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Founded in 1946, Sony has become a huge corporation involved in everything from sound and visuals to banking and insurance. But televisions and associated products are possibly what they are best known for. The Sony STR-DN1080 7.2-Channel AV Receiver is a good example.

One thing you can say about this giant is that when they make something, they do it well. From recording studio equipment to home AV products and beyond. It is going to be good. So, let’s see if it maintains this tradition in our in-depth Sony STR-DN1080 7.2-Channel AV Receiver Review.

Overview

The STR-DN1080 is the follow-up to the previous and very popular version, Sony’s STR-DN1070 Receiver.

It is again designed so that you can enjoy the cinema experience at home. Your favorite movies and tv shows and even your choice of music. All played back with a theater-like sound.

The competition in this middle-priced market of AV receivers is intense. You have to get the pitch and the balance right between performance, features, and price. It is not an easy balance to achieve. Sometimes manufacturers will have to choose what to include and what to leave out.

Sony usually strikes that balance just right. Have they got the balance right here? You are about to find out if the Sony STR-DN1080 7.2-Channel AV Receiver ticks all the boxes.

The Build


It is an imposing receiver and, in many ways, a typical Sony. It is well-built with a predominately metal casing and a few plastic pieces. No fancy frills with the design to catch the eye. The plain black finish means it can fit in any room. Sony prefers to let the equipment do the talking rather than relying on extroverted designs.

As you might expect, it is a reasonable size measuring 19 by 15 by 8.38 inches and weighing 23 pounds.

Stable and simple…

It is fitted with four vibration-reducing feet to allow it to sit comfortably on any surface.

The front of the receiver has plenty of controls and buttons, but it is not overdone. Therefore, it doesn’t look cluttered. The most visible knob is the master volume control. All the controls are also in black. So they do not stand out and allow the receiver to maintain its understated design.

Front-panel inputs…

The only feature on the front of the receiver that is noticeable is the LED screen. Not over-sized; it just gives you info on the current status. We think we can forgive Sony for that one.

We shall talk about the controls next. But a nice touch is the inclusion of USB and headphones sockets on the front. No messing around trying to plug them in around the back.

As we have said, a typical Sony build. Not ostentatious, just solid and functional.

The Controls


While we are discussing the build, let’s round it off by looking at the Controls. As we said, the most visible is the large volume control knob. Sitting beside that is another rotating control for input selection.

There are push-button controls for speakers, Bluetooth pairing, and presets for the built-in tuner. Also to select the mode of operation, either music or movies. There is a dimmer control and a button for pure direct. You also have a button to select your preferred mode of display.

Down below on the front of the receiver are the sockets for the USB and headphones we already mentioned. Also, a jack socket for a calibration mic. Just above them, the on/off button with its small light to show its power-on status.

Convenient remote control…

It has a remote control that gives you the same options as the basic controls. It allows a choice between TV, music, FM radio, and even gaming. But the selections are encompassing and include controls for the surround sound. The unit display can be adjusted, and there is a mute button.

All things considered, this is a well designed remote control. It fulfills the function it was created for. That is to let you sit in your chair and operate the equipment. A lot of remote controls don’t seem to do that and offer very sparse control options. This is not one of those.

Smartphone integration…

The inevitable app is available, and the iOS option is easy to use and work your way around. Inside the app, you will find all the functions. It will also give you access to all the streaming services available.

The radio tuner carries AM and FM, and you can set up your own preset channels.

As with the remote, the app is a nicely designed extra that is easy to use and fulfills its function.

The Performance


As with all products of this kind, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. In other words, how does it perform? As you might expect from Sony, it performs very well.

We said at the beginning that sometimes, with products in the mid-range, there is a balance to be achieved. Meaning the quality level of features is weighed against the price point. We are not saying it is performance, but there is a slight limitation with this receiver. More on this later.

Multiple channels and good range…

Sound-wise it has seven channels, each channel having one hundred watts of power at six ohms. It has a good frequency range of 20 Hz to 20 kHz.

There is an added feature Sony calls the Phantom Surround. This is where you can have a full surround sound experience from seven channels, but only actually have five speakers. The system adapts to your speaker configuration to provide a rich wide-ranging sound.

Sound enhancements…

This latest updated model in this range has added Dolby Atmos as well as DTS:X. The latter, of course, was created to compete with Dolby Atmos. They both have their place, but what is the difference?

