Denon AVR-X1500H vs Sony STR-DN1080

Denon AVRX1500 vs Sony STRDN1080: a Professional Insight

Denon AVRX1500 vs Sony STRDN1080

Sony STRDN1080 vs Denon AVRX1500 is slightly pricier but it has more good reviews and satisfied users. Denon is affordable and easier, much lighter and less power consuming. The choice comes down to what features and options you prefer.

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Features & Performance

Denon AVRX1500 vs Sony STRDN1080 back

Both receivers play WAV, WMA, MP3, Apple Lossless, FLAC, DSD, and AAC audio formats. Denon AVRX1500 has got many featured built-in decoders like DTS:X, DTS neural:X, DTS-HD master audio, Dolby Atmos, Dolby True HD, and Dolby Surround. So you definitely have some cool features to toy with. Sony STRDN1080 only has Dolby Atmos and DTS:X.

Sony STRDN1080 vs Denon AVRX1500 has a much smaller operational consumption 240W compared to 430 W. Denon has a harmonic distortion of 0.09% and Sony has 0.08% so both of these AV receivers have the radio emissions above average. Denon has 13 audio channels and Sony only has 7.

Connections & Setup

Both have Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Airplay and IEEE 802.3 and 802.3u. The connector options for Denon AVRX1500 are very abundant, you have 6 AV inputs, 6 HDMI inputs, 1 HDMI output, 2 Subwoofer outputs, 2 Optical Digital inputs and 1 Coaxial Digital input, one input for USB and 1 for phones. Sony STRDN1080 has got some way more humble connection options: a single AV input, 1 Optical Digital input, 1 Coaxial Digital input, 6 HDMI inputs, 2 Subwoofer inputs, 1 input for phones and 1 for USB.

Design

The design is minimalistic, both Sony and Denon have black displays with fluorescent white lettering. The bodies are enclosed into black metallic matte cases. Denon has got more symmetry versus Sony, that is stylishly asymmetrical.

Sony STRDN1080 pros & cons

Pros:

  • The setup is really easy and convenient, extremely simple.
  • Really cool for a tech geek looking for some advanced features to play around with.
  • Amazing sound for the price point especially if you compare it to the similar models from other brands.

Cons:

  • It Is not compatible with Alexa.
  • Quite expensive considering some humble features the price of nearly $600 is up there.

Denon AVRX1500 pros & cons

Pros:

  • Works with Alexa.
  • The setup and the alignment were very simple, will be easy for your entire family to understand and to operate.
  • Very affordable, only around $500 when not on sale.

Cons:

  • Customer service working hours might be limited.
  • The front display freezes once in a while.

Denon AVR-X1500H

Denon AVR-X1500H review

Nov 27, 2018

The Denon AVRX1500 has a 4K/60Hz video pass through and is ready to work with projectors in home theaters. It also has an intelligent ECO mode, which minimizes energy consumption, without reducing th...

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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-X1500H
Sony STR-DN1080

Model

AVR-X1500H
STR-DN1080

Brand

Denon
Sony

Rating

4.2 of 5
3.8 of 5

Reviews

13
280

Amplifier

Total output power

560 W
1155 W

Output power per channel

80 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

13
7

Signal-to-noise ratio

98 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
HDMI to HDMI scaling

3D pass-through

Upscaling via HDMI

up to 4K

Connector type

AV inputs

6
1

Optical digital inputs

2
1

Coaxial digital inputs

1
1

HDMI inputs

6
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

56
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

Dolby Surround
S-FORCE Pro Front Surround Sound

Surround system class

7.2 channel
7.2 channel

Digital content protection

HDCP 2.2
HDCP 2.2

Clock

Built-in clock

Sleep timer

Power device

Operational power consumption

430 W
240 W

Standby power consumption

0.5 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

18.7 pounds
23 pounds
Denon AVR-X1500H
Sony STR-DN1080
Denon AVR-X1500H
Sony STR-DN1080

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