- 2-channels AV receiver supports a speaker A+B setup for installation flexibility
- Output power:100 W + 100 W (8 Ohms, 1 kHz, THD 1%)
- Audio receiver has 4 analog audio inputs, 1 phono input, and 1 headphone for easy connectivity and installation flexibility
- Speaker impedance: 6–16 Ohms
- Bluetooth stereo receiver lets you connect to your wireless network with ease
- Turn your AV receiver on straight from your paired smartphone or tablet with Bluetooth Standby
- Pair receiver with a turntable for optimal sound from your vinyl
- High-resolution audio for stereo-quality sound
- Reinforced frame and beam chassis design reduces vibrations for focused, powerful sound
- Built-in FM tuner offers 30 digital presets
- Dimensions: 17" W x 5.25" H x 11.25" D
- Product weight: 14.77 lbs.
- Warranty: 1 Year (World Wide Stereo is an authorized dealer for all brands we sell)
- Pure Direct: Yes
- Speaker selector: A/B/A+B/OFF
- Speaker terminal Type: Push
- Analog Audio In: 4
- Analog Stereo Mini Jack: 1
- Phono (MM): 1
- Analog audio out: 1
- Headphone out: Yes (Gold)
- Bluetooth receiver: Yes
- Front: 100W + 100W (8 ohms, 1kHZ, THD 1%)
- Number of amp. channels: 2ch (Supporting SpeakerA+B)
- Speaker impedance: 6 - 16 ohms
- Front A: Yes
- Front B: Yes
- Front (Bass/Treble): Yes
- Auto tuning: Yes
- FM/AM: Yes (FM only)
- Preset channel (FM/AM): TTL30 (30/-)
- Station name: Yes
- Instruction manual
- English (US) or English (GB): Yes
- French or French (CA): Yes
- Spanish or Spanish (LA): Yes
Quick Setup Guide
- English (US) or English (GB): Yes
- French or French (CA): Yes
- Spanish or Spanish (LA): Yes
- Sleep timer: Yes (up to 2 hours)
- Auto standby: Yes
- Pin jack: Nickel
- Power consumption: 200W
- Power consumption (Power Stand By): 0.3W Bluetooth Standby: 1W
- Power requirement: AC 120V 60Hz
- Remote commander: RMT-AA400U
Weight and Measurements
- Receiver dimension (W x H x D): 17" x 5 1/4" x 11 1/4"
- Receiver weight: 14 lbs. 13 oz
What's in the Box
What's in the Box:
- STR-DH190 5.2 Multi-Channel 4K HDR AV Receiver
- Remote (RMT-AA400U)
- FM antenna
Customer Reviews for Sony STR-DH190 Stereo Receiver with Phono Input and Bluetooth Connectivity
So: got a nice used CD player. Scored a great pair of "true" bookshelf speakers (I've seen self-described "bookshelf" speakers that might fit a shelf at the New York Public Library, but not any shelf of anyplace I've actually lived), and what at first seemed a cool old receiver. Worked swell for a few weeks, then developed issues with output. After attempting a fix, I decided to sideline it and try another receiver. Receiver #2 sounded a good deal nicer, and looked the part, so I thought I was set…until it decided to lose most of its right-channel output. I knew what the problem was, but couldn't take care of it in a timely fashion, so *that* was consigned to the basement next to Vintage Receiver #1. I decided that the third go-round *had* to be the charm, so I decided to buy the best I could find without going crazy price-wise.
I wasn't too hopeful: having once been in the hi-fi biz, I knew that almost everything below a certain price-point would be over-festooned home-theater stuff, which I've never had an interest here; the more music-centric gear is seriously good, but also seriously pricey, and since I already *had* a seriously-good 'fi, I wasn't in the hunt for superlative performance, just something that was decent enough for a would-be audiophile like me to just sit back, forget about the gear and dig the music. Not very hopeful, I did some absent-minded Googling, and that's where I came across Wirecutter's review of receivers, and their surprising top pick…surprising, because I'd missed the Sony among all the "cheap-seats" receivers i'd already seen. And the more I read about their pick, and why they picked it, the more-intrigued I became. Checked a few other sources for reviews, and decided to give the Sony a shot: at that price I didn't have much to lose, and this time, if I didn't like it, I wouldn't be stuck with it.
