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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Elegant Simplicity, Powerful, Very Clean Output

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    JimC
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    This is a superb and stylish stereo receiver/amplifier with Sony quality at a very modest price. I have earphones which cost more than this fully-equipped receiver! After extensive testing of this equipment my conclusion is that the Sony STR DH190 Receiver has a very nice combination of features, power and sound quality which surpass the vast majority of its competitors in its price range. The task of selecting a stereo receiver/amplifier is complicated by the wide variety of systems being marketing by electronics firms (2.0, 2.1, 3.1, 5.1, 7.1 or 7.2) Those numbers indicate how many channels of stereo are created. 2.0 is traditional stereo, 2.1 adds a separate sub-woofer, 3.1 adds a center channel, 5.1 includes rear speakers for better surround sound effects. Finally, 7.1 adds two speakers on the left and right and positioned about where the listener sits, while 7.2 is the same as a 7.1 system but with an extra sub-woofer. That’s a lot of numbers! So which is best? You would think that a 7.2 system would be the ultimate and far, far superior to a simple 2.0 stereo. But guess what? It all depends upon your speakers! All 2.1, 3.1, 5.1 and 7.1 systems are designed to send a narrow range of sound to a set of small speakers supplemented by a single sub-woofer to handle the bass. But if you have a pair of classic big stereo speakers with a nice tweeter on top, a mid-range speaker in the middle and huge bass speaker at the bottom you are probably best served by hooking it up to a good 2.0 stereo like the Sony STR DR190. All of that channel separation performed by a 5.1 or 7.1/7.2 amplifier is wasted and probably detrimental to the quality of output from your big stereo speakers. Those big speakers have something better than a sub-woofer – they have powerful directional bass speakers that far out-perform that single, modest-sized sub-woofer in the 3.1, 5.1 or 7.1 systems. The only application for which 3.1, 5.1 or 7.1 systems are superior is in home theaters. There you can take advantage of a number of small speakers located around the room to enhance the sound of movies or sports on your big screen TV. So if you have a nice set of big stereo speakers, stop shopping in the 5.1/7.1 receiver aisle and focus on this terrific Sony receiver. It is packed with a great set of features and specifications: • It is compact, 17” wide (standard width of most stereo equipment) but just 11” deep and 5” tall • Isolated phono input to give your turntable and vinyl records the best sound possible • Four speaker connections (A and B set) • Discreet amplifier provides 100 watts of power for each set of speakers (at 8 ohms) • Speaker impedance adjustable from 6 ohms to 16 ohms • Total Harmonic Distortion of just 1% • FM turner with 30 digital presets and station names, plus auto tuning • 4 analog (RCA) inputs (plus the Phono input) • Front mini jack (3.5 mm) input (to connect a phone or iPod) • Headphone output • Full-function remote control • Bluetooth connectivity with on/off control over the receiver • Sleep function accessed from remote • Display can be set at bright or dim level or turned off entirely • Weighs 15 pounds and very solidly built with a reinforced chassis The receiver is very sleek, with an elegant minimalist design. Controls on the receiver include power, speaker switching, FM tuning, preset station selection, display brightness, display selection, Bluetooth pairing, PureDirect isolation, input selector and volume. The sound produced by this system’s amplifier is pure, distortion-free and steady at both low and very high volumes. The Bluetooth connection was effortless from every device I tried (phone, tablet, laptop). One very nice aspect of the Bluetooth feature is that you can power-on the receiver from the remote device. Heat is the enemy of receivers but this unit has a great many air ventilation slots on the top, sides and bottom to allow enough airflow to keep it cool and give it a long life. Not very high tech, but an important design element. This Sony receiver is likely a huge step up from that old amplifier that you probably have attached to your stereo speakers. It is very easy to set up, will fit on even a fairly shallow bookshelf and will connect to all of your stereo equipment with ease. I just have two quibbles on this unit. One small issue is that the wire holes on the connection tabs for speaker wires are fairly small. If you use very thick speaker wire you may find it a bit tricky to insert that wire into the tab. Not really a big deal but I felt I should mention it. The other drawback is that I wish it had an AM tuner as well. There are times when I want to listen to AM radio stations (sports, talk shows, news) but this receiver is missing that feature. Bottom line - the Sony STR DH190 Receiver is a great two channel stereo hub, priced so low that you can afford to spend more on speakers yet capable of the vast majority of functions you will use every day. It has features and the performance of far more expensive systems. It is an excellent value for music fans who want to upgrade basic stereo setups.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Multiple (all good) Personality

