Excerpt: I bought this receiver for my Energy Classic 5.1 Speakers and I couldn't be happier with either one. After doing a ton of research I went with the CNET recommendations and picked this receiver up. The setup is so easy, I love how simple the remote is, and how many options(HDMI, Bluetooth, USB, Ethernet, WiFi) you have to get content from. Connecting to the reciver over Bluetooth couldn't be easier. I highly recommend this receiver!
Pros: Clear Sound, Easy To Set Up, Good Remote, Interfaces Well With TV, Intuitive Controls
Summary: I do not think you can find a more feature packed receiver with excellent sound quality in this price range. The setup was really easy and worked perfectly out of the box on the first try. Many options to configure your surround sound speaker set up. Connectivity is great including WiFi, Bluetooth, and LAN. It was easy to connect my iPhone and streamed music perfectly.
Pros: Lot's of features, excellent sound quality, great user interface (including iPhone!), good streaming services, dual zone, compact, simple remote
Cons: Not really a "con" but 6 HDMI inputs which is fine for 95% of us.
Excerpt: I upgraded from last year's STR-DN1040, which was also a very good mid-range receiver. This year's STR-DN1050 is an improvement in almost every single way; it has additional customizable presets, an on-screen display (OSD) volume level overlay, and amazing sound/tonal quality. I only have three complaints: the remote is too simplified, the volume and input selector knobs feel lightweight/cheap, and there are still no primary zone pre-outs for those of us that might want...
Pros: Clear Sound, Easy To Set Up, Interfaces Well With TV, Intuitive Controls, Thundering Bass
Cons: No Primary Zone Pre-outs, Remote Is Too Simplified
Summary: Used with a 5.1 Klipsch Reference speaker system that I may expand to 7.2 later when technology catches up a little bit. Very user friendly with some basic knowledge of surround sound. The sound is phenomenal and even with a Blu-ray player, 2 gaming systems and a dvr there is plenty of room to expand, with what I don't know ;-)
Pros: Amazing Connectivity, Clear Sound, Easy To Set Up, Energy Efficient, Good Remote, Interfaces Well With TV
Cons: If You're New To It, Research The Technology
Excerpt: This is a great amplifier that gives you a full range of modern features with a beautiful full color menu. People who report problems with this amplifier are the same people who use poorly constructed HDMI cables. I only use BlueRigger HDMI cables since they're the ones officially recommended by Sony engineers.
If you have an xbox one like me and want to run everything through your system ...
6 September 2014
Summary: If you have an xbox one like me and want to run everything through your system this is the receiver for you. Also, I like the airplay for my apple products and that influenced my decision over other brands like Onkyo.
Plenty of power to run an HT system Excellent sound reproduction for movies and music
4 September 2014
Summary: First off, there are other reviewers that have stated there is no owners/help manual with this unit but there IS. It is a 378 page help guide for this receiver and the 850 model but you must download it. Go to esupport.sony.com enter your model number and then click on the guides and warranty tab and download the help guide. I to agree that Sony is really lacking in customer support so the help guide is a must!