Sony - 1155W 7.2-Ch. Hi-Res Network-Ready 4K Ultra HD and 3D Pass-Through HDR Compatible A/V Home Theater Receiver - Black

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Hear music in rich clarity with this Sony home theater AV receiver. Powerful surround sound makes movies come alive on your home theater system, and nine speaker channels flex their output to match your physical layout. This Sony home theater AV receiver works with a wide variety of audio formats, such as Google Home, Chromecast and Spotify. Includes HDMI 4K Ultra HD and 3D pass-through technologies for compatibility with 3D TVs, Blu-ray players and gaming consoles and 4K Ultra HD TVs.
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    • Sony 1155W 7.2-Ch. Hi-Res Network-Ready 4K Ultra HD and 3D Pass-Through HDR Compatible A/V Home Theater Receiver

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    94% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (328 out of 349)

    Features


    Up to 4K HDMI passthrough

    Transfers 4K video and audio signals from your set-top devices to the TV via the AV receiver.

    3D passthrough

    Passes through 3D content from a variety of devices through your AV receiver to your TV or projector.

    165W RMS power x 7 channels

    For powerful sound.

    Smart Enabled

    Get access to a world of instant entertainment with this product. Just connect to the Internet and stream movies, listen to music, and access a wide variety of other content.

    Connect to the Internet

    Via built-in Wi-Fi for access to YouTube, Pandora, Deezer, Napster, NPR, Spotify, TuneIn, Google Play Music, iHeartRadio, TIDAL, Qobuz, Chromecast and 7Digital.

    Surround sound decoders

    Include Dolby Atmos and DTS:X for crystal surround sound.

    Dual-zone capability and Apple AirPlay support

    Support distributed audio playback in another room, so you can enjoy music throughout your home.

    HDR color technology

    Produce vibrant hues for a lifelike picture.

    Hi-Res audio support

    Lets you enjoy high-quality audio playback via LAN, USB, Bluetooth.

    Remote

    Lets you control the receiver from afar.

    FM tuner

    Lets you listen to your favorite stations.

    Headphone jack

    Enables private listening.

    USB port

    Enables simple connection of a variety of USB-enabled devices.

    Auxiliary input

    Makes it easy to connect a variety of devices.

    6 HDMI inputs, 2 HDMI outputs

    HDMI cable not included. High-speed HDMI cable is the only connection that can deliver a full high-definition experience with a full 1080p picture and digital surround sound.

    Enjoy AirPlay audio

    Lets you stream music from your Apple® iPod®, iPhone® or iPad®.

    Bluetooth technology

    Supports simple wireless music streaming via compatible devices. Advanced music optimizer technology promotes quality sound when streaming audio.


    Customer rating

    4.6
    94%
    would recommend to a friend

    Pros

    Cons

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Capable receiver for network audio and HDMI source