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    TECHBEENGOOD
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    SONY STR-DH190 2 Channel Audio Receiver. Let me provide a quick SUMMARY before I go into detail. This SONY is very flexible, very easy to setup, and very nice sounding with useful, solid power. When everything is considered, it’s a very good, actually surprising, value. Pulling this Sony DH190 out of the box, it’s easy to get nostalgic. The SONY is a reminder of when home stereo was simple and fun. But, I’m not going to underestimate what’s being offered here. If you think about it, this package actually hides a tuner, a preamplifier, and amplifier in one neat, accessible package. I discovered a handful of possibilities here. Obviously I added a nice pair of speakers that I had, but after that, there are several directions I might take this. And, yes, I know Sony highlights the PHONO INPUT, but there is something here for everybody. It’s all about the inputs, my friends . . . the INPUTs. I’m going to review this as a mobile phone driven audio system, because that’s my preferred source for music these days. The SONY provides 2 ways to connect a phone. I used the easiest (for me) first. A male/male 3.5mm stereo headphone cable (not supplied) that I have sitting around was plugged into the headphone port on my phone and the SONY’s front panel INPUT labeled “PORTABLE”. Instantly music from my music library played on my connected speakers. Easy to get loud, really easy to adjust sound, balance, all using a reasonably sized remote but with lots of buttons. And when I can’t be loud, there is that HEADPHONE jack on the front panel. OPTION 2 for mobile phones. This Sony has a trick that older, legacy receivers can’t do . . . it has Bluetooth . . . so my phone or main AVR can send a stereo audio signal without wires strung across the room. Really cool versatility. Bluetooth (4.2) wirelessly connected my mobile phone (computer or tablet will work, too) to my SONY. No need to be next to the receiver. Hide it in a closet or cabinet (but remember you lose Remote Control unless you’ve got glass doors). Bluetooth Standby will even turn the SONY receiver ON if it’s in STANDBY MODE, and perform music selection control via your phone, as usual. I couldn’t hear any sound quality difference between my wired or BT connection. Having no need to leave my phone near the receiver was a definite advantage. SOUND QUALITY: The SONY TR-DH190 packs a punch. It powered my mid-sized multi-driver bookshelf speakers with no difficulty. The sound was properly balanced, with no sense of distortion up to very loud levels. The amplifier was very quiet, hiss-free, when turned up quite high, with no music playing. I even connected my $2500/pr premium speakers, which can be very demanding of power, and the SONY was delivering very nice sound. I don’t recommend it for power hungry speakers, but it’s not bad sounding. Those remote buttons give you lots of control over the receiver. There’s an FM tuner with 3 Presets, which is OK for me. The remote control provides access to the TUNER’s channel search and selection. The FM quality was OK, but more restricted when compared to CDs or my iPhone. Mostly irrelevant to me. The Remote provides direct access to each INPUT, both bass and treble levels as well as speaker selection. FLEXIBILITY: Did I mention the flexibility? What I’ve described so far can be set up in a listening room, or dorm room, or small office. But there is so much more. Should I use it as a simple way to augment an exercise room TV? I only need audio OUT from either a TV headphone jack or the left/right audio channels of that TV or cable/satellite/ box into one of the 4 INPUTS of the SONY. There are appropriate adapters (sold separately) for most situations. Or, maybe I’ll use this for my main room home theater setup, as the amplifier I need to expand on my surround (or ATMOS) setup. I can use the Sony DH190’s amplifier section for those additional surround channels which my AVR can decode but lacks the built-in amplifiers for. Or, maybe I use one the SONY inputs to share my subwoofer feed (from my AVR) and drive a pair of bass shakers for my chairs. Or, do I simply use it as intended in the advertising, and create a self-contained audio system, using that PHONO INPUT to connect a new phono player. The phono input is a real advantage, eliminating a potentially expensive add-on, or low quality make-do effort. Nice. COMPLAINTS: I’d prefer a few more lighted buttons on the receiver. The writing is way too small, lacking adequate contrast. The LCD display, however, is large, legible, with adjustable brightness, so that’s good. I prefer banana plug/screw down connectors for wires. Sony chose the press/connect style, which is probably easier for most people. Just don’t strip your wires too long. I miss that outlet on the back panel, but no one has that anymore. I like the differently sized VOLUME and INPUT SELECTOR knobs. They are both tight, which I suppose is a positive. But, operating the tight VOLUME control leaves me with the feeling that the Sony is resisting my urge to blast loudly. It’s probably just me because most people will use the remote anyway. The fact is, Sony does the important stuff right: sound, power, usability, flexibility. This is a sweet sounding stereo receiver, and it’s going to make a nice addition to my home audio and video setup.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Incredible Value.

