Sony STR-AN1000

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    Highlights

    • 7.2 Channels
    • 7.1 + Phantom 2ch Channel Processing
    • 100 W (6 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
    • HDMI 2.1
    • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X
    • HDR10, Dolby Vision
    • 8K Passthrough, 8K Upscaling
    • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Ethernet

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    1. Overview

    Sony STR-AN1000 was introduced in 2023. It is equipped with 7 channel amplifier with 100 W (6 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) power per channel and is capable of 7.1 + Phantom 2ch maximum channel processing. It supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, passes 8K/60Hz and 4K/120Hz and upscales up to 8K 50/60Hz and 4K 100/120Hz 4:4:4 video signal.

    We evaluated the a/v receiver and gave 85 overall score out of 100. Our ranking system is based on the amplifier specifications, audio and video features, connectivity, multizone capabilities, radio and many other details.

    Amplifier
    71
    Audio Features
    89
    Video Features
    99
    Connectivity
    83
    Zones
    85
    Radio
    86
    OVERALL
    85

    For more details about the ranking please go to    Evaluation section.


    Here is a history of the series, where you can view and compare the main specifications of the receivers.

    Evolution of the series
    Model Year Chann. Power Dolby Atmos DTS:X HDR10 HDR10+ Dolby Vision Pass. Price
    STR-AN1000 Image cannot be found 2023 7.2 100 W 8K
    STR-DN1080 Image cannot be found 2017 7.2 100 W 4K
    STR-DN1070 Image cannot be found 2016 7.2 100 W 4K

    You can view their side-by-side comparison here: Sony STR-AN1000 vs STR-DN1080 vs STR-DN1070.

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    2. Pros and Cons

    In this section we present pros and cons of Sony STR-AN1000.

    PROs

    •   Dolby Atmos
    •   Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
    •   DTS:X
    •   IMAX Enhanced
    •   360 Reality Audio
    •   DSD via HDMI
    •   Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
    •   HDR10
    •   Dolby Vision
    •   HDMI 2.1
    •   eARC
    •   New HDCP Version
    •   Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through
    •   VRR
    •   8K Passthrough
    •   8K Upscaling
    •   Wi-Fi
    •   Bluetooth
    •   Google Assistant
    •   Chromecast Built-In
    •   USB Input
    •   Composite Video Inputs
    •   Ethernet
    •   3 Zones
    •   Analog Tuner
    •   Pandora
    •   Spotify
    •   Tidal
    •   Bluetooth 5․0

    CONs

    •   No Front Wide Channel Support
    •   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
    •   No HDR10+
    •   Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
    •   No Phono Input
    •   No RCA Pre-Outs
    •   No Digital Radio

    And here are some specifications which fall into average criteria and are neither in PROs nor in CONs category:

    AVERAGE

    •   7.2 Channels
    •   Power Output - 100 W
    •   7.1 + Phantom 2ch Channel Processing
    •   6 HDMI Inputs
    •   3 HDMI Outputs
    •   2 8K Inputs
    •   RCA Line Inputs

    3. Sony 2023 Lineup

    In 2023 Sony released 5 new receivers. Here is the lineup:

    Sony 2023 Lineup
    ModelChannelsPowerMax. Ch. Proc.Pre Outs Price
    STR-AZ7000ES Image cannot be found 13.2140 W13.213.2
    STR-AZ5000ES Image cannot be found 11.2120 W11.211.2
    STR-AZ3000ES Image cannot be found 9.2110 W11.2
    STR-AZ1000ES Image cannot be found 7.270 W9.2
    STR-AN1000 Image cannot be found 7.2100 W7.1 + Phantom 2ch

    You can view their side-by-side comparison here: Sony STR-AZ7000ES vs STR-AZ5000ES vs STR-AZ3000ES vs STR-AZ1000ES vs STR-AN1000.

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    4. Changes from the STR-DN1080

    Sony STR-AN1000 has replaced STR-DN1080. Here we present differences between these two models.

