5.2-channel home theater receiver
Our take on the Sony STR-DH550 by Crutchfield's David Brown
Home theater sound for any room
Getting started with a home theater system doesn't have to be expensive or complicated. Whether you're looking for a way to enjoy movies and music in your living room, bedroom, basement, or rec room, the Sony STR-DH550 will get you on the right track. Connect stereo or surround speakers to this receiver, along with your cable or satellite box, Blu-ray player, and streaming media device. HDMI connectivity ensures high-definition video and sound, while keeping your setup simple and easy to manage. There are also two subwoofer outputs, so you'll have the option of adding plenty of low-frequency rumble in larger rooms. Before you know it, you'll have a brand new room in your house: the home theater.
Plug in your Apple® or Android™ device
With more people using smartphones and tablets for music and movies, it's great to have a receiver that can take advantage of them. The 'DH550 features 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. If you're an Android user, connect your compatible device to the MHL port. It's an HDMI input that can take video, photos, and music from portable devices and show them on the big screen and play them through your surround speakers. No more huddling around a smartphone to share a video with friends or family.
Sturdy binding posts make connecting speakers quick and easy, with bare wire or banana plug connectors — a rarity at this price point. Worried about getting evenly balanced surround sound from your speakers? Sony does the heavy lifting for you. The STR-DH550 features Digital Cinema Auto Calibration. That means the receiver can configure your speakers for optimum sound once you have them placed where you want them. Just plug in the included setup mic and follow the on-screen instructions for sound tailored to your room and speakers.
Power and Processing:
- 5-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
- Digital Cinema Auto Calibration for easy, accurate speaker setup
- HDMI 2.0 audio/video switching: 4 in, 1 out (including 1 MHL-compatible input)
- MHL-ready HDMI input for accessing content from select Android smartphones and tablets
- 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 five speakers (Front L/R, Center, Surround L/R)
- 1/4" headphone jack
- 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 6-1/8"H x 13-9/16"D
- weight: 17 lbs.
- warranty: 2 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
What's in the Box:
- 5.2ch AV receiver
- Wireless remote control (RM-AAU190)
- 2 "AAA" batteries
- Automatic calibration microphone (ECM-AC2)
- AM loop antenna
- FM wire antenna (w/ attached slip-on "F" connector)
- Reference Guide
- Startup Guide (En/Fr/Sp)
- US Warranty sheet
- Canada Warranty sheet
- On-line registration sheet
Enjoying the new Sony A/V receiver after my Integra high end amp went out. The overall sound quality is on par with the higher priced unit and the updated features are great.
Jeff, Fort Mill, SC
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Features and Specs
5.2ch AV Receiver: The Sony STR-DH550 AV Receiver is equipped with a 5-channel amplifier rated at 90 watts (into 6-ohms, at 20-20kHz, with 0.09% THD, driving 2 channels) which provides high dynamic power with low-impedance drive capability. The STR-DH550 also includes dual LFE (mono-subwoofer) outputs for connecting two powered subs.
Digital Cinema Auto Calibration (DCAC): The Sony STR-DH550 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-DH550 AV receiver features Dolby Digital and DTS-HD decoding, as well as offers Dolby Pro Logic audio processing.
- Dolby Digital: Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD
- DTS: DTS, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-HD High Resolution, DTS 96/24
- Dolby Pro Logic: Dolby Pro Logic II
Note: Dolby Digital and DTS listening modes can only be selected if your audio source is connected to the AV receiver via a digital audio connection (HDMI, optical, or coaxial). Even though the AV receiver will decode 7.1ch surround sound (via HDMI), it will only output 5.1ch surround, because it lacks Surround Back channel speaker outputs.
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:
- Hall: Reproduces the acoustics of a classical concert hall.
- 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.
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-DH550 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 iPod or iPhone is connected to the receiver.
HDMI 2.0: The receiver is equipped with four 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-DH550 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-DH550 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.
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.
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-DH550 is also fitted with two analog composite video inputs and one composite video monitor output. The composite video jacks support 480i video signals only.
Front-Panel USB Port: This AV receiver is equipped with a front-panel USB (type-A) port that allows you to enjoy WAV (8-48kHz; 16-bit), MP3 (32-320kbps), WMA (48-192kbps), and AAC (48-320kbps)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.
iPod/iPhone Direct: The Sony STR-DH550 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. The Sony STR-DH550 is "made for iPod/iPhone" and supports the following iPod/iPhone model functions (as of 4/4/2014).
|Apple Device||Generation||Tested Version||Media Type||Control Type||Display Type||Charge|
|Audio||Video||Remote||iPod/iPhone||Album Art||Artist/Song Text||Track Info|
Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.
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.
AM/FM Tuner: The STR-DH550 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.
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.
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 30 minutes when you do not operate the receiver or when there is no signal input to the receiver.
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 Sync (HDMI-CEC): Sony's Bravia Sync feature allows you to easily manage select Sony Bravia Sync components and other manufacturer's HDMI-CEC enabled audio/video components with a single remote. By connecting Bravia Sync and other components that are compatible with the HDMI Control function using a HDMI (1.3+) 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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Why did you buy this?
