the new setup....that was remedied with the purchase of a new blueray player....All in all I would say this is a good unit for someone who doesn't care about all the bells and whistles of some of the more expensive units. Customer support has been good and I received this 2 days after ordering it.....

    Pros: Great sound, great price, good support

    Cons: Can't listen to iPod with headphones on, other than that nothing

    Sont STRDH-740

    Marty from Lakeside,Ohio on 12/30/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    My sony recevier was to be " Like New " My guess if was new. Everything was complete and package just right.I invested in better speakers. It was worth it. Sometimes I'm concerned buying over the internet. Crutchfield came thru with flying colors. Great price, speedy deliverly, this and including product support. Excellant product--excellant seller!

    Pros: Has what I wanted.

    Cons: Nothing


    ACKDADDY from CONNECTICUT on 12/30/2013

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    The inputs, options and quality that this receiver offers cannot be touched at this price point. It rivals models twice its price and adds a ton of options to your setup. I've had Denon, Harman Kardon, Onkyo and Yamaha receivers over the years. This is in my top 3 that I've ever owned.

    Pros: GUI Setup Separate channel allows sound in a second room if desired A good amount of inputs 3D Compatible

    Cons: None

    Good Purchase

    DWM VI from Burlington, NJ on 12/30/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    So far (3 weeks of use), I have not a single negative thing to say about my STR-DH740, which replaced a more expensive but disappointing Yamaha. I have Polk Audio Speakers connected to it: 2* Monitor 40s , 1* CS1 and 1*PSW350. The setup is in the basement with HDMI connections to Apple TV, Cable TV, Xbox 360 and a Samsung 3D Blu-ray Player. I recently watched /streamed the Hobbit (2012) with no issues. The picture and sound is excellent. The setup was actually pretty easy. I haven't watched a 3D disk yet, but I don't expect any issues (otherwise, I will update this post). Last but not least...I liked the free AND fast shipping by Crutchfield.

    Pros: Sound, # of HDMI connections

    Cons: Dated remote control


    Anonymous from Indy on 12/26/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    You cant go wrong with this unit. I opted for this over the 840 for the savings and I DID NOT WANT the wifi and apps on bluray player has all that. I was skeptical about its performance since it was replacing a 10 yr old Onkyo unit that has been flawless. I replaced it only bc of the HDMI bypass option of a newer I dont always WANT to turn on the surround to play something. So far so good.....makes my new Klipsch home theater scream! If you want a GOOD A/V unit without paying for extras you dont want/use.....but still want POWER and sound will not be disappointed with this guy. Sony auto calibration is not nearly as good as Onkyos Audessey setup. I had to tweek and tune FAR from what it tuned on AUTO in order to get it sounding level, evenly spaced and tuned properly. The menu is a little less intuitive than onkyos OSD, but then again...... Read all the I did....then add to for delivery...then hook up your new awesomness.

    Pros: All thrills no frills. excellent choice of sound fields. Includes PLIIx for 5-7 channel upscaling OSD for menus and tuner functions 5 HDMI in (4 support 3D/ 4K pass through) all 5 do pass though when unit is off. POWER!!! Crutchfield lists 90W RMS, Sony box lists 145W......RMS/MAX???......its plenty either way!!! Programmable input names for devices. Tons of sound control through EQ, effects, levels, distance, size.....etc

    Cons: speaker wire is hard to connect unless using banana plugs.......but nearly all receivers are the same way. HDMI inputs are to close together to use all 5 inputs with PlantWare HDMI cable supports....I had to modify the supports to get them all to work. Video IN via Yellow RCA Plug does not output via HDMI.....has to output via MONITOR OUT to TV separately. OSD menu is in SONY tech language........takes a minute to figure out ALL the options. remote control doesnt light up

    Great Receiver!!

