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Sony's STR-DN1080 receiver is a knockoutThe Sony STR-DN1080 receiver does a lot for the money and sounds good to boot.
THe Sony STR-DN1080 is the company's latest receiver and it's even better than last year's. With more features, get a similar performance at the same price. The Sony fix is one of the only problems from last time. No support for Dolby Atmos. The receiver also offers the same amount of HDMI ports, six, and all have been upgraded to support 4K HDMI. The DN1080 is a little smaller than last year's model but it has the same excellent interface and easy to. Use remote. The receiver also includes Bluetooth streaming in addition to Wi-Fi. You get access to Chromecast built-in, which lets you stream from dozens of smartphone apps, as well as Spotify Connect and Sony's own Music Center app. Sound quality is a little different from last year, with a sound that's slightly more geared to home cinema. So, if you're in the market for dedicated height speakers, This receiver is aimed at you. Whether it's a Dolby surround sound track or just the news, this certainly will make dialog clear and surround effects seamless. That's not to say this won't play music because we had an enjoyable afternoon streaming from Sony's Music Center to the receiver. And if you have high res or DSD tracks, it will do those natively, too. At $599, the Sony is an excellent deal, and there's very little that it can't do. 2017 might have only just started, but it's competition will need to step up if it wants to take Sony on.