good deal [ richard Mar 21, 2018 ]
Because of good review s [ T Mar 21, 2018 ]
LOVE IT [ Rudolph Mar 19, 2018 ]
Old unit quit working after years of service, price and features [ Ralph Mar 17, 2018 ]
I chose the Sony STR DH550 Receiver because it is perfect for my Home theater.. I have a 5 speaker set up and a Sony PlayStation so the direct game hookup was a bonus for me. My old receiver did not have the game hookup so I had a problem with game sound.. For an older 5.1 setup this receiver has all the connections for an easy setup. [ D Mar 10, 2018 ]
Fits my needs and looks like a good value [ Dennis Mar 10, 2018 ]
Looking into home receiver to replace my old receiver. This one had great reviews at a decent price. Not a big home theater enthusiast but just wanted an upgrade... Next my truck... Thanks Crutchfield I always look to you guys before electronic purchases...... [ Manuel Mar 04, 2018 ]
Have has sony receiver before and had no problem with it. The price can't be beat [ BRUCE K Feb 28, 2018 ]
mainly sound quality comments in reviews are very positive. my #1 concern [ MATT Feb 28, 2018 ]
the price and the brand. [ Eric Feb 23, 2018 ]
Good price. [ Franklin Feb 19, 2018 ]
Bang for the buck [ Ronald Feb 16, 2018 ]
It's basic and it is NOT Bluetooth. [ SHEILA A. Feb 15, 2018 ]
Price [ John Feb 14, 2018 ]
I needed to upgrade my home theater receiver to accommodate all of my updated HDMI devices. This will clean up the wires and be easier to comprehend. [ Hillel D. Feb 14, 2018 ]
Have brought SONY products for over 40 years and have had excellent results. [ Michael Feb 13, 2018 ]
I recently purchase blue ray player and I wanted to get A/V receiver to connect everything too. My brother has a Sony A/V Receiver and the ease of operation and sound quality is outstanding. [ JOHN Feb 12, 2018 ]
Good customer experience review and sale price! [ Everly Feb 12, 2018 ]
Just bought one and installed it and it has unreal sound, especially for the price. Holy crap! [ Mark Feb 03, 2018 ]
Price [ R.L. Feb 02, 2018 ]
simple, inexpensive 5.1 receiver. hopefully, easy to use. I am sick of getting phone calls when someone puts more complex receivers into a weird mode by sitting on the remote! [ Roger Jan 20, 2018 ]
need to replace old unit [ James Jan 15, 2018 ]
Missed the christmas sale and was glad to see price again , That and my old system started humming [ Ron Jan 15, 2018 ]
Planning to build a home theater. [ Terry Jan 14, 2018 ]
For the price [ angel Dec 30, 2017 ]
Need to update from stereo to a/v. Lots of good reviews for this model. Not a fan of Sony, but will give it a try. [ Cory Dec 30, 2017 ]
I needed another one [ WILLIAM H Dec 27, 2017 ]
Sony name, features and price [ Josh Dec 26, 2017 ]
Allison was super helpful and is why I bought this item [ Barry Dec 20, 2017 ]
Needed HDMI receiver and Crutchfield was recommended by my son and also the reviews for the Sony receiver were good. [ Elizabeth Dec 19, 2017 ]
Can't beat the price on this feature set. [ Matthew Nov 30, 2017 ]
Price [ THOMAS Nov 30, 2017 ]
I needed a basic A/V receiver for my cabin. I play movies, stream online content and want to play music from a USB drive and iPhone 7. For a $150.00 it seemed like a no brainer. I did not care about Bluetooth or HDCP 2.2 or 4K since my JVC TV is 1080P. For what I want to do it has the specs I need. Also the layout of the buttons and available connection is simple. [ Alan Nov 27, 2017 ]
It was all I could afford and Sony isn't that bad for fast food electronics,I wanted a higher end Denon or or Onkyo....but hey who cares....i'll be jammin one way or another. [ TODD Nov 24, 2017 ]
price and options [ Wesley Nov 24, 2017 ]
Price [ Aristides Nov 24, 2017 ]
Price and Features [ Jonathan Nov 24, 2017 ]
Price and Sony is usually good brand [ Roberto Nov 24, 2017 ]
My audio choice has always been Sony and this receiver has everything that I needed when I needed to replace my old receiver and the price was perfect. [ James Nov 24, 2017 ]
My last reciever was a sony and i loved it. Unfortunately that was stolen so i guess it was time for a new one. Sony products have never let me down. [ Corey Ryan Nov 17, 2017 ]
Always been a SONY guy and it's been a while. I'll try my hands on them again and it will be replacing a DENON. [ VINCENT Oct 25, 2017 ]
It was in my price range [ Gary Oct 11, 2017 ]
After consulting with tech advisor it seems to fit my needs. The price was also a factor. [ Roy Oct 04, 2017 ]
Price! [ Barry Sep 18, 2017 ]
I use to have another one,provide me a very goog service and quality sound. [ RENE RIVERA Sep 13, 2017 ]
I have always had good luck with Sony equipment [ George Aug 29, 2017 ]
I had a Sony amplifier years ago and it was great. The Denon I now have won't play sound from DVD or blue-ray (even after vacuuming/blowing out the headphone jack--a trick from the net), so I give up. And this amp is priced to move. [ Peter Jul 17, 2017 ]
Good quality and easy to use 5.1 receiver. Not too complicated to use. [ CHRIS Jun 26, 2017 ]
I have purchased this receiver from you already for our outdoor kitchen and love it, were making and extra bed room into a tv/game console/computer/family room. This one works great, no need in spending 1K on a receiver, thanks [ CHRIS Jun 20, 2017 ]
Price and pre-amp out for external sub amp. [ Dennis May 05, 2017 ]
Reviews were positive on all sites and sony products are usually well made [ W May 03, 2017 ]
Price and having the features I needed. Not too powerful as the space it will be in is not so big. Hopefully the difficulty in setting it up will not come to pass. [ Mark May 01, 2017 ]
Price vs quality & Crutchfield reputation & past history [ Richard Apr 17, 2017 ]
5.1 perfect for an apartment with a pre-sub connection and price. [ Thomas Mar 31, 2017 ]
Compact size will fit in my entertainment center. [ Juan Mar 31, 2017 ]
Can't beat the price! [ William A. Mar 29, 2017 ]
I have owned various sony products through the years and have had excellent results. [ TRUMAN M Mar 22, 2017 ]