    Timewarpone from Central California on 10/22/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great Sound at a great price. You would be hard pressed to find a better 90 w/ch RMS 7.2 Surround Sound receiver at this price. I back ordered this unit from Crutchfield about 6 weeks ago at a lower price. Very refreshing to find an electronics device that is NOT internet ready. I have enough internet in my home. (This unit replaced a 7 year old 7.1 Yamaha receiver without HDMI.) Easy set-up. I used the auto calibration feature. I love the 3D HDMI Standby Pass-Through feature. It allows me to watch TV or a 3D movie without turning on the receiver. Make sure you use a v1.4 HDMI cable (10.2 Gbps or faster) this is a must for 3D. If you use an Optical (Tos-Link) connection between your components then you may not receive 7 channel surround sound with some selected sound fields. In this case use the HDMI connection. There is no need for the Optical connection when using HDMI.

    Pros: Great Sound, Easy Set-up, No Internet Capabilities (YEAH!!!)

    Cons: The speaker thumb screws in the back could be a little larger and spaced a little further apart. Next time I will use banana plugs.

    Awsome Sound for the price!

    Jaime15 from Alexandria VA on 9/6/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is my first receiver and I love it. The sound is great coming for my two Pioneer dual 6 inch speakers, I have a B.I.C. America 12 inch powered subwoofer for my low and with this combo the movies and regual tv sound great! If I play my Xbox 360 (Call of Duty) my living room sounds like a war zone! I am glad I picked this reciever up when I did, everything was simple and easy to setup.

    Pros: Easy setup, and Easy to read instructions

    Cons: None I can think of.

    Sony STR DH740

    Anonymous from Oshkosh on 8/7/2013

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    Huge upgrade from my old receiver. Wanted HDMI switching and 7.2 channel without added cost of wifi and air play. My blue ray and tv both have streaming capability so didn't really need it with another component. It works great with the iPod by just plugging it in the USB port and using the remote to pick a song. Haven't used all 7 channels yet, but nice to have for future use. There are higher end receivers available with more features, but they cost twice as much or more.

    Pros: Great features for the price

    Cons: None

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    William from Conyers Georgia on 7/29/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I am really enjoying my new receiver. It is a great upgrade for my 15 year old prior one. The only thing I don't understand is why is it designed so that you can not play the surround sound speakers at the same time of the other speakers. But other than that a great product.

    Pros: great receiver. like the 4 HDMI inputs.

    Cons: Cannot use the surround sound speakers at the same time with the other speakers.

    Plug and play

    LH from Philadelphia pa on 7/5/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    What can I say took about 15 min. to set up. Great calibration for speakers, had my head on a swivel with the 7.2. All you need to due is connect the speakers and hdmi cords and your ready to go. Haven't scratched the surface of this baby can do. Would recommend to anyone looking for low cost and sound. Don't miss the wifi or Internet when I upgrade blue-ray or tv will get it then . LH



    Affordable great sound

    Phil from Livonia,MI on 6/7/2013

    This receiver replaced my Yamaha receiver. There is quite a bit of difference with the sound quality with this receiver. The setup is easy, the auto calibration is awesome. When I bought it, I didn't look for network capable, that's what's my blue ray player is for. I have all 7 speakers connected, all Bose and the Subwoofer is Infinity and I could not be more pleased with the quality of sound and ease of use with this receiver. Great Job Sony!

