Would you believe after living with this STR-DN1040 for a couple of weeks playing it almost constantly in place of my Sony STR-DA4600ES and comparing them, I actually prefer the sound and impact of the STR-DN1040 !!!
I am impressed and just have to report it to those still wondering about this new receiver.
They both sound great, but this cheap little receiver outshines the STR-DA4600 ES model I have!
The STR-DN1040 has more bass impact and overall satisfying sound presentation in both Stereo music listening and Home Theater Surround modes. Unbelievable.
Also, in an earlier posting on this thread I mentioned that I thought the STR-DA4600 ES receiver displayed its volume level status overlayed on the TV while watching movies. Well it does not. It's just like the STR-DN1040 in this respect and only overlay displays the volume status when you are inside its GUI interface.
Anyway, I am totally impressed and happy with this receiver. It does have enough power and impact. It really works out my subwoofer! The thunderous bass impact just totally shakes the whole house down even at low volume levels.
BTW, when I compared the two receivers, I used all the same speakers and input sources. I also ran the Sony auto calibration on both receivers with equal or similar settings.
They both are great sounding units. I prefer the STR-DN1040 now. I used to love the STR-DA4600ES sound and thought that I would be keeping it in the living room as my main system after temporarily setting up and testing the STR-DN1040. But now I am thinking of keeping the STR-DN 1040 there and moving out the STR-DA4600ES to the bedroom! Wow! What can I say. No hype, I prefer the STR-DN1040 over the DA4600ES.
Another plus is that the STR-DN1040 runs much cooler than the STR-DA4600ES both in the off standby mode and while it is powered on. It also takes up less depth space than the ES model.
So that's my latest word on this nice receiver.
Words of wisdom, "The more you know, the more you know that you don't know."