This Sony home theater AV receiver has seven amp channels and is high-resolution audio compatible. This receiver delivers lossless quality sound with DTS-HD and Dolby TrueHD audio and uses the latest video standards supporting 4K and HDR-compatible HDMI. Stream music from Wi-Fi, AirPlay, Google Cast and Bluetooth with this Sony home theater AV receiver.
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2 Bad Units in a Row
Posted by: FormerSonyUser from: on
I don't typically write reviews but this experience was frustrating.
I purchased this receiver online and picked it up from my local Best Buy. When I hooked it up, one HDMI input would not pass a signal. I did a lot of troubleshooting and confirmed that it was a bad input, not the cable or my source. I tried to exchange it but the store had no more. I got a refund and went to the next closest Best Buy to buy another one. When I got the 2nd one home, TWO HDMI inputs would not pass signal.
I contacted Sony support. They gave me 2 ridiculous suggestions, wouldn't answer any of my direct questions (I thought it might be an HDCP issue) and then told me that I would have to send the unit in for repair at my own expense. I promptly returned the 2nd unit.
This issue shows up on the Sony Support message boards as a very common issue with this line of receivers. Be forewarned.
I've always used Sony for my home AV. From receivers, to Blu-Ray players, to speakers... Their support (or lack of it) with this issue was disappointing. It was a huge waste of my time. I felt like I was more interested in troubleshooting the issue than the Support Rep. No more Sony for me.
47 out of 52 found this review helpful.
A great way to start your home entertainment
Posted by: Windedhiker from: on
I have a Sony HD TV I bought back in 2009 from Best Buy and the promo at the time was to get a free home theater system to go with the TV. I loved the system because even in a smaller room, and with the budgetary constraints I still had an awesome experience every time I used it.
Fast forward to 2016, and my Sony TV is still going strong, but my home theater system died. I tried a few other Sony models before settling on this model. I have thoroughly enjoyed many of the features of this system, but there are a few things to keep in mind.
1. Airplay - Airplay is Apple's proprietary screen mirroring technology. The receiver is Airplay capable, however, buyer be ware, you are not going to get Video Airplay functionality. Sony does not license that feature (not sure if other brands do) so unless you have an Apple TV, I do not believe you will be able to avoid also purchasing an Apple TV to do full screen mirroring of your Macs, or iOS devices. Also keep in mind the requirements for Airplay Screen mirroring, you need to have a Mac that is newer than 2011 I believe. Most Macs in the wild fit that category, but there are a few of us who have older Macs and the screen mirroring is not going to happen simply because the video cards in the older Macs were not meant for the load intensive activities you see in today's devices. My '09 Macbook Pro was just one of those cases. Trying to connect my Macbook Pro to the home theater system was a challenge, and the resolution was a pain to get right. If screen mirroring is something you are looking to have, save yourself the despair, and upgrade your Mac
2. The alternatives for screen mirroring technologies are Chromecast, and Miracast. The beauty of this receiver is Chromecast. Like many others, I plunked down for a Chromecast, and was hopeful I'd be able to do screen mirroring with it. My old home theater system was released prior to Chromecast, so the technology was simply not available.Given my '09 Macbook Pro was my workhorse, I used Chrome to do screen mirroring. My Macbook Pro was too old to be able to carry that load so Chromecast was painful and would disconnect, have latency issues, etc. I have not had a PC in many years so I cannot speak to Miracasting, but I do have an Android tablet which has Chromecasting abilities. This receiver is AWESOME for Android tablet screen mirroring. I find it is just as stable as a newer Mac connecting to an Apple TV. Definitely a way to go.
3. Sound Effects/Fields are interesting because of the potential for having those environments change the sound of what you are watching. I am not exactly a big fan of watching or listening to content using the sound effects or sound fields that a lot of devices offer. This is no different with this receiver, and often times I find it takes a bit of adjusting to get it right. I am trying to relax and enjoy myself, and the thought of having to try different sound fields before I get to enjoy a movie, show, event, etc, gets old and I find if you leave it on your basic non-filtered sounds, you don't always get a great experience so you're often times forced to try things out, and I find I settle on a setting in the end. This is further challenged by the fact that this is a receiver which is capable of 7.2, and I have a 5.1 system. One thing Sony does which is good though is they sell the receiver with a microphone to help calibrate the sound field in your environment. I have used this feature a few times even after setting it up the first time. The reason being you can adjust the size, distance, and volume of each speaker. Sony also has some other features on the audio side like Pure Direct, Sound Optimizer, etc. I have played with these some, but again, I bought this system to enjoy it, not make another chore of it. Perhaps if I had Geek Squad set it up, I might have a different experience on the sound side of things, but it is what it is and I have found settings that work for me.
