The Sony STR-DH790 vs Denon AVR-X1600H comparison proves that these receivers have many common features.
Considered AV receivers have the same number of channels 7.2. Regarding power, then STR-DH790 has such a W/Ohm ratio - 90/6 when AVR-X1600H has a power of 80/8, 120/6. The THD is 0.09% for the STR-DH790 but 0.08% for the AVR-X1600H.
Characteristics of digital to analog converter (DAC) are different, 192 KHz/24-bit for STR-DH790 and 384 KHz/32-bit for the AVR-X1600H. Both the STR-DH790 and the AVR-X1600H support Bi-amping. Each of the AV receivers can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.
Only the Denon AVR-X1600H can connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. Only the AVR-X1600H supports Spotify.
Both AV receivers support HDR10 technology (High dynamic range). 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 competitors are not able to scale the HDMI signal. Dolby Vision technology found support only on the STR-DH790.
The Sony STR-DH790 has 4/1 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 6/1 HDMI connectors of the Denon AVR-X1600H. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. HDMI eARC is available in each model. The Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) feature is present in most modern AV receivers and the models in our comparison are no exception. The STR-DH790 supports the protection of digital content of the standard HDCP 2.2, versus HDCP 2.3 in the AVR-X1600H. The AVR-X1600H has a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player. An ECO mode is only available for the AVR-X1600H. Both STR-DH790 and AVR-X1600H can be configured using the Setup assistant.
Both devices have support for Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format. The surround sound technology DTS:X is supported by devices under review.