Sony STR-DN1080 vs Denon AVR-X1600H

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STR-DN1080 vs AVR-X1600H comparison chart

Sony STR-DN1080 vs Denon AVR-X1600H review

Sony STR-DN1080
vs
Denon AVR-X1600H

Being able to compare Sony STR-DN1080 and Denon AVR-X1600H gave us an insight into what of them would be better for home theater configuration. According to the results of our review, Sony STR-DN1080 received 7.3 points out of 10 possible, and Denon AVR-X1600H was rated 7.6 points. The release date of STR-DN1080 is 2017, and AVR-X1600H is 2019. AVR-X1600H is more performable in terms of audio broadcast than the STR-DN1080.

Main advantages Sony STR-DN1080 over Denon AVR-X1600H

  • We do not know advantages

Main advantages Denon AVR-X1600H over Sony STR-DN1080

  • We do not know advantages

Amplifiers

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

STR-DN1080
7
AVR-X1600H
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. In terms of RMS power, the models have the same characteristics - 120/6/6 W/Ohm.

STR-DN1080 AVR-X1600H
Channels7.27.2
Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm120/680/8, 120/6
Output impedance, Ohm68, 6
Frequency response10Hz-100KHz10Hz-100KHz
THD in stereo, %0.090.08

Audio features

After reviewing the audio features of each model, we can rate the STR-DN1080 7 out of 10, and the AVR-X1600H - 10.

STR-DN1080
7
AVR-X1600H
10

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. Denon AVR-X1600H can work with the main and additional set of speakers - and switch between them.

STR-DN1080 AVR-X1600H
Digital to analog converter (DAC)96 KHz/24-bit384 KHz/32-bit
Bi-amping
Pure direct (straight)
Auto speaker calibrationDCAC EXAudyssey MultEQ XT
Speaker A/B switching
Other audio featuresHi-Res audio, DSEE HXAudyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQ, Compressed Audio Restorer

Connectivity

The connectivity of competitors in our comparison is equal and was rated 8 out of 10.

STR-DN1080
8
AVR-X1600H
8

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

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 Sony STR-DN1080.

STR-DN1080 AVR-X1600H
Wi-Fi
USB1 (USB 2.0)1 (USB 2.0)
Bluetooth
Ethernet (RJ45)11
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-DN1080 AVR-X1600H
Apple Music (AirPlay)AirPlayAirPlay, AirPlay 2
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming servicesTIDAL, PandoraDeezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, TuneIn Radio, iHeart Radio, Mood Mix

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-DN1080 got 7 points, but Denon AVR-X1600H received 8 points.

STR-DN1080
7
AVR-X1600H
8

Sony STR-DN1080 is equipped with 6/2 HDMI inputs and outputs, and Denon AVR-X1600H has 6/1 HDMI inputs and outputs.

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-DN1080 in the HDCP 2.2 version, and Denon AVR-X1600H 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 AVR-X1600H has a Phono interface.

STR-DN1080 AVR-X1600H
HDMI input/output6/26/1
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 input12
Coaxial digital input11
Composite input22
Component input/output0/00/0
Phono (MM) input
Front panel connectorsUSB, phones, 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-DN1080 were rated 7 out of 10 against the 6 for the AVR-X1600H.

STR-DN1080
7
AVR-X1600H
6

STR-DN1080 AVR-X1600H
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 conversionanalog to HDMI
Analog to HDMI scaling
HDMI to HDMI scaling
Dolby Vision
Other video featureshas notHLG, BT.2020

Additional features

In terms of evaluating additional features, the STR-DN1080 got 9 points, but the AVR-X1600H has 10.

STR-DN1080
9
AVR-X1600H
10

Denon AVR-X1600H has the ECO mode.

STR-DN1080 AVR-X1600H
Voice controlGoogle assistantAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI
App controliPhone, iPad, iPod, AndroidiPhone, iPad, iPod, Android, Amazon Kindle
Displayfluorescentcolour OSD
TunerAM, FMAM, FM
Sleep timer
Auto power off
ECO mode
Graphical user interface (GUI)
Setup assistant
Firmware updatenetwork, USBnetwork, USB
Other additional featuresNFCIP Control, Web 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-DN1080 AVR-X1600H
Multi-room zones22
Zone audio outputspeakerspeaker, preout
Zone HDMI output
Multi-room controlMusic CenterHEOS App
RS-23200
Remote control input/output (IR)1/10/0
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-DN1080
7
AVR-X1600H
7

STR-DN1080 AVR-X1600H
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-HD, DTS-EXPRESS
Auro-3D
IMAX Enhanced
Multichannel stereo
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