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STRDN1040

SONYSTRDN1040Black AV Receiver

  • With What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision magazine's over 35 years experience in the industry it's easy to see why a What Hi-Fi? Award is one of the greatest honours that can be bestowed upon a product.
  • What Hi-Fi? magazine is the world's leading independent guide to home entertainment products. Any product they award with a 5 star rating is instantly marked out as one of the best around..
  • With advanced upscaling technology, this product ensures that you'll still get the best out of your picture quality if you upgrade your television to an Ultra HD 4K model.
  • This device is compatible with 3D content, so it will work perfectly with a 3D TV or projector to produce an immersive cinema-style experience at home.
  • Play straight to this device from your iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad with Apple AirPlay. You can also play to multiple AirPlay speakers from iTunes running on a PC or Mac.
  • Found on many Blu-ray releases, Dolby True HD offers studio quality sound with precision and clarity far in excess of DVD. This audio system is capable of processing this advanced format.
  • Found on many Blu-ray releases, DTS HD Master Audio offers studio quality sound with precision and clarity far in excess of DVD. This audio system is capable of processing this advanced format.
  • This unit has HDMI inputs meaning it can act as a switching hub for Blu-ray players, set-top-boxes, games consoles and more. It also features two outputs, for different TVs or projectors.
  • If you have a wireless network at home, this unit can hook up to it straight away, without you having to connect additional cables or buy a
With What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision magazine's over 35 years experience in the industry it's easy to see why a What Hi-Fi? Award is one of the greatest honours that can be bestowed upon a product.
What Hi-Fi? magazine is the world's leading independent guide to home entertainment products. Any product they award with a 5 star rating is instantly marked out as one of the best around..
With advanced upscaling technology, this product ensures that you'll still get the best out of your picture quality if you upgrade your television to an Ultra HD 4K model.
This device is compatible with 3D content, so it will work perfectly with a 3D TV or projector to produce an immersive cinema-style experience at home.
Play straight to this device from your iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad with Apple AirPlay. You can also play to multiple AirPlay speakers from iTunes running on a PC or Mac.
Found on many Blu-ray releases, Dolby True HD offers studio quality sound with precision and clarity far in excess of DVD. This audio system is capable of processing this advanced format.
Found on many Blu-ray releases, DTS HD Master Audio offers studio quality sound with precision and clarity far in excess of DVD. This audio system is capable of processing this advanced format.
This unit has HDMI inputs meaning it can act as a switching hub for Blu-ray players, set-top-boxes, games consoles and more. It also features two outputs, for different TVs or projectors.
If you have a wireless network at home, this unit can hook up to it straight away, without you having to connect additional cables or buy a "dongle" or other accessory.

(For more features refer to the specification table below.)

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"Depth of detail, exciting and ample connectivity - this is a superstar in the making." What Hi-Fi Sound & Vision magazine 5-star review and Group Test winner at £500.

THE CINEMA IN YOUR LIVING ROOM


The Sony STR-DN1040 is a powerful 7.2 channel amplifier designed to bring the magic of Hollywood into your living room. In true Sony style, the STR-DN 1040 is built from the ground up to give you exceptional sound quality. The entire chassis has been redesigned, both inside and out to minimise any negative external influences to the sound. Power has also been seriously upgraded with a larger power supply. The Sony is capable of outputting 100W per channel at 6 ohms, allowing a great flexibility in the choice of speakers that you can use and having the ability to fill larger rooms comfortably. Finally, this 7.2 Sony receiver is also able to be used in bi-amp mode. With the channels switched to 5.1, bi-amping gives separate amplification to your front speakers' bass and treble units (bi-wirable front speakers required). This gives added control and a wider, more dynamic sound - both in stereo and surround modes.

