PROS / It has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi wireless capabilities.
CONS / It doesn't support HDCP 2.2.
VERDICT / Despite its lack of support for HDCP 2.2, this high-performance receiver is loaded with useful features.
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The Sony STR-DN850 is a home theater receiver with excellent wireless functionality. It can power up seven speakers and has support for future 4K content. For its wireless functionality and its pass-through capabilities, the Sony STR-DN850 is our Top Ten Reviews Silver Award winner for AV receivers.
A good AV receiver should be the hub between your input devices and your television. The Sony STR-DN850 can pass through almost all video formats, including 1080p, 4K and 3D. You can plug your Blu-ray player, gaming console and satellite or cable receiver into the AV receiver and then plug the receiver into your television.
The STR-DN850 supports HDMI 2.0, so it will be able to pass through high-fps 4K video. Most current 4K content doesn't require this capability, but in the future we will probably see a good deal more high-fps content requiring HDMI 2.0.
This receiver can also upscale video to higher resolutions. This is a feature found only in the best AV receivers, and it means you'll be able to get more functionality out of your 4k television.
This receiver lacks HDCP 2.2, which is an encryption that will be used to protect 4K content against unauthorized replication. This means that the STR-DN850 will be unable to pass through future 4K content that is protected by this encryption.
You can send audio wirelessly to this receiver using Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. You'll be able to send a song from your smartphone, tablet or computer to your surround sound system. Additionally, the Wi-Fi capabilities allow you to listen to Pandora internet radio directly from the receiver. You can even download an app that lets you control the receiver with your smartphone or tablet.
The STR-DN850 sends 95 watts of power to seven speakers and two subwoofers. The eight distinct channels of audio allow you to experience the best Dolby and DTS surround sound formats.
This receiver has five HDMI inputs and one HDMI output. Some competing receivers have up to seven HDMI inputs, but five is sufficient for most people's needs. It also has two optical inputs and four analog audio inputs, so you can connect your older audio equipment to the receiver.
Help & Support
Sony offers a two-year warranty on the STR-DN850, which is about average for the industry. It offers phone and email support and has a social media support team. One of the best aspects of Sony's support is its live chat, which enables you to get help without having to go through a frustrating phone menu.
The Sony STR-DN850 is an excellent receiver, thanks to its connectivity and 4K pass-through capabilities. It doesn't support HDCP 2.2, but otherwise, this receiver has everything you want in an AV receiver.