Sony STR-DH790 (USA, Canadian and Taiwanese versions)
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Sony STR-DH790 was introduced in 2018. It is equipped with 7 channel amplifier and is capable of 7.1 maximum channel processing.
We evaluated the Receiver and gave 70 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 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 video signal passthrough and 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...
Pros and Cons
In this section we present pros and cons of Sony STR-DH790.
|👍 Bi-amp Capability|
|👍 Dolby Atmos|
|👍 Dolby TrueHD|
|👍 Dolby Digital Plus|
|👍 Dolby Surround Upmixer|
|👍 DTS Neural:X|
|👍 DTS-HD Master Audio|
|👍 DTS-HD High Resolution Audio|
|👍 DTS 96/24|
|👍 DTS Express|
|👍 DSD via HDMI|
|👍 Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.|
|👍 BT.2020 color space|
|👍 Dolby Vision|
|👍 3-D Ready|
|👍 4K or 8K Video Passthrough|
|👍 New HDCP Version|
|👍 Analog Tuner|
|👍 New Bluetooth Version|
|👎 No Front Wide Channel Support|
|👎 Not Certified 4 Ω Performance|
|👎 No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization|
|👎 No DTS Virtual:X|
|👎 No IMAX Enhanced|
|👎 No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer|
|👎 No DTS Dialog Control|
|👎 No Sound Optimizer|
|👎 No High-resolution Music Enhancer|
|👎 No HDR10+|
|👎 No 4K or 8K Video Upscaling|
|👎 No DLNA 1.5|
|👎 No Chromecast Built-In|
|👎 Does not Work with Amazon Alexa|
|👎 Does Not Work with SONOS|
|👎 No Ethernet|
|👎 No Wi-Fi|
|👎 Few HDMI Inputs|
|👎 Few HDMI Outputs|
|👎 No USB Input|
|👎 No Phono Input|
|👎 No Composite Video Inputs|
|👎 No Component Video Inputs|
|👎 No Multi-Channel Input|
|👎 No Analog Pre-Outs|
|👎 No Pandora|
|👎 No Spotify|
|👎 No Tidal|
|👎 No Deezer|
|👎 No Napster|
|👎 No SiriusXM Internet Radio|
Major Changes from its predecessor
Here we are comparing Sony STR-DH790 to its predecessor STR-DH770 and displaying the major changes.
|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|
|More Advanced Auto Speaker Calibration System||Advanced D.C.A.C.||vs||D.C.A.C.|
|Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)||vs|
|DOWNGRADES||Sony STR-DH790||vs||Sony STR-DH770|
|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|
|Analog Tuner||FM only||vs||FM only with RDS|
For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Sony STR-DH790 vs Sony STR-DH770.
Sony STR-DH790 has 7 channel amplifier and delivers 90 W (6 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven).
The Receiver has 4K passthrough up to 60p. It can bypass HDR10, Dolby Vision.
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 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
Sony STR-DH790 supports Dolby Atmos with its Dolby Surround upmixer. It 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
Sony STR-DH790 supports DTS:X with its Neural:X upmixer. It 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 a new 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.
Sony STR-DH790 comes with Advanced D.C.A.C. room correction system and includes the calibration microphone.
Sony STR-DH790 can also connect to bluetooth devices via built-in bluetooth adapter. It has 4 HDMI inputs and HDCP 2.2 (4 in / 1 out) copy protection.
Front panel has no inputs.
Here we list all the available features and specifications of Sony STR-DH790.
|Country||USA, Canada and Taiwan|
|Front Wide Channel Support|
|Continuous 6 Ω Rated|
|Certified 4 Ω Performance|
|Maximum Channel Processing||7.1|
|Air Studios Monitor Certification|
|Dolby Atmos||up to 5.1.2 or 7.1|
|Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization|
|Dolby Digital Plus|
|Dolby Surround Upmixer|
|Dolby Pro Logic|
|Dolby Digital EX|
|DTS:X||up to 5.1.2 or 7.1|
|DTS-HD Master Audio|
|DTS-HD High Resolution Audio|
|DTS-ES||Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1|
|Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer|
|DSD via HDMI||2-ch/Multi-ch Input|
|DSD to PCM Converter|
|DTS Dialog Control|
|Digital Legato Linear|
|In-Ceiling Speaker Mode|
|Tone Control||All Channels|
|High-resolution Music Enhancer|
|Audyssey Dynamic EQ|
|Audyssey Dynamic Volume|
|Audyssey Sub EQ HT|
|Pure Direct Mode|
|Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.||Advanced D.C.A.C.|
|Automatic Phase Matching|
|BT.2020 color space|
|HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma)|
|QMS (Quick Media Switching)|
|ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode)|
|VRR (Variable Refresh Rate)|
|QFT (Quick Frame transport)|
|Video Signal Passthrough||up to 4K/60p (YCbCr4:4:4)|
|Video Signal Upscaling|
|Analog To HDMI Upconversion|
|isf Certified Calibration Control|
|Remote Monitoring with ihiji|
|Works with Amazon Alexa|
|Works with SONOS|
|Apple Product Connection|
|InstaPrevue Input Source Prevue|
|HDCP Version||2.2 (4 in / 1 out)|
|USB Input||1 Rear for Firmware Update and power Supply|
|USB DC Out Port|
|Analog Audio Line Input||4|
|Analog Audio Line Output|
|Coaxial In/Out||1 /|
|Composite Video Input|
|Composite Video Output|
|Component Video Input|
|Component Video Output|
|Front A/V Inputs|
|Headphone Out||6.3 mm|
|+12V Trigger Output||0|
|Remote (IR) Input/Output||0 / 0|
|On-Screen Display||Graphical User Interface (Only through HDMI)|
|Detachable Power Cord|
|Analog Tuner||FM only|
|SiriusXM Internet Radio|
|Large Speaker Terminals||2|
|Color-Coded Speaker Terminals|
|Gold plated RCA terminals|
|Power Supply||AC 120 V, 60 Hz|
|Power Consumption||240 W|
|Standby Power||0.3 W|
|Dimensions (W x H x D)||430 mm x 133 mm x 297 mm|
17" x 5-1/4" x 11-3/4"
|Weight||7.4 kg (16 lbs. 6 oz.)|
|Power Output (6 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2||90 W (0.09% THD)|
|Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2||105 W (0.9% 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 Impedance||2 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 HDMI||2.8 MHz|
|Bluetooth Frequency||2.4 GHz|
|USB Terminal||Type A, Ver. 2.0, 5 V, 1 A|
|FM Frequency||87.5 MHz - 108.0 MHz|
* - 480i/576i and 480p/576p only
** - 480i/576i only
*** - no 1080p/24 upconversion
**** - 1080p signal is not converted