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Sony STR-DN1080 A/V Receiver Review

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“Sony endows the STR-DN1080 with a range of different “audio optimizing” DSP functions, headlined by a DSEE (Digital Sound Enhancement Engine) HX mode that, according to the company, “restores signals in the micro region of compressed sources, upsampling and expanding bit depth to the equivalent of a maximum of 192 kilohertz/24 bits for expressive sound quality closer to the original.” I have always been deeply skeptical of these algorithms, which nearly every receiver maker seems to include in some form. You can upsample and reformat digital audio all you want, but you’re not going to magically conjure data that isn’t there: A 160-kilobit-per-second MP3 upsampled to 96/24 is still a 160kbps MP3—and still sounds like it. That said, Sony’s DSEE HX didn’t do any harm perceptible to my ears, so if other listeners find it euphonic, so much the better. And I don’t suppose writing or licensing a few lines of code—more likely a few hundred or even a thousand lines—will raise a receiver’s cost very much.”

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Sony ES Home Theater Receiver Comparison (2017)

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Sony STR-DN1080 Review

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“The amp is further kitted out with the most popular streaming facilities – Bluetooth, AirPlay, Chromecast and Spotify Connect are all built into the STR-DN1080. The amp’s DLNA certification means you can play hi-res music files from any NAS device or laptop on the same network.”

 

 

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Denon 4K receiver AVR X520BT – Video

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Sony STR-DN1080 AV amp (2017) review

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THE BEST 7 CHANNEL AV RECEIVERS

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The Pioneer VSX-1131 is one of our favorite 7-channel amps this year. The amp has nearly every feature you’d expect in a mid-range receiver. Bluetooth and WiFi are both included. The 1131 also has its own multi-room audio system called FireConnect which shows promise, but has yet to be fully enabled or utilized on Pioneer’s amps. HDCP 2.2, HDR and BT.2020 are all included on the amp, which makes it a good match for 4K TVs. On the audio front, the Pioneer 1131 also decodes Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. Along with all of these features, the 1131 has great sound quality and one of the best user interfaces we’ve seen on a home theater receiver.”

 

 

 

 

 

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ONKYO TX-RZ800 REVIEW

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It’s no surprise that the THX Select2 Certified Onkyo TX-RZ800 supports the standard HD audio formats such as Dobly TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio. The new kids on the audio format block are Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. Both of which are featured on the 800.”

 

 

 

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