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    Rickypaul
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    I bought this to replace a 40 year old Sansui Receiver. It was exhibiting some problems. I could have spent $400 to have it restored, but after that I would have had a receiver that sounded great, but had no modern conveniences like a remote (modern?) and Bluetooth with limited inputs. I was looking for a receiver in the $300 range, I was intrigued, however, by the Sony STR DH190 because of a positive review by Brent Butterworth of Wirecutter. I bought Sony SS-CS3 Tower speakers on his recommendation and have been very happy with them. I saw an “open box” unit at the store for $109 and figured “what do I have to lose? I can always take it back if I hate it.” To the contrary. This is a great sounding receiver with significantly more power than I had with the Sansui. The hookup was easy. The speaker connections were a bit of a challenge because I had used fairly thick wires. The cheap spring clips are the only downside to this receiver for me. I didn’t subtract from my review because I was able to make them work. The setup was equally as simple. I was easily able to match my speaker impedance, set up my FM presets. I won’t have to tell my kids to “press tape monitor” when they are baffled with how to get the sound from the TV out of it. I was able to name my inputs. Now for the sound. I first tried my turntable. I have a refurbished vintage Pioneer PL520 turntable that is a beast. I bought it about 2 years ago. It has never sounded this good out of my Sansui. I had a “sibilance” problem. This is the accentuated hiss when the vocalist pronounces an “s.” The Sony cured it. I was able to adjust the bass and treble (from the remote!) to get a nice warm vintage sound. I played some challenging LP’s on it right away. I started with Dire Straits “Brothers in Arms” side two. This album is incredibly well mastered. There are very complex passages and some very delicate acoustic passages that are interwoven, sometimes to the extreme (The Man’s Too Strong). “Ride Across the River” sounded amazing. The snare wraps were snappy, the high hat work was clear, and the bass was physical but never boomy. There was no hum during the tacit passages. I went on to Linda Ronstadt’s “Simple Dreams.” This record can be challenging because her vocals can be particularly intense. “Blue Bayou” in particular has some passages where her voice is incredibly strong and challenging for speakers and amps. They sounded great on this receiver through the SS-CS3’s. The quiet acoustic guitar passages and vocal harmonies were beautiful. Next to the CD player. I chose James Taylor’s “Greatest Hits.” JT can be very hissy on his “s’s.” No problem here. The acoustic guitars came off beautifully. I then went to another extreme and spun “Apostrophe’” by Frank Zappa. It took Jack Bruce’s lead bass passages in stride. I then went to Bluetooth. The tunes I played didn’t sound as good, but I blame that more on the MP3 format than the receiver. They still sounded okay. My daughter played some of her music on it and loved it. I played Radiohead’s “In Rainbows” and Iron and Wine’s “Endless Numbered Days.” It took those in stride. Thom Yorke’s vocal flourishes in “Nude” were intense and beautifully rendered. Needless to say, I am not taking it back. This receiver, to my ears, suits my needs. While not an audiophile, I am used to decent audio in the studio. An audiophile, however, is not looking for a stereo receiver. Ignore the audio snobs and trust your own ears. This receiver is a an incredible value that deserves a listen.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This is Not Your Grandfather's Receiver!

