The new receiver will support object-based audio formats.
Sony has detailed its latest AV receiver model. The upcoming STR-DN1080 offers immersive surround sound, high-resolution audio, and 4K Ultra HD support.
The STR-DN1080 is a 7.2 channel AV receiver with support for Dolby Atmos and DTS:X object-based audio formats. In addition, the device incorporates Sony's Phantom Surround Back tech, allowing the receiver to create a 7.1.2 ch speaker configuration with a 5.1.2 ch speaker setup. Likewise, the unit also includes support for several legacy surround formats like Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio. The company's new D.C.A.C. EX sound field compensation technology is featured as well, combining advanced D.C.A.C.2 with Speaker Relocation. This process balances audio output to closely simulate sound as would be produced from optimally positioned and angled speakers -- even when such a configuration is not possible.
Meanwhile, when it comes to video, the receiver offers six HDMI inputs, and two outputs that support full HDCP 2.2 compliance, 4K 60P (4:4:4. 3) Ultra HD content, and the new BT.2020 wide color gamut broadcast standard. Likewise, the unit can also simultaneously distribute 4K video and multichannel audio to two different zones. In addition, the STR-DN1080 is capable of High-Resolution Audio, including DSD native playback. Finally, USB, Bluetooth, Chromecast built-in, Spotify Connect, and Wireless Multi-Room capabilities are featured as well.
Sony's new STR-DN1080 7.2 channel AV receiver is set to launch in Spring 2017. An exact release date and pricing have not been announced yet. Beyond the upcoming receiver, Sony also recently announced its new VPL-VZ1000ES Ultra HD projector, UBP-X800 Ultra HD Blu-ray player, X930E/X940E Series Ultra HD TVs, BRAVIA OLED A1E Series Ultra HD TVs, and HT-ST5000, HT-CT800, HT-MT500, HT-MT300 and HT-CT290 soundbars.