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Sony STR-DN850

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

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

Receiver, meet computer and smartphone

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

Enjoy wireless music with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

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

High-res audio

Other digital music options

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

Customized sound, HD video upscaling, and app control

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


    Power and Processing:
    • 7-channel amplifier
    • 95 watts per channel into 6 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.09% THD, with 2 channels driven
    • Dolby® and DTS® surround sound decoding
    • Digital Cinema Auto Calibration for easy, accurate speaker setup
    • upscales standard-definition video signals to HD and Ultra HD (up to 4K)
    Digital and Streaming Music Options:
    • built-in Wi-Fi for listening to music from a networked PC, free Internet radio, and music services
      • includes support for Spotify, Pandora Internet radio, Music Unlimited, and TuneIn Internet radio (subscription required for some services)
    • Apple AirPlay for streaming music from an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or computer running iTunes
    • DLNA certified for streaming music from compatible networked computers and devices
    • plays high-resolution digital music files via USB storage device or a networked computer (up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution)
    • built-in Bluetooth for wireless music streaming from a compatible smartphone, tablet, or computer
      • aptX® encoding provides high-quality music streaming from compatible devices
      • NFC-compatible for one-touch pairing with compatible smartphones
    • MHL-ready HDMI input for accessing content from select Android smartphones and tablets
    • front-panel USB input gives you a direct digital connection for your iPod for improved sound quality
    • HDMI 2.0 audio/video switching: 5 in, 1 out
    • front-panel USB port for audio playback from an iPod, iPhone, or USB memory device
    • composite video switching: 2 in, 1 out
    • digital audio inputs: 2 optical and 1 coaxial
    • 4 analog stereo audio inputs
    • no phono input — to connect a turntable you'll need to add a phono preamp
    • preamp outputs for 2 powered subwoofers
    • outputs for seven speakers (Front L/R, Center, Surround L/R, Surround Back L/R)
      • Surround Back channel outputs can also be used as Front High or Front B speakers, or to bi-amp compatible Front speakers
    • Ethernet port (includes antenna for Wi-Fi reception)
    • 1/4" headphone jack
    General Features:
    • free Sony SongPal app lets you use your Apple or Android device as a Wi-Fi remote
    • 4K and 3D pass-through
      • This receiver is not HDCP 2.2-compliant and will not support copy-protected 4K video content.
    • HDMI standby pass-through allows access to all HDMI connected devices without having to power on the receiver
    • BRAVIA™ Sync for one-remote operation with compatible Sony components
    • intuitive on-screen user interface (via HDMI only)
    • 60 AM/FM presets
    • remote control
    • 17"W x 6-1/8"H x 13-5/8"D
    • weight: 17.6 lbs.
    • warranty: 2 years
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

    This receiver does everything the ad claimed it would do. And, the price was very reasonable.

    Dave L., Illinois

    What's in the Box:

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

    Sony STR-DN850 Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (23 Reviews)

    Great receiver for the price

    Dave L. from Illinois on 12/1/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This receiver does everything the ad claimed it would do. And, the price was very reasonable.



    Sony STR DN850

    Kegaan from Alaska on 8/20/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Just hooked up the reciever and I am very happy with the sound quality and ease of using, it works great with our Sony TV too.

    Pros: Like the ease of the remote control, set the AM/FM channels easily. Like being able to hook my Iphone or Ipod to the reciever too.

    Cons: I had to download the manual, almost 400 pages.

    Good receiver

    Fig from Texas on 8/9/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice home theater receiver, I haven't figured it all out yet, but set-up was simple. Easy on screen directions take you step by step on setup.

    Pros: Simple, yet very capable of most needs.

    Cons: Lightweight, this is much lighter than my complicated AVENTAGE, makes me worry about the lack of good components inside. Time will tell. No indicator light that 5.1 or 7.2 is active. Not really a con, but I liked my 5.1 light on the old receiver.