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    gadgetguy11
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    The Sony STRDH190 is an Ultra Modern 2-Channel Audio Receiver designed to deliver Precision Audio for 2018 & Beyond! LIKES: 1- Smarter Bluetooth Standby turns on receiver wirelessly by any phone or tablet simply by activating Bluetooth! Features Bluetooth Audio Streaming. 2- Vinyl never sounded so clear! Dedicated equalization & gain is activated with Phono Input. The resulting sound is off the charts!! The highly sensitive Phono Preamp is purposely located diagonally opposite the magnetic Power Transformer to keep inference to a minimum. 3- Uses a discrete transistor amplifier, a feature unique to the most expensive High End Power Amplifiers. A discrete amplifier produces sweet sound with much higher Signal to Note Ratio, greater Amplifier Gain, less Clipping, lower Distortion & inaudible Hiss, compared with "Amplifiers on a Chip" that are cheaper & are standard in most receivers. 4- Oversized Power Transformer exceeds power requirements at the loudest Sound Pressure Levels. Feel the weight of this receiver; the massive power transformer is most of the weight. Gone are the flickering receiver lights when you crank up a budget receiver, because it was running out of power. When an amplifier runs out of power, the sine wave audio transitions to a flat top, square wave, or DC. DC burns out speaker coils. Playing an amplifier with inadequate power source causes this phenomenon; this receiver is designed to deliver full rated 100 Watts RMS / Channel continuously without jeopardizing speaker coils. 5- Six (6) stereo inputs: 3) Standard Analog Inputs, 1) Tape or similar Input / Output, 1) Phono & Bluetooth. 6- Full Functional Remote Control 7- Auto Standby: If power is cut & restored, receiver turns back on with the exact input & volume before power was cut. This is a huge feature for a remote installation. I am using this receiver as an outdoor Deck Audio system, using Apple Airport Express with Apple AirPlay as the streaming audio input. I use a WEMO switch to energize / cut power to this receiver. Switch WEMO on & the receiver immediately turns on in the state last set up. 8- Low Profile Cabinet measures only 5 1/4" high; placement is very versatile. 9- 2) Zone A & B speakers are selectable by remote control. This means indoor & outdoor speakers, or 2 rooms of audio can be switched or operated simultaneously. 10- Front Panel 3.5mm audio input connects to Amazon Echo Dot & similar steaming audio sources or smart speakers. No need to fish around the back of the receiver to find the jack. 11- 1/4" full size front panel mounted headphone jack. 12- Built-in FM Radio with 30-station preset, remote controllable. 13- Massive 100 Watts RMS / Channel Output X 2 at 1% THD (it plays VERY LOUDLY yet Sounds PURE!). 14- Dimensions & Weight: Depth 11.2 in Width 16.9 in Height 5.2 in Weight 14.77 lbs 15- 2-Year Factory Warranty. 16- Hi-Res Audio, with high bit count on digital signals, produces higher than CD quality sound. 17- The steel reinforced chassis, located on the bottom of the receiver, is a work of art & is something to behold! More than a pretty box, this chassis is designed to be located near speakers that you crank up loudly, while absorbing & not transmitting vibration that would directly result in audio distortion heard through the speakers! SONY perfected this feature years ago for their State-Of-The-Art ES Receivers, ES Preamplifiers & ES Amplifiers. To bring such crucial technology to this 2-Channel Receiver clearly shows SONY's dedication to Pure Audio with STRDH190. 18- Sony even added vibration deadening heat sink mounts for the aluminum power transistor heat sinks, to further reduce undesirable vibration that could be transmitted and heard as distortion in the speakers. 19- Pure Direct option on the remote avoids sound coloration & yields only the cleanest tracks. 20- Designed for Speaker Impedance from 6-16 Ohm, which is basically every speaker on the market. DISLIKES: 1- The volume knob is an ideal size, but is not weighted. In the 70's, large receivers featured "Weighted Volume Control" and "Weighted Tuning Knobs". A small spin and a flywheel behind the front panel would transfer the spin effortlessly with a cool feel. Minor issue, but it would have been nice... 2- Power cord is permanently connected to the back of the receiver; I prefer a receptacle on the back of the receiver with a plug-in power cord. That enables easier routing to AV cabinets. 3- No rear panel IR Sensor. For installations in cabinets using a smart remote such as Harmony, remote transmitter eyes look better - and are invisible - when mounted to the rear panel IR Sensor if one is present on the receiver, rather than stuck on the front panel IR Sensor, with a wire hanging out. 4- No Subwoofer Output. Even though this is a 2-Channel amplifier, using a subwoofer to enhance low frequency sound can be desirable. A single RCA jack with low pass filter would have enabled a simple subwoofer connection. CONCLUSION: This is Not Your Grandfather's Receiver! With Smart Bluetooth Connection, Streaming, Phono customized for Vinyl & a Premium construction designed for delivering Pure Sound, Sony STRDH190 earns my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A nice way to upgrade your analog audio sources

