What is better - Pioneer VSX-1131 vs Sony STR-DN1040?
AV receivers under review have the same number of channels. In terms of power, there are differences, the VSX-1131 has such a ratio W/Ohm - 100/8, 170/6, while the STR-DN1040 has a power of 100/6. The value of total harmonic distortion is also different, and for the VSX-1131 it is 0.08%, but for the STR-DN1040 it is 0.09%.
The manufacturer installed different DACs, the VSX-1131 received the model AK4458 384 KHz/32-bit, but the STR-DN1040 is equipped with 96 KHz/24-bit. Each of the compared opponents supports Bi-amping. Both Pioneer VSX-1131 and Sony STR-DN1040 can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing. Each of the receivers has a Bluetooth connector. Both devices can work with such Apple Music services: AirPlay. The VSX-1131 has access to the Spotify service.
Support for the HDR function can only boast of the VSX-1131. The quality of 4K/60Hz signal remains unchanged when transmitting from a source to a TV or projector via HDMI for both receivers. Signaling over HDMI in standby mode can provide the VSX-1131 and the STR-DN1040. Each of the devices can increase the resolution of the incoming video signal. Operation with the Dolby Vision is only possible with the VSX-1131.
The number of HDMI inputs/outputs varies depending on the receiver, the VSX-1131 has 7/2, and the STR-DN1040 has 8/2. HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is not supported by the VSX-1131 and the STR-DN1040. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. VSX-1131 and STR-DN1040 support the standard HDCP 2.2. In the presence of a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player only at Pioneer VSX-1131.
Ability to create 2 Multi zones inherent in both AV receivers. Voice control of the basic functions of the receiver is not realized in both models. There is an ECO mode in neither AV receiver. The Pioneer VSX-1131 and the Sony STR-DN1040 can be properly configured using the setup assistant.
A Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format is available only in the VSX-1131. Only in the VSX-1131 realized a DTS:X surround technology.
The Pioneer VSX-1131 is better receiver in this comparison. Check Pioneer VSX-1131 price