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    Mark from Colorado on 6/22/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Unit was purchased to replace 15 year old Denon receiver that lacked current updated technology and connections. Plenty of features at an exceptional price point.

    Pros: Price, Versatility, Power

    Cons: No user manual included

    Crutchfield response on 6/23/2015 These days, many manufacturers don't include an owner's manual in the box. They either include it on a disc or send you to their website to download it. You can also find it on our website. On the receiver's web page, click on the "Details" tab. At the top of that tab, you'll see "What's in the box?". The first item appearing in the "What's in the box?" box is a link to the owner's manual. You can view it in your browser or download it to your computer.

    Versatile Receiver for Outdoor Kitchen

    Will from Texas on 5/23/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this unit to get all of the wireless / Bluetooth features it had available. Also since it was going to be in the garage, I wanted Sony reliability. Easy connection to my wireless network, easy connection to Bluetooth devices. This receiver sits in the garage and drives my Klipsch speakers in the outdoor kitchen between the garage and house. The SongPal app does everything, no need to use the receiver remote or the controls on the receiver. Airplay works great from iPhones or from my desktop PC with iTunes in the house. Bluetooth from our phones works great. I also will be using another feature in the near future, by hooking up a second set of speakers in the garage to the surround channels that can act as a "B" speaker set, so I can have music in the garage as well. The other nice feature I didn't realize it had is that once the source has stopped sending signal to the receiver (wireless or Bluetooth) the receiver goes back to standby mode. We never have to touch the receiver to use all of its functionality. I am very happy with this unit.

    Pros: Versatile choices for wireless/Bluetooth/Airplay. Completely controllable without touching unit.

    Cons: None so far.

    Sony Solid

    MPfromLI from Huntington, NY on 4/17/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I had only owned Onkyo receivers for 15 years before this purchase but when the last one had heat source and circuit issues 3 years in and then total went in year 5, it was time to go in a different direction. Setup was easy and sound quality is good. Integration with other devices is relatively seamless. We are still in the early days but for the money it seems like a high functioning and quality piece of A/V equipment. It is a bit touchy with the cable input and goes into this weird mutting on/off mode if the turn of sequence is not correct but this is easily avoided and likely an input issue rather than the receivers issue.

    Pros: Easy setup and integration Cost

    Cons: Air play can drop easily

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    Patrick B from Detroit,Michigan on 4/13/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have had the receiver for about a month in a half and it works great

    Pros: It works well with my Samsung smart tv, play station and cable box.Connecting everything was easy because of the one hdmi for the tv and everything else went to the receiver

    Cons: I didn't understand how the pandora work when you have a smart tv and both are wireless.I would like a better manual for clear instructions for connecting to the hub but I can say customer service walk me through everything with no problem

    Excellent Receiver

    Pete from Florida on 3/9/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Dollar for dollar you'd be hard pressed to find another receiver with this many features and sound this good for the same price. Set up was easy, despite no owners manual in the box. The sound is so much better than the Yamaha I upgraded from at around the same price. This unit also uses much less power and has a lot more features. Very satisfied with my purchase.

    Pros: Sound quality, features, number and type of available connections.

    Cons: No 120 volt switched outlet on the back. No owners manual.

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    Rich from Mesquite, NV on 3/5/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy to set up and met all expectations.




    NeilC from California on 2/23/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great so far. Wifi is rock solid and I love using it with Spotify from my phone (surprised how good this sounds). Plenty of power for my moderate size living room, no need to turn it up that much if you want to rock the house or listen to a movie. Simple to run and connects well with all my devices. I have Sony TV and Panasonic Blu-ray and it works seamlessly with both. Haven't used the equalizer, but setting the speaker calibration through the unit made other adjustments unnecessary in my case. I only use 5.1 sound/speakers so can't say anything about 7.2 features and haven't tried Apple AirPlay yet. Crutchfield answered my question about Spotify quickly and got me going in the right direction.

