It’s strongly recommended to compare different receivers if you want to choose the best one: Sony STR-DN1040 vs Denon AVR-X2700H.
AV receivers under review have the same number of channels. In terms of power, there are differences, the STR-DN1040 has such a ratio W/Ohm - 100/6, while the AVR-X2700H has a power of 95/8, 125/6. The value of total harmonic distortion is also different, and for the STR-DN1040 it is 0.09%, but for the AVR-X2700H it is 0.08%. Each of the compared opponents supports Bi-amping. Both Sony STR-DN1040 and Denon AVR-X2700H can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Each of the receivers has a Bluetooth connector. The contenders have differences in the supported services from Apple - AirPlay versus AirPlay, AirPlay 2 respectively. The AVR-X2700H has access to the Spotify service. Signaling over HDMI in standby mode can provide the STR-DN1040 and the AVR-X2700H. Each of the devices can increase the resolution of the incoming video signal. Operation with the Dolby Vision is only possible with the AVR-X2700H.
The number of HDMI inputs/outputs varies depending on the receiver, the STR-DN1040 has 8/2, and the AVR-X2700H has 6/2. HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is only supported by the AVR-X2700H. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. The STR-DN1040 has support for the standard HDCP 2.2, compared to the AVR-X2700H, 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-X2700H.
Ability to create 2 Multi zones inherent in both AV receivers. There is an ECO mode in AVR-X2700H. The Sony STR-DN1040 and the Denon AVR-X2700H can be properly configured using the setup assistant.
A Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format is available only in the AVR-X2700H. Only in the AVR-X2700H realized a DTS:X surround technology.