Sony STR-DH790 vs Denon AVR-X1400H

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STR-DH790 vs AVR-X1400H comparison chart

Sony STR-DH790 vs Denon AVR-X1400H review

Sony STR-DH790
vs
Denon AVR-X1400H

To get informed with the specs of the receivers, we suggest you read the Sony STR-DH790 and Denon AVR-X1400H review. According to the results of our review, Sony STR-DH790 received 5.3 points out of 10 possible, and Denon AVR-X1400H was rated 7.3 points. The release date of STR-DH790 is 2018, and AVR-X1400H is 2017. This review shows us that the AVR-X1400H is a better choice as a home AV receiver than the STR-DH790.

Main advantages Sony STR-DH790 over Denon AVR-X1400H

  • Include HDMI eARC function.

Main advantages Denon AVR-X1400H over Sony STR-DH790

  • Thanks to 3 multi-room zones support, AVR-X1400H bypasses its competitor without multizone support.
  • There is Wi-Fi support.
  • The Spotify support is an exclusive advantage.
  • There is support for Apple AirPlay.

Amplifiers

For the built-in amplifier, the models have rated 7 points out of 10.

STR-DH790
7
AVR-X1400H
7

The number of channels is equal to the number of possible connected speakers. Both receivers can handle the 7.2-channels configuration.

RMS stands for the actual power of the receiver. The higher this value, the louder the sound can be produced. The differences between the models in terms of RMS power are significant - for the AVR-X1400H this value is 120/6 W/Ohm, and for the STR-DH790 it is 90/6 W/Ohm.

STR-DH790 AVR-X1400H
Channels7.27.2
Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm90/680/8, 120/6
Output impedance, Ohm68, 6
Frequency response10Hz-100KHz10Hz-100KHz
THD in stereo, %0.090.08

Audio features

The score for audio features is 8 of 10 for both receivers.

STR-DH790
8
AVR-X1400H
8

Most receivers now come with a microphone included. It is with the help of this microphone that the auto-calibration system functions, which adjusts the sound of the receiver to the room.

STR-DH790 AVR-X1400H
Digital to analog converter (DAC)192 KHz/24-bit192 KHz/24-bit
Bi-amping
Pure direct (straight)
Auto speaker calibrationDCACAudyssey MultEQ XT
Speaker A/B switching
Other audio featuresHi-Res audioAudyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQ

Connectivity

The connectivity of competitors in our comparison is markedly different, Sony STR-DH790 scored 6, and Denon AVR-X1400H scored 8 out of 10.

STR-DH790
6
AVR-X1400H
8

Wireless connection via Wi-Fi is possible on the Denon AVR-X1400H.

Bluetooth connection is now one of the main communication protocols for the receiver's control or even music broadcasting.

Wired internet connection via RJ45 allows receiver faster connection than wireless or even use NAS storages. Wired connection via RJ45 is possible in the AVR-X1400H only.

STR-DH790 AVR-X1400H
Wi-Fi
USB1 (USB 2.0)1 (USB 2.0)
Bluetooth
Ethernet (RJ45)1
DLNA
MHL

Streaming services

Now music streaming services are gaining more and more popularity. They allow users to listen to millions of songs by subscription.

STR-DH790 AVR-X1400H
Apple Music (AirPlay)AirPlay, AirPlay 2
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming serviceshas notDeezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM, TuneIn Radio, iHeart Radio, Sound Cloud

Extensive connections

The presence of many connectors makes the receiver more versatile. But there are also narrowly targeted models, the number of connectors which are limited to a certain area of use. And when choosing their own receiver, users need to consider exactly your goals for using the receiver. For extensive connection, Sony STR-DH790 got 7 points, but Denon AVR-X1400H received 6 points.

STR-DH790
7
AVR-X1400H
6

Sony STR-DH790 is equipped with 4/1 HDMI inputs and outputs, and Denon AVR-X1400H has 6/1 HDMI inputs and outputs.

HDMI eARC is the next step in the development of audio return channel technology, which works in conjunction with HDMI 2.1. Using eARC provides the highest sound quality for home audio systems. HDMI eARC is available only on Sony STR-DH790.

STR-DH790 AVR-X1400H
HDMI input/output4/16/1
HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)
HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)
HDMI CEC
Digital content protection (HDCP)HDCP 2.2HDCP 2.2
Subwoofer output (LFE)22
Headphone output1 x 6.31 x 6.3
Optical digital input12
Coaxial digital input11
Composite input02
Component input/output0/00/0
Phono (MM) input
Front panel connectorsphones, setup micUSB, HDMI, phones, setup mic
Multi channel preamp output

Video features

The AV receiver is the heart of the home theater. And in this case, support for all current video formats ensures the best user experience, so it is very important to consider this when choosing a device. Video features of the STR-DH790 were rated 7 out of 10 against the 6 for the AVR-X1400H.

STR-DH790
7
AVR-X1400H
6

STR-DH790 AVR-X1400H
HDR (High Dynamic Range)HDR10
4K signal pass-through4K/60Hz4K/60Hz
8K signal pass-through
HDMI signal pass-through
3D signal pass-through
HDMI pass-through in standby mode
Video conversion
Analog to HDMI scaling
HDMI to HDMI scaling
Dolby Vision
Other video featuresHLGHLG, x.v.Color

Additional features

In terms of evaluating additional features, the STR-DH790 got 6 points, but the AVR-X1400H has 10.

STR-DH790
6
AVR-X1400H
10

Voice control allows you to control the basic functions of the receiver through a smartphone, smart speaker or using the microphone that comes with the kit. The AVR-X1400H can be controlled by voice via Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI. Denon AVR-X1400H has the ECO mode.

STR-DH790 AVR-X1400H
Voice controlAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI
App controliPhone, iPad, iPod, AndroidiPhone, iPad, iPod, Android, Amazon Kindle
Displaycolour OSDcolour OSD
TunerAM, FMAM, FM
Sleep timer
Auto power off
ECO mode
Graphical user interface (GUI)
Setup assistant
Firmware updateUSBnetwork, USB
Other additional featureshas notIP Control

Multi-room

As the center of a home media system, each multichannel receiver has an additional set of terminals for connecting the second set of speakers to create additional audio space in Zone 2 or even Zone 3 where audio can have the separate source.

STR-DH790 AVR-X1400H
Multi-room zoneshas not3
Zone audio outputhas notspeaker, preout
Zone HDMI outputhas not
Multi-room controlhas notHEOS App, Denon 2016 AVR Remote
RS-23200
Remote control input/output (IR)0/00/0
DC trigger output (12V)00

Multichannel surround

For the ability to create multichannel surround sound, each of the receivers received 7 points out of 10.

STR-DH790
7
AVR-X1400H
7

STR-DH790 AVR-X1400H
Dolby Atmos
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Surround
Dolby (other)Dolby Digital PlusDolby Digital Plus
DTS:X
DTS HD Master
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neural:X
DTS (other)DTS-ES, DTS 96/24DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-EXPRESS, DTS Surround
Auro-3D
IMAX Enhanced
Multichannel stereo
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