Denon AVR-X4400H vs Sony STR-DH790 Detailed Comparison
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SCORE:
93
SCORE:
70

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Overview

Here we are comparing Denon AVR-X4400H to Sony STR-DH790 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. The Denon AVR-X4400H has 9 channel and the Sony STR-DH790 has 7 channel amplifiers with Denon AVR-X4400H's being more powerful.

Let us have a look at some highlights of the models.

Denon AVR-X4400H Highlights

Sony STR-DH790 Highlights

  • 9.2 channels
  • 125 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, Auro 3D capable
  • HDR10, Dolby Vision, 4K Upscaling, 4K Passthrough
  • AirPlay 2, DLNA, HEOS
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • USB and Phono inputs
  • 7.2 channels
  • 90 W (6 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X capable
  • HDR10, Dolby Vision, 4K Passthrough
  • Bluetooth
  • USB input

We have evaluated both receivers. Denon AVR-X4400H 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-X4400H

Sony STR-DH790

AMPLIFIER
92
VIDEO FEATURES
96
AUDIO FEATURES
93
CONNECTIVITY
91
MULTIZONE
93
MISCELLANEOUS
88
RADIO
92
OVERALL
93
AMPLIFIER
62
VIDEO FEATURES
91
AUDIO FEATURES
86
CONNECTIVITY
62
MULTIZONE
55
MISCELLANEOUS
49
RADIO
36
OVERALL
70

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-X4400H

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Denon AVR-X4400H over Sony STR-DH790.

Denon AVR-X4400H has more channels, more power per channel, more channel processing, more zones and bigger power supply. It supports Auro3D, Amazon Alexa, Spotify, Tidal, Deezer and Napster. It has DTS Dialog Control, phono input and analog pre-outs.

Denon AVR-X4400H Sony STR-DH790
More Channels 9.2 7.2
Certified 4 Ω Performance
More Channel Processing 11.2 7.1
Dolby Digital EX
DTS Virtual:X via firmware update
Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer Built-In
DTS Dialog Control
Audyssey Dynamic EQ
Audyssey Dynamic Volume
Audyssey LFC
Audyssey Sub EQ HT
Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through
Video Signal Upscaling up to 4K 50/60Hz 4:4:4
Analog To HDMI Upconversion Component**, Composite
isf Certified Calibration Control
DLNA 1.5
Works with Amazon Alexa
AirPlay AirPlay 2
Ethernet
Wi-Fi
More HDMI Inputs 8 (1 front) 4
More HDMI Outputs 3 (2 for MAIN, 1 for ZONE2) 1
USB Input 1 (Front) for iPod/iPhone and USB memory 1 Rear for Firmware Update and power Supply
More Analog Audio Line Inputs 6 (1 front) 4
Phono Input
More Optical Inputs 2 1
More Coaxial Inputs/Outputs 2 / 1 /
More Composite Video Inputs 4 (1 front)
More Composite Video Outputs 1
More Component Video Inputs 2
More Component Video Outputs 1
More Analog Pre-Outs 11.2 0.2
Front A/V Inputs HDMI, USB, Composite, L/R Audio
More Zones 3 1
RS-232 Interface
+12V Trigger Output 2 0
Remote (IR) Input/Output 1 / 1 0 / 0
Detachable Power Cord
Analog Tuner FM/AM with RDS FM only
Spotify
Tidal
Deezer
Napster
More Speaker Terminals 11 7
More Large Speaker Terminals 11 2
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
Gold plated RCA terminals
Bigger Power Supply 710 W 240 W
Longer Warranty 3 Years 2 Years
Higher Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC) 165 W (0.7% THD) 105 W (0.9% THD)
Higher S/N Ratio (digital) 102 dB 100 dB (20 kHz LPF)

Advantage of Sony STR-DH790

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Denon AVR-X4400H over Sony STR-DH790.

Denon AVR-X4400H has more channels, more power per channel, more channel processing, more zones and bigger power supply. It supports Auro3D, Amazon Alexa, Spotify, Tidal, Deezer and Napster. It has DTS Dialog Control, phono input and analog pre-outs.

Denon AVR-X4400H Sony STR-DH790
USB DC Out Port
Higher S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A) 102 dB 105 dB (500 mV)
Newer Bluetooth Version 3.0 + EDR 4.2

Common Strengths and Weaknesses

Here we list common strengths and weaknesses of both receivers.

