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.
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
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.
Pros: Built in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, Wide range of Network Features
Cons: Limited Zone 2 Functionality, Confusing Remote, Poor User Interface