Sony launches STR-DN840 and STR-DN1040 AV receivers

Sony STR-DN840

Sony has announced two brand new AV receivers for 2013. Both the Sony STR-DN840 and Sony STR-DN1040 feature a new design, uprgaded internal components and a raft of connectivity features.

READ: Sony STR-DN1040 review

The STR-DN840, yours for $449 (or around £400 in the UK), is a seven-channel amp, with power weighing in at 95W per channel.

Decoding for high-def audio movie formats Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD Master Audio is included, as is built-in Wi-Fi and AirPlay for wireless music streaming. File compatibility includes WAV, FLAC while both amps can also handle high-res 24bit/192kHz content.

The STR-DN840 also features six HDMI inputs, one output, 3D pass-through and 4K pass-through. A Preview For HDMI feature allows you to preview the images sent from any HDMI-connected sources, such as a Blu-ray player or games console.

Centre Speaker Lift Up allows the user to raise dialogue from speakers positioned below your TV. Sony claims this mode helps give a greater impression that sounds are coming from your display.

The STR-DN1040 at $599 (around £550) ups the ante with more power, eight HDMI inputs, and 4K upscaling for feeding 4K pictures to a compatible television such as Sony's 84in KD-84X9005 and upcoming 55in and 65in 4K sets, the XBR-55X900A and XBR-65X900A.

Both the Sony STR-DN840 and Sony STR-DN1040 go on sale in June.

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Written by: Andy Madden

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Andy Madden

Andy is Deputy Editor of What Hi-Fi? and a consumer electronics journalist with nearly 20 years of experience writing news, reviews and features. Over the years he's also contributed to a number of other outlets, including The Sunday Times, the BBC, Stuff, and BA High Life Magazine. Premium wireless earbuds are his passion but he's also keen on car tech and in-car audio systems and can often be found cruising the countryside testing the latest set-ups. In his spare time Andy is a keen golfer and gamer.