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Sony STR-DH770 (USA, Canadian and Taiwanese versions)

SCORE:
66

Highlights

  • 7.2 channels
  • 7.1 channel processing
  • 90 W (6 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • HDR10, 4K Passthrough
  • Bluetooth
  • USB input

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Overview

Sony STR-DH770 was introduced in 2016. It is equipped with 7 channel amplifier with 90 W (6 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) power per channel and is capable of 7.1 maximum channel processing. It passes 4K/60Hz video signal.

We evaluated the a/v receiver and gave 66 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
62
VIDEO FEATURES
84
AUDIO FEATURES
68
CONNECTIVITY
62
MULTIZONE
55
MISCELLANEOUS
60
RADIO
52
OVERALL
66

Pros and Cons

In this section we present pros and cons of Sony STR-DH770.

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

Audio Section

7 channel Amplifier

Sony STR-DH770 features 7 channel power amplifier. It is rated at 90 W (6 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven).

    Speaker Configurations

    Sony STR-DH770's 7 channel amplifier can be assigned for different speaker configurations.

    • Configurations: Available configurations are:
    • 5.2, 7.2 with internal amplifier.
    • Bi-Amp: You can bi-amp front left and right speakers. 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.

    Sound Processing

      Room Calibration

      Sony STR-DH770 comes with D.C.A.C. room correction system and includes the calibration microphone.

        Video Section

        HDMI

        Sony STR-DH770 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-DH770 is able to pass 3D video through HDMI.
        andh3>HDR (High Dynamic Range)

        Sony STR-DH770 supports HDR (high dynamic range) video formats such as HDR10. 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.

        • HDR10: HDR10 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 10-bit color which corresponds to 1024 shades of the primary RGB colors. It is technically limited to a maximum of 10,000 nits peak brightness, however common HDR10 contents are mastered with peak brightness from 1,000 to 4,000 nits.

        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
        • Composite Video: Connect you VCR, Laserdisc player and other old video equipment with composite video cables.
        • Inputs: 2   Outputs: 1
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        Specifications

        Here we list all the available features and specifications of Sony STR-DH770.

