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post #391 of 897
Hey There all,

I Recently Purchased the STR-DN840 amp.

For those of you considering the purchase I ahve been very happy with it so far However I do have some questions. As there does not seem to be much documentation around on the internet about it yet, I thought I would throw it out to the Forums to see if I could get some questions answered.


* Auto OFF feature.
- I am after some more conclusive information regarding the auto off feature. It is said to be built in to the amp ( I Only use the the amp at this stage for Airplaying my music ) However When I stop listening to music I would expect that the amp would put itself into standby mode but It doesn't seem to do this. It reads that when no input it detected the amp will automatically switch itself off. Any ideas?

* Firmware hack
- I decided to purchase the 840 over the 1040 as I figured that When I eventually buy a 4k TV It will have it's own Upscaler and I Do not imagine utilising the extra wattage offered by the 1040. The one feature that does seem to be missing is the pretty GUI on the 840. Although satisfactory the 840 is left behind by the 1040's beautiful modern GUI Display. Would there theoretically be a way (maybe in future) to hack a firmware from the 1040 and update the 840 to utilise the Prettier GUI? If this were possible where would I look? any communities that anyone knows about that do this sort of stufF?

Thanks All.
post #392 of 897
Auto-Off indeed doesn't seem to work in AirPlay mode, but it does work with any physical input. For instance, if I pause the playback of a BD or STB that is connected to the amp, it shuts down after the defined timeout.

As for firmware hacking: AFAIK there has never been any firmware hack for Sony AVRs (or for ANY AVRs for that matter), so it's highly unlikely that you will see this anytime in the future. In addition, I could also imagine that the 840 misses the required hardware to display a graphical GUI.
post #393 of 897
Just got a subwoofer (Wharfedale SW150) ,but i'm having trouble setting the speaker size to small on the 1040.
When i set it to small it keeps defaulting back to large when i stop the movie to watch another one,so i have to
keep setting it back to small,is this normal?
post #394 of 897
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Originally Posted by mirrorman View Post

Just got a subwoofer (Wharfedale SW150) ,but i'm having trouble setting the speaker size to small on the 1040.
When i set it to small it keeps defaulting back to large when i stop the movie to watch another one,so i have to
keep setting it back to small,is this normal?

I wonder if the receiver detected or you enabled the subwoofer. The manual says if the receiver does not detect a subwoofer. The speakers will automatically be set to large. Mix matching speaker sizes can also cause your problem. Check below from what its says in the manual. The last part mentions the sub.


• The surround back speakers will be set to the
same setting as that of the surround speakers.
• When the front speakers are set to “Small”, the
center, surround, and surround back/front high
speakers are also automatically set to “Small”.
• If you do not use the subwoofer, the front
speakers are automatically set to “Large”.
Edited by Ripper64 - 9/13/13 at 6:11pm
post #395 of 897
Quote:
Originally Posted by mirrorman View Post

Just got a subwoofer (Wharfedale SW150) ,but i'm having trouble setting the speaker size to small on the 1040.
When i set it to small it keeps defaulting back to large when i stop the movie to watch another one,so i have to
keep setting it back to small,is this normal?

Make sure you're pressing the "enter" button when you select it small or else it might just default back to large. The "enter" button is the + button in the center between the arrow buttons.
post #396 of 897
Thread Starter 
Anyone having trouble with Airplay or syncing the TV Sideview App? I've done 2 rounds with Sony customer service and nada so far! Im using Apple AirPort Extreme and everything is connected to the same network.
post #397 of 897
I'm sort of interested in this unit but can anyone tell me if it can decode SACD's?
post #398 of 897
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Originally Posted by beazy125 View Post

Make sure you're pressing the "enter" button when you select it small or else it might just default back to large. The "enter" button is the + button in the center between the arrow buttons.

I just sussed out the cause of the speaker size defaulting back to large from small is when changing the speaker pattern.
For example if i have the speaker pattern on 3/2.1 and speaker size set to small and then change the speaker pattern to
3/4.1 the speaker size will change back to large,in fact whenever you change the speaker pattern to anything it will default
back to large from small.
post #399 of 897
Quick question for previous 1030 owners who now have 1040.

