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Called Vtuner today and the tech I spoken too said that the
Vtuner will be back up and running in days since the fix from Sony was only done last Friday on the other sony products that they sell with the Vtuner.
Glad that they are taking care of this problem....JT
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VTuner is now back and sounding good.
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Full noob to home theater but find the 1040 piquing my interest. The stats look good and see some rave reviews but also issues and troubleshooting here. Owners would you still recommend it?

room is ~500-600 sq feet and would be used for music too, thinking 7.2 would be better both tv & music

LG 55" tv has limited HDMI's so will need a good amount on receiver eventually, would connect 4-5 hdmi's and wired or Bluetooth audio. May pair it with polk tsi500 towers, psw10 sub, cs10 center, and polk surrounds
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I too am curious about this and need to replace an STR-DA7ES that I love but has no HDMI and no Dolby Digital Plus (Netflix, etc.)

My budget is exactly $400 so this is it for Sony.

However, Amazon reviews are a HUGE red flag. Usually low reviews can be dismissed as uninformed people, people with an axe to grind, people just giving a 1-star review because they got a dead unit or something silly, etc. Not the case here.

When 1-star reviews are more than 10% of the 5-star reviews, that's a bad sign. Here they're 38% and most say the same thing -- that this receiver is a lemon and has major issues with garbage parts that cause huge issues with HDMI ports and more.

Are these issues addressed?
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I too am curious about this and need to replace an STR-DA7ES that I love but has no HDMI and no Dolby Digital Plus (Netflix, etc.)

My budget is exactly $400 so this is it for Sony.

However, Amazon reviews are a HUGE red flag. Usually low reviews can be dismissed as uninformed people, people with an axe to grind, people just giving a 1-star review because they got a dead unit or something silly, etc. Not the case here.

When 1-star reviews are more than 10% of the 5-star reviews, that's a bad sign. Here they're 38% and most say the same thing -- that this receiver is a lemon and has major issues with garbage parts that cause huge issues with HDMI ports and more.

Are these issues addressed?
All I can say is that I have not had any issues with mine. I would certainly trust the reliability of its components more than an Onkyo. If I were to go back to late 2013 and buy a receiver all over again (knowing what I know now), I would still pick the STR DN1040. IMO, it was the best receiver (below $1000) available at that time. That said, if I were looking to buy a receiver now, I'd be extremely tempted to spend a couple hundred more for a Denon/Marantz/Yamaha receiver that can do Dolby Atmos. Barring that, I would certainly consider going with the newer STR DN1050 if the difference in price is only $50 to $100. As things are, I am very happy with my STR DN1040 and have no plans to upgrade for at least 3 more years. Hopefully by then, all of the specs for 4K content and the various object-based audio formats will be squared away and fully supported so that I don't have to worry about the next AVR being unable to make he most of whatever content is available for the following 5-10 years.
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I too am curious about this and need to replace an STR-DA7ES that I love but has no HDMI and no Dolby Digital Plus (Netflix, etc.)

My budget is exactly $400 so this is it for Sony.

However, Amazon reviews are a HUGE red flag. Usually low reviews can be dismissed as uninformed people, people with an axe to grind, people just giving a 1-star review because they got a dead unit or something silly, etc. Not the case here.

When 1-star reviews are more than 10% of the 5-star reviews, that's a bad sign. Here they're 38% and most say the same thing -- that this receiver is a lemon and has major issues with garbage parts that cause huge issues with HDMI ports and more.

Are these issues addressed?
Problem is the HDMI ports ARE very glitchy. If the HDMI is just slightly out of line in the socket you might get blackscreens every now and then. BUT if you have fixed the correct positions on the HDMI it works perfectly (atleast for me. Before when I didn't touch the cables I would get blackscreens every 10 min!). SO, it depends what you think about this. I haven't had a blackscreen for a long time now and my HDMI cables are stationary in correct position (cable dragged to the right when looking at the backside).
I'm really pleased with sound on it.
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All I can say is that I have not had any issues with mine. I would certainly trust the reliability of its components more than an Onkyo. If I were to go back to late 2013 and buy a receiver all over again (knowing what I know now), I would still pick the STR DN1040. IMO, it was the best receiver (below $1000) available at that time. That said, if I were looking to buy a receiver now, I'd be extremely tempted to spend a couple hundred more for a Denon/Marantz/Yamaha receiver that can do Dolby Atmos. Barring that, I would certainly consider going with the newer STR DN1050 if the difference in price is only $50 to $100. As things are, I am very happy with my STR DN1040 and have no plans to upgrade for at least 3 more years. Hopefully by then, all of the specs for 4K content and the various object-based audio formats will be squared away and fully supported so that I don't have to worry about the next AVR being unable to make he most of whatever content is available for the following 5-10 years.
Although I've heard the dn1050 actually has worse sound than the 1040 in some tests. Not completely sure if this is the case but I remember reading about it somewhere.
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Although I've heard the dn1050 actually has worse sound than the 1040 in some tests. Not completely sure if this is the case but I remember reading about it somewhere.
I had a STR-DN1040 but replaced it for a STR-DN1050 as I wanted a couple of the new features. I never had any issues with either in regards to HDMI or anything else for that matter. I too was headed down the Denon road (even though my last 2 Receivers were Sony, and did yeoman's service over decades. Both still work great but I wanted some new features.) as I had some inclination they were somehow superior to present Sony units.