    UPGRADES Sony STR-AN1000 vs Sony STR-DN1080
    Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization vs
    DTS Virtual:X vs
    IMAX Enhanced vs
    360 Reality Audio vs
    High Resolution Audio Formats via USB FLAC, AIFF, WAV, DSD, ALAC vs WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
    More Advanced Auto Speaker Calibration System D.C.A.C. IX vs D.C.A.C. EX
    Newer HDCP Version 2.3 vs 2.2
    Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through vs
    VRR vs
    Video Signal Passthrough up to 8K 50/60Hz and 4K 100/120Hz 4:4:4 vs up to 4K/60p (YCbCr4:4:4)
    Video Signal Upscaling up to 8K 50/60Hz and 4K 100/120Hz 4:4:4 vs
    Works with SONOS vs
    Music Connect vs
    More 8K Inputs 2 vs
    More Zones 3 vs 2
    Pandora vs
    Tidal vs
    Deezer vs
    Wi-Fi Standard IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac vs IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n
    Newer Bluetooth Version 5․0 vs 4․1
    DOWNGRADES Sony STR-AN1000 vs Sony STR-DN1080
    DTS Express vs
    Network Audio Formats FLAC, AIFF, WAV, DSD, ALAC, MP3, WMA, AAC vs WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD, MP3, WMA, LPCM, Dolby Digital, Apple Lossless, OGG, APE
    Music Playback via USB FLAC, AIFF, WAV, DSD, ALAC, MP3, WMA, AAC vs WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD, MP3, WMA, LPCM, Dolby Digital, Apple Lossless, OGG, APE
    Zone 2 Outs HDMI vs HDMI, RCA Pre/Line Out
    Less Speaker Terminals 7 vs 9
    Less Large Speaker Terminals 7 vs 9

    For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Sony STR-AN1000 vs STR-DN1080.

    5. Amplifier

    7 channel Amplifier

    Sony STR-AN1000 features 7 channel power amplifier. It is rated at 100 W (6 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven).

      AMPLIFIER
      Channels7.2
      Power Output100 W (6 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
      Front Wide Channel Support
      THX™ Certification
      Continuous 6 Ω Rated
      Certified 4 Ω Performance
      Bi-amp Capability

      6. Speaker Configurations

      Sony STR-AN1000's 7 channel amplifier can be assigned for different speaker configurations.

      • Dolby Atmos Configurations: The following speaker configurations are supported for Dolby Atmos:
      • 5.2.2 with internal amplifier.
      • DTS:X Configurations: The speaker configurations for DTS:X are the same as for Dolby Atmos:
      • 5.2.2 with internal amplifier.
      • Configurations without height channels: There are also other speaker configurations available which do not include height channels:
      • 5.2, 7.2 with internal amplifier.
      • 2-ch Bi-Amp: Sony STR-AN1000 allows you to bi-amp up to 2 main channels simultaneously. During bi-amplification two amplifiers are used for one speaker. One amplifier powers the midrange and tweeter section of the speaker and another amplifier powers the low frequency woofers. Each amplifier is less loaded and performs better. In order to use this feature speakers must have 2 pairs of connectors.

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      7. Immersive Audio Formats

      Dolby Atmos

      Sony STR-AN1000 supports Dolby Atmos with Surround Upmixer and Atmos Height Virtualization.

      • Surround Upmixer: 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.
      • Atmos Height Virtualization is a digital signal processing solution that leverages Dolby's deep understanding of human audio perception to create the sensation of overhead sound from the listener-level speakers.

      DTS:X

      Sony STR-AN1000 supports DTS:X with Neural:X and Virtual:X.

      • Neural:X is an advanced 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.
      • Virtual:X bridges the gap between DTS:X codec and the reality of so many consumers' homes, allowing you to enjoy multi-dimensional sound regardless of room size, layout, or speaker configuration. If you have a limited speaker setup you will miss a full immersive potential of your entertainment system. DTS Virtual:X adds height and surround audio effect to your system without adding height speakers. It works with multiple configurations and delivers immersive sound experience out of 5.1 or even 2.1 speaker layouts.

