The STR-DN1010 goes for a minimalist look, with a glossy front panel uncluttered by the usual knobs and buttons that tend dominate AV receivers. There's a power button the left, a large volume button the right (with a mute button), and an input selector button rocker--and that's it. We're fans of the "less is more" look, as we rarely feel the need to use front panel buttons anyway. If you do need them, they're still there, underneath the flip-down panel that runs along the bottom. There are a few buttons for changing sound modes, plus an AV input and the port for the automatic speaker calibration microphone.
Most gadgets have gotten much thinner over the year, but AV receivers still tend to require plenty of AV shelf space. The STR-DN1010 is a full-sized AV receiver, coming in at 16.9 inches wide, 12.8 inches deep and 6.2 inches high. It's actually quite a bit shallower than the competitors like the Denon AVR-1911 and Pioneer VSX-1020-K, so it might be a good choice if you have a tight AV cabinet. If you're looking for a substantially smaller unit, check out the slimline Marantz NR1601.
The included remote is better than average for an AV receiver. It manages to offer enough functionality without becoming overwhelming. Input buttons are given priority at the top of the remote, and the direction pad is below, for navigating the GUI. As with most AV receiver remotes, the STR-DN1010's clicker tries to do too much by being able to control other devices. That means anytime you press "BD" to select that input, the remote will then start trying to control the Blu-ray player, rather than the receiver. As always, it's worth considering an upgrade to a quality universal remote.
If you press the large menu button, it will bring up the STR-DN1010's graphical user interface (GUI). Although the graphics are barebones--it's far from the eye candy you'd find on, say, a Blu-ray player--we do find that it's a worthwhile step-up from the blocky text interfaces offered on competitors like the Denon AVR-1911 and Marantz NR1601. We found it relatively easy to assign and rename inputs, and the visual nature of the menu was most helpful for visualizing setup tasks like speaker setup. Overall, we prefer the more colorful look and faster response time of the Yamaha RX-V667's menus, but the STR-DN1010's are a step-above the norm.
|Key AV receiver features|
|Channels||7.1||Analog video upconversion||Yes|
|Graphical user interface||Yes||Automatic speaker calibration||Yes|
|HDMI version||1.4a||3D pass-through||Yes|
|Audio return channel||Yes||Standby pass-through||Yes|
|Audio decoding features|
|Dolby TrueHD||Yes||DTS-HD Master Audio||Yes|
|Dolby ProLogic IIz||Yes|
|Other: Night mode|
|HDMI inputs||4||Component video inputs||3|
|Composite video inputs||4||Max connected HD devices||7|