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”The STR-DN1080 remains our affordable home cinema amplifier of choice”. ’What Hi-Fi?’ 2020 award-winner.

A new dimension in sound with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X

Dolby Atmos uses ceiling or upwards firing speakers to produce a multi-dimensional, immersive sound that's a match for the finest cinemas. DTS:X literally pushes the boundaries of what you can expect from home cinema. It renders images in three dimensions that conventional processing can't match. It also easily adapts with your existing speaker configuration.

Optimised for 4K UHD and HDR
The STRDN1080 features flexible HDMI connectivity on all six inputs and both outputs. It supports HDCP 2.2 and HDR which means you can play UHD Blu-ray discs and stream UltraHD video in the highest quality. It's also equipped with 4K upscaling, giving you the most detailed picture on your 4K TV from all sources. The HDMI sockets allow 4K pass-through, for hassle free switching and viewing without the receiver needing to be turned on.

Powerful, enveloping sound
When it comes to power, the latest STR-DN1080 is as impressive as ever. The Sony is capable of outputting 165W per channel at 6 ohms, allowing great flexibility in your choice of speakers and room size. The Sony STRDN1080 uses a solid frame and beam chassis for vibration resistance and the lowest sound distortion possible. It also uses specially selected components, fitted with ES grade solder, for class-leading sound quality.

Bi-amp for superior sound
This 7.2 Sony receiver is also able to be used in bi-amp mode. With the channels switched to 5.1, bi-amping gives separate amplification to your front speakers' bass and treble units (bi-wirable front speakers required). The end result gives tighter control and a wider, more dynamic sound - both in stereo and surround modes.

High-Resolution audio compatible
As well as offering room-shaking power, the Sony STRDN1080 is also compatible with High-Resolution Audio. This offers a sound that's far more natural sounding than standard audio. The STR-DN1080 supports DSD 5.6MHz decoding via USB and network connections.

Google Chromecast built-in
Chromecast lets you stream music, podcasts and audio apps, including Google Play, at the touch of a button. Having it built-in saves the battery life on your phone as the phone's Bluetooth transmission system isn't used for this purpose. Being able to stream straight from the cloud also gives the best audio quality.

Bring your music together with Sony SongPal
Download SongPal for your smartphone or tablet and take control of your music collection. Simply connect over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi and you'll have seamless access to all your favourite tracks, whether they're stored on your PC, server, or online music service. The app can also be used to customise sound settings to ensure great, balanced audio, and control multi-room listening.

Wi-Fi, Bluetooth with NFC and Apple AirPlay making streaming a breeze
With Ethernet and Wi-Fi built-in along with support for Apple's popular AirPlay and NFC Bluetooth the Sony covers all networking bases. NFC via Bluetooth lets you effortlessly sync compatible portable devices with a simple swipe of the unit next to the special remote. With AirPlay you can stream music from your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or iTunes along with compatible music apps like Spotify (Premium account required for full features), straight to the receiver.

At home with the most sophisticated systems and TVs, the Sony STR-DN1080 is at the hub of home cinema magic.

Sony STR-DN1080 review: A superb all-singing, all-dancing entertainment machine

With the rise and rise of sound bars, could AV receivers be on the way out? Ask any home theater enthusiast and they'll tell you "no," but for many buyers a massive, black, input-infested box is much more intimidating than a skinny bar.

Sony manages to counter the increasing complexity of the modern receiver with its STR-DN1080. Though it boasts the wealth of features and inputs typical of the breed, the company has applied a user-friendly sheen to help the receiver appeal to both newbies and old hands.

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The Sony STR-DN1080 is the outstanding follow-up to the STR-DN1070, which was our favorite receiver of 2016, and it patches that unit's only significant hole: the lack of Dolby Atmos. The two receivers do sound a little different, with the older one sounding a little warmer and the newer a bit more home cinema-focused. Compared to the competition however the DN1080 still offers a marked improvement in terms of sound quality.

In terms of features the Sony offers pretty much everything you could want in 2017, and on its release set an early, high bar against this year's competition. Nothing else released in 2017 has come close to capturing the Sony's mix of performance and features, and as a result it is a deserving winner of CNET's Editor's Choice.

The STR-DN1080 is available now for $599, £600 or AU$1,399.


While Sony's receivers from the last decade really pushed the bar when it came to design with their bulldog-like visage, more recent models have been a little less striking. The design of the STR-DN1080 is pretty blocky -- it's a solid, rectangular box with a thin glossy strip for a readout. It comes with a volume knob and a smaller selector knob next to it.

