Sony STR-DN1080 vs Pioneer VSX-1131

Pioneer VSX-1131 vs Sony STRDN1080 – Which One Should I Choose?

Pioneer VSX-1131 vs Sony STRDN1080

Best Modern Receiver at Affordable Price – Pioneer VSX-1131 vs Sony STRDN1080

Both Pioneer VSX-1131 and Sony STRDN1080 are on top of the popularity, but Sony is more famous and credible company. It was interesting for me to test these “audio giants” and match versus each other.

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Features & Performance

Throughout the compare process, I noticed, that after being run for a few hours, the Sony has started to produce cracking sounds. The reason was in a thermal protection which was trying to cool the system down. The Pioneer doesn’t have such a feature and I chose to install the additional cooler, something like a computer case fan. I was surprised when saw that Sony STRDN1080 doesn’t reproduce sound in Apple lossless format, unlike Pioneer VSX-1131.

Sony STRDN1080 vs Pioneer VSX-1131

Connections & Setup

When I decided to make a comparison of Pioneer VSX-1131 vs Sony STRDN1080, I saw that the Pioneer offers the user 7 HDMI inputs, 6 of which were hidden on the front back of a receiver. The Sony can boast of only 6 inputs. Added in the Sony second Wi-Fi antenna for Airplay, DLNA, and Chromecast allowed connecting without problems, but with the Pioneer there were some problems cause the AirPlay sometimes was closing down. I didn’t like in the VSX-1131 the absence of connecting with the help of hard wiring.

Design

Both receivers look presentable. Their large displays with bright inscriptions, buttons, and control dials work seamlessly. After comparing Sony STRDN1080 vs Pioneer VSX-1131 sizes, I can say that the first one is larger (19 x 15 x 8.4 inches) and the second one is smaller (12.6 x 17.1 x 6.6 inches). I paid attention to the fact that the information on Sony’s display was shown clearer than on Pioneer’s.

Pioneer VSX-1131 Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • It has an amazing sound.
  • It can integrate with a Bluetooth.
  • There is an equalizer on each channel.
  • The speaker calibration is easy.

Cons:

  • An AirPlay and iPhone remote app didn’t work smoothly in wired mode.
  • Connecting Wi-Fi or Bluetooth may be slow.
  • The updating process via Wi-Fi may fall (even the reset may be unhelpful), so it’s better to download and install updating with the help of the USB drive.

Sony STRDN1080 Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • The Dolby Atmos sound is alive and bounces across the room.
  • Remote works well. I could control the receiver even from the opposite side of the room.
  • There is a built-in Wi-Fi.

Cons:

  • A poor manual is not enough.
  • The audio format changes from Dolby Surround to another random format for no reason.
  • The menu navigation is a little slow.

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Common

Product

Sony STR-DN1080
Pioneer VSX-1131

Model

STR-DN1080
VSX-1131

Brand

Sony
Pioneer

Rating

3.8 of 5
4.0 of 5

Reviews

280
139

Amplifier

Total output power

1155 W
160 W

Output power per channel

165 W
100 W, 170 W

Output impedance per channel

6 Ohm
6 Ohm, 8 Ohm

Frequency response

20 Hz-20 kHz
10 Hz-100 kHz

Total harmonic distortion

0.09 %
0.08 %

Number of channels

7
9

Signal-to-noise ratio

108 dB
106 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
up to 4K

Connector type

AV inputs

1
3

Optical digital inputs

1
2

Coaxial digital inputs

1
1

HDMI inputs

6
7

HDMI outputs

2
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

30
40

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
32bit / 384kHz

Surround sound effects

S-FORCE Pro Front Surround Sound
Front Stage Surround Advance

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

240 W
550 W

Standby power consumption

0.4 W
0.1 W

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Dimensions

19 x 15 x 8.4 inches
12.6 x 17.1 x 6.6 inches

Weight

23 pounds
19.9 pounds
Sony STR-DN1080
Pioneer VSX-1131
Sony STR-DN1080
Pioneer VSX-1131

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  • 26.8
  • 18.4Sony STR-DN1080
  • 26.8Pioneer VSX-1131

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