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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.
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.
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.
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.