      Posted
      emiliosic
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      This is the 2017 successor of the DN1070 (I'm upgrading from an STR-DN1040). The main improvement being support for Dolby Atmos. In Atmos format, instead of indicating which speaker the audio comes from, it contains the position where the sound comes from; the receiver is then calibrated with the speakers it has and dives them accordingly. This receiver supports various combinations of speakers from stereo to 7.2 (.2 is up to two subwoofers), and up to 7 main speakers, plus bi-amp. It also supports a second audio zone with stereo pre-amp and powered speakers. The second HDMI output can be configured as aither part of the primary or as a third zone (HDMI Zone). So two HDMI outputs, and six HDMI inputs. All the HDMI inputs are now in the back. All 6 HDMI 2.0a inputs support 4K, HDR, HDCP 2.2. Sound: I like the sound produced by this receiver. Sound is much more clear and crisp compared to older Sony units. Sound is very neutral and has extensive calibration options. It holds up well with either low volume or when playing loudly. Connectivity: Is where this receiver shines. Start with an audio processor that can decode any source up to 192 KHz and 24-bit, including Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, so it plays UHD discs, and audio sources like DSD, Wav, AIFF, FLAC, ALAC, AAC, MP3, etc. It supports Bluetooth input and output, and can pair a phone or headset using NFC. It also supports the new LDAC BT codec for high-res audio over BT. Pressing a button on the remote can transmit audio to BT headphones instead of the speakers (ie for night listening), or to receive audio from a phone or tablet. Very nice. Network connectivity: - One of the few receivers to support Spotify Connect. - Apple Airplay (Audio) works nicely: Shows the song information and cover image on the TV (The name of the song is not displayed on the receiver's own display however) - The play controls on the remote also work on the receiver and volume can be controller from either iPhone or the receiver. - Google's Chromecast( audio only): Works very well. For example, listening ESPN radio from the TuneIn app, can close the app on the phone and still works through the receiver, so the audio goes straight to it. Also paired with no issues with our Google Home, which can also control the volume. It also supports grouping so multi devices can play the same chromecast source (Create a group on the Google Home app). Name of the song shows up on the TV and play/pause controls works with Chromecast sources, even when as part of a group. - DLNA: To complete the network sources, it supports DLNA, which also supports DLNA Party mode, which Sony calls SongPal. So using the SongPal app on a phone or tablet (Android and iOS), can link multiple DLNA devices together to play the same music, for whole home audio. There are two Android/iOS apps from Sony that work with the receiver: "Video & TV Sideview" is mostly for video sources, and can be used as a remote control (Over Wi-Fi). SongPal is for music and instead of a traditional remote control it's organized for streaming different audio sources to the receiver. It controls volume and other audio features. Interface: Same as Sony receivers for the past few years. Sony has the best interface with intuitive graphics and appropriate on-screen descriptions. The volume controls and other features show up on the screen (unlike other models that wouldn't display volume bars when playing a video). The task based interface is very intuitive. Power usage: Leaving HDMI CEC on but Network standby off, when the receiver is on standby, uses 0.1 Watts (So almost nothing). Older Sony receivers used a lot more power in standby so this is a great improvement. When Network standby is on, the receiver is never truly off, so it still uses an (excessive) 25 to 30 watts, so end up disabling network standby (which allows a Chromecast, Airplay or SongPal to 'wake up' the receiver. It's not clear on the screen menu that it will use so much power when this feature is on. My older STR-DN1040 used a lot more power when HDMI CEC was enabled, so Sony fixed this issue. When the unit is on, it varies from 50 Watts and up, depending on what it's doing. It also supports HDMI pass-through when the unit is off, but didn’t test it, since I'm using the receiver with a projector so I need the receiver on. I'd estimate it will need to draw more power when on standby if HDMI pass-through is on. Sony isn't forthcoming on power usage, so I'm using a P3 'Kill-a-watt' to measure. Analog inputs/outputs: There are three stereo inputs, one digital coax and one optical input. There are two analog (composite) video inputs and one output. Then there is a stereo output (Labeled TV) and another set for Zone 2. The analog inputs don't seem to be assignable but the coax and optical are assignable. Audio calibration is easy and comprehensive. It includes a stereo mic to auto-calibrate with far more accuracy than previous models. Minor Caveats: - No AM radio, only FM with no RDS. Just basic FM, and there is a detachable pigtail antenna on the back. - None of the HDMI ports support MHL (ie power over HDMI for some phones). - Not all the inputs are available through the remote control. Some inputs like Video1 require pressing Home or 'Watch' and navigating to the input. Harmony remotes don't have this issue and all the inputs are directly addressable, because Sony maintains the same remote codes through its line. In retrospect, having a few extra buttons on the remote would've been simpler. Just to make it clear, the receiver supports far more commands than what the remote has. An universal remote like Harmony can make use of all of the available IR codes. - 6 HDMI inputs is nice, but could use more. For example the 2014 version of this had 8 HDMI inputs. At least, moving all the HDMI ports to the back is more usable. - There are no pre-programmed sound fields. Older units had selectors for Stadium sound, concert halls, etc. Which would add extra echo to the sound. Since Sony is now concentrating on better sound and simplicity, it removed these somewhat gimmicky features. However it introduces 'Phantom Surround' that adjusts existing speakers to create the effects of having rear surround when using 5 speakers. Also note that it supports multi-channel output from stereo sources, so it can use all its speakers with stereo, or set it to use the front speakers only. - While Chromecast Audio, Airplay Audio, DLNA are useful and work very well on this, support for Chromecast video, Airplay video and Miracast would've been better. Overall, it's a great receiver, with clear, detailed sound, and will handle any HDMI or audio streaming source.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Disappointed

