Sony STR-DH790 Review

Sony STR-DH790
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Sony STR-DH790 review

A good home AV receiver is a combination of features and good sound performance. This is exactly what the Sony STR-DH790 is. In the course of our review, this model received a rating of 5.3 out of 10. This is a receiver from famous manufacturer Sony released in 2018. This model is capable of process 7.2 channels.

Sony STR-DH790 Pros

  • Bluetooth is now one of the key wireless communication protocols. In AV receivers, it is used for audio signal transmission or remote control. And it is in the model under review that Bluetooth support is implemented.
  • The presence of a USB port allows the receiver to play content from external media.
  • Dolby Atmos technology has been included in this model specifically to create a 3D effect when watching movies, which reveals all its features with a minimum 5.1 configuration.
  • Sony STR-DH790 with an adaptive and flexible DTS:X surround format can support any speaker configuration, unlike Dolby Atmos.
  • With HDR10 pass-through support, it is possible to transfer data over the STR-DH790 with a much wider range of colors.
  • With 4K/60Hz pass-through support, it is possible to pass data through this model without degrading image quality.
  • ARC feature eliminates the need for an additional composite or optical cable when connecting this unit to a TV.
  • eARC is more bandwidth-intensive than ARC and therefore allows Sony STR-DH790 to support advanced high-quality audio formats.
  • The manufacturer claims support for CEC in Sony STR-DH790 and therefore you can control any HDMI-connected device using one remote control.
  • This receiver supports the data encryption protocol HDCP 2.2 which allows licensed devices to play high definition audio and video.
  • Sony STR-DH790 uses bi-amping to amplify each dynamic in a speaker separately, resulting in clearer, better sound.
  • The reviewed receiver has a Pure Direct mode, when used it feeds sound directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.
  • When using the STR-DH790, it is possible to switch between the main and additional set of speakers - speaker A/B switching.
  • With the included microphone, the Sony STR-DH790 can use the auto speaker calibration mechanism to create the most suitable soundstage.

Sony STR-DH790 Cons

  • The receiver has not a function of wireless connection to the Internet via Wi-Fi.
  • The STR-DH790 has not a phono (MM) input for connecting a phonographer or turntable.
  • AirPlay is not supported.
  • Sony STR-DH790 is unable to use Amazon Music.
  • Spotify music is not supported.
  • There is no voice control function.
  • Energy-saving ECO mode is not implemented.
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Sony STR-DH790 back and front view

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Sony STR-DH790 specs and features

Amplifier

Channels 7.2
Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm 90/6
Output impedance, Ohm 6
Frequency response 10Hz-100KHz
THD in stereo, % 0.09

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC) 192 KHz/24-bit
Bi-amping
Pure direct (straight)
Auto speaker calibration DCAC
Speaker A/B switching
Other audio features Hi-Res audio

Connectivity

Wi-Fi
USB 1 (USB 2.0)
Bluetooth
Ethernet (RJ45)
DLNA
MHL

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming services has not

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output 4/1
HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)
HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)
HDMI CEC
Digital content protection (HDCP) HDCP 2.2
Subwoofer output (LFE) 2
Headphone output 1 x 6.3
Optical digital input 1
Coaxial digital input 1
Composite input 0
Component input/output 0/0
Phono (MM) input
Front panel connectors phones, setup mic
Multi channel preamp output

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range) HDR10
4K signal pass-through 4K/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 features HLG

Additional features

Voice control
App control iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android
Display colour OSD
Tuner AM, FM
Sleep timer
Auto power off
ECO mode
Graphical user interface (GUI)
Setup assistant
Firmware update USB
Other additional features has not

Multi-room

Multi-room zones has not
Zone audio output has not
Zone HDMI output has not
Multi-room control has not
RS-232 0
Remote control input/output (IR) 0/0
DC trigger output (12V) 0

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Surround
Dolby (other) Dolby Digital Plus
DTS:X
DTS HD Master
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neural:X
DTS (other) DTS-ES, DTS 96/24
Auro-3D
IMAX Enhanced
Multichannel stereo

Audio file formats

MP3
WMA
AAC
WAV
FLAC
ALAC
Other audio file formats has not

Power

Operational power consumption, W 240
Standby consumption, W 0.3
Removable power cord

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches 43 x 13.3 x 29.7/ 17 x 5.3 x 11.4
Weight, kg/lbs 7.4/15.4

Other

Release year 2018

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