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Sony STR-DN1070 (USA and Canadian versions)



  • 7.2 channels
  • 7.1 channel processing
  • 100 W (6 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • HDR10, 4K Passthrough
  • AirPlay, DLNA, Chromecast
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • USB input

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Sony STR-DN1070 was introduced in 2016. 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 maximum channel processing. It passes 4K/60Hz video signal.

We evaluated the a/v receiver and gave 74 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.


Pros and Cons

In this section we present pros and cons of Sony STR-DN1070.

  DSD via HDMI
  Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
  New HDCP Version
  4K or 8K Video Passthrough
  Chromecast Built-In
  USB Input
  Composite Video Inputs
  Analog Tuner
  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
  Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
  Few 8K Inputs
  Few Optical Inputs
  No RCA Pre-Outs
  No Pandora
  No Tidal

Audio Section

7 channel Amplifier

Sony STR-DN1070 features 7 channel power amplifier. It is rated at 100 W (6 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven).

    Speaker Configurations

    Sony STR-DN1070's 7 channel amplifier can be assigned for different speaker configurations.

    • Configurations: Available configurations are:
    • 5.2, 7.2 with internal amplifier.
    • 2-ch Bi-Amp: Sony STR-DN1070 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.

    Sound Processing

    • Digital Legato Linear: Sony STR-DN1070 features Digital Legato Linear (D.L.L.) to play audio signals with high-quality sound. The D.L.L. function is a technology developed by Sony that allows low-quality digital and analog audio signals to be played with high-quality sound. This function is available for Linear PCM signals, as well as lossy compression audio formats and analog audio signals. It works when [2ch Stereo], [Direct], [A.F.D.] or [Multi Stereo] is selected.

    Room Calibration

    Sony STR-DN1070 comes with Advanced D.C.A.C. room correction system and includes the calibration microphone.

      Video Section


      Sony STR-DN1070 features 6 HDMI inputs. It has 2 outputs: 1 Main and 1 Sub/Zone2.

      • 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-DN1070 is able to pass 3D video through HDMI.
      andh3>HDR (High Dynamic Range)

      Sony STR-DN1070 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.

      Multi-zone Playback

      Sony STR-DN1070 offers multi-zone playback which allows you to play different input sources in 3 different rooms.

      Zone 2

      • Powered Zone 2: You can use the unit's 2 amplifier channels by connecting Zone 2 speakers directly to the speaker terminals. The remaining 5 channels will be left for main zone amplification.
      • HDMI Output: Sony STR-DN1070 offers HDMI output for Zone 2. This means that it can send two different HDMI signals to two displays.
      • 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 2 amplifier.

      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.

      Inputs and Outputs


      • Analog Line Inputs: There are 4 line inputs for analog audio connection.
      • Digital Inputs and Outputs: 0 optical input, 1 optical output 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.


      • HDMI:
      • Inputs: 6 (1 front)   Outputs: 2 (1 Main, 1 Sub/Zone2)
        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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      Here we list all the available features and specifications of Sony STR-DN1070.