The sound from DTS:X is more hi-fidelity than Atmos. But Atmos has better accuracy with the placement of sound. DTS:X has the advantage over Atmos with sound for movies. But Atmos is better for gaming.

However, they are both quality systems, and both produce excellent results across all the options. If you want to know where the bullets are coming from in a movie, then Atmos should be the choice.

So what is the slight limitation we referred to earlier?

AV receivers such as the Sony STR-DN108 rely on their connections. We shall deal with the connections more fully in the next section, but it is here that there is a performance affecting limitation.

As we shall see, this receiver can handle plenty of HDMI-based input. But it has limited options beyond HDMI. There are just three stereo inputs and two inputs for video. One digital audio using optical and one for coaxial.

This will reduce the options a little for some users. However, the quality of the sound is excellent for TV and Movies and also for music and radio. Gaming is probably a secondary function with this receiver but nevertheless works well. There can be little to complain about its performance.

The Connections

 


The rear of the receiver does resemble the control panels on Apollo 11, but nevertheless, it is all quite explanatory and well-labeled. As far as HDMI sources are concerned, this receiver can handle just about anything.

There are six HDMI inputs and two HDCO 2,2 outputs. There are outputs for up to seven speakers and outputs for two subwoofers.

Also located on the rear are an Ethernet port and a pair of antennas. An input for an FM antenna and an input and output for Infra-red.

Wireless capabilities…

There are built-in WiFi and Bluetooth connections, including NFC, small data transfer support, and LDAC. The latter being Sony’s own technology. This transfers audio content in High Resolution. Additionally, there is Apple AirPlay and Google voice control, as well as direct connections to Spotify and Chromecast.

Chromecast will allow you access to Napster, Deezer, Pandora, and a lot more. Sony’s DSEE HX system will make internal improvements to the sound quality and upgrade it for you. And we should mention once again the USB port and headphone connections on the front of the unit.

Plenty of connection options to cover just about every potential source. However, some might think the non-HDMI options are a bit limited.

Sony STR-DN1080 7.2-Channel AV Receiver Review Pros and Cons

In the world of the mid-range AV receiver, this has to be one of the better models. It has plenty to make it a very good option.

Pros

  • Good quality build with a nice understated design.
  • Controls well-placed and easy to use.
  • Plenty of connections, especially HDMI, with an efficient remote control and a good app.
  • Phantom sound gives seven-speaker surround sound from only five speakers.
  • Dolby Atmos and DTS:X.

Cons

  • A bit lacking in non-HDMI connections.

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Sony STR-DN1080 7.2-Channel AV Receiver Review Finals Thoughts

This receiver from Sony will, we are sure, be one of the better receivers you can find. The price point is very attractive for a product that has so much to offer. The sound is good, and there are plenty of options.

But for all the talk about TV and movies and how well that it sounds, let us not forget one other thing. This receiver also sounds great with music. A great frequency range and the DSEE HX system to improve poor sound quality. That means the sound will be exceptional.

Sony STR-DN1080 7.2-Channel AV Receiver


Sony knows a thing or two about creating products that sound very good. The Sony STR-DN1080 7.2-Channel AV Receiver is another quality product from an exhaustive catalog. And it is well worth the money. Ten boxes, nine ticks.

Until next, may your music always make you merry.

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Sony STR-DN1080 review: A superb all-singing, all-dancing entertainment machine

With the rise and rise of sound bars, could AV receivers be on the way out? Ask any home theater enthusiast and they'll tell you "no," but for many buyers a massive, black, input-infested box is much more intimidating than a skinny bar.

Sony manages to counter the increasing complexity of the modern receiver with its STR-DN1080. Though it boasts the wealth of features and inputs typical of the breed, the company has applied a user-friendly sheen to help the receiver appeal to both newbies and old hands.

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The Sony STR-DN1080 is the outstanding follow-up to the STR-DN1070, which was our favorite receiver of 2016, and it patches that unit's only significant hole: the lack of Dolby Atmos. The two receivers do sound a little different, with the older one sounding a little warmer and the newer a bit more home cinema-focused. Compared to the competition however the DN1080 still offers a marked improvement in terms of sound quality.

In terms of features the Sony offers pretty much everything you could want in 2017, and on its release set an early, high bar against this year's competition. Nothing else released in 2017 has come close to capturing the Sony's mix of performance and features, and as a result it is a deserving winner of CNET's Editor's Choice.

