Sony STR-DH790 Review and Specs
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Sony STR-DH790 (Oceania version)

SCORE:
70

Highlights

  • 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

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Sony STR-DH790 Overview

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
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 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.

PROS
Bi-amp Capability πŸ‘
Dolby Atmos πŸ‘
Dolby TrueHD πŸ‘
Dolby Digital Plus πŸ‘
Dolby Surround Upmixer πŸ‘
DTS:X πŸ‘
DTS Neural:X πŸ‘
DTS-HD Master Audio πŸ‘
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio πŸ‘
DTS 96/24 πŸ‘
DTS Express πŸ‘
DTS-ES πŸ‘
DSD via HDMI πŸ‘
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. πŸ‘
HDR10 πŸ‘
BT.2020 color space πŸ‘
Dolby Vision πŸ‘
HLG πŸ‘
3-D Ready πŸ‘
4K or 8K Video Passthrough πŸ‘
Bluetooth πŸ‘
eARC πŸ‘
New HDCP Version πŸ‘
Zones πŸ‘
Analog Tuner πŸ‘
New Bluetooth Version πŸ‘
CONS
No Front Wide Channel Support πŸ‘Ž
Not Certified 4 Ω Performance πŸ‘Ž
No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization πŸ‘Ž
No DTS Virtual:X πŸ‘Ž
No IMAX Enhanced πŸ‘Ž
No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer πŸ‘Ž
No DTS Dialog Control πŸ‘Ž
No Sound Optimizer πŸ‘Ž
No High-resolution Music Enhancer πŸ‘Ž
No HDR10+ πŸ‘Ž
No 4K or 8K Video Upscaling πŸ‘Ž
No DLNA 1.5 πŸ‘Ž
No Chromecast Built-In πŸ‘Ž
Does not Work with Amazon Alexa πŸ‘Ž
Does Not Work with SONOS πŸ‘Ž
No Ethernet πŸ‘Ž
No Wi-Fi πŸ‘Ž
Few HDMI Inputs πŸ‘Ž
Few HDMI Outputs πŸ‘Ž
No USB Input πŸ‘Ž
No Phono Input πŸ‘Ž
No Composite Video Inputs πŸ‘Ž
No Component Video Inputs πŸ‘Ž
No Multi-Channel Input πŸ‘Ž
No Analog Pre-Outs πŸ‘Ž
No Pandora πŸ‘Ž
No Spotify πŸ‘Ž
No Tidal πŸ‘Ž
No Deezer πŸ‘Ž
No Napster πŸ‘Ž
No SiriusXM Internet Radio πŸ‘Ž

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 Sony STR-DH770
Dolby Atmos βœ” up to 5.1.2 or 7.1 βœ–
Dolby Surround Upmixer βœ” βœ–
DTS:X βœ” up to 5.1.2 or 7.1 βœ–
DTS Neural:X βœ” βœ–
More Advanced Auto Speaker Calibration System βœ” Advanced D.C.A.C. βœ” D.C.A.C.
Dolby Vision βœ” βœ–
HLG βœ” βœ–
Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC) βœ” βœ–

DOWNGRADES Sony STR-DH790 Sony STR-DH770
USB Input 1 Rear for Firmware Update and power Supply 1 (Front)
Less Composite Video Inputs βœ– 2
Less Composite Video Outputs βœ– 1
Analog Tuner βœ” FM only βœ” FM only with RDS

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

Selected Features

Amplifier

Sony STR-DH790 has 7 channel amplifier and delivers 90 W (6 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven).


Video Features

The Receiver has 4K passthrough up to 60p. It can bypass 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

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 Audioβ„’ 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.


Room Correction

Sony STR-DH790 comes with[y] Advanced D.C.A.C. room correction system and includes the calibration microphone.


Connectivity

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.

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Detailed Specifications

Here we list all the available features and specifications of Sony STR-DH790.