      TypeA/V Receiver
      CountryUSA and Canada
      Release Year2016
      Front Wide Channel Support
      THX™ Certification
      Continuous 6 Ω Rated
      Certified 4 Ω Performance
      Bi-amp Capability
      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 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 USBWAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD, MP3, WMA, LPCM, Dolby Digital, Apple Lossless
      High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network up to 192 kHz
      High Resolution Audio Formats via USBWAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
      DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
      DSD via USB 2-ch Input
      DSD to PCM Converter
      USB DAC
      DTS Dialog Control
      Dialogue Lift Center Speaker Lift Up
      Digital Legato Linear
      In-Ceiling Speaker Mode
      OP Processing
      Sound Optimizer
      Tone Control All Channels
      High-resolution Music Enhancer DSEE HX
      Audyssey Dynamic EQ
      Audyssey Dynamic Volume
      Audyssey LFC
      Audyssey Sub EQ HT
      Audyssey DSX
      Direct Mode
      Pure Direct Mode
      Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. Advanced D.C.A.C.
      Calibration MicrophoneMono
      Speaker Relocation
      Automatic Phase Matching
      Enhanced ARC
      HDCP Version2.2
      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
      MHL Input
      DLNA 1.5
      Music Connect
      Remote Monitoring with ihiji
      Chromecast Built-In
      DTS Play-Fi
      Works with Amazon Alexa
      Works with SONOS
      AirPlay AirPlay
      Apple Product Connection iPod, iPhone and iPad
      InstaPrevue Input Source Prevue
      Ethernet Switch
      Bluetooth SBC, AAC, LDAC
      HDBaseT Compatible
      HDMI Inputs6 (1 front)
      HDMI Outputs2 (1 Main, 1 Sub/Zone2)
      8K Inputs
      USB Input1 (Front)
      USB DC Out Port
      RCA Line Input4
      RCA Line Output
      XLR Line Inputs
      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
      RCA Pre-Outs0.2
      XLR Pre-outs
      Front A/V InputsHDMI, USB
      Speaker A/B
      Headphone Out6.3 mm (1/4")
      Powered Zones 2 and 3
      Zone 2 OutsHDMI, RCA Pre/Line Out
      Zone 3 Outs
      RS-232C Interface
      +12V Trigger Output0
      Remote (IR) Input/Output1 / 1
      On-Screen Display Graphical User Interface
      GUI Languages3
      Detachable Power Cord
      Analog Tuner FM with RDS
      Presets30 (30/-)
      Digital Radio
      SiriusXM Internet Radio
      Speaker Terminals9
      Large Speaker Terminals9
      Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
      Gold plated RCA terminals
      Power SupplyAC 120 V, 60 Hz
      Power Consumption240 W
      Standby Power0.4 W
      Dimensions (W x H x D)430 mm x 172 mm x 329.4 mm
      17" x 6-7/8" x 13"
      Weight10.5 kg (23 lbs. 3 oz.)
      Warranty2 Years
      Power Output (6 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2100 W (0.09% THD)
      Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2120 W (0.9% THD)
      Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, FTC)165 W (0.9% THD)
      Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)500 mV/50 kΩ
      Rated Preout Level and Impedance2 V/1 kΩ (Zone2 and 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
      DSD Sampling Rates via USB2.8 MHz, 5.6 MHz
      Video Input Sensitivity/Output Level and Impedance1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Composite)
      Ethernet Standard100BASE-TX
      Wi-Fi StandardIEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n
      Wi-Fi Terminal Frequency5 GHz, 2.4 GHz
      Bluetooth Version4․1
      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


      In 2017 Sony STR-DN1070 was replaced by STR-DN1080. Let us now have a look at some important changes that the successor brought.

      UPGRADES Sony STR-DN1080 vs Sony STR-DN1070
      More Channel Processing 7ch + Phantom 2ch vs 7.1
      Dolby Atmos up to 5.1.2 plus 2 phantom rear surround channels vs
      Dolby Surround Upmixer vs
      DTS:X up to 5.1.2 plus 2 phantom rear surround channels vs
      DTS Neural:X vs
      Music Playback via USB WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD, MP3, WMA, LPCM, Dolby Digital, Apple Lossless, OGG, APE vs WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD, MP3, WMA, LPCM, Dolby Digital, Apple Lossless
      Calibration Microphone Stereo vs Mono
      Speaker Relocation vs
      Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC) vs
      Dolby Vision vs
      HLG vs

      DOWNGRADES Sony STR-DN1080 vs Sony STR-DN1070
      Dolby Pro Logic vs PLIIx
      DTS Neo vs Neo:6
      Front A/V Inputs USB vs HDMI, USB
      Less Zones 2 vs 3
      Less Powered Zones 2 vs 2 and 3
      Analog Tuner FM vs FM with RDS

      For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Sony STR-DN1070 vs Sony STR-DN1080.

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