Great price on an item with great reviews. My Yamaha RV-1105 5.1 receiver broke after many years of use, so i was looking for an affordable unit to replace that. At $149, this looks to be the perfect fit. [ Brock Mar 20, 2017 ]
seems like a good value [ Tony Mar 20, 2017 ]
SEEMED LIKE A GOOD VALUE NEVER REALLY HAD PROBLEMS WITH SONY PANASONIC AND THE WIRING CONNECTION LOOKS EASY ENOUGH TO CONNECT MY SPEAKERS PLAN ON PURCHASING POLK SPEAKERS SOON [ MIKE Mar 19, 2017 ]
Great deal, old receiver quit, needed a new one [ rick Mar 19, 2017 ]
I like Sony products and the price was great [ Michael Mar 07, 2017 ]
Good value, excellent price and product description. No-frills product. [ J Mar 02, 2017 ]
Needed HDMI capability at an affordable price. [ David Feb 28, 2017 ]
Looks like a good deal [ mario Feb 28, 2017 ]
needed high quality replacement for receiver that has seen better days and at a affordable price. [ PAUL Feb 26, 2017 ]
price is excelent and good cuality and the sound perfect [ hernan Jan 20, 2017 ]
Strong reviews; wanted Bravia Sync capability. [ David Dec 31, 2016 ]
simple to use, good reviews [ burton paul Dec 29, 2016 ]
I have older stereo with no hdmi plug ins.So I needed stereo with hdmi to watch movies with surround sound.Didn't want to spend a lot of money and this unit was on sale and got good reviews. [ ROBERT Dec 28, 2016 ]
price, reviews, suited my needs [ bfresh Dec 28, 2016 ]
Good price for a quality product. Plus Crutchfield is reputable and I can trust them that this receiver is reliable and passes their stringent QA. [ Nathaniel Dec 27, 2016 ]
Needed a solid, entry level receiver to run the family tv. you had one of the best prices and are known for better customer service if there are problems with the product [ Jeffrey Dec 26, 2016 ]
price [ Max Dec 26, 2016 ]
Looks like a great value receiver. Just need a tuner, two channels and a clean layout. The digital inputs, HDMIs, and extra channels are extra bonus in case of a future need. [ U Dec 25, 2016 ]
Updating Home Ent. [ Chris Dec 18, 2016 ]
You cant go wrong with a sony product so this receiver was priced just right. [ Spencer Dec 18, 2016 ]
Features for what I needed and current speakers [ William Dec 14, 2016 ]
Changer feature is good for Christmas music [ Roger H. Dec 13, 2016 ]
as a gift to a family without [ Gregg Dec 12, 2016 ]
I needed this to start my office suround-sound system. [ Richard R. Dec 10, 2016 ]
Price, features, positive reviews. [ Irwin Nov 29, 2016 ]
Price and functions [ Robert Nov 28, 2016 ]
perfect power for a small room. really low price. [ JOE Nov 26, 2016 ]
Price is right !! Free shipping, reviews are good .... [ Robert Nov 25, 2016 ]
Great price, great value [ Kurt Nov 24, 2016 ]
good review, meets my basic needs and was on sale [ D Nov 24, 2016 ]
Recommended by family member [ Terry Nov 24, 2016 ]
The special price [ Rudolph H. Nov 23, 2016 ]
just needed an inexpensive receiver for the garage. [ Greg Nov 20, 2016 ]
price and name [ Candice Nov 11, 2016 ]
This product was reasonably priced and had good revues. [ William Nov 07, 2016 ]
For my needs, this receiver appears to be the best for the price. [ Donald Oct 28, 2016 ]
Price and quality. I've been a biased Sony consumer for twenty years and haven't been disappointed yet. Sony makes a solid product, two thumbs up. [ Derek Oct 24, 2016 ]
This will replace an older Sony home theater receiver. This one was the closest model to the one I had in terms of features, so it will work with my existing Tivoli speakers and my input devices. [ Christopher Oct 15, 2016 ]
I chose the Sony STR-DH550 because I need a basic, economical AV receiver. This appears to be appropriately featured and at a good price. [ john Oct 12, 2016 ]
I have one at work. great for the price [ Clifford Sep 05, 2016 ]
On site info was good - much better than Amazon for choosing options. After purchase support might be valuable as well. [ David Sep 03, 2016 ]
I was looking for a reasonably-priced A/V receiver. [ Kenneth E. Aug 29, 2016 ]
Always get a good price for great equipment from Crutchfield. [ MICHAEL Aug 28, 2016 ]
Recommended by Kevin from Customer Service to best suit my need. Kevin's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=108 [ Cynthia Aug 18, 2016 ]
Offered everything I wanted without being complicated. [ Ronald Aug 15, 2016 ]
Best bang for the buck! [ Ross Aug 11, 2016 ]
I had a old receiver that was virtually impossible to hook up to a new television. I liked the power and the 4 HDMI ports on the back. In short it was time to upgrade. [ McGrady Aug 02, 2016 ]
Needed a Receiver for backyard theater. didnt need a super complicated setup. 3-5 speakers max w/ HDMI input. Hope it gives enough juice in Stereo mode [ Stephen Jul 24, 2016 ]
cost and simplicity [ Matthias Jul 09, 2016 ]
Great price and all the features I was looking for! [ Jon Jul 08, 2016 ]
Everything I need at an affordable price. [ BRAD T Jul 02, 2016 ]
This receiver seemed well reviewed on every site I saw it on. Perfect for an entry level home theater. [ Larry Jun 30, 2016 ]
price [ Silas Jun 30, 2016 ]
Great price for an AV Receiver that meets my needs. I do not need a top of the line device. This should be more than adequate. Easy to use wbsite [ THOMAS Jun 24, 2016 ]
Decent quality, low price point. [ SAM Jun 21, 2016 ]
Looking for a upgrade and this Sony was in my price range. Liked all the reviews too! [ Randall Jun 19, 2016 ]
It was the perfect receiver for my needs. Ringo was my advisor and helped me to determine that it was in fact the best receiver for my use as a stereo receiver with video in/outs while connecting to a "Smart TV". There is no such thing as a stereo receiver with video capabilities anymore. Why would there be? Thanks RIngo !!!! [ Warren Jun 15, 2016 ]
SUPER COOPER RECOMMENDED IT. Cooper's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=154 [ DN Jun 06, 2016 ]
Moving, leaving similar equipment installed behind. Need replacement. Same unit, just more recent model. Bought the first one also at Crutchfield. Needed coaxial audio and HDMI switching. [ Carol Jun 01, 2016 ]
