1-on-1 Comparison

Side-by-Side Comparison

Denon AVR-S910W

Sony STR-DN1080

SCORE:
85
SCORE:
78

Highlights

  • 7.2 channels
  • 7.1 channel processing
  • 90 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X capable
  • HDR10, Dolby Vision, 4K Upscaling, 4K Passthrough
  • AirPlay, DLNA
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • USB input

Highlights

  • 7.2 channels
  • 7ch + Phantom 2ch channel processing
  • 100 W (6 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X capable
  • HDR10, Dolby Vision, 4K Passthrough
  • AirPlay, DLNA, Chromecast
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • USB input

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Content

Overview

Here we are comparing Denon AVR-S910W to Sony STR-DN1080 to reveal their common strengths and weaknesses as well as the differences between them which will help you in making a correct decision before the purchase. Both receivers have 7 channel amplifiers with Denon AVR-S910W's being more powerful.

We have evaluated both receivers. Denon AVR-S910W gets higher overall score in our ranking system which is based on the amplifier specifications, audio and video features, connectivity, multizone capabilities, radio and many other details.

Denon AVR-S910W

Sony STR-DN1080

AMPLIFIER
86
VIDEO FEATURES
95
AUDIO FEATURES
84
CONNECTIVITY
80
MULTIZONE
77
MISCELLANEOUS
64
RADIO
89
OVERALL
85
AMPLIFIER
64
VIDEO FEATURES
94
AUDIO FEATURES
86
CONNECTIVITY
80
MULTIZONE
81
MISCELLANEOUS
67
RADIO
58
OVERALL
78

Amplifier score is based on power ratings, minimum impedance load, power supply, transformer type, total harmonic distortion, damping factor, signal to noise ratio and other small details. Audio score depends on the number of channels, front wide channel support, maximum channel processing, support of audio formats, DAC specifications, room calibration algorithm... Video score is based on HDR, Dolby Vision and 4K passthrough, upscaling, analog to HDMI upconversion. Connectivity score is defined from all wired and wireless inputs and outputs, internet and bluetooth connections, HEOS, SONOS and others. Multizone score depends on the number of zones with their outputs. Radio score is evaluated form digital radio support and analog tuner with its frequency range, signal to noise ratio, harmonic distortion...

Advantage of Denon AVR-S910W

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Denon AVR-S910W over Sony STR-DN1080.

Denon AVR-S910W has more power per channel and bigger power supply. It supports Pandora and SiriusXM.

Denon AVR-S910W vs Sony STR-DN1080
Certified 4 Ω Performance vs
Dolby Digital EX vs
High Resolution Audio Formats via USB Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD vs WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
Audyssey Dynamic EQ vs
Audyssey Dynamic Volume vs
Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through vs
Video Signal Upscaling up to 4K 24/25/30p 4:4:4 vs
Analog To HDMI Upconversion Component, Composite vs
More HDMI Inputs 8 (1 front) vs 6
More Optical Inputs 2 vs 1
More Component Video Inputs 2 vs
More Component Video Outputs 1 vs
Front A/V Inputs HDMI, USB vs USB
Analog Tuner FM/AM vs FM
Pandora vs
SiriusXM Internet Radio vs
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals vs
Bigger Power Supply 460 W vs 240 W
Longer Warranty 3 Years vs 2 Years
Higher Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC) 125 W (0.7% THD) vs 120 W (0.9% THD)

Advantage of Sony STR-DN1080

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Sony STR-DN1080 over Denon AVR-S910W.

Sony STR-DN1080 has higher signal to noise ratio, higher DSD sampling rate via USB, higher wi-fi standard and higher bluetooth standard. It supports DSD streaming via HDMI. It has bi-amp capability.

Denon AVR-S910W vs Sony STR-DN1080
Bi-amp capability vs
Music Playback via USB MP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD vs WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD, MP3, WMA, LPCM, Dolby Digital, Apple Lossless, OGG, APE
DSD via HDMI vs 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
Dialogue Lift vs Center Speaker Lift Up
High-resolution Music Enhancer vs DSEE HX
Chromecast Built-In vs
Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC) vs
More HDMI Outputs 2 (simultaneous) vs 2 (1 Main, 1 Sub/Zone2)
More Composite Video Outputs vs 1
Speaker A/B vs
Zone 2 Outs vs HDMI, RCA Pre/Line Out
Remote (IR) Input/Output 0 / 0 vs 1 / 1
More Speaker Terminals 7 vs 9
More Large Speaker Terminals 7 vs 9
Higher S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A) 100 dB vs 105 dB (500 mV)
Higher DSD Sampling Rate via USB 2.8 MHz vs 2.8 MHz, 5.6 MHz
Wi-Fi Standard IEEE 802.11 b/g/n vs IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n
Wi-Fi Terminal Frequency 2.4 GHz vs 5 GHz, 2.4 GHz
Newer Bluetooth Version 2․1 + EDR vs 4․1

Common Strengths and Weaknesses

Here we list common strengths and weaknesses of both receivers.

