What is better - Denon AVR-S940H vs Sony STR-DN1040?
AV receivers under review have the same number of channels. In terms of power, there are differences, the AVR-S940H has such a ratio W/Ohm - 90/8, 125/6, while the STR-DN1040 has a power of 100/6. The value of total harmonic distortion is also different, and for the AVR-S940H it is 0.08%, but for the STR-DN1040 it is 0.09%.
The manufacturer installed different DACs, the AVR-S940H received the model 192 KHz/32-bit, but the STR-DN1040 is equipped with 96 KHz/24-bit. The Bi-amping function is implemented only in the Sony STR-DN1040. Both Denon AVR-S940H and Sony STR-DN1040 can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.
Wireless Internet access via WIFI is possible on both units. Each of the receivers has a Bluetooth connector. The contenders have differences in the supported services from Apple - AirPlay, AirPlay 2 versus AirPlay respectively. The AVR-S940H has access to the Spotify service. The quality of 4K/60Hz signal remains unchanged when transmitting from a source to a TV or projector via HDMI for both receivers. Signaling over HDMI in standby mode can provide the AVR-S940H and the STR-DN1040. Each of the devices can increase the resolution of the incoming video signal. Operation with the Dolby Vision is only possible with the AVR-S940H.
The number of HDMI inputs/outputs is the same - 8/2. HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is not supported by the AVR-S940H and the STR-DN1040. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. AVR-S940H and STR-DN1040 support the standard HDCP 2.2. In the presence of a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player only at Denon AVR-S940H.
Ability to create 2 Multi zones inherent in both AV receivers. There is an ECO mode in AVR-S940H. The Denon AVR-S940H and the Sony STR-DN1040 can be properly configured using the setup assistant.
A Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format is available only in the AVR-S940H. Only in the AVR-S940H realized a DTS:X surround technology.