Seems to have the connections I want as well as the appropriate power ratings. spousal factor always counts, too. [ Richard May 28, 2016 ]
Newer current unit... [ DAVID May 10, 2016 ]
Looking for an entry level 5.1 receiver [ Robert May 02, 2016 ]
I have a DH130 which has been great. I think the dh550 is just as good or better. [ Adel Mar 20, 2016 ]
Television Sony. [ S Mar 07, 2016 ]
Did a web search and narrowed choice to two. Brooke helped me narrow down to Sony because I phone connectivity with USB port is important to us. This is my third Crutchfield purchase in last year and the main reason I came back is your exceptional tech support and customer assistance. I now just go to Crutchfield first and not fool with Amazon or Walmart. Brooke's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=128 [ Richard Feb 03, 2016 ]
Good quality, good price, good support, great reputation. What could go wrong? [ Mark Jan 31, 2016 ]
Seemed to be the best product and price for my purpose. [ ZACK Jan 25, 2016 ]
Great price and easy to research to make purchasing decision and make purchase. Thanks. [ Geary Jan 19, 2016 ]
Have always liked Sony Electronic devices. [ Richard Dec 30, 2015 ]
Hopefully meets my need and good brand [ Bruce Dec 27, 2015 ]
I wanted an home theater receiver and the scratch and dent price was within my budget. [ J Dec 24, 2015 ]
liked it [ john Dec 21, 2015 ]
I have a 5.1 speaker system and needed a hdmi and optical input upgrade from my old receiver. [ BRIAN Dec 19, 2015 ]
I picked the Sony STR-DH550 av receiver because I needed an entry level receiver for my klipsch quintet speakers for a small room. The combination sounds incredible. [ rickyqueens,nyc Dec 18, 2015 ]
Was suggested to me by an advisor but I didn't write his name down when talking to him. [ JAMES Dec 11, 2015 ]
have wanted one for awhilke and decided to treat myself for Christmas [ Charles Dec 04, 2015 ]
47 questions already asked
I'm afraid the Sony STR-DH550 model doesn't support direct connection of a SiriusXM satellite radio tuner. For more details or to discuss further, feel free to contact an Advisor directly by phone (888.955.6000) or online chat. [ Larry Feb 08, 2018 ] Staff
Nothing. Just hook it up with the proper cabling or just wire it up with speaker wire. [ david Dec 17, 2017 ]
So I'm assuming this means you do not want to simply connect the ceiling speakers directly to the unit - as either your surround sound or left-right channel speakers. I'm also assuming that you are not trying to split the input sound signal before it gets to the Sony 5.2 receiver/amplifier. You could do that and send the full sound spectrum to both your ceiling speakers and to your Sony unit. I have not found anything in the published help resources that addresses this configuration, but it might depend on if you are planning to take a specific set of outputs and dedicate them to the ceiling speakers (like the surround sound, or the primary Left-right speakers, or the center channel). If you are are simply amplifying an output, or dividing (or "splitting") the output into two different sets of speakers (the original and the ceiling speakers), you can probably do it, so long as there is not a powered "feed back" to the unit. But this means the amp will need to allow for duplicate signals to be sent to both sides of the surround-sound or left-right channels. But I do not see a way to run it any other way - there is not an option for "A" and "B" set of speakers selections on this unit, so your ceiling speakers will only carry part of the total sound. . Might be cool to try with the surround sound to see if you get the effect you want. Hope that helps. Just make sure you are NOT sending amplification back to the main unit. [ Richard R. Dec 15, 2017 ]
There are a couple of other things I can tell you about this unit that aren't obvious from the catalog. First, the labels on the input channels are "hard" - like "Game" which is where I had to plug in our Roku. This is worse IMO than just arbitrary labels like "1", "2" etc. Second the speaker connectors were pretty close together - I had some trouble getting my lamp-cord speaker wires worked in. Except for the above issues, this is a really nice unit, and I am glad to have found it at Crutchfield - I got it to go all-HDMI, replacing an old pre-HDMI Panasonic receiver. Sorry, but I can't answer your specific question - if the manual is available on line, maybe that would help. [ David Dec 18, 2017 ]
Yes, as long as you don't mind having music in two rooms at once. [ Jon Dec 17, 2017 ]
The Polk speakers are 6 Ohms and rated to handle up to 100 watts so, yes, they are a great match for this Sony. I hope that helps. My Bio: https://www.crutchfield.com/bio/Ryan [ Ryan Nov 29, 2017 ] Staff
Yes Tommy, there is. You can find the user manual on line. On pg 119 is the info you need on speaker size adjustment. [ Donald Oct 02, 2017 ]
We are using the small Polk audio speakers with ours. Everything sounds great. It has been awhile ago since I set mine up and I cannot remember for sure if the options but it was easy for a non-tech person. [ Martin Oct 01, 2017 ]
The 550 doesn't have a phono jack. I would call Crutchfield, they will guide you where you need to go. [ GARY M Jul 25, 2017 ]
Should be able to. [ John Jul 25, 2017 ]
Yes can connect it with rca jacks [ Stephen Jul 25, 2017 ]
The tv should work with it What do you mean by link ? [ Stephen Jun 13, 2017 ]
Yes [ William May 12, 2017 ]
Yes it does. But, I'd recommend getting something of a bit heavier gauge and better quality to make sure you get the best sound and that he wires can handle the amperage (power). 16g should do just fine. [ Robert May 12, 2017 ]
Yes. I use thicker but it will take normal speaker wire. [ adam May 12, 2017 ]
Yes. [ Jeff May 12, 2017 ]
no [ SHAYNE May 12, 2017 ]
It do. [ JOHN May 12, 2017 ]
That is strange, Fred. But, using the remote, press home, then settings / speaker settings / manual set up / front left /enter / level / enter.....you can adjust the speaker level and distance.Do the same for each speaker But, it still doesn't make sense to me. If you are getting a test tone from each speaker, you should be getting sound in each speaker. Have you looked at the online manual? Possibly something wrong with the receiver? Wish I could be of more help. [ Donald Apr 01, 2017 ]