The STR-DN1080 is available now for $599, £600 or AU$1,399.

Design

While Sony's receivers from the last decade really pushed the bar when it came to design with their bulldog-like visage, more recent models have been a little less striking. The design of the STR-DN1080 is pretty blocky -- it's a solid, rectangular box with a thin glossy strip for a readout. It comes with a volume knob and a smaller selector knob next to it.

One thing that you wouldn't notice unless you put the receiver next to last year's -- as we did -- is that the 1080 is a little smaller than the 1070. Peering inside both we didn't notice much difference in the internals of the 1080, it's just that the new model seems to manage empty space better.


Receivers' on-screen displays languished in a user-hostile jail for much longer than on any other home cinema gadget. Blocky white text on a black background? Yuck. So when you come across something as lovely as the Sony's interface, it almost erases memories of the past. Big, friendly tiles on the front and readable text once you get one level in. The only downside is that the streaming services need a phone to work -- no point-and-click with your remote.

Just as OSDs have had a spit and polish in recent years the same is true of remote controls. Gone are the "Apollo mission control panels", now replaced with a stripped-down candy bar with the Sony STR-DN1080. If you need anything more complicated than what's presented, that's what the on-screen interface is for.

Features

The STR-DN1080 is a 5.1.2 (or 7.1) receiver that now offers Dolby Atmos and DTS:X at a more affordable price than the company's ES receivers. Last year's 1070 seemed like it sorely wanted to be "atmospheric"-compatible but the designers just ran out of time.

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While its competitors shaved down the number of HDMI ports in the move to 4K/HDR-compliant versions, Sony managed to keep the number of HDMI inputs at six. The only real change is that one port moved from the front to the back. The receiver has two HDMI outs, which means it is able to distribute 4K video and surround sound to two different TVs and zones.

Other connectivity is a little sparse, with a coaxial and optical digital, Bluetooth plus Wi-Fi and Ethernet.

With internet connectivity comes an excellent selection of streaming options, including Chromecast built-in, UPnP and Spotify Connect. Chromecast support means that you can cast audio from any Android phone or Chrome browser as well as dozens of smartphone apps.

You can also control it with voice via your Google Home smart speaker, and though we had some issues when we first reviewed this receiver, the companies seem to have ironed out any issues. Using the Google Home app, you can set the receiver to be the default music playback system, so saying "Hey Google, play Herb Alpert" will turn the receiver on, set it to the right input, and play a mix of Tijuana Brass through either Spotify, Google/YouTube Music or Pandora.

The receiver also includes Sony's own multiroom system -- which has had a much-needed name change from SongPal Link to Music Center. It's also improved from previous versions and lets you assign music to Sony equipment more easily or change inputs.

One feature from the 1070 that seems to have slipped quietly into the waiting night is the ability to add wireless rear speakers. This has been replaced by the less-interesting "Phantom Surround Back" technology, which lets you simulate a seven-speaker configuration with only five speakers.

Setup

For this review we used a pair of ELAC Debut B6 bookshelf speakers in the front-left and -right positions, an ELAC Debut C5 center-channel speaker, ELAC Debut B5s as surrounds, Klipsch RP-140SA height speakers, and a Klipsch R-110SW subwoofer with the STR-DN1080.

To get started, we ran the Sony STR-DN1080's DCAC EX calibration system, which uses a rather unusual-looking plastic stereo mic. Most receiver auto setup systems use mono mics, so we hoped the STR-DN1080's setup results would be better than average.


After auto-setup we felt the sound was rather dark and opaque. For some reason, the STR-DN1080 incorrectly determined the Debut B6 bookshelfs were "large" speakers with a high crossover at 120Hz. We manually changed the Debut B6's "size" to "small," and changed the crossover setting to 80Hz for the fronts and rears, and kept the heights at 120Hz. We adjusted the volume of the R-110SW sub, which was much too loud, a common occurrence with auto-setup.

As part of the STR-DN1080's auto-setup, you have one of four Calibration Type options: Full Flat, Engineer, Front Reference, and Off. We briefly experimented with each of the EQs before finally using the Off setting, which sounded best.

As we've seen time and time again, auto-setup systems can't be counted on to produce the best possible sound quality from their receivers. A complete manual setup usually winds up taking less time than it takes to correct an auto-setup's errors.