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    nickcal
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    Even though the world has gone digital, sometimes it’s really nice to get back to basics. That’s especially true when it comes to audio. There are quite a few input devices that are still analog in nature and it can be difficult to connect them to quality speakers in this day and age. Sony has a high-quality receiver that does just that. The Sony STR-DH190 is a stereo receiver with phono input and Bluetooth® connectivity. It provides the user with the ability to connect up to 6 analog input devices to stereo speakers. Sony designed this receiver specifically for bringing together vinyl and digital music sources. With it, you can switch between analog and digital sources effortlessly. You can connect devices through phono/RCA inputs or Bluetooth. The receiver is a substantial piece of equipment. First of all, it looks great. It has a sleek, futuristic design and an LCD screen that displays the selected input and a variety of other information. The Bluetooth connection is considered ‘smarter’ than other Bluetooth inputs based off of the fact that you have the option to turn on the receiver straight from your paired smartphone or tablet when the receiver is in standby mode. In the box, you will find the receiver with built-in power cable, an instruction manual, remote, batteries, and an antennae wire for the FM receiver (built-in). The receiver is easy to set up. You simply plug in your selected inputs into the back of the receiver and then connect your output speakers through standard speaker wire. Then you power it on. The receiver works very well with a standard set up and music sounds amazing when you use it (I connected an old turntable to it). I thought the receiver was easy to set up and has been just as easy to use. Connecting through Bluetooth was pretty easy, too. I recommend this for anyone who is looking to improve up their audio system or listen to older formats in a new way. It’s a very handy product that can provide different ways of listening to various formats.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Good features and function, needs more and pricey

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    Arjay67
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    Just when I began to wonder if receivers were only 5.1 or 7.1, along comes the Sony STR-DH190. All those big (and sometimes expensive) receivers are great for your home theater. But what if you still have components like a cassette tape deck, turntable and CD player? What if you just want to listen to great music without having to turn on TV’s, streaming boxes, switching through multiple devices? Alas, Sony sees that there is still a need for a 2/4 channel amp with a FM tuner. What I liked: * Good sound quality, very little hiss or hum. * Sleep function - lots of times I have the radio on to fall asleep. With this receiver I can use many audio sources for that music and rest easy knowing it will shut off by itself. * Dimming display - Vary from bright, dim or off so if you’re using the sleep function the blue lights won’t disturb you. * Bluetooth - a must for any receiver in modern times. Provides you access to so much more than just your local stations, CD’s, etc. * Reception - Surprised by the stations it pulled in. I live in a fringe area about 55 miles outside of Chicago. Often I prefer the Chicago stations over the local farm report and I’m able to pull in a few of my favorites even with the thin single wire antenna. * Front input - So if you have an old iPod, Walkman, etc without bluetooth you can connect it and enjoy your tunes. What’s not so good: * Tuning - Scan only to hunt for the next station. I would greatly prefer the ability to step through the frequencies or just force it up the the frequency that I want without pausing at every station along the way. * FM antenna is a small thin wire with an unusual connector. If I want to try for distant stations, I’d like to be able to connect in to my outside aerial for increased range. * Remote - Needs numeral inputs for direct access to desired stations. Also, only has three buttons for quick access to just the first three presets. * RDS not in US-only in Europe & Asia….seriously? If the circuitry is there, don’t lock it down. * Pure Direct turns off display to eliminate possible noise from display - why not just provide proper shielding? * No Wi-Fi streaming of online or home network. While you can always use a computer or mobile device to stream an online service or LAN based library, it would be better to have the functionality built-in. * No AirPlay - MANY other brands include AirPlay within the same price point. * Bluetooth - Yes, it’s in my likes list, but it also get a dislike. You can use a BT connection to stream music TO the receiver….but what about using BT with some Sony Wireless headphones? Forgeddaboutit. In summary: This receiver is a good, quality product, but it’s very difficult to justify the price. At this price point it’s missing a lot of features that competing products have. Even a cheaper Sony model has more features!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Two Channel Receiver