    Pros: Plenty of power, easy to use, easy setup and the price is a steal

    Cons: None yet


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    Features and Specs

    Number Of Channels 7
    Stereo RMS Power (watts) 90
    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
    General Features
    Internet-ready No
    Bluetooth No
    Apple AirPlay No
    App Remote Control No
    USB port for iPod/iPhone Yes
    FM Sensitivity Not Given
    HD Radio Tuner No
    On-Screen Display Thru HDMI
    Auto Speaker Calibration DCAC
    HDCP 2.2 for 4K Video No
    HDR-compatible No
    HDMI Standby Pass-through Yes
    4K Video Upscaling No
    HDMI to HDMI Upconversion No
    DLNA Certified
    MHL-compatible No
    Multibrand Remote Control No
    Learning Remote No
    LCD Remote
    Width (inches) 17
    Height (inches) 6-3/16
    Depth (inches) 13-1/2
    Weight (pounds) 17.6875
    Parts Warranty 2 Years
    Labor Warranty 2 Years
    Multi-room Audio--Video
    Powered Multi-room Audio Output No
    Preamp Multi-room Audio Output No
    Multi-room Video No
    Multi-room HDMI Output No
    Surround Processing
    Dolby Digital DD, EX, TrueHD, DD+
    Dolby Atmos N/A
    DTS DTS, ES, HD, HDMA, Neo6, 96/24
    DTS:X No
    Inputs & Outputs
    Phono Input No
    Audio-Video Inputs 5
    Audio-only Inputs 2
    Component Video Inputs None
    Component Video Monitor Outputs None
    Optical Digital Inputs 2
    Coaxial Digital Inputs 1
    Optical Digital Outputs None
    Coaxial Digital Outputs None
    HDMI Inputs 4
    HDMI Monitor Outputs 1
    Subwoofer Outputs 2
    Multi-Channel Analog Input No
    Multi-channel Preamp Output No
    Main Speaker Output Pairs 1
    Main Speaker Terminals Posts
    Ethernet Port None
    USB Connections 1
    Removable Power Cord No

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    Audio Features

    Assignable 7-Channel Amplifier: The Sony STR-DH740 AV receiver is equipped with a 7-channel amplifier rated at 90 watts (into 6-ohms, at 20-20kHz, with 0.09% THD, driving 2 channels). The AV receiver's Surround Back/Front Height amplifier channels can be configured to accommodate your type of home theater setup.

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

    Digital Cinema Auto Calibration (DCAC): The Sony STR-DH740 is equipped with 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, and distinguish frequency characteristics of each speaker. The microphone has an 15' cord attached that plugs into the microphone input on front of the receiver. You can also choose to manually adjust the AV receiver's speaker settings.

    Auto Format Direct (A.F.D.) Mode: The Auto Format Direct (A.F.D.) mode allows you to listen to high fidelity sound and select the decoding mode for listening to a 2-channel stereo sound as multi-channel. You can set the A.F.D. mode to Auto or Multi Stereo.

    • A.F.D. Auto: Presets the sound as it was recorded/encoded without adding any surround effects.
    • Multi Stereo: Outputs 2-channel left/right signals from all speakers.

    Dolby Digital/DTS/Dolby Pro Logic: The Sony STR-DH740 AV receiver features Dolby Digital and DTS-HD decoding, as well as offers Dolby Pro Logic audio processing.

    Note: Dolby Digital and DTS listening modes can only be selected if your audio source is connected to the A/V preamplifier via a digital audio connection (HDMI, optical, or coaxial). To enjoy true 7.1ch Dolby Digital TrueHD and DTS-HD surround sound, the AV receiver must be connected to your Blu-ray player via HDMI.

    HD Digital Cinema Sound (HD D.C.S): HD Digital Cinema Sound (HD-D.C.S.) is Sony's new innovative home theater technology using the latest acoustic and digital signal processing technologies. It is based on precise response measurement data of a mastering studio. With this mode, you are able to enjoy Blu-ray and DVD movies at home with not only the high quality of sound, but also the best sound ambience, just as the movie's sound engineer intended in the mastering process. You can choose from the following HD-D.C.S modes - Dynamic, Theater, Studio, Hall, Jazz Club, Live Concert, Stadium, Sports, or Portable Audio.

    Pure Direct: The receiver's Pure 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.

    Headphone Modes: The receiver offers two distinct headphone sound modes.

    • HP 2CH: Sets the receiver to power only the front left and right speakers, no surround and no subwoofer. Two channel sources bypass the sound field processing and multi channel sources are down-mixed to 2 channels.
    • HP Direct: Amplifies the source without any processing, only the volume and front speaker balance adjustments are active.

    Advanced Audio Settings: These advanced audio settings allow you to tailor the sound to your source content, listening conditions, and your personal preferences.