      IMAX Enhanced

      Sony STR-AN1000 is IMAX Enhanced certified. To qualify for IMAX Enhanced certification, 4K HDR televisions, projectors, sound bars, a/v receivers, loudspeakers, powered subwoofers and other premium home entertainment devices must meet carefully prescribed performance requirements established by IMAX, DTS and Hollywood's leading experts.

      • What makes an IMAX Enhanced A/V receiver different from an A/V receiver with DTS:X technology? DTS:X technology is commonly found in most multi-channel A/V receivers on the market today. All IMAX Enhanced A/V receivers include DTS:X technology and deliver additional features, such as auto-sensing of IMAX Enhanced content, via IMAX Mode. IMAX Mode indicates that your A/V receiver supports fully immersive IMAX signature sound.
      DECODING
      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
      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
      IMAX Enhanced
      Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
      360 Reality Audio

      8. HDMI 2.1

      Sony STR-AN1000 features 2 HDMI 2.1 inputs with 8K support and 4 inputs with 4K support. It has 2 outputs: 1 Main and 1 Sub/Zone2.

      • 8K/60Hz and 4K/120Hz Passthrough: 2 out of 6 inputs pass up to 8K 50/60Hz and 4K 100/120Hz 4:4:4 and the rest of the inputs pass up to 4K 50/60Hz 4:4:4 video signal.
      • 8K Upscaling: Sony STR-AN1000 can upscale up to 8K 50/60Hz and 4K 100/120Hz 4:4:4 from HDMI sources.
      • BT.2020 Color Space: BT.2020 or Rec. 2020 is a color standard which delivers a wider color gamut compared to Rec. 709. It covers approximately 75% of the total visual spectrum while the Rec. 709 covers only 35%.
      • HDCP 2.3 Copy Protection: All inputs and outputs are HDCP 2.3 compliant which is a requirement for 4K/HDR copy-protected content transmission.
      • 3D Ready: Sony STR-AN1000 is able to pass 3D video through HDMI.

      HDR (High Dynamic Range)

      Sony STR-AN1000 supports HDR (high dynamic range) video formats such as HDR10, Dolby Vision and Hybrid Log-Gamma via HDMI ports. High dynamic range video has greater dynamic range than standard dynamic range (SDR) video with brighter whites and deeper blacks. The result is greater contrast and more details in dark and bright areas, better color and depth.


      Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)

      Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature allows the compatible TV to send audio signal to the a/v receiver through the same HDMI cable which is used to send audio and video signals to the TV. So one HDMI cable is used to transfer audio signal in both directions. New Enhanced ARC will support uncompressed audio formats such as Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD Master Audio whereas the previous ARC could support only Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS, DTS HD, and PCM.


      Gaming Features

      Sony STR-AN1000 supports Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) and Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) for lag-free and smooth gaming.



      VIDEO FEATURES
      HDR10
      HDR10+
      Dynamic HDR
      BT.2020 color space
      Dolby Vision
      HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)
      HDMI Version2.1
      HDBaseT Compatible
      Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)
      HDCP Version2.3
      ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode)
      VRR (Variable Refresh Rate)
      3-D Ready
      Video Signal Passthroughup to 8K 50/60Hz and 4K 100/120Hz 4:4:4
      Video Signal Upscaling up to 8K 50/60Hz and 4K 100/120Hz 4:4:4

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      9. Room Calibration

      Sony STR-AN1000 comes with D.C.A.C. IX room correction system and includes the calibration microphone.

        10. Multi-zone Playback

        Sony STR-AN1000 offers multi-zone playback which allows you to play different input sources in 3 different rooms.


        Zone 2

        • HDMI Output: Sony STR-AN1000 offers HDMI output for Zone 2. This means that it can send two different HDMI signals to two displays.