    Pros: Plenty of Power Ease of use Wifi/Bluetooth solid

    Cons: Wonder if at some point I will miss the lack of HDMI input from the front?... Not so far....

    One hang up...

    Pat from Madison, WI on 1/29/2015

    Seems like a good unit, but I couldn't get AirPlay to connect with the unit turned off. I know it sounds picky but I know of a Yamaha unit that does just that, it will show up on AirPlay, you select it and the unit powers on and connects. Again, not so with the Sony. Something that would have bothered me so I returned for refund.



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    john from n.c on 1/25/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    a very good product, I mean it is nasty . It runs everything in the house ,rock the house...!



    Sony STR-DN850

    TomP from Cedar Rapids, IA on 1/16/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a great mid-range AV receiver. Mine is configured as 5.1 with the front speakers bi-amped. The WiFi works great and has never even hicupped. The Air Play gives me the ability to play my entire music library remotely from my PC. I get good clean sound through my Polk speakers all the way up through and beyond the "call the cops volume". I would highly recommend this receiver if all your components are digital connections.

    Pros: Sounds Great. Plenty of power. WiFi is rock solid. AIr Play is a big plus. Bluetooth works with all of my devices.

    Cons: The automated setup always sets my fronts (RTi A3) as large speakers. So I have to go in and manually set them to small so that I can direct the frequencies that they can't handle to the sub-woofer. WIth a sub-woofer in the system, the automatic setup should never set any bookshelf speaker to large, IMHO. But you usually tweak the automatic setup anyways.

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    Ray from Fallbrook, CA on 12/31/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This receiver is great, it has definitely fulfilled my expectations. We recently updated our whole system to hdmi and this was a perfect mid-level purchase, quite pleased. Very easy to operate.

    Pros: The whole Crutchfield team here is incredible. I was having trouble getting my tv sounds through the surround sound and they helped me make it happen, less than 10 minutes! Having them as a backup is worth purchasing through Crutchfield!


    Sony STR-DN850 Happy Camper

    Tracy from Mesa, AZ on 12/30/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    My last receiver began to die and was emitting a horrible high pitch noise from its center channel. I began researching new receivers for a few weeks and found this one on sale during the Christmas holiday. Installation was extremely straight forward and only took about fifteen minutes to remove and replace the old unit. Upon powering up this new unit you see an on screen display that easily walks you through the steps to set up wifi, speaker calibration, etc. I must admit the speaker calibration did not correctly set up speaker size and distance for my system. I have Polk Audio TL2 front and rear, Polk Audio CS10 center and Klipsch SW-350 Sub in the living room size of 14.5ft x 19ft. Regardless of the incorrect calibration the system sounds amazing. I easily corrected the size and distance errors and couldn't be happier. I've had no issues with HDMI problems as some have stated. Also, I've not yet updated the firmware as I've had no justification to do so. As a computer geek I've learned never to update a BIOS unless there is a problem that needs to be fixed. I'm a happy customer thus far.

    Pros: Simple setup, on screen display, excellent sound, simple to select sound options for movies, CD's, MP3's, radio, etc.

    Cons: Calibration errors.

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    Mark from North Carolina on 12/24/2014

    Great price, but I was disappointed in performance. I bought this because of the CNET review--best AVR for the price, however, after a few days of use, the pictures wouldn't display on my TV. Sound was all you could hear. I returned it and got my money back. Since i purchased this receiver, I've read many personal review and learned that many of the lower priced receivers have the same problem. I'm having trouble deciding what to buy, but I'm afraid I'm going to need to spend quite a bit more so that HDMI connection will provide picture and sound.

    Pros: Price

    Cons: HDMI wouldn't display pic and produce sound. I also couldn't connect to wifi.

    Great receiver

    Smitty S from North Carolina on 12/22/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Finally had to update my Sony STR-DE985 that I purchased from Cruthfield back in 2003.. Routing all of my HDMI output equipment thru this receiver ( and not directly to our TV ) has sure made operating my system much simpler and faster. The remote is so well designed even my very non techy wife has already learned how to use it... .

