Summary: Out of the box, the receiver worked flawlessly. GUI is nice and auto-calibration delivered better audio quality than my failed Denon 1911. One thing I think Sony could have included on the remote is speaker level adjustment on the fly without having to go through the menu. Anyway, everything worked fine until I upgraded the firmware and then BAM… HDMI handshake issues! Funny thing is these issues seem to occur when the receiver is connected only to non-Sony devices.
March 2014: As others have said, yes there are unresolved major HDMI issues....see the sony forum
18 March 2014
Summary: While its features and inputs combined with airplay and ios remote are fun perks, its major shortcoming is that there are definite HDMI issues. See the Sony forum; many users are having the same problem. Sony website fanboy moderators sweep the complaints under the rug and fail to acknowledge any issues; they routinely recommend reversing the HDMI cables, purchasing new *sony brand* cables, running the cables without any neighboring cables (ha), and doing firmware...
Summary: 1st of all, I always read the negative reviews before I read the positive. If after reading the positive review and I still like the product I will buy it. In this case, I knew other 1040 users had an issue with the hdmi not handshaking causing the output to flash off and on to snow, blank scrn, to picture, back to snow... over and over. But always being the optimist, decided to give Sony a try. Well my unit did great until 8 days of use and started this issue.
Summary: I bought this from Best Buy after reading several glowing reviews on multiple sites such as Cnet. At first I was really happy with it. I hadn't had the chance to use features like the zone 2 support, but I had several HDMI devices plugged in such as my Samsung TV, Chromecast, Wii U, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. The sound was good, setup was easy, and the on screen display was nice. Everything worked great. For two days.
Summary: After reading the reviews I was really pumped about getting my new STR-DN1040 receiver. It appears you will get a great product or a lemon. I got the lemon. After 2 days it started loosing the picture on the TV. "Signal Lost". Then it would come back and then go out aprox every 3 seconds. It would continually do this until I would unplug and plug it back in. Embarrassing when you hosting the game. Then it would be good for the rest of the day.
Pros: Tons of features and great sound.
Cons: Serious HDMI Handshake issues with no fix insight
Summary: After reading the reviews I was really pumped about getting my new STR-DN1040 receiver. It appears you will get a great product or a lemon. I got the lemon. After 2 days it started loosing the picture on the TV. "Signal Lost". Then the it would come back and then go out aprox every 3 seconds. It would continually do this until I would unplug and plug it back in. Then it would be good for the rest of the day.
Summary: After trying two of these units, they were both returned and replaced with a Yamaha receiver. Like many others I am sure, I sifted the reviews and found this to receive numerous accolades. What-Hi-Fi chose it as a favorite, and it had all the bells and whistles, including 2 HDMI outs and many features of more expensive units. In short, a powerful unit, great fidelity, solid controls and a useful app, even solid speaker terminals on the back. Nothing flimsy here.