One thing that you wouldn't notice unless you put the receiver next to last year's -- as we did -- is that the 1080 is a little smaller than the 1070. Peering inside both we didn't notice much difference in the internals of the 1080, it's just that the new model seems to manage empty space better.

Receivers' on-screen displays languished in a user-hostile jail for much longer than on any other home cinema gadget. Blocky white text on a black background? Yuck. So when you come across something as lovely as the Sony's interface, it almost erases memories of the past. Big, friendly tiles on the front and readable text once you get one level in. The only downside is that the streaming services need a phone to work -- no point-and-click with your remote.

Just as OSDs have had a spit and polish in recent years the same is true of remote controls. Gone are the "Apollo mission control panels", now replaced with a stripped-down candy bar with the Sony STR-DN1080. If you need anything more complicated than what's presented, that's what the on-screen interface is for.


The STR-DN1080 is a 5.1.2 (or 7.1) receiver that now offers Dolby Atmos and DTS:X at a more affordable price than the company's ES receivers. Last year's 1070 seemed like it sorely wanted to be "atmospheric"-compatible but the designers just ran out of time.

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While its competitors shaved down the number of HDMI ports in the move to 4K/HDR-compliant versions, Sony managed to keep the number of HDMI inputs at six. The only real change is that one port moved from the front to the back. The receiver has two HDMI outs, which means it is able to distribute 4K video and surround sound to two different TVs and zones.

Other connectivity is a little sparse, with a coaxial and optical digital, Bluetooth plus Wi-Fi and Ethernet.

With internet connectivity comes an excellent selection of streaming options, including Chromecast built-in, UPnP and Spotify Connect. Chromecast support means that you can cast audio from any Android phone or Chrome browser as well as dozens of smartphone apps.

You can also control it with voice via your Google Home smart speaker, and though we had some issues when we first reviewed this receiver, the companies seem to have ironed out any issues. Using the Google Home app, you can set the receiver to be the default music playback system, so saying "Hey Google, play Herb Alpert" will turn the receiver on, set it to the right input, and play a mix of Tijuana Brass through either Spotify, Google/YouTube Music or Pandora.

The receiver also includes Sony's own multiroom system -- which has had a much-needed name change from SongPal Link to Music Center. It's also improved from previous versions and lets you assign music to Sony equipment more easily or change inputs.

One feature from the 1070 that seems to have slipped quietly into the waiting night is the ability to add wireless rear speakers. This has been replaced by the less-interesting "Phantom Surround Back" technology, which lets you simulate a seven-speaker configuration with only five speakers.


For this review we used a pair of ELAC Debut B6 bookshelf speakers in the front-left and -right positions, an ELAC Debut C5 center-channel speaker, ELAC Debut B5s as surrounds, Klipsch RP-140SA height speakers, and a Klipsch R-110SW subwoofer with the STR-DN1080.

To get started, we ran the Sony STR-DN1080's DCAC EX calibration system, which uses a rather unusual-looking plastic stereo mic. Most receiver auto setup systems use mono mics, so we hoped the STR-DN1080's setup results would be better than average.

After auto-setup we felt the sound was rather dark and opaque. For some reason, the STR-DN1080 incorrectly determined the Debut B6 bookshelfs were "large" speakers with a high crossover at 120Hz. We manually changed the Debut B6's "size" to "small," and changed the crossover setting to 80Hz for the fronts and rears, and kept the heights at 120Hz. We adjusted the volume of the R-110SW sub, which was much too loud, a common occurrence with auto-setup.

As part of the STR-DN1080's auto-setup, you have one of four Calibration Type options: Full Flat, Engineer, Front Reference, and Off. We briefly experimented with each of the EQs before finally using the Off setting, which sounded best.

As we've seen time and time again, auto-setup systems can't be counted on to produce the best possible sound quality from their receivers. A complete manual setup usually winds up taking less time than it takes to correct an auto-setup's errors.


The "Gravity" Blu-ray is still our favorite sounding Dolby Atmos-encoded movie, and its sound took flight over the STR-DN1080. Clarity was excellent, and the effect of the astronauts and ground control voices floating around the CNET listening room was spectacular. When astronaut Dr. Stone (Sandra Bullock) enters the International Space Station, the sounds of beeps, radio chatter, and Steven Price's brilliant music score came from all around us.

We've used "Gravity" on countless reviews, and the sound effects and music score sometimes sounded overly thick, but here with the STR-DN1080 the bass definition firmed up, which further enhanced overall clarity. We next turned the heat up with the apocalyptic sandstorm scenes from "Mad Max: Fury Road" to fully exploit the STR-DN1080's power reserves, and the receiver didn't flinch.