      Posted
      mikeheel
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      I have read glowing review after glowing review of the Sony STR-DN1080. So many, in fact, that I decided to buy one to replace an older Denon that served us well but recently had met an untimely demise. If you want to cut to the chase, I returned the Sony after a week of using it as my primary a/v receiver in my 5.2 setup and replaced it with a more powerful Onkyo receiver that was a slightly older model. Let’s start with the good, though. The DN1080 is an attractive receiver. The menu systems are truly excellent, with one exception (how to wipe all personal data). I couldn’t find any menu that actually seemed to wipe my data, and I didn’t find any instructions in the manual about how to do it. I finally found a note online that said to turn the receiver off, then hold the power button for five seconds. That worked. But the menu itself is the best-looking menu I have seen on a receiver and likely has a lot to do with all the glowing reviews. Some of the features that drew me to the Sony at this price point are the built-in Chromecast (that’s our smart home ecosystem), multi-zone support, built-in WiFi, built-in Bluetooth, and the ability to output HDR and Dolby Atmos. In addition to the menus being excellent, another area in which the Sony shines is Chromecast integration with my phone and Google Home. It worked seamlessly. Sound is clear and bright. I had to warm the sound a bit by nudging the bass up and treble down. It’s a matter of personal preference, but my speakers are very clear, so the pure bright sound of the Sony was a bit much. Once I adjusted the built-in digital equalizer settings (again, very easy to do), the sound was much improved. Specs from Sony: Amplifier NUMBER OF AMP. CHANNELS 7ch NUMBER OF DECODABLE CHANNELS 7ch + Phantom 2ch POWER OUTPUT 165 W (6 ohms, 1 kHz, 1ch driven THD 0.9%) SOUND FIELD 2ch Stereo, Direct, Multi Ch Stereo, Dolby® Surround, Neural: X, Front Surround, Audio Enhancer, Headphone 2ch Video Features HDR (HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE) Yes AUDIO RETURN CHANNEL Yes HDMI® PASS THROUGH Yes 3D OVER HDMI Yes 4K 60P 4:4:4 SUPPORT Yes (except VIDEO1 input) A/V SYNC Yes (Variable) BRAVIA® SYNC™ (CEC CONTROL) Yes (One-Touch Play, System Audio Control, System Power Off) Audio Features SOUND ENHANCEMENT TECHNOLOGIES DSD Native Playback, DSEE HX, Pure Direct, Sound Optimizer, Center Speaker Lift Up, Digital Legato Linear, In-Ceiling Speaker Mode Auto Speaker Calibration CALIBRATION FEATURES DCAC EX; Speaker Relocation; Phantom Surround Back; Automatic Phase Matching; Calibration Mic (Stereo) Tuner Features FM/AM Yes/- PRESET CHANNEL (FM/AM) TTL30 (30/-) Interface HDMI SUPPORTING HDCP2.2 IN/OUT 6/2 INPUT AND OUTPUT TERMINALS Audio Input Opt (1); Audio Input Coax (1); Analog Audio Input (4); Pre Out Subwoofer (2); Composite Monitor Out (1); Headphone Output (1); USB (1 Front); Ethernet Port (1) SPEAKER OUTPUT TERMINALS Front A, Center, Surround, Surround Back, Zone2 (Common with Surround Back), Height (Common with Surround Back), Front B (Common with Surround Back), Bi-AMP (Common with Surround Back) Decoding Format for HDMI DECODING FORMAT FOR HDMI DSD, LCPM, Dolby Atmos®, Dolby® Digital, Dolby® Dual Mono, DTS: X, DTS HD MA, DTS HD HR, DTS, DTS-ES (Matrix6.1/Discrete6.1), DTS 96/24 Decoding Format for USB/Network Client HI-RES FORMAT DSDIFF (DSD): Up to 5.6 MHz 5.1ch, DSF: Up to 5.6 MHz 5.1ch, WAV (LCPM): Up to 192 kHz/24 bit 7.1ch, AIFF (LCPM): Up to 192 kHz/24 bit 5.1ch, FLAC: Up to 192 kHz/24 bit 5.1ch, ALAC: Up to 192 kHz/24 bit 5.1ch OTHER FORMAT [MP3].MP3, [AAC/HE-AAC].m4a, .AAC, [WMA9 Standard].WMA Network Connectivity SPOTIFY CONNECT Yes NETWORK FEATURES Bluetooth® Receiver, Bluetooth® Transmitter, NFC, Wi-Fi®, AirPlay, Mobile Control Application, Wireless Multi-Room CHROMECAST BUILT-IN Yes Custom Install & Control Features ZONE2 AUDIO Speaker (Variable) / Line (Variable, Fixed) HDMI ZONE Yes IR REPEAT (IN/OUT) Yes (1/1) General Features AUTO STANDBY Yes GUI (GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE) YES (Only through HDMI) POWER REQUIREMENT 120V 60Hz Size & Weight DIMENSIONS (W X H X D IN) 430 x 156 x 331 WEIGHT (LB) 9.1 The view from the back shows few limitations. You can only have up to two zones for listening, but you can also have two outputs, which is a nice bonus at this price range. The receiver supports a 5.1.2 setup or a 7.1 setup. Sony also has a setup feature that can use your existing speakers to create “phantom” rear speakers, so your 5.2 system can sound a bit more like a 7.2 system. Honestly, this seems more like a parlor trick at this point. I thought I could tell some difference, but not so much that I was convinced it wasn’t just in my mind. So far, so good. So why did I return it? Two primary reasons. One, no matter what I did – including following several tricks I found on the internet – I could not get it to work with my Roku after the receiver performed a software update. It worked with the Roku before the update, but then no mas. I have to presume there was either a glitch with ours or Sony will quickly fix the Roku issue. It seems to be a bit hit-or-miss, though, as I read online, and that concerns me. I can’t afford to have a receiver that doesn’t work with our primary streaming device. The second reason is that even though I could warm the sound up a bit, it still lacked a bit of oomph that I wanted in our primary system. Our defunct 10-year-old Denon system had, frankly, sounded better to me. To be fair, the Denon was a higher-end receiver in it’s day, but I had thought a decade of advancement and a multitude of glowing reviews would lead to even better things from the Sony. At the end of the day, my overall recommendation is to buy a higher-end model from last year at a discount. That’s exactly what I did after I returned the Sony. Whereas the Sony had an MSRP of $600 and is commonly sold at about $500, the receiver I replaced it with had an MSRP of $1400, and I purchased it new for only $50 more than I had paid for the Sony. For a budget system, the Sony STR-DN1080 offers a lot of features. And the sound, while not my cup of tea, isn’t bad at all. My final rating may seem harsh, especially given all the things the Sony does well; but for a very similar price, I found much more powerful system that actually works with all my devices.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great for beginners, easy and plenty of features!

