Sony STR-DH790 vs Yamaha RX-A3070BL

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Sony STR-DH790 vs Yamaha RX-A3070BL review

Sony STR-DH790
vs
Yamaha RX-A3070BL

To get informed with the specs of the receivers, we suggest you read the Sony STR-DH790 and Yamaha RX-A3070BL review. According to the results of our review, Sony STR-DH790 received 5.3 points out of 10 possible, and Yamaha RX-A3070BL was rated 8.7 points. The release date of STR-DH790 is 2018, and RX-A3070BL is 2017. This review shows us that the RX-A3070BL is a better choice as a home AV receiver than the STR-DH790.

Main advantages Sony STR-DH790 over Yamaha RX-A3070BL

  • Include HDMI eARC function.

Main advantages Yamaha RX-A3070BL over Sony STR-DH790

  • More channels, namely 9, makes this receiver more profitable than its 7-channel competitor.
  • Thanks to 3 multi-room zones support, RX-A3070BL 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 devices received different marks - 7 and 9, respectively, on a 10-point scale.

STR-DH790
7
RX-A3070BL
9

The number of channels is equal to the number of possible connected speakers. The Sony STR-DH790 supports 7.2-channels sound, but Yamaha RX-A3070BL supports a 9.2-channels configuration.

RMS stands for the actual power of the receiver. The higher this value, the louder the sound can be produced.

STR-DH790 RX-A3070BL
Channels7.29.2
Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm90/6165/8
Output impedance, Ohm68
Frequency response10Hz-100KHz10Hz-100KHz
THD in stereo, %0.090.06

Audio features

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

STR-DH790
8
RX-A3070BL
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.

Speaker A/B switching allows you to change between the main and sub speaker set. Sony STR-DH790 can work with the main and additional set of speakers - and switch between them.

STR-DH790 RX-A3070BL
Digital to analog converter (DAC)192 KHz/24-bitESS SABRE PRO 192 KHz/24-bit
Bi-amping
Pure direct (straight)
Auto speaker calibrationDCACYPAO
Speaker A/B switching
Other audio featuresHi-Res audioCompressed Music Enhancer, Virtual CINEMA FRONT, Extra Bass

Connectivity

The connectivity of competitors in our comparison is markedly different, Sony STR-DH790 scored 6, and Yamaha RX-A3070BL scored 8 out of 10.

STR-DH790
6
RX-A3070BL
8

Wireless connection via Wi-Fi is possible on the Yamaha RX-A3070BL.

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 RX-A3070BL only.

DLNA is the perfect way to use your local cloud storage to stream movies and music directly to a TV. You can use the DLNA protocol only with Yamaha RX-A3070BL.

STR-DH790 RX-A3070BL
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 RX-A3070BL
Apple Music (AirPlay)AirPlay
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming serviceshas notDeezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Sirius XM, Napster

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 Yamaha RX-A3070BL received 9 points.

STR-DH790
7
RX-A3070BL
9

Sony STR-DH790 is equipped with 4/1 HDMI inputs and outputs, and Yamaha RX-A3070BL has 8/2 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.

Connecting a vinyl player or phonograph is possible using a Phono input which is represented by mini-jack or RCA connectors. Only the RX-A3070BL has a Phono interface.

STR-DH790 RX-A3070BL
HDMI input/output4/18/2
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 input13
Coaxial digital input13
Composite input04
Component input/output0/02/0
Phono (MM) input
Front panel connectorsphones, setup micUSB, HDMI, phones, setup mic, AUX
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 10 for the RX-A3070BL.

STR-DH790
7
RX-A3070BL
10

Most of the AV receivers have a video scaling function, it is the process of reformatting the video signal to a higher resolution without losing the quality of the image. Upscaling the video signal resolution is possible with Yamaha RX-A3070BL.

STR-DH790 RX-A3070BL
HDR (High Dynamic Range)HDR10HDR10
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 conversionanalog to HDMI
Analog to HDMI scaling
HDMI to HDMI scaling
Dolby Vision
Other video featuresHLGDeepColor, x.v.Color

Additional features

In terms of evaluating additional features, the STR-DH790 got 6 points, but the RX-A3070BL has 10.

STR-DH790
6
RX-A3070BL
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 RX-A3070BL can be controlled by voice via Amazon Alexa. Yamaha RX-A3070BL has the ECO mode.

STR-DH790 RX-A3070BL
Voice controlAmazon Alexa
App controliPhone, iPad, iPod, AndroidiPhone, iPad, iPod, Android
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 nothas not

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 RX-A3070BL
Multi-room zoneshas not3
Zone audio outputhas notspeaker, preout
Zone HDMI outputhas not
Multi-room controlhas notMusicCast, AV Controller
RS-23201
Remote control input/output (IR)0/01/1
DC trigger output (12V)02

Multichannel surround

Sony STR-DH790 got 7 points for the multichannel surround sound and Yamaha RX-A3070BL got 8.

STR-DH790
7
RX-A3070BL
8

STR-DH790 RX-A3070BL
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 Neo:6 Cinema, DTS Neo:6 Music, DTS 96/24, DTS-EXPRESS
Auro-3D
IMAX Enhanced
Multichannel stereo
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