I find it is very difficult to adjust settings manually. I'm sure it can be done but have not had the patience to try. I use the sensor mic that came with it and it does an excellent job. Sorry I can't help more. [ octobertommy Apr 01, 2017 ]
YEs just go into main menu for speaker volume. You can adjust each speaker speratly. If I can find it any one can. No offense intended [ Stephen B. Apr 01, 2017 ]
Yes it does have a output for a subwoofer. I have a Jano powered subwoofer and its plugged into the LFE input on . I might add that I'm very happy with this amp. [ John Mar 25, 2017 ]
Yes.. it has 2 dedicated subwoofer outputs [ Randy Mar 24, 2017 ]
Yes it has LFE. 2 of them.I run 2 subs on mine. [ GARY M Mar 24, 2017 ]
My answer is frankly, I don' know; however, I have a ROKU streamer, a M9Cpro android device and a DIRECT tv box. All are connected to my DH550. They all work great. The only one you really need is the M9C. My son gave it to me after I got ATT. Hope that information helps. [ Charles Abraham Mar 02, 2017 ]
No idea. Never tried. [ Robert Mar 02, 2017 ]
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: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Krissy Feb 07, 2017 ] Staff
2 answers Is there an aftermarket remote that can control the center and surround speakers without having to go into the receiver's menu? I am replacing a 21 year old Sony receiver that can do this, i.e., independently control the volume of the center channel and surround speakers with dedicated buttons for these channels on the remote. [ Tracy Dec 12, 2016 ]
I think only Sony remotes work with this amp. It comes with a remote so I am confused as to why you would need another? I have had mine for a long time and it still provides excellent service. There is a plug in (included) that automatically balances the sound and I find that very handy. Sorry I could not give you a more accurate answer. [ octobertommy Dec 15, 2016 ]
I don't know since I have never adjusted them from initial setup. Since I mostly deaf I am not to up on sound adjustments. I do use a harmony remote from Logitech and it is very customizable so I think it could be programmed to do what you want. [ Richard Dec 15, 2016 ]
You need an audiophile to answer this. This receiver does a great job with my TV, BD and 5.1 surround. [ PAUL J Nov 21, 2016 ]
The center channel is only for 1 speaker. If you want to use the receiver for stereo reception with two speakers, the instruction manual tells you how to connect. Not sure if more than one speaker per channel would work, but you do get plenty of wattage per channel with this amplifier. BC [ CHRISTINE Nov 09, 2016 ]
3 answers I will be installing 5 POLK AUDIO 8" (RC and MC series) wall and ceiling speakers, do anyone know if this receiver can make them speakers knock, I listen to music all the time so I want a receiver that will push the speakers well? And of course I'm looking at this one cause of the price.....Thanks [ tyrone Sep 04, 2016 ]
Yes this receiver will rock your speakers remember this a powered sub system [ JAMES Sep 07, 2016 ]
I had the same setup in my last house. It really thumped once I got it setup right. Also had a Bic 12" subwoofer that I highly recommend. Thumps way harder than the Polk sub my mom has. You can't go wrong with this setup at all! [ Chase Sep 06, 2016 ]
KLH 3 Way speakers which have a 10 inch woofer a three inch mid-range in a 2 inch tweeter for the left and right channels. For the center channel and the two rear channels I am using 2 mini KLH speakers that contain 3 inch woofer and 1 inch tweeter . The subwoofer is a Sony with a 12 inch. When I crank it up at full volume there is a slight bit of distortion depending on the source material but at three-quarters Power there is no distortion and the sound quality is excellent [ DENNIS P Sep 06, 2016 ]
1 answer I have recently purchased this receiver. It seems to do the job perfectly for my situation. I have a Roku, Apple TV and a cable system connected then out to a tv. My problem is that every time I turn on the system up pops the on screen display. Can't seem to figure out how to disable this? [ Steven Aug 29, 2016 ]
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: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Krissy Aug 29, 2016 ] Staff
2 answers I have a Sonos Connect hooked up to the CD input and I have the Fios box connected to the SAT HDMI input, and then I have the HDMI out going to my LG UHD TV. The problem I'm having is that I cant listen to music and at the same time just have the TV on mute with a game on b/c when I switch the input to CD to listen to music, the HDMI output to the TV stops. Any suggestions? [ WDice Jun 16, 2016 ]
Hi, I reviewed my setting for the receiver, and I don't think that Sony has thought this through. I do not think there is a way to watch something passed through the HDMI cable from the receiver to the TV, and to also listen to CDs. The receiver just can't do that. The only solution would be to port the device directly into the TV, and then use the receiver to listen to the CDs. Another example of how the receiver's limitation is a drawback... I have a Roku stick plugged into a port on the receiver. I like to watch a feed from NASA of their earth pinted camera from the ISS, the International Space Station. They tell you that there's no audio, but that I can pipe in whatever music I'd like to, as I watch the video feed of the earth below. Well, I can't do that, unless I port the Roku stick directly to the TV, and, TV manufacturers, well aware of most people now using HDMI pass through receivers, have gone from giving 3 or 4 HDMI ports to just 2. So there you are... [ ALAN Jun 18, 2016 ]
You can't use your receiver as a switch box in your scenario. Run the HDMI cable to the TV first and then you will be able yo do what you want by running HDMI from the TV to the receiver. [ DAVID Jun 17, 2016 ]
