Conclusion: We’ve mentioned it a couple of times already, but it bears repeating: The Sony STR-DN1030 receiver was quite the pleasant surprise. Its brawny, dynamic sound and excellent networking features prove Sony still knows a thing or two when it comes making a heck of a fine A/V receiver. And at around $500 or so street price, this is just the type of high performing, high-value product that darn near anyone shopping for an A/V receiver can afford.
Pros: 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
Cons: GUI navigation and set up menus still miserable, Sounds less good for music than for movies, No on-screen menu overlay
Excerpt: 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 limelight enjoyed by the market-leading brands. That may be about to change with the STR-DN1030.
Excerpt: It's been a little while since I've had a Sony receiver up on the gear rack, so I was looking forward to renewing the acquaintance, especially?as our subject is a mid-market model, and Sony has always been fiercely competitive at the most popular price points. So it's not too surprising to find its new STR-DN1030 jammed with features that were strictly the stuff of high-end models perhaps 18 months ago: AirPlay compatibility, DLNA network audio streaming via Wi-Fi,...
Summary: Every year, receiver manufacturers have to make tough choices about what to put in their receivers and what to cut in order to keep prices the same but still include new technologies. I think Sony did a great job of prioritizing what was most important to them and the consumer. The STR-DN1030 is not the right receiver for multi-zone applications, or audiophiles who want robust EQ options or 7.1 channel pre-outs.
Pros: Built in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, Wide range of Network Features
Cons: Limited Zone 2 Functionality, Confusing Remote, Poor User Interface
Summary: 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.
Pros: The, 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.
Cons: 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.
Excerpt: Sådan er det også med Sonys seneste satsning i Golf-klassen for AV-receivere. STR-DN1030 ligner til forveksling sidste års 1020’er, som igen delte meget formsprog med firmaets tidligere topmodeller.
Excerpt: Har du brug for en AV receiver med trådløst netværk og med enkel mulighed for at afspille musik via AirPlay, så er Sony STR-DN1030 et godt bud. Der findes dog bedre receiver i forhold til grafisk brugeroverflade og netværkstjenester.