Sony STR-DN1080 vs Pioneer VSX-932

Pioneer VSX-932 vs Sony STRDN1080: choose, compare and buy

Pioneer VSX-932 vs Sony STRDN1080

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.

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Features & Performance

Pioneer VSX-932 vs Sony STRDN1080 back

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.

Connections & Setup

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.

Design

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 pros & cons

Pros:

  • Great sound performance.
  • Fast setup.

Cons:

  • The biggest problem is trying to use the online services. It is not clear which services (if any) can be used without premium subscriptions and which can be used as-is.

Sony STRDN1080 pros & cons

Pros:

  • Dolby Atmos - sound from above the visual field using additional speakers.
  • DTS:X added - being compatible with the newest formats is always a good thing. Sony's first receiver to fully implement this feature.
  • Sixth HDMI port removed from a front panel for easy access and now included with the usual I/O section on the rear panel.

Cons:

  • It took some time to set this up.

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Product

Sony STR-DN1080
Pioneer VSX-932

Model

STR-DN1080
VSX-932

Brand

Sony
Pioneer

Rating

3.8 of 5
3.5 of 5

Reviews

280
13

Amplifier

Total output power

1155 W
560 W

Output power per channel

165 W
80 W

Output impedance per channel

6 Ohm
6 Ohm, 8 Ohm

Frequency response

20 Hz-20 kHz
20 Hz-20 kHz

Total harmonic distortion

0.09 %
0.08 %

Number of channels

7
7

Signal-to-noise ratio

108 dB
100 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, analog to HDMI up conversion

3D pass-through

Upscaling via HDMI

up to 4K
up to 4K

Connector type

AV inputs

1
6

Optical digital inputs

1
1

Coaxial digital inputs

1
1

HDMI inputs

6
6

HDMI outputs

2
1

Optical digital outputs

has not
has not

Coaxial digital outputs

has not
has not

Subwoofer outputs

2
2

USB

1
2

Phones

1
1

Media content source

Bluetooth

Network

USB-host

Radio

Tuner type

digital
digital

Tuner bands

AM/FM
AM/FM

Preset station

30
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
32bit / 384kHz

Surround sound effects

S-FORCE Pro Front Surround Sound
Theater-Dimensional Virtual Surround

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
480 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 6.8 inches

Weight

23 pounds
19.4 pounds
Sony STR-DN1080
Pioneer VSX-932
Sony STR-DN1080
Pioneer VSX-932

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