Performance

The "Gravity" Blu-ray is still our favorite sounding Dolby Atmos-encoded movie, and its sound took flight over the STR-DN1080. Clarity was excellent, and the effect of the astronauts and ground control voices floating around the CNET listening room was spectacular. When astronaut Dr. Stone (Sandra Bullock) enters the International Space Station, the sounds of beeps, radio chatter, and Steven Price's brilliant music score came from all around us.

We've used "Gravity" on countless reviews, and the sound effects and music score sometimes sounded overly thick, but here with the STR-DN1080 the bass definition firmed up, which further enhanced overall clarity. We next turned the heat up with the apocalyptic sandstorm scenes from "Mad Max: Fury Road" to fully exploit the STR-DN1080's power reserves, and the receiver didn't flinch.

The Rolling Stones' 2013 concert Blu-ray "Sweet Summer Sun: Hyde Park Live" demonstrated the STR-DN1080's music skills. The Stones may be old geezers, but they sounded great, and on some of the quieter, more acoustic tunes we could hear the ambience of the concert venue and the vast adoring crowd sprawled across the park. As we continued we noted that the film's sound mix of the front soundstage seemed a little flat, but we had no other complaints.

When we brought out Sony's equivalent model from last year, the STR-DN1070, the sound was similar, though we felt that the STR-DN1080 was a little clearer, and the STR-DN1070 fuller. The STR-DN1070 lacked Dolby Atmos processing, so as expected when we played "Gravity" the surround mix was less expansive than the STR-DN1080's.

Final thoughts

Despite the rise of the sound bar, receivers are here to stay, especially since a model like the Sony STR-DN1080 offers a lot for an agreeable price. If you were sitting on your hands waiting for Sony to release a mainstream Dolby Atmos receiver, this is your opportunity.

We found a lot to like about the Sony STR-DN1080's sound, especially after we canceled the auto-setup, and rolled up our sleeves and did it ourselves. The Sony offers excellent home theater and music performance and all the features you could possibly want, which is why it deserves an Editor's Choice.

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If you’ve recently been in the market for a home cinema amplifier around £500/$600, it’s likely you’ve heard of the Sony STR-DN1080. Not only is it a current What Hi-Fi? Award-winner, it's in fact a three-time Award-winner – an unprecedented move when it comes to AV receivers.

Even this long into the Sony's life, it’s difficult to comprehend anybody making a more entertaining receiver for this money any time soon.

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Sound

It only takes a couple of minutes of listening to the Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them 4K Blu-ray and we’re grinning.

The Sony STR-DN1080 sounds fantastic, reaching deep into its reserves to deliver a performance packed with punch, dynamism and authority in a way we haven’t heard at this sort of price.

There’s an incredible amount of detail, from natural, expressive voices to layers of insight and depth surrounding each sound effect. As a glass window shatters under a spell, you can hear the sharp tinkling as well as the deep, sonic note rippling around the effect – it’s spellbinding to listen to.

Dynamically, it’s a fun and exciting listen. Quiet moments are as captivating as huge explosions going off in every corner of the big, open soundfield – and the DN1080 handles the changing shifts with masterful control. It’s enthralling.

We’ve seen John Wick more times than we’d care to admit, but the Sony STR-DN1080 keeps us glued to the action like we're watching (and hearing) it for the first time.

Gunshots are terrifically precise, and punches hit with satisfying impact. The agile and sure-footed manner in which the Sony conducts itself around the film’s equally agile choreography is admirable.

Surround effects swirl around convincingly and you can track exactly where each noise – whether it’s a spell, a crash, a gunshot or a magical creature – is placed in the soundfield. It envelops you in a cocoon of sound, and that’s before you engage the Dolby Atmos or DTS:X 3D soundtracks.

The additional height channels are convincing, although spreading the sound out more does take away a bit of the solidity of the bass performance. And there’s so much low-end depth and texture. It’s not quite as brawny as the Denon AVR-X2500H (or its successor, the AVR-X2600H), but the Sony pulls each bass note taut and makes an impact.

This amp has a rhythmic quality that lends itself well to music, whether you’re listening to a concert Blu-ray or streaming music from Spotify.

A home cinema amp at this level isn’t a match for dedicated stereo amplifiers such as the Rega Brio, but the Sony handles dynamic shifts and vocals in a fluid, articulate manner that sounds more musical than most amps.

