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Sony STR-DN1030

Sony STR-DN1030
alaScore 90

332 reviews

Aug, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 332 reviews of Sony STR-DN1030. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Receivers & Amplifiers for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Receivers & Amplifiers the Sony STR-DN1030 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 332 reviews)

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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony STR-DN1030

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 258 user reviews of Sony STR-DN1030 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Receivers & Amplifiers on Amazon.com.

79% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony STRDN1030 ReceiverSony STRDN1030 Wi-Fi Network A/V ReceiverSony STRDN1030 Receiver

Aug, 2015

Expert review by: Matthew Moskovciak (cnet.com)

Sony STR-DN1030 review: Sony STR-DN1030

 

Every year there's usually one new AV receiver feature worth considering. This year it's built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and the Sony STR-DN1030 is the only receiver at this price that supports both wireless networking features. It's surprising that Sony...

The Sony STR-DN1030 is the only midrange receiver with built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Its networking features also include built-in AirPlay, plus plus support for DLNA, Pandora, and Slacker. And the STR-DN1030's sound quality is excellent.

The STR-DN1030's five HDMI inputs are fewer than many competitors have. The user interface is particularly bad and makes it frustrating to use some of the streaming music services. And the STR-DN1030's multiroom functionality is very limited.

The Sony STR-DN1030 is the only midrange AV receiver with built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, making it one of best receiver values this year.

Jul, 2012

Expert review by: Cliff Heyne (audioholics.com)

Sony STR-DN1030 AV Receiver Review

 

On paper, the Sony STR-DN1030 looks like quite an impressive receiver, with a feature list poised to make other $500 receivers blush. Among those features are built-in WiFi, Bluetooth, Airplay, HDMI upconversion and a new user interface. In my opinion,...

Built in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth ; Wide range of Network Features

Limited Zone 2 Functionality ; Confusing Remote ; Poor User Interface

Sep, 2012
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Expert review by: Mark Fleischmann (hometheatermag.com)

Sony STR-DN1030 A/V Receiver

 

Sony may not be the first brand you think of in connection with audio/video receivers. The company has always offered competently designed models, some of which provide good performance and value for the money, yet somehow it hasn't basked in the...

Nov, 2012

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Expert review by: Mark Fleischmann (hometheater.com)

Sony STR-DN1030 A/V Receiver

 

Sony may not be the first brand you think of in connection with audio/video receivers. The company has always offered competently designed models, some of which provide good performance and value for the money, yet somehow it hasn't basked in the...

Nov, 2012

Expert review by: About.com (about.com)

Sony STR-DN1030 Home Theater Receiver - Product Review

 

Sony has crammed a lot into the STR-DN1030, and it is, in fact, the only home theater receiver in its price range to include built-in WiFi, Bluetooth, and Apple AirPlay. However, that doesn't mean audio performance has been neglected. In listening to...

Nov, 2012

Expert review by: (whathifi.com)

Sony STR-DN1030

 

A serious contender for class-leading status

Sensationally exciting sound ; open soundstage ; clear, crisp dialogue ; weighty, taut bass ; precise steering of surround effects ; good build

Unintuitive menu system

It always takes a special AV amp to boss this £500 sector, but the Sony definitely has the sonic credentials needed to take the fight to Onkyo et al.

Consumer review by: indijones75 (cnet.com)

"Wonderful receiver!"

 

It is all about sound quality for me and this receiver shines in this aspect. Previously I had a Yamaha 667 and this receiver quite frankly blows the Yamaha out of the water in my opinion. The Sony brings a more rich and full sound stage. Also you...

Sound Quality (which to me is what it is all about anyway!)

GUI is slow and cumbersome and aesthetically lacking.

Feb, 2013

Consumer review by: KHRobertson (cnet.com)

"It ain't all peaches and cream with this receiver."

 

I started out looking for an upgrade to my Kenwood HTiB receiver I purchased in the late 90s. The Kenwood system has been an incredible value, but it doesn't have HDMI inputs with passthrough so I've had to hook up most components into my HDTV and then...

Good sound when it worked.

Everything else.

Feb, 2013

Consumer review by: Kranin2009 (cnet.com)

"I'm very happy with the STR-DN1030."

 

I purchased the str-dn1030 Sony A/V receiver to replace an old school Panasonic Receiver I've owned for over a decade. I have a TiVo HD and PS3 Slim input into the str-dn1030 via HDMI. The str-dn1030 outputs to a wall hung 42" Panasonic Plasma via...

Audio Quality

Ugly GUI

Aug, 2012

Consumer review by: Randini24 (cnet.com)

"Good all around receiver with wifi & bluetooth"

 

After comparing a few receivers at home, and after 2 days with the Sony receiver I'm still debating whether I will keep it. Running Definitive tech STS towers, multi band EQ is really critical to compensate for lack of mid range. Hopefully Sony...

Blue tooth, wifi, lots of power. And it works!! doesn't overheat and require service calls.

Audio quality is suspect. Switched from a Denon 2312, that kept overheating. When functional, Denon's audio quality was superior & the Sony didn't sound as nice regardless of EQ settings. Sony only has 2 band EQ, competitors have multi band, same $$

Jul, 2012

Product Specifications

Configuration

AirPlay: No
DIGITAL RADIO: No
DLNA certified: Yes

Connectivity

Ethernet: Yes
HDMI: Yes
iPod Control: No
USB Interface: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

3D: No
Loudspeakers: No

Sound

Dolby / DTS:Dolby True HD / DTS HD
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