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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
+
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 62 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5áby Overall excellent This was my first AV receiver. Can't really fault it, does everything well. My only gripe is that it is slightly taller than some others and only just fits onto the TV stand shelf. 17 August 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby Excellent sound Excellent product at a really good price. Had a few issues getting it to work with my t.v. (Arc setting) not least of which it does not come with a manual. Downloaded the 100+'page document off the web and didn't realise how' much this machine could do. Really love the ease of Airplay with my iPhone and speaker set up was very easy. 16 August 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby A worthwhile upgrade Had my old Yamaha RXV740 for years, hooked up to Kef 2005.2, but was getting bored of swapping out HDMI cables on the back of the telly. Also felt like I was missing out on TrueHD and DTS MA. Sony setup was ok...but set the Eggs to "large" every time, so had to change that and tweak the sub settings. Once done the sound is really much more rounded and...richer for want of a better word. Just make sure you set the crossover frequency to 80hz if you have Eggs. Airplay feature is the only let down. When it DOES work (temperamental) it sounds strident and tinny. Seems to work with IPad but not IPhone 5 at all. 15 August 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 All you need from a AV This Sony AV ticks all the boxs . You get a lot for your money with this unit Great sound and features . First class service from Birmingham branch. 14 August 2014
Rated 3 out of 5áby not as good as expected. I am replacing my 13yr old ú500 sony av amp which was very good, I thought this would be just as good but the sound just doesn't sound right, a lot of hi end but lacking in low end and fullness of sound and voices. I have it bi wired and tried every setting but not feeling my music with this like my old amp. not too happy. 12 August 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby Great improvement in sound quality over earlier Sony A/V receiver Not having a printed user manual was frustrating for initial set-up. However once up and running it was a joy to listen to; very responsive if slightly complicated remote. Overall a very good buy. 11 August 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby The sound is brilliant This is a fantastic piece of kit,easy to set up and the connectivity is future proof,at least for me anyway.The sound is brilliant even from relatively cheap speakers.I should have bought a receiver years ago and I'm glad I got this one.The price wasn't bad too! 09 August 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby Very impressive product, great features. Easy to install, very straight forward. clear on screen instructions, brings my Bose system to life, great detail in the sound, toke me some time to balance bass, middle levels, but after some time achieved excellent results... 09 August 2014
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