4. HDMI Connect/Bravia Sync/HDMI CEC - These are all the same thing which means you can have your Sony receiver control other items in your environment which have one of those HDMI related services available. This can be a great feature because you can eliminate the clutter of other remotes. Whenever I used Bravia Sync, it would work for some items, but not for others. One particular issue is if I used Bravia Sync and screen mirroring to my Apple TV, I would get audio through the receiver which showed a visualizer screen indicating track number, artist, time, etc, but the Video content was on a different channel altogether. I tried this many different ways and eventually realized I had more important things to do and gave up on it to some extent. Sony does have this iOS app called Songpal. It is a bit misleading because who would associate "Song" with video? Be that as it may, there are some features available which can be useful through the app. You can add certain 3rd party apps to Songpal and gain some new features like displaying lyrics for audio playback. Programming the HDMI Inputs and associated settings is available, but the UI is poor in my opinion. I say this because for something which is connected via HDMI, things like Game systems, or CD Players, etc, show up as either connected via co-axial, or digital SDIF/Toslink, etc. It is an HDMI device, you should be able to list it as such. This receiver does have (1) HDMI ARC channel which is nice because you can connect something up to the receiver like an HTPC, and have the audio play through the receiver without having to run an additional connection to your TV. With HDMI ARC, you connect the device via HDMI and the receiver splits the signal automatically sending the audio to the speakers and the video to your TV.
The remaining features are plentiful, and the receiver can run multiple speaker configurations spanning two rooms at the same time. I do not have a need for that nor tested it so I have no insights I can offer. The video upscaling is a great feature to have and this receiver in my experience has exceeded my expectations in that regard. I never thought an HD TV would have HD content that could be displayed better than HD. With all the 4k content the absence of a 4k TV could be a real downer, but the upscaling feature has been amazing. At times I have to stop and really look at the picture because for a TV this old, and with as many hours as I have used it, the picture still looks amazing to me, even in 3D. The receiver enhances the signal and to me makes it even better. So, if you're waiting till your 1080p HD TV fails before you upgrade, this receiver gives you a nice incremental improvement.
I think this is a great receiver for the price, and I have not regretted it. I just think there are some things to keep in mind which may or may not be an issue for you. It is definitely a Sony product, and it like all Sony products it can be great if they use industry standard features, or it can be a pain if they are using their own proprietary technology. I think all in all, it is great addition and you won't be sorry.
26 out of 28 found this review helpful.
Top quality Sony 4K A/V Receiver
Posted by: TechBuck from: on
Bought a new 4K HDR Sony TV and a new (near) 4K up scaling Sony Blueray player,( waiting for a reasonably priced Native 4K Blueray player ) Needed a 4K pass through A/V Receiver, and I waited to grab this just on the market Sony STR-DN1070. All of the HDMI inputs are the current HDMI version with HDCP v 2.2, and the 7:2 (165w X 7) receiver has most of the newest features including wi-fi, Bluetooth, AirPlay, Spotify compatible, and good integration with my 192/24 bit High Res music files. I found this unit to be a pretty well rounded top of Sony's consumer line AVR, Sounds very good with my existing 5:1 in-wall system and a 12" Sony Sub - has plenty of power and no distortion noted. Everything I needed works, there are lots of features I haven't tried yet, and it operates pretty seamlessly with the new Sony tv and Blueray unit.. This unit replaced an excellent 2007 Sony ES class A/V receiver that I simply moved to use in another room. I also own two older (pre-HDMI) 2001 & 2005 Sony AVR's that are still doing their job well with older tv's/gear in the house, so I think you can expect Sony A/V receivers to be very high quality and should last a long time.
Negative observations: 1) I can't use my powered FM antenna with this because Sony engineers used a proprietary Sony antenna plug instead of coax, so I'm stuck using the included low quality wire antenna. Dumb, but a small thing.
