The Sony STR-DN1040 vs Denon AVR-X4100W comparison proves that these receivers have many common features.
Considered AV receivers have the same number of channels 7.2. Regarding power, then STR-DN1040 has such a W/Ohm ratio - 100/6 when AVR-X4100W has a power of 125/8, 165/6. The THD is 0.09% for the STR-DN1040 but 0.05% for the AVR-X4100W.
Characteristics of digital to analog converter (DAC) are different, 96 KHz/24-bit for STR-DN1040 and 192 KHz/24-bit for the AVR-X4100W. Both the STR-DN1040 and the AVR-X4100W support Bi-amping. Each of the AV receivers can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.
Both models have the ability to connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Apple Music service is implemented on considered devices: AirPlay. Only the AVR-X4100W supports Spotify.
HDR is not available on each model. Compared AV receivers retain the quality of 4K/60Hz signal when transmitting from a source to a TV or projector. HDMI signal transmission in standby mode is implemented in each of the devices. Both rivals can scale the resolution of the incoming HDMI signal. Dolby Vision technology found support only on the AVR-X4100W.
The Sony STR-DN1040 has 8/2 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 8/3 HDMI connectors of the Denon AVR-X4100W. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. Unfortunately, HDMI eARC is not available on monitored devices. The Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) feature is present in most modern AV receivers and the models in our comparison are no exception. The AVR-X4100W has a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player.
The STR-DN1040 supports 2 Multi-room zones, versus 3 for the AVR-X4100W. A voice control is not available. An ECO mode is only available for the AVR-X4100W. Both STR-DN1040 and AVR-X4100W can be configured using the Setup assistant.
Only the AVR-X4100W has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. The receivers do not support the surround sound technology DTS:X.