This receiver gets good independent reviews, includes 12 months warranty and delivery is free. I've used the outlet store before and was quite impressed with the products and service.2% Quidco too :-) currently £300 @ Richer Sounds.
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"Well-featured, with a detailed and precise performance to match, it has taken on board the criticisms of last year's model to make this the £400 amp to beat." What Hi-Fi Sound & Vision Magazine. 5-Star review, tested at £400.
POWER WITH CONTROL
Just like its predecessor, the Sony STRDN850 uses a rigid, vibration resistant casing for the lowest sound distortion possible. It also uses specially selected components for class-leading sound quality. When it comes to power, the latest STR-DN850 is as impressive as ever. The Sony is capable of outputting 145W per channel at 6 ohms, allowing a great flexibility in the choice of speakers that you can use and having the ability to fill larger rooms comfortably. Finally, this 7.2 Sony receiver is also able to be used in bi-amp mode. With the channels switched to 5.1, bi-amping gives separate amplification to your front speakers' bass and treble units (bi-wirable front speakers required). The end result is added control and a wider, more dynamic sound - both in stereo and surround modes.
HIGH-RESOLUTION AUDIO COMPATIBLE
In addition to offering room-shaking power, the Sony STRDN850 is now compatible with High-Resolution Audio. This gives potential audiophile sound quality, that's far more natural sounding than standard audio. The STRDN850 is also capable of some very clever sound processing. HD Digital Cinema Sound is a Sony developed technology designed to recreate the acoustics heard in Hollywood sound theatres. Utilising this mode with the front height channels gives a greater depth and accuracy to the sound. Imagine as a helicopter comes from above and lands, you'll hear the change in height as the movie unfolds on-screen.
Taking video processing to the next level, this talented Sony can upscale to 4K. With 4K the horizontal pixel count of 1080p TV increases from 1920 to 3840. With 4K screens now readily available, by equipping this Sony AV receiver with 4K upscaling, Sony have engineered in comprehensive levels of future proofing. In the meantime you can also upscale signals to 1080p for the best image quality with Full HD TVs and projectors. The HDMI sockets also allow 4K pass-through, for hassle free switching and viewing without the receiver needing to be turned on.
NETWORKING NOW WITH NFC, IN ADDITION TO WI-FI AND AIRPLAY
With Ethernet and Wi-Fi built-in along with support for Apple's popular AirPlay and NFC Bluetooth the Sony covers all networking bases. NFC via Bluetooth lets you effortlessly sync compatible portable devices with a simple swipe of the unit next to the special remote. With AirPlay you can stream music from your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or iTunes along with compatible music apps like Spotify, straight to the receiver. Additionally, you can stream music via DLNA from other sources such as your laptop or NAS drive. Finally, by using your smartphone you can stream and control your music by using the SongPal app.
5 HDMI inputs are on offer to ensure that you can connect up all of your devices, with one front mounted HDMI port for occasional use such as connecting up a camcorder or games console. In addition to this, you'll also find a front-mounted USB socket to which you can hook up your iPod or iPhone. Using this digital connection gives the ultimate sound quality and even charges your device, too. If you have compatible BRAVIA Sync devices you can also control them all with one remote.
EASY TO SET-UP
Setting up an AV receiver can be a time consuming task but this isn't the case with the STRDN850. The initial setup can be carried out with the help of an on-screen wizard. This will take you through setting up your speakers, connecting to the internet and get you ready to enjoy your system. This Sony also sports a user interface with the emphasis on simplicity, to ensure that you can adjust the settings, change inputs and get the most from your AV receiver with ease.
The Advanced Digital Cinema Auto Calibration (DCAC) with Auto Phase Matching (APM) makes setting up your speakers simple. By placing the included microphone in your seating position, the clever Sony will automatically calibrate the system. It will take into account the distance from the speakers and their placement along with phase and delay analysis to give you the best sound possible in your room.
With 4K and High Resolution Audio compatibility, the Sony STRDN850 is not just equipped for now, it's the AV receiver of the future.