Sony STR-DH790 vs Denon AVR-S970H review

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Sony STR-DH790 vs Denon AVR-S970H review

Sony STR-DH790
vs
Denon AVR-S970H

Sony STR-DH790 vs Denon AVR-S970H – that is a question.

Amplifier

AV receivers under review have the same number of channels. In terms of power, there are differences, the STR-DH790 has such a ratio W/Ohm - 90/6, while the AVR-S970H has a power of 90/8, 125/6. The value of total harmonic distortion is also different, and for the STR-DH790 it is 0.09%, but for the AVR-S970H it is 0.08%.

Audio features

The manufacturer installed different DACs, the STR-DH790 received the model 192 KHz/24-bit, but the AVR-S970H is equipped with 192 KHz/32-bit. Each of the compared opponents supports Bi-amping. Both Sony STR-DH790 and Denon AVR-S970H can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Each of the receivers has a Bluetooth connector. The AVR-S970H has access to the Spotify service.

Video features

Signaling over HDMI in standby mode can provide the STR-DH790 and the AVR-S970H. Video scaling is only possible with the AVR-S970H. Each of the participants of the comparison has a Dolby Vision.

Extensive connections

The number of HDMI inputs/outputs varies depending on the receiver, the STR-DH790 has 4/1, and the AVR-S970H has 6/2.Sony STR-DH790 connectionsDenon AVR-S970H connections HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is supported by the STR-DH790 and the AVR-S970H. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. The STR-DH790 has support for the standard HDCP 2.2, compared to the AVR-S970H, which supports the standard HDCP 2.3. In the presence of a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player only at Denon AVR-S970H. There is an ECO mode in AVR-S970H. The Sony STR-DH790 and the Denon AVR-S970H can be properly configured using the setup assistant.

Multichannel surround

A Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format is available both models. A DTS:X surround technology is supported by devices from our comparison.

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General

Item

Sony STR-DH790
Denon AVR-S970H

Model

STR-DH790
AVR-S970H

Brand

Sony
Denon

Reviews

435
0

Amplifier

Channels

7.2
7.2

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

90/6
90/8, 125/6

Output impedance, Ohm

6
8, 6

Frequency response

10Hz-100KHz
10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.09
0.08

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

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

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

DCAC
Audyssey MultEQ

Speaker A/B switching

Other audio features

Hi-Res audio
Audyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQ, Audyssey Dynamic LFC, Compressed Audio Enhancer(MDAX2), Hi-Res audio

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

2.4/5GHz

USB

1 (USB 2.0)
2 (USB 2.0)

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1

DLNA

MHL

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay, AirPlay 2

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Napster, SoundCloud, Amazon Music, Amazon Music HD, MOOD:Mix

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

4/1
6/2

HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)

HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)

HDMI CEC

Digital content protection (HDCP)

HDCP 2.2
HDCP 2.3

Subwoofer output (LFE)

2
2

Headphone output

1 x 6.3
1 x 6.3

Optical digital input

1
2

Coaxial digital input

1
1

Composite input

0
0

Component input/output

0/0
0/0

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

phones, setup mic
USB, phones, setup mic

Multi channel preamp output

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

HDR10
HDR10+

4K signal pass-through

4K/60Hz
4K/120Hz

8K signal pass-through

8K/60Hz

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

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

Additional features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI

App control

iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android
iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android

Display

colour OSD
colour OSD

Tuner

AM, FM
AM, FM

Sleep timer

Auto power off

ECO mode

Graphical user interface (GUI)

Setup assistant

Firmware update

USB
network, USB

Other additional features

has not
IP Control, Web Control, App Control, RS232 Control

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

has not
2

Zone audio output

has not
speaker

Zone HDMI output

has not

Multi-room control

has not
HEOS App, Denon 2016 AVR Remote

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, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

DTS Neural:X

DTS (other)

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

Auro-3D

IMAX Enhanced

Multichannel stereo

Audio file formats

MP3

WMA

AAC

WAV

FLAC

ALAC

Other audio file formats

has not
AIFF, DSD

Power

Operational power consumption, W

240
500

Standby consumption, W

0.3
0.1

Removable power cord

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches

43 x 13.3 x 29.7/ 17 x 5.3 x 11.4
43.3 x 34 x 16.7/17.1 x 13.4 x 6.6

Weight, kg/lbs

7.4/15.4
9.5/21

Other

Release year

2018
2022
Sony STR-DH790
Denon AVR-S970H
Sony STR-DH790
Denon AVR-S970H

AV receivers SoundInspiration comparison rating

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  • 5.3
  • 8.3
  • 5.3Sony STR-DH790
  • 8.3Denon AVR-S970H