Denon AVR-S940H vs Sony STR DH550 review

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Denon AVR-S940H vs Sony STR DH550 review

Denon AVR-S940H
vs
Sony STR DH550

An affordable AV receiver is always a good option to consider, so Denon AVR-S940H vs Sony STR DH550 comparison definitely makes sense.

Amplifier

A significant difference between the receivers in the number of channels, Denon AVR-S940H has 7.2 versus 5.2 for Sony STR DH550. Regarding power, then AVR-S940H has such a W/Ohm ratio - 90/8, 125/6 when STR DH550 has a power of 90/6. The THD is 0.08% for the AVR-S940H but 0.09% for the STR DH550.

Audio features

Characteristics of digital to analog converter (DAC) are different, 192 KHz/32-bit for AVR-S940H and 192 KHz/24-bit for the STR DH550. None of the models support Bi-amping. The Denon AVR-S940H can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.

Connectivity

Only the Denon AVR-S940H can connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Only the AVR-S940H has Bluetooth support. Only the AVR-S940H supports Spotify. Only the AVR-S940H provides HDMI signal transmission in standby mode. The AVR-S940H can scale the input HDMI signal, unlike the STR DH550. Dolby Vision technology found support only on the AVR-S940H.

Extensive connections

The Denon AVR-S940H has 8/2 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 4/1 HDMI connectors of the Sony STR DH550.Denon AVR-S940H connectionsSony STR DH550 connections 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. Both models support the standard HDCP 2.2. The AVR-S940H has a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player. An ECO mode is only available for the AVR-S940H. The setup assistant will help you configure Denon AVR-S940H.

Multichannel surround

Only the AVR-S940H has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the AVR-S940H.

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General

Item

Denon AVR-S940H
Sony STR DH550

Model

AVR-S940H
STR DH550

Brand

Denon
Sony

Reviews

98
1143

Amplifier

Channels

7.2
5.2

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

90/8, 125/6
90/6

Output impedance, Ohm

8, 6
6

Frequency response

10Hz-100KHz
10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.08
0.09

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

192 KHz/32-bit
192 KHz/24-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

Audyssey MultEQ
DCAC

Speaker A/B switching

Other audio features

Audyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQ, Compressed Audio Restorer
has not

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
1 (USB 2.0)

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1

DLNA

MHL

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay, AirPlay 2

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM, TuneIn Radio, iHeart Radio, Sound Cloud
has not

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

8/2
4/1

HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)

HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)

HDMI CEC

Digital content protection (HDCP)

HDCP 2.2
HDCP 2.2

Subwoofer output (LFE)

2
2

Headphone output

1 x 6.3
1 x 6.3

Optical digital input

2
2

Coaxial digital input

1
1

Composite input

2
2

Component input/output

2/1
0/0

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

USB, HDMI, phones, setup mic
USB, phones, setup mic

Multi channel preamp output

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

HDR10

4K signal pass-through

4K/60Hz

8K signal pass-through

HDMI signal pass-through

3D signal pass-through

HDMI pass-through in standby mode

Video conversion

analog to HDMI

Analog to HDMI scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling

Dolby Vision

Other video features

BT.2020, HLG
DeepColor, x.v.Color

Additional features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI

App control

iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android, Amazon Kindle
iPhone, iPod, Android

Display

colour OSD
fluorescent

Tuner

AM, FM
AM, FM

Sleep timer

Auto power off

ECO mode

Graphical user interface (GUI)

Setup assistant

Firmware update

network, USB
USB

Other additional features

has not
has not

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

2
has not

Zone audio output

speaker
has not

Zone HDMI output

has not

Multi-room control

HEOS App
has not

RS-232

0
0

Remote control input/output (IR)

0/0
0/0

DC trigger output (12V)

0
0

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Digital Plus

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

DTS Neural:X

DTS (other)

DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS, DTS-Surround
DTS-ES, DTS 96/24

Auro-3D

IMAX Enhanced

Multichannel stereo

Audio file formats

MP3

WMA

AAC

WAV

FLAC

ALAC

Other audio file formats

has not
has not

Power

Operational power consumption, W

460
200

Standby consumption, W

0.1
0.3

Removable power cord

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches

43.5 x 15.2 x 33/17 x 6.6 x 13.3
43 x 15.6 x 33/17 x 6 x 13

Weight, kg/lbs

9/20.7
7.6/16.2

Other

Release year

2018
2014
Denon AVR-S940H
Sony STR DH550
Denon AVR-S940H
Sony STR DH550

AV receivers SoundInspiration comparison rating

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  • 7.4
  • 3.7
  • 7.4Denon AVR-S940H
  • 3.7Sony STR DH550

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