The Sony STR-DN1080 is no ordinary home theater amplifier. Not only is it current What Hi-Fi? An award recipient, he is in fact a three-time winner – an unprecedented move when it comes to audiovisual receivers – and a Hall of Fame inductee.
These accolades are also offered at a surprisingly low price. We tested this exceptional amp at £ 429 ($ 600), but with Cyber Monday booming, there’s every chance you can get a good deal below …
The Sony STR-DN1080 is a fantastic home theater amplifier that fills a ton of boxes. It plays Dolby Atmos soundtracks up to a 5.1.2 speaker configuration and supports the new DTS: X format. The six HDMI inputs are also HDCP 2.2 compliant, ensuring full playback of 4K HDR content. If you want to enjoy surround sound in the best possible quality, this is a good start.
Cutting-edge technology continues with support for high-resolution music files (up to 24-bit / 192kHz). Built-in streaming features include Bluetooth, AirPlay, Chromecast, and Spotify Connect.
Design-wise, this hefty, well-built box features a handful of shortcut buttons, smooth-running volume and input dials, and a streamlined display that you can read at a glance. Make no mistake, this is a simple and easy to use amp despite the sophisticated specifications.
Of course, the big selling point of this amp is its spellbinding sound. There is an amazing amount of natural detail in the vocals, while the more important moments get an explosive punch and dynamism rarely heard at this price point.
Denon’s AVR-X3700H offers a bit more power and 8K support, but it’s also more than double the price of this Sony model. When you factor in the STR-DN1080’s mix of captivating sound and cutting edge technology, not to mention its attractive price tag, nothing else comes close to money.
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