Sony STR-DN1030 Home Theater Receiver - Product Review
20 February 2013
Conclusion: Sony has crammed a lot into the STR-DN1030, and it is, in fact, the only home theater receiver in its price range to include built-in WiFi, Bluetooth, and Apple AirPlay. However, that doesn't mean audio performance has been neglected. In listening to the STR-DN1030 for several weeks, and with several speaker systems, I found it to be a great sounding receiver.
Excerpt: 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.
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.
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 Sony STR-DN1030 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.
Summary: Mit dem STR-DN1030 stellt Sony den ersten WLAN-fähigen AV-Receiver im Preissegment um 600 Euro vor. Was diese interessante AV-Zentrale damit für Möglichkeiten bietet und wie sie klingt, erfahren Sie im nachfolgenden Testbericht.
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.