1030 is $200 less than 1040 curently. Is it worth the difference in price? I know more amps and better GUI. But $200 better?
post #400 of 897
Quote:
Originally Posted by daftetemplar View Post

Hey There all,

I Recently Purchased the STR-DN840 amp.

* Firmware hack
- I decided to purchase the 840 over the 1040 as I figured that When I eventually buy a 4k TV It will have it's own Upscaler and I Do not imagine utilising the extra wattage offered by the 1040. The one feature that does seem to be missing is the pretty GUI on the 840. Although satisfactory the 840 is left behind by the 1040's beautiful modern GUI Display. Would there theoretically be a way (maybe in future) to hack a firmware from the 1040 and update the 840 to utilise the Prettier GUI? If this were possible where would I look? any communities that anyone knows about that do this sort of stufF?

Thanks All.
I bought the 840 over the 1040 because there was at least a 150€ gap.
I'm expecting the device by the end of the week.
I asked myself and the forum the same question about a potential upgrade of the 840's GUI and was given the same answer : not likely.
I can live with a cheaper GUI since it's not something meant to be watched for long ;-)
As long as it remains clear and offers the same features as the 1040's.
post #401 of 897
Has anybody else experienced issues with intermittent HDCP negotiation issues with this AVR? I'm having a lot of issues where HDCP negotiation will randomly fail across all inputs and the only workaround is to unplug/plug the receiver from the wall. I've got a post going on Sony's forums and it looks like I'm not the only one seeing this issue. Sony is refusing to acknowledge a possible software issue with the AVR itself.

If you're having problems in this area, can you please add your $0.02 to the thread on Sony's web site at: http://community.sony.com/t5/Home-Theater-Products/STR-DN1040-HDMI-HDCP-issues/td-p/157665.
Edited by theficus - 10/28/13 at 4:47pm
post #402 of 897
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Originally Posted by theficus View Post

Has anybody else experienced issues with intermittent HDCP negotiation issues with this AVR? I'm having a lot of issues where HDCP negotiation will randomly fail across all inputs and the only workaround is to unplug/plug the receiver from the wall. I've got a post going on Sony's forums and it looks like I'm not the only one seeing this issue. Sony is trying to play the "blame the consumer" card here rather than acknowledge a possible software issue with the AVR itself.

If you're having problems in this area, can you please add your $0.02 to the thread on Sony's web site at: http://community.sony.com/t5/Home-Theater-Products/STR-DN1040-HDMI-HDCP-issues/td-p/157665.

I have not seen this issue? I have a Directv Hr22 & a SOny Blu-ray player Connected HDMI to a Sony XBR7 TV. thur-the 1040
post #403 of 897
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Originally Posted by theficus View Post

Has anybody else experienced issues with intermittent HDCP negotiation issues with this AVR? I'm having a lot of issues where HDCP negotiation will randomly fail across all inputs and the only workaround is to unplug/plug the receiver from the wall. I've got a post going on Sony's forums and it looks like I'm not the only one seeing this issue. Sony is trying to play the "blame the consumer" card here rather than acknowledge a possible software issue with the AVR itself.

If you're having problems in this area, can you please add your $0.02 to the thread on Sony's web site at: http://community.sony.com/t5/Home-Theater-Products/STR-DN1040-HDMI-HDCP-issues/td-p/157665.

I think i may be having the same problem as you,for example when i'm using my laptop via AV3 on my tv and then change to AV2
to watch tv i get about 4 times out of ten lime green or sometimes pink followed by snow,and i have to turn the amp off with the
remote then back on and it's fixed.Finding this quite annoying.
I just noticed in the Sony forum, that P4789(Sony employee) reckons that having cables bundled together can cause this type of
interference.Well i have just recently put my tv on the wall and bundled together 2 hdmi's/ mains cable/freesat/and optical cable together,
So i'll have to separate the hdmi's and see if this fixes the propblem.
Edited by mirrorman - 9/16/13 at 1:03pm
post #404 of 897
Received the 1040 this afternoon. Running into my Sony 70" KDL-70R550a. So far I am really liking it coming from a Denon 3808ci. Personally, I like the sound on the Sony better. It sounds fuller and more dynamic compared to the Denon which sounded flat to me..All my speakers are Paradigm Reference Studio's 7.1. I ran the auto calibration twice and it gave me basically the same settings. I have an SPL meter I will use to set my speakers. I ran the update and it took only 15-20 minutes tops.

