In 2016 Dolby Atmos and DTS:X were surprisingly missing from Sony’s mid-tier AV receivers.  The Sony STR-DN1070 was one of our favorite sounding receivers, but the lack of Atmos and DTS:X meant it lagged behind the competition. Thankfully, that will change soon. Sony revealed one of their first amps for 2017, the STR-DN1080, and guess what… has Dolby Atmos and DTS:X.

Sony STR-DN1080 Preview

Sony STR-DN1080

The 7.2 Channel STR-DN1080 looks a lot like last year’s 1070. If it sounds as good, the inclusion of Atmos and DTS:X could make it a must buy for 2017. Along with Atmos and DTS:X, the amp supports the old standbys Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio.

RELATED: Sony STR-DN1080 Review


The 1080 also employs what Sony is calling “Phantom Surround Back”. If you’re running a five channel setup, this feature will create the illusion that you have two back speakers. According to Sony, it will sound as if you’re running a 7 channel arrangement.  If you’re really speaker placement challenged, the STR-DN1080 has a feature called S-Force PRO Front Surround. Much like Yamaha’s Virtual Cinema Front, the 1080 is able to replicate a surround sound experience with only the use of two front channels.


As far as hook-ups, the 1080 is a little stingy in the HDMI department with a mere 6 available. On the other hand, all the inputs are fully 4K compatible and support HDCP 2.2 and HDR.


The Sony STR-DN1080 is also no slouch in the high-res audio department. According to the spec sheet, the amp can process DSD 5.6 MHz, AIFF, WAV, FLAC and ALAC. It also has a number of streaming protocols built-in such as Spotify and Google Cast which also means it’s Google Home friendly.


The Sony STR-DN1080 is available at retailers now.


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