STRENGTHS
Bi-amp Capability 👍
Dolby Atmos 👍
Dolby TrueHD 👍
Dolby Digital Plus 👍
Dolby Surround Upmixer 👍
DTS:X 👍
DTS Neural:X 👍
DTS-HD Master Audio 👍
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio 👍
DTS 96/24 👍
DTS Express 👍
DTS-ES 👍
DSD via HDMI 👍
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. 👍
HDR10 👍
BT.2020 color space 👍
Dolby Vision 👍
HLG 👍
3-D Ready 👍
4K or 8K Video Passthrough 👍
Bluetooth 👍
eARC 👍
New HDCP Version 👍
Zones 👍
Analog Tuner 👍
WEAKNESSES
No Front Wide Channel Support 👎
No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization 👎
No IMAX Enhanced 👎
No High-resolution Music Enhancer 👎
No HDR10+ 👎
No Chromecast Built-In 👎
Does Not Work with SONOS 👎
No Multi-Channel Input 👎
No Pandora 👎
No SiriusXM Internet Radio 👎

Selected Features

Amplifier

Denon AVR-X4400H has 9 channel and Sony STR-DH790 has 7 channel amplifiers. Denon AVR-X4400H delivers 125 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and Sony STR-DH790 delivers 90 W (6 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and they both have stable performance at 4 Ω load. Since 2016 all receiver manufacturers have dropped front wide channel support and these models are no exceptions.


Video Features

Both receivers support 4K passthrough up to 60p. Denon AVR-X4400H can do 4K upscaling up to 60p. 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-X4400H and Sony STR-DH790 support Dolby Atmos with its Dolby Surround upmixer. The Denon AVR-X4400H can be configured upto 7.1.2 or 5.1.4 channels using internal amplifiers or upto 7.1.4 channels by adding 2 channel external amplifier and the Sony STR-DH790 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-X4400H and Sony STR-DH790 support DTS:X with its Neural:X upmixer. The Denon AVR-X4400H can be configured upto 7.1.2 or 5.1.4 channels using internal amplifiers or upto 7.1.4 channels by adding 2 channel external amplifier. The Sony STR-DH790 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.


Auro-3D with its Auro-Matic upmixer

Denon AVR-X4400H supports Auro-3D and its Auro-Matic upmixer out of the box or after free firmware update. Auro-3D is an immersive 3D audio format developed by the Belgium-based company Auro Technologies. It consists of three layers of sound - surround, height and overhead ceiling. The base horizontal layer uses 5.1 or 7.1 format, the height layer is on top of the base layer and its information is extracted from the standard 5.1 surround PCM carrier. The a/v receiver decoder then extracts this information during playback. In home cinema Auro-3D comes with different listening formats - Auro 9.1, Auro 10.1 with added Top Ceiling channel ("Voice of God"), Auro 11.1 with added Front Height Center channel, and Auro 13.1 with added Left Rear Surround & Right Rear Surround channel. Auro-Matic upmixer takes non Auro-3D sound and upmixes to the current speaker configuration.


D.D.S.C.

Denon AVR-X4400H has D.D.S.C (Dynamic Discrete Surround Circuit). A single IC chip is generally used in processing A/D, DSP, and D/A conversions that are vital to sound quality. The D.D.S.C. uses separate components to process the important sections of the A/D, DSP, and D/A conversions and therefore significantly improves signal processing capability and performance. In addition, the approach of developing and incorporating high-quality dedicated elements in the sections that configure the circuitry makes it easier to develop a high-grade, advanced surround circuit compared with the method where all processing is concentrated within a single chip. Denon’s proprietary digital audio technology that had for many years been developed for pure Hi-Fi components is now also alive in each block of the D.D.S.C.


Advanced AL32 Processing

Denon AVR-X4400H has Advanced AL32 Processing which uses a unique data interpolation algorithm to achieve high-bit, high-sampling output performance. The volume of information has been dramatically improved without any loss in the original data. The clean playback sound free of interference makes it possible to enjoy delicate details, accurate localization, and rich expression in the lower range. Advanced AL32 Processing has three functions: 1. High-bit up-conversion (Adaptive Line Pattern Harmonized Algorithm), 2. Advanced ALPHA Processing and 3. Adaptive digital filter (Automatic Low-Pass filter Harmonic Adjustment).


Connectivity


Denon AVR-X4400H

Denon AVR-X4400H 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 works with Amazon Alexa and supports[y] AirPlay 2. It has 8 HDMI inputs with HDCP 2.2 copy protection. There is a phono input with built-in phono stage for connecting the cartridge output of the turntable directly to the Receiver. There are 11.2 channel analog pre-outs for external amplification.

Front panel has HDMI, USB, Composite and L/R Audio inputs.

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Sony STR-DH790

Sony STR-DH790 can also connect to bluetooth devices via built-in bluetooth adapter. It has 4 HDMI inputs with HDCP 2.2 (4 in / 1 out) copy protection.

Front panel has no inputs.

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Detailed 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-X4400H and here - Sony STR-DH790.