The Rolling Stones' 2013 concert Blu-ray "Sweet Summer Sun: Hyde Park Live" demonstrated the STR-DN1080's music skills. The Stones may be old geezers, but they sounded great, and on some of the quieter, more acoustic tunes we could hear the ambience of the concert venue and the vast adoring crowd sprawled across the park. As we continued we noted that the film's sound mix of the front soundstage seemed a little flat, but we had no other complaints.

When we brought out Sony's equivalent model from last year, the STR-DN1070, the sound was similar, though we felt that the STR-DN1080 was a little clearer, and the STR-DN1070 fuller. The STR-DN1070 lacked Dolby Atmos processing, so as expected when we played "Gravity" the surround mix was less expansive than the STR-DN1080's.

Final thoughts

Despite the rise of the sound bar, receivers are here to stay, especially since a model like the Sony STR-DN1080 offers a lot for an agreeable price. If you were sitting on your hands waiting for Sony to release a mainstream Dolby Atmos receiver, this is your opportunity.

We found a lot to like about the Sony STR-DN1080's sound, especially after we canceled the auto-setup, and rolled up our sleeves and did it ourselves. The Sony offers excellent home theater and music performance and all the features you could possibly want, which is why it deserves an Editor's Choice.

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The Sony STR-DN1080 is no ordinary home cinema amp. Not only is it a current What Hi-Fi? Award-winner, it's in fact a three-time Award-winner – an unprecedented move when it comes to AV receivers – and a Hall of Fame inductee.

Those accolades come at a surprisingly low price, too. We tested this outstanding amp at £429 ($600), but with so many seasonal sales, there's every chance you can bag a bargain below...

The Sony STR-DN1080 is a fantastic home cinema amp that ticks a ton of of boxes. It plays Dolby Atmos soundtracks up to a 5.1.2 speaker configuration and supports the newer DTS:X format. All six of its HDMI inputs are HDCP 2.2 compliant, too, ensuring full playback of 4K HDR content. If you want to enjoy surround sound in the best possible quality, this is a great start. 

The cutting-edge tech continues with support for hi-res music files (up to 24-bit/192kHz). Built-in streaming facilities include Bluetooth, AirPlay, Chromecast and Spotify Connect.

Design-wise, this hefty, well-built box features a handful of shortcut buttons, volume and input dials that work smoothly, and a simplified display that you can read at a glance. Make no mistake, this is a fuss-free, easy-to-use amp in spite of the sophisticated spec.

Of course, this amp's big selling point is its spellbinding sound. There's an astonishing amount of natural detail in voices, while bigger moments benefit from a explosive punch and dynamism rarely heard at this price point. 

Denon's AVR-X3700H offers a bit more brawn and 8K support, but it's also more than double the price of this Sony model. When you factor in the STR-DN1080's mix of enthralling sound and cutting-edge tech, not to mention the eye-catchingly low price, nothing else comes close for the money. 


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If you’ve recently been in the market for a home cinema amplifier around £500/$600, it’s likely you’ve heard of the Sony STR-DN1080. Not only is it a current What Hi-Fi? Award-winner, it's in fact a three-time Award-winner – an unprecedented move when it comes to AV receivers.

Even this long into the Sony's life, it’s difficult to comprehend anybody making a more entertaining receiver for this money any time soon.



It only takes a couple of minutes of listening to the Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them 4K Blu-ray and we’re grinning.

The Sony STR-DN1080 sounds fantastic, reaching deep into its reserves to deliver a performance packed with punch, dynamism and authority in a way we haven’t heard at this sort of price.

There’s an incredible amount of detail, from natural, expressive voices to layers of insight and depth surrounding each sound effect. As a glass window shatters under a spell, you can hear the sharp tinkling as well as the deep, sonic note rippling around the effect – it’s spellbinding to listen to.

Dynamically, it’s a fun and exciting listen. Quiet moments are as captivating as huge explosions going off in every corner of the big, open soundfield – and the DN1080 handles the changing shifts with masterful control. It’s enthralling.

We’ve seen John Wick more times than we’d care to admit, but the Sony STR-DN1080 keeps us glued to the action like we're watching (and hearing) it for the first time.

Gunshots are terrifically precise, and punches hit with satisfying impact. The agile and sure-footed manner in which the Sony conducts itself around the film’s equally agile choreography is admirable.

Surround effects swirl around convincingly and you can track exactly where each noise – whether it’s a spell, a crash, a gunshot or a magical creature – is placed in the soundfield. It envelops you in a cocoon of sound, and that’s before you engage the Dolby Atmos or DTS:X 3D soundtracks.

