Summary: I should have paid more attention to the reviews. This receiver worked perfectly for about a week, then it developed HDMI issues just as others have described. At first I would get picture but no sound, then sound but no picture. I got it to work again for a few minutes by unplugging the unit and turning it back on, but the picture went after a couple of minutes. I was happy with the unit until it developed these issues.
Summary: Do not purchase this model. Problem with this model and Firmware for HDMI. You can only update the Firmware if you can get to the on screen GUI. If the older firmware doesn't allow your HDMI to work with your TV, you are up the creek without a paddle. Sony Tech Support doesn't help. Buy a different model or different brand.
Summary: Bought the Receiver through Amazon in July, it suddenly died in October. HDMI problems, like other reviewers. One day all video output, from Blu-Ray disc, cable box, etc. just stopped working. Went on Sony site, found many complaints of the same thing. Now I've shipped it back to Texas for repair, it's cost me $78 to ship insured from my home in Hawaii. Not to mention the pain of uncabling, boxing, hauling the unit to the UPS store, and now waiting for it's return.
Summary: I purchased the 1040 directly from Sony but I felt obligated to pen a review of this receiver based on my experience and reading other reviews here as well. I should have read the reviews here before I bought. For those that want the cliff notes version, here it is: Do not buy this receiver. I, too, had incredible amount of video issues that centered around the receiver's inability to process correctly the HDMI signal between my cable box and my TV.
Summary: Living in Chile I organized the buy via a mailbox service. It didn't work out of the box. Sony Chile checked and told me the spare part is discontinued. Odd, given its the latest model and the problem is the power supply unit. No way to repair. Yeah, right. Told me to deal with it as I should not buy stuff like that in another country. They don't sell it in Chile though. How about that. Sending back to amazon will be on my account. I do get it though.
Summary: I purchased this receiver taking into consideration many different factors. First of all, it appeared to have an arsenal of features that seemed best suited for my A/V layout. The next factor was that it had pretty good reviews from other buyers. Now I must say, straight out of the box I was impressed. The setup was a breeze and the unit functioned flawlessly.
Pros: Easy Set Up, Great Sound Quality, Sharp On Screen Interface
Summary: I returned the SONY Str-dn 1040 because of its inability to upscale 1080i tv broadcast signal to 1080p thru hdmi cable!!!! The ONLY way possible to achieve this with THIS particular receiver is thru "analog" connection which was a TOTAL DEAL BREAKER for me!!!
Summary: THis system does seem to have it all and thats why I had to grab it up. BUt it didnt have the one main thing I needed which is the pre-outs for my external amp. I had to return it without even being able to experience it :-(.