STRENGTHS
  Dolby Atmos
  DTS:X
  Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
  HDR10
  Dolby Vision
  4K or 8K Video Passthrough
  Ethernet
  Wi-Fi
  Bluetooth
  New HDCP Version
  USB Input
  Composite Video Inputs
  Zones
  Analog Tuner
  Spotify
WEAKNESSES
  No Front Wide Channel Support
  No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
  No IMAX Enhanced
  No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
  No HDR10+
  Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
  Few 8K Inputs
  No Phono Input
  No Analog Pre-Outs
  No Tidal

Selected Features

Amplifier

Denon AVR-S910W and Sony STR-DN1080 have 7 channel amplifiers. Denon AVR-S910W delivers 90 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and Sony STR-DN1080 delivers 100 W (6 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and they both have stable performance at 4 Ω load.


Video Features

Both receivers support 4K passthrough up to 60p. Denon AVR-S910W can do 4K upscaling. The receivers support HDR10, Dolby Vision.


HDR10

High-dynamic-range (HDR) video has greater dynamic range than standard-dynamic-range (SDR) video with brigter whites and deeper blacks. HDR10 was announced on August 27, 2015, by the Consumer Technology Association and uses the wide-gamut Rec. 2020 color space. It sends static metadata via video stream to the TV which calibrates its screen brightness and color according to that. HDR10 supports up to 1000 nits of brightness and 10-bit color which corresponds to 1024 shades of the primary RGB colors.


Dolby Vision

Dolby Vision is an update to HDR10 by adding dynamic metadata that can be used to more accurately adjust brightness levels up to 10,000 nits maximum brightness on a scene-by-scene or frame-by-frame basis and supports up to 12-bit color depth (4096 shades of RGB) and 8K resolution.


Dolby Atmos and Dolby Surround upmixer

Denon AVR-S910W and Sony STR-DN1080 support Dolby Atmos with its Dolby Surround upmixer. They can be configured upto 5.1.2 channels using internal amplifiers.

Dolby Atmos is the first cinematic audio format in which sounds exist as individual entities, called audio objects. In Dolby Atmos, any sound - the helicopter, a car screeching around a corner, a melodic bird call - can exist as an independent audio object, free of channel restrictions. They can be precisely placed and moved anywhere in your room, including overhead, to flow above and around you in three-dimensional space. Through the use of audio objects, overhead sound, and all the richness, clarity, and power of Dolby sound, Dolby Atmos turns your room into an amazing place for entertainment. You'll feel like you're inside the action, in ways you've never experienced before.

Dolby Atmos for the home represents every sound in the original cinema mix as an audio object. Extensions to the Dolby Audio™ codecs, along with an advanced scalable algorithm, allow Dolby Atmos to be delivered via Blu-ray Disc and streaming media. A spatially-coded substream is added to Dolby TrueHD or Dolby Digital Plus. A Dolby Atmos audio/video receiver (AVR) adapts the cinema experience to your home theater from seven speakers to as many as 34 in 24.1.10 configuration, recreating the original artistic concept. The format supports up to 128 simultaneous independent audio objects in a mix for rich, realistic, and breathtaking sound. It recreates the director's original concept through descriptive metadata to provide customized playback for home theater and delivers sounds above you through overhead speakers, special upward-firing Dolby Atmos speakers, or a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar.

If the content is not mixed in Dolby Atmos then the Dolby surround upmixer will expand the audio to all channels including ceiling speakers. The upmixer has replaced the Dolby Pro Logic II family with improved upmixing algorithms.


DTS:X and Neural:X upmixer

Denon AVR-S910W and Sony STR-DN1080 support DTS:X with its Neural:X upmixer. Both of them can be configured upto 5.1.2 channels using internal amplifiers.