      Posted
      xKing
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      This is a great receiver if you just getting into the home theater, plenty of features, 6 HDCP 2.2 compliant HDMI inputs, 7 on-board amplifiers make it a great choice! Setup is extremely easy and detailed wiring instructions are available in the manual as well as on-screen guide, you could get it all setup in less than 30 minutes. There are the biggest advantages: 1) Great streaming capabilities - receiver supports Apple AirPlay, Google Chromecast Audio (it could be also controlled with Google Assistant) and Spotify (premium Spotify subscription is required). AirPlay support includes synchronous playback in multiple rooms. 2) Receiver supports all existing High Definition Audio formats - DSD, DTS-MA, Dolby ATMOS, DTS:X 3) Very easy automatic speaker setup and configuration. 4) 2 zones are supported, this receiver can power total of 7 speakers at the same time, so if you enable zone 2 - your 7.1 or 5.1.2 speaker configuration would become 5.1 5) great networking options - Ethernet or WiFi connections supported 6) Bluetooth could work in transmitter mode! This means that you can stream music from your receiver to the bluetooth speaker or headphones! Few negative points: 1) First and the biggest one - this receiver is not as powerful as many would like. First thing I do when I consider a new receiver - I flip it around and look at the power supply rating, this receiver states 240W. Let's assume 30W of power is needed for receiver itself and pre-amp, which leaves just 30W of power available per channel if all channels are driven. That is not enough if you have big tower speakers, however if you only using bookshelf speakers in the small room - it could work for you. User manual does not list power rating for 8Ohm speakers, only figure you see is for 6Ohm 2 channels driven at 0.09% THD and receiver would supply 100W per channel. But where are the figures for 8Ohm? This is not unique to Sony, most of the receiver manufacturers tend to over inflate power ratings. Ideally I would like to see power with 0.09% THD all channels driven into 8Ohm. 2) 4Ohm speakers won't work with this model 3) If you have a turntable - you will need to use it's own phono pre-amp or external phono pre-amp, this receiver does NOT have an internal PHONO pre-amp. 4) Manual EQ settings are almost non-existent - you get 2 sliders: Bass and Treble, no actual frequency bands. No EQ settings for the subwoofer channel at all. 5) Receiver is a little sluggish to react to it's own remote, there is a noticeable delay between button press and reaction. 6) No pre-amp outputs for the main channels, only for zone 2 and subwoofer 7) Included remote is fairly simple and central arrow keys seem to rattle. Overall: this Receiver would work great if you use it with small bookshelf speakers and you like things to get setup automatically for you. However advanced users may want to look at the different model.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Fatal Flaw

