Sony STRDN1080 (Black) Atmos AV Receiver £404 with code @ Richer sounds
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Sony STRDN1080 (Black) Atmos AV Receiver £404 with code @ Richer sounds

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Found 29th AprEdited by:"benfromlondon"
“Packed with all the latest technology and a stunning performance to match, the new Sony STR-DN1080 is a force to be reckoned with” What Hi-Fi Award Winner 2017. Product of the Year.

UPDATE: Now listed at £419 but use BANK25 to bring it down to £394
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I have one of these and can highly recommend it.
About time we had a deal from a known brand. Heat
It has been rated slightly better than the Denon by WhatHifi (both still 5*), but there is virtually nothing in it - I wanted the Sony but even at £404 I couldn't justify it over the Denon which has been down to £299 a couple of times recently.
ukflyboy48 m ago

It has been rated slightly better than the Denon by WhatHifi (both still …It has been rated slightly better than the Denon by WhatHifi (both still 5*), but there is virtually nothing in it - I wanted the Sony but even at £404 I couldn't justify it over the Denon which has been down to £299 a couple of times recently.


Agreed I've heard both Amps and you'd be struggling to tell the difference between them so I went for the Denon @ £299.

The Sony's slightly better published review was based on one person's opinion so take that with a bribe and a pinch of salt.
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I have one of these and can highly recommend it.
About time we had a deal from a known brand. Heat
parsimony44 m ago

I have one of these and can highly recommend it.


Good to hear that! Lots of great reviews. First step towards getting a 4K TV later this year.
This 1 is better than Denon?
It has been rated slightly better than the Denon by WhatHifi (both still 5*), but there is virtually nothing in it - I wanted the Sony but even at £404 I couldn't justify it over the Denon which has been down to £299 a couple of times recently.
parsimony1 h, 44 m ago

I have one of these and can highly recommend it.


Read some reviews about slow when switching on and laggy buttons when in the menus, any thoughts
peaceboi44 m ago

This 1 is better than Denon?



ukflyboy38 m ago

It has been rated slightly better than the Denon by WhatHifi (both still …It has been rated slightly better than the Denon by WhatHifi (both still 5*), but there is virtually nothing in it - I wanted the Sony but even at £404 I couldn't justify it over the Denon which has been down to £299 a couple of times recently.


Quote from the Sony review...

Some of that solidity and dynamic subtlety is missing from the Sony’s current arch-rival, the Denon AVR-X2400H. The Sony is demonstrably more detailed, offering a bigger scale of sound with more grunt, drive and low-end depth than the Denon can muster. The new Denon sounds a little delicate next to Sony’s more robust character.

Sony's an easy choice if every penny doesn't count.
Edited by: "b1g1an" 29th Apr
parsimony2 h, 16 m ago

I have one of these and can highly recommend it.


Yep same here. Excellent

though i got it a bit cheaper at Sony centre refurb deals. This is a good price for a new one
ukflyboy50 m ago

It has been rated slightly better than the Denon by WhatHifi (both still …It has been rated slightly better than the Denon by WhatHifi (both still 5*), but there is virtually nothing in it - I wanted the Sony but even at £404 I couldn't justify it over the Denon which has been down to £299 a couple of times recently.


I agree. I think £100 more over the Denon is not worth it, especially when the difference is in sound, & a very small difference at that. Thats coming from What HI-FI. Personally I couldnt tell the differance - I think the right conditions have to be created to tell the differance between them.
Edited by: "MKRM" 29th Apr
ukflyboy48 m ago

It has been rated slightly better than the Denon by WhatHifi (both still …It has been rated slightly better than the Denon by WhatHifi (both still 5*), but there is virtually nothing in it - I wanted the Sony but even at £404 I couldn't justify it over the Denon which has been down to £299 a couple of times recently.


Agreed I've heard both Amps and you'd be struggling to tell the difference between them so I went for the Denon @ £299.

The Sony's slightly better published review was based on one person's opinion so take that with a bribe and a pinch of salt.
MKRM7 m ago

I agree. I think £100 more over the Denon is not worth it, especially when …I agree. I think £100 more over the Denon is not worth it, especially when the difference is in sound, & a very small difference at that. Thats coming from What HI-FI. Personally I couldnt tell the differance - I think the right conditions have to be created to tell the differance between them.


Hmm I was back and forward on that for ages... making me second guess myself now!
benfromlondon6 m ago

Hmm I was back and forward on that for ages... making me second guess …Hmm I was back and forward on that for ages... making me second guess myself now!