A technique used in DTS:X is similar to the one used in Dolby Atmos. Instead of a fixed number of channels, DTS:X defines object locations from the listener in polar coordinates. An a/v receiver then dynamically renders sound according to the current speaker configuration. The speaker layout employed by DTS:X is the sum of Dolby Atmos and Auro-3D. It has standard 7.1 channel base layer, a 5 channel height layer above the base layer on the front and side walls, and 3 rows of speakers on the ceiling.

DTS Neural:X is an upmixer that can take non DTS:X content and upmix it to the DTS:X speaker layout. It has replaced the DTS Neo family with improved flexibility.


Digital Legato Linear

Sony STR-DN1080 features Digital Legato Linear (D.L.L.) to play audio signals with high-quality sound. The D.L.L. function is a technology developed by Sony that allows low-quality digital and analog audio signals to be played with high-quality sound. This function is available for Linear PCM signals, as well as lossy compression audio formats and analog audio signals. It works when [2ch Stereo], [Direct], [A.F.D.] or [Multi Stereo] is selected.


Connectivity

Denon AVR-S910W

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Denon AVR-S910W can be connected to internet using ethernet cable or built-in wi-fi adapter. It can also connect to bluetooth devices via built-in bluetooth adapter. The Receiver supports AirPlay. It has 8 HDMI inputs with HDCP 2.2 copy protection.

Front panel has HDMI and USB inputs.

Sony STR-DN1080

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Sony STR-DN1080 can be connected to internet using ethernet cable or built-in wi-fi adapter. It can also connect to bluetooth devices via built-in bluetooth adapter. The Receiver supports AirPlay. It has 6 HDMI inputs with HDCP 2.2 (6 in / 2 out) copy protection.

Front panel has USB input.

Specifications

And in the end let us list the detailed specifications of the receivers side-by-side.

Note: The following table shows only those details which are applicable for both models and excludes the ones that are applicable for only one model. If you want to see a full list of specs for each model please visit their individual pages here - Denon AVR-S910W and here - Sony STR-DN1080.

