Denon AVR-S740H vs Sony STR-DN1080

Denon AVRS740H vs Sony STRDN1080 – Great Audio and Video

Denon AVRS740H vs Sony STRDN1080

I’d like to compare two mid-level AVs Denon AVRS740H vs Sony STRDN1080 to find out the crucial diversities between 7-channel Sony and 5-channel Denon that influence their functionality. Sony STRDN1080 is more expensive, but it has no smartphone remote control and its distortion is a bit higher. However, more low-cost Denon AVRS740H lacks a total power, as well as a power per channel.

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Features & Performance

Denon AVRS740H is a Dolby Atmos AV that produces an excellent sound especially while streaming over the Internet via USB or HEOS app. To get loud and at the same time warm and rich sound at low volume, to turn it up will be better. Sony STRDN1080’s sound is brighter and more surround but less intimate. However, it supports both Dolby Atmos and DTS:X to make the sound extremely immersive.

Sony STRDN1080 vs Denon AVRS740H

Connections & Setup

Unfortunately, Denon AVRS740H has no built-in Chromecast but can boast Amazon Alexa control. It streams content from Pandora, Amazon music, and many other services. Denon AVRS740H provides great playback of some various audio formats through both the USB port and the connected PC or laptop. It allows setting wireless system in two different rooms. It is possible to expand input sources or Bluetooth connections with the aid of just HDMI cables – a single one for every source – without punches of RCA or optical cables. Sony STRDN1080 can’t offer turntable connectivity in contrast to Denon AVRS740H, but it has 6 inputs HDMI inputs and 2 HDMI outputs versus Denon AVRS740H’s 5 inputs and 1 output.

Design

When looking at Sony STRDN1080 vs Denon AVRS740H, the differences in their design are visible. Denon AVRS740H looks a bit overcrowded in comparison with neat Sony STRDN1080, but it has some useful shortcut buttons on the front panel. Besides, it is more compact and lighter than Sony STRDN1080.

Sony STRDN1080 comes with a minimalist approach. It looks modern with its metal finish. The display is not very large: it is hidden in a glossy strip along the top of the AVs front panel. 2 large buttons are plastic and light. In general, its building seems average.

Denon AVRS740H Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • Perfect connection with Apple 4K TV.
  • Provides more accurate and natural colors while streaming videos.
  • The system set up is accurate and easy due to Audyssey speaker calibration.

Cons:

  • Old on-screen graphics when using the remote.

Sony STRDN1080 Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • Does upscaling via HDMI to enjoy any content in the higher quality.
  • High signal-to-noise ratio that allows getting loud sounds with a minimum of background noises.

Cons:

  • Can’t reduce files and improve their quality on the Apple devices.

Denon AVR-S740H

Denon AVR-S740H review

Oct 09, 2018

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Sony STR-DN1080

Sony STR-DN1080 review

May 10, 2019

The STRDN1080 is a flagship receiver from Sony’s line. However, by requiring under $600 for the product, the company tries to prove that it’s not necessary to break the bank to get everyt...

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Common

Product

Denon AVR-S740H
Sony STR-DN1080

Model

AVR-S740H
STR-DN1080

Brand

Denon
Sony

Rating

4.1 of 5
3.8 of 5

Reviews

145
280

Amplifier

Total output power

390 W
1155 W

Output power per channel

75 W
165 W

Output impedance per channel

8 Ohm
6 Ohm

Frequency response

20 Hz-20 kHz
20 Hz-20 kHz

Total harmonic distortion

0.08 %
0.09 %

Number of channels

5
7

Signal-to-noise ratio

92 dB
108 dB

Functions

Digital player

Internet radio

Network audio player

Audio formats

AAC

AIFF

Apple lossless

FLAC

MP3

WAV

WMA

Built-in decoders

DTS:X

Dolby Atmos

Dolby digital plus

Dolby surround

Dolby true HD

Built-in display

Type

fluorescent
fluorescent

Colour

black
black

Connectivity interfaces

Bluetooth

Wi-Fi

IEEE 802.3

IEEE 802.3u

Signal processing

HDMI pass-through

up to 4K
up to 4K

Video conversion/scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling

3D pass-through

Upscaling via HDMI

up to 4K

Connector type

AV inputs

5
1

Optical digital inputs

2
1

Coaxial digital inputs

1
1

HDMI inputs

5
6

HDMI outputs

1
2

Optical digital outputs

has not
has not

Coaxial digital outputs

has not
has not

Subwoofer outputs

2
2

USB

1
1

Phones

1
1

Media content source

Bluetooth

Network

USB-host

Radio

Tuner type

digital
digital

Tuner bands

AM/FM
AM/FM

Preset station

40
30

Additional features

A-B speaker switch

Three-zone capability

Advanced sound retriever (ASR) technology

Apple air-play support

Audio return channel (ARC)

Bi-amplifying

Auto power off

Pure direct mode

Dual-zone capability

Smartphone remote control

Sound features

Audio D/A converter

24bit / 192kHz
24bit / 192kHz

Surround sound effects

S-FORCE Pro Front Surround Sound

Surround system class

5.1 channel
7.2 channel

Digital content protection

HDCP 2.2
HDCP 2.2

Clock

Built-in clock

Sleep timer

Power device

Operational power consumption

340 W
240 W

Standby power consumption

0.1 W
0.4 W

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Dimensions

13.3 x 17.1 x 5.9 inches
19 x 15 x 8.4 inches

Weight

18.74 pounds
23 pounds
Denon AVR-S740H
Sony STR-DN1080
Denon AVR-S740H
Sony STR-DN1080

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