BASICS
BrandSony
ModelSTR-DH790
TypeA/V Receiver
CountryOceania
Release Year2018
AMPLIFIER
Channels7.2
Front Wide Channel Supportβœ–
THXβ„’ Certificationβœ–
Continuous 6 Ω Ratedβœ”
Certified 4 Ω Performanceβœ–
Bi-amp Capabilityβœ”
AUDIO
Maximum Channel Processing7.1
Air Studios Monitor Certificationβœ–
Dolby Atmosβœ” up to 5.1.2 or 7.1
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualizationβœ–
Dolby TrueHDβœ”
Dolby Digital Plusβœ”
Dolby Surround Upmixerβœ”
Dolby Pro Logicβœ–
Dolby Digital EXβœ–
Surround EXβœ–
DTS:Xβœ” up to 5.1.2 or 7.1
DTS Neural:Xβœ”
DTS Virtual:Xβœ–
DTS Neoβœ–
DTS-HD Master Audioβœ”
DTS-HD High Resolution Audioβœ”
DTS 96/24βœ”
DTS Expressβœ”
DTS-ESβœ” Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1
IMAX Enhancedβœ–
Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixerβœ–
PCMβœ” 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DSD via HDMIβœ” 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DSD to PCM Converterβœ–
USB DACβœ–
DTS Dialog Controlβœ–
Dialogue Liftβœ–
Digital Legato Linearβœ–
In-Ceiling Speaker Modeβœ–
OP Processingβœ”
Sound Optimizerβœ–
Tone Controlβœ” All Channels
High-resolution Music Enhancerβœ–
Audyssey Dynamic EQβœ–
Audyssey Dynamic Volumeβœ–
Audyssey LFCβœ–
Audyssey Sub EQ HTβœ–
Audyssey DSXβœ–
Direct Modeβœ”
Pure Direct Modeβœ”
CALIBRATION
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.βœ” Advanced D.C.A.C.
Calibration MicrophoneMono
Speaker Relocationβœ–
Automatic Phase Matchingβœ”
VIDEO
HDR10βœ”
HDR10+βœ–
BT.2020 color spaceβœ”
Dolby Visionβœ”
Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG)βœ”
Quick Media Switching (QMS)βœ–
Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-throughβœ–
Variable Refresh Rate (VRR)βœ–
Quick Frame Transport (QFT)βœ–
3-D Readyβœ”
Video Signal Passthroughup to 4K/60p (YCbCr4:4:4)
Video Signal Upscalingβœ–
Analog To HDMI Upconversionβœ–
isf Certified Calibration Controlβœ–
CONNECTIVITY
MHL Inputβœ–
DLNA 1.5βœ–
FireConnectβœ–
FlareConnectβœ–
Music Connectβœ–
Remote Monitoring with ihijiβœ–
Chromecast Built-Inβœ–
DTS Play-Fiβœ–
Works with Amazon Alexaβœ–
Works with SONOSβœ–
AirPlayβœ–
Apple Product Connectionβœ–
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevueβœ–
Ethernetβœ–
Ethernet Switchβœ–
Wi-Fiβœ–
Bluetoothβœ” SBC, AAC
HDBaseT Compatibleβœ–
Enhanced ARCβœ”
HDCP Version2.2 (4 in / 1 out)
HDMI Input4
HDMI Output1
USB Input1 Rear for Firmware Update and power Supply
USB DC Out Portβœ”
Analog Audio Line Input4
Analog Audio Line Outputβœ–
Phono Inputβœ–
Optical In1
Optical Outβœ–
Coaxial In/Out1 / βœ–
Composite Video Inputβœ–
Composite Video Outputβœ–
S-Video Inputβœ–
S-Video Outputβœ–
Component Video Inputβœ–
Component Video Outputβœ–
PC Inβœ–
Multi-Channel Inputβœ–
Analog Pre-Outs0.2
XLR Inputsβœ–
XLR Pre-outsβœ–
Front A/V Inputsβœ–
Speaker A/Bβœ”
Headphone Outβœ” 6.3 mm
ZONES
Zones1
RS-232βœ–
+12V Trigger Output0
Remote (IR) Input/Output0 / 0
MISC
On-Screen Displayβœ” Graphical User Interface (Only through HDMI)
Detachable Power Cordβœ–
RADIO
Analog Tunerβœ” FM only
Presets30 (30/-)
Digital Radioβœ–
Pandoraβœ–
Spotifyβœ–
Tidalβœ–
Deezerβœ–
Napsterβœ–
SiriusXM Internet Radioβœ–
CONSTRUCTION
Speaker Terminals7
Large Speaker Terminals2
Color-Coded Speaker Terminalsβœ–
Gold plated RCA terminalsβœ–
POWER
Power SupplyAC 230 V, 50 Hz
Power Consumption240 W
Standby Power0.3 W
GENERAL
Dimensions (W x H x D)430 mm x 133 mm x 297 mm
17" x 5-1/4" x 11-3/4"
Weight7.4 kg (16 lbs. 6 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 (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 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
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

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