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    vrs99
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    First things first, what’s cool. Loving that the remote can control Pandora on my PC. Pause, move to next track, no more bringing up the program and grabbing the mouse. Remote has nice layout with every control you need. Excellent. This is a niche receiver and fills that roll nicely. For me that niche is my home office with a pair of shelf speakers driving music on the Bluetooth connection from my PC. Can see this receiver in many applications, bedroom, dorm room, man’s cave, game console, kitchen, etc. As turntables and plastic has started returning to the stage for audiophiles who are enthusiastic about high-fidelity sound the receiver includes a phono connection. The first I have seen in a long time. Kudos Sony. Listening to the Phantom of the Opera now as I write my review. The music is crisp, clear full bodied. Even on the shelve speakers it delivers brilliant sound. An exceptional listening experience. Setup was beyond simple, pair of speaker wires connected, plug in FM antenna, batteries in remote, connect your device wired or Bluetooth and power up to your favorite tunes. A few specs for those who may be considering a receiver of this class: It is a stereo unit - supports two sets of speakers (A/B) Five Audio input – one audio input is also coupled with an Audio output Phono In with signal ground Front - Portable In jack and headphones 20 Hz – 20,000 Hz 90 watts per channel No more than 0.09% total harmonic distortion FM Tuner Bluetooth Nice front panel aesthetics. Another good touch is the dimmable front panel, can be set to bright, dim or off. If you are considering a receiver along these lines I would give this Sony a look.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Plenty of power, quality sound

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    MTS2000DES
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    Bought this to replace an STR-DH130 which, to be quite frank, was a fine receiver but I wanted to be able to play Bluetooth sources. Appears to have the same amplifier circuitry, which is a good thing, because this classic Sony design sports discrete output transistors and a conventional linear power supply. What this means is plenty of power, and a simple power supply that can support it, which equates to years of reliable sound. What you lose is an AM tuner, and it looks like Sony went the route of using a different tuner module that won't let you tune direct frequencies, you have to "scan" and save them. Not a real deal killer, but an annoyance and the previous model had a fine AM/FM tuner. Why change it Sony? But what you do get is a REAL phono input, and plenty of other analog inputs for all your legacy components. Front panel portable in is a nice touch. The real gem is the Bluetooth capability which sounds awesome, pairs painlessly to all my BT devices, and just plain works. The receiver also looks nice, it's fairly heavy at 15lbs, and says "quality". If you do NOT need surround sound, or HDMI/coax digital, and have a lot invested in analog components (I do), this is the BEST choice on the market. I play this unit through a pair of Polk T-50s and can fill my den with clean full range rich sound. The receiver is the "heart" of any home audio system, and the STR-DH190 is a healthy one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Better sound than expected!

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    Drphoto
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    Ive been an audiophile nearly my entire life. So when I needed a computer audio system, I was not going to use typical 'computer speakers' Having an extra pair of small 2 way monitors was going to use those, But they require an external amp. But I didn't want to spend a ton of money on this. Started w/ cheap Chinese class D amp. I worked, but sounded pretty lousy & eventually broke, so started looking for a 'real' amp....again on a budget. So I found this. Never auditioned, but SONY makes quality products so why not. Now I have interconnect cables in my main audio rig that cost more than this amp, so not expected much. Wow, it actually sounds pretty great. Doesn't have the soundstage capability of a high end amp but sound is balanced and does not induce 'ear fatigue, unlike a lot of mass market gear. Which is related more to a harshest in the treble, more than simple distortion. It has adequate power to drive my fairly inefficient speakers to satisfy levels in a near field setup. Only think I wish it had were proper speaker binding post instead. of spring loaded type.....hence my 4 star rating. I'd trade features like Bluetooth & phono in for this change. (or pay a bit more) Oh & be nice id had line level subwoofer output. But I'm really happy overall. Nice fast shipping by BB too.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Your favorite tunes with modern compact device...