The additional height channels are convincing, although spreading the sound out more does take away a bit of the solidity of the bass performance. And there’s so much low-end depth and texture. It’s not quite as brawny as the Denon AVR-X2500H (or its successor, the AVR-X2600H), but the Sony pulls each bass note taut and makes an impact.

This amp has a rhythmic quality that lends itself well to music, whether you’re listening to a concert Blu-ray or streaming music from Spotify.

A home cinema amp at this level isn’t a match for dedicated stereo amplifiers such as the Rega Brio, but the Sony handles dynamic shifts and vocals in a fluid, articulate manner that sounds more musical than most amps.

High notes are reached with plenty of headroom. The sound is clear and crisp, but that vein of solidity running through the amp keeps it from sounding bright or harsh when the volume is cranked up. That’s one key criticism of past Sony amps dealt with.

The Sony is also demonstrably more detailed than the Denon AVR-X2500H, offering a bigger scale of sound with more grunt, drive and low-end depth.


To get the best sound for your room’s acoustics, plug in the set-up mic and run the auto-calibration process. Sony’s improved DCAC EX calibration takes note of your exact speaker package configuration before emitting swift and musical test tones. You can delve into the manual settings to fine-tune the results, though we are happy with the Sony’s largely accurate measurements of our test-room.

The DN1080’s interface is well designed and nice to use. Helpful menus guide you through the set-up process, as well as the new ‘phantom surround back’ and ‘speaker relocation’ features.

The first option adds in virtual surround rear speakers if you only have a 5.1 package, and the second one ‘corrects’ the positioning of your speakers if your room won’t allow for best place speaker placement. How effective this is depends on your room, but the sound does shift convincingly when used in our listening rooms.

Make sure you select auto format decoding (AFD) in the sound-effects menu to fully play DTS:X and Dolby Atmos soundtracks. Pure Direct – which cuts out all digital interferences – is worth enabling when you’re listening to purely analogue sources.


The STR-DN1080 is a substantial, hefty and well-built black box. The front panel features a handful of shortcut buttons, volume and input dials that work smoothly, and a simplified display that you can read at a glance. It’s a fuss-free, easy-to-use amp.

Using the light plastic remote control is intuitive, thanks to logically placed buttons. We’d prefer it to be backlit, though you do eventually get used to the shape of the most-needed buttons after a few days in the dark.


All the interesting stuff happens under the hood: Sony has used high quality components and advanced technology derived from its premium custom-install ES range of receivers in designing the STR-DN1080.

Not only can it play Dolby Atmos soundtracks up to a 5.1.2 speaker configuration, it also supports the newer DTS:X format. Of course, given the Sony's age, HDMI 2.1 is not supported, but all six HDMI inputs on the back are HDCP 2.2 compliant, supporting full playback of 4K HDR content. It’s worth noting the ‘video 1’ input is the only one not to support the full 4:4:4 chroma subsampling spec - all other HDMI inputs do.

There are two HDMI outputs, a handful of legacy inputs, single optical and coaxial inputs, and a USB port that can charge your smartphone.

You do get a few more connections on the newer Denon AVR-X2600H – eight HDMI inputs, for starters, and a couple more inputs across the board – but the Sony is hardly lacking in the connectivity area and there are plenty of sockets to plug in your sources.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Sony product without some serious hi-res music support. The amp can play up to 24-bit/192kHz files in all popular formats, and will also play native double DSD files across HDMI and USB.

In fact, two of the HDMI inputs (titled BD/DVD and CD/SACD) are optimised for the best audio quality. Sony recommends plugging your favourite sources into these two.

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.

And let’s not forget multi-room: you can connect the amp to other compatible Sony products using the Music Center app (formerly SongPal) to stream music around the house.


After a gap year Sony came back fighting, with all the specs boxes duly ticked this time. The addition of Dolby Atmos – as well as other cutting-edge features – makes the STR-DN1080 a complete AVR package for a now eye-openingly low price of just £429 ($500, AU$1749).

Three years is a lifetime in home cinema technology terms, so the fact that this amp has won Awards three years in a row tells you a lot. It's such an accomplishment, we've inducted the Sony STR-DN1080 into our Hall of Fame - our list of the most important and influential products of all time.


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What Hi-Fi?, founded in 1976, is the world's leading independent guide to buying and owning hi-fi and home entertainment products. Our comprehensive tests help you buy the very best for your money, with our advice sections giving you step-by-step information on how to get even more from your music and movies. Everything is tested by our dedicated team of in-house reviewers in our custom-built test rooms in London, New York and Bath. Our coveted five-star rating and Awards are recognised all over the world as the ultimate seal of approval, so you can buy with absolute confidence.

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