On STR DH550 by Sony S4 HDMI inputs plus the whole fashion component inputs and a USB input it is a surround sound receiver but it can also be used in a 2-way or 3-way mode [ DENNIS P Sep 06, 2016 ]
I haven't seen anything out there without surround sound. It's just pretty much standard these days. You can adjust the sound output on most any of them to only two channel stereo if you don't want to hook anything else up. [ Nick Jun 16, 2016 ]
I believe you have to turn off the HDMI remote switching function (called something like that) on either the TV or Receiver [ Anthony Mar 20, 2016 ]
Haven't had that problem. Not sure what advice to give you [ Mark Mar 20, 2016 ]
Yes you have 4 separate HDMI input with 2 optical input. The phono spec Analog: Sensitivity: 500 mV/50 kilohms S/N (*3): 105 dB (A, 500 mV (*4)), since I do not know your spec of your turntable not sure. It's a very nice receiver for the cost. [ AMOS Feb 10, 2016 ]
If your question is relative to physical separation then absolutely yes, check out the picture of the back of the unit on the product page. While I haven't the exact set up you want I think input choices should be easy with the remote. [ Todd Feb 10, 2016 ]
If you want a fantastic receiver for you're table I have the Yamaha 700. [ GARY M Mar 24, 2017 ]
The least expensive stereo receiver with a phono input is this Yamaha R-S300: http://www.crutchfield.com/p_022RS300/Yamaha-R-S300.html?tp=47041 [ Larry Jan 03, 2016 ] Staff
I got the Sony and I like it very will [ JAMES Dec 28, 2015 ]
Yeah it should [ JAMES Aug 13, 2015 ]
I only use the hdmi in/outs VC they for sure carry both digital video and audio. Here's what Sony says about that jack.., so I'm guessing it's video only. Don't take my word for it.., ck the manual to be sure (manual online) Sony says; An input that lets you connect any device with a coaxial digital output. Though coaxial digital connections use standard RCA-style jacks, a coaxial digital audio cable designed specifically for the wider frequency bandwidth of digital signals is recommended. [ TONY Aug 13, 2015 ]
the unit is not DNLA capable, you will need to connect another device that is DNLA compatible. The USB port plays audio files from a USB drive in many formats including WAV and MP3, and is also compatible with iOS devices. [ JASON Dec 23, 2015 ]
No it won't. I tried myself. After checking the manual it is only for Apple devices with USB capabilities, like a IPOD. [ THELORD Jul 19, 2015 ]
From what I understand, the sounder should work with just about any amp. The Sony uses banana plugs. [ Nick Jun 22, 2015 ]
Yes, should be easy and sound great. There are plenty of connections available. The surround will sound awesome. Enjoy. [ JEROLD N. Jun 20, 2015 ]
I don't know what a sound bar is> But I have the owner's manual to mine and would look into the issue if you were more specific. My DH550 is running fine. [ Kenneth A. Jun 20, 2015 ]
Yes, this receiver will work for the surround sound however I would recommend the Sony STR DN850 as a better option for a 4K TV. I have both of these receivers and they both perform great. There are two big differences between the two. The 850 is easier to hook up to you 4K TV as you will only need one Hi Speed HDMI cable to hook up the receiver to the TV for video and sound plus the 850 also has WIFI. [ Dale May 30, 2015 ]
I sent it back. I have no idea. I have a den non. Just call Sony. They will be happy to tell you..or better still read the specs in the manuel [ Michael May 28, 2015 ]
Yes it can. [ Nick May 14, 2015 ]
Yes. Ms peaked connectors will accept bare wire or banana plugs. [ DANNY May 13, 2015 ]
Yes it can - I do not know about dual plugs. I use single banana plugs on it. [ PATRICK May 11, 2015 ]
Yes. (see notes from the Crutchfield website too) Getting started with a home theater system doesn't have to be expensive or complicated. Whether you're looking for a way to enjoy movies and music in your living room, bedroom, basement, or rec room, the Sony STR-DH550 will get you on the right track. Connect stereo or surround speakers to this receiver, along with your cable or satellite box, Blu-ray player, and streaming media device. HDMI connectivity ensures high-definition video and sound, while keeping your setup simple and easy to manage. There are also two subwoofer outputs, so you'll have the option of adding plenty of low-frequency rumble in larger rooms. Before you know it, you'll have a brand new room in your house: the home theater. Plug in your Apple® or AndroidT device With more people using smartphones and tablets for music and movies, it's great to have a receiver that can take advantage of them. The 'DH550 features 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. If you're an Android user, connect your compatible device to the MHL port. It's an HDMI input that can take video, photos, and music from portable devices and show them on the big screen and play them through your surround speakers. No more huddling around a smartphone to share a video with friends or family. Sturdy binding posts make connecting speakers quick and easy, with bare wire or banana plug connectors - a rarity at this price point. Worried about getting evenly balanced surround sound from your speakers? Sony does the heavy lifting for you. The STR-DH550 features Digital Cinema Auto Calibration. That means the receiver can configure your speakers for optimum sound once you have them placed where you want them. Just plug in the included setup mic and follow the on-screen instructions for sound tailored to your room and speakers. [ TONY May 11, 2015 ]
Yes, that is what I used. [ Todd May 11, 2015 ]
Yes, banana plugs should work [ Kyle May 11, 2015 ]
Yes, it does accept banana plugs. [ EDWARD A May 11, 2015 ]
You can see the video output options in the manual. It is on the 9th page here: http://pix.crutchfield.com/Manuals/158/158STDH550.PDF [ Jeff Mar 30, 2015 ] Staff