        Zone 3

        • Powered Zone 3: You can use the unit's 2 amplifier channels by connecting Zone 3 speakers directly to the speaker terminals. The remaining 5 channels will be left for main zone amplification.
        • Audio Pre/Line Output: If you have a dedicated amplifier for Zone 2 you can connect it to the a/v receiver via pre/line outs and use "pre out" option to control volume from the a/v receiver or use "line out" option - send fixed signal and then control volume on the Zone 3 amplifier.
        ZONES
        Number of Zones3
        Powered Zones 3
        Zone 2 OutsHDMI
        Zone 3 OutsPre/Line Out
        RS-232C Interface
        +12V Trigger Output
        Remote (IR) Input/Output1 / 1
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        11. Inputs and Outputs

        Audio

        • Analog Line Inputs: There are 4 line inputs for analog audio connection.
        • Digital Inputs: 1 optical input and 1 coaxial input are available for digital audio connection.
        • Headphone Output: There is a 6.3 mm (1/4") headphone output jack on the front panel.

        Video

        • HDMI:
        • Inputs: 6   Outputs: 2 (1 Main, 1 Sub/Zone2)
          8K Inputs: 2
        • Composite Video: Connect you VCR, Laserdisc player and other old video equipment with composite video cables.
        • Inputs: 2   Outputs: 1

        Front A/V Inputs

        • USB
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        TERMINALS
        HDMI Inputs6
        HDMI Outputs2 (1 Main, 1 Sub/Zone2)
        8K Inputs2
        USB Input1 Front for USB memory
        USB DC Out Port
        Optical Inputs1
        Optical Outputs
        Coaxial Inputs1
        RCA Line Inputs4
        RCA Line Outputs
        XLR Line Inputs
        Phono Input
        Multi-Channel Input
        RCA Pre-Outs0.2
        XLR Pre-outs
        Composite Video Inputs2
        Composite Video Outputs1
        S-Video Inputs
        S-Video Outputs
        Component Video Inputs
        Component Video Outputs

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        12. Evaluation

        We evaluate Sony STR-AN1000 and give score of 85 out of 100. We also give separate scores for 6 different categories according to the available features and specifications some of which are listed below. These evaluations are relative and may change each time a new receiver is added to the database.


        OVERALL
        85

        Amplifier

        GOOD
        71

        We give Sony STR-AN1000 a score of 71 for Amplifier features.

        •   7.2 Channels
        •   Power Output - 100 W

        Audio Features

        EXCELLENT
        89

        We give Sony STR-AN1000 a score of 89 for Audio Features features.

        •   7.2 Channels
        •   No Front Wide Channel Support
        •   7.1 + Phantom 2ch Channel Processing
        •   Dolby Atmos
        •   Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
        •   DTS:X
        •   IMAX Enhanced
        •   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
        •   360 Reality Audio
        •   DSD via HDMI

        Video Features

        EXCELLENT
        99

        We give Sony STR-AN1000 a score of 99 for Video Features features.

        •   HDR10
        •   No HDR10+
        •   Dolby Vision
        •   HDMI 2.1
        •   Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through
        •   VRR
        •   8K Passthrough
        •   8K Upscaling

        Connectivity

        GOOD
        83

        We give Sony STR-AN1000 a score of 83 for Connectivity features.

        •   eARC
        •   New HDCP Version
        •   Wi-Fi
        •   Bluetooth
        •   Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
        •   Google Assistant
        •   Chromecast Built-In
        •   6 HDMI Inputs
        •   3 HDMI Outputs
        •   2 8K Inputs
        •   USB Input
        •   RCA Line Inputs
        •   No Phono Input
        •   No RCA Pre-Outs
        •   Composite Video Inputs
        •   Ethernet
        •   Bluetooth 5․0

        Zones

        EXCELLENT
        85

        We give Sony STR-AN1000 a score of 85 for Zones features.

        •   3 Zones

        Radio

        EXCELLENT
        86

        We give Sony STR-AN1000 a score of 86 for Radio features.

        •   Analog Tuner
        •   Pandora
        •   Spotify
        •   Tidal

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