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Sony's STR-DT1030 provides users 145W (x7) of 7.2-ch surround sound, AirPlay integration, and HD Digital Cinema Sound.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 operability, and performance quality was always hit or miss at best, especially in comparison to more performance-oriented brands. In short, there just always seemed to be something better for the money than a Sony receiver. But if the STR-DN1030 is any indication, it looks like Sony may have received the message loud ‘n clear and decided to do something about it. Sure, some quirky features remain on board, but this mid-priced offering is one of the best receivers to come down Sony's rather large product pike in quite some time. Read on for our detailed findings. Aesthetically, the Sony STR-DN1030 looks a lot like other Sony receivers of late, which is to say mostly streamlined if still somewhat boxy. We did however appreciate the slightly inset and softly curved front panel detail, even if it does resemble many Onkyo receivers of recent vintage.
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 is alone in offering wireless capability, since it's such a convenient feature for anyone without Ethernet wiring in their living room. Onkyo has a $25 Wi-Fi dongle for its AV receivers, but other manufacturers expect you to come up with your own solution or pay for a dongle that costs a lot more. Aside from its wireless prowess, the STR-DN1030 also has built-in AirPlay functionality, support for DLNA and a few built-in streaming services, including Pandora and Slacker. Its five HDMI inputs are fewer than some competitors have, but it should be enough for most home theaters. The toughest decision is whether to favor the STR-DN1030 over Onkyo's value-packed TX-NR616 ($410 street), which lacks AirPlay, but has eight HDMI inputs and can be made wireless with the cheap dongle.
|Sony STR-DN1030 3D A/V Receiver - 7.2 Channel - Black - Multizone - Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Pro Logic IIz, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS, DTS-ES, DTS-ES Discrete, DTS-ES Matrix, DTS 96/24, DTS Neo:6, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital EX, ... - 20 Hz to 20 kHz - AM, FM||$498||See it|