It's very much a personal thing.
Sometimes it's just down to looks and features that finally make you decide. I looked at it from the angle that I couldn't distinguish between the two sound wise so went for the Denon. I now have over £100 more to spend on what really matters, "The Speakers"
Very nice
There's no one more qualified on Sony then LOUGHBORO.GUY.
LOUGHBORO.GUY says it's nice so I've ordered 3. Thanks.
I've got the onkyo tx-nr656 which is good but I find the volume needs to be almost up max some times. Would this be an upgrade cos the resale prices on the 656 aren't great on eBay
My Denon is amazing, won HiFi award, has a Zone 2 so need get some extra speakers just to play PS4 and listen to music at same time, Tannoy speakers are a good choice if you need speakers, amazing sound and the bass is top notch
acs1035 h, 15 m ago

Read some reviews about slow when switching on and laggy buttons when in …Read some reviews about slow when switching on and laggy buttons when in the menus, any thoughts



At switch on, it's a bit of a contest between the amp, TV and input devices to see which boots up first!
It isn't the quickest but then again it isn't slow enough to create any real level of concern.
No issues with menus at all.
UltimatePhoenix30 m ago

My Denon is amazing, won HiFi award, has a Zone 2 so need get some extra …My Denon is amazing, won HiFi award, has a Zone 2 so need get some extra speakers just to play PS4 and listen to music at same time, Tannoy speakers are a good choice if you need speakers, amazing sound and the bass is top notch


does the sony not do that, and is it not capable of splitting the speakers you already have when you want to use zone 2
Had this Sony for 2-3 weeks now. Paid £324 delivered as open box from superfi. Basically turned up as new with 12 mths warranty.
All the functions and connections you should need. Great performance so far for surround/Atmos but just can’t get settled with settings for music. Comparing it to an old dedicated audio Yamaha amp. Just not the same warmth coming through. A very sharp and dynamic sounding amp IMO.
Maybe I’ll search for suggested settings etc.
Any recommendations
fr33radicalls10 m ago

does the sony not do that, and is it not capable of splitting the speakers …does the sony not do that, and is it not capable of splitting the speakers you already have when you want to use zone 2


Yes it has a zone 2 which I am using for a second hdmi to run a second tv in the kitchen area. Beware tho that the second zone hdmi out can only run video signals at the same resolution. I.e. my main tv is 4K 10bit. However the second tv is a standard 1080p hd. To have both running u have to set the input signal at the lower resolution. The unit cannot accept the highest and downscale. Hope that makes sense.
Abarry2929 m ago

Yes it has a zone 2 which I am using for a second hdmi to run a second tv …Yes it has a zone 2 which I am using for a second hdmi to run a second tv in the kitchen area. Beware tho that the second zone hdmi out can only run video signals at the same resolution. I.e. my main tv is 4K 10bit. However the second tv is a standard 1080p hd. To have both running u have to set the input signal at the lower resolution. The unit cannot accept the highest and downscale. Hope that makes sense.


so the zone two not only splits the audio but splits the video aswell, so you can have both tvs going with the audio being seperated for the both of them, basically allowing you to watch seperate things in each room, but with the resolution issue youve mentioned.

so what would happen if i wanted like the guy said to use the playstation and listen to music ...?
will it split the sound so both can be heard , or would you just have to choose one..?
also, sorry for all the questions, what if i had a wireless speaker in the bathroom or bedroom or kitchen will this allow them to be used and for me to pick where i need the sound.
Voted Cold, not an Onkyo!
fr33radicalls52 m ago

does the sony not do that, and is it not capable of splitting the speakers …does the sony not do that, and is it not capable of splitting the speakers you already have when you want to use zone 2


Probably, it's probably similar but yeh need another set of speakers for zone 2, almost got the, £99 floor speakers just for it, plus make mine into 7.1
Had one of these for a few months and loathe it. Whenever you turn anything on, switch sources (not via the Sony remote) the amp brings up a Watch Now menu (and sometimes does this after a minute or so of turning the arc connected telly on). No way to disable this. Makes it useless if using just the TV remote or Logitech harmony. I have sworn at the damn thing so many times. Will be delighted when it breaks.
Well done Kev good man
How do speaker cables connect to this do they connectors or can I strip a cable and put it in
What’s the equivalent Yamaha amp to this which apparently is more future proof . I’m looking for a decent amp for mainly TV movies and games and occasional music streaming ... (Will be doing a 5.1 set up )
Abarry292 h, 30 m ago

Yes it has a zone 2 which I am using for a second hdmi to run a second tv …Yes it has a zone 2 which I am using for a second hdmi to run a second tv in the kitchen area. Beware tho that the second zone hdmi out can only run video signals at the same resolution. I.e. my main tv is 4K 10bit. However the second tv is a standard 1080p hd. To have both running u have to set the input signal at the lower resolution. The unit cannot accept the highest and downscale. Hope that makes sense.