By the way, I think you've got it mixed up. The 1050 is supposed to sound slightly better than the 1040 (in some reviews) but I couldn't swear by it. Sony says it's so in interviews as well.


After doing considerable research and stumbling across a huge discount sale on a 1040 (at the time) I bought one with a 30 day return policy -no questions asked. All the reviews stated it was an outstanding unit, and for me it was (except those 2 features). However I am content to 5.1 or 6.1 setups and Dolby Atmos is almost of no interest to me.

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Is anyone willing to walk a total dipstick (me) through a complete hook up? I'm thoroughly lost.
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Is anyone willing to walk a total dipstick (me) through a complete hook up? I'm thoroughly lost.
I'm sure somebody will help you, but it's really not that hard.
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Craftbrewer,


Sure, lets give it a go here. I'm certain others will chime in to assist. (By the way, welcome to the Forum.)


First of all have you read the manuals for all of the equipment you plan to connect together? Please list the name and model numbers for them. Please advise how many speakers are available. Most folks new to Home Theater go for a 5.1 system to start but some go whole hog with 7.2 right out of the box. It would also be helpful to know the room dimensions. What I will suggest are my preferences and not absolutes, as sometimes compromises need to be done to accommodate furniture, doorways, etc. (or even preferences of your significant other!)


The first thing to understand is Speaker placement can greatly affect their performance, the imaging provided, and bottom line - your enjoyment of the dollars spent. Most folks setup their system from their preferred listening seat, which becomes the "sweet spot" for critical surround sound enjoyment. Other seating positions, while still giving the experience, will not be as good (to the critical listener but the casual listener will probably not notice it at all.) The front speakers all need to be on the same plane. (Or as close to it as practical.) If they can be placed near ear height (from the floor), when sitting, the volume levels required can come down, and you neighbors complain less.) Surround speakers and Subwoofers are less critical. Positioning your speakers is the first thing to do => before you try to set up your STR-DN1040.

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Cool, thanks Jim.
Let me start with why I think I need help. I have read "most" of the pages here and am experiencing trouble with a handshake, I think. That being said, I haven't had a new receiver in over a decade and would really like to catch up.
I will start with all equipment, then room dimensions and then troubles I've had.
I'm a single father with custody of girls, so life will undoubtedly get in our way. Thanks for understanding.


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Well Mike, if you've already got all the basics (sort of) handled, then this should go quickly.


Or not.


We'll just have to see how it goes.

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rec-sony 1040
tv-sont bravia kdl-46v2500 (2007)
stb-Motorola dcx3400
blueray-xbox one
speakers-front bose double cubes, rear bose single cubes, center piece of crap, sub jbl E250
remote-harmony one and all originals
network-wired
Bluetooth-iphone5s and kindle


Room dimension-3 sided rectangle with tv on long wall, 12 X 16. Ceiling slopes from 8' at tv to 16' above 4th non-wall.
Front bose at 7'6" high in corners. Rears at 7'6" 12' from front wall. Center 2' below tv and sub 2' left of that.
Seating is two small couches in a V pattern..


Cable in coax to stb. Stb out hdmi to 1040 video 1. (sat/catv input doesn't work) 1040 output A hdmi to tv.
This set up seems to work fine. Pass thru is on because kids don't want to fuss.
Xbox One will be hdmi into BR (xmas). Other games are video straight to tv with audio to 1040.


I guess I'm not as lost as I thought, but not being able to hook up as directed seems to suck.
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rec-sony 1040
tv-sont bravia kdl-46v2500 (2007)
stb-Motorola dcx3400
blueray-xbox one
speakers-front bose double cubes, rear bose single cubes, center piece of crap, sub jbl E250
remote-harmony one and all originals
network-wired
Bluetooth-iphone5s and kindle


Room dimension-3 sided rectangle with tv on long wall, 12 X 16. Ceiling slopes from 8' at tv to 16' above 4th non-wall.
Front bose at 7'6" high in corners. Rears at 7'6" 12' from front wall. Center 2' below tv and sub 2' left of that.
Seating is two small couches in a V pattern..