    Pros: Great sound out of my Boes 5.1 surround system. Setting up the speakers out put levels vs listening positions was a snap and I had the whole system up and running perfectly very quickly.

    Cons: I did not realize the 7.2 surround capability could not be utilized to drive my 6.1 surround speaker set up ( that I was able to drive with my STR-DE985 ) and still run my B speakers that are outside on our deck.. My rear center surround speaker had to be disconnected. The 5.1 surround is very adequate and still sounds great so not a big deal. Sony needs to provide more information on the correct web site to go to for the necessary registration process required to connect to Pandora.

    Easy Setup

    Gary from New Jersey on 12/19/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy setup, great sound, great price!

    Pros: So easy to setup with the on screen setup. Much easier to setup than my old Yamaha, and with a $100 off, its a no brainer.

    Cons: None

    Easy Set Up

    D and D Allen from Perry, GA on 12/18/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    We received this on Tuesday after ordering on Saturday. Wonderful shipping time. It was replacing another unit. Easy to setup. Only one problem. Called customer service and was helped immediately by tech support. We followed his suggestion and unit is working very well. Great sound quality.



    Sony STR-DN850

    Jon M from North Chili, New York on 12/13/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Tons of features, and great sound. Now I need better speakers

    Pros: Multiple methods to connect devices. AirPlay, USB support of Hi res flac files.

    Cons: None so far

    awesome sound

    jorge a from New Jersey on 12/7/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    great sound, easy set up, easy window guide.

    Pros: easy set up

    Cons: pairing with iphone, just one at a time. doesn't remember more than one.

    Great Sound From All Sources

    Dennis R from Marriottsville, MD on 9/17/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    We needed a receiver/amplifier for the living room of our new townhouse. The Sony STR-DN850 works great, giving us stereo sound from our TV, Blue Ray, CD player. The seamless connection to internet services like Pandora is a real treat. Likewise, the Bluetooth capability means that I can lay my iPhone on the stereo cabinet and listen to XM Radio and my iTunes library. Sony's SongPal app allows you to control the receiver from an iPad or iPhone anyplace in the house.

    Pros: Easy set-up, internet music sources, Bluetooth connectivity.

    Cons: Connecting to a home network is tricky.

    Sony STR-DN850

    Larry S. from Oxnard, CA on 9/16/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Extra user friendly right from the box. On screen set-up was quick and simple. I'm not extremely tech savvy, but a few calls to the Crutchfield support line and I was up and running in no time. This receiver replaced a high end 5.1 Pioneer and sounds just as good or better. Maybe the HDMI connections have something to do with that. Even the remote is much easier to understand and use, with about 15 fewer buttons. Also has "Pass Thru" feature which allows the sound to be on the tv without having the receiver on, for news and shows that don't require surround. I did lots of shopping around and comparisons before buying and feel I made an excellent choice. This receiver is easy to navigate and use, sounds awesome and came at a fair price. I highly recommend it.

    Pros: User friendly, built in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, Zone "B" speaker setting for my outdoor speakers.( This was important during my comparison shopping)

    Cons: No switched 120 volt outlet on the back for powered subwoofer.


