With the rise and rise of sound bars, could AV receivers are on the way out? Ask any home theater enthusiast and they’ll tell you “no,” but for many buyers who just want better sound for their TVs and music, a massive, black, input-infested box is much more intimidating than a skinny bar.
Sony tries to counter the increasing complexity of the modern receiver with its new STR-DN1080. Though it boasts the wealth of features and inputs typical of the breed, the company has applied a user-friendly sheen to help the receiver should appeal to both newbies and old hands.
The Sony STR-DN1080 is the follow-up to the outstanding STR-DN1070, our favorite receiver of 2016, and it patches that unit’s only significant hole — the lack of Dolby Atmos. The two receivers do sound a little different, with the older one sounding a little warmer and the newer a bit more home cinema focussed.
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