I was contemplating buying the Pioneer SC-1527-K which is the Canadian model and is equivalent to the Elite 65 in the U.S. I believe. I am sure the Pioneer is a great receiver, but electronics get outdated too fast and just decided to get the 1040, good decision. Hopefully the 1040 doesn't give me any trouble. By the way, someone mentioned about a low humming noise their amp generates earlier in the thread. Mine is quite as a mouse. No noise at all.
Edited by Ripper64 - 9/16/13 at 9:18pm
post #405 of 897
I have my laptop connected to the av3 on my tv and an optical from the back of the tv to opt 2
on the amp.This gives me 1920x1080 resolution and LPCM 48 Khz stereo..
But if i try to connect my laptop to the amp the highest resolution i can get is 1366x768 which
makes all the icons to big and overall image quality poor,also no audio through the hdmi.
Is it not possible to connect a laptop to this amp?confused.gif
post #406 of 897
Silly question: is it possible to only hook up 5.1 speakers to this receiver?
post #407 of 897
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Originally Posted by amang View Post

Silly question: is it possible to only hook up 5.1 speakers to this receiver?

Why-Yes it is Okay to hook up 5.1 and will work just fine
post #408 of 897
Thanks westdc!
I am based in Australia and would like to purchase this receiver from US. Does this receiver carry an international warranty?
post #409 of 897
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Originally Posted by amang View Post

Thanks westdc!
I am based in Australia and would like to purchase this receiver from US. Does this receiver carry an international warranty?

G'DAY or night - That is a question better answered by Sony!
post #410 of 897
Could someone tell me how the dual HDMI out works on this unit? For instance, could I hook up 2 separate displays and have them show 2 different inputs simultaneously?
post #411 of 897
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Originally Posted by iceman_13 View Post

Could someone tell me how the dual HDMI out works on this unit? For instance, could I hook up 2 separate displays and have them show 2 different inputs simultaneously?

Looking at the manual - the port is marked OUT B -pg-28 you can watch the selected input from A or B -So you can only select one input at a time -So it is a mirror image of the selected input.
Edited by westdc - 9/18/13 at 9:59am
post #412 of 897
Quote:
Originally Posted by westdc View Post

Looking at the manual - the port is marked OUT B -pg-28 you can watch the selected input from A or B -So you can only select one input at a time -So it is a mirror image of the selected input.

Thanks!
post #413 of 897
Quote:
Originally Posted by madurodave View Post

Quick question for previous 1030 owners who now have 1040.

1030 is $200 less than 1040 curently. Is it worth the difference in price? I know more amps and better GUI. But $200 better?

No opinions or feedback from anyone on this?
post #414 of 897
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by madurodave View Post

No opinions or feedback from anyone on this?
I almost bought the 1030 because of the great reviews but one complaint was the horrible GUI. I've done a ton of research, hell I started this thread. smile.gif
So I waited and I'm happy I did. If you read the reviews the GUI on the 1040 is great. Make life easier
Switching components and adjustments. Also having 8 HDMI is mighty nice and it's future proof with HDMI 2.0 update later in the year. I plan to keep this for several years and I would say an extra 200 is worth it.
Lastly I bought a new Sony TV (getting a PS4 too!) so having Bravia Sync is a nice bonus.
Edited by helvetica bold - 9/19/13 at 7:09pm
post #415 of 897
Quote:
Originally Posted by helvetica bold View Post

I almost bought the 1030 because of the great reviews but one complaint was the horrible GUI. I've done a ton of research, hell I started this thread. smile.gif
So I waited and I'm happy I did. If you read the reviews the GUI on the 1040 is great. Make life easier
Switching components and adjustments. Also having 8 HDMI is mighty nice and it's future proof with HDMI 2.0 update later in the year. I plan to keep this for several years and I would say an extra 200 is worth it.
Lastly I bought a new Sony TV (getting a PS4 too!) so having Bravia Sync is a nice bonus.