Abarry292 h, 30 m ago

Yes it has a zone 2 which I am using for a second hdmi to run a second tv …Yes it has a zone 2 which I am using for a second hdmi to run a second tv in the kitchen area. Beware tho that the second zone hdmi out can only run video signals at the same resolution. I.e. my main tv is 4K 10bit. However the second tv is a standard 1080p hd. To have both running u have to set the input signal at the lower resolution. The unit cannot accept the highest and downscale. Hope that makes sense.


Sorry just a question with a hdmi running to another tv what picture are you getting on the second tv ? Same as your lounge tv Basically what’s your purpose of doing this
ukflyboy8 h, 21 m ago

It has been rated slightly better than the Denon by WhatHifi (both still …It has been rated slightly better than the Denon by WhatHifi (both still 5*), but there is virtually nothing in it - I wanted the Sony but even at £404 I couldn't justify it over the Denon which has been down to £299 a couple of times recently.


Sony probably paid more to What HiFi in advertising that month. Or they gave Sony the budget award, and Dennon, the premium award.

If you are interested in honest reviews head over to AVforums.

Tbh at this budget price point they are all pretty much the same. They will all have similar features, might have a slightly different sound, but that’s more down to personal preference for a warm and deep sound or colder but more detailed sound, and tbh your choice of speakers will have as much, if not more affect on the sound. The BS that what hifi spouts about sound stage, punch, immersion etc etc is, well BS. At least they don’t try to convince you to spend hundreds of pounds on hdmi and usb cables anymore.

FWIW, if you are only buying this for 4K it’s only really worth buying a 4K receiver if you are using skyQ or Fire TV. It’s probably more cost effective to keep your existing AVR and buy a UHD blu ray, with twin HDMI outputs (or upgrade HTPC video card to a twin hdmi/DisplayPort output). Ofc, if you think Atmos is worth it as well as wanting 4K then you’ll want to upgrade the AVR too. I have my doubts about Atmos in an average size living room, and would wager you see more improvements by not buying a new AVR and Atmos speakers and using the money saved to upgrade your front three speakers to something substantially better.
wakkaday1 h, 26 m ago

Sorry just a question with a hdmi running to another tv what picture are …Sorry just a question with a hdmi running to another tv what picture are you getting on the second tv ? Same as your lounge tv Basically what’s your purpose of doing this


Well yes you are enabling the same video in a second zone without having the need to buy an extra Sky Box/ Apple TV or whatever. For example, you have one streaming device plugged into your living room and want to continue in another room you can run the same video and audio to that TV (permitting you run the cable).

Or, you can play video in a second zone/another TV and listen to audio on your main surround sound setup etc.
fr33radicalls3 h, 36 m ago

so the zone two not only splits the audio but splits the video aswell, so …so the zone two not only splits the audio but splits the video aswell, so you can have both tvs going with the audio being seperated for the both of them, basically allowing you to watch seperate things in each room, but with the resolution issue youve mentioned.so what would happen if i wanted like the guy said to use the playstation and listen to music ...?will it split the sound so both can be heard , or would you just have to choose one..?also, sorry for all the questions, what if i had a wireless speaker in the bathroom or bedroom or kitchen will this allow them to be used and for me to pick where i need the sound.


The second zone doesn't split the video, just an audio signal if you want it to. You can just watch the same content on zone 2 as zone 1 but not separate on each. You can split the audio though, so PlayStation in one zone and listen to music in another, the sound is split yes. The wireless speaker can connect to the AV receiver and output the audio source you select it to, though trying to use some features in zone 2 whilst doing this could halt the connection to the wireless speaker.

Sony show it here with some nice little pics: helpguide.sony.net/ha/…tml
spongefactory3 h, 5 m ago

Had one of these for a few months and loathe it. Whenever you turn …Had one of these for a few months and loathe it. Whenever you turn anything on, switch sources (not via the Sony remote) the amp brings up a Watch Now menu (and sometimes does this after a minute or so of turning the arc connected telly on). No way to disable this. Makes it useless if using just the TV remote or Logitech harmony. I have sworn at the damn thing so many times. Will be delighted when it breaks.