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    Features and Specs

    Number Of Channels 7
    Stereo RMS Power (watts) 95
    THD in Stereo 0.09 %
    Frequency Bandwidth (stereo) 20-20k Hz
    Minimum Impedance L/R 6 ohms
    Minimum Impedance Center 6 ohms
    Minimum Impedance Surround 6 ohms
    General Features
    Internet-ready Yes
    Bluetooth Built-in
    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
    HDR-compatible No
    HDMI Standby Pass-through Yes
    Composite Video Conversion From Composite to HDMI
    Component Video Conversion No
    HDMI to HDMI Upconversion Yes
    DLNA Certified
    MHL-compatible Yes
    Multibrand Remote Control No
    Learning Remote No
    LCD Remote
    Width (inches) 17
    Height (inches) 6-1/8
    Depth (inches) 13-5/8
    Weight (pounds) 17.6
    Parts Warranty 2 Years
    Labor Warranty 2 Years
    Multi-room Audio--Video
    Powered Multi-room Audio Output No
    Preamp Multi-room Audio Output No
    Multi-room Video No
    Multi-room HDMI Output No
    Surround Processing
    Dolby Digital DD, EX, TrueHD, DD+
    Dolby Atmos No
    DTS DTS, ES, HD, HDMA, Neo6, 96/24
    DTS:X No
    Inputs & Outputs
    Phono Input No
    Audio-Video Inputs 5
    Audio-only Inputs 1
    Component Video Inputs None
    Component Video Monitor Outputs None
    Optical Digital Inputs 2
    Coaxial Digital Inputs 1
    Optical Digital Outputs None
    Coaxial Digital Outputs None
    HDMI Inputs 5
    HDMI Monitor Outputs 1
    Subwoofer Outputs 2
    Multi-Channel Analog Input No
    Multi-channel Preamp Output No
    Main Speaker Output Pairs 1
    Main Speaker Terminals Posts
    Ethernet Port 1
    USB Connections 1
    Removable Power Cord No

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    Network & Tuner Functions
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    Convenience Features
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    Audio Section

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

    Assignable 7-Channel Amplifier: The Sony STR-DN850 AV receiver is equipped with a 7-channel amplifier rated at 95 watts (into 6-ohms, at 20-20khz, with 0.09% THD, driving 2 channels). The AV receiver's Surround Back/Front Height amplifier channels can be configured to accommodate your type of home theater setup.

    • Surround Back: Allows you to enjoy high-fidelity reproduction of Dolby Digital TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, and DTS-HD (High-Resolution Audio or Master Audio) with 7.2 channel surround, using the Surround Back speaker channels.
    • Front Height: You can enjoy vertical sound effects if you connect two additional Front-Height speakers; no Surround Back speakers in this configuration.
    • B-Speakers: If you are only connecting a 5.2ch speaker system, you can use the Surround Back/Front Height/Front B channels as a Speaker B output, allowing you to place a pair of speakers in another room of the house. Speaker B can be played at the same time of Speaker A, or by itself.
    • Bi-Amp: If you are not using the Surround Back/Front Height/Front B channels at all, you can connect them to your front speakers using a bi-amplifier connection (provides better sound quality for front speakers). A bi-amplification connection uses two amplifiers for one speaker. One amplifier is connected to the woofer section of a loudspeaker while the other is connected to the combined midrange and tweeter section. With this arrangement each amplifier operates over a limited frequency range, making its job easier.

    Advanced Digital Cinema Auto Calibration (DCAC) w/ A.P.M (Automatic Phase Matching): The Sony STR-DN850 is equipped with Advanced Digital Cinema Auto Calibration Technology which uses the included microphone to automatically check the speaker connections, adjust the speaker output levels, calculate the distance from each speaker to the listening position, check for phase, and distinguish frequency characteristics of each speaker. The microphone has an 15' cord attached that plugs into the microphone input on front of the receiver. You can select between three auto calibration modes.

    • Full Flat: Makes the measurement of frequency from each speaker flat.
    • Engineer: Sets to "the Sony listening room standard" frequency characteristics.
    • Front Reference: Adjusts the characteristics of all of the speakers to match the characteristics of the front
    • Off: No auto calibration is applied.
    Note: You can also choose to manually adjust the AV receiver's speaker settings.

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

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

    Dolby Digital/DTS/Dolby Pro Logic: The Sony STR-DN850 AV receiver features Dolby Digital and DTS-HD decoding, as well as offers Dolby Pro Logic audio processing.

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

    HD Digital Cinema Sound (HD D.C.S): HD Digital Cinema Sound (HD-D.C.S.) is Sony's new innovative home theater technology using the latest acoustic and digital signal processing technologies. It is based on precise response measurement data of a mastering studio. With this mode, you are able to enjoy Blu-ray and DVD movies at home with not only the high quality of sound, but also the best sound ambience, just as the movie's sound engineer intended in the mastering process.

