Sony STR-DN1070

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    Highlights

    • 7.2 Channels
    • 7.1 Channel Processing
    • 100 W (6 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
    • HDR10
    • 4K/60Hz Passthrough
    • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Ethernet
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    Overview

    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 76 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
    69
    Audio Features
    71
    Video Features
    84
    Connectivity
    80
    Zones
    88
    Radio
    66
    OVERALL
    76

    For more details about the ranking please scroll down to an    Evaluation section.


    Here is a history of the series, where you can view and compare the main specifications of the receivers.

    Evolution of the series
    Model Year Chann. Power Dolby Atmos DTS:X HDR10 HDR10+ Dolby Vision Pass. Price
    STR-AN1000 Image cannot be found 2023 7.2 100 W 8K
    STR-DN1080 Image cannot be found 2017 7.2 100 W 4K
    STR-DN1070 Image cannot be found 2016 7.2 100 W 4K

    You can view their side-by-side comparison here: Sony STR-AN1000 vs STR-DN1080 vs STR-DN1070.

    Pros and Cons

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

    PROs

    •   DSD via HDMI
    •   Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic.
    •   HDR10
    •   New HDCP Version
    •   Wi-Fi
    •   Bluetooth
    •   Chromecast Built-In
    •   USB Input
    •   Composite Video Inputs
    •   Ethernet
    •   3 Zones
    •   Analog Tuner
    •   Spotify

    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 360 Reality Audio
    •   No HDR10+
    •   No Dolby Vision
    •   No eARC
    •   No 8K Passthrough
    •   Does not Work with Amazon Alexa
    •   0 8K Input
    •   No Phono Input
    •   No RCA Pre-Outs
    •   No Digital Radio
    •   No Pandora
    •   No Tidal

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

    AVERAGE

    •   7.2 Channels
    •   Power Output - 100 W
    •   7.1 Channel Processing
    •   6 HDMI Inputs
    •   3 HDMI Outputs
    •   RCA Line Inputs
    •   Bluetooth 4․1

    Sony 2016 Lineup

    In 2016 Sony released 6 new receivers. Here is the lineup:

    Sony 2016 Lineup
    ModelChannelsPowerMax. Ch. Proc.Pre OutsRoom Corr.Immersive AudioHDRZones Price
    STR-ZA5000ES Image cannot be found 9.2120 W11.111.2 D.C.A.C. EXDolby Atmos
    DTS:X
    HDR10
    Dolby Vision
    3
    STR-ZA3000ES Image cannot be found 7.280 W7.17.2 Advanced D.C.A.C.3
    STR-ZA2000ES Image cannot be found 7.275 W7.1 Advanced D.C.A.C.3
    STR-ZA1000ES Image cannot be found 7.270 W7.1 Advanced D.C.A.C.3
    STR-DN1070 Image cannot be found 7.2100 W7.1 Advanced D.C.A.C.HDR103
    STR-DH770 Image cannot be found 7.290 W7.1 D.C.A.C.HDR101

    You can view their side-by-side comparison here: Sony STR-ZA5000ES vs STR-ZA3000ES vs STR-ZA2000ES vs STR-ZA1000ES vs STR-DN1070 vs STR-DH770.

    Successor

    In 2017 Sony STR-DN1070 was replaced by Sony STR-DN1080. Let us now have a look at some important differences between Sony STR-DN1070 and its successor.

    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
    Network Audio Formats 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
    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
    Dolby Vision vs
    HLG vs
    Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC) 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 STR-DN1080.

    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).

      AMPLIFIER
      Channels7.2
      Power Output100 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

      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.
      Sony STR-DN1070
      DECODING
      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
      360 Reality Audio

      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

        HDMI

        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.
        Sony STR-DN1070
        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

        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.
        ZONES
        Number of Zones3
        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

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        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: 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

        Front A/V Inputs

        • HDMI, USB
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        TERMINALS
        HDMI Inputs6 (1 front)
        HDMI Outputs2 (1 Main, 1 Sub/Zone2)
        8K Inputs
        USB Input1 (Front)
        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 Inputs2
        Composite Video Outputs1
        S-Video Inputs
        S-Video Outputs
        Component Video Inputs
        Component Video Outputs

        Sony STR-DN1070 Evaluation

        We evaluate Sony STR-DN1070 and give score of 76 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
        76

        Amplifier

        AVERAGE
        69

        We give Sony STR-DN1070 a score of 69 for Amplifier features.

        •   7.2 Channels
        •   Power Output - 100 W

        Audio Features

        GOOD
        71

        We give Sony STR-DN1070 a score of 71 for Audio Features features.

        •   7.2 Channels
        •   No Front Wide Channel Support
        •   7.1 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

        GOOD
        84

        We give Sony STR-DN1070 a score of 84 for Video Features features.

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

        Connectivity

        GOOD
        80

        We give Sony STR-DN1070 a score of 80 for Connectivity features.

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

        Zones

        EXCELLENT
        88

        We give Sony STR-DN1070 a score of 88 for Zones features.

        •   3 Zones

        Radio

        AVERAGE
        66

        We give Sony STR-DN1070 a score of 66 for Radio features.

        •   Analog Tuner
        •   No Pandora
        •   Spotify
        •   No Tidal


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