      Posted
      kkessler
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      First, Kudos to Best Buy for a return policy that let me work with receiver long enough to know that this issues was hopeless, and still return it. TL;DR If you want to use ARC, look at a different receiver. I bought this receiver to go with my LG OLED TV, on which the NetFlix app supports Dolby Vision, and, most importantly for this review, Atmos. In order to get Atmos from the TV to the receiver, you must enable Audio Return Channel (ARC), which allows the TV to send the audio signal from the TV to the Receiver through the HDMI cable. You can't use the optical cable, because it doesn't have the bandwidth to send all those audio channels. A side effect of activating ARC, is a system called CEC (Consumer Electronic Control) is also turned on. The idea of CEC is various components like the TV and Receiver can communicate with each other, letting the receiver know, for example, that the TV has changed the active HDMI input. It is up to the firmware of the device as to how it is going to respond, if at all, to this change input signal. This is where the firmware designers of Sony really messed up. When the Sony Receiver sees the TV change it's input, it switches to a menu, to allow you change the input of the receiver. The problem is, this is a terrible thing to do. Here is an example of how that flow works in real life. I have a universal remote programmed to turn on my TV, avr, and cable box, switch everything to the right inputs, and have the remote buttons configured to run the cable box. So you press the Watch TV button, the home theater get configured, and you press the guide button on the remote to start looking for the channel that has your show on it. All of a sudden, the receiver switches to this input menu, so you can switch the receiver to the correct input, which the universal remote already switch it to. To add frustration, the remote is configured so the arrow keys work the cable box, so you have to dig out the receiver remote, just to get rid of the unnecessary menu. Now the logical thing to try is to program the remote to just send the input to the receiver command after some time delay, but the switch to the menu is so late after the TV's input switches, it isn't practical. When your are starting from powering up the receiver, it can take 30 seconds until this menu switch occurs, making fixing this issue with the universal remote impossible. I contacted Sony about this problem, and their answer was to turn off CEC, but that turns off ARC, and that means no Atmos, which was the whole point of this receiver. The real solution is to have a setting in firmware to turn off this whole "jump to menu" behavior, but the Sony does not have that. The Denon 3300 I replaced this receiver with, has such a menu option, and it defaults to OFF, obviously because most people do not want this whole menu thing to happen. From the "quality of sound that comes out of the speakers" standpoint, this receiver is about as good as the Denon I have now, but I could not recommend this AVR to anyone, because you never know when you might need to enable ARC, as more devices support the higher levels of Dolby and DTS sounds.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great Audio, But Video not as good

