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Sony STR-DN850

Sony STR-DN850
alaScore 94

216 reviews

Nov, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 216 reviews of Sony STR-DN850. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Receivers & Amplifiers for all reviews. Reviewers really like the size and design. The price and usability are also mentioned favorably, but some have doubts about the reliability.

usability, price, design, size


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Receivers & Amplifiers the Sony STR-DN850 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 94/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: ( review summary for Sony STR-DN850


alaTest has collected and analyzed 4 user reviews of Sony STR-DN850 from The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Receivers & Amplifiers on

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This summary is based on the product: Sony STR-DN850

Nov, 2015

Expert review by: Ty Pendlebury (

Sony STR-DN850 review: Complete receiver package a great value


Last year, the Sony STR-DN840 was our favorite receiver of the year due to its mix of affordability and performance. The company has returned with the DN850 which improves in some areas -- namely adding a slick user interface and 4K throughput -- and...

The Sony STR-DN850 receiver offers a very good selection of features for the price, including built-in Wi-Fi, AirPlay, Spotify, and Bluetooth. It delivers excellent sound quality for both surround sound and music. Sony's user interface and remote...

Lacks the extended connectivity of the DN1050 including component inputs, MHL HDMI and Zone 2 amplification.

The Sony STR-DN850 has it all: bountiful Wi-Fi networking features, the brawn to provide maximum home theater fun, and the refinement to bring a string quartet recording to life.

Nov, 2014

Expert review by: Dennis Burger (

Sony STR-DN850 7.2-Channel AV Receiver Reviewed


Sony's $499 STR-DN850 AV receiver is loaded with worthwhile perks (like WiFi, Bluetooth, and a great user interface), but how does it perform? Dennis Burger puts this 7.2-channel receiver through its paces.

Thinking over my entire experience with the STR-DN850 7.2-channel AV receiver, it strikes me as a little odd that the other receiver manufacturers haven't completely ripped off Sony's user interface, or at least tried to bring their own efforts up to...

Mar, 2015

Expert review by: (

Sony STR-DN850


Sony's first amp of 2014 is an impressive and well-featured all-rounder at a great price

Big, immersive sound ; Lots of detail ; Well-featured ; Strong stereo performance ; Simple set up and operation ; Lovely user interface

Can sound bright, so needs careful matching to get the best from it

The Sony STR-DN850 is among the first 2014 AV receivers we’ve seen and we are suitably impressed.

Consumer review by: N/A (

Do not buy!


It functions as a receiver some of the time

This receiver has broken 2 times thus far. The picture will intermittently cut out (back in the good ole days when the thing actually worked) until of course the thing would break. The picture would go out and then the sound would follow soon. The...

May, 2015

Consumer review by: dd (

denny d


I hope this isn't a general problem with this unit...

very nice when I could set it up very easy, must be nice when it works

downloaded Sony's update the unit turned off and I could not turn it back on it has been returned for a new one hopefully the next one will work? I have always liked Sony

May, 2015

Consumer review by: N/A (

Don't count on sony support


Don't know will not power on

Had this for 3 months before install. Would not power on. Called sony first 2 times got disconnected after 20 minuets. Third time is a charm. Their solution was for me to box it up and mail to their service center. Took it to a local repair shop. They...

May, 2015

Consumer review by: Doc (



Easy setup. Auto detects the last input device used (I default to the TV) and turns on with all functions run with my standard cable remote. No new programming or anything ; The setup function was incredibly easy, as the STR-DN850 auto detected each of...

User manual really needs to be addressed

Jan, 2015

Consumer review by: bwyeags (

Great equipment


It was highly recommended to me and works very well

Oct, 2015

Consumer review by: EHunt (

Excellent Receiver


Love this receiver. Easy to use. Lots of different features.

Oct, 2015

Consumer review by: Fresh (

Great receiver


I hooked this up to a home theater with a ben q 1075 projector and some pioneer andrew jones speakers and i could not be happier. For the price, i feel this was a great bargain considering all the features its packing. So far everything has been simple...

Sep, 2015

Product Specifications

Technical Details

Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL): Yes