Sony has been one of the few bright spots in the slothlike AV receiver market, with last year's STR-DN1030 being the first with long-overdue features like built-in Bluetooth, AirPlay, and Wi-Fi in a $500 receiver.
Rather than resting on its laurels, Sony goes even further with its two new AV receivers, packing in more features. The STR-DN840 and STR-DN1040 continue to stand alone this year in offering Wi-Fi, AirPlay, and Bluetooth, while the STR-DN1040 has upped the ante with eight HDMI inputs and an overhauled user interface.
Here's how I'd break down the most important features:
STR-DN840 ($… Read more