      Posted
      gtdad
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      Sorry, but even though I gave this 4 stars, I have to start with the negatives first. I got the Sony STR-DN1080 to replace a 4 year old Yamaha RX-V773. I wanted to get some newer features such as Dolby Atmos, Bluetooth and Chromecast, which my old receiver did not have. I would rate the Yamaha and this Sony as top of the mid range of A/V receivers. However, as soon as I watched my first video I realized I had taken a step back. For 4 years I had watched every program on my cable box in upscaled 1080p. Most cable boxes, including mine, broadcast shows in 1080i, 720p, or even 480p. And, you can see the difference immediately. The Sony does not have any upscaling, just pass through. It seems like Sony concentrated on the A and forgot the V in an A/V receiver. This would normally be a 2 star deduction, however, Sony was clear in their product decription, so I only decucted 1 star. Other problems were minor. The auto calibration would not work. It kept stating that my front surround speakers were not set up properly, but they were. Several attempts were all fruitless. I finally calibrated manually which was easy enough. I have a small room with a 5.1 setup. Finally, the remote looks and feels cheap. There is no button for instant access to the Video 1 and Video 2 hdmi inputs. There is also no button for information on the screen of the receiver. It basically just displays the name of the input that you are watching. The audio format information will briefly flash when you start but you can't bring it back up. Now for the good. Other than the auto calibration this receiver is pretty easy to setup. It is relatively compact, looks and feels solid, stays fairly cool and the screen is easy to read. The user interface is easy to understand and explanations are offered for settings that you might not understand. I connected to my network via Ethernet so I cannot comment on the wireless connectivity, however, there are 2 antenna on the back of the unit. The highlight is definitely the clarity of the sound. I can clearly hear all of the dialogue in every scene. Sony did a wonderful job in filling the room with sound while keeping the dialogue clear. All of the latest audio formats are supported, as well as Bluetooth and Chromecast. The last 2 speaker channels can be used for Atmos, a second Zone or to bi-amp the front surround speakers. Sony also has a Phantom setting for Atmos if you don't have those speakers. However, I tried it out several times and , at least in my setup, I could not hear any difference in the sound. So, overall I was very happy with the audio, but disappointed in the lack of video upscaling. This was specifically a problem for the cable box as Netflix, Amazon and BluRay looked great..If this doesn't bother you or if all of your video is of very high quality, then I would recommend this receiver.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Sony 4K Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support

      Posted
      Reddog
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      Sony STR-DN1080 7.2 Channel Home Theater AV Receiver The update to the well received Sony’s STR-1070 is here and I think it has been worth the wait. The big news here is the addition of Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support. So for those lucky home theater fans that can add the additional speakers, they now have an affordable Sony to drive their smiles. Like the 1070 the 1080 fully supports 4K HDR and a long list of music file types. Everything is here for a modern home theater experience for now and well into the future. From my time with the receiver everything has worked very well. I did find the sound a little on the bright side but there are plenty of sound options so you can shape the sound to be warmer if that is more to your liking. If you not familiar with the all of the features in the STR-1080 then you're in for a long list. Highlights to me is the full Chromecast music streaming, not new to the 1080 but glad it was retained. I can walk in the door and pull up my streaming app and have music playing without ever touching anything but my phone. Sony recommends you install their SongPal app which has been renamed the Sony Music Center. You will want install the app as it does help with some of the settings on the receiver. One big disappointment that is very important to how I use my music library is it seems the sleep timer in the app is broke. You can set a timeout on the receiver but its global and starts the timer once the receiver is on. You won’t find a dedicated sleep button on the included remote. I encourage Sony to keep development of this app and fix and add additional features. I would like to just use the Sony app for all my music but it’s basic focus is the receiver and then link to your separate music app. The possibility of whole house audio is here but you will have to spend sometime setting it up. As much as I like this receiver I was expecting a better onscreen interface. The build quality of the remote is poor at best and it is very limited in its functions. In this receiver class you should get a full featured remote but that’s not found here. The onscreen interface starts out in the Home screen which is a dedicated button on the remote. This will be your launching screen to change receiver inputs, streaming music and radio stations, custom presets, sound effects, 2nd receiver zone controls, access your local network and the advanced settings screen. It works well but the option to play from a network folder and the advanced settings screen look dated and out of place for a receiver released in 2017. I was finally hoping for a real music player to access my saved network music files but it is a limited folder search without the advanced playback options it should support. The receiver setup was quick and maybe easier than any I have done. Sony uses a stereo mic so when you run the speaker calibration you don’t have to place the mic all over the room. Just place it in the most common sitting area run the wizard. For me, most of the speaker setup was correct. I did however have to change my speakers from large to small. This is a common problem with most receiver calibration routines so I knew to check. It had no issues connecting to my network from both its wired and wireless options. I think for most users this receiver has all the options you would need. For the higher end home theatres a step up to more speaker support might be where this receiver is limited. The Sony only supports two ceiling speakers for Dolby Atmos and DTS:X decoding. In a small room this can still bring the joy of the rain falling on your head. Larger home theaters might want to have more speaker support. Overall this is a very nice home theater receiver that brings excellent audio and enough connection options to keep the dedicated busy but still easy for the novice to match up to that new 4K TV and its growing content.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Powerful and loaded with features