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

    Direct Modes: The Sony AV receiver offers two Direct audio modes for higher fidelity sound.

    • Analog Direct: The receiver's Analog Direct mode outputs audio from only the front left and right speakers without any tone or DSP processing; only the volume and front speaker balance adjustments are active.
    • Pure Direct: To further enhance sound quality, the receiver's Pure Direct mode not only bypasses the tone and DSP processing, but also turns off the front-panel display to suppress any noise which may affect sound quality.

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

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

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

    • D.L.L. (Digital Legato Linear): The Digital Legato Linear function is a Sony proprietary technology that allows low quality digital audio signals and analog audio signal to be played back with high quality sound.
    • Sound Optimizer: The Sound Optimizer lets you enjoy clear and dynamic sound at low volume levels. It automatically calibrates the sound which cannot be heard well when you turn down the volume level. After Auto Calibration is performed, the sound level is optimized to suit your environment.
    • Dynamic Range Compressor: This feature allows you to compress the dynamic range of the sound track. You can select standard or maximum compression, or off (only works with Dolby Digital sources).
    • Auto Volume: Auto Volume adjust the volume automatically depending on the input signal or content from the connected equipment. This function is useful, for example, when the sound of a commercial is louder than the TV programs.
    • Center Lift Up: By using front high speakers, you can lift up the sounds of the center speaker to an appropriate height on the screen, allowing you to enjoy a more natural representation.
    • Equalizer: You can adjust the tonal quality (bass & treble level) of the front speakers from -6dB to +6dB, in 1dB steps.

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

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

    Video Section

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

    • 4K/60Hz Pass Through: 4K/60Hz Pass Through allows the Sony STR-DN850 to receive ultra high-definition resolution video and pass the video signal to a 4K/60Hz compatible TV or display monitor.
    • 3D-Ready: The Sony STR-DN850 is compatible with 3D-ready Blu-ray disc movies, video games, and other 3D content through its HDMI (v.1.4) connections. 3D viewing requires 3D-ready source with 3D content, 3D-ready HDTV, 3D glasses, and high-speed HDMI cable. Other 3D accessories may also be needed.
    • Deep/x.v.Color Support: The Sony AV receiver also supports Deep Color and x.v.Color content, which can display a larger color range than standard-definition schemes. The result is a more lifelike, vibrant picture.
    • A/V Sync: The audio output can be delayed so that the time gap between the audio output and the visual display is minimized. This is especially helpful when you are using a large LCD or plasma TV or a projection TV. When activated, the delay can be adjusted from 0-300 ms or set to Auto.
    • ARC (Audio Return Channel): This feature allows audio to be sent from your compatible HDTV to your receiver through the same HDMI cable already being used to send audio and video to your HDTV. This eliminates the need for extra cables connected to your television.
    Note: The AV receiver's HDMI 2.0 jacks do not support the latest HDCP 2.2 copyright protection for 4K ultra-HD content, so it will not support 4K content from satellite/cable providers, online video services, and Blu-ray disc which are copyright protected with HDCP 2.2.

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

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

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

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

    Composite Video Inputs: The Sony STR-DN850 is also fitted with two analog composite video inputs and one composite video monitor output. The composite video jacks support 480i video signals only.

    Network & Tuner Functions

    Wired or Wireless Network Connection: The Sony STR-DN850 AV receiver features a rear-panel Ethernet (RJ-45) port and built-in WiFi that allow you to connect the receiver to your home network via a hardwired or wireless connection. By connecting the AV receiver to your home network you are able to stream select Internet Radio services and audio files stored on your window-based PC to your home audio system. The Sony AV receiver offers an on-screen setup wizard to configure the receiver to your home's network. The following system environment is required to use the network function of this receiver.

