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Sony STR-DN1030

alaTest has collected and analyzed 380 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. Reviewers are impressed by the reliability and size. The design and price are also appreciated, but there are some mixed views about the usability.

price, design, size, reliability

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.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony STR-DN1030

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 283 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 4.0/5 for other Receivers & Amplifiers on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the reliability and design. The price and usability are also appreciated, whereas comments are divided on the size.

usability, price, design, reliability

80% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

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Nov, 2017

DT Recommended Product

Expert review by: Oliver Amnuayphol (digitaltrends.com)

Sony STR-DN1030 Review

 

Sony's recent A/V receiver offerings have been somewhat a mixed bag. On one hand, they seemed to offer a good mix of features and connectivity for the money. On the other hand, the inclusion of too many useless bells ‘n whistles mucked up their...

Good headroom and dynamics ; Inclusion of both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth unique in its price class ; Excellent mix of networking, USB, and Airplay features ; Good video pass-through quality for its price point

GUI navigation and set up menus still miserable ; Sounds less good for music than for movies ; No on-screen menu overlay

Jan, 2013

Expert review by: Matthew Moskovciak (cnet.com)

Sony STR-DN1030 review

 

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

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

HOME THEATER - TOP PICKS

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: Matthew Moskovciak (cnet.co.uk)

Sony STR-DN1030 review

 

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: (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: 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!) Price point (got it for $300 with wife's sony discount) Online Connectivity Number of HDMI connections Appearance

GUI is slow and cumbersome and aesthetically lacking.

Feb, 2013

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio D/A Converter (DAC):24-bit/96kHz
Audio output channels:7.2
Power output per channel (1KHz@8 Ohm):120
Power output per channel (20-20KHz@8 Ohm):145
RMS rated power:1015
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD):0.01

Energy Management

Power consumption (standby):0.3

Inputs

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) in:2
Digital audio coaxial in:1
Digital audio optical in:2
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
HDMI in:5

Networking

Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Wi-Fi: Yes

Optical Drive

Optical drive included: No

Other Features

Channels quantity:

Outputs

Composite video out:1
HDMI out:1
Headphone connectivity:
Headphone outputs:1
Number of HDMI outputs:1
S-Video out:

Packaging Content

Manual: Yes
User guide: Yes
Warranty card: Yes

Packaging Data

Package dimensions (WxDxH):20.9 x 9.88 x 15.5
Package weight:388

Ports & interfaces

Connectivity Technology:Wired & Wireless
Wireless technologies:Wired & Wireless

Power

Power consumption (standby):0.3

Radio

Internet radio services supported:
Preset stations quantity:60
Radio Data System (RDS): Yes
RDS features:
Supported bands:AM, FM
Supported radio bands:AM,FM

Storage

Card reader: No

Technical Details

AirPlay: Yes
Apple docking compatibility: No
Audio Return Channel (ARC):
Bi-amping:
Built-in audio decoders:EXIF, GIF, IMG, JPG
Color of product:Black
Deep color support:Y
Deep colour support: Yes
Equalizer: Yes
Equalizer customizable:
Graphical user interface (GUI):
Handheld remote control: Yes
Night mode:
RS-232 interface:
x.v.Color support: Yes

Video

3D:Y
3D compatibility: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:12.7
Height:6.22
Width:16.9