High notes are reached with plenty of headroom. The sound is clear and crisp, but that vein of solidity running through the amp keeps it from sounding bright or harsh when the volume is cranked up. That’s one key criticism of past Sony amps dealt with.

The Sony is also demonstrably more detailed than the Denon AVR-X2500H, offering a bigger scale of sound with more grunt, drive and low-end depth.

Features

To get the best sound for your room’s acoustics, plug in the set-up mic and run the auto-calibration process. Sony’s improved DCAC EX calibration takes note of your exact speaker package configuration before emitting swift and musical test tones. You can delve into the manual settings to fine-tune the results, though we are happy with the Sony’s largely accurate measurements of our test-room.

The DN1080’s interface is well designed and nice to use. Helpful menus guide you through the set-up process, as well as the new ‘phantom surround back’ and ‘speaker relocation’ features.

The first option adds in virtual surround rear speakers if you only have a 5.1 package, and the second one ‘corrects’ the positioning of your speakers if your room won’t allow for best place speaker placement. How effective this is depends on your room, but the sound does shift convincingly when used in our listening rooms.

Make sure you select auto format decoding (AFD) in the sound-effects menu to fully play DTS:X and Dolby Atmos soundtracks. Pure Direct – which cuts out all digital interferences – is worth enabling when you’re listening to purely analogue sources.

Build

The STR-DN1080 is a substantial, hefty and well-built black box. The front panel features a handful of shortcut buttons, volume and input dials that work smoothly, and a simplified display that you can read at a glance. It’s a fuss-free, easy-to-use amp.

Using the light plastic remote control is intuitive, thanks to logically placed buttons. We’d prefer it to be backlit, though you do eventually get used to the shape of the most-needed buttons after a few days in the dark.

Features

All the interesting stuff happens under the hood: Sony has used high quality components and advanced technology derived from its premium custom-install ES range of receivers in designing the STR-DN1080.

Not only can it play Dolby Atmos soundtracks up to a 5.1.2 speaker configuration, it also supports the newer DTS:X format. Of course, given the Sony's age, HDMI 2.1 is not supported, but all six HDMI inputs on the back are HDCP 2.2 compliant, supporting full playback of 4K HDR content. It’s worth noting the ‘video 1’ input is the only one not to support the full 4:4:4 chroma subsampling spec - all other HDMI inputs do.

There are two HDMI outputs, a handful of legacy inputs, single optical and coaxial inputs, and a USB port that can charge your smartphone.

You do get a few more connections on the newer Denon AVR-X2600H – eight HDMI inputs, for starters, and a couple more inputs across the board – but the Sony is hardly lacking in the connectivity area and there are plenty of sockets to plug in your sources.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Sony product without some serious hi-res music support. The amp can play up to 24-bit/192kHz files in all popular formats, and will also play native double DSD files across HDMI and USB.

In fact, two of the HDMI inputs (titled BD/DVD and CD/SACD) are optimised for the best audio quality. Sony recommends plugging your favourite sources into these two.

The amp is further kitted out with the most popular streaming facilities – Bluetooth, AirPlay, Chromecast and Spotify Connect are all built into the STR-DN1080. The amp’s DLNA certification means you can play hi-res music files from any NAS device or laptop on the same network.

And let’s not forget multi-room: you can connect the amp to other compatible Sony products using the Music Center app (formerly SongPal) to stream music around the house.

Verdict

After a gap year Sony came back fighting, with all the specs boxes duly ticked this time. The addition of Dolby Atmos – as well as other cutting-edge features – makes the STR-DN1080 a complete AVR package for a now eye-openingly low price of just £429 ($500, AU$1749).

Three years is a lifetime in home cinema technology terms, so the fact that this amp has won Awards three years in a row tells you a lot. It's such an accomplishment, we've inducted the Sony STR-DN1080 into our Hall of Fame - our list of the most important and influential products of all time.

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Sony STR-DN1080 Review for 2 channel stereo + 5.1.2

Sony STR-DN1080 7.2-Channel AV Receiver Review

An AV receiver can have all the features and configurability in the world but none of that matters if it doesn't sound good. Thankfully the STR-DN1080 really surprised us in this area, delivering a lively and punchy performance that belies its relatively modest price. Although we haven't reviewed a Sony AVR since 2013, their previous models had impressed in terms of their performance but did so at a hefty price tag. Considering the more budget aspirations of the DN1080, we wondered whether its performance would be adversely affected by Sony's efforts to cut costs. As it turns out Sony has done a superb job of delivering a great sounding all-rounder that is ideal for smaller rooms and those taking their first steps into the world of multi-channel audio.