2) Wish Sony would get with it and provide remotes with backlit buttons!
I also suggest it needs a better center "select" button... more raised and identifiable when using it by touch in a dimly lit room.
20 out of 20 found this review helpful.
Not good for multi-zone
Posted by: Doug from: on
Beware that you sacrifice back surround in main if you want zone 3. Must use separate amp for true zone 2 and 3 and maintaine full 5.1 in main zone. Also, no audio from cable/satelite provider for zones 2 and 3 - only bluetooth/usb. So no music channels for zones 2 and 3. Even though Sony advertises as multi-room/multi-zone, you better have an extra amp around to hook up.
9 out of 9 found this review helpful.
Very good receiver
Posted by: Charg5 from: Tacoma, WA on
Very good sound quality, great OSD, lots of sound options and input selection, all HDMI inputs 4K and 2.2 compliant. Only problem I've had is with the CATV pass through. Every once in a while when turning on the cable box and TV (receiver turned off) the TV will say HDMI cable not connected and so no picture or sound. Need to turn on receiver and cycle through the HDMI outputs and then it will send signal to TV. You DO NEED to have the receiver set to CATV when you turn it off (if cable connected to that input) no matter if pass through is set to ON or Auto, in order for it to pass through to work at all. therefore only 4 stars, otherwise it would definently be a 5 Star rating.
7 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Great easy to use and configure A/V receiver.
Posted by: Marko from: on
This is my second Sony A/V receiver in about 8 years. I replaced my original unit with this one because I upgraded to a Sony 4k display. The old unit works fine otherwise. The setup and configuration is vastly improved over my first unit with a decent graphical interface to walk you through the setup.. The sound is great and easily configured for your equipment and environment. Though I am not an audiophile any more, the sound is great in a very affordable package. If you are looking for a near seamless integration with a Sony flatscreen TV this is your solution. Inputs work great and the Sony Sync function works very well. I have not used the Sony app on my iOS devices yet so I have no opinion on how that works. I can effortlessly stream music from my iOS devices to the receiver however without requiring the use of Apple TV.
10 out of 12 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Joy22 from: on
We bought this one to go along with our new Sony 64 inch HD TV!!! GREAT COMBO AND WE ARE VERY HAPPY WITH THE QUALITY!!!
6 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Good receiver for audio
Posted by: loud from: on
I purchased this receiver to replace a 13 year old Sony that was starting to lose sound to the front channels. I purchased it because I liked the sound of my old receiver and read good reviews on this unit. I am very pleased with the audio this receiver puts out. It has plenty of power and produces a somewhat airy sound that I find pleasing. It pairs nice with our mobile devices and music is very enjoyable. My intent was to not only have good audio, but also be able to upscale video to 4k. What I have found to be the negative is that I am unable to upscale Dish service to 4k with this receiver. It will upscale blu-ray, but not tv channels or Apple TV. I have called Sony tech support numerous times and have been met with rude support people all but one of my calls, and each call has ended when they put me on hold and I am disconnected. I am unable to find out if this will upscale with Directv and hope someone reading this will have that answer as no one at Sony seams to know. I would return this but am out of the 14 days Best Buy allows. My son has a Yamaha that upscales nicely and should have purchased that. Will probably sell, take the hit, and NOT purchase Sony again.
11 out of 17 found this review helpful.
great for what it does!
Posted by: damar1979 from: on
I will say that this is my first receiver venturing away from soundbars. Pairs well with my Samsung 4k tv and the sound is fantastic! can also pair with a set of sony wireless speakers so that you can get the 5.1 surround sound without wires having to go through your space. I will also say that if you really want to get the most out of your av receiver and products that are linked up to it..... make sure that your hdmi cables are definitely up to par. Now I'm not saying get a pair of expensive cables.. but definitely make sure that your hdmi cables are premium certified. rocketfish premium certified hdmi cables are not nearly as expensive as other more commercial name brand... but they are just as good for a lot less thanks to that premium certification by hdmi. you will not go wrong!
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Has it all
Posted by: Reznnate from: on
Main benefits for me were 3.1 surround feature and latest hdcp/hdmi support for 4k hdr support with NVIDIA Shield.