BASICS Denon AVR-X4400H Sony STR-DH790
BrandDenonSony
ModelAVR-X4400HSTR-DH790
TypeA/V ReceiverA/V Receiver
CountryUKEurope
Release Year20172018
AMPLIFIER Denon AVR-X4400H Sony STR-DH790
Channels9.27.2
Front Wide Channel Support
THX™ Certification
Continuous 6 Ω Rated
Certified 4 Ω Performance
Bi-amp Capability assignable
AUDIO Denon AVR-X4400H Sony STR-DH790
Maximum Channel Processing11.27.1
Air Studios Monitor Certification
Dolby Atmos up to 7.1.4 up to 5.1.2 or 7.1
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Surround Upmixer
Dolby Pro Logic
Dolby Digital EX
Surround EX
DTS:X up to 7.1.4 up to 5.1.2 or 7.1
DTS Neural:X
DTS Virtual:X via firmware update
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 Built-In
PCM 2-ch/Multi-ch Input 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Input 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DSD to PCM Converter
USB DAC
DTS Dialog Control
Dialogue Lift
High-resolution Music Enhancer
Audyssey Dynamic EQ
Audyssey Dynamic Volume
Audyssey LFC
Audyssey Sub EQ HT
Audyssey DSX
Direct Mode
Pure Direct Mode
CALIBRATION Denon AVR-X4400H Sony STR-DH790
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. Audyssey MultEQ XT32 Advanced D.C.A.C.
VIDEO Denon AVR-X4400H Sony STR-DH790
HDR10
HDR10+
BT.2020 color space
Dolby Vision
Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG)
Quick Media Switching (QMS)
Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through
Variable Refresh Rate (VRR)
Quick Frame Transport (QFT)
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 50/60Hz 4:4:4
Analog To HDMI Upconversion Component**, Composite
isf Certified Calibration Control
CONNECTIVITY Denon AVR-X4400H Sony STR-DH790
MHL Input
DLNA 1.5
FireConnect
FlareConnect
Chromecast Built-In
DTS Play-Fi
Works with Amazon Alexa
Works with SONOS
AirPlay AirPlay 2
Apple Product Connection iPod, iPhone and iPad
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevue
Ethernet
Ethernet Switch
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth SBC SBC, AAC
HDBaseT Compatible
Enhanced ARC
HDCP Version2.22.2 (4 in / 1 out)
HDMI Input8 (1 front)4
HDMI Output3 (2 for MAIN, 1 for ZONE2)1
USB Input1 (Front) for iPod/iPhone and USB memory1 Rear for Firmware Update and power Supply
USB DC Out Port
Analog Audio Line Input6 (1 front)4
Analog Audio Line Output
Phono Input
Optical In21
Optical Out
Coaxial In/Out2 / 1 /
Composite Video Input4 (1 front)
Composite Video Output1
S-Video Input
S-Video Output
Component Video Input2
Component Video Output1
PC In
Multi-Channel Input
Analog Pre-Outs11.20.2
XLR Inputs
XLR Pre-outs
Front A/V InputsHDMI, USB, Composite, L/R Audio
Speaker A/B assignable
Headphone Out 6.3 mm 6.3 mm
ZONES Denon AVR-X4400H Sony STR-DH790
Zones31
RS-232
+12V Trigger Output20
Remote (IR) Input/Output1 / 10 / 0
MISC Denon AVR-X4400H Sony STR-DH790
On-Screen Display Advanced Graphic User Interface Graphical User Interface (Only through HDMI)
Detachable Power Cord
RADIO Denon AVR-X4400H Sony STR-DH790
Analog Tuner FM/AM with RDS FM only
Digital Radio
Pandora
Spotify
Tidal
Deezer
Napster
SiriusXM Internet Radio
CONSTRUCTION Denon AVR-X4400H Sony STR-DH790
Speaker Terminals117
Large Speaker Terminals112
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
Gold plated RCA terminals
POWER Denon AVR-X4400H Sony STR-DH790
Power SupplyAC 230 V, 50/60 HzAC 230 V, 50/60 Hz
Power Consumption710 W240 W
Standby Power0.1 W0.3 W
GENERAL Denon AVR-X4400H Sony STR-DH790
Dimensions (W x H x D)434 mm x 167 mm x 389 mm (with antenna: 434 mm x 236 mm x 389 mm)
17 1/8" x 6 5/8" x 15 3/8" (with antenna: 17 1/8" x 9 3/8" x 15 3/8")
430 mm x 133 mm x 297 mm
17" x 5-1/4" x 11-3/4"
Weight13.7 kg (30 lbs 3 oz)7.4 kg (16 lbs. 6 oz.)
Warranty3 Years2 Years
SPECS Denon AVR-X4400H Sony STR-DH790
Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2165 W (0.7% THD)105 W (0.9% THD)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)200 mV/47 kΩ500 mV/50 kΩ
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)102 dB105 dB (500 mV)
S/N Ratio (digital)102 dB100 dB (20 kHz LPF)
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 HDMI2.8 MHz2.8 MHz
Bluetooth Version3.0 + EDR4.2
Bluetooth Frequency2.4 GHz2.4 GHz
USB TerminalUSB2.0 5V, 1 AType A, Ver. 2.0, 5 V, 1 A
FM Frequency87.5 MHz - 108.0 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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