    • Equalizer: You can adjust the tonal quality (bass & treble level) of the front speakers from -6dB to +6dB, in 1dB steps.
    • 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.
    • 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).
    • Night Mode: This function allows you to retain a theater like environment at low volume levels. When watching a movie late at night, you will still be able to hear the dialog clear even at a low volume level.

    Audio Inputs/Outputs: The Sony STR-DH740 offers a variety of analog and digital audio inputs/outputs.

    • Digital Inputs: The receiver has two optical digital inputs and one coaxial digital inputs (all assignable). You can choose auto decoding or PCM for the digital audio inputs. Auto will decode the signal in its original form (Dolby Digital, DTS, PCM, etc), PCM decodes the signal to 2-channel.
    • Speaker Outputs: The receiver is equipped with binding post terminals for all speaker channels. The binding post terminals will accept bare wire, pin connectors, and banana plugs (single only). Use speakers with a 6- to 16-ohm impedance.
    • Dual Sub Outputs: The AV receiver is fitted with two subwoofer preamp outputs to connect dual powered subs.
    • Headphones: When headphones are plugged into the full-size 1/4" jack on the front panel, all the speakers are automatically muted. No sound is output from the headphones when iPod or iPhone is connected to the receiver.

    AM/FM Tuner: The STR-DH740 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.

    Video Features

    4 HDMI (v.1.4) Inputs: The receiver is equipped with four HDMI (v.1.4) inputs for connecting HDMI-equipped audio/video component; such as your satellite/cable receiver, Blu-ray/DVD player, and game system. It also allows you to connect all of your devices to your TV with a single HDMI cable (via its ARC-compatible HDMI monitor output), reducing cable clutter. The receiver's HDMI v.1.4 jacks are compatible with 1080p/24Hz and 4K video, 3D video signals, Deep Color & x.v.Color technology; as well as LipSync, ARC, and HDMI control.

    • 4K Pass-Through: 4K Pass Through allows the Sony STR-DH740 to receive super high-definition resolution video and pass the video signal to a 4K compatible TV or display monitor. This ensures compatibility with the latest super high resolution video formats.
    • 3D-Ready: The Sony STR-DH740 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 is fixed at 60 ms.
    • ARC (Audio Return Channel): This feature allows audio to be sent from your compatible HDTV to your receiver through the same HDMI cable already being used to send audio and video to your HDTV. This eliminates the need for extra cables connected to your television.

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

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

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

    Composite Video Inputs: The Sony STR-DH740 is also fitted with two analog composite video inputs and one composite video monitor output. The composite video jacks support 480i video signals only.

    USB/iPod Functions

    Sony Compatible USB Port: You can enjoy music from select Sony USB devices (Walkman/MicroVault/NWZ-series) by connecting the device to the receiver's front-panel USB (type-A) port. The Sony USB device must be formatted with FAT16 or FAT32. You can playback the following music files; MP3 (32-320kbps), WMA (48-192kbps), AAC (48-320kbps), and WAV(16-bit) The receiver can recognize up to 256 folders and 256 audio files in each folder, per device. You are able to control Play/Pause/Stop, Fast Forward/Rewind, Skip Previous/Next), and Folder (up/down) functions of your connected Sony USB device.

    Note: See page 38 of the AV receiver's Operating Instructions for compatible Sony USB devices (Walkman/MicroVault/NWZ-series). Other USB devices cannot be used on this receiver.