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    banjo
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    This is an economical solution that offers good sound quality and a lot of options and flexibility for home entertainment. Very low-profile, providing plenty of functionality without taking up a lot of room on the shelf. One of the nicest features is the Bluetooth integration, which allows you to connect via Bluetooth for favorite playlists without having to duplicate music from one device to another. Using phone or tablet as a remote also comes in very handy, and one less remote to keep track of. Overall, the Bluetooth integration is another step forward for seamless play of music collections and favorite tunes. Analog inputs are helpful to accommodate CD or phono players for those favorite tunes in the archives and collections of favorites from years ago. Some of us have those ‘oldies and goldies’ from years past, and it is great to be able to play those without having to have another piece of hardware just to accommodate the need. Being able to hook up the CD and vinyl players combined with the modern Bluetooth functions is a very nice combination that covers all the bases for flexibility. 100 watts per channel is plenty for me and provides a good range and clarity of sound without having to go 'high-end' on equipment. The A/B channels can be controlled independently, and you can easily use the remote function to play one or both channels with speakers in separate rooms. The FM receiver and plenty of pre-sets is another nice bonus and very useful for morning listening. Sony quality is evident with solid construction and good sound quality and clarity. Hard to go wrong with the Sony brand.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Simple

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    Mark
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    Very Simple Stereo Receiver, 2 channels (100 watts each), it has option for four speakers, and 6 audio inputs. Ideal for turntables or your novice vinyl player. The stereo receiver comes with the receiver, remote control, FM wire antenna, start up guide, and operating instructions. There are 2 large front nobs, one for input selector and of course volume. You can preset 30 FM stations, and did mention this stereo receiver is Bluetooth compatible? You'll need speaker cables/audio, phono cables, or 3.5, stereo audio cables. You can even connect your game console system to it via video output jack and audio signals (audio cables). I like that you can use this stereo receiver via Bluetooth option with your smartphone or tablet, its simple just press the Bluetooth pairing and select "STR-DH190" on your smartphone and you are all set. I used this stereo receiver for play station 4 pro and my smartphone, using my 2015 Sony 4k television, and an old vinyl player i purchased in a garage sale. I used 2 mackie's CR3's speakers with this receivers, and i was surprise by the sound quality. Although these were not the best quality speakers they still sounded great. i like the idea that i can switch channels with the remote control instead of manually switching between them; over all this is a very simple stereo receiver and for the price it's a great product to have for your home entertainment system. I would recommend.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Decent quality FM Tuner w/ Bluetooth

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    RobWLINY2
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    I hooked up a two pairs of cheap, but compatible speakers to this receiver (one in front of room by Television, one in rear near PC monitor), and tested the sound of the FM Tuner. With a little positioning of the antenna, I managed to get at least one or two decent stations (I didn't exhaustively search). The sound quality was at least as good as you would expect, though I can't really rate the sound as the speakers do not come with the item. I did notice if i turned up sound too quickly, it popped up a 'protect' message on the screen, I'm not sure - that may be the way I wired the speakers (may need to make the stripped portion shorter so there is less exposed cable, possibly have a short as-is). I've now been playing consistently at a 'soft' but comfortable volume of about 21, and what I've been loving about it, is with the speakers off the floor (and no bass speaker) the sounds seems to stay in the room I'm in and not travel to other rooms in the house as easily - less disturbing others, more privacy). While I am not certain what the price of the system is, for what I paid for it no question it was a good find. If you see me checking 'no' to i would recommend it to a friend, that is just me saying that in general, I do not personally recommend products to friends (though, it has happened on occasion; but never 'out of the blue' selling to someone).

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A Power Packed Device!

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    TheTruthRealDeal
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    My critique of the Sony STRDH190 2 Channel Audio Receiver 6187501 pertains only to the FM Tuner, Phonograph Function, and the Bluetooth Function. The FM Tuner is easy to select a channel for listening. I first did an automatic scan for channels. Channels found can be preset, for automatic tuning at a future time. The Phonograph Function did not work well at all. It could be my speakers or it could be the Sony STRDH190 2 Channel Audio Receiver 6187501, but the sound was distorted and unable to become clear. My turntable has no amplification; it only sends a signal to the Sony STRDH190 2 Channel Audio Receiver 6187501, which could not get the song to sound clear. At the volume level of only three, I could hear the static sound of the record. I tried making adjustments to the Sony STRDH190 2 Channel Audio Receiver 6187501, with the manual instructions without any success. The Bluetooth Function works perfectly and is easy to connect just by pressing a few buttons. The sound is clearly pure stereo phonics. The Bass and Treble levels are adjustable from pressing plus or minus buttons. The one-hundred watts produced by the Sony STRDH190 2 Channel Audio Receiver 6187501 is powerful enough to shake and vibrate the surrounding area. I could not increase the volume to its maximum level due to the fear of disturbing my neighbors. It is a power packed device.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Adequate for my very limited use case