Glad I did. First thing out of the way: yes, it punches quite a bit above its weight (and price-point), sounding better than any mainstream receiver selling new for well under 200 bucks has a right to. Is the best thing I've ever heard? No…because I've listened to and owned some heavy-hitting gear in the past, and set up even heavier-hitting systems for others. Keep your expectations real and I doubt you'll be disappointed. A few have critiqued the receiver for sounding "flat", particularly in regard to bass response. My ears and experience tell me the receiver isn't goosing-up the bass for the sake of immediate impression. There's a difference between *more* bass and *good* bass, and I'll aways choose the latter over the former. In the case of my tiny bookshelf speakers, there's only an issue at very low volume. Solution? set the bass to +2, and I'm good. (Not a problem at higher volume levels, BTW.)
Input: Yes, a Phono input. Didn't think I'd find one in something this low-priced. Better still, it's actually quite good overall: set up my "revived" AR XA turntable and had several hours of fun pulling vinyl from the shelves, which is usually a good sign – come for the sound, stay for the tunes. (Bonus: you can adjust the gain in the Phono section, via remote, to match the output of your other music sources.)
Line Inputs: It has enough of them (4, not counting the 3.5mm input jack in front), and not only are they easily controllable (via controls on the receiver or remote), but you can change each input's name, also via remote, to reflect the source component connected (CD, Tape, FLAC…or whatever comes to mind). A nice little touch.
And, speaking of that remote: some have griped that you can only access certain functions via that remote, preferring buttons and knobs, and "what do I do if I lose or break the remote?" My response is (1) I *much* prefer the "minimalist" approach Sony took here, steering 180 degrees from the airliner-flight-desk approach too many AV receivers have taken up until fairly recently. The controls I likely would frequently use are large and up-front: Volume (large, and surprisingly less cheap-feeling than I was led to expect, though still not as solid-feeling as old-school stuff), Source-select, and Power (natch). There's a narrow row of buttons for controlling speaker selection (A/B), tuner function, Display, Dimmer, Bluetooth, and a tone-control bypass function Sony calls Pure Direct. Everything else, which to mind mind might rarely if ever be tweaked by most folks, is accessible via the remote.
About that remote: Sony's taken the less-is-more approach even here, and for me that's a godsend: way too many companies have crammed an immense number of buttons on their remotes, too many of them identical in size and shape, with descriptive lettering so small under each button (lookin' at you, Yamaha) that you might need a magnifying glass to get things right, even if you're far from geezer-aged. You can get to grips with the Sony in fairly short time, and likely get to the point of manipulating the basic functions by "feel" alone.
There's a lot of remote-ness to love: tone controls are strictly via remote, as are things like tuner presets (30 in total, but you can have your three favorite stations programmed into three buttons on the remote, which – get this – will also turn on the receiver if it's turned off at the time), and the "Amp Menu", which can do even more than I care to get into here, but rest assured that the process isn't nearly as arcane as your typical 7.1 home-theater behemoth. And it's nearly all worthwhile.
A few notable party tricks:
- Bluetooth Standby: After you pair a smartphone to the receiver, you can turn on the receiver from the phone.
- Standby Mode: The receiver will turn itself off after 20 minutes in the absence of any playback activity (except FM tuner operation).
- The Dimmer function has three positions for the display: Normal, Dim, and Off. In the "Off" position, the display remains off until you utilize the remote, in which case the display softly lights up to display the current status and/or change you've made, then turns off again. Once upon a time, you paid dearly for stuff like this.
Much has been made about the speaker terminals. Yes, I wish they'd equipped the thing with something beefier. But, belies it or not, I've suffered with flimsier examples of this type of connector in components where the particles involved should've known better, especially at the prices being asked. (And, yes, you can go as large as 14-gauge speaker cable with this, which is plenty–more is overkill IMO, and you could manage with a bit less. Again, we're not going for world-records here.)
The FM Antenna: This is one area where I'm afraid Sony messed up, but even here there's a fix: Sony elected to use an oddball antenna connector for FM reception, and the wire they include is indeed pathetic. But…that connector is the same kind that is used for battery-connectors in things like cordless landline phones, and are accessible through numerous parties online. All you need is to get one, connect the wires to a conventional antenna hookup, and you're good.
So: Yes, for the price, this thing is ridiculously good. Yes, of course, you can find something "better", but unless you blow a good deal more cash for an esoteric brand, you'll also likely be paying for a ton of other stuff you may not want or need, which does little more than get in the way of what you *do* want and need, especially if music is the main thing, if not the only thing, you care about.