    iPod/iPhone Direct: The Sony STR-DH740 supports digital music playback from an iPod, iPhone, or iPad using its front-panel USB (type-A) port. Simply plug your compatible Apple device into the receiver's front-panel USB port, using the cable that came with your iPod/iPhone/iPad. Stored music and music apps from your connected Apple device can be played through the AV receiver, bypassing the iPod/iPhone D/A converter for better sound quality. The iPod/iPhone/iPad can be controlled by the receiver's remote, or you can continue to use the Apple device's clickwheel or touchscreen. You can search for stored music on your compatible Apple device by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Podcast, Genre, Composer, or Audiobook. You also have access to Repeat (One/All/Off) and Shuffle (Songs/Albums/Off) functions. Song/artist information from stored music on your iPod/iPhone will display on your connected TV via HDMI. The receiver offers limited control (Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track) of music apps on your iPod/iPhone and no song/artist information. Your Apple iPod/iPhone's battery will be charged while connected to the receiver (max. 1A). This unit will not charge the iPad. The Sony STR-DH740 is "made for iPod/iPhone" and supports the following iPod/iPhone model functions (as of 9/24/2013).

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Remote iPod/iPhone Album Art Artist/Song Text Track Info
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N
    2 7.0 Y N Y Y N Y Y N
    3 7.0 Y N Y Y N Y Y N
    4 7.0 Y N Y Y N Y Y N
    mini 7.0 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    4 7.0 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    4S 7.0 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    5 7.0 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    5C 7.0 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    5S 7.0 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    4th 6.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    5th 7.0 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    7th 1.02 PC Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

    Convenience Features

    On-Screen Menu (via HDMI): You can display the menu of the receiver on your HDMI connected TV screen and select the function you want to use from the on-screen menu using the included IR remote control. If your TV is connected to the composite video monitor output, you will need to use the AV receiver's front-panel display when changing settings.

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

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

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

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

    Auto Standby: Auto Standby lets you set the receiver switch to standby mode automatically after 30 minutes when you do not operate the receiver or when there is no signal input to the receiver.

    Remote Control

    Wireless Remote: The supplied IR remote is pre-coded to control this Sony receiver, Sony TVs, Sony CD players, Sony DVD players and recorders, and Sony Blu-ray disc players and recorders.

    Bravia Theater Sync: Sony's Bravia Theater Sync feature allows you to easily manage select BRAVIA televisions and Sony HDMI audio and video components with a single remote. By connecting Sony components that are compatible with the HDMI Control function with a HDMI cable, operation is simplified in the following ways.

    • One-Touch-Play: When you playback a component such as a DVD/Blu-ray Disc Player, the receiver and the TV are turned on automatically and switch to the appropriate HDMI input.
    • System Audio Control: While watching TV, you can select to output the sound from the TV speaker or the speakers connected to the receiver.
    • System Power Off: When you turn off the TV, the receiver and connected components are also turned off simultaneously.

