Sony STR-DH590

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    Highlights

    • 5.2 Channels
    • 5.1 Channel Processing
    • 90 W (6 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
    • HDR10, Dolby Vision
    • 4K/60Hz Passthrough
    • Bluetooth

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    1. Overview

    Sony STR-DH590 was introduced in 2018. It is equipped with 5 channel amplifier with 90 W (6 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) power per channel and is capable of 5.1 maximum channel processing. It passes 4K/60Hz video signal.

    We evaluated the a/v receiver and gave 67 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
    65
    Audio Features
    62
    Video Features
    94
    Connectivity
    57
    Zones
    55
    Radio
    36
    OVERALL
    67

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

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    2. Pros and Cons

    In this section we present pros and cons of Sony STR-DH590.

    PROs

    •   DSD via HDMI
    •   Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
    •   HDR10
    •   Dolby Vision
    •   New HDCP Version
    •   Bluetooth
    •   Analog Tuner

    CONs

    •   Few Channels - 5.2
    •   No Front Wide Channel Support
    •   5.1 Channel Processing
    •   No Dolby Atmos
    •   No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
    •   No DTS:X
    •   No IMAX Enhanced
    •   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
    •   No 360 Reality Audio
    •   No HDR10+
    •   No eARC
    •   No 8K Passthrough
    •   No Wi-Fi
    •   Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
    •   4 HDMI Inputs
    •   1 HDMI Outputs
    •   0 8K Input
    •   No USB Input
    •   No Phono Input
    •   No RCA Pre-Outs
    •   No Composite Video Inputs
    •   No Ethernet
    •   No Zones
    •   No Digital Radio
    •   No Pandora
    •   No Spotify
    •   No Tidal

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

    AVERAGE

    •   Power Output - 90 W
    •   RCA Line Inputs
    •   Bluetooth 4․2

    3. Sony 2018 Lineup

    In 2018 Sony released 2 new receivers. Here is the lineup:

    Sony 2018 Lineup
    ModelChannelsPowerMax. Ch. Proc.Pre OutsImmersive Audio Price
    STR-DH790 Image cannot be found 7.290 W7.1Dolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    STR-DH590 Image cannot be found 5.290 W5.1

    You can view their side-by-side comparison here: Sony STR-DH790 vs STR-DH590.

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    4. Amplifier

    5 channel Amplifier

    Sony STR-DH590 features 5 channel power amplifier. It is rated at 90 W (6 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven).

      AMPLIFIER
      Channels5.2
      Power Output90 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

      5. Speaker Configurations

      Sony STR-DH590's 5 channel amplifier can be assigned for different speaker configurations.

      • Configurations: Available configurations are:
      • 5.2 with internal amplifier.

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      6. HDMI

      Sony STR-DH590 features 4 HDMI inputs. It has 1 output.

      • 4K/60Hz Passthrough: All inputs pass up to 4K/60p (YCbCr4:4:4) video signal.
      • 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 2.2 Copy Protection: All inputs and outputs are HDCP 2.2 compliant which is a requirement for 4K/HDR copy-protected content transmission.
      • 3D Ready: Sony STR-DH590 is able to pass 3D video through HDMI.

      HDR (High Dynamic Range)

      Sony STR-DH590 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.



      VIDEO FEATURES
      HDR10
      HDR10+
      Dynamic HDR
      BT.2020 color space
      Dolby Vision
      HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)
      HDBaseT Compatible
      Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)
      HDCP Version2.2
      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/60p (YCbCr4:4:4)
      Video Signal Upscaling

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      7. Room Calibration

      Sony STR-DH590 comes with D.C.A.C. room correction system and includes the calibration microphone.

        8. 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: 4   Outputs: 1
          8K Inputs: 0
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        TERMINALS
        HDMI Inputs4
        HDMI Outputs1
        8K Inputs
        USB Input
        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 Inputs
        Composite Video Outputs
        S-Video Inputs
        S-Video Outputs
        Component Video Inputs
        Component Video Outputs

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        9. Evaluation

        We evaluate Sony STR-DH590 and give score of 67 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
        67

        Amplifier

        AVERAGE
        65

        We give Sony STR-DH590 a score of 65 for Amplifier features.

        •   Few Channels - 5.2
        •   Power Output - 90 W

        Audio Features

        AVERAGE
        62

        We give Sony STR-DH590 a score of 62 for Audio Features features.

        •   Few Channels - 5.2
        •   No Front Wide Channel Support
        •   5.1 Channel Processing
        •   No Dolby Atmos
        •   No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
        •   No DTS:X
        •   No IMAX Enhanced
        •   No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
        •   No 360 Reality Audio
        •   DSD via HDMI

        Video Features

        EXCELLENT
        94

        We give Sony STR-DH590 a score of 94 for Video Features features.

        •   HDR10
        •   No HDR10+
        •   Dolby Vision
        •   No 8K Passthrough

        Connectivity

        AVERAGE
        57

        We give Sony STR-DH590 a score of 57 for Connectivity features.

        •   No eARC
        •   New HDCP Version
        •   No Wi-Fi
        •   Bluetooth
        •   Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
        •   4 HDMI Inputs
        •   1 HDMI Outputs
        •   0 8K Input
        •   No USB Input
        •   RCA Line Inputs
        •   No Phono Input
        •   No RCA Pre-Outs
        •   No Composite Video Inputs
        •   No Ethernet
        •   Bluetooth 4․2

        Zones

        AVERAGE
        55

        We give Sony STR-DH590 a score of 55 for Zones features.

        •   No Zones

        Radio

        BAD
        36

        We give Sony STR-DH590 a score of 36 for Radio features.

        •   Analog Tuner
        •   No Pandora
        •   No Spotify
        •   No Tidal

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