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Sony's STR-DN1060 is high on features and performanceThe Sony STR-DN1060 receiver offers loads of features and a high level of performance, making it an excellent choice.
While Sony has been making surround receivers since time immemorial, in the last few years the company has really upped its game with a mix of compelling features, really great sound, and affordable pricing. I'm happy to say that the new STR-DN1060 continues in this vein. This is a 7.2 channel receiver that focuses on streaming features instead of newer surround technologies like Dolby [UNKNOWN] DTXX. The Sony will do Apple Airplay and it's compatible to Google Cast, plus Spotify Connect and DLNA. The receiver is also the first on the market with Sony's song [UNKNOWN] links technology, which is the company's attempt at a [UNKNOWN] multi-room system However, the app does have some problems at present, particularly with Android. And it might be better to wait a little while if you want this feature particularly. However, using DLMA and Spotify Connect does work well. The design is identical to previous years with a large volume knob and smaller selection switch. Plus around the back it has the same number of HDMI inputs. Five but the remote control now has a dedicated Bluetooth button which makes it handy to use. One of the best features is to receive the ability to transmit Bluetooth to a pair of compatible headphones. Which should make private listening a lot easier. Overall sound quality is every bit the equal of last year's receiver And while music very well, it excels at movies with a dynamic sound that suits today's blockbusters. If you're looking for a receiver that's an all-arounder in terms of doing both music and movies as well, in addition to offering a number of streaming options in the phone [UNKNOWN] decent choice, but if you want the latest and greatest cinema experience, I'd instead suggest the [UNKNOWN] TXSI646 for the same money. This has been Todd [UNKNOWN] for cnet.com.