BASICS Denon AVR-S910W Sony STR-DN1080
BrandDenonSony
ModelAVR-S910WSTR-DN1080
TypeA/V ReceiverA/V Receiver
CountryUSAUSA and Canada
Release Year20152017
AMPLIFIER Denon AVR-S910W Sony STR-DN1080
Channels7.27.2
Front Wide Channel Support
THX™ Certification
Continuous 6 Ω Rated
Certified 4 Ω Performance
Bi-amp Capability
AUDIO Denon AVR-S910W Sony STR-DN1080
Maximum Channel Processing7.17ch + Phantom 2ch
Air Studios Monitor Certification
Dolby Atmos up to 5.1.2 plus 2 phantom rear surround channels
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
Dolby Atmos Music
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Surround Upmixer
Dolby Pro Logic
Dolby Digital EX
Surround EX
DTS:X up to 5.1.2 plus 2 phantom rear surround channels
DTS Neural:X
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neo
DTS-HD Master Audio
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
DTS 96/24
DTS Express
DTS-ES Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1 Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1
IMAX Enhanced
Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
PCM 2-ch/Multi-ch Input 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
Music Playback via USBMP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSDWAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD, MP3, WMA, LPCM, Dolby Digital, Apple Lossless, OGG, APE
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network up to 192 kHz up to 192 kHz
High Resolution Audio Formats via USBApple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSDWAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DSD via USB 2-ch Input 2-ch Input
DSD to PCM Converter
USB DAC
DTS Dialog Control
Dialogue Lift Center Speaker Lift Up
High-resolution Music Enhancer DSEE HX
Audyssey Dynamic EQ
Audyssey Dynamic Volume
Audyssey LFC
Audyssey Sub EQ HT
Audyssey DSX
Direct Mode
Pure Direct Mode
CALIBRATION Denon AVR-S910W Sony STR-DN1080
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. Audyssey MultEQ XT D.C.A.C. EX
VIDEO Denon AVR-S910W Sony STR-DN1080
HDR10
HDR10+
BT.2020 color space
Dolby Vision
HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)
QMS (Quick Media Switching)
ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode)
VRR (Variable Refresh Rate)
QFT (Quick Frame transport)
3-D Ready
Video Signal Passthroughup to 4K 50/60Hz 4:4:4up to 4K/60p (YCbCr4:4:4)
Video Signal Upscaling up to 4K 24/25/30p 4:4:4
Analog To HDMI Upconversion Component, Composite
isf Certified Calibration Control
CONNECTIVITY Denon AVR-S910W Sony STR-DN1080
MHL Input
DLNA 1.5
FireConnect
FlareConnect
Chromecast Built-In
DTS Play-Fi
Works with Amazon Alexa
Works with SONOS
AirPlay AirPlay AirPlay
Apple Product Connection iPod, iPhone and iPad iPod, iPhone and iPad
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevue
Ethernet
Ethernet Switch
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth SBC, AAC, LDAC
HDBaseT Compatible
Enhanced ARC
HDCP Version2.22.2 (6 in / 2 out)
HDMI Inputs8 (1 front)6
HDMI Outputs2 (simultaneous)2 (1 Main, 1 Sub/Zone2)
8K Inputs
USB Input1 (Front) for iPod/iPhone and USB memory1 (Front)
USB DC Out Port
Analog Audio Line Input44
Analog Audio Line Output
Phono Input
Optical In21
Optical Out
Coaxial In/Out1 / 1 /
Composite Video Input22
Composite Video Output1
S-Video Input
S-Video Output
Component Video Input2
Component Video Output1
PC In
Multi-Channel Input
Analog Pre-Outs0.20.2
XLR Inputs
XLR Pre-outs
Front A/V InputsHDMI, USBUSB
Speaker A/B
Headphone Out 6.3 mm 6.3 mm
ZONES Denon AVR-S910W Sony STR-DN1080
Zones22
Powered Zones 2 2
Zone 2HDMI, RCA Pre/Line Out
RS-232
+12V Trigger Output0
Remote (IR) Input/Output0 / 01 / 1
MISC Denon AVR-S910W Sony STR-DN1080
On-Screen Display Advanced Graphic User Interface Graphical User Interface
GUI Languages33
Detachable Power Cord
RADIO Denon AVR-S910W Sony STR-DN1080
Analog Tuner FM/AM FM
Digital Radio
Pandora
Spotify
Tidal
Deezer
Napster
SiriusXM Internet Radio
CONSTRUCTION Denon AVR-S910W Sony STR-DN1080
Speaker Terminals79
Large Speaker Terminals79
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
Gold plated RCA terminals
POWER Denon AVR-S910W Sony STR-DN1080
Power SupplyAC 120 V, 60 HzAC 120 V, 60 Hz
Power Consumption460 W240 W
Standby Power0.1 W0.4 W
GENERAL Denon AVR-S910W Sony STR-DN1080
Dimensions (W x H x D)434 mm x 167 mm x 339 mm (with antenna: 434 mm x 235 mm x 339 mm)
17-1/16" x 6-9/16" x 13-3/8" (with antenna up: 17-1/16" x 9-1/4" x 13-3/8")
430 mm x 156 mm x 331 mm
17" x 6-1/4" x 13-1/8"
Weight9.4 kg (20 lbs 12 oz)9.1 kg (20 lbs. 1 oz.)
Warranty3 Years2 Years
SPECS Denon AVR-S910W Sony STR-DN1080
Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2125 W (0.7% THD)120 W (0.9% THD)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)200 mV/47 kΩ500 mV/50 kΩ
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)100 dB105 dB (500 mV)
Frequency Response (Analog In)+1/-3 dB (10 Hz to 100 kHz, Direct mode)10 Hz - 100 kHz/+0.5 dB, -2 dB
DSD Sampling Rates via USB2.8 MHz2.8 MHz, 5.6 MHz
Video Input Sensitivity/Output Level and Impedance1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component Y)
0.7 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component PB/CB, PR/CR)
1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Composite)
Ethernet Standard100BASE-TX100BASE-TX
Wi-Fi StandardIEEE 802.11 b/g/nIEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n
Wi-Fi Terminal Frequency2.4 GHz5 GHz, 2.4 GHz
Bluetooth Version2․1 + EDR4․1
Bluetooth Frequency2.4 GHz2.4 GHz
USB TerminalUSB2.0 5V, 1 AType A, Ver. 2.0, 5 V, 1 A
FM Frequency87.5 MHz - 107.9 MHz87.5 MHz - 108.0 MHz

* - 480i/576i and 480p/576p only
** - 480i/576i only
*** - no 1080p/24 upconversion
**** - 1080p signal is not converted

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