Sony STR-DN1080 vs Sony STR-DH790

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STR-DN1080 vs STR-DH790 comparison chart

Sony STR-DN1080 vs Sony STR-DH790 review

Sony STR-DN1080
vs
Sony STR-DH790

Let's make the Sony STR-DN1080 versus Sony STR-DH790 comparison. According to the results of our review, Sony STR-DN1080 received 7.3 points out of 10 possible, and Sony STR-DH790 was rated 5.3 points. The release date of STR-DN1080 is 2017, and STR-DH790 is 2018. After comparison, it will become clear that among these two devices, the STR-DN1080 is more suitable for the role of the heart of home theater system.

Main advantages Sony STR-DN1080 over Sony STR-DH790

  • 120/6 W/Ohm RMS makes it more productive compared to 90/6 W/Ohm RMS in another receiver in the review.
  • Thanks to 2 multi-room zones support, STR-DN1080 bypasses its competitor without multizone support.
  • There is Wi-Fi support.
  • The Spotify support is an exclusive advantage.
  • There is support for Apple AirPlay.

Main advantages Sony STR-DH790 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
STR-DH790
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 STR-DN1080 this value is 120/6 W/Ohm, and for the STR-DH790 it is 90/6 W/Ohm.

STR-DN1080 STR-DH790
Channels7.27.2
Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm120/690/6
Output impedance, Ohm66
Frequency response10Hz-100KHz10Hz-100KHz
THD in stereo, %0.090.09

Audio features

After reviewing the audio features of each model, we can rate the STR-DN1080 7 out of 10, and the STR-DH790 - 8.

STR-DN1080
7
STR-DH790
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-DN1080 STR-DH790
Digital to analog converter (DAC)96 KHz/24-bit192 KHz/24-bit
Bi-amping
Pure direct (straight)
Auto speaker calibrationDCAC EXDCAC
Speaker A/B switching
Other audio featuresHi-Res audio, DSEE HXHi-Res audio

Connectivity

The connectivity of competitors in our comparison is markedly different, Sony STR-DN1080 scored 8, and Sony STR-DH790 scored 6 out of 10.

STR-DN1080
8
STR-DH790
6

Wireless connection via Wi-Fi is possible only on the Sony STR-DN1080.

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 STR-DN1080 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 Sony STR-DN1080.

STR-DN1080 STR-DH790
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-DN1080 STR-DH790
Apple Music (AirPlay)AirPlay
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming servicesTIDAL, Pandorahas 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, both receivers got 7 points on our 10-point scale.

STR-DN1080
7
STR-DH790
7

Sony STR-DN1080 is equipped with 6/2 HDMI inputs and outputs, and Sony STR-DH790 has 4/1 HDMI inputs and outputs.

STR-DN1080 STR-DH790
HDMI input/output6/24/1
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 input11
Coaxial digital input11
Composite input20
Component input/output0/00/0
Phono (MM) input
Front panel connectorsUSB, phones, setup micphones, 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 rivals in our comparison were rated 7 out of 10.

STR-DN1080
7
STR-DH790
7

STR-DN1080 STR-DH790
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

Additional features

In terms of evaluating additional features, the STR-DN1080 got 9 points, but the STR-DH790 has 6.

STR-DN1080
9
STR-DH790
6

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 STR-DN1080 can be controlled by voice via Google assistant.

STR-DN1080 STR-DH790
Voice controlGoogle assistant
App controliPhone, iPad, iPod, AndroidiPhone, iPad, iPod, Android
Displayfluorescentcolour OSD
TunerAM, FMAM, FM
Sleep timer
Auto power off
ECO mode
Graphical user interface (GUI)
Setup assistant
Firmware updatenetwork, USBUSB
Other additional featuresNFChas 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-DN1080 STR-DH790
Multi-room zones2has not
Zone audio outputspeakerhas not
Zone HDMI outputhas not
Multi-room controlMusic Centerhas not
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
STR-DH790
7

STR-DN1080 STR-DH790
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
Auro-3D
IMAX Enhanced
Multichannel stereo
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