Review: Sony STR-DN1020 Receiver
CNET took a look at Sony’s mid-level STR-DN1020 home theater receiver and liked the networking features and iPod dock.
The good: The Sony STR-DN1020 has built-in networking, allowing it to stream Slacker and Internet radio, along with digital music on your home network, over DLNA. It’s also the only AV receiver in this price range to include an external iPod dock.
The bad: All competing receivers offer more HDMI inputs. The STR-DN1020 also has fewer streaming-media services than competitors and lacks built-in AirPlay, and its subpar graphical user interface makes its networking features less attractive. We also found its sound quality put it a step behind other midrange receivers.
The bottom line: The Sony STR-DN1020 isn’t a bad AV receiver, but it lags behind its competitors in just about every attribute we consider important.
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