AUDIO REDEFINED

In addition to being able to decode the latest audio formats like Dolby True HD and DTS-HD Master Audio, the STRDN1040 is also capable of some very clever sound processing. HD Digital Cinema Sound is a Sony developed technology designed to recreate the acoustics heard in Hollywood sound theatres. Utilising this mode with the front height channels gives a greater depth and accuracy to the sound. Imagine as a helicopter comes from above and lands, you'll hear the change in height as the movie unfolds on-screen.

VIDEO EVOLVED

Taking video processing to the next level, this talented Sony can upscale to 4K. With 4K the horizontal pixel count of 1080p TV increases from 1920 to around 4000 (there are several formats all offering slight variations). With 4K screens beginning to make more of an appearance this year, by equipping this Sony AV receiver with 4K upscaling, Sony have engineered in comprehensive levels of future proofing. In the meantime you can also upscale signals to 1080p for the best image quality with Full HD TVs and projectors. The HDMI sockets also allow 4K pass-through, for hassle free switching and viewing without the receiver needing to be turned on.

THE SETUP, SIMPLIFIED

Setting up an AV receiver can be a time consuming task, not so with the STRDN1040. The initial setup can be carried out with the help of an on-screen wizard. This will take you through setting up your speakers, connecting to the internet and get you ready to enjoy your system. This Sony also sports a redesigned user interface with the emphasis on simplicity, to ensure that you can adjust the settings, change inputs and get the most from your AV receiver with ease.

The Advanced Digital Cinema Auto Calibration (DCAC) with Auto Phase Matching (APM) makes setting up your speakers simple. By placing the included microphone in your seating position, the clever Sony will automatically calibrate the system. It will take into account the distance from the speakers and their placement along with phase and delay analysis to give you the best sound possible in your room.

NETWORKING WITH WI-FI, AND AIRPLAY BUILT-IN

With Ethernet and Wi-Fi built-in along with support for Apple's popular AirPlay, the Sony covers most bases. With AirPlay you can stream music from your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or iTunes along with compatible music apps like Spotify, straight to the receiver. Also on offer is access to thousands of internet radio stations through the free vTuner service as well as premium offerings from Sony's Music Unlimited. Additionally, you can stream music via DLNA from other sources such as your laptop or NAS drive. Finally, the STR-DN1040 can also be controlled with your Apple iOS or Android device, with respective apps available for both platforms.

WELL CONNECTED

8 HDMI inputs are on offer to ensure that you can connect up all of your devices. With one front mounted HDMI port for occasional use such as connecting up a camcorder or games console. Twin HDMI outputs enable you great flexibility should you wish to run two displays, perfect for those with a TV and a projector. In addition to this, you'll also find a front-mounted USB socket to which you can hook up your iPod or iPhone. Using this digital connection gives the ultimate sound quality and even charges your device, too. If you have compatible BRAVIA Sync devices you can also control them all with one remote.

For a fantastic all round performer that is capable of recreating the thunderous ferocity of Hollywood blockbusters as well as the subtle nuances of classical music, look no further than the Sony STR-DN1040.

