Originally Posted by Dwalinn
Does anyone know if its worth paying the $150 for the new 1050 model? Does it give any actual benefits to the audio or 4k video quality?
There are no differences between the 1040 and 1050 that should impact sound quality. The 4K upscaling in he 1050 might or might not be slightly better than that of the 1040. However, unless you are using a poor quality 4K display then the display's built-in 4K upscaling should be better than both AVR models, in which case you would want to turn that feature off in the AVR's settings.
The main differences between the 1040 and 1050 are the number of HDMI inputs and outputs.
The 1040 has 8 HDMI inputs, while the 1050 only has 6. This may or may not be a big deal, depending on the number of source devices you use. I know that only 4 of the 8 inputs on the 1040 support 4K passthru and upscaling. Not sure if the 1050 supports 4K passthru and upscaling on all 6 of its inputs or if it is still limited to 4. Again, this isn't really that big of a deal as there aren't many 4K source devices in existence yet and, for non-4K sources, it is best to just pass them thru as 1080p or whatever the native resolution is and allow he display to do the video processing.
The 1040 has 2 HDMI outputs, which output from the same source. The 1050 has 3 HDMI outputs, 2 of which output from the same source. The third is a Zone 2 output, which can output the A/V signal from any of the connected HDMI sources (same or different from the main zone). This is the biggest benefit of choosing the 1050 over the 1040.
Other than that, the differences are fairly minor. The 1050 supports a few more "hi-res" formats that the 1040 doesn't appear to support (AIFF, ALAC, and DSD). If you use an external device (such as a blu-ray player) that accepts these formats, you can have that device convert them to WAV or PCM, which the 1040 will accept. The 1040 uses the Network Audio Remote app whereas the 1050 uses the newer SongPal app. Both can use the TVSideview app for basic remote control capabilities. They dropped Slacker Radio and vTuner from the list of included SEN services for the 1050 and added Spotify and TuneIn as replacements. Personally, I don't really think it makes a difference as I prefer to use the IOS/Android/Windows app(s) for these services on either my tablet, smartphone, or PC and then send the audio to the receiver using Airplay or a wired connection.