Denon DRA-800H vs Sony STR-DH190

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Votes 1 1
Rating 5 5

DRA-800H vs STR-DH190 comparison chart

Overall
Denon DRA-800H
7
Sony STR-DH190
5
7
7
6
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Denon DRA-800H vs Sony STR-DH190 review

Denon DRA-800H
vs
Sony STR-DH190

Review of Denon DRA-800H versus Sony STR-DH190 will reveal the best features offered by the devices. According to the results of our review, Denon DRA-800H received 7 points out of 10 possible, and Sony STR-DH190 was rated 5 points. The release date of DRA-800H is 2019, and STR-DH190 is 2018. DRA-800H is better suited for home theater use than the STR-DH190. Its sound profile is better balanced.

Main advantages Denon DRA-800H over Sony STR-DH190

  • Thanks to 2 multi-room zones support, DRA-800H bypasses its competitor without multizone support.
  • There is Wi-Fi support.
  • The Spotify support is an exclusive advantage.
  • There is support for Apple AirPlay.
  • Implemented HDMI ARC support.
  • HDMI CEC is present.
  • Can process HDR video.
  • It is possible to use the 4K/60Hz signal pass-through function.

Main advantages Sony STR-DH190 over Denon DRA-800H

  • We do not know advantages

Amplifiers

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

DRA-800H
7
STR-DH190
7

The number of channels is equal to the number of possible connected speakers. Both receivers can handle the 2.0-channels configuration.

RMS stands for the actual power of the receiver. The higher this value, the louder the sound can be produced. In terms of RMS power, the models have the same characteristics - 100/8, 120/6/8 W/Ohm.

DRA-800H STR-DH190
Channels2.02.0
Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm100/8, 120/6100/8
Output impedance, Ohm8, 68
Frequency response10Hz-100KHz10Hz-100KHz
THD in stereo, %0.080.09

Audio features

The score for audio features is 6 of 10 for both receivers.

DRA-800H
6
STR-DH190
6

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.

DRA-800H STR-DH190
Digital to analog converter (DAC)192 KHz/24-bitN/A
Bi-amping
Pure direct (straight)
Auto speaker calibration
Speaker A/B switching
Other audio featuresCompressed Audio Restorer, Hi-Res audioHi-Res audio

Connectivity

The connectivity of competitors in our comparison is markedly different, Denon DRA-800H scored 8, and Sony STR-DH190 scored 5 out of 10.

DRA-800H
8
STR-DH190
5

Wireless connection via Wi-Fi is possible only on the Denon DRA-800H.

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 DRA-800H only.

DRA-800H STR-DH190
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.

DRA-800H STR-DH190
Apple Music (AirPlay)AirPlay, AirPlay 2
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming servicesDeezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM, TuneIn Radio, iHeart Radio, Sound Cloudhas not

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, Denon DRA-800H got 6 points, but Sony STR-DH190 received 4 points.

DRA-800H
6
STR-DH190
4

Only Denon DRA-800H has 5/1 HDMI inputs and outputs.

By using the HDMI ARC, we can get rid of additional audio cables for the forefront of high-quality sound, but also thanks to this technology, it becomes possible to use surround sound formats. The DRA-800H has HDMI ARC support.

HDMI-CEC helps gadgets attached to your TV to link back and forth with your TV via HDMI ports. It is become possible to control all linked devices with one remote. The DRA-800H features HDMI CEC.

DRA-800H STR-DH190
HDMI input/output5/10/0
HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)
HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)
HDMI CEC
Digital content protection (HDCP)HDCP 2.3
Subwoofer output (LFE)20
Headphone output1 x 6.31 x 6.3
Optical digital input20
Coaxial digital input10
Composite input00
Component input/output0/00/0
Phono (MM) input
Front panel connectorsUSB, phonesphones
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.

DRA-800H
6
STR-DH190
false

HDR pass-through gives you the possibility to broadcast HDR content directly from source to TV without the processing of the receiver. HDR support is available only on the Denon DRA-800H.

With the 4K pass-through feature, the AV receiver sends "native" 4K signals to a 4K TV from a video source without any processing. Only DRA-800H in our comparison can work with the 4K/60Hz video.

DRA-800H STR-DH190
HDR (High Dynamic Range)HDR10
4K signal pass-through4K/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 featuresHLG, BT.2020has not

Additional features

In terms of evaluating additional features, the DRA-800H got 10 points, but the STR-DH190 has 4.

DRA-800H
10
STR-DH190
4

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 DRA-800H can be controlled by voice via Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI. Only the Denon DRA-800H has the ECO mode.

DRA-800H STR-DH190
Voice controlAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI
App controliPhone, 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 updatenetwork, USB
Other additional featuresIP Control, Web Controlhas 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.

DRA-800H STR-DH190
Multi-room zones2has not
Zone audio outputpreouthas not
Zone HDMI outputhas not
Multi-room controlHEOS Apphas not
RS-23200
Remote control input/output (IR)0/00/0
DC trigger output (12V)00

Multichannel surround

DRA-800H
false
STR-DH190
false

DRA-800H STR-DH190
Dolby Atmos
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Surround
Dolby (other)has nothas not
DTS:X
DTS HD Master
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neural:X
DTS (other)has nothas not
Auro-3D
IMAX Enhanced
Multichannel stereo
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