        BASICS
        BrandSony
        ModelSTR-DH770
        TypeA/V Receiver
        CountryUSA, Canada and Taiwan
        Release Year2016
        AMPLIFIER
        Channels7.2
        Front Wide Channel Support
        THX™ Certification
        Continuous 6 Ω Rated
        Certified 4 Ω Performance
        Bi-amp Capability
        AUDIO
        Maximum Channel Processing7.1
        Air Studios Monitor Certification
        Dolby Atmos
        Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
        Dolby Atmos Music
        Dolby TrueHD
        Dolby Digital Plus
        Dolby Surround Upmixer
        Dolby Pro Logic PLIIx
        Dolby Digital EX
        Surround EX
        DTS:X
        DTS Neural:X
        DTS Virtual:X
        DTS Neo Neo:6
        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
        PCM 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
        Music Playback via USBMP3, WMA, AAC, WAV
        High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network
        Multi-Channel Music File Playback via USB
        DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
        DSD via USB
        DSD to PCM Converter
        USB DAC
        DTS Dialog Control
        Dialogue Lift
        Digital Legato Linear
        In-Ceiling Speaker Mode
        OP Processing
        Sound Optimizer
        Tone Control All Channels
        High-resolution Music Enhancer
        Audyssey Dynamic EQ
        Audyssey Dynamic Volume
        Audyssey LFC
        Audyssey Sub EQ HT
        Audyssey DSX
        Direct Mode
        Pure Direct Mode
        CALIBRATION
        Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. D.C.A.C.
        Calibration MicrophoneMono
        Speaker Relocation
        Automatic Phase Matching
        VIDEO
        Enhanced ARC
        HDCP Version2.2
        HDR10
        HDR10+
        Dynamic HDR
        Dolby Vision
        HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)
        BT.2020 color space
        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
        Analog To HDMI Upconversion
        isf Certified Calibration Control
        CONNECTIVITY
        MHL Input
        DLNA 1.5
        FireConnect
        FlareConnect
        Music Connect
        Remote Monitoring with ihiji
        Chromecast Built-In
        DTS Play-Fi
        Works with Amazon Alexa
        Works with SONOS
        AirPlay
        Apple Product Connection iPod, iPhone
        InstaPrevue Input Source Prevue
        Ethernet
        Ethernet Switch
        Wi-Fi
        Bluetooth SBC, AAC
        HDBaseT Compatible
        HDMI Inputs4
        HDMI Outputs1
        8K Inputs
        USB Input1 (Front)
        USB DC Out Port
        Analog Audio Line Input4
        Analog Audio Line Output
        Phono Input
        Optical Inputs1
        Optical Outputs
        Coaxial Inputs1
        Composite Video Input2
        Composite Video Output1
        S-Video Input
        S-Video Output
        Component Video Input
        Component Video Output
        PC In
        Multi-Channel Input
        Analog Pre-Outs0.2
        XLR Inputs
        XLR Pre-outs
        Front A/V InputsUSB
        Speaker A/B
        Headphone Out6.3 mm (1/4")
        ZONES
        Zones1
        RS-232C Interface
        +12V Trigger Output0
        Remote (IR) Input/Output0 / 0
        MISC
        On-Screen Display Graphical User Interface (Only through HDMI)
        GUI Languages4
        Detachable Power Cord
        RADIO
        Analog Tuner FM with RDS
        Presets30 (30/-)
        Digital Radio
        Pandora
        Spotify
        Tidal
        Deezer
        Napster
        SiriusXM Internet Radio
        CONSTRUCTION
        Speaker Terminals7
        Large Speaker Terminals7
        Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
        Gold plated RCA terminals
        POWER
        Power SupplyAC 120 V, 60 Hz
        Power Consumption240 W
        Standby Power0.3 W
        GENERAL
        Dimensions (W x H x D)430 mm x 156 mm x 329.4 mm
        17" x 6-1/4" x 13"
        Weight7.8 kg (17 lbs. 4 oz.)
        Warranty2 Years
        SPECS
        Power Output (6 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 290 W (0.09% THD)
        Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2105 W (1% THD)
        Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, FTC)145 W (0.9% THD)
        Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)500 mV/50 kΩ
        Rated Preout Level and Impedance2 V/1 kΩ (Subwoofer)
        S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)105 dB (500 mV)
        S/N Ratio (digital)100 dB (20 kHz LPF)
        Frequency Response (Analog In)10 Hz - 100 kHz/+0.5 dB, -2 dB
        DSD Sampling Rates via HDMI2.8 MHz
        Video Input Sensitivity/Output Level and Impedance1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Composite)
        Bluetooth Version4․2
        Bluetooth Frequency2.4 GHz
        USB TerminalType A, Ver. 2.0, 5 V, 1 A
        FM Frequency87.5 MHz - 108.0 MHz

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

        Successor

        In 2018 Sony STR-DH770 was replaced by STR-DH790. Let us now have a look at some important changes that the successor brought.


        UPGRADES Sony STR-DH790 vs Sony STR-DH770
        Dolby Atmos up to 5.1.2 or 7.1 vs
        Dolby Surround Upmixer vs
        DTS:X up to 5.1.2 or 7.1 vs
        DTS Neural:X vs
        More Advanced Auto Speaker Calibration System Advanced D.C.A.C. vs D.C.A.C.
        Automatic Phase Matching vs
        Automatic Phase Matching vs
        Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC) vs
        Dolby Vision vs
        HLG vs
        USB DC Out Port vs

        DOWNGRADES Sony STR-DH790 vs Sony STR-DH770
        Dolby Pro Logic vs PLIIx
        Dolby Digital EX vs
        DTS Neo vs Neo:6
        USB Input 1 Rear for Firmware Update and power Supply vs 1 (Front)
        Less Composite Video Inputs vs 2
        Less Composite Video Outputs vs 1
        Front A/V Inputs vs USB
        Analog Tuner FM vs FM with RDS
        More Large Speaker Terminals 2 vs 7

        For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Sony STR-DH770 vs Sony STR-DH790.

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