"When you want to display the menu on the TV screen connected to the HDMI OUT B/HDMI ZONE jack, set [HDMI Out B Mode] to [Main]"

Not sure if disabling that may help at all?
wakkaday1 h, 48 m ago

Sorry just a question with a hdmi running to another tv what picture are …Sorry just a question with a hdmi running to another tv what picture are you getting on the second tv ? Same as your lounge tv Basically what’s your purpose of doing this


Open plan lounge into kitchen area. Moreso broken plan to enable viewing in lounge area and also kitchen area. Person making stuff don’t miss the match.
AVguy188 h, 21 m ago

"When you want to display the menu on the TV screen connected to the HDMI …"When you want to display the menu on the TV screen connected to the HDMI OUT B/HDMI ZONE jack, set [HDMI Out B Mode] to [Main]"Not sure if disabling that may help at all?


Thx but already tried everything, seems a well known issue. I wanted dual zone for driving a projector so already have zone B to main
cantbRssed110 h, 39 m ago

Sony probably paid more to What HiFi in advertising that month. Or they …Sony probably paid more to What HiFi in advertising that month. Or they gave Sony the budget award, and Dennon, the premium award. If you are interested in honest reviews head over to AVforums.Tbh at this budget price point they are all pretty much the same. They will all have similar features, might have a slightly different sound, but that’s more down to personal preference for a warm and deep sound or colder but more detailed sound, and tbh your choice of speakers will have as much, if not more affect on the sound. The BS that what hifi spouts about sound stage, punch, immersion etc etc is, well BS. At least they don’t try to convince you to spend hundreds of pounds on hdmi and usb cables anymore.FWIW, if you are only buying this for 4K it’s only really worth buying a 4K receiver if you are using skyQ or Fire TV. It’s probably more cost effective to keep your existing AVR and buy a UHD blu ray, with twin HDMI outputs (or upgrade HTPC video card to a twin hdmi/DisplayPort output). Ofc, if you think Atmos is worth it as well as wanting 4K then you’ll want to upgrade the AVR too. I have my doubts about Atmos in an average size living room, and would wager you see more improvements by not buying a new AVR and Atmos speakers and using the money saved to upgrade your front three speakers to something substantially better.


Agree with your angle on the nonsense about subjective audio listening. Often it's just one amp liking the impedance of the test speakers better than the other. Pairing the speakers to the amp is critical and it would likely be quite easy to find some speakers which made the Denon sound best.

Several benefits with a 4k HDR. My Denon AR-3300 has superb upscaling to 4k for non UHD sources - way better than that in my LD OLED TV. It's a huge difference and worth considering. Newer AVRs also seem to have more input/output HDMI connections as they remove legacy connections - can be very helpful if you have a lot of devices.

I have Atmos at home and really quite like it, even when upscaling a non-Atmos audio source to 5.1.2. Speaker placement is somewhat critical though.
spongefactory12 h, 27 m ago

Had one of these for a few months and loathe it. Whenever you turn …Had one of these for a few months and loathe it. Whenever you turn anything on, switch sources (not via the Sony remote) the amp brings up a Watch Now menu (and sometimes does this after a minute or so of turning the arc connected telly on). No way to disable this. Makes it useless if using just the TV remote or Logitech harmony. I have sworn at the damn thing so many times. Will be delighted when it breaks.


I think yours must have a fault. I've also owned it for a few months using a harmony remote and i haven't seen the watch menu since i set it up.

Lovely amp. Would highly recommend.
seanrtkelly7 m ago

I think yours must have a fault. I've also owned it for a few months using …I think yours must have a fault. I've also owned it for a few months using a harmony remote and i haven't seen the watch menu since i set it up.Lovely amp. Would highly recommend.


Interesting... Are you using ARC from the TV?
Mine might be paying a trip back to Richer Sounds...
seanrtkelly20 m ago

I think yours must have a fault. I've also owned it for a few months using …I think yours must have a fault. I've also owned it for a few months using a harmony remote and i haven't seen the watch menu since i set it up.Lovely amp. Would highly recommend.


Could you kindly share your speaker make/model and their placements please. Thx
acs10319 h, 50 m ago

Read some reviews about slow when switching on and laggy buttons when in …Read some reviews about slow when switching on and laggy buttons when in the menus, any thoughts


I have this amp and haven't experienced any of what you mention. It's a beast, and very capable. Would definitely recommend.
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