This receiver has 2 subwoofer outputs, and will be compatible with any of the powered subwoofers on the market. You can find powered subs here: http://www.crutchfield.com/g_12300/Powered-Subwoofers.html?tp=187 [ Jeff Mar 06, 2015 ] Staff
Head phone jack is the standard 1/4" jack under the power button on left side. [ RICHARD L Mar 04, 2015 ]
The headphone jack is the standard 1/4 in [ Dale Mar 04, 2015 ]
I don't think so. I can't find an option for that. [ MIKE Feb 02, 2015 ]
I'm sorry I don't know the answer to this. Personally, I'm using most of the inputs. [ JEROLD N. Feb 02, 2015 ]
(Hit enter to soon) all in all, it's a really great unit in my opinion and plays great (connectivity) with othe sony products. This unit is connected to a Sony 60 " kdl 60ex701. [ TONY Feb 01, 2015 ]
Not that I can see. I use the primary hdmi 1-3 and have those inputs auto to Dolby surround. I always seem to keep the same environment regardless of my input. [ TONY Feb 01, 2015 ]
I currently have two bookshelf speakers and a sub woofer. So far, it does drive all speakers simultaneously. It also has Dolby Digital setting. You have to figure out which setting is most pleasing to you. I'm saving up to buy a center-channel speaker. I'll update my reply after I test it out. I don't have any serious complaints about this unit. [ SAM Jul 12, 2015 ]
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: The Sony receiver does have a multi channel stereo that sounds like what your Pioneer might have been doing. Sony describes it like this: Multi Stereo: Outputs 2-channel left/right signals from all speakers. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy Jan 21, 2015 ] Staff
yes you can use this with two speakers. There are several different speaker modes you can choose from. I have been using this receiver for almost a month now and it has been great.I would highly recommend this because For the price you can't beat it and you always have the flexibility of using it for surround sound down the road. [ CYNTHIA Jan 16, 2015 ]
I am using mine in a 3.1 setup and it sounds great. My two devices output 5.1 and the receiver adjusts the sound really well to 3.1. I can see a setting in the calibration settings for 2.0 and 2.1 so I would assume it works the same. [ David Jan 16, 2015 ]
Yes you can use as a conventional 2 channel receiver. [ JAMES Jan 15, 2015 ]
I would think so. But if I were you I would contact customer support at Crutchfield & you can chat with them online & I feel sure they can answer your question. I am using all channels on mine & it is by far the best receiver I have owned. I chatted with them online & they helped me decide the best replacement system for my old one & I am very sastified. Hope this helps. [ ROBERT Jan 14, 2015 ]
I just bought this amp and am using it to run two Pioneer bookshelf speakers--that's all I wanted--and it's working beautifully. [ PAUL Jan 14, 2015 ]
No problem with 2 channel setup. That is how mine is currently connected. I got it for the USB, not the 5.2 capability. [ STEVE Jan 14, 2015 ]
Yes, you can. I currently have only a left and right hooked up to this receiver and it sounds really good. The receiver has a setting for stereo or 5.1. For the price (I paid 199) it's a good receiver. [ Frank Worsham Jan 14, 2015 ]
4 answers All the reviews talk about the audio quality. How is the video quality when using this receiver? I am using an Onyko and HDMI projector on a 16' x 9' screen. Onkyo doesn't handle the color well (it is much better with my Yamaha receiver). Any comparative color observation? Thanks. [ John Jan 09, 2015 ]
Unless you spent $5,000 on a projector... that is the problem. Get an 80" flat screen LED TV and you will be blown away by the color. The Sony receiver does a good job on the audio. But, you must know it is an "entry level" receiver. My audio is outstanding with the receiver but you must have top performing speakers. My speakers are NHT's at $250 per left/right front and rear speakers. The center speaker is $350.00. I have an M&K 75w subwoofer. The Sony receiver and these speakers produce sound that is hard to believe. Projection TVs are an older concept and are fading away... [ JOE Jan 12, 2015 ]
Hi John W. The main reason I bought this specific receiver is because I needed a receiver that could pass through a 3D audio signal. I didn't know that this was such an unusual function - but my Denon receiver couldn't do it. The TV I'm viewing is a new Sony KDL-60W850B 3D TV. I'm very happy with the total set-up. I can honestly say I don't see any picture difference between running the signal from my DirecTV input HDMI vs. running the signal through my new Sony STR-DH550 and back to my TV. [ PAUL Jan 11, 2015 ]
I have no comparison. I'm using my Sony for 2 channel audio only right now. I do have and older model Onkyo TX-SR 806.That I use in my living room home theater and it works beautifully since buying it from Crutchfield back in 2010 or 2011. Hope this helps. [ rickyqueens,nyc Jan 09, 2015 ]
I have had this unit for 5 weeks very pleased with both the audio and video qualithy. [ WILLIAM W Jan 09, 2015 ]
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: That Sony receiver does not have the inputs necessary for an RG-6 connection. In most cases you would run that RG-6 cable to a cable box and from the Cable Box to the receiver with one of the available inputs. Or directly to a TV. The "Coax" style connection on that Sony is for an FM antenna. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy Jan 07, 2015 ] Staff
5 answers I just exchanged a comparable Denon receiver for this unit, and my first impressions are VERY favorable! One issue I can't figure out, tho, is how to stream digital radio from my Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone thru this unit. The Denon has BluTooth so it was simple. From what I can see, I can only connect (via the front USB ) ipod, iPhone, or Sony products?. Any suggestions would be appreciated. [ Rob M Jan 03, 2015 ]
No Bluetooth but if you have a Samsung TV you can use the screen mirroring function to stream audio and video from your Samsung Galaxy. ..nice because you will see the album art on tv [ DENNIS P Jan 08, 2015 ]
