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...Read More
The Pioneer VSX-932 vs Sony STRDN1080 themselves are very good. I especially liked the support for 4K-ohm speakers. Even though any A/V amplifier can handle 4K-ohm speakers if you are careful, you risk blowing out the amp if 4K-ohm speakers are driven beyond living room volume.
Pioneer VSX-932 has a very attractive design, the text rendered in a modern font and delivered in a blue, white, black color scheme. The calibration system took three or four minutes on my 5.1.2 set-up. Sony STRDN1080 versus Pioneer has several more features that aren't as prominent but illustrate Sony's commitment to audio reproduction. Features like "In-Ceiling Speaker Mode" which reproduces more natural sound by lowering the position of audio output from speakers installed in the ceiling and "Center Speaker Lift Up" which is supposed to produce a natural sound that feels more authentic by lifting the sound from the center speaker up to the height of the screen.
The Pioneer VSX-932 is quite omnivorous with regard to digital audio. For one thing, it supports plenty of online services: TuneIn (radio), Deezer, Tidal and Spotify (specifically, Spotify Connect). And likewise for local digital media. There’s support for Apple AirPlay, Google Chromecast, and DLNA. It should be at home in both Apple and Windows/Android homes. Sony STRDN1080 vs Pioneer VSX-932 very impressed with what I heard. Their small tweaks ultimately do result in a perception of a more natural overall sound.
Both items have great design. Turntables are definitely back! Coaxial and digital audio inputs? One of each. To compare relatively modest four HDMI inputs, rather light for us, given we have lots of source devices, but a ‘normal’ person is likely to have a disc spinner and a PVR, and two spare HDMI inputs just in case. The important thing about these inputs is that they support Ultra HD signals, including 2160p/60 at 12 bits and the all-important HDCP 2.2.
Pioneer VSX-932 is better receiver in this comparison. Check Pioneer VSX-932 price