Sony 7.2 Dolby Atmos Wi-Fi Home Theater Receiver, STRDN1080 Review

Sony STRDN1080 7.2 Dolby Atmos Home Theater Receiver 

Sony 7.2 Dolby Atmos Wi-Fi Network AV Receiver Home Theater Receiver (STRDN1080)

Sony STRDN1080 is a top of the line 7.2 channel wireless home theater receiver that offers DTS:X object-based surround sound and Dolby Atmos 3D, to give you a real home theater experience. It can be used in multi-room mode and is compatible with Google Home.

It is also compatible with 4K HDR with the HDCP 2.2 support and with the versatility offered by the 6-in and 2-out HDMI. It weighs 23.4 pounds and measures 19 x 15 x 8.4 inches, is built into a compact chassis and has a small footprint that will make it fit in small areas.  It will upscale content to 4k and offers a volume overlay for 4K at 60 frames per second. Please note that it doesn’t support Dolby Vision.

Sony is a very experienced company in both the music and videos/movies and this is exactly the reason why they are quite capable of offering top quality home theater systems. And the home entertainment systems concentrate on both forms of media- they try to do it right with both movies and audio. This brand new STRDN1080 model has a relatively decent user-friendly interface and generally speaking it is easy to operate.

Sony 7.2 Dolby Atmos Wi-Fi Network AV Receiver Home Theater Receiver STRDN1080

It works extremely well with playing songs (sound quality) and watching movies on multiple channels. If you keep it in a place where the heat is trapped the integrated thermal protection will start running after a few hours of high volume operation. So it is a good idea to keep this a little out in the open, to allow it to keep cool rather than trapping the heat.

The remote controller is redesigned over the previous model and there is a BT RX/TX button for Bluetooth functionality.  The previous version of STR-DN1080 were STR-DN1070, 1060 and 1050 being the first of the series. You’ll only notice subtle differences between these models and the design, user interface and the basic features stay the same. It is a bit like upgrading your Windows or Mac operating systems. And this latest 1080 model feels much more premium though, in terms of sound reproduction with the great new improvements.

The 6th HDMI port is taken from front to the rear and the third HDMI-out of the previous model is not available and there are two HDMI outputs. You will not find the component connectivity ports as they are not really that necessary or useful anymore- not many modern TVs have them. Google Home feature is good for voice control and includes an integrated Chromecast, which also includes an iOS app. The output wattage is 165 watts x 7 at 6 ohms, 1 kHz, THD 0.9%.

LDAC is a forward thinking function that ensures the high-resolution sound content transmission but there are only a few compatible devices so far. And the Phantom Surround Back gives you the impression that there are a few more speakers than you actually have in the room. Although this latest Sony STRDN1080 is not the best ever home theater system there is, it offers superior value in terms of user friendliness, functionality, construction, sound and video quality. It is made in Malaysia and offered with a warranty of two years by the manufacturer.

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