Spotlight on the Sony STR-DN1070 Home Theater Receiver

Sony STR-DN1070 Home Theater Receiver
Sony STR-DN1070 Network Home Theater Receiver. Images provided by Sony Electronics

Although Sony's TVs get a lot of attention every year, they also have a lot of deserving home audio products such as the STR-DN1070 home theater receiver.

Introduction To The Sony STR-DN1070

The STR-DN1070 continues a long line of great performing Sony home theater receiver predecessors, including the STR-DN1020, 1030, 1040, STR-DN1050, and STR-DN1060

What does the STR-DN1070 offer? Here is a look at some of what you get if you choose to go with it.

Channel Configuration and Surround Sound Audio Decoding

The foundation of the STR-DN1070 is its 7.2 channel configuration (7 speaker and 2 subwoofer channels), with additional audio-only powered or line-out Zone 2 support, and Dolby TrueHD/DTS-HD decoding.

NOTE: The STR-DN1070 does not include decoding for the more immersive  Dolby Atmos or DTS:X surround sound formats.

HDMI Connectivity

Physical connectivity includes 6 3D, 4K, and HDR compatible HDMI inputs (along with 2 HDMI outputs), and analog to HDMI video conversion with 1080p and 4K video upscaling (HDMI sources only).

The HDMI inputs/outputs are also HDCP 2.2 compliant. This provides the necessary copy-protection for access to compatible 4K streaming content sources (such as Netflix), as well as content from the new Ultra HD Bu-ray Disc Format

USB and Network Streaming

A front-mounted USB port is provided. The USB port allows for access to audio and video content from directly from iPod/iPhone or USB flash drives, as well as built-in wired (ethernet) or wireless (WiFi) network connectivity.

When connected to your home network, the STR-DN1070 can access content from DLNA compatible sources (media servers, PCs), Internet Radio, and services such as Spotify Connect.

For direct streaming, the STR-DN1070 also incorporates Airplay (for iOS devices), Google Cast Music Service (for iPhone and Android devices), and Bluetooth (including NFC).

The Bluetooth feature is also bi-directional - You can stream content directly to the receiver from a compatible Bluetooth-enabled Source, or you can stream content from the receiver to a compatible Bluetooth headset.

Hi-Res Audio

In keeping with Sony's commitment to Hi-Res audio, the STR-DN1070 is also equipped with the ability to play back several types of Hi-Res audio files via HDMI, USB, streamed from a media server, or another compatible source device, over a local network. Some of these files include ALAC, FLAC, AIFF, WAV, and DSD.

Easy Setup

The STR-DN1070 provides an easy way to fine-tune your speaker setup with its Digital Cinema Auto Calibration automatic speaker setup system. With the use of a provided plug-in microphone, the D.C.A.C. uses a series of test tones to determine the proper speaker levels, based on how it reads the speaker placement in relation to the acoustical properties of your room.

What The STR-DN1070 Doesn't Have

Although the STR-DN1070 continues the trend of home theater receivers serving several roles (system control, audio and video processing, and internet/direct streaming), there some traditional features you will not find such as the elimination of Component and S-Video Connections, Multichannel analog inputs/outputs, and no direct phono input for connection of a traditional vinyl record turntable.

So, if you have a lot of old home theater components that use any, or all, of those connection options - take note.

In addition, although a built-in FM radio tuner is provided, the STR-DN1070 does not have an AM radio tuner. This is probably not a big deal these days, as most users don't listen to AM radio on a home theater receiver.

The Bottom Line

Although the Sony STR-DN1070 does not provide some of the connection options and surround sound decoding that may appeal to higher-end users, it does provide the needed power output (100wpc x 7), solid cored audio and video features, as well as added support for streaming and Hi-Res audio, that can meet the needs for a modest or mid-range home theater setup.

The STR-DN1070 was introduced in 2016 and, as of mid-2017 is still available via several sources. Refurbished and used units in good working order are also worth considering.

However, if you are looking to upgrade your system to support the Dolby Atmos/DTS:X surround sound formats, you might want to consider the 2017 successor to the STR-DN1070, the STR-DN1080.

Sony STR-DN1070 - Official Product Page

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