Summary: The first receiver that I purchased through Amazon was defective. It had screeching noises and would cut out the the picture from time to time. I returned that one with the thought of not buying the unit again. I was tempted by a cut price at a local big box store and decided to give it another shot. This unit worked well and is now installed in my gameroom with no problem whatsoever.
Summary: Love it!!! I have it setup for 7.1 surround with a Bic America 12 inch sub and it is just awesome the sound delivery!! Need to upgrade the other speakers (samsungs from a home entertainment pack) but even then the sony amp does a good job! My only con is the power ON through HDMI it works only when I start Air Play from my iphone ( it turns the sony and my Tv) but if I just turn on the amp my the control the tv never hoes on at the same time.
Summary: Overall a good receiver. The software takes some getting used to. I have a little problem with the HDMI switching but that is negligible. I love the sound that comes from my surround system. I am using the Energy True Classic 5.1 speakers.
Price is right, installation problems with 5.1, Graphic interface is from 1970...
7 May 2014
Summary: I have had this system installed for about 3 months. I had 4 Yamaha A/V receivers and one was 20 years old; it went kaput. I did not want to spend the money to get a Yamaha and this had very good reviews and a good price. I hooked it up to my living room HD TV. I have a 5.1 system in the room. I went through the normal setup. Every time I tried the automatic set up (with the external microphone) I received an error.
Summary: I had an old Sony receiver that was from 1992 that had only an optical cable for the digital input so I decided to upgrade. I have a 42 in 3d panasonic Viera smart plasma tv from 2011, 2 ps3's, a ps4, and a panasonic dvd/vhs/converter box. Pros: -iphone auto detects as soon as I turn system on, able to airplay any audio easily -the 6 hdmi inputs really are great, not all are 4k, but 4k to me is still overated due to refresh limitations with it.
Summary: I am pleased with the A/V portion - do not use the receiver. Easy setup on the wifi after decoding the instructions. These could be much better for all setups. I am a journeyman ET and don't know how those with less knowledge are able to do setup with no problems. I have to reset the HDMI too frequently so that I can get the TV Amp output to my hearing aids bluetooth device (Phonak). The system did an upgrade (I believe the first for the DN840).
Summary: It was easy to set up and is working fine. The best part is I paid $373.00 for it. I looked up the unit the day after I purchased it and the price went up to $448.00 I paid $373 for it two days earlier. The Sony was easy to set up compared to the Yamaha receivers I have owned in the past. The sound quality is very nice using the automatic speaker set up. No further adjustments were needed. On first impressions I am happy.
Summary: This receiver does what it says and is a good value for the price point. It was easy to install and I found the fit and finish, connector quality, etc. to be typical of mid-range receivers. The remote is similarly middle-of the road (e.g. no backlighting, glow-in-the-dark buttons, etc.). One anti-feature I find quite annoying is that it shuts itself off when the audio stream is stopped for a few minutes.
Summary: So, this device packed full of features. It has all the bells and whistles which I cared about, and the Pandora and Bluetooth streaming both work better than I figured. The only reason I docked this a star is that the Sony device is Sony-prejudice. It's controller works universally for other Sony devices, but was useless for me since all my other devices are non-Sony.