The present review is aimed to compare two AV receivers - Sony STR-DN1080 vs Onkyo TX-SR353 that are meant to satisfy the needs of cinema and music lovers.
A significant difference between the receivers in the number of channels, Sony STR-DN1080 has 7.2 versus 5.1 for Onkyo TX-SR353. Regarding power, then STR-DN1080 has such a W/Ohm ratio - 120/6 when TX-SR353 has a power of 140/6. The THD is 0.09% for the STR-DN1080 but 0.08% for the TX-SR353.
Characteristics of digital to analog converter (DAC) are different, 96 KHz/24-bit for STR-DN1080 and 192 KHz/24-bit for the TX-SR353. Only the STR-DN1080 supports Bi-amping feature. The Sony STR-DN1080 can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.
Only the Sony STR-DN1080 can connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. Only the STR-DN1080 supports Spotify.
Only the Sony STR-DN1080 has support for High dynamic range (HDR). HDMI signal transmission in standby mode is implemented in each of the devices. Both competitors are not able to scale the HDMI signal. The HDR standard - Dolby Vision is not supported by these receivers.
The Sony STR-DN1080 has 6/2 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 4/1 HDMI connectors of the Onkyo TX-SR353. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. The HDMI eARC is available only on the STR-DN1080. 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. Receivers do not have a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player. An ECO mode is not present in each of the AV receivers. The setup assistant will help you configure Sony STR-DN1080.
Only the STR-DN1080 has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. A surround technology DTS:X is supported only by the STR-DN1080.