Excerpt: I am very happy with the sony avr. I was a Denon fan for many years, but it jusy didnt seem to pump the power it claimed to have, 125 wpc. The 95 wpc in this unit cranks and on screen volume indicator is totally a must have. Wish it had an apple OIS app i could use.
Excerpt: Many positives as listed features suggest. However, a couple of items should be highlighted: 1) Prominent advertising for Spotify streaming support; but it seems to be unsupported in music services. (Pandora works just fine) Others in online forums are having similar experience2) Documentation is frustrating. No manual. You can download or find manual online, but even that is limited in its usefulness3) Sony technical support has been useless to resolve Spotify question.
Pros: 2nd Zone Feature, Airplaybluetooth Nice, Nice GUI, Simple remote
Summary: The Zone 2 Digital inputs are worth the whole cost of this. The update menus, quality sound, and simplified remote all work to make this unit the total package. If I had one con it would be how Sony simplified the audio settings, it's a little too 'easy' to use, meaning I feel like I have lost instant access to customized the sound fields.
... that I have ever owned and one of the better sounding. Primarily
F. Stabbert, Amazon
14 July 2014
Summary: The Sony unit is the least expensive receiver that I have ever owned and one of the better sounding. Primarily, It has as met my criteria for simplifying my audio/video system for others to use. The only issue I have is the inadequate remote control. While uncomplicated to use, the ability to readily identify internet stations without a monitor (in my case a 60" Samsung 8500 Plasma) is non-existant.
Summary: I've had 2 Onkyo's 605 & 706, and 2 Yamaha's RX-V675 and RX-V577 (which I still have). I know from personal experience that not all receivers sound the same and brands have different characteristics. I will be getting a larger media room and felt that the Yamaha 577 I bought may not have the "transformers" to handle it, so to speak ;). I was however very impressed by the 577 / 675 detail of the upper mids and highs, more so the 577.
I don't know if all the features work because I am too dumb to figure it out
Tom Bailey, Amazon
11 July 2014
Summary: Very Difficult to use. The "automated" everything does not allow me to adjust the sound the way I want. I don't know if all the features work because I am too dumb to figure it out. No operator's manual!! FM radio reception is terrible.
Summary: Was a die hard Onkyo fan for last 15 plus years. The Sony STRDN 1050 is well worth the price. The user interphase is much better. Even at low volumes, the sounds are really good. Set up was a breeze.
Summary: This is my third Sony receiver, my unintended pattern seems to be to replace them every ten years or so - never because of reliability or performance, just upgrades to new features. Purchased this one through Amazon last month and so far am extremely impressed and happy with the receiver.
I struggled initially, but that doesn't mean you will.
Peter Shermeta, Amazon
8 July 2014
Summary: I struggled somewhat to get my setup to work, but I have it working now. The documentation included with the unit leaves something to be desired and there is limited support available online for this receiver, but that will change in the next few weeks as more of these are bought and sold.
and it is the worst implementation of multi-zone control in any unit I have ...
Jeremy S., Amazon
6 July 2014
Summary: Zone 2 is impossible to control from the remote; Sony Support has confirmed that I must use buttons on the receiver itself to control. This seems unacceptable for a $600 unit. Even with the Sony Android app, changes to Zone 2 sources generally interrupt the Main Zone as well. The audio quality and general features of this unit seem on par with my expectations, but do not get this unit if Zone 2 is a consideration.