Sony STR-DH790 vs Pioneer VSX-935

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STR-DH790 vs VSX-935 comparison chart

Sony STR-DH790 vs Pioneer VSX-935 review

Sony STR-DH790
vs
Pioneer VSX-935

Let's compare Sony STR-DH790 versus Pioneer VSX-935 for an overview of all their pros and cons. According to the results of our review, Sony STR-DH790 received 5.3 points out of 10 possible, and Pioneer VSX-935 was rated 7.6 points. The release date of STR-DH790 is 2018, and VSX-935 is 2021. And as a result of the comparison, VSX-935 seems to be a better option for the role of a home theater center than STR-DH790.

Main advantages Sony STR-DH790 over Pioneer VSX-935

  • HDMI CEC is present.

Main advantages Pioneer VSX-935 over Sony STR-DH790

  • Thanks to 2 multi-room zones support, VSX-935 bypasses its competitor without multizone support.
  • There is WI-Fi support.
  • The Spotify support is an exclusive advantage.
  • There is support for Apple AirPlay.
  • 8K/60Hz signal pass-through is available.

Amplifiers

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

STR-DH790
7
VSX-935
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 VSX-935 this value is 170/6 W/Ohm, and for the STR-DH790 it is 90/6 W/Ohm.

STR-DH790 VSX-935
Channels7.27.2
Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm90/680/8, 170/6
Output impedance, Ohm68, 6
Frequency response10Hz-100KHz20Hz-20KHz
THD in stereo, %0.090.08

Audio features

After reviewing the audio features of each model, we can rate the STR-DH790 8 out of 10, and the VSX-935 - 9.

STR-DH790
8
VSX-935
9

Pure Direct mode feeds sound directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Only Sony STR-DH790 has Pure Direct mode.

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 VSX-935
Digital to analog converter (DAC)192 KHz/24-bit192 KHz/24-bit
Bi-amping
Pure direct (straight)
Auto speaker calibrationDCACMCACC
Speaker A/B switching
Other audio featuresHi-Res audioAdvanced Sound Retriever, Hi-Res audio

Connectivity

The connectivity of competitors in our comparison is markedly different, Sony STR-DH790 scored 6, and Pioneer VSX-935 scored 8 out of 10.

STR-DH790
6
VSX-935
8

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 VSX-935 only.

STR-DH790 VSX-935
Wi-Fi2.4/5GHz
USB1 (USB 2.0)2 (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 VSX-935
Apple Music (AirPlay)AirPlay, AirPlay 2
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming serviceshas notDeezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Napster, SoundCloud

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, both receivers got 7 points on our 10-point scale.

STR-DH790
7
VSX-935
7

Sony STR-DH790 is equipped with 4/1 HDMI inputs and outputs, and Pioneer VSX-935 has 6/2 HDMI inputs and outputs.

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 STR-DH790 features HDMI CEC.

The HDCP encryption protocol is now mandatory for most media devices. This security technology encrypts digital signals from one product to another. HDCP content-encryption protocol is present on Sony STR-DH790 in the HDCP 2.2 version, and Pioneer VSX-935 has the HDCP 2.3 version.

Connecting a vinyl player or phonograph is possible using a Phono input which is represented by mini-jack or RCA connectors. Only the VSX-935 has a Phono interface.

STR-DH790 VSX-935
HDMI input/output4/16/2
HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)
HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)
HDMI CEC
Digital content protection (HDCP)HDCP 2.2HDCP 2.3
Subwoofer output (LFE)22
Headphone output1 x 6.31 x 6.3
Optical digital input11
Coaxial digital input11
Composite input00
Component input/output0/00
Phono (MM) input
Front panel connectorsphones, setup micUSB, 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 8 for the VSX-935.

STR-DH790
7
VSX-935
8

With the 4K pass-through feature, the AV receiver sends "native" 4K signals to a 4K TV from a video source without any processing. The STR-DH790 works with the 4K/60Hz video, and the VSX-935 has the 4K/120Hz.

The AV receiver passes "native" 8K signals from a video source to 8K TV without any encoding, with the 8k pass-through features. The 8K path-through is available on Pioneer VSX-935.

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 Pioneer VSX-935.

STR-DH790 VSX-935
HDR (High Dynamic Range)HDR10HDR10+
4K signal pass-through4K/60Hz4K/120Hz
8K signal pass-through8K/60Hz
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 featuresHLGDeepColor, x.v.Color, HLG, BT.2020, LipSync

Additional features

In terms of evaluating additional features, the STR-DH790 got 6 points, but the VSX-935 has 9.

STR-DH790
6
VSX-935
9

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 VSX-935 can be controlled by voice via Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI.

STR-DH790 VSX-935
Voice controlAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI
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 notApp Control, Sonos Connect 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 VSX-935
Multi-room zoneshas not2
Zone audio outputhas notspeaker
Zone HDMI outputhas not
Multi-room controlhas notPioneer Control App
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
VSX-935
7

STR-DH790 VSX-935
Dolby Atmos
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Surround
Dolby (other)Dolby Digital PlusDolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
DTS:X
DTS HD Master
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neural:X
DTS (other)DTS-ES, DTS 96/24DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-EXPRESS
Auro-3D
IMAX Enhanced
Multichannel stereo
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