Top mid-range AVR in 2013...
Pros: The Sony STR-DN1040 is the top mid-range AVR for 2013. Sony has pushed technology down from the higher end ES line of AVRs, and this receiver is hitting above its class. Excellent sound quality & ample, clean power in excess of 80 watts per channel with 7 channels driven @ 1% total harmonic distortion (bench output numbers shown below). Superb video from a multitude of inputs. Bluetooth, WiFi, & AirPlay. The onscreen UI is top notch, and very responsive. HDMI switching is very fast. Tons of soundfield/stage options.
Cons: None so far. Will update if any issues crop up.
Other Thoughts: I did not purchase this from Newegg, as it has not been in stock for several weeks. But I was able to find it from an Sony authorized online dealer for quite a bit less than MSRP. I'm pairing this AVR up with the Polk Audio New Monitor series of speakers in cherry (75T front L/R, 25C center, 65T rear/sides, and 45B bookshelves which I did get from Newegg for an incredible price).
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Pros: The DN1040 is the highest rated receiver for its price range and the praise is well-deserved! My purchase of the 1040 was to complete our home theater room and I have to say that this receiver exceeded expectations. Having two HDMI outputs, we have a monitor and a Cinema projector connected to the 1040. We enjoy our movies on a 100" screen or with a push of a button, our movies can be shown on the monitor. Additionally, having so many HDMI inputs, we also have an AV computer connected to the receiver. Being completely configurable, we have the computer video connected with HDMI and the audio connected by a Tosslink cable from my sound card in the computer to the 1040 - WOW - I was literally blown away listening to our MP3 files through this receiver!
Cons: There are NONE
Other Thoughts: The DN 1040 has plenty of power to drive all of my speakers. Currently, we have four of the top line JBL speakers (five speakers per cabinet) connected to the front and back, two JBL side speakers (two speakers per cabinet), Polk Center Speakers (three speakers in the cabinet), and two Energy sub Woofers for a total of 29 individual speakers. Having upgraded to the DN-1040 was a great choice.
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