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Sony STR-DN850 offers performance and great valueThe Sony STR-DN850 has it all: sleek styling, bountiful features, and a beguiling mix of home theater brawn and musical refinement.
While it wandered into the darkness for awhile there, Sony's home theatre lineup is stronger than ever. And its latest midrange models offer excellent performance and features for the money. Hi, I'm Ty Pendlebury and the STR-DN850 is a little bit cheaper than the DN1050. But in essence you're not paying for features you probably won't use. The DNA 50 is a 95 watt receiver which offers 7 channels plus 2 subwoofer outputs. It has Bluetooth streaming with aptX plus integrated wi-fi and streaming apps including Spotify connect and Pandora. You also get Apple airplay and DLMA support. To. As there's only $70 difference for the DN10 50, what is missing? Firstly there's no 4K upscaling, though there is pass through. Plus there's no zone two outputs. If you do want to power speakers in a second room using the same receiver, it's worth the little bit of extra money for the DN10 50. The cheaper DN850 also lacks the component video inputs on the more expensive model. Though there is a slight difference in the power figures, the DN850 is equally as competent as the more expensive model for both home cinema and musical tasks. You won't find as capable a surround receiver for sound quality for anywhere near this price. Throw in a solid menu system, and a stripped back, friendly remote, and the DN850 is great value for money. This has been Ty Pendlebury for CNET.com. [MUSIC]