Summary: After ten years or so with a previous Sony AV receiver, I decided to upgrade to a unit primarily for switching the HDMI signals and higher quality video output. The unit has so much functionality that it takes time to learn to use it all for other than the simple standard use. I really don't have a complaint about the unit other than it is the first Sony product that I have had that required service. After about 6 months, it lost its output.
Summary: Sony did it right. Sync with all newer Sony video/3D-BR, surround system and PC...one audio remote for all! Heavy-weight, HDMI & ethernet jacks galore. Only one USB port in front, otherwise well worth it.
Summary: The STR-DN1020 is the top of the line of Sony's mid-range line of receivers. This means it's the best you can get before going into Sony's high-end ES line which all cost 4 figures. It is the only non-ES Sony you can buy that has networking capability. The STR-DN1020 competes in the $500-$600 price range with models from Denon, Yamaha, Onkyo, Pioneer, Harmon-Kardon, etc. So how does the Sony stack up to the competition? Pretty well in my opinion.
Summary: I purchased this amp as part of "overhaul" of our home theater. OK, it wasn't really an overhaul. It was more hooking up gear I already had and wasn't using. I have a matched Infiniti speaker setup (mains, center, surrounds) with a Definitive Technologies 15" 400W powered subwoofer. The only thing I was using were the mains and the sub was broken (wouldn't power on).
Summary: I have only owned the Sony STR-DN1020 for less than a month, but I am pleased so far. Some reviewers gave this receiver lower marks for only 4 hdmi outlets, however, this receiver suits My needs. I found the hook-up easy, and the sound quality is hard to beat. Sony is still the best of the best in My opinion.
Good Receiver for it's features but the user interface is questionable.
6 March 2012
Summary: The features are solid for the current prices you will find online ~$300 bucks. The other reviews cover the features well. The fact that you can't use the Network media or Internet radio function without either memorizing the key strokes or having it connected and showing on the TV is very silly to me. It's not just that the number of characters is too short and it has to scroll slowly through the display.
Summary: I purchased the Sony STR DN1020 a couple months ago and have been slowly integrating it into my entertainment set-up. Have been very pleased with the ease of navigating within menus for set-up once I became familiar with the structure. Overall much more satisfied with this unit than with its predecessor Sony Model No. STR DE845 which served me well for over 10 years. Price is decent and quality seems to be Very Good.
Two years behind competitors, but a great deal if bought under MSRP
Brendan A. MacWade, Amazon
21 January 2012
Summary: The 2011 Sony STR-DN1020 is Sony's top of the line home AV receiver. If you can get one well under the $499 MSRP and don't mind a lack of features that both Yamaha and Onkyo provide for slightly more money, then this is a fine digital receiver to serve as your home theater hub. If you already own Sony Bravia LED TV and a PlayStation 3, then you're looking at a device that is designed to work extremely well with both products. But I need to make one important point.