Hi Rob, I purchased this Sony around Thanksgiving. So far it's been great. However you are correct, this receiver doesn't have BT. The only way to connect is via front USB. You can then control the Ipod/Iphone via the Sony remote. The good news it works well and really isn't a hassle. [ Harvey Jan 06, 2015 ]
I've only had mine since Nov. and since Sony doesn't include instructions, we, the customers, are screwed. If it wasn't for Crutchfield helping me figure it out, I might have sent it back. As to your question, I don't have smart phones or anything of the kind. Best I can offer is find some way to make Sony admit they made the thing and stand behind it with help and instructions. Good Luck [ WARREN H Jan 05, 2015 ]
That's the best way to do it, the other way would be to connect it with RCA connectors to the back of the unit through the ear phone jack [ Jenelle R Jan 05, 2015 ]
I don't have a smart phone so I don't know. [ JOHN Jan 05, 2015 ]
Not that important. If it is important, you should step up to a video up scale receiver. More $ [ ROGER Dec 21, 2014 ]
There is no Ethernet port. This is a basic good value unit with 4 HDMI inputs and 1 out as well as 2 sub outputs. I purchased it for my patio and are not looking for the best sound field adjustments. I have a DA5800ES in the house for that performance with Ethernet which requires a complete receiver reboot if you get an update or the sound is a mess. hope this helps. Rick [ RICHARD L Dec 21, 2014 ]
The product does have a USB port that can be used for updates loaded onto a flash drive. I haven't had to make any since buying the unit. [ Nick Dec 21, 2014 ]
Jack, I have not yet installed this product on my Entertainment system. So I don't know how firmware updates are handled. Sorry I couldn't help more. [ MICHAEL Dec 21, 2014 ]
yes [ FELTON Dec 20, 2014 ]
yes, a simple scroll [ RICHARD D Dec 20, 2014 ]
Yes Mark, there are on screen display options to choose from [ JAMES Dec 20, 2014 ]
Yes it does display on your tv. [ JEROLD N. Dec 19, 2014 ]
Yes. It displays the name of the song. I think it is a great product that drives my speakers with crystal clear sound. Well made, [ MICHAEL A Dec 19, 2014 ]
Hi Mark, Yes, the Sony STR-DH550 does have an on-screen display, if you connect the receiver to your television with an HDMI cable. Ed [ EDWARD A Dec 19, 2014 ]
Yes, it displays volume level etc. on the TV screen. [ MIKE Dec 19, 2014 ]
Yes [ TODD D Dec 19, 2014 ]
Hi Sid, The speaker button on the front panel, when pushed, will simply turn the speakers on, or when pushed again, turn the speakers off (if you prefer to listen via headphones). There is no "B" channel on this model for an additional pair of speakers. You would have to step up to the Sony STR-DH750 to have this feature. [ EDWARD A Nov 19, 2014 ]
thank you very much [ sidney Nov 19, 2014 ]
thank you very much [ sidney Nov 19, 2014 ]
That button is just on/ off there is not an A or B switch [ TODD D Nov 19, 2014 ]
Pressing the speaker button turns all speakers off and then on with another press. [ DANNY Nov 19, 2014 ]
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: As long as your TV had HDMI inputs the receiver will work with it. If it doesn't have HDMI, you can check to see if it has an Optical Digital audio output. That would work with the receiver as well. We have a great deal on the Energy Micro speaker system right now that would work well with the power of this receiver: http://www.crutchfield.com/p_732RCMIC/Energy-RC-Micro-5-1.html?tp=184 If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy Aug 27, 2014 ] Staff
We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question. [ Krissy Aug 05, 2014 ] Staff
You can attach turntable to any of the red/white RCA inputs. However if you use an input with the same label as the HDMI the receiver will probably default to the HDMI if something is plugged in to it. My receivers do this anyway. You may not get the best sound without a phono input unfortunately, but it will work [ MICHAEL D Aug 02, 2014 ]
If the turntable has RCA stereo outputs, it'll work no problem. [ Kyle Jul 22, 2014 ]
Yes it does [ JAMES Jul 19, 2014 ]
Yes [ STEVEN Jul 16, 2014 ]
Yes it does. [ EDDIE Jul 15, 2014 ]
Yes, a full function remote is included. [ JEROLD N. Jul 15, 2014 ]
Yes. [ RICHARD D Jul 14, 2014 ]
Yes. The unit comes with a basic remote control. [ DANNY Jul 14, 2014 ]
Yes, and it is a full size one to boot. [ Todd Jul 14, 2014 ]
Yes it does. [ RODNEY Jul 14, 2014 ]
Yes, it does come with a remote. [ EDWARD A Jul 14, 2014 ]
Yes, it does come with a remote. And it's one of the more straight forward remotes I've seen with a series of buttons at the top to switch inputs. One button for each input rather than one button to scroll through inputs. [ JAY Jul 14, 2014 ]
Yes. [ MICHAEL R. Jul 14, 2014 ]
Yes it does [ TODD D Jul 14, 2014 ]
Yes I have...enjoying the system...great sound, easy to operate. I did have it professionally installed. [ MILDRED Jun 16, 2014 ]
Well Robert.... I don't have a clue what a scad player is. But the system works great with big screen tv and all the theater stuff!! [ JOHN C Jun 11, 2014 ]
I myself, do not have a CD player hooked up to this unit at this time, but there are component jacks marked ( AS CD / CD ) in the rear. I would proabaly have to say yes. Good Luck [ MICHAEL W Jun 10, 2014 ]
yes optically. [ RICHARD D Jun 10, 2014 ]
1 answer Does 6 1/4" height include the feet? I have an open cabinet. But, if 6 1/4" includes the feet, I only have about 1 1/4" space above. If it doesn't include the feet, I'll have very little space above. I would install external fans to pull the hot air out. With that installed, is about an inch enough space for air flow? [ Anders Apr 05, 2014 ]
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: Yes the measurements do include the feet. It would be best to get as much air to the receiver as you can, you dont want it to overheat. Having a cabinet with an open back should be fine. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy Apr 07, 2014 ] Staff