    • Broadband Line Connection: A Broadband line connection to the Internet is required in order to listen to select online music services and to use the software update function of the receiver.
    • Modem: This is the device that is connected to the broadband line to communicate with the Internet. Some of these devices are integrated with the router.
    • Router: Use a router compatible with 100 Mbps or greater transmission speed to enjoy content on your home network. 802.11 b/g compatible wireless router for WiFi connection.
    • LAN Cable (CAT5): A LAN cable (CAT5) is required for hardwired connection.

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

    Music Services: You can listen to select music services offered on the internet with this receiver. You'll be able to enjoy some of the web's most popular internet radio services with these built-in apps; Pandora, TuneIn, & Music Unlimited (as of 5/28/2014). The STR-DN850 will display station name and program-related information on your TV, via the receiver's on-screen menu (HDMI only). You can store up to 20 of your favorite internet radio stations.

    Note: Broadband Internet connection required. Audio quality will vary and is dependent upon broadband speed and delivery by content provider. Select content provided subject to change. Premium content may require additional fees, a subscription, and/or PC registration.

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

    AM/FM Tuner: The STR-DN850 has 30 presets each for AM and FM for a total of 60. In addition to preset and auto tuning, stations can be tuned directly by frequency. Each preset station can be given an 8 character name.

    Software Update: By downloading the latest version of software from Sony, you can take advantage of the newest functions. The receiver accesses the Sony server to update the software through its hardwired network connection. The AV receiver tested featured software version s9602.1005.0 with an immediate update for software version s9602.1316.0 (as of 5/28/2014). Visit the Sony eSuport website for the latest software updates.

    USB/Bluetooth/iPod Integration

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

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

    • SSP + NFC Pairing: The STR-DN850 pairs wirelessly and effortlessly with Bluetooth enabled devices (up to 9) with a single press of a button. Bluetooth-enabled devices (like Android 2.3.3 or later) that have Near Field Communication (NFC) are even easier to pair with; simply touch the device to the NFC logo on the receiver and they're paired. NFC Easy Connect app is needed for your Android device, unless you have Android OS 4.1 or later installed. Once paired, the AV receiver will automatically re-connect to your device when within range (up to 33').
    • Wireless Audio Streaming w/ AptX: You'll be able to wirelessly stream music from your Bluetooth-enabled Apple device, Android smartphone/tablet, portable audio player, laptop, or PC to the Sony receiver. The AV receiver evens employs AptX audio coding technology for lossless, CD-quality streaming with compatible AptX-compatible phones (like some Androids). You'll also be able to control basic playback functions (Play/Pause, FF/RW, Skip) using the receiver's remote control. Advanced music operation will still need to be handled from your Bluetooth-enable device. There is no song/artist information display on the receiver or connected TV. Continue to use your Bluetooth device's screen to view song/artist info.
    Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Sony receiver.

    iPod/iPhone Connectivity: The STR-DN850 AV receiver supports iPod, iPhone, and iPad connectivity via its front-panel USB port and built-in AirPlay technology.

    • AirPlay: AirPlay lets you stream your favorite songs directly from your iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad, or from your iTunes library on your PC or Mac to the Sony STR-DN850, over your home network connection. By downloading Apple's free Remote app onto your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad you don't even need to be in the same room as the components or your computer to play, pause, skip, and stop the songs in your iTunes music library. You will even see the iTunes music information, including your track titles and artist info via the Sony receiver's on-screen menu (via HDMI). To use the AirPlay feature you need a Mac or Windows-based PC running iTunes (10.1 or later) connected to your wireless home network. Your iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad must have iOS 4.3 or later installed and connected to the same wireless home network.
    • USB Direct: The Sony STR-DN850 supports digital music playback from an iPod, iPhone, or iPad using its front-panel USB (type-A) port. Simply plug your compatible Apple device into the receiver's front-panel USB port, using the cable that came with your iPod/iPhone/iPad. Stored music and music apps from your connected Apple device can be played through the AV receiver, bypassing the iPod/iPhone D/A converter for better sound quality. The iPod/iPhone/iPad can be controlled by the receiver's remote, or you can continue to use the Apple device's clickwheel or touchscreen. You can search for stored music on your compatible Apple device by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Podcast, Genre, Composer, or Audiobook. You also have access to Repeat (One/All/Off) and Shuffle (Songs/Albums/Off) functions. The receiver offers limited control (Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track) of music apps on your iPod/iPhone.Song/artist information from stored music and music apps on your iPod/iPhone will display on your connected TV via HDMI. Your Apple iPod/iPhone's battery will be charged while connected to the receiver (max. 1A). This unit will not charge the iPad.