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Picture
Picture Features
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Upscaling
Does the AV receiver feature upscaling? This improves the picture quality of all sources by increasing the number of lines via the HDMI output. 4K is currently the highest resolution followed by 1080p and then 1080i.
4K
3D Ready
Are the HDMI sockets able to pass through 3D signals?
Yes
Sound
Sound Features
+
Channels
The number of channels. 2 or 2.1 systems are used by stereo receivers. 5.1 is the basic surround standard. 6.1 adds a rear centre. 7.1 adds side effect speakers. 9.1 adds further 'high' front effect speakers. .2 adds a second subwoofer for more even, balanced bass.
7.2
Power Output
Maximum power output per channel - RMS into 8 ohms
100 x 7 (6 ohms)
Dolby ProLogic
Dolby analogue surround sound system - for TV and video. Pro-Logic II features stereo effect rears, whilst Pro-Logic IIx can output in 6.1 or 7.1. Pro-Logic IIz is the latest system and enables greater flexibility in expanding a 5.1 playback system to 7.1, or a 7.1 system to 9.1.
ProLogic IIz
Dolby Digital
Dolby Digital Surround works from a digital source such as DVD player or Blu-ray player.
Yes
Dolby HD
High Definition Dolby decoding that is designed to get the very best from high resolution sources such as Blu-ray.
Yes
DTS
Digital Theatre System - a rival to Dolby Digital.
Yes
DTS HD
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio delivers sound even more accurate and consistent than standard DTS. It has been designed to extract the most from HD-DVD and Blu-ray. DTS-HD Master Audio takes this one step further and is capable of delivering audio that is bit-for-bit identical to the original.
Yes
DTS Neo X
The latest processor from DTS giving a 10-channel effect.
No
THX
THX certification ensures a high standard of performance. Select, Select2 and Select2 Plus certify small systems while Ultra, Ultra2 and Ultra2 Plus certify home cinema systems designed to be used in larger rooms. "2" is the current standard with "2 Plus" adding additional THX technologies such as loudness level control.
No
HDMI Audio
Does the HDMI interface carry multi-channel audio? Only newer versions of HDMI carry multi-channel audio as well as video signals.
Yes
Connections
Connection Features
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HDMI
HDMI offers the highest quality, digital connection. The numbers given relate to the number of HDMI inputs/outputs.
8 in/2 out
USB
Number of USB sockets.
1
PC Input
Can a computer be plugged in?
No
Component
Number of Component inputs.
2
Composite
Number of composite video inputs.
2
Multi-Channel Input
Does it have a multi-channel analogue input? - uses 6,9 or 11 RCA phono sockets and allows for the connection of Blu-ray players with built-in digital decoders.
No
Coaxial Inputs
Number of coaxial digital inputs to input digital sources such as DVD player.
1
Coaxial Outputs
Number of coaxial digital outputs to loop digital information through.
0
Optical Inputs
Number of optical digital inputs to input digital sources such as DVD players.
2
Optical Outputs
Number of optical digital outputs to loop digital sources through.
0
Active Subwoofer Output
Does it have a separate connection for an active (powered) subwoofer?
Yes
Dedicated Port
Does it have a dedicated port for extras such as iPod dock, Bluetooth or DAB radio?
No
Audio Inputs
Number of audio inputs on both front and rear of unit.
4
Networking
Networking Features
+
DLNA Compliant
DLNA stands for Digital Living Network Alliance. It is an alliance of interested bodies that help standardise streaming content. If a product is DLNA complaint you can be assured it will stream music from your PC, laptop to TV or other device.
Yes
Wireless Connection
Whether a wireless or, Wi-Fi, connection is included as standard or optional (via dongle). This allows for wireless connection to your home network hub.
Yes
Internet Radio & Services
Does it have access to Internet radio and other online music services?
Yes
Multiroom
Does the product feature multiroom compatibility? This can either be passive (pre), which requires additional amplification or active (powered - just add speakers).
Zone 2 - Passive
Apple AirPlay
Does the unit support Apple AirPlay? Apple AirPlay lets you listen to your entire iTunes music library from a suitable iOS device such as iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad. Best of all, the system is wireless and so is ideal for building up a wireless multi-room system.
Yes
Bluetooth
Does the unit support Bluetooth? A built-in Bluetooth receiver lets you stream music from a suitably equipped device such as a smartphone, tablet, laptop or PC.
No
HDMI Zone Out
Does the product feature HDMI Zone out? This provides a second HDMI output to give the same or a different source sound and vision in another room. Watch TV in one room and a Blu-ray in another, for example.
No
Green Credentials
Eco Friendly Features
+
Eco Friendly
Does this product conform to energy efficient standards? These standards include the American "Energy Star", the European "Energy Flower" or "EcoLabel" and the UK EST (Energy Saving Trust) certification.
