Sony STR-DN840 7.2 Channel 1050-Watt A/V Receiver Review

Sony STR-DN840 7.2 Channel 1050-Watt A/V Receiver Review, 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 rating
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It’s been a long time since I last reviewed a receiver and some people asked me if there were any new items on the market worth considering. Well, there’s always something new worth checking out, but there are few as impressive as the good ol’ classics we all know and love, and that’s simply because you already know they work just as good after a decade of heavy usage. With all that said, I have a feeling some of Sony’s new A/V receivers will definitely make it into the “classics”.



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The 7.2 Channel Sony A/V receiver model STR-DN840 recently became available for purchase from pretty much any online retailer around. At Amazon this product first became available on April 25, 2013 and is now available at a discounted price (only 3 left in stock at the moment I'm writing this).

This is for those people that want to bring the "heart" of their home theater system to the next level, or simply bring it up to date with the latest technology. Most people will do this for the new-age features and streaming capabilities.

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Pros:
  • Advanced Digital Cinema Auto Calibration - Quick Speaker Set Up
  • HD Digital Cinema Sound and Front High Speakers
Cons:
  • The remote has too many buttons and poor functionality

This 7.2 channels, 150 watts/channel unit lacks no power, that's for sure. Even if it's your home, office or other area, the unit will bring a great level of sound performance that will satisfy even the most pretentious ear. The Pandora, Music Unlimited, Slacker and vTuner features will let you enjoy a wide variety of playlists with easy access and navigation. The unit's versatile HD connection includes up to six HDMI inputs so you can connect a wide variety of HDMI-capable devices like game consoles and Blu-Ray players. The one feature I feel brings this unit to the next level and ahead of times, is the 4K video pass-through that allows you to stream video content to a 4K television or projector.

The second popular demand (and concern) is streaming capabilities; the more the better. This unit present itself with the best, and most popular, out there. First of all, the Bluetooth capability which is in high demand and allows you to stream music directly from your smartphone or tablet, and thus enjoying a great freedom of "motion". The next one which has really grown in popularity over the last period is the AirPlay. What this basically does is allow you to stream your music with ease from your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad or any iTunes device along with compatible music Apps like Spotify and iHeart Radio. Above all, you also have to possibility to playback your devices via USB and charge them at the same time. And last but not least you have a built-in Wi-Fi that allows you to get connected to the Internet and your home network in order to access more music than you will ever need (really).

And the feature count doesn't stop there, there are a lot more amazing feature you can check out directly on their presentation page. Feature I did not have time and space to list or explain here. Just to name a few, the Sony STR-DN840 comes with 3D Pass-through, on-screen display user interface and advanced Blu-ray Disc Audio Decoding.

The unit is driven by the largest capacitors and transformer in its class, and thus making sure your quality is not compromised. This is probably the best quality-price ratio I've seen in a A/V receiver in a long time. Overall I recommend this unit if you're looking to upgrade or build a brand new home entertainment system with a strong center-piece.

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