    Apple Device Compatibility Chart: The Sony STR-DN850 is "made for iPod/iPhone" and supports the following iPod/iPhone model functions (as of 9/28/2014):

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Connection Type Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
    USB AirPlay Bluetooth Audio Video Remote iPod/iPhone Album Art Artist/Song Text Track Info
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y N Y Y N Y Y N
    2 8.0 Y Y Y Y N Y Y N Y Y N
    3 8.0 Y Y Y Y N Y Y N Y Y N
    4/air 8.0 Y Y Y Y N Y Y N Y Y N
    mini 8.0 Y Y Y Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N N Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    4 7.1.2 Y Y Y Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    4S 8.0 Y Y Y Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    5/5C/5S 8.0 Y Y Y Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    6/6+ 8.0 Y Y Y Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N N Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y Y Y Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    4th 6.1.3 Y Y Y Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    5th 8.0 Y Y Y Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N N Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N N Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N N Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N N Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N N Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    7th 1.02 PC Y N Y Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N N Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N N Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N N Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

    Convenience Features

    Advanced On-Screen Menu w/ Setup Wizard (via HDMI): You can display the receiver's on-screen menu on your HDMI connected TV screen and select the function you want to use from the on-screen menu using the included IR remote control. You can easily access and manage your input devices and settings with this intuitive 5-panel "activity based" on-screen menu. The STR-DN850 on-screen, set-up wizard will take you through everything you need to create and control your home theater experience. The on-screen menu is only available from the receiver's HDMI A and HDMI B outputs (not HDMI Zone 2 output). If your TV is connected to the composite video monitor output, you will need to use the AV receiver's front-panel display when changing settings.

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

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

    Input Modes & Naming: When you connect components to both digital and analog audio input jacks on the receiver, you can fix the audio input mode to either of them, or switch from one to the other, depending on the type of material you intend to watch. You can enter a name of up to 8 characters for each of the receiver's inputs (except Tuner) and display the name on its display. This is convenient for labeling the jacks with the names of your connected components. 

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

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

    Remote Control

    IR Remote + Bravia Theater Sync: The supplied IR remote is pre-coded to control this Sony receiver, Sony TVs, Sony CD players, Sony DVD players and recorders, and Sony Blu-ray disc players and recorders.  Sony's Bravia Theater Sync feature allows you to easily manage select BRAVIA televisions and Sony HDMI audio and video components with a single remote. By connecting Sony components that are compatible with the HDMI Control function with a HDMI cable, operation is simplified in the following ways.

    • One-Touch-Play: When you playback a component such as a DVD/Blu-ray Disc Player, the receiver and the TV are turned on automatically and switch to the appropriate HDMI input.
    • System Audio Control: While watching TV, you can select to output the sound from the TV speaker or the speakers connected to the receiver.
    • System Power Off: When you turn off the TV, the receiver and connected components are also turned off simultaneously.
    • Theater Mode Sync: Allows you to switch the AV receiver's Theater mode from the receiver's, TV, or connected Blu-ray disc player's remote control, while pointing the remote toward your television.

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

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    2 questions already asked

    I don't believe so. One of the features that I like is Bluetooth in. I can play songs from my home computer network, my I Phone and iPad through my home audio speakers through this receiver. [ BERNARD E  Dec 21, 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 12, 2014 ]  Staff