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
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.
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.
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?
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.
The Pioneer VSX-933 is better receiver in this comparison. Check Pioneer VSX-933 price