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    Q & A

    Customer Q&A

    13 questions already asked

    I would check the menu settings of you Blu-ray player. You probably have the audio defaults set to PCM, rather than Audiophile or bitstream, or however your bluray player lables the audio output. [ David  Jul 01, 2014 ]
    We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: Or try our online support center: [ Jeff  Jun 23, 2014 ]  Staff
    If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: Or try our online support center: [ Krissy  Jun 20, 2014 ]  Staff
    Sorry, have not tried Super Audio CD on this unit.. [ JONG  Mar 24, 2014 ]
    This receiver will absolutely work with 8-ohm speakers. [ Jeff  Mar 13, 2014 ]  Staff
    This Receiver does offer 3D and 4K pass-through to keep this receiver up to date with the latest video formats. However, I don't have a projector, nor have I hooked one up. But as far as I know, It should still hook up to your projector just as you would hook up to a HDTV. Either way the sound quality is very good. And if you don't have a powered sub, Get One. I went with an Infinity PS410 8" powered sub, and it will shake most of my house. Anyway, hope this helps. I'm not that knowledgeable about projectors. [ RICHARD  Mar 12, 2014 ]
    I believe it does. I do not use 3D in my current setup for the receiver is capable of doing it. My blu-ray player is 3D but my TV isn't so I don't use that function. [ IVAN  Mar 10, 2014 ]
    I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: You can use this receiver as 6.1, but it's not necessarily recommended. DVD's are recorded in 5.1 or 7.1 configurations. If you only have a 6 speakers hooked up, it's just going to be "off" because either a left or right is not going to have a speaker connected. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy  Mar 09, 2014 ]  Staff
    This receiver is only rated down to 6-ohms for speakers. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help narrow down the 4-ohm compatible receivers we carry. [ Jeff  Feb 24, 2014 ]  Staff
    Many newer seven-channel surround sound receivers actually let you redirect the power from unused rear surround channels to use in combination with the power from your front two channels. In effect, this gives you four dedicated amplifier channels to drive a single pair of compatible left and right front speakers (each of which must have two pairs of input terminals for this to work). This neat trick essentially doubles the available power, resulting in more dynamic, higher-quality sound from your now bi-amped front speakers. You can find out more about bi-amping here: [ Jeff  Feb 24, 2014 ]  Staff
    Technically both are correct, but we prefer the 90W rating. The 145 W/channel rating is rated at 1kHz and the 90W rating is rated at full frequency spectrum (20-20kHz). Full bandwidth rated power is what we use for all receivers, so you can easily compare this against other models. This is also a better indication of the actual power that you will see in your home. [ Jeff  Feb 24, 2014 ]  Staff
    Yes, it have it in the menu that the receiver have. To access it. Connect the receiver to the tv and press home button on sony controller, then you can find it under sound settings. If you have any other question feel free to ask. Regards [ HARRY VEGA  Jan 28, 2014 ]
    Yes. Go into the Amp Menu, scroll down to EQ, and you can adjust bass and treble +10 to -10. Hope this helped. [ RICHARD  Jan 28, 2014 ]
    Yes, via on-screen menu settings. [ GREG  Jan 27, 2014 ]
    Yes it does. It is not a knob that you would see. You have to do through the on screen menu. [ ELITE RETREATS  Jan 27, 2014 ]
    Yes it does, they can be controlled at different hertz. I don't remember off the top of my head on which ones but yes you can control them. [ JAIME A  Jan 27, 2014 ]
    Yes, they are part of the set-up process. However, the receiver does not have Bass and Treble knobs on the face of the receiver for manual adjustments. [ GARY A  Jan 27, 2014 ]
    yes, on the remote u can go to settings and adjust treble and bass levels. [ JOHN  Jan 27, 2014 ]
    I go to the equalizer setting to adjust the curves that affects the bass and treble to control for listening to music. [ DENNIS  Jan 27, 2014 ]
    Yes it does. The receiver has the basic EQ setup options for the bass and the treble. I got this receiver on a nice sale and for the price there is nothing that can beat it. I listen to music and watch movies with it, and I am happy with it. [ IVAN  Jan 27, 2014 ]
    My answer would have to be yes. From the remote control, select "Home" button, select "Sound Effects", select "Equalizer" and adjust Treble and Bass accordingly. In my opinion this option is much more convenient then having to get up and manually adjusts knobs from front of receiver. [ FRANK  Jan 27, 2014 ]
    Yes you need to use remote an the vidoe jack to the tv to set balances [ PAUL  Jan 27, 2014 ]
    I do not believe so, I only use it in one zone. sound quality is good [ SIVANATHAN  Jan 07, 2014 ]
    Nolan, sorry but I have not figured out how to get sound to the 2nd zone either. It's winter so getting music to my deck is not a priority at this point. I'll probably get with tech support this spring. Thanks Jeff [ JEFF S  Jan 07, 2014 ]
    I haven't tried setting up for 2 zones. Otherwise it sounds great. [ JONG  Jan 04, 2014 ]
    You can do A/B or surround but not both. [ MICHAEL  Jan 04, 2014 ]
    Yes the 740 will work with 5 speaker systems, and would give you the ability to expand in the future. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget. [ Jeff  Dec 22, 2013 ]  Staff
    can I listen to FM and Am Stereo? [ mas62  Dec 20, 2013 ]
    Hello Celestino, I am sorry but I have not added any type of speaker selector to my receiver, so I don't have a definite answer for you. But it is a great receiver. Sorry I could not help, [ WILLIAM A  Dec 13, 2013 ]