Thanks for the info!

I just got a Sony projector to use with this. The receiver is meant to be able to pass through 3D as well as power my speakers.

I currently have an Onkyo 809 receiver that is a few years old and does not have the options needed. The Sony is reasonably priced. I can't spend too much since I just got the projector!

So you are happy with it so far?

I like the Audyssey sound level adjustment on the Onkyo a lot. Better than Sony's I feel. But not enough to spend twice as much (actually almost triple) money.
post #416 of 897
I have this receiver in a wired connection to my network.Sound quality is very good and there is no stuttering etc. But it scrolls painfully slow through the list of artist or albums.My connection is fine and evertyhing else is fast. If i scrolled through artists on my PS3 it was as fast as i wanted.Anyone else noticed this and found a way to fix this?
post #417 of 897
Received my 840 yesterday and played with it a bit last night.
When trying to pair it with my smartphone via Bluetooth, I realized with surprise and sadness that my 840 does NOT have Bluetooth eek.gif
I live in France but I bought it on Amazon.de because it was cheaper.
After googling and looking closer to specs on various sites, it appears that the US version of the 840 does have Bluetooth but the European versions do NOT !
Confirmed by a comment here about the UK version.
I totally missed that detail when viewing the US site and the French site of Sony and I did not think there could be any differences in features for the same model worlwide mad.gif
Yes, this is somehow my fault for not paying attention but I'm a little disappointed anyway because I feel deceived...
Edited by JeromeOudoul - 9/20/13 at 12:58am
post #418 of 897
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by madurodave View Post

Thanks for the info!

I just got a Sony projector to use with this. The receiver is meant to be able to pass through 3D as well as power my speakers.

I currently have an Onkyo 809 receiver that is a few years old and does not have the options needed. The Sony is reasonably priced. I can't spend too much since I just got the projector!

So you are happy with it so far?

I like the Audyssey sound level adjustment on the Onkyo a lot. Better than Sony's I feel. But not enough to spend twice as much (actually almost triple) money.

YES, very happy with the 1040.
The 1040 is compatible with Triluminos displays and it passes a full RGB signal (lastly being important).
Some AVRs (hello Denon) clips the video range 16-235 however the 1040 passes the full 0-255 signal.
Of course it sounds awesome as well. You'll have all your bases covered with the 1040.
post #419 of 897
Was looking at the Sony dn 1040 along with the Denon x2000 Yamaha rx 675 all 2013 avs around the 500 then I came across the Onkyo 616 checked out all the specs and the 616 which is last years AV cost 500 pound reduced to 269 pounds brand new just end of line had the same specs as these except it has more power into not just 8 but 6 ohms and it weighs up to 1.5 kilos heavier ( what is heavy in a AV , power supply copper, and chassis steel , better resonance ), also it has two usbs and it is the only one to be THX certified , been tested to SPEC heavily, ok some got airplay or Bluetooth , but I'm not an apple man never have never will , I much prefer spotify, a lot better , and to top it all off I saved 231 pound . All I can say is the sound and picture is fantastic from the Onkyo 616 , had to spend some time setting up but it is a 7.2 unit and has 4 k upscaling , 3d , 1.4 a hdmi , front mhl for HTC steaming , internet connection , wifi , Instaprevue , apps to use mobile for remote control, 8 hdmi , the list is endless far more built in for internet streaming than the Sony, and it weighs a hefty 25 pound all this for 269 pound bargin.
post #420 of 897
I bought one of these for my new house. I want to set up a 5.1 system in my living room with the energy take classic 5.1 speaker set I also purchased. I was reading about zone two set up and I'm really confused. If I want to put speakers in my kitchen to just play audio how would I do it? What kind speakers and wiring would I needs and is it true that it won't play music off my iPad? Is there any way I could rig it so that would be possible?
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