      Posted
      BenisJ
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      After 25 yrs it was finally time to replace my JVC receiver with something that could handle today's inputs. Because I absolutely loved my old receiver, I spent a lot of time shopping around for a new one that matched my power expectations while providing me with modern (to me) amenities such as Chromecast, bluetooth, HDMI inputs, ARC, and Atmos. After returning a couple of under performing receivers, I took a chance with the STR-DN1080 and was pleased with its overall audio performance. The receiver does all the stuff Sony says it will do, and I'll leave it to other reviews to point out technical shortcomings and instead focus on where I initially struggled. 1. I struggled with the auto-calibration tool and in the end, did a manual setup of my speakers (Front L/R, Center, and Atmos L/R). I found the on-screen user interface for configuring audio, video, network, etc. very feature-rich and detailed but at the same time it took some trial and error to navigate to the settings I needed/wanted. 2. Continuing with the "feature-rich" on-screen device configuration controls, I am a bit frustrated that this unit does not come with "bass and treble" knobs. I know that is a very "old school" way of tweaking an EQ but I do prefer an EQ that can be quickly set via device buttons/knobs over drilling 5 screens deep in a menu setting. 3. Some have complained about "lag" with this system. I agree that from the time I turn on my TV and get "tv audio" to the time that the receiver recognizes what is going on and switches to "receiver audio" is a bit annoying (2-3 seconds maybe). Other than that, I don't have any "slowness" complaints. On rare occasion everything gets out of whack with my Xfinity DVR, the TV and the receiver but a power off/on usually puts things back in sync. 4. Lastly, I did have issues understanding the setup to make sure that my "default on" did what I wanted it to do. Essentially, when I hit the on button I want my TV on HDMI 1 (connected to my DVR) with AFD 2-channel audio. I am still not sure what I did, or how I did it to finally get that setting to stick, but I was initially frustrated at setup that the system didn't simply "return to previously used settings" when powered on. I apparently had to specify a "default configuration" for getting it to do what I wanted without having the manually select the proper inputs each time I powered my system on. EVEN WITH THOSE 4 "NEGATIVES" I am very happy with this purchase. We are a cable TV (soon to be cord cutting), Google, casting and bluetoothing family. I value the *quality* of audio over the bells and whistles. I was cautious to match power to my existing speakers and have a very nice balance with this system that works great for me. Features I love include the built-in Chromecast, the mobile app, speaker flexibility, 2-channel simulated surround, and Atmos. I like that it will pair with Google Home however I have failed at my initial attempt to get "Hey Google, play Pearl Jam on the stereo" to work as Google Home does not recognize my STR-DN1080 as "the stereo." I'm a little nervous about a receiver that has a ton of integrated software but as long as the software doesn't fail this is going to be a great receiver for the next 25 yrs...or until I require one with a USB-C connector or some other input obsoleting plug!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Great sounding receiver with a few issues...

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      ChuckIV
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      I really want to like this receiver. The sound is crisp and clean and it does a nice job of filling the room. However, there are a few issues(one I consider major) that are making me second guess my purchase. The major one being that with this receiver, they have enhanced a couple of the HDMI ports for better audio(the BD and SACD ports). Sound like a nice touch but, while I'm not 100% sure this "enhancing" is the reason, my 2017 NVidia Shield does not like to be plugged into either of the "enhanced" ports. While streaming with it, I get dropped audio and an occasional flash of the screen. I tried 3 different HDMI cables to no avail. I finally put the Shield on the CATV port and moved my Tivo to the SACD port, This seemed to stabilize the Shield and both work fine now(yes I have enhanced HDMI turned on for the ports). While the above fix works, what other future devices will have issues with those "enhanced" ports? That brings me to the second issues, while this thing does have 6 HDMI 2.2 HDCP ports, one of the ports(Video1) cannot do 4:4:4 HDR. Sony is already skimping a bit on HDMI ports(the Denon X2300 has 8 fully HDR ready ports) and now one won't handle HDR. What were they thinking here? The third issue is the way they handle the volume. One most devices, when you press the volume up/down, it will respond almost instantly and change the volume. Not with this. If displays the current volume number on the unit's LED display, then a second or so later will put the volume bar on the screen and then finally start changing the volume. Doesn't sound like much but it becomes very annoying when trying to just raise the volume a notch or two because you have to keep the volume button pressed for so long, waiting for it to respond. Anyway, as I said, I really ant to like this thing but with the above issues, I just am not happy.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend




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