No
Power Consumption - Standby
This is the power used in watts when the unit is switched off but still powered at the mains and ready to be turned back on.
0.3
Power Consumption - Normal Use
This is the power used in watts when the unit is on, using standard settings. Note, different manufacturers use different methods to arrive at this figure. In some cases only the maximum power consumption is quoted.
240
General
General Features
+
Tuner Radio
Type of radio built-in. DAB is Digital Audio Broadcasting.
FM/AM
Remote Control
Is an Infra-red remote included?
Yes
Smart Phone Remote
Can you use a Smart Phone (iPhone or Android) to control the unit?
Yes
Dimensions
Dimensions of unit (W x D x H) mm.
430 x 329 x 172
Weight
Weight of unit, unboxed, in KG.
10
Award Winning AV Receiver
Yes
Rated 4.7 out of 5áby 71 reviewers.
Rated 1 out of 5áby Product didn't work with my tv The main reason I bought this amp was first the reviews were so good and second because it had 2 sub outs and 2 hdmi outs so I could hook my tv in 1 room and my projector in the other room.Everything was ok until I put it on standby and I couldn't get a picture on my tv using the pass through! Apparently,looking on forums, loads of people had the same problem.My tv is an hitachi.But I have to give Richer Sounds credit for they took it back and were very helpful in finding me a replacement in the onkyo tx-nr636 which I think is better but it was a little bit more expensive but with the new Dolby Atmos compatibility via an upgrade and free speakers I'm more than happy. 16 September 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby fantastic easy to use Couldnt ask for any more, easy to set up and use. The sound quality and picture take films to a new level. Richer sound staff very helpful 09 September 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby An excellent box I'm not a huge AV geek so while sound quality is important, I probably couldn't tell the difference between the best sound quality and good. This unit replaced an Onkyo with the dreaded HDMI board death that was out of warranty, and I have to say that the sound quality is noticeably better. Not sure if this is the sound settings or a better quality amp, but it pumps out surround sound with more clarity and surroundness. The speakers can connect via bare wire or banana clip, there's ample connectivity and the remote control, whilst being exceptionally long, does all you need it to do although you may need to delve online to find the manual that tells you how to program it to use with your TV. 28 August 2014
Rated 3 out of 5áby its average at everything had this for a few weeks now and thought I would try a few different films before writing my review but don't expect it to get passed the censors. After many weeks of reading reviews online I decided on the Sony. Not really a Sony fan due to my blu ray player (also bought @ RS) turned out to be dim witted let down. After getting help on forums to get the optimum sound setting I can still say not a great deal better than my ten year old Denon in fact I still cant get Dolby EX which its supposed to output but I bought new speakers Q acoustic 2020i side and 2010i for the rear and after running them in I'm underwhelmed. Yes its an improvement slightly but I paid ú100 for the Dennon so three times the price only 20% better and the Sony is ugly thing exposed inputs on the front and the flimsiest volume knob ever. The one surprise is just how good Dolby Prologic ii is makes TV movies very good. So I would not recommend and I probably should have checked out the equivalent Dennon. 26 August 2014
Rated 4 out of 5áby Excellent all rounder After problems with getting a Denon AVR repaired under warranty Richer Sounds recommended this unit as a replacement. There was a minor issue setting it up in the first place which meant I had to reset it back to factory setting but since then I couldn't be more pleased. 26 August 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby Overall excellent. Old age and slightly diminished hearing forced me to sell my much-loved Quad Hi-Fi and upgrade my AV receiver to one with high quality sound. The Sony STRDN1040 available at a bargain price seemed a good choice. It was. The sound seems as good as the ageing Quad, and the facilities are mainly excellent. Can the 1050 be that much better? 20 August 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby A great price for a very good 7.2 system This is a very good product at a great price. It is very simple to install and set up and comes with some great features like internet radio, plays all you media files from your home server etc. Sound quality is good with the Tannoy TFX speakers. 19 August 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby GREAT AMP I got this amp in replacement for a Samsung 7.2 and i have to say this Sony amp is miles better with 8 hdmi play through air play if your looking to buy a 7.2 amp i would recommend it 19 August 2014
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