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    CollieOwner
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    My 35 year old amp finally died. I have a wonderful pair of Polk Audio speakers that I want to stream music to using an Amazon Echo Dot. I needed a replacement amp with enough power to drive them. This receiver is doing that just fine. At some point, I may use the bluetooth to stream from other devices. I'm disappointed that there is no way to adjust balance between speakers. The receiver has FM (no AM), phono inputs (which I may use if I ever get around to digitizing my album collection), and pairs of RCA plugs that look like they would work for connecting and recording to a tape deck. I would recommend this to a friend who had the same use case, but would suggest they spend a little more if they want to use it as the heart of a home audio setup.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Pleasantly surprised

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    CynicalWoman
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    I was just looking for something basic with which to set up one of my turntables and listen to some of my records again and I picked up the Sony because, frankly, it wasn't going to bankrupt me. Setup was quick and easy and within minutes I was listening to some great 70s R&B singers. My record player is a DJ favorite and I invested in some great needles for it. Still, I wasn't quite expecting quite the richness in sound that the receiver provided. It works really well with all the components I already have. I really like it. I also like having an FM receiver again, which was totally easy to set up. And that I can establish a bluetooth connection means that I don't have to reach for my headphones each time I want to listen to some of my downloaded music. All in all, and with the low price point in mind, I am very happy with this.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Decent For Price

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    heyvernitsmeernest
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    My hifi vintage receiver had to go in for repair and I gave a friend my early 90's Sony receiver I only held onto as a backup. I really needed something brand new that'll get me through 1-2 months until I get my Marantz back. I tried the less expensive Insignia first and thought the bass was basically absent. The Sony sounds overall better. Very simple hookup of components and bluetooth. It's got a sleek look and doesn't weigh much. It's got phono preamp which is a BIG plus. The Insignia did not. If you're looking for a brand new backup receiver or just something priced within the $100-$130 range this would suffice.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nearly perfect product

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    Nick

    I bought this receiver mostly because I needed one that would take a phono signal from my turntable. I have it hooked up to two pairs of in-ceiling speakers that were in the house when I moved in. The speakers are nothing special, but the sound is great from this receiver! I can play either pair of speakers or all four at once. I have it hooked up to a CD player and turntable, which both sound great. FM radio also sounds great. I love the "pure direct" feature, which cleans up most of the noise on FM. Last but not least, this thing is aesthetically beautiful, and you can run it with dimmed or black panel, which is nice at night. I can't think of a single negative about this product, including the price, which is reasonable.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good for the price point

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    Honestreviewer151987
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    perfect receiver for my needs. I ordered Yamaha speakers about a year ago for my old reciever. I hooked those up with no problem. Setting it up was a little odd. Had to look up every menu option as I came to it. Which is usually what I do whenever I get new tech product. But overall the sound quality, the function, all the different settings. I'm very satisfied. Fortunately for me I don't own anything 4K so that's not a big deal. I have my xbox, fire stick and a digital converter hooked up to it currently. All that is going to my ceiling mounted projector via 50ft HDMI cable. No problems with lag, or signal dropping out. I love this receiver and I'm pretty sure you will too.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great basic receiver

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    AKman
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    I needed a basic receiver/tuner to replace a 30-year-old Teac that was getting very tired. This was one of two simple recievers in stock; all the rest were multi-channel home theater units. I chose this one because of the brand name and positive reviews. It was simple to set up and use and I’m amazed how much better music sounds over my Bose speaker system, particularly the separation and the bass. The BlueTooth works great with Pandora off my iPhone. My only disappointment is that there are no A/C outlets at the back of the receiver (the Teac had two, one direct and one switched). Therefore all auxiliary inputs are going to have to be run to an outlet.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    New technology for an old guy

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    JimMac
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    I am 71, but have had electronics equipment most of my life. I earned my amateur radio license at 16, but was building my own stereo systems even earlier. This Sony receiver/amplifier met my high standard. I had it unpacked and up and running in two and half hours. When I turned it on, the sound blew me away! I highly recommend this to any one who wants a modern sound system, that they can still used older gear, like a turntable, tape deck, and a CD player. I am very happy it with and it wasn't made in China!

    I would recommend this to a friend