First off the DN1080 proved it's worth when it comes to two-channel audio, which is just as well since one of its key features is Hi-Res Audio support. We have recently re-discovered Bruce Springsteen and as a result we have been eagerly working our way through the Boss's back catalogue. The DN1080 did a great job of both handling the more elaborate string orchestration of something like Born to Run's 'Jungleland', as well as delivering the raw and stripped down acoustic tracks like 'Atlantic City' on Nebraska. The receiver handled the up-tempo crowd-pleasers on The River just as well as the more somber and self-reflecting numbers like the title track. The Sony was equally adept with multi-channel recordings, whether it was The Flaming Lips Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots on DVD-Audio disc or Pink Floyd's Darkside of the Moon on SACD. So the good news is that if you're looking for an AV receiver but still want to enjoy music, the DN1080 has you covered. Although if you're planning on simply running a two-channel setup, then there are probably better alternatives and the Virtual Surround with S-Force PRO Front Surround feature is certainly not a replacement for a proper multi-channel system.

Assuming that you are thinking of buying the STR-DN1080 to run a full multi-channel surround sound system, then the Sony once again lives up to its billing. These days there are any number of very competent AV receivers in the £500 and below price bracket, so often the differences are marginal. However the DN1080 does manage to give a good account of itself, differentiating itself from the competition with a dynamic performance that really suits film soundtracks. Whether we used the receiver in a 5.1- or 7.1-channel configuration, it was capable of delivering a natural performance that retained detail in the sound mix whilst also steering effects around the room with a pleasing degree of precision. The receiver proved very responsive, keeping up with even the most complicated of sound mixes and delivering the higher frequencies and mid-range with a nice degree of agility whilst still retaining the underlying low-frequency foundations.

The Sony handled the 5.1-channel mix on Dunkirk extremely well, allowing us to pick out the ticking watch motif that runs through the entire soundtrack whilst still producing an immersive surround experience. The dialogue was clear, the effects were well defined and the bass nicely integrated. As a result the receiver could effectively handle the shifts in dynamic range, delivering both the quiet moments of dread and the louder moments of terror. The opening scene of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a complex 7.1-channel mix that builds from a quiet beginning to a very loud hunt, slowly layering on various sound effects. The DN1080 handled the complexity of the sound design very well, retaining the subtle details with clarity whilst also reproducing the dynamic range. There was a believability to the overall sound field that seemed to envelop you and the Sony displayed a confidence when it came to surround effects that was hugely enjoyable.

We weren't completely convinced by the phantom rear surround channels, the effect did provide a bit more presence at the rear but, when compared to a genuine 7.1-channel configuration, the use of actual speakers was unsurprisingly superior. However the Dolby Surround and DTS Neural:X up-mixing features could be very effective at taking 5.1- or 7.1-channel mixes and adding a sense of overhead presence. Naturally for the best results you need to listen to Dolby Atmos and DTS:X mixes which will take full advantage of the additional overhead channels. The limitations of the DN1080 mean that you can only run a 5.1.2-channel configuration, although you could try using the phantom surround speakers to fill out the rear of the sound field. If possible we would also suggest positioning the two overhead channels towards the middle rather than front of the room, in order to even out the overhead effects, rather than have them all emanate from the front.

Our current favourite Dolby Atmos test disc is Blade Runner 2049, although Blade Runner itself is also great for many of the same reasons. Both films have important scenes of dialogue which the DN1080 handled extremely well, keeping Rutger Hauer's final monologue clear whilst rain pours down in the front and rear speakers. They also make full use of the additional channels, allowing 'spinners' to fly overhead, whilst the thunderous bass is delivered to its full impact. In Blade Runner Vangelis's haunting score is beautifully realised with a pleasing clarity by the Sony, whilst its sequel's more atonal and bass driven score is equally as effective. The result is a suitably immersive audio experience and whilst it would have been nice to at least have the option to add more channels, a 5.1.4 setup will be sufficient for most living rooms.

The sound quality was excellent, with the Sony punching well above its weight

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