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Solid successor to the STR-DN1040
This review is from: Sony STR-DN1050 7.2 Hi-RES Wi-Fi Network AV Receiver with Bluetooth
Pros: The STR-DN1050 is a solid successor to the previous model (STR-DN1040), but the changes are mostly evolutionary. It offers reasonable, clean power output for its class, with a multitude of sound field options, producing an excellent and accurate natural tonal sound quality overall. Sony added an on-screen volume display, customizable preset options for each input. This unit also supports numerous external/mobile source connections including WiFi, Bluetooth, Airplay, MHL, and can be controlled with a smartphone running Sony's TV Sideview app. The on-screen menus are nice, and the unit itself is visually appealing. There really is no better AVR in this price range. Below are the simultaneous bench output numbers into 8 ohm loads according to S&V:
Cons: There are still no pre-outs for primary zone audio channels to combine with an external amplifier (which I'd prefer over Zone 2 outputs), and the total power output is basically unchanged from the STR-DN1040. Sony cut the number of HDMI inputs and (like many A/V manufacturers) may be playing loose with the HDMI 2.0 specs, as I'm not certain that this AVR will ever support all of the upcoming HDMI 2.0 features.
Other Thoughts: My modest home theater setup:
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