Sony STR-DN1080 vs Pioneer VSX-933

Which one to choose and why: Pioneer VSX-933 vs. Sony STRDN1080

Pioneer VSX-933 vs Sony STRDN1080

Time to decide: Sony STRDN1080 vs Pioneer VSX-933 challenge

Both models have their own pros and cons, however, what to do if you need to choose between two? Does the volume matter more for you than a number of features implemented? Do you have a lot of space in your room to buy a receiver of a large size? All these answers you can find below and make your choice Pioneer VSX-933 vs. Sony STRDN1080.

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Features & Performance

Pioneer VSX-933 vs Sony STRDN1080 back

Compare both receivers to each other, there are several differences that may be critical for some people. One of them is no Apple lossless recognition for Sony model versus Pioneer, however the output power per channel in Sony will please even audiophiles — 165 W! Operation power consumption is surprisingly low for this Sony model as well - 240 W, so don’t be afraid to use it every day if you wish. However, Sony STRDN1080 has only two built-in decoders - DTS:X and Dolby Atmos, so if you are a cinema fan, you should think more towards Pioneer VSX-933.

Connections & Setup

Pioneer’s set up is a bit of a pain if you want to use it for ZONE 2 option. The first thing to notice, this works only on analog inputs, and won’t work for or digital. I got a DAC with the digital coaxial output and RCA output that needs to go one of the RCA analog inputs available. Set up for Sony was a bit easier, the only thing - can't get it to work with SKY Q. Input/output-wise, if you have a lot to connect, better choose Sony STRDN1080 that has 6 HDMI inputs and 2 HDMI outputs versus only 4 inputs and 1 output in Pioneer VSX-933. The advantage of Pioneer is 2 USB ports, but does it matter more than HDMI for you?

Design

Talking about design, both receivers are similar and have big clear screens, not overloaded with many buttons in front and even have some inputs there: for Pioneer VSX-933, there are the phone, aux and USB inputs, for Sony STRDN1080 there are phone and USB inputs. Another thing worth mentioning is Pioneer’s remote – all needed buttons labeled clearly and big in size.

Pioneer VSX-933 pros & cons

Pros:

  • Great high-front Surround Sound.
  • 7 built-in decoders, all DTS decoders are included.

Cons:

  • Be aware that there is no auto voice volume alignment for 5.1 sources.
  • Do not support app for the podcast.

Sony STRDN1080 pros & cons

Pros:

  • The pure direct mode allows improving sound quality.
  • Low operational power consumption.

Cons:

  • No phone remote control feature.

Sony STR-DN1080

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Pioneer VSX-933 review

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Common

Product

Sony STR-DN1080
Pioneer VSX-933

Model

STR-DN1080
VSX-933

Brand

Sony
Pioneer

Rating

3.8 of 5
4.8 of 5

Reviews

278
14

Functions

Digital player

Internet radio

Network audio player

Amplifier class

Audio formats

AAC

AIFF

Apple lossless

DSD

FLAC

MP3

WAV

WMA

Built-in decoders

DTS neural:X

DTS-HD master audio

DTS:X

Dolby atmos

Dolby digital plus

Dolby surround

Dolby true HD

Power device

Operational power consumption

240 W
480 W

Standby power consumption

0.4 W
0.1 W

Built-in display

Type

fluorescent
fluorescent

Colour

black
black

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

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
4

Optical digital inputs

1
1

Coaxial digital inputs

1
1

HDMI inputs

6
4

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 qty

30
30

Additional features

A-B speaker switch

AIR Studios monitor certification

Three-zone capability

X.v.Color

Advanced sound retriever (ASR) technology

Apple air-play support

Audio return channel (ARC)

Bi-amplifying

Deep color

MCACC Pro

Auto power off

Pure direct mode

Dual-zone capability

Smartphone remote control

Sound features

Sound output mode

Surround Sound
Surround Sound

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 sound processor (DSP)

DSP preset qty

9

Digital content protection

HDCP 2.2
HDCP 2.2

Clock

Built-in clock

Sleep timer

Dimensions

Shipping size

19 x 15 x 8.4 inches
14.6 x 17.1 x 6.8 inches

Product weight

23 pounds
21 pounds

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  • 28.6
  • 18.2Sony STR-DN1080
  • 28.6Pioneer VSX-933

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