Cable in coax to stb. Stb out hdmi to 1040 video 1. (sat/catv input doesn't work) 1040 output A hdmi to tv.
This set up seems to work fine. Pass thru is on because kids don't want to fuss.
Xbox One will be hdmi into BR (xmas). Other games are video straight to tv with audio to 1040.


I guess I'm not as lost as I thought, but not being able to hook up as directed seems to suck.
Why not just run everything through the 1040?
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Hi!

My front USB is not working anymore, it recharge my iphone but it can't find my phone or ipad to play music. Is there any with this issue?
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Hi,


Wondering if anyone could give me some advice with this amp. I've just bought a pair of Astro A50 headphones which I want to use on this amp for my PS4 and Xbox One. What is the best way to connect it so I can use both without having to pull cables out etc? I want to be able to use the headset on an evening and use my amp and speakers during the day, is it possible so that the consoles allow both to be used and so I don't have to mess around with settings if that makes sense? Thanks.
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Spikecast all you have to do is switch the xbox one audio setting to output optical. The xbox won't send an audio signal through the HDMI. Just switch it back to PCM when you want to use the 1040.
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Spikecast all you have to do is switch the xbox one audio setting to output optical. The xbox won't send an audio signal through the HDMI. Just switch it back to PCM when you want to use the 1040.


Thanks, so do I still run the Astro Transmitter to the 1040 via optical?
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I have the 1050 and I have a fairly annoying issue that I can't figure out.

I am using the receiver as my video switch with the TV connected on the ARC HDMI output so I can use the built in NetFlix app.

When I power on my Samsung TV, Anynet correctly also turns on the 1050 which powers up with the last used input still selected; that is typically my DirecTV input. Then, about 60 to 90 seconds later, the 1050 just randomly decides it's going to change inputs back to the "TV" input. :/

This means I have to keep the 1050's remote handy every time I turn the TV on so I can re-select the correct input. It's really quite annoying....

Anyone have any thoughts or tips on this?
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Spikecast, I connect the Asto transmitter into the game system. I keep the 1040 out of it. Why would you want to use the 1040 as a middle man.


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Thanks, looks like I will need an optical splitter so I can seamlessly switch between Xbone and PS4.
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Thanks, looks like I will need an optical splitter so I can seamlessly switch between Xbone and PS4.
Actually, you need an optical SPDIF switch with 2 inputs and 1 output. A splitter with 1 input and 2 outputs won't do you any good. I'm confused about one thing though...

Don't your gaming headphones have a mic for chat? And don't you need to use a USB connection between the PC/gaming console and the wireless transmitter to be able to use the mic for chat? Doesn't the USB connection also carry the audio from the PC/gaming console to the transmitter? So, why would you need an optical connection from the gaming consoles to the wireless transmitter? Shouldn't you only need to use the optical input on the transmitter for audio from sources that won't work via. USB (e.g. your cable/satellite box and/or your TV's OTA tuner and apps)?
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All I can say is that I have not had any issues with mine. I would certainly trust the reliability of its components more than an Onkyo. If I were to go back to late 2013 and buy a receiver all over again (knowing what I know now), I would still pick the STR DN1040. IMO, it was the best receiver (below $1000) available at that time. That said, if I were looking to buy a receiver now, I'd be extremely tempted to spend a couple hundred more for a Denon/Marantz/Yamaha receiver that can do Dolby Atmos. Barring that, I would certainly consider going with the newer STR DN1050 if the difference in price is only $50 to $100. As things are, I am very happy with my STR DN1040 and have no plans to upgrade for at least 3 more years. Hopefully by then, all of the specs for 4K content and the various object-based audio formats will be squared away and fully supported so that I don't have to worry about the next AVR being unable to make he most of whatever content is available for the following 5-10 years.
I agree completely.

I purchased mine in April 2014 and have not had a single problem with it and I'm using EVERY input, daily.

As with any piece of technology YMMV goes without saying, but for me this was at the top of my budget and I've been very happy with it. After having Onkyos die on me more than once I decided to jump that ship.

I suspect that if you picked up a 1040 at this point and applied firmware updates you'd be in good shape.

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Im also really happy with my 1040. No issues at all (knock on wood). I did get the extended warranty for a $100
that lasts for 5 years.

Side note: Did you see Sony's the new 1060 receiver for this year?
http://store.sony.com/7.2-ch-hi-res-...y-ces-2015-hav

Im surprised Sony hasn't announced and Atmos support. I hope they do soon.
I also expect them to support DTS:X.
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