Rated 3.9 out of 5 by 26
Rated 3 out of 5 by JerryW It works
Not being of the techie generation, this unit is much too complicated for me. Be warned, this isn't a 'plug and play' piece of equipment - it has to be programmed first. The logic is confusing, particularly with the speaker setup. The instructions, as with most electronics, are useless and don't explain anything. I finally just got it to where it works, and gave up on the fine tuning. I will never use, and never understand, all the features. Would rather just go back to my old receiver with buttons for speaker A, speaker B, etc. But that would be much too simple.
July 15, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by mechwarriordaddy absolutely hideous
This piece of equipment comes with a 126 page manual. That should be the first clue. Operating this unit is a mystery wrapped in an enigma. If you want to change the balance on a simple two speaker set up, you will spend half an hour with the manual trying to figure out how. This equipment is not for anyone who wants to be able to turn on a unit and make minor adjustments. You have to be a glutton for punishment to wade through the poorly phrased English on 126 pages to do anything. Also, it is capable of blowing out your speakers entirely if you make a mistake with the settings. The tuner is nothing special, as well. I am so sorry I bought this thing. If you want something useable by you and your family forget this receiver. The only thing you will receive is grief.
May 24, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by CMBBK Not great
I bought this unit for price/features and because I have had another sony receiver for 21 years. It still works great but wont connect to anything new!
1) On screen user interface is terrible & looks like a nintendo from 1990. Really disappointing. It is 2014, correct? Firmware update didnt help
2) Remote is terrible - it has incredibly small keys, it is not back-lit, entering alpha-numeric information is incredibly difficult using this remote (your only option). Sound field setting is one of the main remote inputs - what for??? Should be channel selection. Really stupid
3) Occasionally the system wont pass through the TV signal while it is off. You have to hit the home key on the remote to get it to reset. Why?
4) Airplay wont pass through video, only audio. Works ok but comes with the nintendo display. No artwork
5) Bluetooth is a good feature. Works ok with the phone/ipod but you really have to turn up the volume. Wont display artwork
6) Wireless is a good feature
7) Lots of HDMI
8) Speaker wire connectors are hard to thread. More work than it should be! I hope I dont have to move the receiver anytime soon
9) Receiver display i'snt good either -but this was somewhat obvious from the product photos
If I was to do it over, I would get something else. Maybe the 1040 or a more expensive Denon or Onkyo
May 23, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by pageone69 The STR-DN840 A/V Receiver that has it all!!!
First things first, I did a lot of research before purchasing this receiver. With all the rave reviews this product received it was a no brainer for me. Setup is easy and the sound quality is unmistakably the best I have heard for this price.
I am using this as a 7.1 system, the system includes the following:
2 - JBL - Studio 530 - Front Right and Left
1 - JBL - Studio 520C - Center Speaker
2 - JBL - Studio 530 - Surrounds
2 - JBL Studio 210 - Back Left and Right
1 - Rythmik Audio - FV15HP
This receiver includes:
6 - HDMI Inputs
AND MUCH MORE!!
When I initially received this product my sound during normal television (through satellite) viewing would cut out at times, so needless to say it was a little frustrating. Sony updated the software recently and now it seems to have disappeared, to say now that I am totally enthusiastic about this receiver is an understatement.
In short this is an excellent receiver for the price range and would recommend this to anyone who likes getting a lot for a little.
May 12, 2014